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East Midlands League
There were no surprises in the League Cup Second Round on Sunday but Arnold Town were taken to extra time before beating Ruddington Village 4-3, Toni Anholm hitting a hat-trick with Chloe Harrison adding the other. Rise Park meanwhile came through a tough test at Grimsby Town, also with a 4-3 victory with goals from Georgianne Herring (2), Zoe Ford and Natasha Murray. League leaders Steel City Wanderers won 2-0 away to Sandiacre Town thanks to Laura Naylor and Hollie Barker, whilst Pelican Ladies were 1-0 winners over Long Eaton Utd. Sam Christie and Mikaela Welford gave AFC Trinity a 2-0 victory over Rothwell Corinthians and Nettleham scored nine without reply past Sleaford Town, Stacey Aisthorpe and Sarah Priestley each bagging hat-tricks with singles from Ashlyn Mester, Jennifer Purnell and Zuzana Pramukova.
In the First Round of the League Plate, Solar Ladies were 5-3 winners away to Teversal thanks to a Toni McHamilton hat-trick and Lottie Soar brace. Courtney Walters also hit a treble with Lauren Yeomans and Androulla Kokkinou adding the others as Notts County Development defeated Alfreton Town 5-2. Amy Jones (2), Kathie Rees and Amy Whittingham scored the goals for Mansfield Hosiery Mills in their 4-1 victory over Raunds Town whilst Heather St Johns edged out Gedling Town by the odd goal in nine, Rachael Enser netting twice along with Rebecca Dobney, Sarah Williams and Sarah Young. Lutterworth Athletic meanwhile beat Loughborough Students (2006), Neely Simons scoring both goals.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies maintained their lead of three points at the top of the Premier Division by scoring six without reply against Sawbridgeworth Town. Chloe Scott led the scoring with a four-goal haul and the others came from Suzanne Darby and Natasha Fensome. Donna McGuigan and Samantha Tinsley were on target as second placed Stevenage Borough beat Barking 2-1. Nicola Dunsdon was another striker to net four times, for Billericay Town in their 8-1 victory over Leighton Utd Vixens. Samantha Edwards, Steph Poleykett, Sophie Whiting and Lisa Silverton completed the tally for Billericay. A Sophie Hopkin hat-trick, Becky Taylor and Alison Wright gave Great Shelford a 5-2 win against Peterborough Sports and Leverstock Green defeated Haringey Borough 5-0, courtesy of a Giselle Subryan hat-trick, Nicola Hollick and Sapphire Kalinski.
In Division One North, AFC Sudbury stay six points clear after Rebekah Henderson, Enya Moore and Charlene Roach gave them a 3-1 win away to Ipswich Wanderers. Sophie Tullett netted four times for Bar Hill in their 6-2 victory over Witham Town, Eleanor Sims and an own goal completing the tally, and Acle Ladies defeated Norwich City Res 3-1 thanks to Emily Anderson, Jordan O'Hara and Donna Bonnett.
Division One South table toppers C & K Basildon Res were held to a goalless draw by Stevenage Borough Res and their lead has been trimmed to two points by AFC Dunstable, whose emphatic victory over Hutton included four-goal hauls from Tracey Blake and Dionne Manning plus a Carly Cowell hat-trick. Royston Town and Baldock Town shared a 1-1 draw, Ashleigh Tuck and Rebecca Day scoring respectively, whilst Katy Judd (2), Whitney Locke and Michelle Stoneman were West Billericay's markswomen in their 4-0 win against Hoddesdon Owls.
London & South East League
Crystal Palace inflicted a first defeat of the season on Premier Division leaders Maidstone Utd, Roschelle Shakes and Jenny Kikomeko giving them a 2-1 win with Aimee Churchill replying (see match report). Second placed London Corinthians meanwhile beat Old Actonians 3-2 to cut the Stones' lead to seven points. Crawley Wasps lost ground when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Westfield. Hassocks claimed an important 2-0 win against Eastbourne Town and Hemel Hempstead were 7-4 victors at AFC Wimbledon, Suzanne Reid netting four times along with Kayleigh Baker, Gemma Darvell and Kelly Toms.
