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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star are the early leaders of the Premier Division following their 5-2 victory over Eastwood Community, courtesy of a goal apiece from Donna Nicholls, Rachel Adkin, Samantha Woodham, Sophie Hurst and Jodie Bartle. Ellistown meanwhile beat Notts County Development 1-0, Jess Waldrum scoring the only goal of the game on the hour mark to give her side their second straight win. Sandiacre Town won for the first time, 5-3 at Gedling Town with doubles from Natalie Loughenbury and Shantay Wright, Lucy Ferris adding the other.
Winterton Rangers are setting the pace in Division One North, Stephanie Warner bagging a hat-trick in their 9-1 defeat of Teversal. Kirsty Shaw (2), Sophie Birkett, Lindsey Hughes, Hayley Shaw and Alex McNeive added the other goals. Sleaford Town sit in second place after an Amy Kilgannon brace and Kimberly Scurr earned them a 3-2 success away to Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Underwood Villa opened up their campaign by beating West Bridgford 4-1 and Alfreton Town were 2-1 winners at Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Grace Galloway was on target twice.
In Division One South, Bedworth Utd notched up a 3-1 victory away to Corby S & L with strikes from Kirsty Farnworth and Sophie Wilson.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town have taken over at the top of the Premier Division following a 4-0 victory over Acle Ladies in which Frances Murphy, Lisa Robins, Sophie Whiting and Marie Barker all scored. They lead by two points from Colchester Town who won 5-0 against Haringey Borough, Georgia Box hitting a hat-trick and Rosi Webb the other two. Great Shelford meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners away to AFC Dunstable thanks to Becky Taylor (2), Sophie Hopkins and Kate Saunders.
There were plenty of goals on offer in the only match played in Division One North on Sunday. Tarnya McKew scored a hat-trick, with Molly Hall and Kristie Turner adding the others as Ipswich Wanderers defeated Bar Hill 5-4.
Division One South could well shape up to be a tight one this year, with no team still having a 100% record following the opening two rounds of matches. Three teams are level on four points, headed by Southendian Ladies who won 6-1 away to Little Thurrock Dynamos. Helen Clifford, Rebecca Dalgarno and Elisha Turner-Powell all scored twice. Grace Leslie and Yasmin Pratt were on target as Royston Town beat Offley & Stopsley 2-1 and they are joint second with West Billericay who drew 1-1 with Hoddesdon Owls, who had led through Becky Scola before Aimee Pooley grabbed an equaliser. Hutton defeated Stevenage Ladies Res 5-1 with goals from Katie Lowen (2), Ebony Moore (2) and Rachael Agombar.
London & South East League
Fulham FC Foundation won 4-1 at Maidstone Utd to open up a lead of three points in the Premier Division. Gemma Fraser, Jade Pilley, Megan Lovelock and Georgie Hodge were all on target for the new leaders. Victoria Petrova, Rebecca Sargent and Caroline Bisson gave AFC Wimbledon a 3-2 victory over Bexhill Utd which takes them third, whilst Crawley Wasps edged out Aylesford 4-3 thanks to a Rebecca Carter hat-trick and Natalie Stephenson.
Camden Town head the fledgling table in Division One (London) after Hayley O'Brien (2), Eleftheria Taladianou (2) and Alicia Bravo earned them a 5-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur Development. Brentford and AFC Phoenix occupy the next two places after they shared a goalless draw. Colne Valley defeated Watford Development by the odd goal in seven, Jennifer Thraves netting twice along with Mica Powick and Debbie Watson. Crystal Palace Development also won a tightly contested game 4-3 away to Queen's Park Rangers Development, courtesy of a Katerina Duncan hat-trick and Kirsty Tenkorang.
North East League
Nicola Brown scored twice along with Louise Ross, Lauren Shuttleworth and Megan Bramham as York City went into top spot by winning 5-2 away to Hull City. Whitley Bay are now in third following a 3-0 success at Barnsley in which Hattie Preston (2) and Ella Stevenson scored. Samantha Watts netted the only goal of the game for Castleford White Rose in their victory over Peterlee RA whilst Hessle Town and Scunthorpe & Bottesford each picked up their first point from their 2-2 draw, Ellie McKenzie and Rebecca Shipp scoring for Hessle with Scunthorpe replying through Sue Hunsley and Annie Ward.
Boldon sit on top of the Northern Division after scoring eleven times without reply past Easingwold Town. Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke bagged herself a four-goal haul, Allison Leach contributing a hat-trick with Alexandra Ross (2), Jade Murray and Kate Wilkins completing the tally. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens join them on six points, Lynsey Wilkinson (2), Jennifer Brennan and Christina Osman giving them a 4-2 success at Redcar Athletic. Abbie Inglis and Georgia Traill-Scott were on target for Birtley St Josephs in their 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough Lionesses and Redcar Town beat Kader FC 3-2 thanks to Beth Enderwick, Gabrielle Wordsworth and Ellie Turner.
