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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers preserved their lead at the top of the Premier Division and extended their unblemished start to eight games by winning 4-1 against Real Utd. Cheryl Mawhood bagged another hat trick with Jen Pearson also on target but the star player for Steels manager Ian Smith was Maria Burns with a polished display from midfield. The title battle appears to be slowly developing into a two-horse race with Pelican Ladies still chasing after the Steels, goals from Rhyiannea Anderson (2), Sheryl Gayle and Marie Wayne earning them a 4-0 success at Ellistown. Peterborough Northern Star defeated Rise Park 2-0 thanks to Julie Ikeda and an own goal, whilst Jenny Lorimer scored the only goal of the game as Arnold Town won 1-0 away to AFC Trinity.
Solar Ladies stay six points clear in Division One North following their 4-2 win at Ruddington Village. Toni McHamilton bagged a hat-trick with Lisa Cromey adding the other goal. Sleaford Town remain on Solar's heels in second after a Megan Collings hat-trick, Hannah Brewis (2), Lauren Flint and Tracey Duxbury-Mead gave them a 7-1 success away to Retford Utd. Courtney Walters was another hat-trick scorer as Notts County Development defeated Teversal 6-0, Anna-Marie Casey-Horton, April Bingham and Lauren Yeomans completing the tally. Hannah Dutton, Grace Galloway and Brigitte Warrender scored the goals as Alfreton Town beat West Bridgford 3-0 and Mansfield Hosiery Mills won 3-1 at Grimsby Town thanks to an Amy Jones brace and Jade Curtis.
Division One South leaders Gedling Town beat Kettering Town 2-0, Hayley Brown and Natalie Watson scoring, to maintain their two point advantage over second placed Oadby & Wigston Dynamo who won 2-1 against Raunds Town thanks to Holly Gendall and Eve Lomasney. Rothwell Corinthians won for the first time, 5-2 over Loughborough Students (2006), Leah West hitting a hat-trick with Dannielle Ives and Christine Waite adding the others.
* On Tuesday night, Pelican Ladies narrowed the gap on leaders Steel City Wanderers to one point by beating Arnold Town 3-1.
Eastern Region League
Barking went through to the quarter finals of the League Cup as goals from Carly Copplestone and Katie Whitehead gave them a 2-1 victory over Lowestoft Town. Sophie Hopkin hit a hat-trick with Becky Charter and Kate Saunders adding the others as Great Shelford defeated Colchester Town 5-1. Leighton Utd also scored five against Haringey Borough whilst Sawbridgeworth Town came through a difficult tie away to C & K Basildon Res, Rebecca Maybury grabbing the only goal of the game. Sophie Tullett was the hero for Bar Hill, her hat-trick seeing them edge out Norwich City Res 3-2 and the other tie between AFC Sudbury and Peterborough Sports finished level at 2-2 after extra time but penalties were abandoned due to bad light.
Ipswich Wanderers progressed in the League Plate with a 4-1 victory over West Billericay, courtesy of an Emma Goldsmith hat-trick and Beth Liles. Sherri Evans, Katherine Hale, Tayla Huckle, Mary Lisle and an own goal ensured that Stevenage Borough Res won 5-2 against Acle Ladies and Royston Town came away from Witham Town with a 3-1 win, goals coming from Joanne Rutherford, Amy Shepherd and Grace Leslie. Hutton made it through with a 2-1 extra time victory over Baldock Town, Rachael Agombar and Lucy Hudson scoring, and AFC Dunstable also needed extra time as they beat Hoddesdon Owls 4-2, Dionne Manning netting twice along with Tracey Blake and Holly Skinner.
In the Premier Division, Billericay Town moved to within two points of leaders Bedford Ladies by winning 2-0 away to Stevenage Borough, Nicola Dunsdon scoring both goals.
London & South East League
Maidstone Utd returned to winning ways and stay seven points clear after beating AFC Wimbledon 5-0. Claire Williams netted twice for the Stones whose other goals came from Abigail Spragg, Nichola Morris and Aimee Churchill. London Corinthians keep up the chase in second following a 4-1 victory away to Fulham Compton. Crawley Wasps won 2-1 at Old Actonians to consolidate their fourth position whilst at the other end of the table, Eastbourne Town doubled their points tally for the season when they shared a 2-2 draw with Hassocks.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One (London) where Carshalton Athletic won 6-3 away to Camden Town to lead the way by three points from Watford Development, who moved above Queen's Park Rangers Development into second place via a 2-1 success at Regents Park Rangers. Colne Valley are up into fourth following their 4-1 victory against Battersea & Wandsworth and Tottenham Hotspur Development were 3-0 winners over Chertsey Town.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients extended their Premier Division lead to five points on the back of a 7-3 victory away to Guiseley. Bianca Owens hit a hat-trick, Nyci Thorns added two and there was one apiece from Victoria Hutchinson and Becky Stephenson. Third placed York City lost ground when they were beaten 2-0 by Lepton Highlanders for whom Rachel Lockwood netted both goals. Laura Burgess and Jessica Burton were on the scoresheet as Barnsley won 2-0 at Scunthorpe & Bottesford and Hessle Town defeated Castleford White Rose 7-3 thanks to a Liberty Bott hat-trick, Ellie McKenzie (2), Emily Rymchuk and Victoria Stonehouse.
Northern Division leaders Lowick Utd were beaten for the first time this season, 5-2 by Tynedale who reduced their advantage to four points. Birtley St Josephs kept in touch by beating local rivals Birtley Town 6-1 with goals from Sinead Ord (2), Kirsty Poulter, Tammy Forster, Amy Lynn and Heather MacKinlay. Sophie Cox and Zara Johnson were on target as Kader FC won 2-1 at Redcar Athletic and Prudhoe Town beat Middlesbrough Lionesses by the same scoreline with strikes from Jenny Wilkes and Layla Zahawi. Whickham Fellside meanwhile climbed above Easingwold Town by defeating them 3-1 courtesy of Elizabeth Campbell, Tracey Embleton and Emily Tate.
