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Northern Division One
Middlesbrough made a swift return to the summit after they won 4-2 away to Stockport County. Bianca Owens was on target twice for 'Boro along with Nyci Thorns and Clare Helm, while County replied through Chloe Mapp and an own goal.
Hull City had started the day as leaders but are back in second place despite picking up a useful point in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Emily Douglas and Alex Coleman netted the goals for the Feds, whilst Emily Smith and Jo Symington were on the scoresheet for Hull who are one point off the pace.
Third placed Leeds Ladies also shared four goals in their match against Chester-le-Street. Rae Taylor and Haley English had given the Cestrians an early two-goal lead, before Leeds hit back to earn themselves a point through an Emma Bentley penalty and Rachel Ackroyd.
A win would have taken Mossley Hill second but they were on the receiving end of a 3-2 defeat at home to Morecambe, who are up into mid-table. Becky Whittingham was the heroine for Morecambe as she hit a hat-trick to give them their second straight win, with Lauren Oatley and Kaisha Sohl replying for Mossley.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women power on at the top of the table and now have eight wins out of eight after scoring five without reply away to Sporting Khalsa. Lauren Impey, Chantelle Robinson, Katy Ward, Lauren Bartle and Kayleigh Hillier all scored a goal apiece to take their side nine points clear.
Solihull Ladies' good run of form has taken them into fourth place, level on points with the two teams above them. Carly Davies had a great day for them on Sunday as she scored all four goals in their 4-3 victory over Peterborough Northern Star.
Rotherham Utd staged a late comeback to foil Leicester City Ladies and earn themselves a 3-3 draw after having been two goals behind with ten minutes remaining. Aleksandra Janicka gave Leicester a lead which was quickly cancelled out by Nat Shaw, but Sylwia Gorbacewicz and Janicka struck after the break to put City in a strong position. Bradie Wild gave Rotherham hope and, deep into injury time, Shaw scored her second to snatch a point for her side.
After having lost their opening five games, Loughborough Students broke their duck with a 3-1 win against Steel City Wanderers, lifting themselves off the bottom in the process. Eva Rogers scored twice along with an own goal to earn the Students the points, with Cheryl Mawhood replying.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace further stretched their lead to six points after winning 3-1 away to Ipswich Town. Sarah Jones, Mary Robinson and Roschelle Shakes were all on target for Palace while Ipswich's consolation came from Roxanne Small.
Gillingham meanwhile replaced Luton Town in second place by beating them 4-2. Kallie Balfour netted a brace for the Gills, whose other goals came from Shannon Redhouse and Madison North. Luton, whose unbeaten start came to an end, replied through Tamera Byrne and Erica Byron.
Old Actonians and Milton Keynes Dons have both started the season well and their meeting on Sunday culminated in a 1-1 draw. Catherine Murphy gave Actonians a first half lead
Norwich City continue to improve and they have gone fifth following their 2-0 victory against Denham Utd. Paige Shorten put Norwich in front in the opening minute of the game and Megan Bartlett sealed the points late on with the second.
Enfield Town meanwhile made it two wins from three games with a 3-1 success away to Bedford Ladies. Nuala McKevitt bagged a brace and Cally Browne the other for Enfield, while the home side netted a consolation through Maisie Wyatt.
South West Division One
Leaders Swindon Town's winning start to the campaign was brought to a halt as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chichester City. Swindon had taken a first half lead through Beth Westlake but after the break, Chichester came back to equalise with an Amy Found penalty for a point which moves them into third place.
The result means that Larkhall Athletic now have the last remaining 100% record in the division and they trimmed Swindon's lead to seven points by winning 7-1 away to Swindon Spitfires. Lizzie Barratt netted twice for the Larks whose other markswomen were Emily Harrington, Michelle Munro, Carly Symons and Adele Hooper along with an own goal, whilst Katie Wadey scored a consolation for the home side.
Exeter City are up into the top half of the table after scoring seven times without reply past Shanklin. Vicky Barter netted a hat-trick and there were braces from Helen Kukor and Kirsty Caunter.
Lucy Jane Smith scored twice and Olivia Buzaglo added the other as Maidenhead Utd notched up a 3-1 victory over St Nicholas, who replied through Amy Jefferies.
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