Wetherby Athletic continue to lead the early pace in the Southern Division, Debra Slater hitting a hat-trick along with Janni Botten and Helen Hartley in their 5-1 win against Rovers Foundation Ladies. Farsley AFC keep pace with them, they won 3-2 at Sheffield Wednesday with strikes from Ashleigh Beckett, Chloe Denton and Demi Godson. Nicola Swift was on target five times as Ossett Albion stormed to a 9-3 victory over Dearne & District, Claudia Cleary weighing in with a hat-trick and Carly Hoyle also getting on the scoresheet. Courts City came away from Westella & Willerby with a 3-1 win under their belts, Demi Thomas netting twice along with Emily Butler.
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers picked up the largest victory on the opening day in the Premier Division when they scored nine without reply against Northwich Vixens. Blackburn Community also got off to a fast start when beating Birkenhead 9-3. Blackpool and Burnley Girls & Ladies each recorded 3-1 victories against Preston North End and City of Manchester respectively and Crewe Alexandra edged out Bolton Wanderers 3-2.
Leigh RMI gave league newcomers Workington Reds a baptism of fire in Division One North, defeating them 8-1 to take the early leadership of the table. Accrington Girls & Ladies ran out 4-1 winners at Bury Girls & Ladies whilst Middleton Athletic pipped Kendal Town by the odd goal in seven. The honours were shared in the other game with Stockport County Blues and Penrith AFC finishing level at 1-1.
It was a tight start in Division One South with AFC Liverpool and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res sitting as joint table toppers following 2-1 wins at the expense of AFC Urmston Meadowside and Winsford respectively. Macclesfield Town and Stockport County Res shared 3-3 whilst Ellesmere Port Town and Woolton also drew 2-2.
South West League
Taunton Town and Cleeve West Town each remain unbeaten after sharing a 2-2 draw. Claire Dawe and Jemma Gent were on target for Taunton, with Cleeve replying through a double from Anneka Hawkins.
AFC Plympton have a lead of two points in the Western Division following a 6-0 success away to Bude Town. Danielle Moody and Francesca Phillips each scored twice along with Sam Metters and Maisie Williams. Marine Academy Plymouth and Callington Town follow on just behind after drawing 2-2. Sam Drewery and Jamey Symons scored for Marine and Callington responded with strikes from Kayleigh Dawe and Kat Marment. Illogan Ladies secured their first win in style, Laura-Beth Haggis scoring a hat-trick with Katy Barker (2), Lennon Lewis and Jasmine Liptrott also on target as they defeated Dobwalls 7-1. Newquay Celtic meanwhile won 4-2 against Alphington thanks to Annie Richards (2), Lisa Hegarty and Jess Longworth.
Southern Region League
Maidenhead Utd recorded an emphatic win against University of Portsmouth to assume the leadership of the Premier Division. Georgina Hill bagged a seven-goal haul with Catherine Butts, Zoe Clifford and Tracy Corkett all contributing braces and there was one apiece from Natalie Barette and Chelsea Goulter. Natalie Bavister, Sabrina Morriss and Kate Wilby ensured a winning start for Fleetlands, 3-0 at Oxford City, as did Woodley Utd who defeated Basingstoke Town 3-1 thanks to Laura Woodley (2) and Joanne Walsh-Perks.
Marlow are still in pole position in Division One following their 2-2 draw with Tower Hill. Amy Pollard and Grainne McNally netted for Marlow with Samantha Bevan-Talbot and Sophie Grimson replying. Olivia Hazell scored twice and Alice Hyde the other as Ascot Utd edged out Banbury Utd 3-2. Milton Keynes City also won 3-2 at New Forest, Julianne Gadsby bagging a brace with Michelle Morrall also on the scoresheet.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police stay in front in the Premier Division on goal difference after winning 7-1 away to Crusaders. Allscott joined them on six points with a 5-3 success over Kingshurst Sporting Club. Wrockwardine Wood registered their first win, 3-1 at Knowle, whilst Wednesfield Town and Leamington Lions fought out a 1-1 draw.
Bilbrook lead the opening day table in Division One North with a 7-3 win over Audley Ladies whilst Lichfield Diamonds scored four without reply past Cottage Farm Rangers. Coseley Town also started well, winning 4-1 away to Shrewsbury Juniors. Wyrley Juniors defeated Folly Lane 2-1, Florence and Kingshurst Sporting Res finished level at 2-2 while Walsall and Burton Albion also shared four goals.
Wyre Forest Phoenix have got off to a good start in Division One South, scoring seven times against Redditch Utd. Worcester Utd defeated Kenilworth Town 5-0 whilst Droitwich Spa recorded a 5-1 success away to Coventry Development. Malvern Town were 3-0 winners over Solihull Ladies Res and the game between Rubery Ladies and Marston Green ended 2-2.
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