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East Midlands League
League Cup holders Long Eaton Utd commenced the defence of their trophy with an 8-1 victory over Retford Utd. Kim Evans was on target four times with the other goals from Jodie Hancock (2), Nicola Smyth and Joanne Campbell. Sarah Burnham scored twice and Ashleigh Evans the other as Radcliffe Olympic Res pulled off a surprise 3-1 victory over Barlestone St Giles.
In the all-Premier Division ties, Steel City Wanderers came from behind to beat Nettleham 2-1 after extra time thanks to Claire Keats and Maria Burns. Sandiacre Town meanwhile won 2-1 at Mansfield Town, Amy Pashley netting both their goals.
Arnold Town defeated Netherton Utd 3-1 with goals from Sheryl Gayle, Aimee Healy-Raynor and Jenny Lorimer whilst Peterborough Northern Star progressed via an 8-2 success at Ruddington Village in which Donna Nicholls bagged a hat-trick, Chanade Henderson adding a brace with one each by Georgina Sturgess, Sam Woodham and Hannah Phillimore.
Lincoln Ladies Development won 3-1 against Raunds Town and Greenwood Meadows were 2-1 winners away to Loughborough Students Res, Sarah Richardson scoring both. Tara Doherty (2), Kelly Thomson (2) and Marie Wayne were on target for Pinxton as they beat Grimsby Town 5-3. West Bridgford were narrow 2-1 victors against Barrowby courtesy of Jenna Yates and an own goal.
Eastern Region League
Charlie Dolby and Lucy Wyatt scored the goals as C & K Basildon beat Bedford Ladies 2-0 to go five points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Second placed Great Shelford were defeated for the first time, 4-3 by Stevenage Borough for whom Samantha Tinsley bagged all four goals. Claire Knibbs hit a hat-trick with Jess Farchica, Stacey Gross and Hannah Stubbs also on target for Peterborough Sports who won 6-1 against Thorpe Utd to go third, ahead of Billericay Town who went down 2-1 at Haringey Borough for whom Eleftherta Taladianou and Michelle Thomas scored. Colchester Town edged out Barking by the odd goal in nine thanks to a Kerry Jacks brace, Georgia Box, Alex Sheppard and Zoe Smith.
Lowestoft Town have taken over at the top of Division One North after a Natasha Thomas hat-trick, Lauren Bullard and Florence Cage gave them a 5-0 victory over Norwich City Res. Ipswich Wanderers and Acle battled out a 3-3 draw in which Paige Chappell, Tarnya McKew and Sophie Welton scored for Wanderers with Emily Anderson, Sophie Baker and Joanne Hooper replying.
Division One South leaders Leighton Utd kept up their good start by winning 2-0 at West Billericay, Shanice Sanderson netting both goals. Leverstock Green are in second after scoring seven without reply past Royston Town, five coming from Nicola Hollick with Natalie Burrows and Ellen Salter also on the scoresheet. Baldock Town won a goal laden match 7-4 against Hutton in which Natasha Little netted four times, Emma Chaffey, Chloe Payne and Fiona Harris adding the others whilst Chelmsford City defeated Hoddesdon Owls 9-0 thanks to Lynsey Bowman (2), Emma Ridings (2), Abigail Fry, Lynette Jones, Kayleigh Peters, Leanne Stubbings and an own goal.
London & South East League
A 4-1 victory away to AFC Wimbledon keeps Westfield on top of the Premier Division and they are a point ahead of Crawley Wasps who also won 4-1 against Old Actonians. Kikk Utd meanwhile went down to their first defeat, 2-1 to Denham Utd who are up into fourth and have games in hand. London Corinthians attached themselves to the pack of teams near the top of the table after beating Panthers 6-3 whilst Eastbourne Town registered their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Hemel Hempstead.
Tring Athletic continue to set the early pace in Division One (London), leading the way on goal difference after beating Luton Town Res 8-1. Battersea Ironsides are in second following their 4-2 victory over Carshalton Athletic and MSA Ladies complete a trio of teams on six points after they defeated Wandgas 6-1. Fulham Compton OB edged out Camden Town by the odd goal in seven and Knaphill won 3-1 against Kent Magpies.
