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East Midlands League
Lucy Smith was the hero for Steel City Wanderers as they won 4-1 away to Long Eaton Utd to maintain their lead of two points at the top of the Premier Division. The substitute hit a second half hat-trick and Maria Burns added the other as the Steels came from a goal behind at half time. Rise Park made sure of staying in second place as doubles from Fiona Kieran and Natasha Murray, plus a Kylie Parr goal, earned them a 5-0 victory over Gedling Town. Mansfield Town replaced Peterborough Northern Star in third place by beating them 4-1. Hannah Bodle, Gemma Hodgkinson, Charlotte Montgomery and Lucy Webster were all on target to inflict a first defeat of the season on Northern Star. Arnold Town and Nettleham occupy the mid-table positions after they battled out a goalless draw.
Greenwood Meadows made it five wins out of five when beating Retford Utd 4-1 to preserve their lead of three points in Division One North. Nicole Bailey-Lewis scored twice along with Katrina Bloomer and Chantelle Robinson. Gemma Charlton hit a hat-trick, with Gemma Hopkins (2), Ruth Ashton, Lindsey Dye and Emily Mumby adding the others for second placed Grimsby Town in their 8-0 victory over Appleby Frodingham and Ruddington Village won 3-1 at Pinxton thanks to Krysia Ellis, Kirsty Carnelley and Jodie Ellis. Lincoln Ladies Development moved into mid-table with a 5-1 win against Notts County.
Division One South leaders AFC Trinity saw their winning run halted by Loughborough Students Res who held them to a 2-2 draw, despite a double from Louise Pullan. Trinity still head the table by nine points and the students are in third, with Radcliffe Olympic Res placed inbetween them following their 2-1 victory at Netherton Utd, given to them by Ashleigh Evans and Natalie Robinson. Bethany Evans scored the only goal of the game as Barrowby won for the first time, 1-0 over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo.
Eastern Region League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday but it saw C & K Basildon increase their lead at the top of the table to six points with a 9-1 victory over Thorpe Utd. Nicola Carty led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Laura Bryant added a brace and the tally was completed by Jenny Brown-Wealls and Charlie Dolby, with Rebekah Lake replying.
The only other league action took place in Division One South where Chelmsford City replaced Leighton Utd in second place by beating them 4-1. Lynsey Bowman netted twice, with Abigail Fry and Emma Ridings also on target for Chelmsford who trail leaders Leverstock Green by three points. East Thurrock Utd are in the top four following their 6-4 victory over Hutton, given to them by Aimee Poole hat-trick, Sophie Dowman double and Katy Judd.
London & South East League
London Corinthians moved themselves up into third place in the Premier Division by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Denham Utd, beating them 5-1. At the other end of the table, Old Actonians registered their first victory, 6-1 against Maidstone Town.
In the solitary match in Division One (London), Rachel Kosky scored the only goal of the game as Luton Town Res won 1-0 away to Tring Athletic.
North East League
The two teams at the top of the Premier Division came face to face on Sunday and, with both teams sporting a 100% record, something had to give. In the end, both teams yielded their winning runs as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Laura Darmody and Rachel Kay were on target for Chester-le-Street Town with Charlotte Dinsdale netting a double in reply for Peterlee St Francis, who remain as leaders on goal difference. In the other game, Barnsley lifted themselves into third place via a 4-0 win away to Whitley Bay, thanks to a goal apiece from Melissa Cole, Rebecca Fevers, Holly Findlay and Kathryn Smith.
Whickham Fellside produced an outstanding result to inflict a 7-3 defeat on high riding Redcar Athletic in the Northern Division. A win could have taken Redcar top, whilst Whickham had been beaten in their previous five games, but hat-tricks from Sharon Bell and Kirsty McMahon plus a Sarah McMahon goal saw Whickham to victory. Durham Wildcats continue to climb the table and are in fourth after Samantha Striano (2), Rosie Connor and Ellen Fahey gave them a 4-2 win over Durham City.
