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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers had a good few days which have seen them ascend to the top of the Premier Division. On Sunday, goals from Sam Hallam and Maria Burns gave them a 2-0 win at Rise Park and then in midweek, they beat Mansfield Town 3-1, Burns again on the scoresheet as well as Zoe Beresford and Sarah Smith. Peterborough Northern Star sit in second after winning 5-0 away to Real Utd, Donna Nicholls scoring twice along with Julie Ikeda, Sarah Jones and Georgina Sturgess. Zuzana Pramukova (2), Linzi Hewitt and Ashlyn Mester netted the goals as Nettleham beat Long Eaton Utd 4-2 to go third. Long Eaton bounced back on Wednesday night to win 3-1 against previously unbeaten Sandiacre Town, who three days earlier had scored through Amy Pashley in a 1-1 draw at Ellistown whose strike came from Jody Scott. Kirstie Duncan and Jayne Hough scored as Barlestone St Giles shared four goals with Arnold Town, who replied through Danielle Pritchard and Stacey Pearce. Arnold fought out another 2-2 draw in midweek with Gedling Town, who recovered from a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town. Rebecca Braithwaite netted twice for Mansfield along with Stacey Bridge, Rebecca Davis, Gemma Hodgkinson and Jhodie Hard.
Greenwood Meadows head the Division One North table after beating previous leaders Grimsby Town 5-1. Pinxton are in second place following their goalless draw with Notts County, just ahead of Ruddington Village who scored eight without reply against Appleby Frodingham. Faye Brown and Jodie Ellis each scored twice, with one apiece from Holly Brindley, Abbey Gimson, Theresa Harrison and Lisa Ratcliffe. Lincoln Ladies Development opened up their campaign with a 2-0 victory over West Bridgford.
AFC Trinity ran riot against Oadby & Wigston Dynamo as they opened up a two point lead at the top of Division One South. Kirsty Walker bagged a six-goal haul while Sam Christie, Holly Overfield and Laura Sutherland each hit hat-tricks, with Natasha Folwell completing the scoring. Ashleigh Evans also scored a hat-trick, for Radcliffe Olympic Res as they defeated Barrowby 7-0. Sarah Burnham, Tania Vere, Hannah Whiting and Helen Wrigley were also on the scoresheet. Raunds Town meanwhile claimed their first victory, 3-2 against Kettering Town.
Eastern Region League
C & K Basildon's good start to the season continued with a 4-1 win away to Barking. Claire Lacey (2), Jenny Brown-Wealls and Laura Bryant scored the goals to keep themselves two points ahead of Great Shelford who also won 4-1 against Sawbridgeworth Town thanks to a Sophie Hopkin brace, Claire Creek and Kate Saunders. Lisa Silverton netted a hat-trick, with Kerry Oldham and Nicola Dunsdon adding the others for Billericay Town in their 5-2 victory at Thorpe Utd. Peterborough Sports defeated Haringey Borough 6-2 thanks to a four-goal haul from Claire Knibbs along with Stacey Gross and Hannah Stubbs. Joanne Sibley scored both goals as Colchester Town won for the first time, 2-1 away to Stevenage Borough.
AFC Sudbury swept to the top of Division One North by scoring eleven without reply past FC Clacton. Jodie Sharp and Stacey Teager each bagged hat-tricks with the others coming from Hannah Bray (2), Rachel Gwilliam, Chloe Mills and Charlotte Golding. Norwich City Res meanwhile beat Ipswich Wanderers 5-0, Luci Middleton scoring three times along with Hayley Peverley and Rebecca Waters.
Leighton Utd are the new leaders of Division One South after they defeated Royston Town 9-1. Shanice Sanderson was on target for times and Emma Aussop contributed a hat-trick, with Jodie McClelland also on the scoresheet. Lucy Hudson scored the only goal as Hutton beat West Billericay 1-0 whilst Hoddesdon Owls shared a 1-1 draw with Baldock Town, goals from Kristina O'Connell and Emma Chaffey respectively. Chelmsford City commenced their season with a 9-1 win away to East Thurrock Utd, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Emma Ridings. Jasmine Wheeler added a brace and there was one apiece from Lynsey Bowman, Mollie Debell, Abigail Head and Kayleigh Peters.
London & South East League
Westfield took over at the top of the Premier Division after running out 11-0 winners over Panthers. Crawley Wasps had started the day as leaders but they are back in third after going down to a 4-1 defeat to Kikk Utd, who are level on points with Westfield. Maidstone Town are just three points off the pace after they beat Old Actonians 2-1. Hemel Hempstead meanwhile won for the first time when they edged out AFC Wimbledon by the odd goal in seven.
