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East Midlands League
Holders Peterborough Northern Star were knocked out of the League Cup when they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City Women Development, who scored through Zoe Boote and Georgia Gladwin. A number of Premier Division sides drew awkward ties against lower division opposition but all came through unscathed, Mansfield Town surviving the biggest scare as they won a penalty shootout following a 5-5 draw against Grimsby Borough. Androulle Kokkinou hit a hat-trick for Mansfield whilst Lisa Cromey was on target four times for Grimsby but ended up on the losing side. Amy Whyte and Rachael Bell scored the goals as Ollerton Town won 2-0 at Sleaford Town whilst Kettering Town beat Teversal 6-1 thanks to Laura Beckett, who netted four, Lynsey Jelley and Sophie Till. Eastwood Ladies produced a strong performance in winning 8-2 away to Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Demi Croxall, Courteney Csomor and Hannah Swindley all scoring twice along with Anna Desnos and Paige Singleton, meanwhile goals from Annie Longmore, Lauren Turner and Codi Melia saw Oughtibridge to a 3-0 victory over Woodlands Ladies. Loughborough Students were 3-2 winners over Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Rosanna Frith-Salem netting twice along with Grace Stanley, and Nettleham triumphed 5-1 at Rise Park courtesy of a Holly Newman hat-trick, Tia Johnson and Rebecca Hornsey. Natasha Leach scored twice, including an extra time winner, as Arnold Town Development won 2-1 away to Clifton and Market Warsop edged past Oadby & Wigston Dynamo by the same scoreline, Brigitte Warrender bagging a brace. Jessica Driscoll hit a hat-trick, Jenna Lusk weighed in with a double and Keir Perkins was also on target for Peterborough Utd in their 6-1 victory over Hykeham Town and Northampton Town defeated Riverside LFC 5-1, Emma Dunmore and Leahe Stacey each netting twice along with an own goal. Samantha Clarke was another hat-trick scorer as Loughborough Foxes Vixens won 5-3 against Desford, Ceara Toal adding the other two, Jade Lang and Jamie Elday gave AFC Leicester a 2-1 victory at Cosby Utd and Heather LFC beat Thrapston Town 2-1 thanks to Sarah Rickett and Demi-Jayne Sheppard.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town are two points ahead at the top of the Premier Division following their 3-1 win away to Acle Utd, courtesy of a Paris Smith hat-trick. Bedford Ladies remain in second place after being held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Dunstable, Michelle Byrne netting their goal with Isabelle Attenborough replying. Lucy Jones (2), Abigail Fry, Sophie Vale and Amy Simmons were all on target as Writtle defeated AFC Sudbury 5-2 to move into the top three. Angela Arnold and Nina Boorman ensured that Brentwood Town won 2-1 at Royston Town and Lowestoft Town pipped Cambridge City by the odd goal in seven, Hannah Waters' hat-trick and Nicole Sheldrake securing their team's first victory of the season.
Wymondham Town are the new pacesetters in Division One North, they took over at the top after beating Silver End Utd 7-0. Nadine Basson and Alice Collins each scored twice, with one apiece from Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris, Kayleigh Holloway and Mollie O'Callaghan. Histon are one point behind in second place following their 4-1 win away to Ipswich Wanderers and King's Lynn Town also notched up their second straight victory, defeating previous leaders Cambridge Utd Res 4-2 with goals from Oksana Imanalijeva, Jade Kelly, Rebecca Russell and Shelley Woods.
Stevenage Ladies Res hold on to pole position in Division One South after scoring nine times without reply past Hertford Town. Hannah Marshall was on target four times, Daniela Martucci and Becky Day weighed in with a double apiece and Nicole Coull completed the scoring. They lead on goal difference from Harlow Town, 2-1 winners over Hoddesdon Town Owls thanks to Tayla Handscombe and Lily Bruno.
London & South East League
Carshalton Athletic have gone to the top of the table with a 4-3 victory away to Aylesford. Holly Nicholls was the heroine for Carshalton as she netted all four goals, while Rebecca Barr (2) and Helena Jefferies replied for the home side. Parkwood Rangers are one point off the pace and level with second placed Crawley Wasps, they beat Watford Development 7-1 thanks to an Emily Vaughan hat-trick, Sophie Hayes double, Corrie Goodhew and Jade Whiteman. AFC Phoenix meanwhile claimed their first win of the season, 6-1 against Fulham FC Foundation. Natalia Mann hit a hat-trick, Lucy Monkman weighed in with a brace and Elizabeth Wicks was also on target.
