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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers are starting to stretch the pace at the top of the Premier Division after recording their seventh straight win, 8-0 against Long Eaton Utd. Beth Gingell and Cheryl Mawhood bagged four goals apiece to help the Steels extend their lead to five points. Nettleham are up into third place after beating Peterborough Northern Star 7-3, Zuzana Pramukova scoring a hat-trick along with doubles from Stacey Aisthorpe and Ashlyn Mester. Sandiacre Town meanwhile defeated Ellistown 2-0 thanks to strikes by Natalie Loughenbury and Jodie Smith.
Solar Ladies have gone six points clear in Division One North after winning 4-2 away to Alfreton Town. Ellie Casson, Sue Green, Toni McHamilton and Daniella Whitworth all netted a goal apiece. Grimsby Town kept themselves in touch with the leading sides by scoring six without reply past West Bridgford.
Division One South leaders Gedling Town were held to a 3-3 draw by Rothwell Corinthians, who picked up their first point of the season. Amy Loake, Christine Wade and Leah West netted the goals for Rothwell whilst Gedling replied through a Sara Wright brace and Demi-Leigh Crofts. A victory would have taken Kettering Town top but instead they went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 4-1 by Raunds Town who scored through doubles from Tash Applegate and Karen Britchford. Oadby & Wigston Dynamo kept up their challenge after Samantha Hargrave, Eve Lomasney, Ellie Towers and Kiri Herbert gave them a 4-0 success away to Loughborough Students (2006).
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies maintained their two point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory over Haringey Borough, Natasha Fensome scoring twice and Chelsea Hunter adding the other. Stevenage Borough meanwhile went second as they won 3-2 at Peterborough Sports with goals from Justine Emmins, Amy Josland and Samantha Tinsley. Vicky Kinsman (2) and Carly Vigors were on the scoresheet for Barking in their 3-2 win against Sawbridgeworth Town and Great Shelford defeated Colchester Town 4-1 with goals from Abigail Davies, Sophie Hopkin, Becky Taylor and Sophie Lanham.
Division One North table toppers AFC Sudbury drew for the second week in a row, 1-1 against Witham Town with Natalie Golding and Lynsey Bowman netting respectively. Luci Middleton bagged a hat-trick for Norwich City Res as they narrowed the gap with a 3-1 success away to Ipswich Wanderers whilst Bar Hill beat Haverhill Rovers 2-1, Naomi Ingarfield and Natalie Harman were on target.
AFC Dunstable have gone second in Division One South after Dionne Manning and Danielle Carty gave them a 2-1 victory over West Billericay. Hoddesdon Owls edged out Hutton by the odd goal in seven, courtesy of a Daniela Martucci brace, Charley Handley and Becky Scola, whilst Baldock Town beat Stevenage Borough Res 3-0 thanks to Rebecca Day, Michelle Smith and an own goal.
London & South East League
Maidstone Utd's winning run was brought to a halt as they were held to a goalless draw by Old Actonians on Sunday. The Kent side saw their lead trimmed to seven points by London Corinthians who avenged their defeat to Westfield in the F.A.Women's Cup seven days earlier by winning the league meeting 3-0. Crystal Palace continue to look strong and are handily place in third, with games in hand, following their 4-1 victory over Kikk Utd. Crawley Wasps stay in touch after they also won 4-1 against Hemel Hempstead whilst Fulham Compton defeated Eastbourne Town 4-0.
There was a change of leadership in Division One (London) with Queen's Park Rangers Development taking over at the top following their 3-2 victory over Chertsey Town. Watford Development remain in second place after they shared four goals with Colne Valley.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients have gone four points clear at the top following their 5-2 victory over Castleford White Rose. Hull City replaced Guiseley in second place by beating them 2-0, Molly Storey and Melissa Halstead scoring their goals. York City meanwhile won 5-0 against Scunthorpe & Bottesford to go third, Alicia Smith netting twice along with Sara Renfrew, Lauren Shuttleworth and an own goal. Laura Burgess, Jessica Burton, Ellie Kendrick and Stacy Dyson were all on target as Barnsley defeated Lepton Highlanders 4-0.
Northern Division leaders Lowick Utd were 5-1 winners over Redcar Athletic, Michelle Stewart netting four times with Georgia Thompson adding the other. They lead by three points from Birtley St Josephs who went one better, beating Prudhoe Town 6-1 thanks to a Becki Miller hat-trick, Tammy Forster weighing in with a brace and Shannon Brown completing the tally. Elena Purcifer's hat-trick gave Kader FC a 3-1 success at Birtley Town whilst Easingwold Town and Whickham Fellside shared four goals, Bobby Barwick and Emma Douglas scoring for Easingwold with Jennifer Brennan and Elizabeth Campbell replying.
