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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star's first game back in the league resulted in a 4-0 victory away to Arnold Town. Chanade Henderson gave them an early lead and they went on to seal the points through Cassie Steward, Vicky Gallagher and an own goal. Jodi Hunter and Kirsty Farnsworth were both on target as last season's runners-up Bedworth Utd also started well by beating Mansfield Hosiery Mills 2-0. Sheffield Utd edged out Nettleham by the odd goal in seven, courtesy of doubles from Jennifer Pearson and Kimberley Brown. A brace from Monica Bowley gave Mansfield Town a 2-1 win against Notts County Development whilst Shoniqua Barnes scored the only goal of the game for Rise Park against Kettering Town.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway's season got off to a good start in Division One North, Chloe Winchester and Tara Capon each scoring twice with Dawn Harmer and Lucy Wingad adding the others in their 6-1 win at Winterton Rangers. Woodlands Ladies also triumphed 6-1 against Teversal, thanks to goals from Emily Foss (2), Chloe Scott, Lauren Turner, Cara Turner and Andrea Ball. Calverton MW notched up a 5-1 success away to Arnold Town Development, Demi-Leigh Crofts leading the scoring with a hat-trick along with Hayley Brown and Michelle Morphus. Jade Welch bagged a brace, with Ashleigh Eggington and Joanne Wilson joining her on the scoresheet, as Sleaford Town won 4-3 against Grimsby Borough. Hayley Farrar scored a second half equaliser to earn Draycott Victoria a 1-1 draw against Ollerton Town, who earlier took the lead through Clare Hayes.
Natalie Hurst was on target five times for Leicester City Women Development as they scored eleven without reply past Corby S & L in Division One South. Elizabeth Mulvaney added two and there was one each from Lauren Bartle, Esme Crosby, Natalie Johnson and Lucie Mugridge. Peterborough Utd meanwhile defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 6-1 thanks to an Eleanor Bootham hat-trick, Bryony Fox double and Emily Smith. Catherine Davies (2), Michaela Shepherd (2), Rebecca Dobney and Sarah Williams scored the goals as Heather LFC defeated Riverside LFC 6-2 and Northampton Town were 3-0 winners over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, their markswomen were Bethany Hope, Alexandra Ayckbourn and Emma Dunmore.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies are continuing to stretch the early pace in the Premier Division and on Sunday they inflicted a first defeat on Acle Utd, 3-1 with goals from Natasha Fensome (2) and Kaiya Glynn. Haringey Borough are still keeping up with them, they triumphed 3-2 at Colchester Town thanks to Naomi Graham, Anais Reynolds and Anele Komani. Billericay Town moved into the top four after Marie Barker, Frances Murphy, Paris Smith and Rosi Webb gave them a 4-1 victory over Royston Town, meanwhile Brentwood Town won for the first time, 4-0 against Histon with strikes from Zoe Hinton (2), Bobbi Cubberley and Ashley Debnam. AFC Sudbury and AFC Dunstable finished level at 2-2, Sophie Jeffery and Stacey Teager netting for Sudbury with Samaira Khan and Danielle Carty replying. Writtle got off the mark by beating Great Wakering 5-1, Amy Simmons scoring twice along with Ellie Bowdidge, Lucy Jones and Sophie Vale.
Cambridge City have a lead of five points in Division One following their 8-0 victory over Hoddesdon Town Owls. Charlotte Gillies, Isabella Simmons and Grace Stanley each scored twice, with Sarah Mosley and Stacey Fullicks also on target. Wymondham Town are in second place following their 3-3 draw with Little Thurrock Dynamos. Gemma Sanders (2) and Laura Wiseman scored for Wymondham, with Little Thurrock replying through Taylor Parrish, Abbie Simmonds and Danielle Styles. Hayley Critchell grabbed the only goal as Hutton beat Silver End 1-0 whilst Tarnya McKew and Kathryn Parnell scored for Ipswich Wanderers in their 2-2 draw with Offley & Stopsley, whose replies came from Charlene Moreton and an own goal. Sophie Joseph hit a hat-trick for Colney Heath as they won 5-2 at Hertford Town, Kirsty Feasey and Holly Sheridan adding the others.