The Division One (London) season opened up on Sunday and it is Tring Athletic who are the leaders after scoring six times without reply past Knaphill. Battersea Ironsides ran out 5-1 winners at Camden Town and are in second place. Carshalton Athletic defeated Leyton 2-1 and MSA Ladies won at Fulham Compton OB by the same scoreline. Wandgas and Kent Magpies fought out a 1-1 draw in the other game.
North East League
Leanne Anderson netted both goals to keep Peterlee St Francis on top of the Premier Division with a 2-0 success at York City. Local rivals Chester-le-Street Town won 4-2 away to Guiseley to stay in second, Vicky Mudd scoring twice along with Laura Darmody and Rae Taylor, and Scunthorpe Utd are also on six points after Amy-Leigh Briggs and Sue Green gave them a 2-1 victory over Lepton Highlanders. Hull City claimed their first win, 4-2 against Whitley Bay, thanks to strikes from Sian Bentley (2), Rebecca Beech and Joanne Symington. A Laura Elford brace and Kathryn Smith ensured that Barnsley defeated Castleford White Rose by the odd goal in five.
Lowick Utd kept hold of the leadership of the Northern Division with a 5-1 win away to California Ladies, Jenny Patterson hitting a hat-trick with Michelle Stewart adding the other two. Birtley Town are the other team on maximum points, Michaela McHugh and Leah Ramsbottom both scoring twice as well as Sarah Forrester and Sophie Johnson in their 6-1 success at Durham City. Chloe Mitchell was another hat-trick scorer, for Easingwold Town Angels as they won 6-3 against Whickham Fellside with Sophie Simpson (2) and Emma Cockerill also on target. A Jemma Dinning brace and Phoebe Townsend gave Norton & Stockton Ancients their first win, 3-1 over Tynedale, whilst Redcar Athletic edged out Durham Wildcats by the odd goal in seven a Kirsty Ramsay double, Lisa Byrne and Amy Guy.
Three different players bagged hat-tricks as Southern Division table toppers Rothwell Ladies stormed to an 11-1 victory over Goole Town. Lisa Deakin, Louise Ikin and Emma Rutherford all helped themselves to trebles and Nadine Bates added the other two goals. Millers Ladies join them on six points after Chelsea Kitchen, Bradie Wild and Megan Wylde gave them a 3-0 win away to Kirklees. Sophie Gaines scored twice and Frances Nichol the other as Keighley Oaks went third by beating Ossett Albion 3-1, just ahead of Bradford City A who drew 1-1 with Rovers Foundation Ladies. Jenna Cresswell gave Rovers the lead before Lauren Asquith equalised for City. Westella & Willerby claimed their first victory in their new league, 6-2 against Malet Lambert thanks to Molly Storey (2), Amy Ward (2), Ellie McKenzie and Nellie Rawson. Doncaster Rovers Belles Juniors triumphed 3-2 at Wetherby Athletic, Lauren Earle netting twice along with Sophie Foxton-Wise.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra maintained their excellent start to the season as they won 6-1 away to Preston North End. They lead by two points from Morecambe, who crushed Irlam 13-1, and Tranmere Rovers who were 2-0 winners over City of Manchester. Blackpool follow on after they scored eight without reply past Burnley Girls & Ladies. Bolton Wanderers won for the first time, 4-2 at Wigan Athletic, whilst Northwich Vixens and Denton Town shared four goals.
Blackpool Wren Rovers held on to top spot in Division One North by running out 5-0 victors at Atherton. Penrith AFC also won 5-0 against Kendal Town to ensure they stay level on points with the leaders. Southport Birkdale made it two wins out of two when beating Carlisle Utd 2-1 whilst Padham defeated Leigh RMI 6-3. Blackburn Community Sports claimed their second straight victory, 3-0 over Stockport County Res, and Springfields (Preston) beat Bury Girls & Ladies 2-0.
Three teams lead the way at the top of Division One South, headed by Chester City who climbed to the summit on the back of a 13-1 success away to Mossley Hill Res. Birkenhead won 3-1 at AFC Liverpool and Brazil complete the trio after beating Warrington Town 4-2. Macclesfield Town are still unbeaten in fourth following their 5-1 triumph against Manchester Stingers. Manchester University defeated Liverpool Feds Res 3-0 whilst AFC Urmston Meadowside pipped Winsford by the only goal of the game.
South West League
Downend Flyers kept up their superb start to the season in the Premier Division with a 4-1 success away to Frome Town, which sees them go three points clear at the top of the table. Kate Michaels scored twice and there was one apiece from Laura Baker and Grace Bunker. Bristol Ladies Union are up into second after edging out Bridgwater Town 3-2, Cheryl Baber, Natalie Debek and Frankie Stone netting their goals. Cheltenham Town had started the day in second place but were beaten for the first time, 3-1 at home by Weymouth for whom Jess Turk, Amy Douch and Daniella Randall were on target. Janey Hellman and an own goal ensured that Cleeve West Town put a crushing opening day defeat behind them to record their first victory, 2-1 away to Stoke Lane Athletic. Larkhall Athletic belatedly started their season but are already making up for lost time as they won 10-1 against previously unbeaten Plymstock Utd. Kelly Cripps led the scoring with a hat-trick and Kate German added a brace, with one apiece from Anna Walby, Carly Symons, Michelle Munro, Carly Bryant and Natasha Miller.
