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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development returned to league action with a 6-1 victory over Rise Park, a result which takes them five points ahead at the top of the Premier Division. Chantelle Robinson was on target twice along with Lauren Bartle, Natalie Hurst, Courtney Cropper and Katie Cropper, with Vicky Belshaw replying. The next two teams in the table met each other and the honours were shared, Abbie Benstead was on target for Loughborough Students as they drew 1-1 with second placed Oughtibridge WMSC, who scored through Millie Kenyon. Woodlands Ladies meanwhile entered the top five after getting the better of Mansfield Town by the odd goal in seven, Jody Scott bagging all four goals.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Boston Utd, who defeated Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4-0 to replace them as leaders. Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Demi Barai put Boston two ahead at half time, before Toni McHamilton and Duxbury-Mead sealed the win with further goals after the break. Retford Utd picked up their first point of the season when battling out a 2-2 draw with Ilkeston Town, whose goals came from Hannah Bloomfield and Jade Eaglefield.
There was only one result in Division One South, Notts County and Corby Town finishing level at 2-2. Nya Chambers and Bella Reed were on target for County, with Corby's goals coming from Gabriela Maia and Kimberley Sadler.
Eastern Region League
Acle Utd have taken up the pace in the Premier Division and have gone six points clear after winning 1-0 away to Haringey Borough. A solitary goal from Grace Parker proved to be just enough to earn Acle their fourth win in five matches. Royston Town are in second place, on goal difference, following their 3-0 victory over Colney Heath. Hayley Eldred, Joanne Rutherford and Charlotte South were all on the scoresheet for Royston. Bedford Ladies returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success against AFC Sudbury in which Michelle Byrne, Carissa Kaczorowski, Maya Sidhu and Paige Abraham were all on target.
Hutton won 3-0 away to Hoddesdon Town Owls and this has taken them into second place on goal difference. Vicky Kinsman netted twice for Hutton, with Laura Allen also on target. A win would have taken Bowers & Pitsea to the summit but they were held to a goalless draw by St Ives Town, who remain two points behind them and still sport the division's last remaining unbeaten record. Newmarket Town meanwhile netted ten times without reply past Hatfield Peveral, Annabel Cuthbert hitting a hat-trick along with Jess Linger (2), Lauren Deller (2), Sarah O'Rourke, Abbi Griffin and Katie Webb. Tess Ryan was another hat-trick scorer, while Daisy Canny (2) and Tyler Christou also got on target as Lawford ran out 6-2 winners away to Bishop's Stortford.
London & South East League
The League Cup took centre stage over the weekend and London Kent Football Utd will have to wait and see if they will be the winners of Group A after they were beaten 2-0 by Kent Football Utd. Elizabeth Waldie and Amy Russ scored the goals for Kent, who are three points behind their opponents as are Aylesford, who were 2-0 winners at Parkwood Rangers thanks to Kelly Philpott and Fiona Constable.
Group B leaders AFC Phoenix were also beaten, going down 3-0 to Queen's Park Rangers Development whose scorers were Paige Laider, Katie Miller and Chloe Sampson. Fulham FC Foundation meanwhile notched up their first win when Carina Ewens, Chelcee Grimes and an own goal gave them a 3-0 success away to Whyteleafe.
North East League
League leaders Durham Cestria went through to the quarter finals of the League Cup with an 11-0 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients Res. Michelle Brogden, Lauren Robson and Erin Nelson netted two goals apiece, with Jen Jennings, Hannah Greenwood, Beth Wilson, Molly Holder and Sophie Hodgson added the others. Elizabeth Hare, Nicola Smith and Emma Richardson netted the goals as Altofts Ladies defeated Premier Division side Castleford White Rose 3-0 and Consett Ladies also eliminated a top division opponent, winning a penalty shootout against Tynedale after the teams had shared a 3-3 draw. Caitlin Bates scored the only goal of the game as Hartlepool Utd won 1-0 against Wallsend Boys Club and York City beat Wakefield 6-0, Ainsley Strickland netting twice along with Helen Dalby, Sara Renfrew, Jasmine Whitwell and Katie Ryan. Boro Rangers caused a surprise when beating Northern Division leaders Redcar Town 2-1, Larissa Burkinshaw and Abbie Phillips scoring their goals with Sophie Appleyard replying. There was better news for Southern Division table toppers Ossett Utd, they made it safely into the last eight as a Debbie Hastings hat-trick earned them a 3-1 victory away to Barnsley Development.
One match was played in the Premier Division, South Shields lifting themselves up to second place after winning 5-0 against Rotherham Utd. The visitors had won for the first time last week but were brought down to earth with goals from Dannika Purdham (2), Becki McMahon, Natalie May and an own goal.