London & South East League
With London Corinthians not having a game, Leyton Orient took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the table with an 8-0 victory over Herne Bay. Seven different players got on the scoresheet for the O's, Belen Ripoli Douton netting twice along with Hayley Barton, Ellie Davies, Sophie Le Marchand, Tara O'Halloran, Scarlett Smith and Jasmine Campbell. Crawley Wasps shared a goalless draw with Watford Development, a result which lifts them into second place. Second half goals from Jessie Mansell, Laura Curtis and Joanna Goodwin carried Carshalton Athletic to a 3-0 victory at Eastbourne Town and Aylesford won for the first time, Zara Chapman netting both.
North East League
Wallsend Boys Club opened up the league season by winning 6-1 away to York City, Autumn Colledge netting a hat-trick along with Elizabeth Campbell, Samantha Campion and Lynsey Wilkinson. Codi Melia (2), Lauren Turner, Milly Wilson and Kirsten MacGregor scored the goals as newly promoted Oughtibridge defeated Wakefield 5-0. Sian Bentley, Rebecca Shipp and Jessica Derbyshire gave East Yorkshire Carnegie a 3-1 victory over Castleford White Rose whilst Norton & Stockton Ancients had a good start to life back in the league, winning 2-1 at Barnsley thanks to Anna Mawston and Sian Williams. Scunthorpe & Bottesford also won 2-1 against Tynedale, Amy-Louise Davis scoring both goals.
Hartlepool Utd made a strong impact in their first game in the league following promotion, beating fellow newcomers Cramlington Utd 7-0 in the Northern Division with a goal apiece from Caitlin Bates, Chloe Biggs, Casey Crossman, Jessica Dawson, Sarah Rowbotham, Katie Ord and Justine Robinson. Durham Cestria scored six without reply past Redcar Town, Anna Young leading the scoring with a hat-trick while Bethany McIlvenny (2) and Louise Welch added the others. Samantha Terry (2), Lindsay Jordan, Laura Porritt, Sophie Tinson and an own goal ensured that York City Res defeated Guisborough Ladies 6-1.
Doncaster Belles (Women's) notched the biggest win of the opening day in the Southern Division, 7-0 against Harrogate Railway. Chantelle Willis bagged a four-goal haul, Jessica Andrew added a brace and Lauren Earlie was also on target. Amy Ward also scored four times, for Westella & Willerby in their 6-0 success at Cleethorpes Town, and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Holmes and Rebekah Walker. Olivia Auker (2) and Megan Dunlop netted the goals for Farsley Celtic in their 3-1 victory over newly promoted Altofts Ladies and Courts City edged out AFC Preston thanks to a Chelsea Bailey double and Leanne Baggley. Olivia Jackson was on target for Malet Lambert YC in their 1-1 draw with Ossett Albion, who replied through Claudia Cleary.
North West League
Blackpool took the opening day honours in the Premier Division, running out 6-1 winners away to Birkenhead. Last season's runners-up Bolton Wanderers have started well by beating Stockport County 4-1. City of Manchester defeated Blackburn Community 2-0 and Burnley Girls & Ladies were the other victors on the day, 2-1 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies.
Workington Reds spent most of last season battling against relegation in Division One North but this campaign has started well, as they raced to a 6-1 victory away to newly promoted Academy Juniors. Sir Tom Finney meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners in their local derby with Preston North End to occupy second position, just ahead of Bury Girls & Ladies who beat Leigh RMI 4-1. Meanwhile honours were even in the Cumbrian derby between Carlisle Utd and Kendal Town as they battled out a 2-2 draw.
Merseyrail Bootle won 9-1 at Stockport County Blues to record the biggest win of the opening day in Division One South whilst Ellesmere Port Town defeated Liverpool City Ladies Community 6-2. FC United of Manchester won 3-0 against Warrington Wolverines and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res beat Egerton by the same scoreline. Altrincham were the day's other winners, a narrow 3-2 success away to Chorltonians.
South West League
Yeovil Town Intermediate have made an impact in their opening match following promotion in the Premier Division, beating last season's runners-up Marine Academy Plymouth 4-2. Colette Martin and Jemma Tewkesbury each netted twice for Yeovil, with Sam Drewery and Rebekah Rose replying. Amber Guy-Kemp, Holly Miller and Sarah Pearce scored the goals as Bishop's Lydeard won 3-1 at Charlestown, whose consolation came from Tori Marks. Poole Town got off to a winning start, beating Middlezoy Rovers 3-1 with a Sacha Paynter hat-trick, Cheryl Baber responding for the visitors.
