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East Midlands League
The First Round of the League Cup got underway on Sunday and holders Northampton Town are safely through to the next round after beating Notts County 9-2. Emma Dunmore, Alex Bartlett and Leah Stacey all scored twice along with Emma Billenness, Georgina Powell and Kellie Billenness. Three of the ties were all-Premier Division affairs and Loughborough Students were 6-2 winners over Rise Park, whilst Ollerton Town were 4-1 winners at Mansfield Town thanks to a Shoniqua Barnes double, Rachael Bell and Sophie Davies. Woodlands Ladies meanwhile defeated Leicester City Ladies 5-0, Imogen Fowler and Chloe Scott each netting twice with Jody Scott adding the other. The Premier Division sides came through unscathed against lower league opponents, Oughtibridge WM winning 3-0 away to Lutterworth Athletic courtesy of Lauren Turner (2) and Kathryn Mudge. Tash Applegate (2), Kier Perkins, Jess Driscoll and Megan Parrett accounted for the goals as Peterborough Utd beat Boston Utd 6-3 and Leicester City Women Development's large victory over Retford Utd included five and four respectively from Chantelle Robinson and Natalie Hurst, whilst Angel Craig-Tapper scored a hat-trick. Millie Seaton (2), Chloe Witt and Amie Barnes-Ford were on target as Hykeham Town edged past Ilkeston Town 4-3 and Loughborough Foxes Vixens won 2-1 against Arnold Town. Grimsby Borough had a smoother passage through, scoring seven times without reply past Calverton MW, Sue Green bagging a hat-trick along with Lisa Cromey (2), Lydia Clark and Abby Westerman. Oadby & Wigston progressed with a 3-0 victory over Corby Town, Emma Aspinall was on target along with Lucy Phillips-Poole and Emily Miles.
Eastern Region League
A 3-0 win away to AFC Sudbury has taken Brentwood Town to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference. Georgia Holdaway netted twice and Marie Barker the other for Brentwood, who climb above Cambridge City despite them beating Wymondham Town 2-1, courtesy of Laura Mills and an own goal. Acle Utd are two points off the pace in third; Grace Birchall scored both goals as they won 2-1 at Colney Heath. Vicky Gallagher meanwhile netted the only goal of the game for Peterborough Northern Star in their 1-0 victory over AFC Dunstable.
Stevenage Ladies Res have stretched their lead in Division One to five points, thanks to a 6-1 victory over Ipswich Wanderers. Daniela Martucci and Emily Schofield each scored twice, with Gemma Biggadike and Sherrie Evans also on target. St Ives Town have moved into second, Georgia Stancombe and Katie Stancombe each hit doubles as they defeated Hertford Town 4-1 and Newmarket Town were also 4-1 victors away to Bishop's Stortford, Jess Linger netting twice along with Lauren Deller and Hannah Rogers. Sophie Dowman and Danielle Styles were the markswomen for Bowers & Pitsea in their 2-0 win against Histon, to continue their solid start, as did Lawford by beating Hoddesdon Town Owls 4-1 thanks to Jasmine Cox (2), Jessica Collinson and Erin Hornby. King's Lynn Town netted nine without reply past Hatfield Peveral including a six-goal haul from Tiffany Forshaw, with others from Oksana Imanalijeva, Annie Rooks and Rochelle Woods.
London & South East League
Just one match was played in the league on Sunday, London Kent Football Utd joining a number of teams on six points by winning 2-1 against Fulham FC Foundation¸courtesy of Megan Mansfield and Verity Snow.
League leaders Whyteleafe went down to a 3-0 defeat in their League Cup group match, going down to AFC Phoenix who scored through Natalia Mann, Lucy Monkman and Christy Haragan. Eastbourne Town meanwhile defeated Parkwood Rangers 4-0, their markswomen were Catherine Hyland, Georgia Tibble, Felicity Webster and Paige Yarwood.
North East League
Harrogate Town remain as Premier Division leaders despite going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 7-2 by Durham Cestria for whom Lauren Robson netted a hat-trick along with Alisha Miller, Jess Holder, Jessica Clark and Caroline Dixon. Second placed Tynedale drew 1-1 with South Shields, Megan Watson netting their goal and Dannika Purdham replying. Farsley Celtic were 4-3 winners away to York City thanks to Rachael White (2), Jordan Cheetham and Dee Swales. Hartlepool Utd belatedly opened up their league campaign by beating Castleford White Rose 7-0, Caitlin Bates scoring a hat-trick with Justine Robinson (2), Alisha Smith and Faye Garside adding the others. Wallsend Boys Club won for the first time, 4-1 against Rotherham Utd with Rebecca Hansen, Jessica Hooper, Emma Hewett and Samantha Deverdics all getting on the scoresheet.