North East League
Two extra time goals from Emily Senior and Nicola Swift gave Ossett Albion a 2-0 victory over Premier Division side Wakefield to go through to the Second Round of the League Cup. South Shields also eliminated higher division opposition, goals from Paige Lester, Dionne Fleming and Megan Archbold earning them a 3-1 win away to Hartlepool Utd. Boldon CA Villa were 2-1 winners over Blyth Lions in the all-Northern Division clash, their markswomen were Allison Ferris and Ebony Foster. Tiffany Lyons led the scoring with a hat-trick as Castleford White Rose defeated Malet Lambert YC 9-2, Molly Ward and Aimi Beresford each netted twice and there was one apiece from Rhian Edmondson and Lacey Lewis. Farsley Celtic netted nine times without reply past Harrogate Town, courtesy of a Jordan Cheetham hat-trick, Helen Moreton (2), Keegan Lambert, Katie Platts, Elanna Prothero and Shirley Murphy.
Three Second Round ties were played on Sunday, including East Yorkshire Carnegie coming through a difficult tie away to Sheffield Wednesday with a 5-2 victory. Molly Storey was on target twice along with Millie Sharp, Shannon Tate and Tonya Wild-Storr. Durham Cestria had a much smoother passage past Guisborough Ladies, Sophie Hodgson and Shannon Reed each bagging trebles and braces came from Abbie Lambert and Molly Holder, while Megan Elliott, Nisha Mistry, Jessica Hennessy and Sophie Wood completed the scoring. Altofts Ladies meanwhile ensured that at least one Southern Division team will be in the Third Round, they defeated Swallownest Beighton 4-1.
North West League
A busy week in the North West League ended with perennial challengers Burnley Girls & Ladies as the early pacesetters in the Premier Division, taking top spot with a 6-1 victory over Blackpool. Burnley head a quartet of teams on six points, with Merseyrail Bootle beating Blackburn Community 3-0 to sit in second, just ahead of previous leaders Sir Tom Finney, who did not play, and MSB Woolton, 4-1 winners against CMB Ladies. Fleetwood Town Wrens are just behind after they shared a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers, who picked up their first point of the season.
In Division One North, Leigh RMI defeated Kendal Town 8-1 to lead the table on goal difference from Bury FC Women, who were 2-0 winners away to Bolton Wanderers Res. Penrith AFC began their campaign by beating Preston North End 9-0 and Workington Reds also opened up with a win, 4-1 against Burscough Dynamo.
Curzon Ashton have an early lead of three points in Division One South, after their 9-0 success away to Crewe Alexandra Development. FC United of Manchester commenced their season with a seventeen goal victory over City of Liverpool and Altrincham also won their opening fixture, 5-0 against Northwich Vixens. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res claimed their first win of the season, 3-1 over Warrington Wolverines.
South West League
Middlezoy Rovers sit in top position in the Premier Division after their opening match finished in a 3-0 win away to Downend Flyers. Georgia Coles, Anusia Rourke and Chloe Stringer were all on target for the Somerset side. Charlie Rowlands, Issy Newns, Ashleigh Watson and Marika Niekuwal all found the net for Forest Green Rovers in their 4-0 success at Ilminster Town and this puts them just behind Bishop's Lydeard who were beaten 2-1 by Yeovil Town Intermediate, Terri Trowbridge and Jodi Cornwall scoring for Yeovil with Holly Miller replying. Emily Plummer netted twice and Rhianna Ben-Carew the other as Keynsham Town Development won 3-2 at AEK Boco, whose replies came from Kelly Cutler and Shania Powell, and a solitary strike from Rebekah Rose earned Marine Academy Plymouth the points against Torquay Utd.
On the opening day of the season in the Eastern Division, Portishead Town took the honours with a 4-1 victory over Team Mendip, thanks to a goal each from Ruby Lowe, Hannah Thornton, Michelle Venton and Emily Lindsey. Royal Wootton Bassett meanwhile edged out St Nicholas Res 4-3, their markswomen were Laura Gammon, Hayley Huckin, Michelle Rich and Robyn Levett. Maddie Wood netted both goals as Almondsbury won 2-1 at Cheltenham Civil Service and FC Chippenham beat Frome Town 2-1, thanks to Aleksandra Guzik and Lily Withers.
