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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to four points with a 3-0 victory away to Barlestone St Giles. Second placed Sandiacre Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Rise Park, who moved into third above Daventry Town, beaten by the odd goal in nine by Long Eaton Utd.
Maria Burns, Lucy Smith and Sarah Smith scored the goals as Division One North leaders Steel City Wanderers defeated Lincoln Ladies Development 3-1 to maintain their lead of three points from Retford Utd, who were 6-3 winners over Grimsby Town. Appleby Froddingham and Arnold Town meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw, a result which takes Arnold into third.
In Division One South, Raunds Town beat Barrowby 3-1 to extend their advantage to four points from Ilkeston Town, who went second with a 3-0 win against Radcliffe Olympic Res. Loughborough Students Res came away from Ruddington Village with a 2-1 victory whilst Oadby & Wigston Dynamo were 5-2 winners over Leicester City Fosse.
Eastern Region League
Peterborough Sports continue to set the pace in the Premier Division following their 3-2 victory over Hethersett Athletic, Lorina Dighton scoring twice along with Lesley-Ann Seaman. Arlesey Town stay hot on their heels in second place as Sarah Tayler, Kirsty Cooper, Michelle Whitehead and Kat Hamplova gave them a 4-1 win away to Woodbridge Town. C & K Basildon lost some ground as they slipped to a
3-2 defeat at Barking, for whom Vicky Bruce (2) and Claire Brooks were on target. Thorpe Utd lifted themselves away from the bottom places by beating Bedford Ladies 4-2, Megan Champion bagging a double with Rebecca Lake and Rebecca Russell adding the others.
In Division One North, AFC Sudbury caught up ground on the leading sides with a 4-2 victory away to third placed Fakenham Town with Emma Squirrell and Jodie Sharp both netting twice. Tanya McKew also grabbed a brace as Ipswich Wanderers defeated Huntingdon Town 4-0, Kayleigh Harwood and Emma Goldsmith were also on the scoresheet.
Hutton went six points clear at the top of Division One South, a goal apiece from Lucy Hudson, Danielle Cliffe, Nicole Farmer and Sarah Barnes giving them a 4-0 win at previously unbeaten Hannakins. Giselle Subryan netted the goal as Leverstock Green picked up a useful point from a 1-1 draw with third placed Sawbridgeworth Town, who replied through Jackie Stott.
Chelmsford City recorded the best result in the Second Round of the League Cup, a 4-2 win away to Haverhill Rovers thanks to a Lyndsey Bowman double, Jasmine Wheeler and Helen Alder. East Thurrock Utd were the only team to record a home victory, Amy Leach hitting two along with Katy Judd and Aimee Pooley as they beat Cambridge Women Res. Rebecca Waters (2) and Emma Mulley accounted for the goals for Norwich City Res in their 3-1 success at Royston Town whilst Haringey Borough returned from Hoddesdon Owls with a 3-0 win, strikes coming from Nicole Houston, Carrie-Ann Layton and Sarah Cleary. Colchester Town scored six without reply against Taverham courtesy of Georgia Box (2), Daisy Martin, Zoe Smith, Ellen Powles and Laura Brooks.
London & South East League
Premier Division leaders Eastbourne Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Hemel Hempstead but have inched a further point ahead as Westfield were beaten 1-0 by Denham Utd. Chichester City took the chance to climb above Westfield in second place as they defeated Panthers 2-0 and Crawley Wasps stepped up their challenge with a 3-1 success at Wandgas. AFC Wimbledon ran out 5-0 winners over Boreham Wood to move themselves closer to the mid-table positions.
Fulham Compton OB have gone five points clear at the top of Division One (London) after they defeated Carshalton Athletic 2-0. Hampstead won 3-1 away to Garston and are now in second place, whilst Kikk Utd maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur Res.
North East League
Hull City are the new leaders of the Premier Division following their 4-1 victory over Hessle Town. They lead by a point from Sheffield Utd Junior Blades, who moved into second place by beating St Francis 2000 2-1 thanks to Michelle Wakelin and Jenny Selman. Barnsley had started the day on top but are back in third after going down to a 3-1 defeat to York City, who are now level on points with them. Scunthorpe Utd and Sheffield Utd Community still occupy the mid-table after they fought out a 1-1 draw, Amy Bolton scoring for the Blades. Peterlee Town continued their improvement by sharing a 2-2 draw with Castleford White Rose but they lost ground at the bottom as Guiseley won for the first time, 2-1 away to Whitley Bay.
The withdrawal of Brandon Utd has meant a re-calculation of the Northern Division table but Birtley Phoenix continue to dominate matters, staying eleven points clear after defeating local rivals Birtley Town 6-0. Durham City won 2-1 against Norton & Stockton Ancients and are in second place. Redcar Athletic scored eleven without reply against Lumley and are in third, ahead of Tynedale who leapfrogged California Ladies by beating them 2-1. Whitley Bay Res also hit eleven goals in their victory over Teesside Sport Ladies.
Lepton Highlanders crushed Wakefield Res 15-0 to stretch their Southern Division lead to five points from Rothwell Town, who went second via a 5-0 success over Bradford City A. Keepmoat Stadium suffered a setback as they went down to a 2-1 reverse at Ossett Albion but Kirklees stayed in touch with a 5-1 victory against Wetherby Athletic. At the other end of the table, AFC Preston recorded their first win when beating Goole Town 1-0.