Carshalton Athletic have returned to the top of Division One (London) after they defeated Battersea & Wandsworth 4-0. Chertsey Town edged out Regents Park Rangers 2-1 whilst Camden Town beat Tottenham Hotspur Development by the only goal.
North East League
League leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients were held to a 2-2 draw by Guiseley. Bianca Owens and Nyci Thorns netted for Norton, with Guiseley replying through Nadine Bates and Tanya Rich. Hull City took the opportunity to reduce Norton's advantage to two points by winning 2-0 at York City thanks to Zoe Mitchell and Molly Storey. Lepton Highlanders and Whitley Bay finished level at 1-1, Claudia Cleary and Steph O'Brien scoring respectively, whilst Rebecca Fevers netted for Barnsley as they also drew 1-1 with Peterlee St Francis, who scored through Charlotte Dinsdale. Castleford White Rose ran out 8-1 winners over Scunthorpe & Bottesford with Aimi Beresford, Louise Stringer and Danielle Sidebottom each scoring twice, Lisa Jepson and Leah Watts adding the others.
Lowick Utd are now seven points clear in the Northern Division following their 4-2 victory over Birtley Town in which Jenny Patterson (2), Becky Robinson and Michelle Stewart all scored. Tynedale moved up to second by beating Easingwold Town 7-1, Christine Murray hitting a hat-trick along with Vicky Mudd, Ashley Lambert, Joanne Dixon and Siani Sproul. Tara Ball grabbed the only goal of the game as Redcar Athletic won 1-0 at Kader FC and Prudhoe Town pipped Middlesbrough Lionesses by the odd goal in seven, Jenny Wilkes netting twice with Rhiannon Castle and Layla Zahawi adding the others.
Southern Division leaders Wetherby Athletic were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Brighouse Town for whom Sonya Sweeney and Debbie Tomlinson were on target. A win would have taken Doncaster Belles top but they also lost, 3-0 to Malet Lambert who scored through an Ellie Tanser double and Charmaine Pinder. Jaydene Venus gave Millers Ladies a 1-0 success at Handsworth and Ossett Albion defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 thanks to Claire Popplewell and Nicola Swift. Westella & Willerby claimed their first victory of the season, 2-0 against Rovers Foundation Ladies with goals from Natasha Linford and Amy Ward.
North West League
League Cup holders Blackpool Wren Rovers began their defence of the trophy with a 2-0 victory over Preston North End. League leaders Crewe Alexandra also made it safely through as they defeated Carlisle Utd 4-1. Liverpool Feds Res meanwhile knocked out Premier Division opponents when winning 4-1 against Wigan Athletic. Burnley Girls & Ladies defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-2 in an all-Premier Division clash whilst Chester City and Blackpool progressed at the expense of Leigh RMI and Winsford respectively. AFC Liverpool emerged as 2-1 victors over Stockport County Res after extra time and Division One North leaders Blackburn Community won 5-1 away to Manchester City A but their Division One South counterparts Birkenhead crashed to a 5-1 reverse at Macclesfield Town. Padiham beat Penrith AFC 4-0 and Ellesmere Port Town returned from Kendal Town with a 6-3 victory under their belts. One tie went all the way to penalties, Manchester Stingers triumphing on spot kicks over Mossley Hill Res after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw.
In the Premier Division, City of Manchester returned to the top half of the table by running out 8-1 winners over Irlam.
Accrington Girls & Ladies enjoyed their trip to Bury Girls & Ladies in Division One North, the resulting 13-2 victory seeing them catch up ground on the top three.
South West League
St Nicholas continue to stretch the pace at the top of the Premier Division and they now head the table by four points after a goal from Jade Gamlin gave them a 1-0 win away to Swindon Spitfires. Second placed Truro City were involved a thrilling game with Downend Flyers which finished 3-3. Kate Michael gave Downend a two-goal lead by netting a double before Jade Sweet, Sasha Sparkes and Sophie Wilson turned the match around in Truro's favour. With five minutes left, Katie Ransome scored to Downend a share of the spoils and keep her side in fourth. Cheltenham Town continue to pick up wins and still have games in hand, Sarah Haden and Elizabeth Dawson earning them a 2-0 victory at Bristol Ladies Union. Georgia Coles and Rosie Williams were on target for Bridgwater Town in their 2-1 win away to Cleeve West Town, who replied through Mollie Stevens, and Weymouth Town beat Frome Town 2-1 thanks to a Rosie Sharpe brace.
