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East Midlands League
League leaders Peterborough Northern Star are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup following a 5-3 victory away to Rise Park. Georgina Sturgess was on target twice along with Sarah Jones, Louise Burgess and an own goal. Maria Burns meanwhile scored the only goal of the game as Steel City Wanderers won 1-0 at Pinxton. A Terry Want double earned Ellistown a 2-1 win over Arnold Town whilst Long Eaton Utd progressed at the expense of Gedling Town, beating them 3-1 thanks to Jodie Hancock (2) and Hayley Armstrong. Lutterworth Athletic won 4-0 at West Bridgford and Division One North leaders Greenwood Meadows also made it through but it needed a penalty shootout to get past Radcliffe Olympic Res after a 1-1 draw.
In the League Plate, Real Utd edged out Mansfield Town as first half strikes from Rayvan Arboine, Larissa Renshaw and Janine Willows earned them a 3-2 victory. Nettleham meanwhile scored five without reply against Oadby & Wigston Dynamo thanks to braces from Charlene Hunt and Tana Vegrinova, with Ashlyn Mester also on target. Jodie Ellis netted four times for Ruddington Village as they defeated Netherton Utd 7-1, Holly Brindley (2) and Krysia Ellis adding the others.
Grimsby Town closed the gap on table toppers Greenwood Meadows to three points in Division One North after they won 7-1 against Appleby Frodingham. Gemma Charlton led the scoring with a hat-trick, Gemma Hopkins weighed in with a double and there was one each from Claire Camburn and Jade Charlton.
In Division One South, AFC Trinity further extended their lead to eight points after goals from Holly Overfield (2) and Kirsty Walker secured a 3-2 success away to Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders C & K Basildon did not play on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to three points by Peterborough Sports who beat Stevenage Borough 3-2 thanks to a Lesley-Ann Seaman brace and Hannah Stubbs. Haringey Borough defeated Barking 2-0 to go third ahead of Great Shelford who shared a 3-3 draw with Bedford Ladies. Sarah Gee, Sophie Hopkin and Sophie Lanham netted for the home side with Natasha Fensome hitting a hat-trick for Bedford. Lisa Silverton also scored three times for Billericay Town as they won 3-2 at Colchester Town whilst Sawbridgeworth Town and Thorpe Utd finished level at 2-2, Hayley Graham and Carly Snell on target for Sawbow with Rebekah Lake netting twice in reply.
Eleanor Froud and Marcie Prettyman scored the goals for Lowestoft Town who won 2-1 at Acle to stay three points ahead in Division One North from AFC Sudbury, who beat Ipswich Wanderers 3-2 thanks to a Rachel Gwilliam brace and Jodie Sharp. Lyndsie Duemmet netted four times for Haverhill Rovers in their 6-1 victory away to FC Clacton, Rachael Mann and Katie Shorter adding the others.
There was a change of leadership in Division One South where Leverstock Green defeated West Billericay 4-1, Lucy Tape (2), Nicola Hollick and Mary Warren scoring the goals to see them move ahead of Leighton Utd Vixens who lost 4-0 to Baldock Town, for whom Emma Chaffey bagged a hat-trick and Natasha Little the other. Free scoring Chelmsford City stormed to a 10-1 victory at Hutton, Emma Ridings hitting a hat-trick along with Ella Tooley (2), Lynsey Bowman, Mollie Debell, Abigail Fry, Kayleigh Peters and Amy Vernon. East Thurrock Utd claimed a 3-1 success against Hoddesdon Owls with goals from Sophie Dowman, Kerry Mills and Aimee Poole.
London & South East League
No change at the top of the Premier Division where Crawley Wasps defeated London Corinthians 3-2 to stay two points ahead of Westfield, who won 4-1 at Hemel Hempstead. Kikk Utd beat Old Actonians 4-2 to climb up into third. Eastbourne Town won for the first time, 1-0 against Maidstone Town, whilst AFC Wimbledon claimed their first points of the season when winning 6-1 away to Panthers.
