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East Midlands League
Pelican Ladies went three points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated Long Eaton Utd 6-2. Rhyiannea Anderson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Chantelle Robinson weighed in with a brace and Samantha Barlow was also on target. Ellistown would have gone second with a win but instead they were held to a 1-1 draw by Arnold Town. Toni Anholm gave Arnold a first half lead with Katie Bateman equalising for Ellistown after the break. Peterborough Northern Star and Real Utd shared four goals, Donna Nicholls and Sarah Jones twice giving Northern Star the lead with Michelle Longford and Janine Willows levelling on each occasion. Zuzana Pramukova (2), Tiffany Lunn and an own goal gave Nettleham a 4-0 victory at AFC Trinity and there was a third draw as Rise Park and Sandiacre Town finished level at 1-1 with goals from Laura Henning and Amy Pashley respectively.
Solar Ladies stay five points ahead in Division One North after a Lottie Soar brace and Natalie Aird earned them a 3-0 success away to Notts County Development. Second placed Sleaford Town defeated Grimsby Town 3-2 thanks to Jade Welch, Lauren Flint and Tracey Duxbury-Mead. Alfreton Town moved into the top half by beating Retford Utd 5-1 with goals from Kelly Gunston (2), Lisa Dolan, Lauren Stevenson and Sara Gingell. West Bridgford and Teversal shared a 1-1 draw in which Emily Murphy and Kylie Goddard scored respectively whilst Mansfield Hosiery Mills won for the first time, 3-2 against Ruddington Village thanks to an Amy Jones double and Kathie Rees.
In Division One South, Hayley Brown scored twice and Nina Best the other as Gedling Town beat Oadby & Wigston Dynamo 3-2 to stay one point ahead of Heather St Johns who ran out 4-1 winners over Lutterworth Athletic courtesy of a Sarah Young hat-trick and Sarah Williams. Kettering Town moved up to third with a 5-1 victory over Loughborough Students (2006), Emma Dunmore hitting a hat-trick and Simone Cook adding a brace.
League Cup holders Steel City Wanderers advanced to the Second Round with an ultimately comfortable 6-0 win over Raunds Town. Rachel Hale's goal separated the sides at the interval but it was not until Beth Gingell made it 2-0 just before the hour that Steels made their superior status count. Cheryl Mawhood came on and bagged a quick fire ten minute hat-trick with Zoe Beresford the other scorer.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies are the new leaders of the Premier Division following their 4-3 victory away to Peterborough Sports. Natasha Fensome scored twice along with Camille Stephens and Rebecca Vass. Carly Copplestone and Katie Whitehead were on the scoresheet as Barking went fourth by beating Great Shelford 2-1.
Division One North table toppers AFC Sudbury went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-1 by Norwich City Res. Luci Middleton and Natasha Snelling scored the goals for Norwich who are now in second place.
C & K Basildon Res are eight points clear at the top of Division One South after they drew 1-1 with AFC Dunstable, who scored through Danielle Carty.
London & South East League
Maidstone Utd took full advantage of their rivals' inactivity to notch up a 3-1 win away to third placed London Corinthians, a result which sees them extend their advantage at the top of the Premier Division to four points.
There was also one match played in Division One (London) and it saw Battersea & Wandsworth climb up to second place in the table by beating Camden Town 2-1.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients kept up their excellent start to the season in the Premier Division with a 3-2 victory away to Hessle Town. Bianca Owens scored twice and Nyci Thorns the other to take their side three points ahead at the top of the table. Hull City went third by beating Peterlee St Francis 4-3 with goals from Molly Storey (2), Rebecca Beech and Joanne Symington. Whitley Bay are in mid-table following their 3-1 success away to Scunthorpe & Bottesford, given to them by Katie Barnes, Sarah Coleman and an own goal.
There was a change of leadership in the Northern Division with Tynedale going top by beating Prudhoe Town 5-1. Christine Murray bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Ashley Lambert and Vicky Mudd. Birtley St Josephs defeated Easingwold Town 5-0 thanks to a goal each from Tammy Forster, Shannon Brown, Heather MacKinlay, Robyn Stubbs and Amy Lynn. Birtley Town and Whickham Fellside meanwhile fought out a 1-1 draw near the foot of the table, Tracey Embleton giving Whickham a first half lead which was cancelled out by Michaela McHugh.
The top two did not play in the Southern Division and third placed Rovers Foundation Ladies went down to a 4-2 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday who scored through Bridie Pitsch, Michelle Wakelin, Dani Harrison and an own goal to avenge their defeat seven days earlier to Rovers, for whom Gemma Harte replied twice. Handsworth and Doncaster Belles finished level at 2-2, Kim Hardman and Megan Simmons netting for Handsworth, whilst Malet Lambert were 2-1 winners away to Westella & Willerby thanks to a Georgie Warvill brace. Ossett Albion edged out Millers Ladies by the odd goal in seven to record their first victory, Nicola Swift netting a brace with Joanna Atkinson and Nicky Davies also on target.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra are in second place in the Premier Division, three points off the pace, following their 5-1 victory against Northwich Vixens. Chester City ran out 3-0 winners away to Wigan Athletic and are in the top half of the table, just ahead of City of Manchester who defeated Irlam 8-4.
