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East Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Leicester City Women Development took advantage of their rivals not being in league action by beating Leicester City Ladies 5-0. Megan Kenney (2), Katie Cropper, Shanae Thomas and Courtney Cropper scored the goals to take their team three points clear at the top of the table.
In Division One North, Grimsby Borough lifted themselves into third place with a 4-0 victory away to Retford Utd, courtesy of a four-goal haul from Laura Flecknor.
Eastern Region League
The only match to be played in the Premier Division produced plenty of goals as Harlow Town and AFC Dunstable battled out a 3-3 draw. Abbey Dell, Tayla Handscombe and Olivia Steele netted the goals for Harlow, with Dunstable replying through a Storm Burrows double and Tanya Blacksley.
Bowers & Pitsea had the opportunity to move up into second place in Division One, if they were able to pull off a victory against Hatfield Peveral. They accomplished this with a 3-0 win, to take them up three positions in the process, thanks to a goal apiece from Sophie Dowman, Danielle Styles and Abbie Simmonds.
London & South East League
Kent Football Utd replaced Eastbourne Town in second place and are just one point off the pace after defeating the Sussex side 3-0 in their clash. Rachel Stevens was on target twice as Kent stretched their winning start to five matches, with Shannon Burden adding the other goal. AFC Phoenix meanwhile climbed back into mid-table as they ran out 5-1 winners over Aylesford. Rebecca May netted a brace for Phoenix along with Raquel Arevalo, Roisin Stone and Ana de Pellegin, whilst Aylesford's consolation came from Beth Hulme.
North East League
Durham Cestria appear to be extending their Premier Division lead by the week and the gap is now at twelve points following their 6-2 victory over Tynedale on Sunday. A win would have taken Tynedale back into second place but a Sophie Hodgson hat-trick, Lauren Robson (2) and Ellie Smith saw Durham to a ninth straight win, consolation strikes for Tynedale coming from Natasha Wilson and Lauren Ray. York City continued their good run of form and are up to third after second half strikes from Chantel Padgham, Jasmine Whitwell and Ellie Sutton earned them a 3-1 win against Rotherham Utd, whose reply came from Charlotte Thomas.
Redcar Town have gone three points clear at the top of the Northern Division, courtesy of a 5-1 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients Res in the only match to be played. Suzanne Fox netted two of the goals and the tally was completed by Jenny Dixon, Jessica Round and an own goal, with Kate McSorley responding.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers took advantage of their rivals' inactivity by winning 6-0 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies and this has returned them to the top of the Premier Division. FC United of Manchester meanwhile kept themselves nicely in touch with the leading sides, thanks to a 3-1 success at Wigan Athletic. Penrith AFC are out of the bottom two as they won 2-1 against Manchester Stingers, avenging their defeat to the same opponents when they met three weeks earlier.
One match was played in Division One North on Sunday, Bury FC Women moving themselves up into fourth place on the back of a 3-1 victory over Morecambe Res.
Liverpool Feds Res had started the day on top of Division One South but are back in second place after being beaten 6-1 by West Didsbury & Chorlton, who made it five wins from five matches. The result means that Altrincham have returned as leaders on goal difference despite not having a game. In the other game, Stockport County Blues went fifth in the table following their 1-0 win against Didsbury Ladies.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development's good run of form has seen them go level on points with Premier Division leaders Bishop's Lydeard, after they won 4-3 away to Ilminster Town. Rhianna Ben-Carew netted twice along with Emily Plummer and Hannah Sims as Keynsham recorded a third win on the trot, whilst Ilminster replied through an Abigail Carslake brace and Graziely Esperanca. Portishead Town meanwhile came away from Middlezoy Rovers with a 3-1 win under their belts, courtesy of a goal apiece from Yazmin Laver, Jess Smailes and Taylor Gainey.
Wootton Bassett Town moved to within a single point of the leadership in the Eastern Division after winning 1-0 away to Almondsbury. Lisa Coe scored the only goal of a tightly contested game to give Bassett their sixth win in seven matches, and complete a double over their opponents in successive matches. Swindon Town Development meanwhile eased to a 4-1 victory over FC Chippenham, Abby Picton netting a brace along with Sophie Barrett and Natalie Goodright.
Western Division leaders Plymouth Argyle Development were held to a 2-2 draw by Pen Mill but still extended their advantage to seven points. Megan Gratton netted both goals for Pen Mill, with Argyle responding through Gabi Alphous and Jodie Randall. Bideford continued their recent good form with an 8-1 victory over Weston-super-Mare, which takes them into third place, Beth Ellis led the scoring with a hat-trick, Caroline Parsons added a brace and the total was rounded off by Shona Ardy, Leanne Cording and an own goal. Sherise Binns, Natasha Crew and Ellie Oritt were on the scoresheet as Weston Mendip won 3-0 away to Feniton.
Southern Region League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Woodley Utd and Winchester City Flyers battling out a 2-2 draw. A win would have taken Woodley top of the table but they had to settle for a share of the spoils despite goals from Jodie Penny and Laura Harris-Steers.
The top three were not in action in Division One and this allowed Southampton Women Res to make up ground on them, thanks to a 6-1 victory over Alton Ladies. Kia Anteney, Laura da Silva, Sian Bradbeer, Lily Shergill and Yolanda Eccles were all on the scoresheet for Southampton. Wokingham & Emmbrook meanwhile claimed their third win of the season, beating Wargrave Ladies 4-1.
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