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East Midlands League
Nettleham have taken over at the top of the Premier Division following their 3-2 success away to Loughborough Students. Sophie Crosby netted twice to put Nettleham two ahead and after Loughborough fought back to level the scores through a Grace Stanley double, Tia Johnson grabbed the winner with seven minutes remaining. This result takes Nettleham above previous leaders Leicester City Women Development who went down to a 4-1 defeat at home to Oughtibridge. Lauren Turner and Kathyrn Mudge each scored twice to take their team into third place, three points off the pace.
Amy Blinkhorn and Zoe Hopewell each netted twice, with Chloe Witt and Kirsty Dalsell adding the others as Division One North leaders Hykeham Town ran out 6-0 winners over Calverton MW. They have a lead of three points over Lincoln Moorlands Railway, who won 5-1 away to Draycott Victoria. Alice Hayes led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on target were Verity Cooper and Joanna Jenkinson-Wagstaff. Woodlands Ladies remain in close attendance following their 8-1 victory against Grimsby Borough, Jody Scott bagging a six-goal haul along with other goals from Samantha Barlow and Sophie Ruck.
Northampton Town made sure of making a swift return to the top of Division One South after Emma Dunmore (2), Hayley Matthews and Georgia Tear took them to a 4-0 win away to AFC Leicester. Nicole Coull netted twice along with Nicole Andrejczuk, Laura Dodwell and Stacey McConville as Corby Town defeated Heather LFC 5-2, they remain unbeaten as do Peterborough Utd following their 8-1 success at Cosby Utd. Keir Perkins hit a hat-trick with Amy Gore, Emma Stevenson, Jessica Driscoll, Jeorgia Carr and D'Lacy Phillips also getting on the scoresheet. Thrapston Town were 6-1 winners away to Desford, Hannah Pendred was on target four times and Alex Bartlett added the other two.
Eastern Region League
The withdrawal of Colchester Town has meant a recalculation of the Premier Division table and Billericay Town are back in top spot, even though they were beaten for the first time on Sunday. Charlotte Gillies and Isabella Simmons scored the goals to give Cambridge City a 2-1 victory over Billericay, who replied through Paris Smith. Writtle are one point behind in second place following their 2-2 draw with Brentwood Town, Courtney Clarke and Amy Simmons netting their goals with Leah Cowan and Georgia Holdaway responding. Charlotte South bagged a hat-trick, with Danielle Carty, Beth Stanton, Claudia Attenborough and an own goal completing a 7-1 victory over Lowestoft Town for AFC Dunstable which takes them third, ahead of Acle Utd who drew 1-1 with Royston Town, goals coming from Naomi Cooper and Becky Shephard respectively. Rebecca Chandler was on target for AFC Sudbury as they also shared a 1-1 scoreline with Colney Heath, who scored through Holly Sheridan.
King's Lynn Town have stepped up the pace in Division One North, extending their lead to four points by winning 2-1 away to Silver End Utd, Vikttorija Burkauskaite scoring both goals. Laura Nicholls was on target five times as Wymondham Town defeated Ipswich Wanderers 13-2, Mollie O'Callaghan and Nadine Basson each contributing hat-tricks with Alice Collins and Brooke Moreno also getting on the scoresheet.
Stevenage Ladies Res remain nine points clear in Division One South after registering their sixth successive win and clean sheet, this time beating Harlow Town 1-0 with a goal from Hayley Wood-Thompson. Little Thurrock Dynamos replaced Harlow in second place with a 4-2 defeat of Hutton, Sophie Dowman, Eloise Ives and Abbie Simmonds all scoring along with an own goal. Hertford Town meanwhile collected their first win, 2-0 away to Bishop's Stortford thanks to a Donna Watts brace.
London & South East League
With AFC Phoenix in County Cup action, Crawley Wasps took the chance to replace them as leaders with a 6-1 victory away to Aylesford. Naomi Cole and Holly Walker were each on target twice along with Ariana Flieschman and Faye Rabson. London Kent Football Utd got back to winning ways with a 4-2 success against Carshalton Athletic in which Emily Hart netted a hat-trick and Adele Keech added the other. Fulham FC Foundation meanwhile leapt up the table as they scored ten times without reply past Watford Development. Michaela Gooden led the scoring with a hat-trick, Tia-Rae Scott-Coleman weighed in with a brace, and Fulham's other markswomen were Jacinta Coleman, Carina Ewens, Mary Southgate, Amber Walker and Amy Bains.
North East League
Tynedale are just three points off the pace in the Premier Division following their 4-0 success away to Castleford White Rose on Sunday. Christine Murray bagged a hat-trick and Siobhan Simpson added the other goal. East Yorkshire Carnegie meanwhile won for the first time, 2-1 at York City thanks to a Charlotte Holliday brace, Eleanor Regan responding for the home side.
Boro Rangers and York RI occupy the top two places in the Northern Division after their meeting finished in a 2-2 draw. Larissa Burkinshaw and Jade Featherstone were on target as Boro took a two-goal lead during the first half but after the break, Jodie Langstaff struck twice to earn York a share of the spoils. South Shields are well placed and still possess a 100% record following a sixteen goal blast against Gainsborough Ladies. Dionne Fleming netted five times and Paige Lester contributed a further four, with an Elizabeth Fraser hat-trick and Natalie Beswick (2), Sophie Halliday and Becki McMahon rounding off the scoring. Consett Ladies ran out 6-0 winners over Cramlington Utd thanks to second half braces from Carolanne Hughes, Carly Wilson and Stephanie Curry.