Just the one match survived the weather in Division One North and it was as far north as Carlisle Utd, who battled out a 3-3 draw with Leigh RMI.
There was considerably more action in Division One South with four matches going ahead. This included leaders Birkenhead losing their 100% record when being held to a 3-3 draw by Macclesfield Town and their advantage has been trimmed to three points by second placed Liverpool Feds Res, who beat Manchester University 2-1. Manchester Stingers were 2-1 winners away to AFC Urmston Meadowside whilst in the clash between the two teams at the foot of the table, Mossley Hill Res registered their first points of the season when they defeated Winsford 4-2.
South West League
Sasha Sparkes scored twice and Helena Calfe the other as Premier Division leaders Truro City won 3-2 against Downend Flyers, who replied through Katie Ransome and Faye Slade. St Nicholas ensured they remained a point behind in second place, beating Cleeve West Town 6-1 thanks to Becky Rexworthy (2), Adele Hooper, Jess Wilson, Abi Winnett and Jennifer Jones. Bristol Ladies Union meanwhile ran out 4-1 winners at Swindon Spitfires, Toni Blenkinsopp netting a brace along with Vicky Symes and Natalia Debek.
Bishop's Lydeard made a swift return to pole position in the Eastern Division after they defeated Forest of Dean 5-1. Abigail Payne bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Emily Crook and Holly Miller. Kimberly Maggs was another hat-trick scorer as Brislington stayed in touch by beating Keynsham Town Res 6-0. Molly Moore, Emily Plummer and Charlotte Reardon were Bris' other scorers. Cirencester Town lifted themselves off the bottom when sharing a goalless draw with mid-table Nailsea Utd and Poole Town were 2-1 winners over Forest Green Rovers Res with goals from Emily McDonough and Rebecca Miles.
Western Division leaders Torquay Utd won an important 3-2 victory away to fellow contenders Marine Academy Plymouth. Laura Baker, Laura Gough and Louisa Stentiford-Crook were all on target for Torquay. Charlestown moved up to second by beating Bude Town 5-0, Tori Marks netting four times with Riannon Player adding the other. Plymstock Utd are back in the top three following their 4-3 win against Illogan Ladies, Hayley Ranachan hitting a hat-trick along with Megan Platt. Alphington beat Dobwalls 1-0 and Taunton Town also won against Callington Town by the only goal of the game, scored by Rebecca Churches. Improving Launceston were another team to win 1-0, away to Torpoint Athletic thanks to Amy Hemingway.
Southern Region League
In the only match to finish in the Premier Division, two of the front runners, Parley Sports and Gosport Borough, battled out a 2-2 draw. Laura Baker and Rachel Anderson had sent Parley into a two-goal lead at the break but Gosport fought back in the second half, Gemma Green and Emma Pickering earning them a share of the spoils. Aldershot Town and Maidenhead Utd had their game abandoned at half time with the score goalless, due to a waterlogged pitch whilst Bracknell Town and Mansfield Road fared even worse, their clash being flooded out after just seven minutes of play.
Milton Keynes City stay on top of Division One after winning 5-1 away to Newbury Ladies. Julianne Gadsby scored twice along with Shannon Brown, Mia Skaarup and Roksana Karbownik. Siobhaun Layne, Leanne Burns and Keeley Moxon netted the goals as second placed Stony Stratford Town came from behind to beat Marlow 3-2 whilst Tower Hill were 4-2 victors against Chesham Utd Res with strikes from Charley Hamilton (2), Emma Proctor and Lisa Freeman. The weather intervened in the other match between Ascot Utd and Banbury Utd which had to be abandoned.
West Midlands League
In the only match to be played in the Premier Division, TNS Ladies defeated Allscott 4-1 and although they are in sixth place, they are just three points behind the leading sides.
In Division One North, West Mercia stretched their lead at the top to four points by beating Wyrley Ladies 5-3. Lichfield Diamonds meanwhile hauled themselves back into the top four on the back of a 5-2 success away to Cresswell Wanderers.
There was also only one game played in Division One South and it resulted in a 3-1 victory for Malvern Town away to Wyre Forest Phoenix.
League leaders Hereford Pegasus have gone out of the Premier Division Cup, albeit by the narrowest of margins. They shared a 5-5 draw with Coventrians who went on to progress to the semi finals by winning the resulting penalty shootout. Kingshurst Sporting caused something of a surprise when beating Walsall 5-2 and also through to the last four are Leamington Lions, 2-1 winners away to FC Reedswood.
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