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East Midlands League
There were no shocks in the First Round of the League Cup last weekend, but a number of Premier Division sides were given tough battles before advancing to the next stage. Long Eaton Utd were taken to extra time by Alfreton Town before emerging as 2-1 winners thanks to Hayley Armstrong and Jodie Hancock after Lyndsey Barnett had netted for the Division One North side. Gina York scored the only goal as Rise Park won at Oadby & Wigston Dynamo whilst AFC Trinity also beat West Bridgford 1-0, Beth Maye was on target.
League leaders Peterborough Northern Star had more comfortable progression against Teversal, netting fourteen times with nine different players on the scoresheet. Pelican Ladies were even more prolific at the expense of Loughborough Students (2006) including eight from Charlotte Robinson and a six-goal haul by Sarah Richardson. Nettleham won an extraordinary game 9-5 against Notts County Development, Sarah Priestly netting five times along with a Stacey Aisthorpe hat-trick and Tiffany Lunn.
The tie of the round went the way of Ellistown who beat Real Utd 2-1 with a double from Jody Scott. Natalie Loughenbury (2), Jodie Smith and Lucy Ferris ensured that Sandiacre Town defeated Solar Ladies 4-1 and Arnold Town were 3-1 winners over Gedling Town thanks to a Toni Anholm brace and Samantha Barlow.
Gemma Charlton, Gemma Hopkin and Emily Mumby all scored twice for Grimsby Town in their 6-2 victory over Lutterworth Athletic whilst Kettering Town won 5-3 at Mansfield Hosiery Mills courtesy of an Emma Dunmore hat-trick and two from Simone Cook. Leah Hill hit three for Ruddington Village during their victory over Barrowby and there were also trebles from Hannah Brewis and Jodie Ireland as Sleaford Town beat Retford Utd 10-1.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town replaced Lowestoft Town at the top of the Premier Division by beating them 3-1, goals coming from Sophie Whiting, Lisa Silverton and Nicola Dunsdon. Bedford Ladies join Lowestoft in being one point off the pace after Natasha Fensome (2), Lucy Bateman and Rebecca Vass gave them a 4-1 victory over Great Shelford. Leverstock Green won 4-1 at Peterborough Sports thanks to a Sally Green brace, Giselle Subryan and an own goal whilst Leighton Utd shared a 3-3 draw with Stevenage Borough. Katherine Cross, Shanice Sanderson and Nicola Henman all scored for Leighton while Samantha Tinsley bagged a hat-trick in reply for Stevenage. Vicky Kinsman netted twice along with Jordan Ferdinand, Hayley Piggott and Katie Whitehead as Barking ran out 5-0 winners over Haringey Borough and Colchester Town won 3-0 away to Sawbridgeworth Town with strikes from Georgia Box, Annie Hickey and Joanna Sibley.
AFC Sudbury continue to lead the way in Division One North after Rachel Gwilliam (2) and Adele Clarke gave them a 3-2 victory at Norwich City Res. An own goal ensured that Bar Hill remain two points behind with a win against Ipswich Wanderers and Acle Ladies notched up their first success, 5-2 over Witham Town thanks to an Aishatu Shaibu double, Helen Emmerson, Laura Hedkte and Jenna Thurtle.
No change at the top of Division One South with C & K Basildon Res staying four points clear after beating Hutton 5-0. Emma Phipps and Joanne Rutherford were on the scoresheet as second placed Royston Town won 2-0 against AFC Dunstable whilst West Billericay were 3-2 victors at Stevenage Borough Res. An eighteen minute first half hat-trick from Whitney Locke sent the visitors into the break with a three-goal lead, Stevenage scored twice in the second half but West Billericay held on to take the three points. Hoddesdon Owls won 5-3 away to Baldock Town with a goal apiece from Natasha Crick, Becky Scola, Laura Newby, Kristi Burling and Daniela Martucci.
London & South East League
Crystal Palace came away from Crawley Wasps with a 2-1 victory which keeps them two points clear at the top of the Premier Division from Maidstone Utd, who were 3-0 winners over AFC Wimbledon. London Corinthians defeated Hemel Hempstead 4-0 and follow on in third place. Free scoring Westfield netted eight without reply past Fulham Compton to stay in touch as did Old Actonians with an 8-2 victory against Hassocks. Eastbourne Town claimed their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Kikk FC.
Carshalton Athletic have gone six points clear at the top of Division One (London) following their 3-2 victory away to Colne Valley. Watford Development ran out 6-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur Development and are up into second place, just ahead of Queen's Park Rangers Development who defeated Camden Town 2-0. Battersea & Wandsworth join the cluster of teams on six points after they won 3-1 against Regents Park Rangers.