Alphington kept up their good start in the Western Division by winning 3-0 away to Plympton Ladies, Sophie-Louise Simpson netting twice and Mary Murphy the other. They lead on goal difference from Plymouth Argyle Res, who beat Bude Town 2-0 with both goals from Danielle Salt. Callington Town began their season with a 7-1 success at Newquay Celtic, Jodie Shipton hitting a hat-trick along with Amy Hemingway, Grace O'Leary, Sam Veal and Jodie Smith.
Southern Region League
The new Premier Division season commenced on Sunday and it was newly promoted New Milton Town who recorded the biggest win on the day, 9-1 against Team Solent with Olivia Jones, Caitlin Steele and Olivia Watts all hitting hat-tricks. The other promoted side did not fare quite so well, coming up against Chesham Utd who ran out 6-0 winners thanks to Niamh Euman (2), Gemma Fraser (2), Steph Weston and Barbara Balint. Payton Howard netted twice along with Georgina Axton and Charlotte Warhurst as Winchester City Flyers defeated Newbury Ladies 4-0 and Milton Keynes City notched up a 5-2 victory over Shanklin, goals coming from Sabrina Kidouch (2), Jacqueline King, Danielle Metcalfe and Natalie Keefe.
In Division One North, Wargrave Ladies were narrow 3-2 victors away to Wycombe Wanderers thanks to a Jodie Penny brace and Tessa Brown, with Katie Hudson and Tara Woodward scoring for the home side. Harriette Titchener was on target for Oxford City Nomads in their 1-1 draw with Woodley Utd, who replied through Ellen Surtees.
AFC Bournemouth have got off to a good start in Division One South, beating Alton Utd 6-0. Rosie Eden led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on target were Aimee-Rose Collier, Emma Davis and Chloe Tape. Warsash Wasps edged out Southampton Women Res 4-3 thanks to Megan Fox (2), Shannon Daniel-Eade and Danielle Cheyney, meanwhile a Samantha Hide double and Leah Shave guided Eastleigh to a 3-2 victory over Winchester City Flyers Res.
West Midlands League
Stockingford AA Pavilion have taken over the early pace in the Premier Division after they defeated Leamington Lions 11-0. Sharni Turnbull hit a hat-trick, Hannah Morris and Catherine Smith added two apiece and the totaly was completed by Katy Farmer, Vicky McKay, Ria Scarr and Chevette Steel whilst Emma McDonald saved a penalty at the other end. Stockingford could have scored more goals but for the brilliance of Leamington goalkeeper Zara Grudzinski. Bekkie Sloan bagged herself a four-goal haul as second placed Crusaders won 8-2 against Coundon Court, with Kloe Douglas, Rachael Dyson, Danielle Keegan and Kirsty Spencer adding the others. Kirsty Farnsworth, Shanice Walsh and Sophie Wilson netted the goals as Bedworth Utd beat Kingshurst Sporting Club 3-1 and Leafield Athletic were 3-2 victors at Wolverhampton Sporting, thanks to Amy Andrews, Michelle McCormack and Nieve Newman. Rhiannon Bale, Chloe Handy and Robyn Hyngley netted the goals for Lye Town in their 3-3 draw with Knowle, for whom Tyler Davison hit a hat-trick.
Bilbrook are the early pacesetters in Division One North following their 3-2 win over Atherstone Rangers in which Shanice Taylor scored a hat-trick. Shrewsbury Town meanwhile ran out 10-1 winners over local rivals Shrewsbury Juniors, Charlotte Budd's hat-trick being added to by Katie Doster (2), Nicola Durnall (2), Tania Prior, Sasha Woodhouse and Millie Young. Brereton Town and Wyrley Ladies finished level at 2-2, Beth Cottrell scoring twice and Brereton and Wyrley's replies coming from Carly Aldred and Laura Cumberledge.
Droitwich Spa made it two wins out of two in Division One South with a 9-1 victory over Solihull Sporting. April Polden led the scoring with a hat-trick and there were doubles from Katie Armento, Charlotte Criddle and Nicola Gregg. Newly promoted Gornal Ladies opened up their league campaign by beating Coventry Development 12-1. Rachel Letford and Sarah Lojko netted four times apiece with Kelly Shirley (2), Chloe Edwards and Sophie Richards completing the tally. Redditch Utd were 6-0 winners over Rugby Town and Solihull Utd beat Stourbridge 3-0 thanks to Hayley Wilford (2) and Catherine Harris. Faye Birch bagged a brace for Coventry Sphinx in their 2-1 win against Kidderminster Harriers, who replied through Amber Ireson-Lawrence.
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