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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development continue to stretch the early pace in the Premier Division, remaining three points clear after beating Ollerton Town 6-2. Courtney Cropper led the scoring for the leaders with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Megan Kenney, Lucie Mugridge and Chantelle Robinson. Oughtibridge continue to head the chasing teams, they won 3-0 at Rise Park courtesy of a Lauren Turner double and Kathryn Mudge. Kier Perkins scored twice along with Jessica Driscoll and Kathryn Lusk as Peterborough Utd defeated Kettering Town 4-0 to stay third, just ahead of Loughborough Students who were 3-0 winners away to Mansfield Town with strikes from Grace Stanley (2) and Charlotte Blackburn. Eastwood Community looked to be on their way towards their first win of the season when Tilly Wills and Emma Bradshaw put them two up at half time against Leicester City Ladies, but a second half fightback from the visitors saw them salvage a 2-2 draw thanks to Sofia Aragosa and Amie Cattell.
Division One North leaders Lincoln Moorlands Railway crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to Grimsby Borough who scored through Christina O'Callaghan (2) and Natalie Aird. Boston Utd are now a single point behind in second place after an eight-goal victory over Sleaford Town. Tracey Duxbury-Mead led the scoring with a hat-trick, Toni McHamilton added a double and there was one apiece from Demi Barai, Eleanor Spendelow and Ella Tuplin. Calverton MW kept themselves nicely in touch by beating Retford Utd 4-0, Hayley Brown leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Kim Bradshaw was also on target. Ilkeston Town came away from Hykeham Town with a 3-2 victory under their belts, Georgina Williams, Emily Edmonds and Jade Eaglefield netted their goals.
Northampton Town have gone three points clear at the top in Division One South after second half goals from Emma Billenness and Emma Dunmore gave them a 2-0 victory over Thrapston Town. Oadby & Wigston lost a little ground as they were beaten 5-4 by Loughborough Foxes Vixens, who move to within three points of them. Natasha Walker, Ceara Toal, Molly Webb, Katie Stone and an own goal gave Loughborough the points, with Oadby responding through Danielle Gilbert, Emily Miles, Lauren Staples and Lucy Phillips-Poole. Bella Reed netted for Notts County as they shared a 1-1 draw with Lutterworth Athletic, who picked up their first point of the season thanks to a first half goal from Olivia Bowles.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City now head the Premier Division table by three points after winning 5-2 away to Harlow Town on Sunday, Laura Mills, Shannon Shaw, Isabella Simmons, Lauren Tomlinson and Erin Davies all scoring a goal apiece. Brentwood Town return to second place following a seven-goal victory over Haringey Borough. Marie Barker and Leah Cowan netted two apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Butler, Georgia Holdaway and Sophie Lovell. Royston Town lost their 100% record as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Wymondham Town. Jo Rutherford (2), Hayley Elderd and Georgia Gannaway all scored for Royston, with Wymondham's replies coming from a Hannah Waters double, Kayleigh Holloway and Laura Nicholls. Megan Todd was on target four times along with Ciera Flatt and Kate Pasque as Acle Utd won 6-3 against Bedford Ladies and Peterborough Northern Star were 3-1 victors at Colney Heath, their markswomen were Chanade Henderson, Cassie Steward and Katie Steward. AFC Dunstable won for the first time, 4-0 over AFC Sudbury with strikes from Storm Burrows (2), Victoria Allen and Kerry Stratton.
In Division One, St Ives Town moved into second place with a 4-0 victory against Hatfield Peveral in which Tierney Coulson, Harriet Ford, Georgia Stancombe and Katie Stancombe all found the net. Hutton replaced Lawford in fourth place after beating them 3-1 with goals from Victoria Kinsman (2) and Rosi Webb. Histon moved away from the bottom three places by defeating Hertford Town 4-0, their second win of the season.
London & South East League
Whyteleafe preserved their four point lead at the top of the table by winning 3-1 away to Aylesford. Hayley Halford netted twice and Rachel Innes the other for 'Leafe, with the home side's consolation coming from Beth Hulme. Kent Football Utd stay in second place after goals from Amy Russ (2), Rachel Stevens and Elizabeth Waldie gave them a 4-3 victory over Fulham FC Foundation. Georgia Tibble bagged a hat-trick and Natasha Pearson was also on target as Eastbourne Town ran out 4-0 winners over London Kent Football Utd and Queen's Park Rangers Development completed a good day for the top four by beating AFC Phoenix 3-1, courtesy of second half goals from Emily Foss, Melanie Hall and Chloe Sampson.
