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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development and Peterborough Northern Star battled out a 3-3 draw which has returned Leicester to the top of the Premier Division. Natalie Hurst, Eve Miles and Gabriella Reid were all on target for Leicester, with Northern Star replying through Vicky Gallagher, Chanade Henderson and Cassie Steward. Oughtibridge are now the only remaining team with a 100% record, they won 4-1 against Kettering Town thanks to a Kathryn Mudge hat-trick and Codi Melia. Jodie Ellis netted twice and Chrystal Smiley the other as Arnold Town won 3-2 away to Mansfield Town.
Zoe Hopewell and Millie Seaton each netted twice along with Amy Blinkhorn and Amie Barnes-Ford as Division One North leaders Hykeham Town ran out 6-1 winners over Clifton. Lincoln Moorlands Railway stay two points behind in second place, they won 5-2 at Teversal thanks to a Lauren Churcher hat-trick, Dawn Harmer and Naomi Johnson. Woodlands Ladies stayed in touch with the top two by beating Arnold Town Development 5-1, Jody Scott leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Katie Mayfield adding the other two. Hayley Brown bagged all four goals as Calverton MW won 4-2 against Draycott Victoria and Grimsby Borough beat Market Warsop 2-1 with strikes from Scarlet Woods and Natalie Aird.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo remain one point clear in Division One South after scoring six times without reply past Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Chloe Quinn and Sophie Tew netted two goals apiece, with Lauren Staples and Anaiya Shah also on target. Second placed Northampton Town also won 6-0 against Corby S & L, Emma Dunmore hitting a hat-trick along with Leah Stacey (2) and Naomi Dauncey. Two of the division's unbeaten teams met each other and it was Peterborough Utd who were narrow 1-0 winners over Corby Town, D'Lacy Phillips scoring the only goal of the game during the first half. Tia Webb netted a brace and Jamie Elday the other for AFC Leicester in their 3-2 victory against Thrapston Town and Desford won 5-1 at Cosby Utd.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town continue to lead the Premier Division by two points after being held to a 3-3 draw for the second week running, this week by AFC Sudbury. Georgia Box netted twice and Courtney Lumley the other for Billericay, with Semma Halil, Megan Partridge and Stacey Teager all scoring for Sudbury. Cambridge City meanwhile replace Writtle in second place after beating them 2-0, Charlotte Gillies and Lauren Tomlinson netting their goals.
In Division One North, King's Lynn Town opened up a lead of seven points following their 3-1 victory over Histon, Oksana Imanalijeva, Rebecca Russell and Shelley Woods scoring their goals. Cambridge Utd Res meanwhile won 2-1 away to Silver End Utd thanks to Ellen Green and Ebony Rule.
One match was played in Division One South on Sunday, and it saw Little Thurrock Dynamos narrow the gap on leaders Stevenage Ladies Res to nine points by winning 1-0 away to Hutton.
London & South East League
In the only league match played on Sunday, Carshalton Athletic moved back into third place after winning 4-1 away to Eastbourne Town. Laura Curtis netted twice along with Cindy Colliver and Holly Nicholls, with Caitlin French replying for the home side.
Danielle Boyd (2) and Jenny Drury were on the scoresheet as Crawley Wasps won 3-1 away to Fulham FC Foundation in the League Cup. London Kent Football Utd edged out AFC Phoenix 3-2 with Alicia Gibbs, Megan Mansfield and Adele Keech netting their goals, Natalia Mann and Saskia Philp replying. Corrie Goodhew was on target twice and Hayley Thomas added the other as Parkwood Rangers defeated Aylesford 3-0.
North East League
Durham Cestria strengthened their position at the top of the Premier Division with a 6-0 victory over third placed Wallsend Boys Club, to extend their lead to six points. Molly Holder led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Sophie Hodgson, Jenny Bitzer and Megan Elliott. York City meanwhile climbed off the bottom of the table as they recorded their first league victory of the season, 5-2 against Castleford White Rose thanks to an Alice Turner brace, Megan Bramham, Kayleigh Davis and Eleanor Regan.
The Northern Division table has tightened up considerably with just two points now covering the top five teams. These are still headed by Boro Rangers who battled out a 3-3 draw with South Shields in their top of the table clash. Larissa Burkinshaw (2) and Suzanne Fox netted the goals for Boro, with Shields replying through a hat-trick from Dionne Fleming. Boldon CA Villa have climbed into second place following their 4-0 victory away to York RI, who would have gone top if they won, courtesy of a four-goal blast from Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke. Stephanie Curry hit a hat-trick as Consett Ladies moved themselves into contention by beating Prudhoe Town 5-1, Nicole McEvoy adding the other two. Blyth Lions netted eight times without reply away to Guisborough Ladies, Leanne Anderson and Lauren Robson each scoring hat-tricks with Sarah Burn and Jade Anderson joining them on the scoresheet.
Harrogate Railway are the new leaders of the Southern Division after they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 6-2. Nicola Hadley bagged a hat-trick with Lorna Cooper (2) and Jodi Hodgson adding the others to inflict a first defeat of the season on Wednesday. Altofts Ladies are back in second on goal difference following their 3-2 success away to Doncaster Belles (Women's), where Rachel Pritchard, Natalie Riley and Rachel Henderson accounted for their goals. Harrogate Town stay one point behind the top two after Jade Pennock (2), Grace Adams, Sophie Tinson and Rachael White gave them a 5-0 victory over Ossett Albion.