Wetherby Athletic are keeping up the pace at the top of the Southern Division after a Debra Slater double and Emma Guilder earned them a 3-1 win against Westella & Willerby. They still lead by five points from Doncaster Belles who beat Ossett Albion 7-1, Ellen Smith hitting a hat-trick along with Katie McBredie (2), Amy Blinkhorn and Chantelle Willis. Malet Lambert were 3-1 victors away to Rovers Foundation Ladies and Handsworth edged out Sheffield Wednesday by the odd goal in seven. Danielle Harrison gave Wednesday the lead before Handsworth levelled through Ayesha O'Malley and then forged a match winning lead through Leah Hardy (2) and Abbie Ward. Harrison and Sophie Eyre scored in the last five minutes as Wednesday came close to salvaging a point.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra moved level on points with league leaders Morecambe after they defeated City of Manchester 5-3. Blackpool Wren Rovers meanwhile scored seven without reply past Preston North End and are a further three points adrift. Blackpool meanwhile continue to improve and their 5-0 victory over Wigan Athletic has taken them into mid-table.
Blackburn Community stay eight points clear at the summit in Division One North after they defeated Woolton 5-2 and second placed Stockport County Res netted ten times against Bury Girls & Ladies. Manchester City meanwhile beat Accrington Girls & Ladies to keep themselves in third place. Padiham's 7-1 victory over Kendal Town takes them above both Penrith AFC and Carlisle Utd after the sides battled out a 1-1 draw.
In Division One South, Liverpool Feds Res won 3-0 against Macclesfield Town to narrow the gap on leaders Birkenhead to three points. Manchester Stingers edged out Ellesmere Port 2-1 and AFC Liverpool ran out 5-2 winners over Winsford.
South West League
St Nicholas took full advantage of their rivals' inactivity to go five points clear in the Premier Division with a 3-1 win away to Weymouth. Becky Rexworthy, Abi Winnett and Charlotte Davis scored their goals with Jody Unwin replying. Cheltenham Town meanwhile kept themselves in touch as late second half strikes from Charlie Griffin and Rhona Donaldson gave them a 2-0 victory over Stoke Lane Athletic.
Eastern Division leaders Bishop's Lydeard went down to a 1-0 reverse away to Nailsea Utd, for whom Ellie Davies grabbed the only goal of the game. This allowed Brislington to narrow the gap to two points by beating local rivals Bitton 5-3. Emily Plummer scored twice for Brislington along with Kimberly Maggs, Charlotte Reardon and Sophie Whelan whilst Bitton replied through Megan Bloomer, who later sustained an ankle ligament injury, Amber Coates and Megan Price. Gloucester City also stepped up their challenge with a 2-0 success away to Forest Green Rovers Res, Emily Skipp netting both goals.
Charlestown are up into second, five points off the pace, in the Western Division after a Tori Marks hat-trick and Kelly Semmens gave them a 4-2 win at Launceston. They go above Plymstock Utd who were beaten 1-0 by Dobwalls who scored through Ellie Simpson. Alphington were 4-2 victors at Illogan Ladies, Laura Burwood netting twice along with Rachel Golby and Jodie Millett. Sam Drewery was another hat-trick scorer, for Marine Academy Plymouth as they beat Taunton Town 5-1, Natalie Liggett and Eden May joining her on the scoresheet.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd extended their lead to five points after a Jessica Grimmett brace, Ranai Bird and Laura Woodley gave them a 4-0 victory over Mansfield Road. Parley Sports stay in third after they crashed to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Bracknell Town. Basingstoke Town moved into mid-table with a 2-0 win at Andover New Street, goals coming from Lindsey Beverley and Katie Randell.
Tower Hill are the new leaders of Division One despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Marlow. Abi Canvin gave Marlow a first half lead with Sarah Coles bagging a late equaliser. Milton Keynes City had started the day on top but were beaten 5-3 by Fleetlands, Stacey Niven hitting a hat-trick and Laura Streeter a brace. Third placed Stony Stratford Town also lost, 4-3 to Newbury Ladies despite a Siobhaun Layne hat-trick and Banbury Utd were 2-1 winners over Southampton Women. Chesham Utd Res and Ascot Utd shared four goals, Chantelle O'Grady and Naomi Littler scoring with Chesham with Ascot replying through Hannah Evans and Jodie Webb.
West Midlands League
Hereford Pegasus crushed Bradwell Belles to regain the leadership of the Premier Division with B & WM Police moving into second place by beating Kingshurst Sporting 5-0. Leamington Lions won 3-2 against Allscott to catch up ground as did Coventrians with a 3-0 victory away to Wednesfield Town. TNS Ladies occupy the mid-table position following their 3-1 win against Walsall.
West Mercia inflicted a first defeat of the season on Bilbrook and the 2-1 result takes them five points ahead in Division One North. Lichfield Diamonds also lost ground as they were beaten 2-0 by Cresswell Wanderers. Florence cemented themselves in mid-table with a 3-1 victory over Wyrley Ladies whilst Shrewsbury Ladies and Coseley Town finished level at 4-4.
Things remain tight in Division One South but Marston Green continue to lead the way after putting seven past Kenilworth Town. Knowle won 2-1 at Malvern Town to stay level on points with them with Crusaders breathing down their necks, they beat Redditch Utd 3-0. Coventry Development surrendered their unbeaten record as they went down 3-1 to Solihull Ladies Res who, despite the win, stay in the bottom two due to Lye Town also winning, 2-1 against Wyre Forest Phoenix.
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