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East Midlands League
Abbey Hawkins scored a hat-trick and Jemma Douglas the other as Mansfield Town remained on top of the Premier Division table with a 4-3 win over Nettleham. Bedworth Utd beat Notts County Development 6-1 thanks to a Shona Franklin hat-trick, Kirsty Farnsworth double and Hannah Spencer. Precious Hamilton netted both goals for Long Eaton Utd in their 2-1 success at Kettering Town and Ellistown complete a quartet of clubs on six points after beating Rise Park 5-2, Jody Scott hitting a treble and Katie Bateman the other two. Sue Green and Nancy Barker scored the goals as Grimsby Borough won for the first time, 2-1 against Arnold Town.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills are the new leaders in Division One North following their 3-1 win away to Alfreton Town, which was earned by first half goals from Emma Butler, Amy Jones and Tiffany Musgrove. Teversal stormed to a 7-1 victory over Lincoln Griffins whilst Ruddington Village edged out Lincoln Moorlands Railway by the odd goal in five, Faye Brown netting twice and Holly Brindley the other.
Moulton Ladies opened up their campaign in Division One South by scoring eleven times without reply past Loughborough Students (2006). Emma Dunmore bagged a seven-goal haul, Harley Collyer weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Catherine Needham and Amy Willis. AFC Leicester meanwhile defeated Rothwell Corinthians 5-0 thanks to Demi Knott (2), Charlotte Cooper (2) and Georgia Harris. Rebecca Boath and Georgina McDade both hit doubles and Rebecca Welsh the other for Corby S & L in their 5-1 victory at Riverside LFC. Oadby & Wigston Dynamo beat Raunds Town 3-0, goals coming from Sophie Peace, Amy Cowen and Nikki Lidgett.
Eastern Region League
League leaders Billericay Town have edged a point ahead after a 7-1 victory at Haringey Borough in which Marie Barker scored twice along with Sarah Bovington, Vicky Kinsman, Paris Smith, Katie Whitehead and Lucy Wyatt. Sophie Jeffery bagged both goals as AFC Sudbury beat AFC Dunstable 2-1 to record their second straight win as did Stevenage Borough, 2-0 over Acle Ladies with Donna McGuigan on target twice. Georgia Box was another player to net a brace, for Colchester Town in their 2-1 success at Great Shelford, and Leverstock Green were 3-2 winners over Brentwood Town.
Writtle have maximum points in Division One East, they were 3-0 victors at Long Melford thanks to Abigail Fry, Amy Simmons and Georgina Tricker. Lynsey Bowman meanwhile hit a hat-trick as Silver End opened up their campaign by beating West Billericay 3-2. Little Thurrock Dynamos shared a 2-2 draw with Bury Town, who scored through Emma Baldry and Mikaela Tolbert.
Katie Lowen and Ebony Moore were on target for Hutton as they defeated Colney Heath 2-1 to take over top spot in Division One West. Royston Town are one point behind in second following their 1-0 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town, Amy Cooper scoring the only goal. Emma Collins, Katerina Hamplova and Charlene Moreton were on target for Offley & Stopsley in their 3-3 draw with Stevenage Ladies Res, who replied through Chloe Rouse, Kelly Hannington and Alex Moir.
London & South East League
AFC Wimbledon held on to top spot with a 4-0 victory away to Eastbourne Town. Sian Wylie netted twice for the Dons along with Linsey Clarke and Kelly-Jade Whelan. London Corinthians stay second following their 2-2 draw with Fulham FC Foundation, Emily Hart and Holly Ryde scoring their goals with Megan Lovelock netting twice in reply. Harriet Chapman and Carly Farrow were on the scoresheet for Herne Bay as they beat Leyton Orient 2-1. Eleftheria Taladianou (2), Abbie Brandon and Louise Van Hamme ensured that Camden Town won 4-1 against Crawley Wasps whilst the match between Aylesford and Bexhill Utd finished level at 1-1, goals coming from Zara Chapman and Chantelle Hanson respectively.
