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East Midlands League
Ollerton Town are in third place in the Premier Division after battling out a goalless draw with mid-table Rise Park. A win would actually have moved Ollerton into the top two but instead they are a single point behind Oughtibridge WMSC, with Woodlands Ladies a further point behind after their 2-1 win away to Kettering Town in which Jody Scott netted both goals. Zoe Meynick hit a hat-trick and Nikki Flood added the other goal as Mansfield Town defeated Leicester City Ladies 4-1 to move out of the bottom three.
Boston Utd maintained their lead of five points at the top of Division One North by running out 5-0 winners away to Retford Utd. Toni McHamilton led the scoring with a hat-trick and Tracey Duxbury-Mead added the other two. Lincoln Moorlands Railway consolidated themselves in second place with a 4-0 victory over Calverton MW, thanks to a goal apiece from Alice Hayes, Lauren Churcher, Lucy Wingad and Sarah Flynn. Jade Eaglefield and Emily Edmonds were on target for Ilkeston Town as they beat Grimsby Borough to go third and Jade Welch netted a double for Sleaford Town in their 2-2 draw with Arnold Town, who replied through Jodie Ellis and Maria Wayne.
The top of the table clash in Division One South ended with honours even as Northampton Town and Oadby & Wigston battled out a 2-2 draw. Leah Stacey netted both goals for Northampton, who maintain their lead of six points, whilst Oadby replied through Emma Aspinall and Sophie Tew. Lutterworth Athletic meanwhile claimed their first victory of the season, 5-2 against Thrapston Town thanks to an Olivia Bowles hat-trick and Helen Lewis double.
Eastern Region League
Acle Utd stay three points ahead in the Premier Division following their 10-0 victory against AFC Dunstable. Grace Birchall led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there were doubles from Lauren Bullard, Naomi Cooper and Kate Pasque. Cambridge City are still hard on their heels in second place after they defeated Haringey Borough 11-1. Isabella Simmons and Carla Penny each hit hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Erin Davies, Rebecca Fay, Charlotte Gillies, Anna Goggin and Lauren Tomlinson. Katie Steward netted the only goal of the game for Peterborough Northern Star in their 1-0 win away to Harlow Town and Royston Town meanwhile kept up their own challenge by beating AFC Sudbury 4-0 with a goal apiece from Danielle Carty, Joanne Rutherford, Charlotte South and Georgia Gannaway, whilst the game between Colney Heath and Wymondham Town finished goalless.
Bowers & Pitsea continue to stretch the pace in Division One as Georgia Fraser (2), Eloise Ives and Danielle Styles gave them a 4-2 victory over King's Lynn Town. They stay two points ahead of St Ives Town who won 2-0 against Hoddesdon Town Owls thanks to Tierney Coulson and Emily Smith. Stevenage Ladies Res completed a good day for the top three by beating Hertford Town 3-0, Emily Schofield netting twice along with Faith Greene. Despite a goal from Vicky Kinsman, Hutton were held to a 1-1 draw by Hatfield Peveral whose reply came from Jasmine Cox, meanwhile an Annabel Cuthbert hat-trick and Brooke Wickens earned Newmarket Town a 4-2 win away to Lawford. Poppy Kelly and Brooke White were the scorers for Bishop's Stortford as they shared a 2-2 draw with Histon, who netted through Charlotte Westrope and Alison Wright.
London & South East League
AFC Phoenix made sure of keeping up their good form ahead of the holiday break with a 2-1 victory away to London Kent Football Utd, and this result has taken them up into second place. Kasey Kelm scored both goals for Phoenix, who are two points off the pace, whilst Emily Hart replied for the home side. Fulham FC Foundation have climbed out of the bottom after a Carina Ewens hat-trick, Hannah Cheeseman, Jacinta Coleman and Alice Curr gave them a 6-1 win against Aylesford.
In the League Cup, league leaders Kent Football Utd put themselves on the verge of going through to the semi finals after beating Parkwood Rangers 6-1. Amy Russ contributed four of the goals, with Rachel Stevens adding the other two. Queen's Park Rangers Development meanwhile made sure of finishing on top of Group B after battling out a 2-2 draw with Whyteleafe. Anna Maria Dzyadyk and Chloe Sampson scored the goals for Rangers, whilst 'Leafe replied through Levi Chambers-Cook and Stephanie Mann.
