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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division for the first time this season after two first half goals from Beth Gingell guided them towards a 2-1 victory over Rise Park, who replied through Natasha Murray.
The top of the table clash in Division One North ended with honours even as Sleaford Town and Solar Ladies battled out a 3-3 draw. Ellie Casson scored twice and Lottie Soar the other for Solar, who stay two points ahead, while Lauren Flint (2) and Tracey Duxbury-Mead were on target for Sleaford. Notts County Development caught up ground in third place by scoring nine without reply past West Bridgford, Robyn Henton hitting a hat-trick along with doubles from Courtney Walters and Androulla Kokkinou, April Bingham and Jasmin Bear completing the tally. Grimsby Town went two better, Gemma Charlton bagging a four-goal haul and Gemma Hopkin a hat-trick, with Jade Charlton and Emily Mumby hitting doubles in an 11-1 crushing of Alfreton Town. Faye Brown was another hat-trick scorer in Ruddington Village's 7-1 victory over Retford Utd, Danielle Duffy adding two along with Rebecca Graves and Emma Clarke. Mansfield Hosiery Mills and Teversal finished level at 1-1 with goals from Amy Jones and Bethany Wilcockson respectively.
In Division One South, Oadby & Wigston Dynamo made up ground on the top three as two Holly Gibson gave them a 2-0 win at Rothwell Corinthians. Loughborough Students (2006) meanwhile claimed their second victory, 3-1 over Lutterworth Athletic thanks to Lorna Wilkinson (2) and Clare Hayes.
Eastern Region League
Stevenage Borough's 2-0 victory away to Haringey Borough has lifted them up into third place in the Premier Division. Jessica McNamara scored both goals to leave Stevenage just two points off the pace. Sawbridgeworth Town and Peterborough Sports meanwhile fought out a 1-1 draw, Claire Poulton netting for Sawbow with Lorna Hart replying.
Division One North table toppers AFC Sudbury were held to a goalless draw by Bar Hill, meaning that they stay seven points clear at the top, this time from Acle who went second by winning 1-0 at Ipswich Wanderers, Laura Hedtke scoring the only goal. Haverhill Rovers picked up their first victory of the season, 2-0 against Witham Town.
One match was played in Division One South, Royston Town lifting themselves into second place as a Joanne Rutherford goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Hoddesdon Owls.
Norwich City Res are through to the Third Round of the League Cup after they defeated Stevenage Borough Res 2-1. Elizabeth Johnson and Chelsea Clarke were on the scoresheet for Norwich with Sherri Evans replying.
London & South East League
While their main rivals were involved in F.A.Women's Cup action, Maidstone Utd took the chance to increase their lead at the top of the Premier Division to nine points with a 2-1 victory over Old Actonians. The Stones needed to come from a goal behind before strikes from Aimee Churchill and Claire Williams gave them the points. Hemel Hempstead Town meanwhile picked up their first points of the season when beating AFC Wimbledon 8-1. Suzanne Read led the scoring with a five-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Steph Cripps, Kayleigh Baker and Hannah Cooper, Bernice Tully grabbing a consolation for the Dons.
Carshalton Athletic made a swift return to winning ways, beating Chertsey Town 3-2 to stay one point ahead at the top of Division One (London) from Watford Development, who were 1-0 victors over Camden Town. Queen's Park Rangers Development are a further point adrift following their 3-1 success away to Tottenham Hotspur Development. Colne Valley continue their improvement and are in mid-table following their 2-0 victory over Regents Park Rangers.
North East League
Guiseley climbed into second and trail leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients by three points following their 3-1 win away to York City. Charlotte Proud, Tanya Rich and Polly Fildes netted their goals with Megan Bramham replying for the home side. Barnsley returned from Hessle Town with a 3-1 victory under their belts thanks to Sue Elrington, Ellie Kendrick and an own goal whilst Lepton Highlanders defeated Castleford White Rose 4-1, Rachel Lockwood bagging a hat-trick and Rebecca Wiggans the other goal.
Lowick Utd are back on top of the Northern Division after winning 3-0 away to Redcar Athletic. Michelle Stewart netted twice for Lowick, with Becky Robinson joining her on the scoresheet. Whickham Fellside also won 3-0 at the expense of Middlesbrough Lionesses thanks to an Elizabeth Campbell brace and Tracey Embleton.
In the Southern Division, Doncaster Belles moved to within five points of the leadership with a 3-0 success away to Sheffield Wednesday. Nicolle Jepson, Briony Pinchess and Bradie Wild scored the goals as Millers Ladies beat Westella & Willerby and Ossett Albion continue to improve as they edged out Handsworth by the odd goal in seven, Nicola Swift hitting a hat-trick with Sophie Langdale also on target.
