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Eastern Region League
On a day when all three matches in the Premier Division ended with honours even, Peterborough Sports moved to the top of the table following their 4-4 draw with Arlesey Town. Louise Nicholls (2), Lesley-Ann Seaman and Claire Knibbs all netted for Peterborough with the home side replying through a Sarah Tayler brace, Sophia Pidgeon and Becky Charter. Billericay Town and Bedford Ladies remain just off the pace after they shared four goals, Laura Wheeler and Jade Nelson on target for Billericay and Bedford's goals coming from Sophie Smith and Natasha Fensome. Grace Birchall found the net for Hethersett Athletic in their 1-1 draw with Barking who responded through Carly Copplestone.
Great Shelford maintained their lead of five points in Division One North after Alison Wright's double, Becky Taylor and Shavaun Barnum gave them a 4-2 victory over Cambridge Women Res. Gemma Farman netted both goals as second placed Norwich City Res won 2-1 away to AFC Sudbury and Fakenham Town stay third following their 5-3 win against Ipswich Wanderers, Shelley Woods hitting a hat-trick along with Chloe Riches and Leanne Stewart-Sheen. Bungay Town lifted themselves towards a mid-table position thanks to a 3-1 victory over Huntingdon Town, Bronwyn Elsden, Amber Rowland and Lauren Purling all netting a goal apiece.
One match was played in Division One South and it saw Chelmsford City move into fourth place by beating East Thurrock Utd 3-1, courtesy of a goal each from Jasmine Wheeler, Helen Alder and Lyndsey Bowman.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town continue to stretch the pace in the Premier Division with a 3-1 success away to Maidstone Town. They remain a point clear from Westfield who won the other game 2-0 at Denham Utd.
There was no change at the top of Division One (London) despite leaders MSA Ladies not having a game. Brentford, who would have gone top with a win, remain in third place after sharing a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur Res. Meanwhile Carshalton Athletic are in a mid-table position following their
3-1 victory away to Knaphill Wanderers.
North East League
Barnsley have taken over as the new leaders of the Premier Division after they won 2-1 at Scunthorpe Utd. They lead by two points from Castleford White Rose who went second by beating Sheffield Utd Junior Blades 5-2. Peterlee Town are still searching for their first points after going down 2-0 to Sheffield Utd Community.
Birtley Phoenix are now nine points clear at the top of the Northern Division following an emphatic victory over Lumley. Third placed Redcar Athletic were beaten for the first time, 1-0 by California Ladies. Durham City also ran up a huge total when defeating Brandon Utd and Norton & Stockton Ancients were 3-0 winners away to Teesside Sport Ladies.
Keepmoat Stadium won 7-2 at Wetherby Athletic to go level on points with Southern Division table toppers Lepton Highlanders, who did not play. Rothwell Town are two points adrift in third place following their 3-0 success against Goole Town. Bradford City A claimed a 7-4 victory over Kirklees and Wakefield Res lifted themselves off the bottom by beating AFC Preston 2-1.
North West League
Chorley restored their five point lead at the top of the Premier Division, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra. Tranmere Rovers meanwhile pushed themselves into third place by scoring seven without reply against Northwich Vixens. At the other end of the table, Chester City lifted themselves off the bottom with their first win of the season, 2-1 against Bury Girls & Ladies.
There was a change of leadership in Division One North with Penrith AFC taking over following their
11-0 victory over Southport Birkdale. Bolton Lads & Girls defeated Warrington Town 9-1 and are now in fourth place whilst Leigh RMI were 2-1 winners against Carlisle.
In Division One South, Manchester University beat Winsford 3-0 to maintain their lead of three points from Macclesfield Town, who were 4-2 victors over AFC Liverpool. Birkenhead won 4-1 at Glossop North End to stay in third, just ahead of City of Manchester who defeated Brazil 4-2. The high scoring game went in favour of Liverpool Feds Res, 6-4 against AFC Urmston Meadowside, whilst Manchester Stingers picked up their first victory of the season when edging out Mossley Hill Res by the odd goal in seven.