North West League
Merseyrail Bootle have made a swift return to the top of the Premier Division, winning 4-1 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies to take over from Tranmere Rovers, who were beaten 5-3 by Wigan Athletic. Fleetwood Town Wrens follow on in third after beating Blackburn Community 7-2, staying just ahead of MSB Woolton who edged out Sir Tom Finney by the odd goal in seven. Stockport County are the division's other unbeaten team, they won 6-1 at Manchester Stingers and are now in the top five.
Penrith AFC are still keeping up the pace in Division One North, restoring their lead of eight points with a 2-0 victory over Carlisle Utd. Bury FC Women are a further point adrift in third after scoring six without reply at Leigh RMI and at the other end of the table, Preston North End won for the first time, 5-1 against Kendal Town and are out of the bottom two.
Only one match managed to survive the weather in Division One South and it did not produce any goals, Warrington Wolverines and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res remaining in fourth and third place respectively after their meeting finished goalless.
The last remaining Argyle Sports Cup tie was finally played following two postponements and it is Northwich Vixens who take their place in the next round after an extra time 3-2 victory over Burscough Dynamo.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth kept up the pace at the top of the Premier Division by winning 3-1 against Keynsham Town Development. Sam Drewery netted twice along with Rebekah Rose, with Emily Plummer replying. Torquay Utd remain three points behind in second place after their 3-2 victory over Bishop's Lydeard. Sian Chapman (2) and Stephanie Beck were on the scoresheet for Torquay, while Holly Miller and Emily Syme netted for Lydeard. Yeovil Town Intermediate and Ilminster Town finished level at 1-1, Lucy Pitman was on target for Ilminster.
Wootton Bassett Town made it eight wins out of eight when scoring ten without reply against Frome Town. Hayley Huckin bagged herself a five-goal haul, with one apiece from Michelle Rich, Beth Westlake, Jessica Dent, Holly Baker and Lauren Usher. Portishead Town stay second, five points behind but with a game in hand, following their 3-1 success away to Cheltenham Civil Service. Ruby Lowe was on target twice for Portishead, with Shannon Holloway adding the other. Swindon Town Development moved into the top three for the first time this season, they edged out Cheltenham Town Development 5-4 thanks to strikes from Kathryn Bach (2), Milly Colford (2) and Mia Mugford. Swindon Spitfires continued their steady climb up the table by defeating St Nicholas Res 2-0, Claire Moreton and Charley Reynolds netting their goals.
Plymouth Argyle Res now head the Western Division table by six points after they beat Bideford 3-2 with goals from Gabi Alphous and Tamsin Medd-Gill, Lucy Clements and Sarah Short replying. Sarah Badham and Charlotte Mulligan-Lang were on the scoresheet as Bude Town won 2-0 away to Newquay Celtic.
Southern Region League
Oxford City are in second place in the Premier Division following their 5-1 victory over Milton Keynes City. Mollie Dyer netted two of the goals with Rachael Mariam, Molly Lygo and Edie Stilwell-Garrett adding the others. Gemma Burnett and Amy McNab were on target as Newbury Ladies won 2-1 against Ascot Utd to go up to third. Winchester City Flyers ran out 7-0 winners away to Shanklin, courtesy of doubles from Georgia Axton, Hannah Chaffey and Beth Norman with Francesca Thornton completing the scoring, and New Milton Town defeated Team Solent with a goal apiece from Olivia Jones, Charlie Pitkin, Paula Taylor, Olivia Watts and Rebecca Yeo.
Barton Rovers now head the Division One Northern by four points despite being held to a goalless draw by third placed Wycombe Wanderers. Just a single point covers the next five teams, including Woodley Utd who beat Wokingham & Emmbrook 7-2 thanks to a May Hamblin hat-trick, Madelyn Sawyer (2), Rosie Page-Smith and Katharine Lowther. Lucy Durham (2), Stacey Butler and Kelly McLeod accounted for the goals as Oxford City Nomads narrowly won 4-3 away to Benson Lionesses.
In Division One Southern, Warsash Wasps went level on points with leaders AFC Bournemouth after beating Eastleigh 2-0, Nicolle Keen netting both goals. Alton Ladies ran out 5-2 winners away to Fleet Town, Megan Leebbern was on target twice along with Rebecca Bell, Nicola Moore and Charlotte Crooks.
West Midlands League
The top two remain level on points but have swapped around with Leafield Athletic going on top on goal difference. They won 5-0 against Leamington Lions whilst Crusaders beat Wolverhampton Sporting 3-2 and Stockingford AA Pavilion are third following their 4-0 success at Kingshurst Sporting Club. Coundon Court won 4-2 against Worcester Utd and Lye Town notched up a 3-0 victory away to Knowle.
Sutton Coldfield Town made it eight wins out of eight in Division One North, scoring eight times without reply past Brereton Town and this means they have a six point advantage over the division's two other 100% teams. Leek Town replaced Wyrley Ladies in second place after beating them 2-0, with Goldenhill Wanderers third after they edged out Shrewsbury Juniors by the odd goal in seven. Florence picked up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw with Bilbrook and this takes them off the bottom at the expense of Atherstone Rangers, who were beaten 6-1 by Tamworth.
In Division One South, Gornal Ladies are back on top of the table after they defeated Rugby Town 4-1 but third placed Solihull Utd lost a little ground as they lost 2-1 against Coventry Sphinx, who are now level on points with them. The other game ended with the honours shared, Solihull Sporting and Droitwich Spa battling out a 1-1 draw.
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