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East Midlands League
The Premier Division is shaping up to be a close one as three of the top six built on good starts with victories on Sunday. These were led by Sheffield Utd who went second in the table with a 14-1 victory over Ruddington Village. Sophie Bell and Tania Marsden each scored four times and Jennifer Pearson contributed a further three, with Kim Brown adding the other two goals. United move above Peterborough Northern Star, beaten 3-2 by Nettleham who made it six wins on the trot thanks to a Tia Johnson brace and Abbie Murrell. Bedworth Utd meanwhile stay in touch with the leaders after Kirsty Farnsworth (2), Milly Miller and Shanice Walsh gave them a 4-2 success away to Kettering Town.
One match was played in Division One North, at Sleaford Town where the home side defeated Draycott Victoria 3-0 to go third. Jade Welch, Ashleigh MacKenzie and Amy Kilgannon netted the goals to take Sleaford level on points with the top two.
Leicester City Women Development lead the way by two points in Division One South following their 10-1 win against Northampton Town. Peterborough Utd are in second after Keir Perkins (2), Jenna Lusk, Emily Smith and Jeorgia Carr all scored as they defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 5-0. Michaela Shepherd hit a hat-trick and Rebecca Dobney the other for Heather LFC in their narrow 4-3 victory over Corby S & L and Riverside LFC registered their first points by beating AFC Leicester 6-0. Jade Ramm and Samantha Woodham each scored twice for Riverside, with Amy Magnus and Holly Morgan also on target.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies hold on to the leadership of the Premier Division despite being beaten for the second successive week, this time going down to Billericay Town with Hayley Piggott scoring the only goal of the game. Haringey Borough have narrowed the gap to a single point after Brooke Hills, Anele Komani and Jessica Appeagyei gave them a 3-1 win away to Royston Town. AFC Dunstable won 2-1 against Colchester Town and are a further point behind, Samaira Khan and Stephanie Fisher netted their goals. Brentwood Town meanwhile notched up a 3-0 victory away to AFC Sudbury thanks to Marie Barker, Leah Cowan and Zoe Hinton.
Cambridge City have increased their Division One lead to four points after winning the top of the table clash 1-0 against Wymondham Town, courtesy of a first half goal from Grace Stanley. Offley & Stopsley manoeuvred themselves into second place by beating Hoddesdon Town Owls 5-0, goals coming from Rachael Lewis, Kelly Randall, Shanice Sanderson and Rianne Townsend-Brown plus an own goal. Hutton battled out a goalless draw with Ipswich Wanderers, meanwhile Silver End netted nine times without reply past Hertford Town. Lynsey Bowman was on target four times whilst Paula Drane and Jodie Osborne bagged braces, Semma Halil completing the tally. Georgia Fraser and Katy Judd were the markswomen for Little Thurrock Dynamos as they defeated Colney Heath 2-1.
London & South East League
In the solitary league match on Sunday, Eastbourne Town shared a 2-2 draw with mid-table Aylesford. Danielle Ford netted twice for Eastbourne, with Aylesford replying through Laura Brown and Bethany Hulme.
The rest of the action was confined to the League Cup, which is being played in group stages this season. Leyton Orient have carried their league form into the cup with a twelve goal victory over Fulham FC Foundation. Sophie Le Marchand was on target four times, Hayley Barton weighed in with a hat-trick while Jasmine Campbell (2), Ellie Davies (2) and Lydia Cooper added the others. Crawley Wasps defeated Camden Town 5-0 thanks to Roseanne Fine (2), Lauren Callaghan, Hannah Duncan and Danielle Boyd. Kemina Webber grabbed the only goal of the game for Watford Development in their victory over Herne Bay whilst London Corinthians beat Carshalton Athletic 4-0.
North East League
Barnsley are still trying to stretch the pace in the Premier Division and they head Norton & Stockton Ancients by three points after a Brittany Sanderson brace and Drew Greene gave them a 3-0 victory over Oughtibridge. Castleford White Rose won 4-3 against Wakefield and follow on in third place, goals coming from Aimi Beresford, Becky Kendell, Hannah Poulter and Michelle Walsh. Tynedale continue to climb the table, Ashleigh Rea netted twice along with Christine Murray, Jane Riddell, Katherine Dixon and Natasha Wilson in their 6-1 success against Boldon Ladies. York City were also 6-1 winners over Scunthorpe & Bottesford thanks to doubles from Ruth Brazier and Kayleigh Davis, with Megan Bramham and Beth Clayton also on target.
The top two did not play in the Northern Division and this allowed the chasing teams to make up some ground. Leanne Anderson and Sarah Bennett were on target as Blyth Town Lions won 2-1 away to Cramlington Utd and South Shields were also 2-1 victors against Redcar Town, Helen Dryden and Sophie Halliday scoring.
Farsley Celtic are the new leaders of the Southern Division after they defeated Harrogate Railway 4-1. Olivia Auker led the scoring with a hat-trick and Shirley Murphy was also on target. Jessica Andrew, Loren Turner, Kirsty Nelthope and Eleanor Sharpe were on the scoresheet for Doncaster Belles (Women's) as they edged out Sheffield Wednesday 4-3 to go second, just ahead of previous leaders Westella & Willerby who were on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline, beaten 4-3 by Courts City for whom Chelsea Bailey, Charlotte Bell, Holly Pearson and Demi Thomas all scored. Rebecca Wiggans was on the scoresheet for Ossett Albion as they drew for the fourth time, 1-1 against Altofts Ladies who replied through Grace Wilkinson.
