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East Midlands League
Pelican Ladies stay at the top of the Premier Division following their 1-1 draw with Peterborough Northern Star. Steel City Wanderers meanwhile are a single point off the pace after running out 8-0 winners away to injury hit Ellistown. Cheryl Mawhood had a great day in front of goal, scoring four times, with Beth Gingell (2), Zoe Beresford and an own goal completing the tally. Real Utd climbed up to fifth as a Jodie Ellis brace and Janine Willows gave them a 3-2 victory over Nettleham. AFC Trinity completed a good week for themselves by winning 2-1 at Long Eaton Utd, Sam Christie scoring both times, whilst the bottom of the table clash ended with honours even as Rise Park and Arnold Town drew 1-1 with strikes from Natasha Murray and Jenny Lorimer respectively.
Division One North leaders Solar Ladies' winning start to the season was halted as they shared six goals with Grimsby Town. Natalie Aird, Lottie Soar and Daniella Whitworth were all on target for Solar. Sleaford Town won 2-1 at Mansfield Hosiery Mills to reduce their lead to two points, Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Kimberly Scurr scoring their goals. Courtney Walters, Jasmin Bear, Anna-Marie Casey-Horton, Robyn Henton and Alex Francis gave third placed Notts County Development a 5-1 victory over Alfreton Town and West Bridgford also scored five against Retford Utd, Tara Butler hitting a hat-trick with Emily Murphy adding a brace.
Kettering Town moved themselves to within one point of the leadership in Division One South, thanks to a 4-2 win against Lutterworth Athletic. All of Kettering's goals came in the second half with Charlotte Penney, Kylie Evans, Stacey Chaplin and Emma Dunmore all on the scoresheet. Raunds Town meanwhile ran out 6-1 winners over Loughborough Students (2006), Tash Applegate bagging a hat-trick along with Hayley Griffiths, Donna Norman and Laura Patrick.
Eastern Region League
The top three in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday and Barking follow on in fourth after they drew 2-2 with Leighton Utd Vixens. Carly Copplestone and Vicky Kinsman scored for Barking, with Leighton replying through Shanice Sanderson and Katherine Cross. Stevenage Borough defeated Colchester Town 6-2 to move into the top half, Nicola Perschsky and Samantha Tinsley each scoring twice along with Amy Josland and Donna McGuigan. Sawbridgeworth Town are off the bottom after goals from Jacqueline Stott, Rebecca Maybury and Claire Poulton gave them a 3-2 success at Great Shelford.
Acle cemented themselves in mid-table in Division One North by winning 5-1 away to Haverhill Rovers. Aishatu Shaibu was on target twice along with Joanne Hooper, Francesca Lambert and Emily Anderson.
In Division One South, AFC Dunstable went second in the table when a Carly Cowell brace and Chelsea Forde earned them a 3-0 success at Royston Town.
Laura Bryant hit a hat-trick as C & K Basildon Res went through to the Third Round of the League Cup with a 6-3 extra time victory over Ipswich Wanderers. Sabrina Campbell added a double and Michaela Iley completed the scoring. AFC Sudbury also required extra time as they beat Hoddesdon Owls 3-2, Enya Moore netting twice along with Rebekah Henderson. Bar Hill won 6-3 against Witham Town thanks to an Eleanor Sims hat-trick, Naomi Ingarfield (2) and Sophie Tullett.
London & South East League
Maidstone Utd kept up their good run of form at the top of the Premier Division and they have gone six points clear at the top following their 2-1 win over Westfield. London Corinthians meanwhile notched up a 3-0 success at Kikk Utd, a result which takes them into second place. Crawley Wasps made sure of hanging on to the coat tails of the leading sides, thanks to a 4-0 victory away to AFC Wimbledon in which Faye Rabson scored twice, Rachel Palmer and Natalie Stephenson adding the others.
Carshalton Athletic hold on to the leadership of Division One (London), despite being beaten 4-1 at home by second placed Watford Development. Kemina Webber bagged a brace for Watford along with Sabrina Roach and Kayleigh Humphries (see match report). Queen's Park Rangers Development are a further point adrift in third following their 2-0 win away to Regents Park Rangers. Tottenham Hotspur Development defeated Battersea & Wandsworth 3-1 whilst Colne Valley won for the first time, 6-2 against Chertsey Town.
North East League
Premier Division leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients have extended their lead to four points after beating Peterlee St Francis 1-0. Hull City meanwhile replaced Guiseley in second place, beating them 2-0 thanks to two Zoe Mitchell goals, and York City kept up their good start as Lauren Shuttleworth and Jasmine Whitwell gave them a 2-0 victory over Barnsley. Hessle Town added to Scunthorpe & Bottesford's woes by defeating them 10-1, Liberty Bott, Ellie McKenzie and Emily Rymchuk each hitting hat-tricks with Chloe Robinson also getting on the scoresheet. Castleford White Rose lifted themselves up the table with a 2-0 win against Lepton Highlanders with goals from Danielle Sidebottom and Sarah Cairns.
Tynedale regained the leadership of the Northern Division by scoring eight without reply past Prudhoe Town. Christine Murray bagged herself a four-goal haul, Helen Gibson weighed in with a brace and there was one each from Lauren Ray and Emma Hales. Lowick Utd are just two points behind in third place, they defeated Kader FC 3-0 with goals from Jenny Patterson, Kirstie Tang and Georgia Thompson.