North East League
Both Brighouse Town and Barnsley, the teams who finished second and third respectively last season, have started the new season in high scoring form. Barnsley top the table thanks to a brace of 8-0 victories. Kathryn Smith (2), Holly Findlay, Sue Elrington, Nichola Hey, twins Darcie and Drew Greene and an own goal comprised their octet at Tynedale. Alex Ross scored four times along with Jade Murray, Alisha Prest and Julie Anne Waitman as Boldon defeated Wetherby Athletic 7-0 and Hessle Town complete a trio on six points after Sian Bentley and Shannon Welsh gave them a 2-1 win away to Wakefield. An Annabelle Cass hat-trick plus singles from Emma Dobson, Jodie Redgrave, Louise Wardman and Rachael White gave Brighouse a 7-0 winning start at home to Sheffield Utd Community who have not been favoured on the injury front over the last year. Kim Brown is out for several weeks after being injured in the SSE Women's FA Cup a week earlier, while goalkeeper Lauren Kirkham sustained a shoulder injury against Brighouse. Kirsty Johnson has been sidelined for almost a year since being injured against Leeds, while her replacement, Lauren Santoro who is now at Sheffield FC Ladies, also missed several games last term, albeit through a non-football related injury when she slipped in icy conditions. Scunthorpe & Bottesford meanwhile won for the first time, 2-0 against Castleford White Rose thanks to Bethany Maxwell and Annie Ward. Doubles from Natasha Eustance and Bryony Welsh earned York City a 4-2 victory over Whitley Bay.
Durham Cestria scored ten without reply past York City Res to take the early leadership in the Northern Division. Courtney Dack and Stephanie Stafford both hit hat-tricks, with one apiece from Leanne Bates, Francesca Ness, Nicole Dack and Megan Beel. BYPC are level on points with after Robyn Stubbs' four-goal blast, Ebony Foster, Caitlin Hindmarsh, Elisha Jones and Francesca Kelly gave them an 8-1 victory over Easingwold Town. Blyth Town Lions opened up by beating Prudhoe Town 8-0, thanks to a Hannah Smith hat-trick along with Chloe Biggs (2), Melissa Scott (2) and Laura Jobson and Redcar Town also started their season well with a 7-0 win against Birtley Town. Jennifer Brennan, Kody Green and Lynsey Wilkinson scored the goals as Gateshead Rutherford Ravens defeated Lowick Utd 3-0.
A solitary goal by Demi-Jo Watson earned Westella & Willerby a 1-0 win against Courts City which gives them a two point lead at the top of the Southern Division. Handsworth have made a much better start than in 2013-14 which was their one previous season at this level when they failed to keep a clean sheet and were relegated. They have recorded clean sheets in both their opening games including a 0-0 draw at home to Farsley Celtic on Sunday. Sheffield Wednesday, for whom Annalise Carroll (2), Stacey Buxton and Jade Rabjohn scored, looked on course for a second successive win when leading 4-2 at home to Doncaster Belles (Women). However, the visitors hit back to begin their own campaign with a 5-4 victory - Melissa Waters (2), Chantelle Willis, Kelsey O'Driscoll and Dani Thompson the players on target. Oughtibridge's debut at this level saw them win 5-4 at Malet Lambert thanks to a Codi Melia double with Jenny Selman, Holly Towns and Lauren Turner also on target. Natalie Gray, Leah Smirk, Ellie Tanser and Georgie Warvill replied for Malet. Rovers Foundation Ladies also overturned a two-goal deficit with Jessica Andrew, Gemma Harte and Cherelle McPherson netting in a 3-2 success at Ossett Albion, both of whose goals came from Nicola Swift.
North West League
Blackpool put their Cup disappointment behind to win 5-1 away to Northwich Vixens, a result which sees them occupy top spot in the Premier Division. Burnley Girls & Ladies stormed to a 5-2 success at Curzon Ashton whilst Crewe Alexandra and Wigan Athletic recorded 4-1 victories over City of Manchester and Birkenhead respectively. Newly promoted Accrington Girls & Ladies recorded a fine 4-3 win over Blackburn Community, whilst Bolton Wanderers edged out Manchester Stingers by the only goal of the game.
PNE Development have two wins from their opening two games, their 8-0 victory over Kendal Town seeing them go top of Division One North. Carlisle Utd sit second after beating Workington Reds 5-1, just ahead of Haslingden who were 6-2 winners over Stockport County Blues. CMB Ladies defeated Bury Girls & Ladies 6-3 in their opening match and Preston North End won for the first time, 3-0 at Leigh RMI. The honours were shared at Penrith AFC where the home side drew 1-1 with Middleton Athletic.