North East League
Peterlee St Francis are still setting the early pace in the Premier Division, making it three straight wins when beating Guiseley 6-1 with goals from Charlotte Dinsdale (2), Becky Robinson (2), Laura Wilson and Lucy Garrington. A Laura Darmody hat-trick gave Chester-le-Street Town a 3-1 victory over Hessle Town and Scunthorpe Utd won 2-0 at Castleford White Rose thanks to Sue Green and Dani Harthen. Whitley Bay's 5-1 win against Lepton Highlanders included doubles from Emma Bentley and Catherine Shields, plus a Brooke Cochrane goal, and Barnsley defeated York City 4-0 with a goal apiece from Laura Burgess, Laura Elford, Joely Ruse and Kathryn Smith.
There was a change of leadership in the Northern Division with Easingwold Town Angels taking over at the top after Sophie Simpson gave them a 1-0 win over Birtley Town. Norton & Stockton Ancients are second after winning 2-0 at Whickham Fellside, Jemma Dinning and Becky Stephenson scoring, with Redcar Athletic rounding off a trio of clubs level on points following their 4-2 victory over Tynedale in which Emma Bolton (2), Amy Guy and Kirsty Ramsay found the net. Lowick Utd had started the day as leaders but they were beaten 5-1 by Durham Wildcats. Durham City claimed their first victory, 4-1 over California Ladies thanks to Hannah Atkinson, Kayley Nichols, Julie-Anne Waitman and Louise Winter.
Sarah Griffiths and Emma Speer scored the goals to give Rothwell Ladies a 2-0 victory against Westella & Willerby which keeps them top on goal difference from Millers Ladies, who beat Keighley Oaks 2-1 with strikes from Chelsea Kitchen and Megan Wylde. Bradford City A are two points behind in third place after a Laura Gadd hat-trick, Rebecca Teale (2) and Katy Woodcock gave them a 6-2 win over Goole Town. Olivia Jackson and Charmaine Pinder netted doubles, with one each from Natalie Gray, Megan Render, Leah Smirk and Emily Smith as Malet Lambert won 8-1 at Ossett Albion and Kirklees defeated Wetherby Athletic 4-1, Claire Needham scoring a hat-trick and Debbie Tomlinson adding the other.
North West League
Morecambe have leapt to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference after they ran out 6-2 winners over Northwich Vixens. Previous leaders Crewe Alexandra lost their unbeaten record as they went down 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers, who move up to second, just ahead of Blackpool, 7-2 victors against City of Manchester. Burnley Girls & Ladies meanwhile moved into the top half after beating Denton Town 2-1.
Division One North table toppers Blackpool Wren Rovers scored eleven without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies to keep themselves ahead on goal difference from Penrith AFC, who won 6-2 away to Leigh RMI. Carlisle Utd are still searching for their first points following their 2-0 reverse at the hands of Springfields (Preston).
Chester City have opened up a lead of two points at the top of Division One South after their 6-1 victory over Warrington Town. Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Liverpool and are in second place but Birkenhead were beaten for the first time, 5-3 by AFC Urmston Meadowside. Manchester University won 2-0 at Macclesfield Town and are up into fourth place. Liverpool Feds Res defeated Mossley Hill Res and lie in mid-table whilst Winsford won for the first time, 5-3 against Manchester Stingers.
South West League
Downend Flyers stay on top of the Premier Division despite going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-1 by Larkhall Athletic in a well contested game at Plain Ham. Carly Symons gave the Larks a first half lead which was doubled after the break by a 25-yard dipping shot from Anna Walby, before Carley Corcoran scored a consolation for Downend who still lead on goal difference from Bristol Ladies Union, who won 3-2 against Cheltenham Town thanks to a Natalie Debek brace and Cheryl Baber with Joanne Lenton and Natalie Potter replying. Bridgwater Town got back to winning ways, 6-2 away to Cleeve West Town. Anusia Rourke was on target four times along with Devon Rich and Anneka Russ. Plymstock Utd bounced back from defeat the previous Sunday to beat Stoke Lane Athletic 9-1 which included a five-goal haul from Chynna Evans as well as Danielle Krac (2), Megan Platt and Clare Thomas. Danella Randall and Philipa Holden netted the goals as Weymouth defeated Frome Town 2-0.