South West League
With rivals Exeter City not in action, Larkhall Athletic took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the table by running out 4-0 winners over Marine Academy (Plymouth). The bulk of the damage was inflicted in the first half as Kate German, Emily Harrington and Anna Walby all found the net and Kelly Cripps rounded off the win with the fourth goal in the dying minutes. Weymouth meanwhile consolidated themselves in the top half with a 3-2 success at Oldland Abbotonians, Phillipa Holden hitting a hat-trick with Jess Cole and Zoe Youren replying for the home side.
It was a good day for Downend Flyers as they returned to the top of Eastern Division One with a 4-1 victory over previous leaders Cirencester Town. Carley Corcoran was on target twice along with Alana Willson and Kate Michaels. Forest Green Rovers Res would have gone top with a win but they were also beaten, 1-0 by Swindon Spitfires who lifted themselves off the foot of the table thanks to a goal from Cara Costello. Dennika Bretti and Michelle Rich were both on the scoresheet as Swindon Supermarine came away from Blandford Utd with a 2-0 victory.
Western Division One leaders Launceston did not play on Sunday and they have been caught by Stoke Gabriel after they won 3-0 at Taunton Town. Kat Marment netted twice for the Devon side with Laura Plant also on target. Bude Town are back in third after sharing a 2-2 draw with Callington Town, Sarah Badham and Tegan Nichols scoring their goals with Sasha Cameron bagging a double in reply. Clare Thomas, Lauren Hewings and Chynna Evans ensured a narrow 3-2 victory for Morley Rangers over Falmouth Town whilst Dobwalls defeated Charlestown 2-1 thanks to Siobhan Howe and Natalie Willis.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd sailed to the top of the Premier Division with a 13-0 victory over Andover New Street. They head a trio of clubs on goal difference with Bracknell Town, 3-1 winners at Oxford City, in second place and previous leaders Shanklin who were beaten 4-3 by Maidenhead Utd. Aldershot Town are positioned just behind the leading sides after they defeated Reading Town 3-1. Di Smith scored twice, including a spectacular 35-yard free kick, and Laura Wallman added the other. Southampton Women picked up a 4-3 victory at Wycombe Wanderers and Launton claimed their first point of the season from a 2-2 draw with Woodley Utd.
Mansfield Road have gone five points clear at the top of Division One (Northern) after beating second placed Banbury Utd 7-0. Stony Stratford Town and City Belles finished with honours even from a goal fest, the match ending 6-6, whilst Chesham Utd Res and Oxford City Blues also drew 2-2.
Oxford Utd Res held on to the leadership of Division One (Southern), their 3-0 win at Reading Ladies keeping them ahead of Basingstoke Town, 4-2 victors over Marlow, on goal difference. Boscombe Albion defeated Newbury Ladies & Girls 7-1 to stay three points off the pace in third place.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies further extended their Premier Division lead to five points with a 2-0 win against Pegasus Ladies. Leamington Lions picked up a 4-2 victory at Kingshurst Sporting to climb into second, ahead of Cannock who drew 2-2 at Stafford Town. Lichfield Diamonds follow on after scoring six without reply past Kidderminster Harriers. Allscott beat Wednesfield Town by the only goal of the game whilst Stratford Town also won 6-0 against Bradwell Belles.
FC Reedswood made sure of a swift return to the leadership in Division One North, thanks to a 5-0 victory over Dudley Utd Res. Prees Raiders lifted themselves into the top half, leapfrogging Coseley Town by beating them 1-0. Cottage Farm Rangers meanwhile drew for the fifth time in six matches, sharing a 1-1 scoreline with Shifnal Harriers.
Only one match was played in Division One South but it turned out to be a good one for Ferndale as they recorded their first victory of the season, 4-1 against Fairfield Villa.
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