North West League
A 3-1 win over Chester City has preserved Chorley's lead of eight points in the Premier Division from Blackpool, who defeated Preston North End 4-0, and Tranmere Rovers, 5-0 victors against Wigan Athletic. Burnley Girls & Ladies remain unbeaten but lost a little ground as they drew 2-2 with Denton Town. Crewe Alexandra ran out 6-0 winners over Bury Girls & Ladies and Bolton Wanderers are now in mid-table after beating Northwich Vixens 7-3.
Division One North leaders Penrith AFC were not in action and their advantage was trimmed to a single point by Morecambe, who scored nine without reply past Leigh RMI 9-0. Padiham maintained their good start with a 3-1 victory over Carlisle and Blackpool Wren Rovers remain in touch following their 3-1 success at Springfields (Preston). The two teams at the foot at the table met each other and it was Southport Birkdale who were narrow 1-0 victors over Warrington Town.
Manchester University further extended their Division One South lead to nine points with a 1-0 win against AFC Liverpool. Birkenhead meanwhile climbed above Macclesfield Town into second place after beating them 1-0. City of Manchester are a further point adrift in fourth following their 7-1 success at AFC Urmston Meadowside. Brazil defeated Liverpool Feds Res 7-0 to stay fifth whilst Winsford won a goal laden affair 7-5 against Mossley Hill Res.
South West League
The top of the table showdown in the Premier Division went the way of Exeter City, who defeated Larkhall Athletic 1-0 with a late goal from Josie Copp. Third placed Salisbury City were held to a 1-1 draw by Weymouth, Becky Davis netting their goal with Jess Turk replying. Danielle Beckerle, from the penalty spot, Sarah White and Chantelle Julienne were on the scoresheet as Bristol Ladies Union won
3-1 at Cheltenham Town. Stoke Lane Athletic meanwhile moved into mid-table via a 2-1 victory away to Oldland Abbotonians, Faye Slade and Hannah Fletcher netting their goals with Kirstie Mitchell replying.
Downend Flyers kept up their lead of four points in Eastern Division One as a Laura Baker double, Kate Michaels and Dani Edgar gave them a 4-0 win away to Cam Bulldogs. Cirencester Town stay second after beating Bridgwater Town 2-0, Chynna Collings and Susie Tandy scoring, whilst Cleeve West Town moved into the top three with a 3-0 success at Nailsea Utd in which Lizzie Barratt, Alice Cook and Mollie Stevens all found the net. Bishop's Lydeard kept up their good run by winning 2-1 away to Swindon Spitfires, Natasha Stephens bagging both goals, and strikes from Claire Moreton, Mel Bristow and Michelle Rich earned Swindon Supermarine a 3-1 victory over Poole Town.
Launceston made a swift return to the top of Western Division One after a Gemma Sanders double and Jill Haines gave them a 3-0 win at Bude Town. Previous leaders Stoke Gabriel lost 3-1 to Morley Rangers for whom Chynna Evans bagged a hat-trick. Katy Barker and Amanda Jelbert both hit doubles, with Sam Brass, Sasha Sparkes and Helena Calfe adding the others for Falmouth Town as they won
7-2 away to Taunton Town. Sasha Cameron scored a hat-trick along with Annelise Noakes and Sam Veale as Callington Town ran out 5-0 winners at Dobwalls and Charlestown defeated Roche 4-1 thanks to Danielle May (2), Stacey Rowe and Joanne Taylor.
Southern Region League
League Cup holders Oxford Utd swept into the quarter finals by beating Andover New Street 7-0 in a repeat of last season's Final. Southampton Women meanwhile netted six without reply against Banbury Utd. Wycombe Wanderers survived a tricky tie against Basingstoke Town, beating them 4-3, and Shanklin won 3-1 against Locks Heath. Woodley Utd were 4-2 victors at Newbury Ladies & Girls and Mansfield Road edged out Chesham Utd Res by the odd goal in five.
With their two nearest rivals on Cup duty, Bracknell Town took the chance to go top of the Premier Division with a narrow 2-1 win over Aldershot Town. Launton and Oxford City meanwhile doubled their points tallies by sharing a 2-2 draw.
In Division One (Northern), the top three were not in league action but Beaconsfield SYCOB moved themselves into mid-table with a 5-2 victory against Stony Stratford Town. City Belles claimed their first win of the seaon, 1-0 away to Oxford City Blues.
The only match played in Division One (Southern) resulted in a change of leadership, Oxford Utd Res taking over at the top as they won 2-1 at Marlow.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies defeated Stafford Town 5-0 to stay three points clear in the Premier Division from Cannock who won 3-0 at Kidderminster Harriers. Pegasus Ladies stayed in touch with the leaders by beating Wednesfield Town 3-2 but Leamington Lions were beaten for the first time, 4-3 by Allscott. Lichfield Diamonds ran out 4-1 winners over Stratford Town and Bradwell Belles came away from Kingshurst Sporting with a 2-1 victory.
Wyrley Ladies are the new leaders of Division One North after they won 4-1 at Cottage Farm Rangers and FC Reedswood were beaten 3-1 by Silverdale - for whom the win was their first of the season. Cresswell Wanderers defeated Coseley Town 3-2 and Prees Raiders were 3-0 victors against Shifnal Harriers.
Malvern Town held on to top spot in Division One South with a 4-2 win over Marston Green but five teams are still level on points. Coventry Development's 4-0 success at Ferndale keeps them second, just ahead of B & WM Police who defeated KGV 5-0. Redditch Utd and Coventry Sphinx complete the quintet following victories over Knowle (3-0) and Fairfield Villa (2-1) respectively.
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