Sunderland West End made the same move in the Northern Division, going second following their 5-3 victory over Cramlington Utd. Allison Ferris and Kristen Whitfield each scored twice, with Nicole O'Hara also on target.
North West League
The top two in the Premier Division table did not play on Sunday and Mossley Hill were not able to move inbetween them as they were beaten 5-0 by FC United of Manchester, who are now just a further point behind in fourth. Fleetwood Town Wrens are in the top six following their 2-1 victory over Accrington Girls & Ladies. Sir Tom Finney remain at the bottom but narrowed the gap above them as they won for the first time, 3-2 away to Penrith AFC.
In Division One North, Blackburn Community closed the gap on leaders Blackpool to four points by winning 2-1 at Burscough Dynamo. In the other game, Carlisle Utd defeated Morecambe Res 4-0 and this result has taken them into third.
West Didsbury & Chorlton head a trio of clubs at the top of Division One South, taking themselves to the summit with a 7-2 victory over Didsbury Ladies. Altrincham are in second after scoring six times without reply past City of Liverpool and Liverpool Feds Res complete the trio following their 4-2 win against previous leaders Warrington Wolverines.
South West League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division between Keynsham Town Development and Bishop's Lydeard fell victim to the weather, as did two of the other scheduled games. Callington Town made up ground on the leading sides by scoring six times without reply past Torquay Utd. Gemma Farley and Jodie Smith netted two goals apiece, with Eleri Griffiths and Sam Veal also on target. Portishead Town stay level on points with Callington after winning 1-0 away to Downend Flyers.
One match managed to beat the weather in the Eastern Division, Cheltenham Town Development moving themselves to within one point of the leadership by beating AEK Boco 5-1. The visitors had started the day one point ahead in the table but Emma Levett, Emily Skipp, Jade Wiltshire, Katie Christopher and an own goal saw Cheltenham to victory, with Olivia Allen replying.
Plymouth Argyle Development stay seven points clear at the top of the Western Division after their clash with Plympton Ladies ended in a 3-3 draw. Gabi Alphous netted twice for Argyle and Kelly Vinnicombe added the other, whilst Sam Metters bagged a hat-trick for Plympton. Bideford have pushed inbetween the two sides to go second after defeating Feniton 3-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Alice Beresford, Beth Ellis and Hannah Neve.
Southern Region League
The weather almost completely wiped out the Premier Division schedule over the weekend with only one match managing to go ahead. A win would have taken Woodley Utd to the top of the table but instead, it is AFC Bournemouth who go level on points with leaders Southampton FC Ladies and above Oxford City on goal difference after winning 6-4. Rosie Eden was on target twice for the Cherries along with Jade Hockey, Hannah Bennett, Aimee-Rose Collier and Katie Kingshott, whilst Woodley replied through a Rosie Page-Smith brace, Madelyn Sawyer and Ellen Surtees.
Southampton Women Res are three points behind the leaders in Division One following their 5-1 success away to Alton Ladies. Tia Hooper and Kia Anteney were each on target twice along with Charlotte Webb. Tina Leahy led the scoring with a hat-trick, Joanne Atkins weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Alice Lilley and Caroline Shephard as Wokingham & Emmbrook ran out 7-1 winners over Shanklin.
West Midlands League
Coundon Court have gone level on points with Premier Division leaders Sutton Coldfield Town after they won 3-1 away to Coventry Sphinx. Stockingford AA Pavilion meanwhile defeated Knowle 5-1, Lucy Brown hitting a hat-trick along with Kirsty Lonsdale and Jessica Sevellec.
In Division One North, Madison Jones netted two of the goals as third placed AFC Telford Utd won 7-0 at Florence. Jaime Leigh Duggan, Kayleigh Harrison, Kim Holden-James, Ashley Kigour and Jemma Smith accounted for their other goals. Telford stay ahead on goal difference from Shifnal Town who scored five times without reply past Shrewsbury Town, Rebecca Bown bagging a brace, with Natasha Dunning, Nicola Mason and Danielle Smith also on the scoresheet.
Sarh Lojko scored the only goal of the game as Division One South leaders Sedgley & Gornal Utd won 1-0 against Stourbridge. They remain six points clear at the top from Solihull Utd, who beat Kidderminster Harriers 4-2 in the clash between the two sides with 100% records. Catherine Harris (2), Scarlet Fielding and Hayley Wilford were on target for United, with Alex Nicklin netting twice in reply. Kingfisher made up ground on the top four by defeating Solihull Sporting 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Aneka Ahmed, Katherine Christopher, Katie Edwards and Elloise Russell. Droitwich Spa continued their climb up the table with a 3-1 victory over Coventry City Women in which Leah Baker, Chanel Gittus and Beth Roberts all scored.
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