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Eastern Region League
Great Shelford are leading the way in the Premier Division following the opening two weekends. On Sunday they ran out 6-0 winners away to Colchester Town courtesy of a Sophie Hopkin brace, Becky Charter, Becky Taylor, Amanda Binge and Kate Saunders. Newly promoted Lowestoft Town have also started well, occupying second place following their 4-2 victory over Barking. Marie Barker, Francine Laisney, Sophie Whiting and Lisa Robins all scored to give Billericay Town a 4-1 success against Bedford Ladies and Leverstock Green complete a quartet of clubs on maximum points after winning 2-1 at Leighton Utd with goals from Steph Beltcher and Nicola Hollick. Claire Knibbs netted twice and Sarah Ketteringham the other as Peterborough Sports bounced back from an opening day defeat to beat Haringey Borough 3-0, as did Stevenage Borough who also won 3-0 against Sawbridgeworth Town with goals from Nicola Perschsky (2) and Rachel Callow.
On the opening day in Division One North, Norwich City Res ran out 7-1 winners over Ipswich Wanderers 7-1. Luci Middleton led the scoring with a four-goal haul, the tally being completed by Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse, Emily Wilson and an own goal. Rebekah Henderson also netted four times as AFC Sudbury defeated Haverhill Rovers 6-1, Annalise Ryan and Marie Seabrook adding the others, while Sophie Tullett (2) and Lucy Goddard were on the scoresheet as newly promoted Bar Hill won 3-0 against Witham Town.
Hoddesdon Owls recorded the biggest victory in Division One South, 5-0 against Stevenage Borough Res thanks to a Daniela Martucci double, Sarah Hitch, Becky Scola and Kristina O'Connell. Dionne Manning, Stacey Savage and Julia Ladbrooke were on the scoresheet for AFC Dunstable in their 3-0 win at Baldock Town and Royston Town beat Hutton 2-0 with goals from Joanne Rutherford and Jenny Hepton. C & K Basildon Res and West Billericay meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw, Bobbi Cubberley scoring for C & K with Michelle Stoneman replying.
London & South East League
Westfield head a trio of teams on maximum points after the opening two matches, following their 14-2 victory over Hemel Hempstead. Crystal Palace have started very well after their relegation at the end of last season and sit in second after they won 5-2 against Carshalton Athletic and Crawley Wasps are the other team who have won both of their first two games, they also notched up a 5-2 victory over Old Actonians. London Corinthians lead the following clubs after scoring nine without reply against AFC Wimbledon. Kikk FC won 3-1 against Hassocks and remain unbeaten as do Maidstone Utd who beat Fulham Compton 2-1.
North East League
York City are through to the semi finals of the Northern League Cup after they came from two goals behind to beat Lowick Utd 4-2. Birtley St Josephs were 2-0 winners over Tynedale and Redcar Athletic defeated Middlesbrough Lionesses 3-1, Tara Ball scoring twice along with Kirsty Ramsay.
In the Southern League Cup, Malet Lambert caused a surprise when goals from Georgie Warvill (2) and Chamaine Pinder gave them a 3-2 win away to Premier Division side Hessle Town. Molly Storey hit a hat-trick along with Rebecca Beech, Melissa Halstead and an own goal as Hull City beat Wetherby Athletic 6-1 and Lepton Highlanders defeated Millers Ladies 4-0 thanks to a Carly Hoyle brace, Louise Wardman and Rachel Lockwood. Sheffield Wednesday won 3-1 at Westella & Willerby thanks to Annalise Carroll, Dani Fletcher and an own goal, whilst Ossett Albion edged out Handsworth by the odd goal in nine, Nicky Davies bagging a double along with Rachel Barber, Angela Gaughan and Claire Popplewell.
South West League
St Nicholas made a big impact in their first match in the Premier Division following promotion, running out 8-1 winners over Weymouth Town to sit as opening day leaders. Becky Rexworthy, Ruby Bagge and Rianne Lewis all scored twice along with Amy Ford and Jade Gamlin. Likewise, Swindon Spitfires also got off to a good start, Ria Salleh, Hayley Huckin and Emma Skinner giving them a 3-0 victory away to Downend Flyers. Last season's runners-up Bristol Ladies Union slipped to a surprise 3-2 defeat at home to Bridgwater Town, whose goals came from Emily Hale, Anusia Rourke and Rosie Williams with Toni Hemmings and Sarah Gregory replying. Cheltenham Town meanwhile started off with a 3-2 win against newly promoted Truro City in which Cath Reilly, Katie Walker and Rhona Donaldson all found the net.
Bishop's Lydeard claimed the largest opening win in the Eastern Division, scoring six times without reply past Cirencester Town. Emily Crook led the scoring for the Somerset side with a hat-trick, Holly Miller weighed in with a brace and Dawna Dennett was also on target. Helen Wood scored twice and Ashleigh Watson the other as Gloucester City also started well with a 3-0 success away to Forest of Dean. Forest Green Rovers Res won a bizarre match 7-5 against newly promoted Brislington. Hannah Hale, Ella Hitchcox and Annie Martin all bagged doubles with Sam Hallsworth also finding the net for Forest Green, who had led 6-1 at half time, while Kim Maggs (2), Jazmin Faiers, Emily Plummer and Chloe Rogers all replied for Brislington. The other league newcomers, Bitton had better fortunes in their first match as they won 2-0 at Poole Town thanks to goals from Becky Jones and a first for the club from Sarah Doidge, direct from a corner. Star of the show for Bitton was Jade Holcombe on her debut who volunteered to go in goal after their keeper fell ill and impressed with a string of fine saves. Meanwhile Eleanor Davies grabbed the only goal of the game as Nailsea Utd came away from Keynsham Town Res with a 1-0 victory under their belts.
Callington Town took the honours in the Western Division with a 5-1 victory over Launceston, Kat Marment bagging a hat-trick along with Chelsie Horton and Sam Veale. Danielle Hay scored both goals as Charlestown won 2-0 against Torpoint Athletic to lie in second place. Marine Academy Plymouth edged out Taunton Town by the odd goal in seven thanks to Jade Bryan (2), Sam Drewery and Eden May, whilst a goal apiece from Sarah Badman, Katherine Bryant and Anita Symons saw Bude Town defeat newly promoted Illogan LFC 3-2. Louisa Stentiford-Crook grabbed the only goal of the game as Torquay Utd were 1-0 winners away to Dobwalls. Alphington picked up a point in their first game back in the league when sharing a goalless draw with Plymstock Utd.
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