Wetherby Athletic have gone five points clear in the Southern Division after winning 5-1 away to Malet Lambert. Millers Ladies scored six without reply against Rovers Foundation Ladies, Briony Pinchess bagging a hat-trick along with a Bradie Wild brace and Chelsea Kitchen. Ossett Albion are up into mid-table after Claire Popplewell and Nicola Swift gave them a 2-1 victory over Westella & Willerby.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra have doubled their lead at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated Wigan Athletic 3-0. Bolton Wanderers also won 3-0 against Preston North End, a result which takes them level on points with second placed Morecambe. Blackpool continue their charge up the table and are now in fifth after scoring twelve times past Irlam. Northwich Vixens lifted themselves above Burnley Girls & Ladies by beating them 2-1.
Blackburn Community's winning start to the season was halted when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Accrington Girls & Ladies. Their lead therefore has been trimmed to six points by Stockport County Res, 2-1 winners over Carlisle Utd, and Manchester City A who beat Kendal Town 5-0. Leigh RMI moved out of the bottom three as they edged out Padiham by the odd goal in nine.
Birkenhead power on at the top of Division One South and they now head the table by nine points following their 2-1 win at Winsford. Manchester University moved above Ellesmere Port into fourth after beating them 3-1. AFC Liverpool ran out 5-1 winners over AFC Urmston Meadowside and Mossley Hill Res came away from Manchester Stingers with a 3-0 victory under their belts.
South West League
With the top two not playing on Sunday, Cheltenham Town took the opportunity to catch up ground with a 4-0 victory over Weymouth Town. Rhona Donaldson was on target twice in the first half and the result was rounded off by further strikes from Katie Walker and Megan Lloyd. Cheltenham are currently fourth, just behind Downend Flyers who ran out 5-1 winners away to Bridgwater Town. Kate Michael led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Carley Corcoran added the other. Toni Blenkinsopp bagged a hat-trick and Sarah Gregory also found the net as Bristol Ladies Union won 4-1 at Cleeve West Town and Frome Town defeated Stoke Lane Athletic 3-0 thanks to Naomi Nash, Steph Isaacson and Lucy Dinham.
In the Eastern Division, Bishop's Lydeard narrowed the gap on leaders Brislington to a single point, ahead of their meeting this coming Sunday, as they defeated Forest Green Rovers Res 6-1. Holly Miller led the scoring with four goals and the other markswomen were Amy Clegg and Abigail Payne. Kylie Allen, Amber Coates and Laura Tugwell netted the goals as third placed Bitton won 3-1 against Forest Green Rovers Res and Poole Town were 5-2 victors at Cirencester Town courtesy of a goal each from Faye Hawkins, Stacey Ayling, Sasha Paynter, Katelyn Wyatt and Abigail Rigler.
The withdrawal of Torpoint Athletic has caused a re-calculation of the Western Division table but it does not affect the leadership, Torquay Utd having a five point advantage over their nearest rivals after Hayley Chamberlain and Laura Gough gave them a 2-0 victory over Charlestown. Marine Academy Plymouth are in second after beating Illogan Ladies 4-1, Eden May scoring twice along with Sam Drewery and Kate Nicholls. Dobwalls were held to a goalless draw by Taunton Town whilst Kat Marment (2) and Jodie Shipton were on target for Callington Town in their 3-0 success at Plymstock Utd. Launceston meanwhile won a high scoring affair 5-3 against Bude Town thanks to a Chloe Williams hat-trick and Amy Hemingway double.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd further extended their lead to eight points with a 5-1 victory over Oxford City. Laura Woodley hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jess Grimmett and Nicole Sandhu. Second placed Aldershot Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Andover New Street, Nikki Barnes scoring both goals. Rachel Mariam and Holly Bridge were on target as Mansfield Road beat Basingstoke Town 2-1 and Bracknell Town came back from Parley Sports with a 6-4 win after having trailed 4-1 at half time. Caroline Bisson and Emma Constable both scored twice along with Caz Gardner and an own goal.
Newbury Ladies have taken over at the top of Division One following their 3-1 victory at Fleetlands. Previous leaders Milton Keynes City were beaten 2-0 by Marlow for whom Abi Canvin bagged a brace. Zoe Boote, Lucy Durnin and Catherine Howse scored the goals as Banbury Utd won 3-2 away to Ascot Utd and Southampton Women were 1-0 winners over Tower Hill, Kirsty Bell grabbing the only goal of the game.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police won 9-0 at Wednesfield Town to open up a lead of two points from Hereford Pegasus, who went second by beating Coventrians 2-0. Leamington Lions moved into the top four after scoring thirteen against Bradwell Belles and Allscott were 3-2 winners away to Walsall.
The top two in Division One North did not play and they are now followed by Lichfield Diamonds who went third by beating Wyrley Ladies 3-2. Lichfield moved above Bilbrook after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Coseley Town. The point was not quite enough to take Coseley out of the bottom two as Cresswell Wanderers finished level at 1-1 with Shrewsbury Ladies.
Marston Green continue to stretch the pace in Division One South and their 4-0 victory over Lye Town has seen them open up a lead of three points. Crusaders were held to a 1-1 draw by Studley but they still hold on to second place on goal difference from Knowle, who were 2-0 victors at Redditch Utd. Coventry Development notched up a 5-1 win away to Worcester Utd to stay just ahead of Kenilworth Town who beat Solihull Ladies Res 2-0. Malvern Town and Wyre Forest Phoenix occupy the mid-table positions after their meeting saw them share four goals.
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