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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd recorded the biggest win on the opening day of the season in the Premier Division when a Kimberly Evans brace and Jodie Hancock gave them a 3-0 success away to Arnold Town. Stacey Aisthorpe (2), Jennifer Purnell and Natasha Hughes scored the goals for Nettleham in their fine 4-2 victory at Peterborough Northern Star and Real Utd defeated Sandiacre Town 2-1 thanks to a Stacey Pearce double. Katie Bateman scored for Ellistown in their 1-1 draw with AFC Trinity, who replied through Beth Maye.
In Division One North, Faye Brown hit a hat-trick as Ruddington Village opened up with a 6-2 victory over Notts County Development. Rebecca Graves weighed in with a brace and Holly Brindley was also on target. Tracey Duxbury-Mead, Lauren Flint and Jenny Withers ensured that Sleaford Town won 3-0 against Teversal whilst Solar Ladies beat Alfreton Town 3-1, Toni McHamilton netting twice and Sue Green the other. Grimsby Town meanwhile edged out West Bridgford by the odd goal in five.
Lutterworth Athletic started strongly in Division One South by scoring eight without reply past Loughborough Students (2006). Oadby & Wigston Dynamo meanwhile won 4-0 against Rothwell Corinthians courtesy of Holly Gendall, Holly Gibson, Kiri Herbert and Eve Lomasney. Catherine Davies (2) and Michaela Shepherd were on the scoresheet for Heather St Johns as they notched up a 3-1 victory at Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town kept up their good start to the season and lead the table by two points after beating Leverstock Green 3-1, Amber Rowland scoring twice and Kate Pasque adding the other. Billericay Town and Great Shelford follow on after sharing a 1-1 draw, Nicola Dunsdon netting for Billericay with Alison Wright replying. Stevenage Borough follow on after a Nicola Perschsky brace and Donna McGuigan gave them a 3-2 win at Barking whilst Bedford Ladies defeated Leighton Utd 4-2 thanks to Natasha Fensome (2), Rebecca Vass and Brenna Ryan. Kerry Jacks and Lauren Richardson were on target for Colchester Town in their 2-2 draw with Peterborough Sports, who responded through Lorna Hart and Connie Liddiaed, and Haringey Borough won for the first time, 3-1 against Sawbridgeworth Town with Marianna Sheena bagging a brace and Joselina Ferreira the other.
Two teams jointly lead Division One North - AFC Sudbury, for whom Lynsey Green grabbed the only goal of the game at Ipswich Wanderers, and Bar Hill who won 4-1 against Acle thanks to Vicky Neal (2), Caitlin Alvey and Naomi Ingarfield. Norwich City Res and Witham Town battled out a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Luci Middleton and Stephanie Burder respectively.
Just one point covers the leading six teams in Division One South, headed by West Billericay who beat Baldock Town 3-2 courtesy of a Michelle Stoneman double and Katy Judd. C & K Basildon Res join them on four points after Paida Dedza and Kirsty Knight gave them a 2-1 win away to Hoddesdon Owls. Mary Lisle netted a hat-trick and Alex North the other for Stevenage Borough Res who won for the first time, 4-0 against Royston Town.
London & South East League
Crystal Palace have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division after they beat London Corinthians by the odd goal in seven. Westfield had started the day as leaders but they were defeated for the first time, 4-2 by Kikk Utd who sit in second place on goal difference from Maidstone Utd, who were 3-1 winners over Crawley Wasps. Old Actonians came away from Eastbourne Town with a 2-0 victory under their belts whilst Hassocks won for the first time, 7-1 against Hemel Hempstead Town.
North East League
Aimi Beresford scored a hat-trick as Castleford White Rose recorded the biggest victory on the opening day in the Premier Division, Samantha Watts also getting on the scoresheet as they beat Hull City 4-1. Newly promoted Norton & Stockton Ancients also started well with a 3-2 success at Lepton Highlanders and York City won 2-1 against Hessle Town thanks to Rebecca Dawson and Sara Renfrew. Last season's runners-up Peterlee St Francis shared eight goals with Guiseley, Lucy Garrington and Becky Robinson each netting twice for Peterlee, Guiseley responding via strikes from Amy Parker, Charlotte Proud, Julie Richardson and Michelle Walsh.
Tynedale have made a flying start in the Northern Division, scoring eight without reply past Whickham Fellside. Lauren Ray hit a hat-trick, Emma Hales added a brace and there was one apiece from Sharon Bell, Vicky Mudd and Joanne Dixon. Tara Ball was another hat-trick scorer for Redcar Athletic in their 7-0 victory over Birtley Town, Kirsty Ramsay (2) and Lisa Byrne were also on the scoresheet. Bobby Barwick (2) and Emma Cockerill ensured that Easingwold Town Angels won 3-1 at Prudhoe Town and Birtley St Josephs defeated Lowick Utd 2-0 thanks to Tammy Forster and Shannon Brown. The two newcomers met each other and it was Kader who triumphed 2-1 over Middlesbrough Lionesses, Sophie Cox netting both goals.
In the Southern Division, Malet Lambert took the honours as they beat Ossett Albion 5-0 with strikes from Georgie Warvill (2), Olivia Jackson, Chamaine Pinder and Leah Smirk. Sheffield Wednesday marked their first game in the league by 4-2 away to Millers Ladies, Emily Higgins netting twice along with Bridie Pitsch and Annalise Carroll. A Gemma Harte brace earned Rovers Foundation Ladies a 2-0 success over Doncaster Belles. Debra Slater, Grace Adams and Adele Maloney were on the scoresheet as Wetherby Athletic pipped Handsworth by the odd goal in seven whilst Brighouse Town defeated Westella & Willerby by the only goal of the game.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra head the opening day table in the Premier Division after running out 9-0 winners over Wigan Athletic. Bolton Wanderers started well with a 4-1 victory over Preston North End and Burnley Girls & Ladies beat Northwich Vixens. Last season's runners-up Blackpool went down to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of local rivals Blackpool Wren Rovers but there was better news for Morecambe as they won 2-0 at Chester City.