Battersea Ironsides' 7-1 victory over Knaphill has taken them three points clear at the top of Division One (London). Four teams are chasing them including Leyton who won 2-0 at Luton Town Res, Fulham Compton OB, 3-1 winners over Wandgas, and Carshalton Athletic who edged out Tring Athletic by the odd goal in five. Camden Town notched up their first victory in some style, scoring seven without reply past Kent Magpies.
North East League
The top two sides in the Premier Division remain neck and neck after recording victories in their matches on Sunday. Laura Wilson (2), Charlotte Dinsdale and Rachel Hedley scored the goals as Peterlee St Francis beat Scunthorpe Utd 4-2 to stay as leaders on goal difference from Chester-le-Street Town, 2-0 winners over Barnsley thanks to Vicky Mudd and Rae Taylor. Hull City meanwhile kept up their improving form by defeating Lepton Highlanders 3-0 with goals from Rebecca Beech, Sian Bentley and Melissa Halstead and Castleford White Rose pipped Hessle Town 4-3, Danielle Sidebottom netting twice along with Lizzie Tester and Aimi Beresford.
The top of the table clash in the Northern Division went the way of Norton & Stockton Ancients, who beat Redcar Athletic 2-1 with goals from Naomi Kendrew and Kate McGuire. Anna Darcy (2), Jodine Bolton and Jodie Robinson were on the scoresheet as Lowick Utd won 4-0 at Durham City to go third, just ahead of Birtley Town who defeated Whickham Fellside 3-2 thanks to Brooke Wilkinson, Lydia Pegman and Leah Ramsbottom. Gemma Nortcliffe netted four times, with Emma Mullo (2) and an own goal completing a 7-1 win for Durham Wildcats away to Tynedale and Shelly Taylor grabbed the only goal of the game as California Ladies beat Easingwold Town Angels 1-0.
In the Southern Division, Emma Rutherford bagged a four-goal haul and Lisa Deakin the other for Rothwell Ladies who defeated Ossett Albion 5-1 to go three points clear with Millers Ladies up into second following their 4-2 success at Bradford City Res, Megan Wylde netting twice along with Chelsea Kitchen and Bradie Wild. Doncaster Rovers Belles Juniors lost a little ground as they went down 2-0 to Westella & Willerby whose goals came from Natasha Linford and Nellie Rawson. Keighley Oaks ran out 7-1 winners over Goole Town, Melissa Houldsworth hitting a hat-trick with Beth Nixon (2), Kylie Armstrong and Sophie Gaines the other markswomen. Malet Lambert and Kirklees finished level at 2-2, Charmaine Pinder and Carla Green netting for Malet with Sonya Moore and Claire Needham replying, whilst Rovers Foundation Ladies stormed to a 7-3 success at Wetherby Athletic in which Jenna Cresswell, Gemma Harte and Sam Kitchen all netted braces along with Jolene Murray.
North West League
Blackpool are the new leaders of the Premier Division following their 6-2 victory against Irlam. Denton Town meanwhile claimed their first win of the season, 2-1 away to Bolton Wanderers. Wigan Athletic and City of Manchester shared six goals whilst Preston North End and Northwich Vixens also finished level at 1-1.
There was also a change of leadership in Division One North with Penrith AFC going top of the table following their 4-1 success at Southport Birkdale. Springfields (Preston) remain close at hand in third place after beating Padiham 4-0. Atherton defeated Leigh RMI 4-1 to lie just behind the leading teams as do Blackburn Community who won 4-1 against Kendal Town. Stockport County Res lifted themselves into a mid-table position by scoring seven without reply past Bury Girls & Ladies.
Division One South table toppers Chester City saw their winning start to the season checked by a 1-1 draw with Birkenhead and their lead has been trimmed to three points by Manchester University who were 1-0 winners over Mossley Hill Res. Brazil are now in third following their 4-3 win at Winsford whilst Macclesfield Town defeated AFC Liverpool 4-0 and Liverpool Feds Res were 5-2 victors against AFC Urmston Meadowside.