Two teams sit level on points at the summit in Division One South, headed by Ellesmere Port Town who were 3-1 winners at AFC Urmston Meadowside. Warrington Wolverines join them on six points after beating Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res 2-1. Woolton Ladies confidently opened up their campaign with a 6-2 victory over newly promoted FC United of Manchester. There were plenty of goals on offer as Merseyrail Bootle battled out a 5-5 draw with Mersey Girls, whilst Winsford and Liverpool City Community finished level at 2-2.
South West League
Frome Town made it two wins from two games and this has taken them to the top of the Premier Division. Lily Beasley scored the only goal of the game as Frome won 1-0 away to Bishop's Lydeard. Torquay Utd opened up their league campaign by winning 5-2 at Bristol Ladies Union. Sian Chapman, Rhiannon Bailey, Niamh Farrell, Emily Hannaford and Sasha Sparkes all scored for the Gulls, with Polly Wardle netting twice in reply. Marine Academy Plymouth won for the first time, 2-1 against Middlezoy Rovers thanks to Rosie Burridge and Sam Drewery. The local derby between Brislington and Downend Flyers ended in a 2-2 draw, Sophie Whelan and Georgia Vandries scoring for Brislington, with Downend responding through Hayley Bullock and Jess Bessell.
Keynsham Town Development are the early leaders of the Eastern Division following their 3-0 win away to Team Mendip. Taylor Gainey was on target twice for Keynsham and Hari Sabic added the other goal to leave their side two points ahead of Forest Green Rovers Res, who beat Ash Rangers 1-0 with a strike from Sian Towler. Sacha Paynter (2), Sam Gubb, Rebecca Miles and Shelley Towers were on the scoresheet as Poole Town won 5-1 against Ilminster Town, whilst Yeovil Town Intermediate defeated Oldland Abbotonians 4-1 thanks to a Colette Martin brace, Amber Guy-Kemp and Bethany Smith with Jade Scammell replying.
In the Western Division, table toppers Charlestown drew 1-1 away to Alphington, Tori Marks scoring their goal. Summer Taylor hit a hat-trick and Emily Hollister added the other for Plympton Ladies in their 4-2 victory over Dobwalls. Illogan Ladies opened up with a 4-3 success at Launceston, Stacey Bray (2), Debbie Duncan and Laura-Beth Haggis scoring their goals, whilst Amelia Barrett was on target for Newquay Celtic in their 1-1 draw with Exeter & Tedburn Rangers.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town got their Premier Division season off to a good start with a 7-0 victory over Mansfield Road. Lindsey Beverley and Jessica Soles each scored twice along with Josette Pearmine, Katie Randell and Jemma Sharp. Julianne Gadsby bagged a hat-trick as Milton Keynes City won 5-0 against Banbury Utd, Danielle Metcalfe and Mia Skaarup adding the other goals. Abi Canvin was another hat-trick scorer, for Marlow as they defeated Oxford City 3-1. Newbury Ladies recorded a fine 4-0 victory against Woodley Utd, Ellernore Reed was on target twice along with Rebecca Walker and Maria Rodrigues.
Tower Hill are the leaders of Division One after they ran out 4-0 winners over Fleet Town, courtesy of Sophie Grimson, Samantha Bevan-Talbot, Sarah Coles and an own goal. They lead on goal difference from Chesham Utd, who beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1. Bethany Norman and Amelia Cutler were the markswomen for Winchester City Flyers as they won 2-1 away to Team Solent.
West Midlands League
The two teams at the top of the Premier Division met each other on Sunday and both remain unbeaten after Kingshurst Sporting and Wrockwardine Wood shared a 2-2 draw, which keeps Wrockwardine top on goal difference. Knowle are amongst a clutch of teams four points behind following their 8-3 success at Walsall, that also includes Crusaders who defeated Lye Town 3-0.
Burton Albion made a storming start to the season in Division One North, scoring ten without reply against Florence. They head the table with Shrewsbury Juniors in second place after they were beaten 4-2 by Stockingford AA Pavilion. Newly promoted Stone Dominoes made a promising start by beating Bilbrook 5-1.
Rubery Ladies opened up their campaign in Division One South with a 5-0 victory over Wyre Forest Phoenix. Coundon Court made sure that their first game in the league was a winning one, beating Redditch Utd 5-2.
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