In the Southern Division, Brighouse Town are six points behind leaders Wetherby Athletic after beating Sheffield Wednesday 5-3. Sonya Sweeney scored a hat-trick with Claire Needham and Jayne Smith adding the others. Doncaster Belles won 2-0 at Westella & Willerby to go third, just ahead of Malet Lambert who were 2-1 victors over Handsworth. Ossett Albion meanwhile continued their improvement with a second successive win, 3-1 against Rovers Foundation Ladies with goals from Nicola Swift (2) and Rachel Barber.
North West League
Morecambe inflicted a first defeat of the season on Blackpool Wren Rovers and the 5-2 victory keeps them three points clear at the top of the Premier Division from Crewe Alexandra, who scored six without reply against Burnley Girls & Ladies. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other in an important clash with Preston North End and Wigan Athletic, drawing 1-1, Wigan registering their first point of the season.
Blackburn Community stay eight points clear in Division One North following an 8-0 victory over Penrith AFC. Stockport County Res defeated Accrington Girls & Ladies 2-0 and stay in second place, ahead of Manchester City A who were 5-3 winners against Carlisle Utd. Leigh RMI and Kendal Town finished level at 3-3 whilst Bury Girls & Ladies won for the second match running, 3-2 against Padiham.
Birkenhead got straight back to winning ways in Division One South, a 6-1 success against Manchester Stingers maintaining their three point lead over Liverpool Feds Res who edged out Ellesmere Port Town by the odd goal in five. Mossley Hill Res defeated AFC Liverpool 4-1 and Winsford picked up their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw with mid-table AFC Urmston Meadowside.
South West League
With Truro City not playing on Sunday, St Nicholas took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the Premier Division with a 1-0 win away to Stoke Lane Athletic, Charlotte Davis scoring the only goal of the game. Swindon Spitfires meanwhile defeated Frome Town 4-1 with goals from Hayley Huckin (2), Mel Bristow and Debbie Rose.
Brislington leapfrogged Bitton into second place in the Eastern Division by beating them 3-0 in their local derby clash. Kimberly Maggs was on target twice along with Emily Plummer. Poole Town meanwhile moved into the top half after an own goal gave them a 1-0 win at Nailsea Utd. Julissa Rodriguez and Agnieszka Ziolek each bagged braces, with Anna Burgoyne adding the other as Keynsham Town Res notched up a 5-1 victory over Cirencester Town.
Torquay Utd preserved their two point lead in the Western Division after they scored fourteen times against Torpoint Athletic. Laura Gough netted eight times in total, Hayley Chamberlain adding a brace with Louisa Stentiford-Crook, Laura Baker, Nadine Labajo and an own goal completing the tally. Megan Platt (2) and Alice Gullick were on the scoresheet as Plymstock Utd went second by winning 3-0 away to Marine Academy Plymouth. Jade Hankinson and Lindsey Woodman were on target for Dobwalls as they won 2-1 against Charlestown, who had started the day in second place, whilst Illogan Ladies continued their improvement with a 4-1 victory over Launceston, Stacey Bray netting twice along with Julie Lawrence and Sophie Weedon.
Southern Region League
League Cup holders Aldershot Town are through to the quarter finals once more following an impressive 5-1 victory over Gosport Borough. Lauren Steers scored twice for the Shots with one apiece from Laura Funnell, Lauren Carnell and Lucy Thomson. Premier Division leaders Woodley Utd scored sixteen times past Tower Hill whilst Parley Sports were 3-1 winners over Mansfield Road, goals coming from Rosie Williams, Laura Baker and Philippa Holden. Tracy Jones and Lindsey Beverley gave Basingstoke Town a 2-1 victory away to Southampton Women whilst Oxford City defeated Andover New Street 3-1 thanks to Georgia Williams, Amanda Frackiewicz and Emily Noel. In the clash between the top two in Division One, Siobhaun Layne hit a hat-trick as Stony Stratford Town beat Milton Keynes City 3-1 whilst Ascot Utd were 6-3 winners over Marlow, Hannah Evans also scoring a hat-trick with Cecilia Gonzalez (2) and Lauren Broadhurst also on the scoresheet.
One match was played in Division One, Banbury Utd lifting themselves up to fourth place in the table as they won 2-1 away to Newbury Ladies.
West Midlands League
FC Reedswood are the new leaders of the Premier Division after they defeated B & WM Police 4-0, inflicting a first defeat of the season on their opponents. Hereford Pegasus are now in second following their 1-1 draw with Allscott. Kingshurst Sporting picked up their first point of the season when sharing four goals with third placed Walsall whilst Leamington Lions ran out 4-1 winners over TNS Ladies.
West Mercia further stretched their lead at the top of Division One North to five points following a 4-0 victory away to Shrewsbury Ladies. They took advantage as their two nearest rivals, Pelsall Villa and Bilbrook, met each other and battled out a 2-2 draw which means that both teams maintained their unbeaten records. Lichfield Diamonds and Coseley Town finished level at 1-1 and Wyrley Ladies were 3-1 victors at Cresswell Wanderers.
Division One South leaders Marston Green were held to a 1-1 draw by Coventry Development, who have now drawn four of their five matches. Crusaders moved to within a single point of the leadership when they won 1-0 away to Malvern Town, whilst Knowle are in third after they defeated Wyre Forest Phoenix 3-1. Kenilworth Town made sure of keeping well in touch with the leading teams as they scored five without reply at Lye Town.
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