Swindon Spitfires did not have a game on Sunday but held on to the leadership of Eastern Division One due to second placed Swindon Supermarine being beaten 2-1 by Bishop's Lydeard, for whom Holly Miller and Dawna Dennett scored. St Nicholas recovered their winning form with a 3-0 success at Oldland Abbotonians, courtesy of a Charlotte Davis brace and Amy Jefferies. Cirencester Town and Poole Town battled out a 1-1 draw in which Ellie Maynard and Faye Hawkins scored respectively and Forest of Dean were 4-1 winners at Nailsea Utd, Tara Rutter netting twice along with Jennifer Noyes and Sam Morse. Forest Green Rovers Res won for the first time, 4-0 against Keynsham Town Res thanks to Ellie Olds (2), Hannah Hale and Jess Brown.
The top two in Western Division One remain neck and neck, still headed by Falmouth Town who won 8-1 at Taunton Town. Sasha Sparkes netted five times and Katy Barker contributed a hat-trick. Sophie Wilson, Monica Lewis and Charlotte Andrew were on target as Truro City kept pace with them by beating Launceston 3-0. Bay Ladies stay two points behind after they also won 3-0, against Callington Town thanks to a Gabby Trays double and Laura Baker. Marine Academy Plymouth defeated Charlestown 2-0 and Torpoint Athletic were 4-1 winners over Bude Town with a goal each from Emma Jenks, Kirsty Lambert, Sharon Lewis-King and Joanne Davies.
Southern Region League
Aldershot Town made a swift return to the summit in the Premier Division after a solitary strike from Amy-Louise Lawrence gave them a 1-0 win away to previously unbeaten Woodley Utd. Southampton Women joined the chasing teams after beating Basingstoke Town 1-0 via an own goal whilst Shanklin ran out 10-1 winners over Mansfield Road. Rowan Treague netted a hat-trick for the Isle of Wight side whose other scorers were Kim Arnold (2), Nicola Briggs, Susan Cullen, Kim Masterton, Danielle Merryfield and Chloe Parkes. Caroline Bisson bagged a hat-trick and Emma Constable the other two for Bracknell Town as they won 5-1 at Oxford City.
A goal from Emma Leith earned Oxford Utd Res a 1-0 victory over City Belles which takes them three points clear at the top of Division One. Reading Ladies are still unbeaten following their 1-1 draw with Marlow, Sinead Thompson scoring their goal with Gemma Harmycz replying. Kirsten Bucknall, Lisa Nixon, Chantelle O'Grady and Georgina Hodge were all on target for Chesham Utd Res in their 4-1 win against Tower Hill and Andover New Street won for the first time, 6-3 over Banbury Utd courtesy of a Jess Frampton hat-trick, Charlotte Hull, Kerrie Lewis and Jess Wilson.
West Midlands League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division ended all square and the resulting 1-1 draw keeps B & WM Police ahead of Solihull Ladies on goal difference. TNS Ladies picked up a 1-0 win away to Allscott which lifts them into third. Kingshurst Sporting netted ten without reply past Cannock whilst Hereford Pegasus kick started their season with a 6-2 victory over Wednesfield Town. Lichfield Diamonds meanwhile claimed their first win, 4-1 away to Bradwell Belles.
Wyrley Ladies, runners-up in each of the last two seasons, have hit top spot in Division One North following their 4-1 success at Holditch. Bilbrook meanwhile ran out 8-1 winners over Shrewsbury Ladies to claim their first points.
Coventry Sphinx kept up their perfect start to the new season in Division One South, beating Lye Town 4-1 to open up a lead of five points at the top. Crusaders are in second place following their 1-1 draw with Redditch Utd and Worcester Utd opened up their season by winning 1-0 away to Malvern Town.
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