North East League
Durham Cestria further extended their Premier Division lead to seven points but were pushed all the way in a 2-1 victory over Hartlepool Utd in their top of the table clash. Goals in four second half minutes from Caroline Dixon and Lauren Robson gave the Wildcats the points, with Hartlepool having found the net through Jenni Duffy-Smith. Tynedale are up into second place after Natasha Wilson and Victoria Jayne gave them a 2-0 win against Harrogate Town. York City meanwhile returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Castleford White Rose, courtesy of goals from Chantel Padgham and Ainsley Strickland.
Allison Ferris netted twice, with Kristen Whitfield and Jade Murray adding the others, as Sunderland West End won 4-2 against Boro Rangers to head the Northern Division table by three points. Redcar Town are up into second, they beat St Cuthbert's Ladies 7-0 with Jess Round on target four times, while Joanna Cunliffe, Suzanne Fox and Emily Fewstar also finding the net. Consett Ladies stay level on points with Redcar and went one better by scoring eight times past Prudhoe Town, including a hat-trick from Nicole McEvoy. Carolanne Hughes and Amy Wharton both contributed doubles and Beth Wilson completed the scoring. Washington Association are back in fourth following their 2-2 draw with Alnwick Town, Erin Liddle and Stephanie Stafford netting twice respectively. The other game was a high scoring affair in which Norton & Stockton Ancients Res edged out Cramlington Utd by the odd goal in eleven. Cramlington led 4-1 at the break and found the net five times in all, including a Georgia Lyall hat-trick, but are still looking for their first points of the season after Norton hit back with trebles from Louise Atkinson and Ellie Hamilton.
Ossett Utd made it eight wins out of eight and they are seven points clear at the top of the Southern Division following their 6-1 success away to Altofts Ladies. Debbie Hastings netted four of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jordane Allison and Jenna Wraith. York RI join Wakefield on nine points after beating them 2-1 with both goals from Tamryn Dunlop.
North West League
Stockport County have hit top spot following their 2-1 win away to Fleetwood Town Wrens on Sunday. They head the table by two points from Wigan Athletic, who were also 2-1 victors over Accrington Girls & Ladies to move into second place. Tranmere Rovers slip back to fourth after they were beaten 8-2 by FC United of Manchester, who got back to winning ways with an impressive result and have games in hand on the teams above them. Merseyrail Ladies won for the first time, 6-2 against Penrith AFC, and Sir Tom Finney got themselves off the mark with their first point, holding fifth placed Manchester Stingers to a 2-2 draw.
Blackpool won 3-0 against Penwortham Town to maintain their lead of four points at the top of Division One North, from Blackburn Community who netted eight times past Preston North End. Bury FC Women also claimed an 8-0 victory over Leigh RMI which takes them into third place, narrowly ahead of Cammell Laird 1907 who were 11-1 winners against Crosby Ladies. Morecambe Res complete the top half after they triumphed 4-2 away to Burscough Dynamo.
In Division One South, Warrington Wolverines were emphatic 13-goal winners over City of Liverpool and this moves them up to second, two points behind table toppers Altrincham. Curzon Ashton are in third following their 1-0 victory against Stockport County Blues, meanwhile West Didsbury & Chorlton defeated Chester FC Women 4-1 to notch up their fourth straight win and they are six points off the pace, but with four games in hand.
South West League
Exeter City continue to stretch the pace in the Premier Division, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Ilminster Town in which Georgie Barbour-Gresham and Sophie Gillies each scored twice. Bishop's Lydeard bounced back from defeat the previous Sunday to beat Portishead Town 5-0 and they stay two points behind. Abigail Parr led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Nicola Brown and Amber Guy-Kemp. Hannah Thompson scored twice, with Emily Plummer, Libby Sims and Rhianna Ben-Carew also on the scoresheet, for Keynsham Town Development in their 5-2 win away to Downend Flyers, who replied through Ella Thresher and Sophie Walker. Anusia Rourke and Chloe Snook netted the goals for Middlezoy Rovers in their 2-2 draw with Callington Town, who replied through a Kat Marment double, and Forest Green Rovers picked up their second victory of the season, 3-0 at Torquay Utd thanks to Danielle Whitmore, Laura Howell and Holly Kay.
