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East Midlands League
It was League Cup weekend on Sunday and two Premier Division teams were knocked out of the competition by lower division opponents. Arnold Town were beaten 6-1 by Division One South leaders Northampton Town for whom Emma Dunmore netted five times and Leah Stacey added the other goal. Kettering Town meanwhile went down 2-1 to Corby Town, who scored through Nicole Coull and Stacey McConville. League leaders Nettleham were taken all the way to penalties by Peterborough Utd before eventually making it through after the game had finished 1-1 with goals from Courtney Limb and Jeorgia Carr respectively. The only all-Premier game saw Oughtibridge beat Loughborough Students 2-0 thanks to Becky Shaw and Anna Goulding. Arnold Town Development were another team to go through via a penalty shootout, against Heather LFC after the sides had drawn 2-2, Kereng Mrwata and Jessica Astill scoring for Arnold. Hayley Brown netted twice and Demi-Leigh Crofts the other as Calverton MW won 3-1 away to AFC Leicester.
Peterborough Northern Star stormed into the next round of the League Plate with a 6-0 victory over Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Cassie Steward led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Larissa Frederick, Vicky Gallagher and Emma Pollard. Rise Park meanwhile won 2-1 away to Hykeham Town thanks to a Natasha Murray double. Analice Wilkes (2), Ella Needham and Tia Pullen were on target for Cosby Utd in their 4-2 success against Draycott Victoria and Woodlands Ladies were 6-2 winners at Desford, Jody Scott and Katie Mayfield netting twice along with Abbie Taylor and an own goal. Sarah Finney and Hannah Pendred gave Thrapston Town a 2-0 victory away to Sleaford Town, meanwhile Oadby & Wigston Dynamo defeated Teversal 11-1, Nikki Lidgett netted four times and Emma Aspinall contributed a hat-trick with Megan Connor, Danielle Gilbert, Emily Miles and Lauren Staples all on target. Alice Hayes also bagged a hat-trick and Lauren Churcher added the other two as Lincoln Moorlands Railway beat Grimsby Borough 5-2.
Eastern Region League
Writtle were unable to take an opportunity to return to the top of the Premier Division when they were beaten 6-2 by Acle Utd. Laura Holden (2), Grace Birchall (2), Naomi Cooper and Megan Todd scored the goals for Acle who have gone third as a result. Cambridge City follow on after their 13-2 victory over Brentwood Town in which Isabella Simmons led the scoring with a seven-goal haul. Stacey Fullicks and Charlotte Gillies added two apiece, with Carla Penny and Anna Wilson also on target. Bedford Ladies also recorded a heavy victory, scoring eight times without reply past Colney Heath, and AFC Sudbury defeated Lowestoft Town 4-1 thanks to Mia Etheridge (2), Charlotte Churchman and Natalie Golding. Royston Town meanwhile won for the first time, 3-0 against AFC Dunstable with goals from Gemma Croucher, Becky Shephard and Sammy Tinsley.
One match was played in Division One North, second placed Ipswich Wanderers edging out Cambridge Utd Res by the odd goal in seven. Jess Taylor-Allum, Coral Young, Michelle Taylor-Allum and Melissa Stickland netted the goals for Ipswich.
Hutton made it two wins in three games in Division One South when a solitary strike from Laura Allen gave them the points against Hoddesdon Town Owls.
In the League Cup, Division One South leaders Stevenage Ladies Res are out of the competition after being beaten 3-0 by Harlow Town. Stevenage have not conceded a goal in the league this season but went down to goals from Paige Horwood, Courtney Miller and Kaydee King. King's Lynn Town progressed with a 4-2 victory over Little Thurrock Dynamos in which Tiffany Forshaw (2), Oksana Imanalijeva and Rebecca Russell were on target. Laura Nicholls scored twice and Brooke Moreno the other for Wymondham Town as they beat Histon 3-1 and Ipswich Town Development netted ten times without reply past Bishop's Stortford. Emily Steward netted four times and Olivia Gunn a double, with Grace Bowman, Destiny Minors, Jennifer Purbrook and an own goal completing the tally.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps kept up the pace at the top of the table with a 3-0 victory against Carshalton Athletic. Faye Rabson netted twice and Naomi Cole added the other to maintain their side's lead of three points over second placed AFC Phoenix, who beat Eastbourne Town 1-0 with Brittany Saylor scoring the only goal of the game. Aylesford meanwhile moved above Fulham FC Foundation and into mid-table after they defeated them 3-1, thanks to a Zara Chapman brace and Beth Hulme.