After a troubled summer for the club, Forest Green Rovers did get their season in the Eastern Division off to a good start by scoring seven times without reply against Team Mendip. Rachel Isaac and Charlie Rowlands each bagged braces along with Sian Towler, Robyn Lee and Holly Thomas. Vicky Mundy, Danni Shiner and Amy Street netted the goals as Oldland Abbotonians won 3-1 against newly promoted Cheltenham Town Development, who replied through Lydia Amarquaye.
Buckland Athletic have made a strong start in the Western Division, running out 6-0 winners over Launceston. The prolific Laura Gough was on target four times along with Emily Hannaford and Hannah Brook. Jodie Millett netted twice, with Laura Burwood and Josie Copp joining her on the scoresheet for Alphington as they won 4-0 against Activate and Callington Town beat Newquay Celtic by the same scoreline thanks to Stacey Derrick, Peyton-Rose Ringham, Kate Nicholls and an own goal. Plympton Ladies were the third team to record a 4-0 victory, at the expense of Illogan Ladies. Sam Metters hit a brace with Lucy Rothero and Stacey Jeffery adding the others.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd found the net eleven times in their opening Premier Division match against Newbury Ladies, Gemma Fraser netting four and Natalie Adams contributing a hat-trick. Dawne Campbell, Katie Squire, Niamh Euman and Sarah Hazell rounded off the scoring for the Clarets. Marlow meanwhile defeated Bracknell Town 5-3, Abi Canvin and Tara Woodward each netting twice along with Zoe Clifford. Georgina Axton, Francesca Thornton and Amelia Cutler were all on the scoresheet for Winchester City Flyers in their 3-1 victory over Milton Keynes City. Southampton Women gained some revenge for their League Cup Final defeat to Oxford City last season by narrowly winning their league meeting 3-2, Sheree Bell-Jack bagging a brace and Laura Gilbank also on target.
The league will be operating Northern and Southern Divisions at Division One level this season and both kick off their matches this coming Sunday.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion's impressive start to the new season continued with a 4-3 victory over Kingshurst Sporting Club, which means they have a three point lead in the Premier Division. Jordan Atkin hit a hat-trick for the Brewers, with Charlotte Worth also on target. Leamington Lions occupy second place in the fledgling table following their 7-3 win over Leafield Athletic. Lye Town ran out 4-1 winners away to Crusaders whilst Wrockwardine Wood defeated Wolverhampton Sporting by the same scoreline. Coundon Court got off the mark with a 2-1 success against Knowle, given to them by Lois Jefferies and Harley Keith.
Tamworth were the biggest winners on the opening day of the Division One North season, scoring nine times without reply against Florence. Nadia Bacciochi and Catherine Harris each hit hat-tricks along with Scarlet Fielding (2) and Katie Lowther. Georgia Key also bagged a hat-trick as Wyrley Ladies stormed to a 7-1 win away to Bilbrook, others coming from Bethany Stokes (2), Laura Cumberledge and Kealeigh Neville, and Stone Dominoes defeated Leek Town 6-1 courtesy of a Victoria Garner treble, Mollie Prime (2) and Lacey Smith. Stockingford AA Pavilion narrowly missed out on promotion last season and have started well this time around, beating Shrewsbury Juniors 3-0 with goals from Lucy Brown, Victoria Norman and Sharni Turnbull. Newly promoted Brereton Town won 7-4 against Atherstone Ladies, Sarah Jackson leading the scoring with a five-goal haul along with Holly Meehan and Franci Roelake.
Solihull Utd began promisingly in Division One South with a 5-1 victory over Marston Green. Hayley Wilford netted twice and there was one apiece from Jenna Clayton, Joanne Lawrence and Saddiqa Shan. Lindsey Jones was on target for Droitwich Spa in their 1-0 win away to Coventry Development and Worcester Utd also edged out Redditch Utd by the only goal, scored by Becky Evans. Coleshill Town and Kenilworth Town meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Nicole Connor and Brenna Ruffley respectively.
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