Doncaster Rovers Belles Juniors have taken over as the new leaders of the Southern Division after they defeated Rovers Foundation Ladies 5-2, thanks to a Charlotte Cork hat-trick, Natalie Allen and Emily Weatherstone. Chelsey Faulkner was on target four times for Bradford City Res in their 6-1 victory over Wetherby Athletic, Kerry Playle and Rebecca Teale joining her on the scoresheet.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers moved to within two points of the leadership in the Premier Division by beating Northwich Vixens 2-0. Crewe Alexandra follow on behind them after they returned from Wigan Athletic with a 2-0 win under their belts. At the other end of the table, Preston North End claimed their first victory of the season, 3-2 against Irlam and they are off the bottom as a result.
The top two in Division One North were not in action but Springfields (Preston) were unable to take the opportunity to go level on points with them as they were held to a 6-6 draw by Leigh RMI. Stockport County Res cemented themselves in mid-table by running out 7-3 victors over Carlisle Utd and Kendal Town won for the first time, 5-0 away to Bury Girls & Ladies.
No change at the top of Division One South where Chester City beat Winsford 1-0 to stay as leaders on goal difference from Manchester University who triumphed 5-1 away to Liverpool Feds Res. AFC Urmston Meadowside netted six without reply against Manchester Stingers and Warrington Town claimed their first victory, 2-1 against Mossley Hill Res.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic powered to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference with an 8-0 success away to Stoke Lane Athletic. Kate German led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Sophie Hamer weighed in by netting a brace and the tally was completed by Lizzie Barratt and Anna Walby. Bridgwater Town could have joined them on fifteen points but they went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Weymouth, for whom Jess Turk and Emma Acott were on target. Carmen Thornton, Eden May and Megan Platt netted the goals as Plymstock Utd beat Cheltenham Town 3-2 to leapfrog them in the table.
In Eastern Division One, St Nicholas went level on points with leaders Swindon Supermarine after goals from Amy Jefferies and Becky Rexworthy gave them a 2-1 victory over Keynsham Town Res. Swindon Spitfires are just one point behind the two leaders following their goalless draw with Oldland Abbotonians.
The top of the table clash in Western Division One went the way of Bay Ladies, who opened up a lead of seven points by beating Falmouth Town 4-3. Laura Baker netted twice with one apiece from Louisa Stentiford-Crook and Josie Jackson. Truro City are in third but still possess a 100% record after winning 5-2 away to Launceston, Bethany Thomas bagging a brace along with Sophie Wilson, Monica Lewis and an own goal. Marine Academy Plymouth follow on after they claimed a 2-1 victory at Dobwalls and the game between Callington Town and Charlestown finished level at 2-2. Samantha Veal and Kate Bourn were on target for Callington, with Charlestown replying through Danielle Hay and Lauren Hoskin.
Southern Region League
The two teams at the top of the Premier Division met each other on Sunday and the points were shared as Aldershot Town and Southampton Women battled out a 1-1 draw. The sides had faced each other in the F.A.Women's Cup seven days earlier with the Shots winning on that occasion, but this results keeps Aldershot two points ahead as leaders. Parley Sports meanwhile were able to make up ground and their 4-1 success away to Oxford City leaves them three points off the pace. Basingstoke Town lifted themselves up the table when goals from Samantha Mosley (2), Lianne Hill and Tracy Jones saw them to a 4-2 victory over Mansfield Road.
Division One leaders Oxford Utd Res received a setback as they dipped to a 3-1 defeat away to Gosport Borough. This allowed Stony Stratford Town to move up into second and trim Oxford's lead to five points with a 3-2 triumph at Banbury Utd. Marlow also won 3-2 against Chesham Utd Res and the game between City Belles and Andover New Street finished goalless.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies are showing no signs of slowing up at the top of the Premier Division and they now have a commanding twelve point lead following their 3-0 victory over Bradwell Belles. In the other game, Kingshurst Sporting leapt into the top half of the table via a 5-1 win away to Wednesfield Town.
Division One North is shaping up to be very tight this season and Cresswell Wanderers hold on to the leadership after results went their way on Sunday. A win would have taken Wyrley Ladies top but they were beaten 4-3 by improving Shrewsbury Ladies, who claimed their second straight win. Coseley Town remain third after sharing a 3-3 draw with unbeaten Walsall.
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