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East Midlands League
Despite not having a game, Leicester City Women Development stay five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after second placed Oughtibridge WMSC were beaten 3-1 by Peterborough Utd. Donna McGuigan netted twice and Stacey McConville the other for Peterborough, who move to within two points of their opponents, whilst Kathryn Mudge scored a consolation for the home side. Ollerton Town have moved into the top five after late goals from Rachael Bell and Emma White gave them a 2-0 success away to Mansfield Town and Jemma Meakin and Jessica Waplington were on target for improving Rise Park in their 2-2 draw with Woodlands Ladies, who replied through Imogen Fowler and Jody Scott.
The top three were not in action in Division One North and Hykeham Town were unable to take advantage of this as they were beaten 2-0 by Ilkeston Town. Jade Eaglefield gave Ilkeston an eighth minute lead and Emily Edmonds wrapped up the win in the second half. Sleaford Town could also have gone third if they had avoided defeat but they went down to a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Retford Utd, Georgia Lewis scoring both goals to hand Retford their first win of the season. Arnold Town also won for the first time, 3-2 against Calverton MW thanks to a Kelly Clayton double and Abbey Hawkins.
Northampton Town extended their lead in Division One South to six points with a 4-0 victory away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens. All of the goals came during the second half, Emma Dunmore was on target twice along with Leah Stacey and Alex Bartlett. Bella Reed hit a hat-trick for Notts County as they beat Lutterworth Athletic 5-1, Nya Chambers and Leshea Francis accounting for the other goals.
Eastern Region League
Leaders Acle Utd went down to their third defeat of the season, 2-1 to third placed Cambridge City who made it eight league wins on the trot. Isabella Simmons and Lauren Tomlinson netted the goals for Cambridge, with Grace Birchall replying. Peterborough Northern Star moved to within three points of the leadership by beating AFC Sudbury 6-1, Emma Pollard leading the scoring with a hat-trick whilst Katie Steward (2) and Cassie Steward were also on target. Laura Nicholls netted twice and Hannah Waters the other as Wymondham Town won 3-2 away to Harlow Town and they stay one point ahead of Bedford Ladies who scored five without reply past AFC Dunstable, courtesy of a goal apiece from Priya Bhatti, Michelle Byrne, Gemma Franklin, Sophie Mulvihill and Maya Sidhu.
There was a change of leadership in Division One with Bowers & Pitsea taking over at the top for the first time, following their 3-2 victory away to Lawford which was secured by Taylor Parrish, Danielle Styles and an own goal. Previous leaders Stevenage Ladies Res were held to a 2-2 draw by Newmarket Town, Emily Schofield and Cara Breckenridge netting their goals and Brooke Wickens hitting a brace in reply. St Ives Town moved into third and are just two points off the pace after beating Histon 3-0 thanks to a Katie Stancombe double and Tierney Coulson. King's Lynn Town meanwhile scored five without reply past Hertford Town, Tiffany Forshaw netting twice along with Olivia Baker, Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse and Oskana Imanalijeva.
London & South East League
Kent Football Utd continue to stretch the pace at the top after recording their seventh straight win, crushing Fulham FC Foundation 9-1. Rachel Stevens led the rout with a six-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Elizabeth Waldie, Amy Russ and Lucy Cockerill, with Chelcee Grimes netting the home side's consolation. Whyteleafe stay two points behind in second place, they won 4-0 against Aylesford with goals from Sacha Brinkley, Levi Chambers-Cook, Stephanie Mann and Abigail Igbavboa. Parkwood Rangers are off the bottom after winning for the first time this season, beating Eastbourne Town 2-0 thanks to Corrie Goodhew and Katie Jeffries.
North East League
Durham Cestria head the Premier Division by fifteen points after winning 2-0 away to Harrogate Town, Lauren Robson giving them a first half lead and Hannah Greenwood adding the second. Hartlepool Utd netted eleven times without reply past Castleford White Rose and this has taken them into second place. Lucy Hammond-Garrington bagged a hat-trick whilst Caitlin Bates, Jade Pye and Justine Robinson all contributed doubles and Lottie Portas and Alisha Smith were also on target. Tynedale defeated South Shields 2-1 and climbed above them into third, Rachel Maddison and Victoria Jayne were their markswomen. Rotherham Utd continued the revival by beating Wallsend Boys Club 1-0, Lucy Ridley scoring the only goal of the game.
Northern Division leaders Redcar Town did not have a game but stay three points clear at the top, Consett Ladies going second after defeating Boro Rangers 4-1 with goals from Amy Wharton (2), Nicola Price and Beth Wilson. Sunderland West End would have gone level on points with Redcar with a win away to Norton & Stockton Ancients Res but they were beaten 1-0, Victoria Burton netting the only goal. Washington Association follow on after their 4-2 success at St Cuthbert's Ladies in which Courtney Clark, Brittany James and Beth White all scored along with an own goal. Alnwick Town ran out 5-0 winners away to Cramlington Utd, Steph Stafford hitting a hat-trick and Brogan Dougal adding the other two.