Brislington extended their Eastern Division lead to four points with a 7-1 victory away to Keynsham Town Res. Kimberly Maggs led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on target were Vicky Powell, Chloe Rogers, Sophie Whelan and Chloe Tape. Bitton got back to winning ways when beating Forest Green Rovers Res 7-2 and each of their prolific strike trio were on the scoresheet, Megan Bloomer and Amber Coates each hitting hat-tricks with Kylie Allen adding the other. Gloucester City's hopes received a knock as they went down 2-0 to Poole Town, for whom Sasha Paynter and Shelley Towers scored, and Cirencester Town lifted themselves off the bottom by defeating Forest of Dean 5-3. Kayleigh Oliver bagged a treble for Ciren and she was joined on the mark by Shannel Baldwin and Katrina Fisher.
One match was played in the Western Division and it resulted in a 2-2 draw between Illogan Ladies and Callington Town. Kathryn Barbery-Redd and Sophie Weedon were Illogan's markswomen, with Callington replying via Chelsie Horton and Grace O'Leary.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd stay five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after winning 5-2 at Parley Sports. Ranai Bird and Laura Woodley each scored twice with Nicola Froud adding the other. Aldershot Town made sure of keeping on Woodley's heels as a Lauren Steers brace, Amy Lawrence and Sian Houghton guided them to a 4-0 victory away to Bracknell Town. Basingstoke Town ran out 3-0 winners over Oxford City, courtesy of a Lindsey Beverley hat-trick.
Gosport Borough eased into the quarter finals of the Chairman's Cup by beating former finalists Southampton Women 4-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Kelly Baker, Emma Pickering, Gemma Green and Natalie Pollard. Nikki Barnes scored the only goal as Andover New Street won 1-0 against Fleetlands and Mansfield Road saw off the challenge of Banbury Utd with a 6-3 victory, goals coming from Rachel Mariam (2), Amy Pipe (2), Lucie Bowden and Sarah Wood. Tower Hill are also through after winning 3-2 at Newbury Ladies, Lisa Freeman scoring the extra time winner to add to Samantha Bevan-Talbot and Emma Proctor's earlier strikes.
In Division One, Milton Keynes City returned to the top on goal difference following their goalless draw with Stony Stratford Town. Marlow meanwhile defeated Ascot Utd thanks to an Abi Canvin double, Rhea James, Amy Pollard and Grainne McNally.
West Midlands League
There was a change of leadership in the Premier Division with B & WM Police now leading the way following their 2-1 victory over Leamington Lions. The head the table on goal difference from FC Reedswood who defeated Coventrians 4-0. TNS Ladies meanwhile edged out Allscott by the odd goal in nine and lie in fourth, just three points off the pace. Wednesfield Town and Walsall shared a 1-1 draw whilst Kingshurst Sporting won for the first time, 7-0 against Bradwell Belles.
West Mercia preserved their advantage of five points in Division One North, they won 3-0 away to Coseley Town whilst second placed Pelsall Villa defeated Cresswell Wanderers 4-2. Third placed Bilbrook lost ground as they were beaten 2-1 by Wyrley Ladies who went level on points with them and the other match between Lichfield Diamonds and Florence finished level at 1-1.
A 2-1 victory away to Knowle keeps Marston Green on top of Division One South and they now lead by a point from Crusaders who went second by beating Solihull Ladies Res 6-1. Coventry Development defeated Studley 7-0 and are in fourth, just ahead of Kenilworth Town who were 9-1 winners over Redditch Utd. Malvern Town returned from Lye Town with a 2-0 win under their belts and Wyre Forest Phoenix fared even better, scoring seven times away to Worcester Utd.
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