North East League
Durham Cestria continue their seemingly relentless march towards the Premier Division title; this time scoring ten times past Rotherham Utd. Lauren Robson spearheaded the spree with a six-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Erin Nelson, Ellie Smith, Melissa Storey and Sophie Hodgson. Jenni Duffy-Smith scored the only goal of the game as second placed Hartlepool Utd won 1-0 against Farsley Celtic, this keeps them one point ahead of Tynedale who were 8-2 winners over Castleford White Rose. Victoria Jayne netted a hat-trick, Jane Riddell added two and the tally was completed by Rachel Maddison, Natasha Wilson and Megan Watson. South Shields were another team to win 1-0, Natalie Beswick grabbing their goal against Wallsend Boys Club, and Harrogate Town defeated York City 3-0 thanks to Kirsty MacGregor (2) and Sophie Tinson.
Redcar Town extended their Northern Division lead to five points with a 6-1 victory over Sunderland West End. Jenny Dixon and Kenzie Parkes each netted twice for Redcar along with Ebony Housam and Jess Round. Second placed Consett Ladies lost a little ground as they shared four goals with Washington Association, who stay unbeaten but drew for the fifth time. Washington twice took the lead through Abigail Phipps and Alexis Prest, with Beth Wilson and Amy Wharton equalising for Consett on each occasion. Catherine Johnston (2), Kirsty Armstrong and Emily Henderson netted the goals as Alnwick Town won 4-0 at Prudhoe Town and Boro Rangers ran out 5-1 winners away to Norton & Stockton Ancients Res, Jade Featherstone bagging a brace whilst Abbie Phillips, Evie Thompson and Sophie Mitton accounted for the others.
The race is on for second place behind newly crowned Southern Division Champions Ossett Utd and the two main contenders both recorded victories on Sunday. Ellie Brightmore (2) and Emily Pierrepont were on the scoresheet as Barnsley Development beat Wakefield 3-0 and this keeps them narrowly ahead, on goal difference, of Altofts Ladies who edged out York RI 3-2 thanks to a Rachel Pritchard hat-trick.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers are still six points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 7-1 victory over Sir Tom Finney. Stockport County won 9-0 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies to stay in second, with five games in hand on the leaders. Wigan Athletic meanwhile defeated Penrith AFC 5-1 and have moved up into third place. In the other game, Fleetwood Town Wrens won 3-1 against Manchester Stingers to remain above them in the table.
Blackpool have stretched their advantage in Division One North to eight points after scoring six times without reply past Crosby Ladies. Carlisle Utd have replaced Blackburn Community in second place after winning their meeting 1-0, with Bury FC Women a further point behind in fourth following their 2-0 victory away to Burscough Dynamo. Cammell Laird 1907 were 3-0 winners at Preston North End to complete the top five. Workington Reds defeated Morecambe Res 3-2 to replace them in the top half of the table, also moving above Penwortham Town who were beaten 4-3 by Leigh RMI.
West Didsbury & Chorlton returned to the top of Division One South, heading a trio of teams on goal difference after beating Stockport County Blues 4-0. Previous leaders Liverpool Feds Res are back in third following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Altrincham, who are the third team level on points at the top. Warrington Wolverines won 4-0 away to Wythenshawe Amateurs and are in fourth, one point behind the leading three. Curzon Ashton follow on after they won against City of Liverpool, scoring fifteen times in the process, one more than Chester FC Women in their victory over Didsbury Ladies.
South West League
Georgie Barbour-Gresham, Sophie Gillies and Carmen Morison scored the goals as Exeter City won 3-1 at Callington Town to move to within four points of Premier Division leaders Keynsham Town Development, who did not play. Bishop's Lydeard follow on in third after scoring ten times past Forest Green Rovers. Abigail Parr led the scoring with a six-goal haul, Holly Miller weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Jordan Bindon and Amber Guy-Kemp. Jaydee Seaman netted four times whilst Sam Drewery, Anthea Kaptein and Maisie Williams all hit hat-tricks for Marine Academy Plymouth in their victory over Downend Flyers. Ellie Bishop netted twice and Freya Jackson rounded off the scoring. Hannah Fletcher was on target for Portishead Town as they drew 1-1 with Ilminster Town, who scored through Abigail Carslake.