Although we have not yet reached Christmas, Ossett Utd have already become the first women's team to win their respective league title this season, confirming themselves as Champions of the Southern Division after beating second placed Barnsley Development 5-0. Yasmin Ayub netted two of the goals with Chloe Denton, Debbie Hastings and Jenna Wraith also on target. Altofts Ladies kept themselves in the race for second place with a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Sophie Allen, Laura Maskrey and Laura Pylypiuk netted the goals for Altofts, with Emma Otley replying.
North West League
Only one game managed to beat the weather on the weekend in the Premier Division, Shelley James hitting a hat-trick as Merseyrail Ladies picked up their second league victory of the season, 3-0 against fifth placed Wigan Athletic.
Blackpool strengthened their position at the top of Division One North, courtesy of a 4-0 victory over Burscough Dynamo. This result has stretched their lead to six points after two of their main rivals, Blackburn Community and Bury FC Women, battled out a 2-2 draw. Workington Reds meanwhile leapt out of the bottom three on the back of a 5-2 win against Leigh RMI.
One match also started in Division One South but unfortunately did not finish; injuries forcing the game between Chester FC Women and City of Liverpool to be abandoned with Chester ten goals in front at the time.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development took full advantage of their rivals not being action by beating Torquay Utd 8-2 to open up a lead of five points in the Premier Division. In the only match to be played, Libby Sims led the scoring for Keynsham with a four-goal haul and Rhianna Ben-Carew weighed in with a hat-trick, whilst Hannah Thompson rounded off the scoring. Niamh Farrell replied for Torquay along with an own goal.
The top of the table clash in the Eastern Division went the way of Wootton Bassett Town, who defeated Frampton Rangers 2-1 to replace them as leaders. All of the goals came during the first half, with Emily Arrell and Hayley Huckin netting for last season's runners-up to inflict a first defeat on Frampton, whose consolation came from Chloe Timbrell. Cheltenham Town Development have pushed inbetween them into second place after winning 2-0 against Almondsbury, Diana Toth and Emma Levett were on target. Swindon Town Development meanwhile lifted themselves into mid-table with a 3-0 victory over Oldland Abbotonians, which came courtesy of a Gipsy Viveash hat-trick.
Bideford have stepped up their challenge in the Western Division by winning 3-1 against Bude Town. Anna Beer, Leanne Cording and Rohana Little scored the goals for Bideford to take them to within four points of leaders Plymouth Argyle Development, with a game in hand. Clare Badham grabbed a consolation for Bude. The other game to beat the weather saw Feniton score five times without reply away to Weston-super-Mare to consolidate themselves in fifth. Brittany Harris and Cindy Johnson netted two goals apiece for the Devon side, with Megan Stone also on the scoresheet.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST have returned to the top of the Premier Division after winning 3-0 away to Newbury Ladies. Kathryn Grall, Rosie Eden and Hannah Bennett scored the goals for the Cherries who lead the way on goal difference from Oxford City, who defeated Ascot Utd 4-2 thanks to Lauren May (2), Leah McConnell and Edie Stilwell-Garrett. Southampton FC Ladies, who did not play, follow on in third and now have a game in hand.
Kim Stenning and Paige Seeley scored the goals as Division One leaders Moneyfields won 2-0 away to Shanklin to maintain their lead of three points over second placed Wycombe Wanderers, who scored ten without reply past Basingstoke Town. Tara Woodward led the scoring for Wycombe with a hat-trick whilst Chloe Ball, Charlotte Bagshaw and Christina O'Connor all bagged braces, Olivia Hall adding the other goal. Eastleigh have continued their unbeaten start by winning 3-1 at Alton Ladies, Samantha Hide (2) and Emily Moore were on target. Hannah Holt netted twice, with Hannah Sheehan, Sian Blissett, Olivia Shaw and Millie Bilcliff accounting for the others as Wargrave Ladies notched up a 6-1 victory over Wokingham & Emmbrook.
New Milton Town are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after narrowly beating Barton Rovers 3-2, courtesy of a goal apiece from Lucy Slater, Jasmin Tuck and Olivia Watts.
West Midlands League
Sutton Coldfield Town restored their lead of three points in the Premier Division on Sunday as they won 2-1 against Knowle and Coundon Court were beaten 4-2 by Crusaders. Redditch Utd moved up into fifth following their 1-0 victory over Lye Town.
Division One North leaders Leek Town did not play but they stay six points clear, with Shifnal Town moving into second after winning 7-0 away to Wyrley Ladies. They move above Stoke City Development who were unable to take an opportunity to halve the gap to three points when they were beaten 2-1 by Shrewsbury Town.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by Kingfisher and their lead at the top of Division One South has been trimmed to four points by Solihull Utd, who continued to narrow the gap with a 7-3 victory over Leamington Lions. Third placed Kidderminster Harriers got back to winning ways, edging out Stourbridge by the odd goal in five. Coventry City Women and Droitwich Spa met for the second week running and this time the spoils were shared as they finished level at 2-2, extending Droitwich's unbeaten run to six matches.
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