Sunderland West End are still setting a hot pace in the Northern Division, extending their lead to five points with a 5-1 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients Res, courtesy of a goal each from Leanne Mason, Kay Mills, Alex Ross, Costandina Panayi and Allison Ferris. Beth White and Erin Liddle scored the goals as second placed Washington Association shared a 2-2 draw with St Cuthbert's Ladies, whose strikes came from Amy Lawson. Jess Round netted a hat-trick and Joanna Cunliffe the other as Redcar Town defeated Prudhoe Town 4-0. Carolanne Hughes, Beth Wilson and Amy Wharton were on the scoresheet as Consett Ladies won 3-2 at Boro Rangers and Alnwick Town beat Cramlington Utd 2-0 thanks to Jenny Patterson and Stephanie Stafford.
Ossett Utd kept up their strong start to the new campaign by winning 7-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday and this result takes them top of the Southern Division. Chloe Denton was on target twice along with Lauren Swailes, Julia Woods, Jenna Wraith, Chelsea Schofield and Rebecca Joyce. Previous leaders Barnsley Development were held to a 2-2 draw by Altofts Ladies, Ellie Brightmore and Emily Pierrepoint netting their goals with Nicola Smith and Grace Wilkinson replying. Carly Doyle and Chloe Harrison both hit braces along with Tiffany Lyons, Eleanor Smith, Zoe Kerins and Charlotte Parker as third placed Wakefield beat Harrogate Railway 8-3 and York RI were 10-1 winners over Doncaster Belles (Women's), Tehillah Ndhlovu scoring five times with Emma Lyon (2), Tamryn Dunlop (2) and Ellie Smith joining her on the scoresheet.
North West League
A 4-0 victory over Accrington Girls & Ladies has taken Mossley Hill three points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Fleetwood Town Wrens are in second place following their 2-1 success away to Manchester Stingers, just ahead of Wigan Athletic who were 3-1 victors at Penrith AFC. FC United of Manchester kept up their good start with a second straight win, 4-1 against Merseyrail Ladies, whilst after two successive draws, Tranmere Rovers picked up their first victory, 4-2 away to Sir Tom Finney.
Blackpool continue to lead the way in Division One North, beating Cammell Laird 1907 to remain one point ahead from Carlisle Utd who were 3-2 winners over Blackburn Community. Morecambe Res are in the top four following their 4-2 victory over Workington Reds. Crosby Ladies beat Preston North End 2-0 whilst Bury FC Women scored seven times without reply past Burscough Dynamo and Penwortham Town won for the first time, 7-2 against Leigh RMI.
Altrincham have opened up a three point lead at the top of Division One South, thanks to a 2-1 win away to Liverpool Feds Res. Curzon Ashton meanwhile found the net sixteen times against City of Liverpool and they are now in second place. West Didsbury & Chorlton won for the second time, 5-1 at Stockport County Blues, whilst Didsbury and Chester FC Women battled out a goalless draw. Northwich Vixens claimed their first victory and points of the season when they defeated Wythenshawe Amateurs 5-3.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth netted ten times without reply against Torquay Utd to go level on points with leaders Bishop's Lydeard, who had no game. Sam Drewery and Maisie Williams both scored hat-tricks, with Jaydee Seaman (2), Ellie Bishop and an own goal completing the tally. Exeter City could have joined them but instead were beaten for the first time, 3-1 by Callington Town whose scorers were Chloe Williams (2) and Adele Brown. Keynsham Town Development also suffered their first defeat, 3-1 at the hands of Middlezoy Rovers. Chloe Snook, Rosie Williams and Holly Cox netted the goals for Middlezoy, with Charlotte Daly replying. Forest Green Rovers claimed their first win of the season in style, 4-0 against Downend Flyers. Ash Watson opened the scoring on the stroke of half time and Forest Green went on to add further goals after the break through Chloe Taylor, Holly Kay and Holly Thomas.