North West League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Blackpool moving themselves away from the bottom three places as goals from Alix Reid (2), Jenny McGill and Mac Barlow gave them a 4-1 victory over Preston North End.
In Division One North, Accrington Girls & Ladies continued to catch up ground on the top three as they defeated Woolton 8-1. Leah Embley led the scoring with a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Amelia Ripley, Joanna Duckworth, Lauren Walker, Ruth Hopton and an own goal.
Birkenhead have stretched their lead at the top of Division One South to six points with a 4-0 win against Manchester University. Ellesmere Port Town and Macclesfield Town both continue to occupy top four positions after they battled out a 2-2 draw.
South West League
Downend Flyers are back in the top three following a 3-1 victory away to Cleeve West Town, who are still looking for their first points of the season. Kate Michael hit a hat-trick to spearhead the win for Downend, while Cleeve's consolation came from Natalie Brown. Stoke Lane Athletic meanwhile ran out 3-0 winners over Bridgwater Town to jump out of the bottom two thanks to Imogen Pearce, Abby Rose and an own goal.
Bishop's Lydeard have gone five points clear at the top of the Eastern Division after they won 5-0 against Bitton who went down to their second defeat in successive weeks. Holly Miller hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sophie Buck and Amy Clegg. Keynsham Town Res also netted five without reply against Forest of Dean, Hannah Sims scoring twice along with Sarah Bartlett, Vera Bernabe and Kate Collyns, and Forest Green Rovers Res defeated Cirencester Town 3-1 with goals from Charlotte Budenis, Danielle Hay and Naomi Marshall.
Torquay Utd continue to power away in the Western Division and stretched their lead to five points by beating second placed Plymstock Utd 4-1. Vicki Fannon, Louisa Stentiford-Crook, Sian Chapman and Anna Finnemore netted their goals with Hayley Ranachan replying. Alphington made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides as Karen Buck, Laura Burwood and Rachel Golby gave them a 3-0 victory over Callington Town. Bude Town meanwhile edged out Dobwalls by the odd goal in seven, Danielle Salt netting twice along with Sarah Badham and Lizzy Jenkins.
Southern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division ended in a draw as leaders Woodley Utd and Aldershot Town finished level at 1-1. Lauren Steers gave the Shots a first half lead with Ranai Bird equalising for Woodley and keeping them two points clear. Mansfield Road meanwhile shared six goals with Andover New Street whose goals came from Claire Ham, Lydia Moulding and Jenna Patterson.
The top two teams at the start of the day in Division One also met each other and shared the points with Stony Stratford Town drawing 2-2 against Milton Keynes City. Stony Stratford twice took the lead through Lynsey Patmore and Kate Casserley with City twice levelling with a brace from Michelle Morrall. City stay top on goal difference from Tower Hill who went second by beating Ascot Utd 4-0, Samantha Bevan-Talbot netting twice along with Charley Hamilton and Sarah Snowdon. Fleetlands replaced Banbury Utd in fourth when defeating them 3-2 with goals from Carla Laney, Michele Niven and Natalie Bavister, while Newbury Ladies follow on after a 4-1 victory over Chesham Utd Res. Southampton Women claimed their first victory of the season when an own goal gave them a 1-0 win against Marlow.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police leapt into the top three with a 9-1 victory over Hereford Pegasus who would have gone top with a win but instead remain in second. Allscott are just behind after beating Kingshurst Sporting 5-3 and Wednesfield Town were 2-1 winners against Bradwell Belles.
Division One North table toppers West Mercia went down to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Wyrley Ladies and their lead has been cut to two points by Pelsall Villa who won 6-1 away to Coseley Town. Bilbrook are a further point adrift in third after they also recorded a 6-1 victory at the expense of Shrewsbury Ladies whilst Lichfield Diamonds ran out 6-3 winners against Cottage Farm Rangers. Florenec are in mid-table following an 8-1 success at Cresswell Wanderers.
Marston Green did not play on Sunday but they remain on top of Division One South, on goal difference from Knowle who beat Lye Town 2-1. Kenilworth Town were defeated for the first time, 3-2 by Malvern Town, whilst Coventry Development ended their run of draws with an 8-2 victory over Redditch Utd and they remain unbeaten in fifth. Worcester Utd moved away from the bottom three places, courtesy of a 5-2 win against Solihull Ladies Res.
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