The leadership changed hands once again in the Eastern Division, this time Cheltenham Town Development returning to the top with a 4-0 win away to Laverstock & Ford, Asta Krabbe netting twice along with Lydia Amarquaye and Jade Wiltshire. Frampton Rangers ran out 5-0 winners over Oldland Abbotonians to go second, Maddy Brown hitting a hat-trick with Abi Todd and Chloe Timbrell adding the others. AEK Boco had started the day as leaders but were beaten 4-2 by Wootton Bassett Town. Hayley Huckin (2), Emily Arrell and Lauren Kayll scored the goals for Bassett, with Boco's replies coming from Charlotte Brankin and Eloise Nicholas. Swindon Spitfires are three further points adrift after Lani Dickinson, Jasmine Hindon and Sophie Mitchell gave them a 3-0 victory at FC Chippenham. Almondsbury continue to gather pace and notched up their third straight win, beating Trowbridge Town 3-0 with goals from Jess Bessell (2) and Georgina Adams.
Plymouth Argyle Development maintained their lead of three points in the Western Division with a 3-1 victory over Feniton, courtesy of a goal each from Shania Fenlon, Maya Ridge and Kiara-Jade Robins. Lucie Cooper, Sam Metters and Danielle Moody netted the goals as second placed Plympton Ladies also won 3-1 against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Laura Burwood and Mary Murphy each hit hat-tricks, with Jodie Millett adding the other, as Alphington recorded a crushing 7-2 win over Weston-super-Mare to stay third, ahead of Bideford who defeated Weston Mendip 3-0. Bude Town meanwhile moved out of the bottom three by beating St Agnes 3-1 with strikes from Sarah Badham (2) and Katherine Bryant.
Southern Region League
Southampton FC Ladies are setting the pace in the Premier Division, leading the way by three points as Ella Pusey's brace gave them a 2-0 victory over Winchester City Flyers. AFC Bournemouth CST head the chasing teams by scoring eight times without reply past Newbury Ladies, Rosie Eden netting twice along with Maisy Smith, Katie Kingshott, Emma Davis, Terri Harvey, Aimee Burridge and Chloe Tape. Oxford City also made it three wins from three when they beat Woodley Utd 3-1. Nicole Brown, Jennifer Thraves and Darcey Young accounted for the goals as Ascot Utd won 3-2 at Warsash Wasps and New Milton Town also claimed their first victory, 3-1 over Barton Rovers with Fern Holleyoak, Holly Sandiford and Tiffany Skinner on target.
The clash between the two teams with 100% records in Division One was won by Moneyfields, who beat Wycombe Wanderers 5-0 with goals from Kim Stenning (2), Becki Bath (2) and Katie Shorter (see match report). Abingdon Utd have slotted inbetween the two sides in second following their victory against Shanklin thanks to hat-tricks by Sadie Timbs and Amy Pipe, as well as Abbie Smith (2), Heather Young (2), Beth Hawtin (2) and Katie Totton. Basingstoke Town also netted thirteen times past Sandhurst Town, Lindsey Beverley scoring four times along with Simone Williams, Katie Randell, Lianne Hill, Tamara Kelly, Emily Woodhouse, Michelle Beverley, Zoe Maylin, Annaliese Watson and Emma Tayler. Wokingham & Emmbrook meanwhile defeated Alton Ladies 5-2 thanks to a Caroline Paterson hat-trick, Caroline Shephard and Alice Lilley.
West Midlands League
League leaders Coundon Court suffered only their second defeat of the season, 1-0 at the hands of Sutton Coldfield Town. Their lead has been trimmed to a single point by Leafield Athletic, who have leapt up into second place on the back of a 5-0 victory away to Knowle, whilst Coventry Sphinx, who would have gone top with a win, were held to a 2-2 draw by Stockingford AA Pavilion. Crusaders ran out 3-0 winners over Redditch Utd and are now only four points off the pace whilst Goldenhill Wanderers won for the second time, 7-1 against Lye Town.
Leek Town are still nine points clear at the top of Division One North following their 2-0 win against Shifnal Town. The two teams immediately below Leek met each other and it was Stoke City Development who triumphed 3-2, to move themselves into second ahead of AFC Telford Utd. Sandwell Ladies follow on in fourth place after scoring seven times without reply past Port Vale.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd have gone further ahead in Division One South, extending their lead to nine points with a 7-0 victory over Leamington Lions. Kidderminster Harriers meanwhile made it five wins from five when beating Kingfisher 5-0. Coventry City Women are off the bottom of the table after registering their first win of the season, 4-0 against Solihull Sporting, whilst Droitwich Spa drew for the second week in a row, their match with Rugby Town finishing goalless.
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