South West League
Bristol Ladies Union replaced Downend Flyers at the top of the Premier Division by beating them 4-0, given to them by a goal each from Cheryl Baber, Sarah White, Frankie Stone and Eleanor Bright. Larkhall Athletic move into second following their 5-0 victory over Cheltenham Town in which Michelle Munro (2), Sophie Hamer, Natasha Miller and Kelly Cripps were all on target. Bridgwater Town are in the top three after putting seven past Weymouth. Ami Ward and Vicky Tindall each scored twice along with Devon Rich, Anusia Rourke and an own goal. Natasha Crew and Gemma Baker were on the scoresheet as Cleeve West Town defeated Plymstock Utd 2-1 and Frome Town won 3-1 at Stoke Lane Athletic thanks to Ella McGregor (2) and Tara Taylor.
Swindon Supermarine have taken over at the top of Eastern Division One after running out 7-0 winners over Nailsea Utd. Jodie Reynolds hit a hat-trick with Beth Thompson and Sally Butterfield adding two apiece. Previous leaders Swindon Spitfires were beaten 2-1 by Poole Town for whom Shelly Towers and Sam Gubb were on target. Amy Jefferies netted three times and Becky Rexworthy the other for St Nicholas in their 4-0 victory over Forest of Dean and Forest Green Rovers Res won 2-1 at Oldland Abbotonians thanks to Sophie Okey and Naomi Marshall. Chynna Collings scored twice, with Samantha Smith and Poppy Best also on the scoresheet for Cirencester Town in their 4-2 victory over Bishop's Lydeard.
With Western Division One leaders Bay Ladies not playing, Falmouth Town narrowed the gap on them to a single point by winning 4-0 at Callington Town, Katy Barker hitting a hat-trick and Sasha Sparkes the other. Dobwalls and Torpoint Athletic shared a 1-1 draw in which Rebecca Mason and Rachel Finch scored respectively. Coral Smith (2) and Grace O'Leary netted the goals as Marine Academy Plymouth won 3-1 away to Launceston and Bude Town were 2-0 victors over Taunton Town courtesy of Leanne Stanbury and Lily Godwood.
Southern Region League
Abi Fever netted twice and Amy Hubbort the other as Premier Division leaders Aldershot Town defeated Parley Sports 3-1. Southampton Women are two points behind in second place after goals from Gemma Worsfold (2), Laura Gilbank and Hannah Hewlett gave them a 4-0 win at Mansfield Road. Woodley Utd also lost a little ground as they were beaten 3-1 by Maidenhead Utd. Kim Masterton and Georgia Dye were on target as Shanklin won 2-1 at Bracknell Town, who replied through Caroline Bisson, and Oxford City were 2-1 victors away to Launton.
Oxford Utd Res got back to winning ways at the top of Division One, 5-2 against Chesham Utd Res with doubles from Emma Leith and Laura Allsop along with a Danielle Anderson goal. Second placed Stony Stratford Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Newbury Ladies & Girls who scored through Ellernore Reed and Nicole Beesley. Reading Ladies moved up to third after Kayleigh Hines (2), Sarah Davern and Natasha Thompson gave them a 4-1 victory over Banbury Utd. Tower Hill dipped to a 7-1 reverse at home to Gosport Borough, for whom Natalie Clarke (2), Charlotte Blackwell, Lynsey Crewe, Claire Haskett, Sam Jennings and Jessica Timbrell were on the scoresheet, and a Sara Collins brace earned Andover New Street a 2-0 success against Marlow.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies are six points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated FC Reedswood 4-1. TNS Ladies won 6-1 against Cannock to haul themselves up into third place whilst Lichfield Diamonds are in mid-table following their 2-1 victory over Hereford Pegasus.
Wyrley Ladies have returned to the top of Division One North following a high scoring match in which they edged out Holditch by the odd goal in eleven. Previous leaders Coseley Town meanwhile crashed to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Bilbrook. Cresswell Wanderers won 4-3 against Shrewsbury Ladies and are up to third whilst Walsall scored twelve without reply against Cottage Farm Rangers.
Coventry Sphinx kept up their winning run in Division One South, beating Knowle 3-0 to open up a lead of seven points. Coventry Development are in second after they won 2-1 against Crusaders. Malvern Town defeated Marston Green by the only goal of the game whilst the two teams at the foot of the table shared the spoils, Redditch Utd and Lye Town finishing level at 2-2.
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