North East League
Guiseley are the new leaders of the Premier Division after a Tanya Rich hat-trick and Michelle Walsh gave them a 4-1 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Previous table toppers Norton & Stockton Ancients were held to a 2-2 draw by Castleford White Rose who scored through Jamie-Lea Smith and an own goal. Peterlee St Francis are in third following their 5-1 win against Lepton Highlanders in which Charlotte Dinsdale netted twice along with Jennifer Alford, Leanne Anderson and Laura Wilson. Hull City and Hessle Town finished level at 3-3, Rebecca Beech, Zoe Mitchell and Molly Storey on target for Hull with Hessle replying through Liberty Bott, Chloe Robinson and Ellie McKenzie, whilst the game between Whitley Bay and Barnsley ended goalless.
In the Northern Division, Lauren Johnson scored to earn Middlesbrough Lionesses a 1-1 draw with new leaders Birtley St Josephs, who replied through Sinead Ord. Christine Murray netted four times as Tynedale went second by beating Whickham Fellside 8-3, Megan Watson, Sharon Bell, Ashley Lambert and Lauren Ray all adding one apiece. Redcar Athletic had sterted the day on top but they were defeated 2-1 by Easingwold Town whose goals came from Bobby Barwick and Lynne McKeown. Sophie Cox and Tanya Shires scored for Kader FC in their 2-2 draw with Lowick Utd, who responded through Mel Darling and Jenny Patterson. Prudhoe Town meanwhile beat Birtley Town 3-0 thanks to Ashleigh Rea, Kelly Loughhead and Layla Zahawi.
Wetherby Athletic extended their lead in the Southern Division to five points after winning 6-1 away to Rovers Foundation Ladies. Debra Slater bagged a hat-trick with Charlotte Adams, Helen Hartley and Adele Murphy adding the others. Chloe Roberts, Jayne Smith, Debbie Tomlinson and Rachael White gave Brighouse Town a 4-3 victory over Malet Lambert which takes them into second, just ahead of Millers Ladies who beat Ossett Albion 4-1 thanks to Jenna Bramley, Joanne Broadhurst, Bradie Wild and Hayley Ward. Doncaster Belles won 2-1 against Handsworth and the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Westella & Willerby ended 3-3. Lucy Davenport, Bridie Pitsch and Annalise Carroll netted for Wednesday with Amy Thompson, an own goal and Becky Walker replying.
North West League
The top two in the Premier Division kept up their fast pace, Morecambe defeated Wigan Athletic 12-2 to remain as leaders on goal difference from Blackpool Wren Rovers who were 2-1 victors away to Chester City. Crewe Alexandra stay three points off the pace after beating Preston North End 6-2. Burnley Girls & Ladies are the division's other unbeaten team and remain in touch following their 3-1 win at Bolton Wanderers. City of Manchester beat Blackpool 2-0 and Irlam won for the first time, 2-0 against Northwich Vixens.
Blackburn Community defeated Kendal Town 8-0 to stay two points ahead in Division One North from Stockport County Res who were 4-0 winners over Padiham. Manchester City A scored twelve without reply against Woolton and are in third, just ahead of Carlisle Utd who went ever better and beat Bury Girls & Ladies 15-2. Accrington Girls & Ladies meanwhile claimed their first victory, 5-2 over Leigh RMI.
There was no change at the top of Division One South where Birkenhead's 2-0 win against Manchester University keeps them ahead of Liverpool Feds Res who beat AFC Liverpool 1-0. Macclesfield Town edged out Winsford by the odd goal in five and remain two points behind and just in front of Ellesmere Port Town who were 4-2 winners over AFC Urmston Meadowside.
South West League
Just four points now cover the top seven teams in the Premier Division, headed by Truro City who took over the leadership with a 6-2 victory over Swindon Spitfires. Bristol Ladies Union are in second, their highest position to date, after Cheryl Baber and Sarah Gregory gave them a 2-1 win at Frome Town. Bridgwater Town had started the day as leaders but are back in third after St Nicholas repeated their Cup victory seven days earlier, winning 5-0 thanks to Charlotte Davis (2), Becky Rexworthy (2) and Rianne Lewis. The last unbeaten record disappeared as Cheltenham Town went down 2-1 at home to Downend Flyers, who scored through Danielle Beazer and Alana Willson. It was a good day for Stoke Lane Athletic as they won for the first time, 5-0 against Cleeve West Town with goals from Adele Brown (2), Daisy Hynes, Imogen Pearce and Abby Rose.