North East League
It's as you were at the top of the Premier Division with goals from Sophie Wood, Daisy Drake, Jessica Hennessy and Molly Holder giving Durham Cestria a 4-2 win at Tynedale which keeps them ahead on goal difference from Wallsend Boys Club, for whom Rebecca George scored the only goal of the game against York City. Norton & Stockton Ancients are third following their 2-0 victory over Farsley Celtic, Nyci Thorns and Sian Williams netting their goals. Molly Storey hit a hat-trick and Millie O'Neill the other for East Yorkshire Carnegie in their 4-2 success away to Hartlepool Utd and Castleford White Rose won for the first time, 3-1 against Wakefield thanks to Lauren Breen, Rachel Sherrard and Grace Dixon.
In the Northern Division, York RI defeated Cramlington Utd 2-1 to close the gap on leaders Boro Rangers to a single point. Abbie Bonner and Tehillah Ndhlovu scored their goals, with Hannah Turnbull replying. South Shields and Boldon CA Villa occupy the next two places after their meeting finished level at 2-2, Nina Garthwaite and Alex Fontaine netting Shields' goals with Allison Ferris on target twice for Boldon. Blyth Lions registered their first victory with a 6-4 success over Prudhoe Town, Lauren Robson finding the net four times and Leanne Anderson contributing a brace.
Leaders Altofts Ladies ran out 3-0 winners over Swallownest Beighton in the Southern Division, goals from Sophie Allen, Hollie Betts and Rachel Pritchard keeping them one point ahead. Sophie Tinson (2), Jade Pennock and Caroline Hulme were the markswomen for second placed Harrogate Town in their 4-0 victory at Malet Lambert YC whilst Harrogate Railway defeated Ossett Albion 7-3, Emma Lansdall scoring four times along with Louise Donnelly, Nicola Hadley and Jodi Hodgson. Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile maintained their unbeaten record with a 4-2 success away to Doncaster Belles (Women's), goals coming from Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck (2), Emma Otley and Paige Lewis.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers continue to climb the Premier Division table and they are up to second following their 2-1 win over Blackpool. Manchester Stingers and Wigan Athletic battled out a 2-2 draw whilst Blackburn Community are out of the bottom three after winning for the first time, 1-0 away to CMB Ladies.
It's six out of six now for Division One North leaders Penrith AFC, their 2-1 victory over Kendal Town sees them stretch their advantage to seven points. Workington Reds meanwhile triumphed 3-2 away to Morecambe Res, a result which lifts them to fourth.
One match was played in Division One South, FC United of Manchester enhancing their position at the top and going four points clear with a 5-0 victory against previously unbeaten West Didsbury & Chorlton.
League leaders Merseyrail Bootle progressed to the Second Round of the Argyle Sports Cup with a 6-1 victory away to Accrington Girls & Ladies. Fleetwood Town Wrens and Burnley Girls & Ladies both came through tricky ties at Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res and Warrington Wolverines with 2-0 and 1-0 victories respectively. Sir Tom Finney meanwhile ran out 7-3 winners over Crewe Alexandra Development and Altrincham beat Preston North End 3-0. Cammell Laird edged out Curzon Ashton 3-2 and Carlisle Utd returned from City of Liverpool with a 5-2 victory under their belts.
South West League
The leadership changed hands once again with Marine Academy Plymouth returning to the top after beating Charlestown 5-0. Sam Drewery was on target twice along with Ellie Bishop, Emily Eaton and Anthea Kaptein. Previous leaders Middlezoy Rovers were beaten 5-2 by Bishop's Lydeard, for whom Ruth Shackleton hit a hat-trick with Holly Miller and Emily Syme adding the others. Exeter City's good start continued as they won 4-1 against Keynsham Town Development. Kate Finch (2), Danielle Skinner and Emily Toogood were the markswomen for Exeter, with Rhianna Ben-Carew replying. Torquay Utd climbed into the top half on the back of a 2-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers, Stephanie Beck and Daisy Self netting their goals. Buckland Athletic made it two wins from two games when scoring six times without reply away to Downend Flyers, Laura Gough and Kate Hine each netting twice with Kirsty Caunter and Gabrielle Trays also on the scoresheet. Ilminster Town meanwhile moved out of the bottom two when winning 4-1 at AEK Boco, Shannon Crouch bagging a brace along with Maisie Poole and an own goal.