Emma Levett scored twice, along with Rhian Robbins and Lauren Cable, for Cheltenham Town Development as they won 4-1 at FC Chippenham to retain the leadership of the Eastern Division on goal difference from AEK Boco, who beat Laverstock & Ford 2-0 thanks to Ellie Keedwell and Jessica Titcomb. Swindon Spitfires replaced Trowbridge Town in third place after defeating them 3-1, courtesy of a Shannon King double and Lani Dickinson. Frampton Rangers were denied a second straight win by a late goal in their 2-2 draw with Almondsbury in their local derby clash. Sam Kodola gave Almondsbury an early lead with Maddy Brown and Gabby Menghini turning matters around to put Frampton ahead by the break. The game remained in the balance throughout the second half and with four minutes remaining, Jess Bessell scored a late equaliser to earn Almondsbury their first point of the season. Wootton Bassett Town started off their league season in winning fashion, Aly Lyons hitting a hat-trick along with Lisa Coe and Emma Sykes as they beat Oldland Abbotonians 5-0.
Western Division leaders Plympton Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by Weston Mendip, Sam Metters scoring their goal. Laura Burwood, Sophie-Louise Simpson and Catherine Wright accounted for the goals as Alphington beat Pen Mill 3-1 to narrow the gap to a single point, as did Plymouth Argyle Development after winning 3-2 at Weston-super-Mare thanks to a Maya Ridge brace and Hannah Brock. Abi Breban and Brittany Harris were on target for Feniton as they picked up their first point with a 2-2 draw against Bideford, who replied through Alice Beresford and Caroline Parsons. Bude Town meanwhile won for the first time, 4-0 against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers with goals from Katherine Bryant (2), Sarah Badham and Kelly Darnley.
Southern Region League
Southampton FC Ladies have gone to the top of the Premier Division after a Georgie Freeland double and Ellie Chaffe gave them a 3-1 win away to Woodley Utd. The meeting between New Milton Town and Ascot Utd finished goalless, whilst Barton Rovers won for the first time, 3-0 against Newbury Ladies with strikes from Rachel Allwright (2) and Gemma Sims.
Wycombe Wanderers scored eleven times past Wargrave Ladies to take over as the new leaders of Division One. Tara Woodward was on target five times and she was joined on the scoresheet by Katie Hudson, Chante Inniss, Charlotte Bagshaw, Emma Newberry, Nicole Jacobs and Alixandra Todd. Previous table toppers Southampton Women Development went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Eastleigh, whose goals were scored by Natasha Konczak. Wokingham & Emmbrook meanwhile claimed their first win, 5-2 against Sandhurst Town thanks to Alice Lilley (2), Tina Leahy, Charlotte Dyos and Donna Robinson.
Last season's beaten League Cup finalists AFC Bournemouth are through to the last sixteen this time around but only just, having beaten Moneyfields 5-4 after extra time. Chloe Tape netted twice for the Cherries along with Hannah Bennett, Jade Hockey and Rosie Eden. Oxford City had a more straightforward route, winning 7-0 against Shanklin.
West Midlands League
Coventry Sphinx kept hold of top spot in the Premier Division with a 5-1 victory away to Knowle. They continue to head the table on goal difference from Coundon Court, who defeated Leafield Athletic 5-3. Stockingford AA Pavilion have the division's last remaining 100% record, which they preserved by winning 8-2 at Worcester Utd. Sutton Coldfield Town and Redditch Utd battled out a 1-1 draw, whilst Crusaders are in fifth place following their 6-3 success against Goldenhill Wanderers.
The top two in Division One North both recorded convincing victories and have opened up a gap of six points on the teams below them. AFC Telford Utd won 7-2 against Port Vale but now only top the table on goals scored from Leek Town who recorded a fourteen goal victory over Florence. Stoke City Development inflicted a first defeat of the season on Sandwell Ladies, beating them 4-1, whilst Shrewsbury Town got off the mark with a 2-1 win away to Wyrley Ladies.
In Division One South, Sedgley & Gornal Utd registered a fifth straight victory, 4-2 at Droitwich Spa to stay six points clear. Solihull Utd defeated Rugby Town 7-1 to stay on their heels in second place, just ahead of Kidderminster Harriers who were 6-1 victors at Coventry City. Stourbridge netted six times without reply past Leamington Lions and Solihull Sporting leapfrogged Kingfisher in the table after beating them 4-2.
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