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Northern Division One
The two sides at the top of the table at the start of the day met each other and the honours were shared as Hull City and Chorley battled out a 2-2 draw. Misty Russell and Emily Smith netted the goals for Hull, who remain as leaders, while Chorley replied through Vicky Coope and Ruth Harrison.
Leeds Ladies have moved inbetween the two sides and sit in second place following their 1-0 success away to Mossley Hill. Nicole Jepson scored the only goal of the game for Leeds early in the second half.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds are back to winning ways, a 5-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Levi Wensley was on target twice along with Alex Coleman, Charlotte Apps and Lynsey Longhurst, 'Boro replying through Nyci Thorns.
Blackpool Wren Rovers were 3-1 winners away to Chester-le-Street. Carly Loughran netted twice and Gemma Watson the other to earn Rovers their second victory in a row, with the Cestrians' consolation coming from Rachel Kay.
Tranmere Rovers registered their first point of the season when sharing a 1-1 draw with Norton & Stockton Ancients. Both goals were scored early in the second half, Kate Horne giving Tranmere the lead with Brogan McHugh equalising three minutes later.
Morecambe meanwhile won for the first time, 4-1 against Stockport County. Megan Doherty, Danielle Cross, Emily Hutton and Emma Kay were all on the scoresheet for Morecambe, before Grace Campbell pulled one back for Stockport.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women have a lead of three points after winning 4-0 away to previously unbeaten Rotherham Utd. The two teams had met in the Premier League Cup seven days earlier and it was City who won for the second successive week, thanks to strikes from Rebecca Knight, Helen Busby, Fiona Worts and Katy Ward.
Radcliffe Olympic replaced Rotherham in second place, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Danni Saulter scored twice along with Rania Ramadan and Alex Saulter, with Leicester's consolation coming from Tori-Dee Allen.
Solihull Ladies meanwhile moved themselves into a top half position, courtesy of a 3-1 win against Sporting Khalsa. Dani Kingston netted a brace for Solihull, with Hayley Wilford adding the other goal.
After having drawn both of their opening games, Peterborough Northern Star recorded their first victory in the league, 5-1 over Leafield Athletic. Cassie Steward led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Samara Iredale and Vicky Gallagher, Amy Kendall replying for Leafield.
Zoe Beresford and Cheryl Mawhood both hit doubles, with Hannah Wright adding the other as Steel City Wanderers moved off the bottom with a 5-3 victory over Loughborough Students, who responded through Eva Rogers, Nicola Russell and Hayley James.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace head the table following their 4-2 win against Milton Keynes Dons. Abigail Igbavboa netted twice along with Gemma Bryan and Nicha Dyett to ensure that the Eagles open up a lead of two points.
Luton Town stay second but lost their 100% record as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Cambridge Utd. Laura Baker and Sophie Thompson scored the goals for Cambridge who, despite a very good result, slip to the foot of the table, whilst Erica Byron and Zara Carroll replied for unbeaten Luton.
Gillingham lifted themselves up the table, courtesy of a 2-1 success away to Ipswich Town. Fiona Constable and Emma Tune were on target for the Gills, with Ipswich responding through Olivia Dixon.
Enfield Town ended a run of three straight defeats by running out 5-0 winners over Lowestoft Town. Vicky Lewis, Annie Beganovic, Lorraine Mason, Regan Coleman and Lizzie Kent all scored a goal apiece to secure Enfield's first points.
Also off the mark are Bedford Ladies who also claimed their first victory, 2-1 away to Denham Utd with goals coming from Kaiya Glynn and Nicola Henman.
South West Division One
Four teams occupy the top four positions with 100% records, still led by Larkhall Athletic who held on to the leadership with a 4-3 victory over Shanklin. Larks captain Carly Bryant scored the winning goal deep into injury time, to add to earlier strikes from Adele Hooper, Kate German and Emily Harrington. Gemma Woodford netted twice and Sarah Wright the other for Shanklin who suffered another narrow defeat.
Swindon Town joined Larkhall on twelve points by beating Maidenhead Utd 2-0. Swindon got the job done early as both goals came inside the opening five minutes, Ellie Maynard giving them the lead and Beth Westlake adding the second.
Chichester City meanwhile kept up their own good start by scoring seven times without reply past Swindon Spitfires. Kally Ambler led the scoring for Chi with a hat-trick, Jade Widdows weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Shannon Albuery and Tammy Waine.
After winning their two opening games, Cheltenham Town went down to their first defeat, 3-1 at the hands of Exeter City. Kirsty Caunter, Helen Kukor and Corinne Potts were all on the scoresheet for Exeter, with Emily Skipp replying.
Southampton Saints claimed their first points of the season with a narrow 3-2 success away to St Nicholas. Catherine Browning gave Saints a first half lead which was cancelled out by Connie Short, before Jess Lewry and Krystal Whyte added goals after the break. Jade Gamlin pulled one back for the home side late on but Southampton held on for their first win.
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