Bishop's Lydeard are back on top of the Eastern Division after Emily Crook, Suzanne Daw and Holly Miller gave them a 3-1 victory at Cirencester Town. Bitton began the day on top, having not conceded a goal so far, but their record vanished as they were beaten 8-1 by Gloucester City. Leanne Godwin hit a hat-trick for Gloucester and Laura Stephens added a brace, with the others coming from Tayla Burnell, Helen Wood and Katie Carrington-Strait. Brislington shared a 1-1 draw with Poole Town, Kimberly Maggs scoring a second half equaliser after Sasha Paynter had put the Dorset side in front. Eleanor Davies netted both goals for Nailsea Utd in their 2-2 draw with Forest Green Rovers Res, for whom Ellie Olds also scored twice. Forest of Dean and Keynsham Town Res also shared four goals, Abigail Jones and Amy Tandy netting for the home side with Keynsham replying through Ashleigh Rooke and Emma Summerill.
Hayley Ranachan was on target six times as Western Division table toppers Plymstock Utd scored twelve without reply against Torpoint Athletic. Catherine Davies added a brace and there was one apiece from Alice Gullick, Clare Thomas, Emilie Palmer and Megan Platt. Torquay Utd are one point behind after beating Illogan Ladies 6-2, Laura Gough scoring a hat-trick along with Hayley Chamberlain (2) and Vicki Fannon. Sam Drewery netted twice and Elizabeth Stanley the other as Marine Academy Plymouth won 3-0 against Dobwalls and Charlestown stay in touch after a Tori Marks hat-trick earned them a 3-1 victory over Taunton Town. Beth Dingle grabbed the only goal of the game as Launceston inflicted a first defeat on Callington Town whilst Alphington edged out Bude Town by the odd goal in nine, Mary Murphy and Claire Finch each hitting doubles with Laura Burwood also on the mark.
Southern Region League
League leaders Woodley Utd are through to the Second Round of the League Cup with an 8-0 victory over Banbury Utd. Nicole Sandhu was on target four times along with Sarah Reid (2), Ranai Bird and Nicola Froud. Gosport Borough meanwhile defeated Bracknell Town 5-0 with goals from Charmaine True (2), Gemma Green (2) and Kelly Baker. Maidenhead Utd came through a tricky tie with a 3-0 win at Newbury Ladies thanks to Olivia Buzaglo, Zoe Clifford and Louise Ekins. Abi Canvin bagged a four-goal haul and Grainne McNally joined her on the scoresheet as Marlow progressed by beating Fleetlands 5-2.
In the Premier Division, Parley Sports are five points behind leaders Woodley following their 1-1 draw with Aldershot Town. Rachel Anderson gave Parley a first half lead with Laura Funnell equalising on the hour. Andover New Street won 1-0 against Oxford City and goals from Holly Bridge and Amy Pipe gave Mansfield Road a 2-1 victory over Basingstoke Town.
Ascot Utd became the first team to take points off Milton Keynes City in Division One as they shared a 2-2 draw. Cecilia Gonzalez and Hannah Evans netted for Ascot with Julianne Gadsby and Gina Burns replying for City whose lead has been trimmed to a single point by Stony Stratford Town, 6-4 winners over Tower Hill thanks to an Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke hat-trick, Kate Casserley, Siobhaun Layne and Susanna Elliott. Chesham Utd Res and Southampton Women each picked up their first point when they battled out a goalless draw.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Hereford Pegasus went down to their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 3-2 by TNS Ladies. Pegasus remain three points clear at the top from five different teams, now headed by Walsall after they defeated Wednesfield Town 9-1. Coventrians won 4-2 at Allscott to move onto six points as do Leamington Lions on the back of a 3-2 victory over Kingshurst Sporting.
West Mercia continue to set the early pace in Division One North, beating Florence 2-1 to stay three points ahead of Bilbrook who defeated Cresswell Wanderers 7-1. Pelsall Villa were held to a 2-2 draw by Wyrley Ladies and are in third whilst Shrewsbury Ladies leapfrogged Lichfield Diamonds into fourth place by beating them 2-0. Coseley Town meanwhile notched up their first victory of the season, 4-0 against Cottage Farm Rangers.
The top two met each other in Division One South and honours were even as leaders Marston Green drew 2-2 with second placed Studley. Coventry Development ran out 4-1 winners at Lye Town and are up into third, just ahead of Knowle who won 2-1 against Crusaders. Kenilworth Town were 3-1 victors away to Malvern Town whilst Wyre Forest Phoenix and Worcester Utd occupy the mid-table positions following their 1-1 draw. Solihull Ladies Res claimed their first points when beating Redditch Utd 3-0.
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