Wootton Bassett Town have gone five points clear in the Eastern Division following their 4-1 victory over Oldland Abbotonians. Beth Westlake netted twice with Amber Egerton and Hayley Huckin adding the others, Vicky Mundy replying. St Nicholas Res meanwhile halted Portishead Town's winning run by holding them to a 3-3 draw, Charlotte Davis (2) and Lillie Jefferies scoring their goals with Posset responding through Shannon Holloway, Emily Lindsey and Michelle Venton. Swindon Town Development ran out 9-1 winners over FC Chippenham with Kathryn Bach on target four times, Milly Colford weighing in with a hat-trick and one apiece from Gipsy Viveash and Helena Diaz-Butcher. Mel Bristow (2), Sky Peters and Katie Wadey were on target for Swindon Spitfires as they drew 4-4 with Cheltenham Town Development, who scored through a Holly Rogers hat-trick and an own goal, whilst Frome Town picked up their first point when drawing 2-2 with Cheltenham Civil Service, for whom Megan Harrison and Bev Tanner found the net.
The top of the table clash in the Western Division went the way of Plymouth Argyle Res, who pipped Alphington 4-3 with goals from Gabi Alphous (2), Faye Ivall and Danielle Salt. Argyle therefore lead by three points from Callington Town, who are up into second after an Eleri Griffiths hat-trick, plus doubles from Jodie Shipton and Sam Veal, gave them a 7-1 victory over Bude Town. Jaydee Seaman (2), Lauren Boyle and Sam Metters ensured that Plympton Ladies defeated Activate 4-2 and Bideford Town collected their first win, a Beth Ellis hat-trick firing them to a 3-1 success against Newquay Celtic.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd have a lead of two points at the top after they won 6-0 against New Milton Town, remarkably all six goals were scored by Gemma Fraser, taking her tally to 11 in two league games. Oxford City moved into the top three for the first time this season with a 5-2 victory at Winchester City Flyers, Lauren May netting twice along with Natalie Richardson, Mollie Dyer and Lindsay Pinker. Second placed Ascot Utd battled out a 1-1 draw with Newbury Ladies, who took the lead through Tracey Beales with Lauren Broadhurst equalising.
Division One Northern table toppers Barton Rovers were not in action but they still head the table on goal difference from Wargrave Ladies, who beat Wokingham & Emmbrook 2-0 with Alison Richardson netting a double. Christina O'Connor, Kitty Jones and Charlote Bagshaw were on the scoresheet as Wycombe Wanderers won 3-0 away to Oxford City Nomads.
AFC Bournemouth kept up their good start in Division One Southern with a 3-1 victory over Warsash Wasps, goals coming from Hannah Bennett, Rosie Eden and Sian Tilly. Eastleigh were 3-0 winners away to Alton Ladies, Lucie Agombar, Samantha Hide and Natasha Konczak were on target.
West Midlands League
Crusaders maintained their three point lead in the Premier Division when they beat Lye Town 4-3 whilst second placed Leafield Athletic won 7-1 away to Knowle. Bedworth Utd remain just behind the top two teams following their 5-0 victory at Wolverhampton Sporting. Stockingford AA Pavilion follow on after they got back to winning ways with a 4-2 success at Coundon Court and Kingshurst Sporting Club netted ten times without reply past Leamington Lions.
Sutton Coldfield Town ran out 9-0 winners over Tamworth and their Division One North lead has been extended to six points. Leek Town defeated Florence 6-0 and have moved up to second, just ahead of Goldenhill Wanderers who won 3-1 against Wyrley Ladies. Shrewsbury Town beat Brereton Town 5-0 and Shrewsbury Juniors were 3-1 victors over Bilbrook.
Gornal Ladies are still stretching the pace in Division One South, winning 5-2 against Kidderminster Harriers to open up a lead of three points. Redditch Utd are up into second following their 4-0 victory away to Droitwich Spa. Coventry Sphinx defeated Rugby Town 3-2 to remain just behind the leading teams and Coventry Development recorded their first point of the season when sharing a 1-1 draw with Solihull Sporting.
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