Stockport County Res recorded the biggest win in Division One North, 7-0 against Carlisle Utd. Blackburn Community defeated Accrington Girls & Ladies 3-0 to occupy second position, whilst Padiham won a high scoring affair 6-4 over Leigh RMI. Penrith AFC meanwhile opened up by winning 2-1 away to Kendal Town.
Division One South saw five large home victories, topped off by a 9-1 win for Macclesfield Town against Mossley Hill Res. Birkenhead netted seven without reply against Winsford and AFC Urmston Meadowside were 5-1 victors over AFC Liverpool. Newcomers Ellesmere Port Town made a good start, beating Manchester University 6-3, and Liverpool Feds Res defeated Manchester Stingers 6-4.
South West League
Bridgwater Town's perfect start to the new season continued with a 3-1 victory over Weymouth Town, which takes them two points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Gabby Coles, Anusia Rourke and Rosie Williams were all on target for Bridgwater. St Nicholas are in second after being held to a goalless draw by Frome Town. Mel Bristow, Hayley Huckin and an own goal gave Swindon Spitfires a 3-0 win over Cleeve West Town which takes them third. Downend Flyers won for the first time, netting eleven without reply past Stoke Lane Athletic. Kate Michael bagged four goals, Alana Willson hit a hat-trick and there were doubles from Grace Bunker and Faye Slade. Sasha Sparkes and Sophie Wilson each scored twice, with Laura-Beth Haggis adding the other as Truro City beat Bristol Ladies Union 5-3.
Bishop's Lydeard continue to hold the early leadership of the Eastern Division after a Holly Miller brace and Emily Crook saw them to a 3-0 win against Poole Town. Nailsea Utd follow on after notching a second successive win over Keynsham Town Res thanks to Kate Liddington, Lauren Richier and Evelyn Gould, and Bitton complete a trio on six points following their 1-0 success at Forest of Dean, Kylie Allen netting the only goal. Kim Maggs (2), Sophie Whelan, Chloe Tape, Leigha Milkins and Emily Plummer were all on target as Brislington notched up an impressive 6-3 victory away to Gloucester City whilst Cirencester Town defeated Forest Green Rovers Res 5-0, Kayleigh-Cheree Oliver scoring a hat-trick and Laura Ballard weighing in with two.
Torquay Utd moved into pole position in the Western Division, a goal apiece from Laura Baker, Vicki Fannon, Laura Gough, Nadine Labajo and Charlotte Maling seeing them to a 5-0 success at Launceston. They lead on goal difference from Callington Town, who beat Dobwalls 2-1 thanks to Emma Anderson and Gemma Farley, and Marine Academy Plymouth, for whom Sam Drewery (2) and Eden May scored the goals in a 3-1 win away to Charlestown. Megan Platt bagged a hat-trick along with Alice Gullick, Clare Thomas and Lauren Hewings for Plymstock Utd as they won 6-2 at Bude Town. Goals from Joanne Lockyear (2) and Laura Burwood saw Alphington to a 3-1 victory over Illogan LFC and Torpoint Athletic defeated Taunton Town 3-2 thanks to Donna Gage, Mandy Webber and Carmen Thornton.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town recorded the highest win in the Premier Division, 7-0 at the expense of Oxford City. Lianne Hill scored a hat-trick with the tally being completed by Lindsey Beverley, Tracy Jones, Justine Mosley and an own goal. Bracknell Town notched up a fine 3-1 win away to Andover New Street to lie in second place. Lauren Steers, Amy Lawrence, Amy Hubbort and Nicola Moore were on the scoresheet as Aldershot Town won 4-3 away to Parley Sports whilst Maidenhead Utd also triumphed 4-3 against Mansfield Road. Woodley Utd edged out newly promoted Gosport Borough 3-2 courtesy of a Laura Woodley hat-trick.
Milton Keynes City made a strong impact on their league debut with a 6-2 victory over the other newcomers Ascot Utd. Shannon Brown scored twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Laura Geyton, Julianne Gadsby, Michelle Morrall and Gemma Taylor. Stony Stratford Town also won 6-2 against Tower Hill thanks to a Siobhaun Layne hat-trick, Jordan Bateman, Lynsey Patmore and Leanne Burns. Banbury Utd defeated Fleetlands 5-2 and goals from Ruby Oliver, Kirsty Parfett and Rachel Panting earned Newbury Ladies a 3-2 success at Chesham Utd Res.
West Midlands League
Wednesfield Town got off to a good start in the Premier Division with a 6-1 victory against FC Reedswood. Hereford Pegasus meanwhile took the points in the other game, beating newly promoted Walsall 3-0.
It was a good day for away teams in Division One North, headed by Shrewsbury Ladies who were 4-1 winners at Cottage Farm Rangers. West Mercia defeated Florence 3-0 and Lichfield Diamonds came away from Coseley Town with a 2-0 victory under their belts.
In Division One South, Marston Green notched up a 2-1 win against newcomers Wyre Forest Phoenix whilst Crusaders and Knowle battled out a 2-2 draw.
The opening rounds of the respective League Cups were played on Sunday and saw Kingshurst Sporting, Coventrians and Leamington Lions record convincing home wins to go through to the quarter finals of the Premier Division Cup. Pelsall Villa won 5-3 at Bilbrook in the Division One North Cup whilst Wyrley Ladies also progressed, and in the Division One South Cup there were victories for Worcester Utd, Kenilworth, Coventry Development and Malvern Town.
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