Emma Skinner netted the only goal of the game as Swindon Spitfires held on to the early leadership of Eastern Division One with a narrow 1-0 win away to St Nicholas, keeping themselves one point ahead of Swindon Supermarine who defeated Oldland Abbotonians 3-0 thanks to Alice Smith, Mel Bristow and Annabel Martin. Faye Hawkins, Shelly Towers, Sam Gubb and Bev Symes were all on the scoresheet for Poole Town who won 4-3 against Bishop's Lydeard and are up into third. Keynsham Town Res played their first match under their new management team of Nick Parsons and Mark Ranachan and a team including seven 16-year-olds picked up a fine 3-2 victory over Cirencester Town thanks to a goal each from Yazmin Laver, Becky Dando and Charlotte Cherry. It was also a good day for Forest of Dean who won for the first time, 3-0 against Forest Green Rovers Res with goals from Helen Edwards, Lydia Buffrey and Sam Morse.
Falmouth Town maintained their strong start to the season in Western Division One by winning 5-1 at Charlestown. Katy Barker spearheaded the win with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Carly Jacka and Sasha Sparkes. Sophie Wilson, Georgia Collins, Beth Thomas and Monica Lewis all netted a goal apiece as Truro City defeated Bude Town 4-2 to stay level on points with Falmouth but Bay Ladies dropped their first points of the season when drawing 3-3 with Launceston. Louise Crick (2) and Victoria Pett scored for Launceston with Louisa Stentiford-Crook, Laura Baker and Jaz Hervin replying. Callington Town and Dobwalls battled out a goalless draw whilst Marine Academy (Plymouth) ran out 3-0 winners away to Torpoint Athletic thanks to Georgina Talbot, Sam Drewery and Coral Smith.
Southern Region League
Parley Sports are back on top of the Premier Division following their 2-2 draw away to Bracknell Town. Caroline Bisson and Emma Cooke netted for Bracknell but Kelly Anderson and Janie Morgan ensured that Parley lead on goal difference from Woodley Utd who were 2-1 victors at Launton. Aldershot Town had started the day as leaders but they were beaten for the first time, 4-3 by Basingstoke Town whose goals came from Lianne Hill, Justine Mosley, Samantha Mosley and Katie Randell. Kellie Warren and Gemma Worsfold each scored doubles as Southampton Women won 4-2 at Maidenhead Utd and Mansfield Road defeated Oxford City 3-2 courtesy of a Lucie Bowden double and Rachel Mariam.
Danielle Anderson and Charlotte Comley each scored twice as well as Laura Allsop for Oxford Utd Res, who beat Marlow 5-0 to take over as leaders of Division One from Stony Stratford Town, 4-2 winners over Chesham Utd Res thanks to Siobhan Layne (2), Tamsin Graveson and Gemma Simmons. Lauren Sheldon bagged a brace with one each from Lily Chubb, Leanne Creese, Shelley Forster, Caroline Harkness and Leanne Saunders as Newbury Ladies & Girls defeated Andover New Street 7-2 and Reading Ladies kept up their good start by beating Gosport Borough 3-1 with goals from Melanie Pope (2) and Sarah Davern. Tower Hill meanwhile shared four goals with City Belles for whom Natalie Keefe and Charlotte Watson were on target.
West Midlands League
Birmingham & West Midlands Police stay as the early Premier Division pacesetters as they defeated Lichfield Diamonds 5-1. Solihull Borough won 1-0 for the second week in a row, this time away to Allscott to move into second place. TNS Ladies recorded their first victory, 6-2 over Wednesfield Town, whilst Bradwell Belles and Kingshurst Sporting Club battled out a goalless draw.
Despite being beaten in their first game, Cottage Farm Rangers bounced back to beat Port Vale 10-1 and take themselves to the summit of Division One North on goal difference. Bilbrook are in second place after starting their season with an 8-1 victory over Shrewsbury Ladies whilst Cresswell Wanderers defeated Holditch 4-1.
Coventry Sphinx continue to lead the way in Division One South and their 5-0 win against Redditch Utd leaves them two points ahead of Knowle, who drew 0-0 with Lye Town. Malvern Town ran out 13-1 winners over WCT Raiders to go third, just ahead of Crusaders who beat Marston Green 3-1.
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