In the Eastern Division, Frampton Rangers are two points off the pace after winning 2-0 away to Almondsbury, Saffron Degg and Abi Todd scoring their goals. Cheltenham Town Development stayed in touch with the top two by beating FC Chippenham 6-1, Rose Knuckey hitting a hat-trick along with Emma Levett, Emily Skipp and Diana Toth. Ellie Keedwell netted twice and Rea Manning added the other for AEK Boco in their 3-2 victory over Laverstock & Ford and Swindon Spitfires also won 3-2 at Trowbridge Town, courtesy of a goal apiece from Lani Dickinson, Sophie Mitchell and Katie Wadey.
Plymouth Argyle Development extended their lead in the Western Division to seven points with victory over Weston-super-Mare. Nicola Chapman was on target four times along with Gabi Alphous (2), Alex Hugh (2), Rachael Javan, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Kiara-Jade Robins, Sally Salter, Hannah Brock, Shania Fenlon and Maya Ridge. Plympton Ladies crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Weston Mendip, for whom Sherise Binns and Jess Chappell hit doubles. Alphington ran out 8-1 winners over Pen Mill with Laura Burwood, Helen Kukor and Sophie-Louise Simpson all netting twice whilst Nadine Kelly and Catherine Wright added the others. Debbie Duncan and Alexia Riley were on target for St Agnes in their 2-1 win at Feniton and Bude Town defeated Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 7-2, Sarah Badham scoring four times along with Charlotte Lang, Courtney Ward and an own goal.
Southern Region League
Things remain close between the top three in the Premier Division with Southampton FC Ladies holding on to top spot on goal difference after beating Warsash Wasps 5-0 with a goal apiece from Georgie Freeland, Caitlin Collighan, Emily Wernham, Ellie Chaffe and Shelly Provan. Oxford City stay second on goal difference as they edged out Winchester City Flyers by the odd goal in nine. Hannah Bennett and Jade Hockey were on target as AFC Bournemouth defeated Barton Rovers 2-0 to stay three points off the pace. Newbury Ladies and Ascot Utd battled out a goalless draw and Woodley Utd won 3-2 against New Milton Town thanks to May Hamblin, Rosie Page-Smith and Molly Lambourne.
Paige Seeley and Kim Stenning each scored twice, with one apiece from Katie Shorter, Melissa Lawrence, Sophie Kingsley-Smith and Kim Whitcombe, as Moneyfields won 8-0 against Shanklin to stay on top of Division One on goal difference from Wycombe Wanderers who went one better by scoring nine times without reply past Wokingham & Emmbrook. Tara Woodward and Christina O'Connor each bagged hat-tricks for Wycombe with Natalie Barette, Chante Inniss and Chloe Ball completing the scoring. Abingdon Utd kept up their challenge by winning 4-1 at Alton Ladies, courtesy of a goal apiece from Heather Young, Abbie Smith, Kiera Isaac and Jane Younger. Charlotte Webb and Kia Anteney netted the goals as Southampton Women Development won 2-0 away to Eastleigh and Basingstoke Town won for the second time, 4-2 against Wargrave Ladies with strikes from Lindsey Beverley (2), Charlotte Hull and Tamara Kelly.
West Midlands League
Ruth Graham was on target four times along with Hayley Chatwin and Louise Price as Sutton Coldfield Town won 6-0 against Lye Town to keep their lead of three points from Coundon Court who defeated Knowle 2-1 with goals from Daisy Bloor and Alisha Higginson. Crusaders were 5-0 winners away to Worcester Utd whilst Catherine Smith and Mollie Walden netted the goals for Stockingford AA Pavilion in their 2-2 draw with Redditch Utd, who replied through Shona Baldwin and Jade Guppy. Goldenhill Wanderers moved to within one point of Coventry Sphinx after beating them 2-1.
Leek Town ran out 9-1 winners over Florence to preserve their lead of six points in Division One North. Chantelle Gallagher bagged herself a five-goal haul along with Beth Cotterell, Katie Gibbons, Rehanne Mellor and Lacey Smith. Jodie Foxhall (2), Maria Birkett and Jordan Sloan netted the goals as Stoke City Development defeated AFC Telford Utd 4-1 and this took them into second, ahead of Shifnal Town who were beaten 2-0 by Sandwell Ladies. Wyrley Ladies were 2-0 winners away to Shrewsbury Town.
In Division One South, Kidderminster Harriers made up ground on the top two with a 4-2 victory away to Kingfisher, Alex Nicklin was on target twice along with Anne Johnson and Kirsty Roberts. Stourbridge follow on in fourth after beating Leamington Lions 5-2 and a Natalina Carmelina Merulla double gave Coventry City Women a 2-1 success at Solihull Sporting.
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