Altofts Ladies are the new leaders of the Southern Division after battling out a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday, who are the division's other unbeaten team. Lana Smith and Shara Green were on the mark for Doncaster Belles (Women's) as they picked up their first point with a 2-2 draw against Ossett Albion, whose goals came from Emily Senior and Jenna Wraith.
North West League
Four Premier Division teams made it through unscathed into the Second Round of the Argyle Sports Cup whilst MSB Woolton emerged triumphant from the only all-Premier clash to be played, 5-1 against Manchester Stingers. CMB Ladies came away from a tricky tie at Workington Reds with a 3-0 win under their belts, whilst Blackpool were in fine goalscoring form when beating Leigh RMI 12-3. Tranmere Rovers scored six times without reply away to Bolton Wanderers Res and Wigan Athletic defeated Morecambe Res 4-1. The meeting between the leaders of Division One North and Division One South went emphatically the way of FC United of Manchester, who scored eleven times without reply past Penrith AFC, and West Didsbury & Chorlton are the other team to progress into the next round following their 2-1 victory away to Stockport County Blues. All other matches in the Cup were postponed and are set to be played this week.
South West League
Reigning Premier Division Champions Yeovil Town Intermediate have jumped up into third place after beating Downend Flyers 3-0. Charlotte Buxton was on target twice and Laura Wensley added the other goal. Only two matches managed to beat the weather on Sunday, the other being at Slimbridge where Forest Green Rovers went down 3-1 at home to Exeter City. Danielle Skinner, Kate Finch and Amber Guy-Kemp netted a goal apiece to keep up Exeter's good start, Marika Niekuwal replying.
The scheduled top of the table clash between Almondsbury and Portishead Town fell victim to the weather, meaning that Wootton Bassett Town moved above them to take over as leaders with a 5-1 victory away to Team Mendip. Beth Westlake bagged a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Laura Jefferies and Michelle Rich, with the home side's consolation coming from Ellison Roberts. The meeting between Cheltenham Town Development and St Nicholas Res ended in a goalless draw and Swindon Spitfires were 2-1 winners at Frome Town, Katie Wadey and Katrina Reynolds netting their goals with Kate Minty replying.
One match managed to go ahead in the Western Division, at Bude Town where the home side defeated Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 6-2. Sarah Badham netted a hat-trick along with Charlotte Mulligan-Lang (2) and Leanne Stanbury, while Charley Melton replied twice for the visitors.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd have moved to the top of the Premier Division with a 12-1 victory away to Team Solent. Gemma Fraser was on target five times, Sarah Hazell added two and the tally was completed by Emma Delves, Joanne Horwood, Tasha Smith, Natalie Adams and Sarah Harrison.
In Division One North, Oxford City Nomads defeated Wokingham & Emmbrook 8-3 to record their first victory of the season. Poppy Cottrill bagged herself a four-goal haul, Lara Althorp adding two along with Courtney Sumner and Stacey Butler, Lauren Evans, Caroline Paterson and an own goal.
Alton Ladies notched up their first win of the season in Division One South, 4-2 away to Winchester City Flyers Res. Nicola Moore netted twice along with Megan Leebbern and an own goal.
Premier Division high fliers Ascot Utd went through to the Second Round of the League Cup with a 7-0 victory over Shanklin. Hannah Evans and Lucy Holzman-Clarke netted two apiece along with Lucie Kroutilova, Sian Miller and Thea Taylor-Hindle. Barton Rovers caused an upset by knocking out Newbury Ladies from the division above, beating them 3-2 with goals from Phoebe Cole (2) and Gemma Sims. Milton Keynes City emerged as winners from a penalty shootout after battling out a 3-3 draw with Wargrave Ladies, Mechthild Luebke, Danielle Rolph and Katie Crawley scoring their goals during normal time. AFC Bournemouth ran out 5-0 winners at Eastleigh thanks to Rosie Eden (2), Chloe Tape (2) and Jade Hockey, and Warsash Wasps edged out Southampton Women Res by the odd goal in nine after extra time, Megan Fox scoring all five goals to spearhead her side's victory.
West Midlands League
Crusaders have opened up a lead of three points at the top by scoring ten times without reply against Leamington Lions. They head the table from second placed Leafield Athletic who did not play, with Bedworth Utd a further point adrift following their 2-0 success away to Stockingford AA Pavilion. Coundon Court continue to improve, their 4-2 victory at Lye Town strengthens their position in the top half.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Sutton Coldfield Town, who opened up a lead of five points with a 2-1 win over Wyrley Ladies. Leek Town are a further point adrift in third after doubles from Simone Kelsall and Isabel Wretham gave them a 4-0 success at Bilbrook. Goldenhill Wanderers likewise have four wins from four games as they also won 4-0 away to Florence. Shrewsbury Town meanwhile netted thirteen times without reply against Atherstone Rangers, Katie Doster was on target five times with Charlotte Budd and Nicole Durnall adding four and three respectively, Penny Owen completing the scoring. Shrewsbury Juniors claimed their second victory of the season, 3-1 against Brereton Town.
Gornal Ladies are the new leaders of Division One South following their 3-2 win away to Solihull Sporting. Previous leaders Solihull Utd are back in second after they were beaten for the first time, 4-1 by third placed Redditch Utd. Kidderminster Harriers moved to within two points of Droitwich Spa after beating them 5-0 and Coventry Sphinx made it three wins in four games when defeating Stourbridge 3-0. Rugby Town got off the mark for the season with an 8-0 victory over Coventry Development, who are still searching for their first points.
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