North West League
No change at the top of the Premier Division where Bolton Wanderers defeated CMB Ladies 4-0 to remain as leaders on goal difference from Burnley Girls & Ladies, who were 2-0 winners away to Wigan Athletic. Blackpool meanwhile returned to form with a 5-2 victory over MSB Woolton and this returns them into the top three. Manchester Stingers scored seven without reply past Birkenhead to go back into the top half, going above City of Manchester who were beaten 3-1 by Accrington Girls & Ladies. Blackburn Community returned from Stockport County with a 2-1 win under their belts, a result which lifts them out of the bottom two.
Bury Girls & Ladies got back to winning ways with a 10-1 success over Kendal Town and this keeps them three points ahead of Sir Tom Finney, 7-0 winners at Carlisle Utd, and Penrith AFC who beat Academy Juniors 11-1. Workington Reds made sure of keeping up their good form and are in fourth following a 4-0 victory away to Preston North End.
Division One South leaders FC United of Manchester ran out 6-1 winners over Ellesmere Port Town to preserve their one point lead over second placed Merseyrail Bootle, who defeated Curzon Ashton 5-0. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res are up into third, their highest position of the season to date, after beating Stockport County Blues 4-0 and Warrington Wolverines leapfrogged Altrincham into fourth following their 8-2 victory when the sides met. Liverpool City Ladies Community and Egerton fought out a 2-2 draw whilst Chorltonians triumphed 6-2 away to Northwich Vixens.
South West League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Marine Academy Plymouth, who replaced Bishop's Lydeard as leaders on goal difference after beating them 6-1. Nicola Symons bagged a hat-trick for Marine, Hayley Ranachan added a brace and Eden May was also on target, with Lydeard's consolation coming from Beth Channon. Laura Baker and Charlotte Dymond each netted twice, while Sian Chapman and Niamh Farrell added the others for Torquay Utd who also won 6-1 against Downend Flyers, who replied through Kylie Allen. Middlezoy Rovers meanwhile climbed off the bottom with a 4-1 victory over Frome Town, thanks to a Laura Goodier brace, Georgia Coles and Gabriella Coles.
In the Eastern Division, AEK Boco are in second place following their 4-1 win against Cheltenham Civil Service in which Julia Farrell (2), Kelly Cutler and Sasha Ferris all scored. They move above Oldland Abbotonians who were beaten 3-2 by Cheltenham Town Development who netted through Lauren Cable, Leanne Godwin and Catherine Reilly. FC Chippenham and Ilminster Town occupy the mid-table positions after their clash ended goalless.
Laura Gough was on target five times as Western Division leaders Buckland Athletic won 10-0 against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Hannah Brook and Emily Hannaford added two apiece and Abigail Meyer completed the total. Alphington remain three points behind in second after Molly Dineen, Lydia Mann and Catherine Wright gave them a 3-0 success away to Plympton Ladies. Callington Town got quickly back to winning ways, scoring eleven times without reply past Launceston. Kate Nicholls hit a hat-trick, Amy Hemingway and Sam Veal netted braces along with Gemma Farley, Eleri Griffiths and two own goals. Newquay Celtic continued their movement up the table as Annie Richards (2), Carley Barber and Lorena Clavijo all scored to give them a 4-1 victory over Illogan Ladies.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women head the Premier Division by six points following their 7-0 victory over Milton Keynes City. Jane Yeates netted twice along with Sheree Bell-Jack, Kirsty Bell, Laura Gilbank, Emma Pinner and an own goal. Chesham Utd's 4-0 win against Winchester City Flyers has taken them second, Gemma Fraser hitting a hat-trick and Natasha Smith the other. Along with Oxford City, Marlow complete a trio of clubs chasing after Southampton after they scored seven times without reply against Newbury Ladies.
Barton Rovers were 3-2 winners over Oxford City Nomads in the Division One top of the table clash and it means they lead the table by four points. Chloe Tucker (2) and Victoria Carvill scored for Barton, with Ethne Rothery and Heather Young responding. Sarah Cann was on target for third placed New Milton Town as they drew 1-1 with Woodley Utd, who replied through Rosie Page-Smith, whilst the game between Alton Utd and Wargrave Ladies finished goalless. Hannah Evans netted twice along with Lauren Broadhurst, Vivian Moore and Sian Miller for Ascot Utd in their 5-1 victory over Andover New Street and Wycombe Wanderers were 5-0 winners at Winchester City Flyers Res.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion continue to set the pace in the Premier Division and lead by four points following their 6-0 success at Leafield Athletic. Jordan Atkin netted five of the goals and Paris O'Connor rounded off the scoring. Crusaders were beaten 4-2 at Wolverhampton Sporting whilst Coundon Court came away from Wrockwardine Wood with a 2-1 victory under their belts. Knowle remain at the foot of the table but edged closer to the teams above them with a 1-1 draw against Leamington Lions.
Stockingford AA Pavilion have gone further ahead in Division One North after beating Brereton Town 5-2. Second placed Brereton Town gave Stockingford early cause for concern as they were 2-0 up within the first ten minutes of this game courtesy of goals by Holly Meehan. However, two goals from Jessica SÚvellec and another hat-trick from Sharni Turnbull eased Stockingford nerves and extended their lead at the top to eight points. Shrewsbury Town now sit inbetween them in second following their 4-1 success away to Florence. Tamworth won 5-2 at Atherstone Ladies whilst Stone Dominoes were 5-0 victors over Bilbrook.
Redditch Utd are four points clear at the top of Division One South after scoring ten times without reply past Marston Green. Droitwich Spa meanwhile won 2-0 against Solihull Utd and this has lifted them up into second place whilst the match between Coventry Development and Stourbridge ended in a goalless draw.
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