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East Midlands League
Ollerton Town recorded the biggest victory of the opening day of the new season in the Premier Division, scoring nine times without reply past Woodlands Ladies. Rachael Bell bagged herself a four-goal haul, Sophie Davies weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Sarah Roberts, Shanice Etherington and Emma White. Rotherham Utd meanwhile got off to a good start, winning 3-0 at Leicester City thanks to a Bradie Wild brace and Lucy Ridley. Becky Shaw scored the only goal of the game for Oughtibridge WMSC in their victory over Northampton Town, whilst Monica Bowley and Zoe Meynick were on target for Mansfield Town in their 2-2 draw with Peterborough Utd, who replied through Amy Challis and Megan Parrett.
In Division One North, Notts County Development scored six times without reply past Cleethorpes Town, Melissa East netted five and Ellie Sims added the other. Beth Smyth (2), Ami Buzzeo, Gina Camfield and Kelly Fidler accounted for the goals as newly promoted Chesterfield defeated Sleaford Town 5-0. Arnold Town meanwhile edged out local rivals Arnold Eagles by the odd goal in seven. Thea Duncan, Georgianne Herring, Rachel Mee and Stacey Pearce netted the goals for Town, whilst the Eagles replied through Natasha Leach, Demi-Leigh Crofts and Jenna Stocks. Lydia Clark and Scarlet Woods were the markswomen for Grimsby Borough as they won 2-1 against Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Beaumont Park were 3-0 winners away to Corby Town and they head the opening day table in Division One South from Notts County, who beat Derby County Community 3-1 thanks to Bella Reed, Nya Chambers and an own goal. Ilkeston Town picked up the other three points on offer when defeating Oadby & Wigston 2-1.
Eastern Region League
Luton Town head the Premier Division by two points after notching up their third straight win, 2-1 against Bedford Ladies. Jess McKay scored both goals for Luton, with Maya Sidhu grabbing Bedford's consolation. Harlow Town now head the chasing teams as Chloe Bassett, Lucy Edmeades, Olivia Steele and Abbey Dell gave them a 4-1 victory at Wroxham. Leah Cudone and Evie Driscoll-King were on target for Peterborough Northern Star as they became the first team to take points off Colney Heath when holding them to a 2-2 draw, Adrienne Milton and Charlene Moreton replying. Royston Town follow on after Rebecca Vass and Joanne Rutherford gave them a 2-1 success at St Ives Town, whilst Megan Harley (2), Donna Fletcher, Danni Jennings and Ebony Moore ensured that Bowers & Pitsea defeated AFC Dunstable 5-1. Wymondham Town picked up their first win when scoring twelve without reply against Haringey Borough, spearheaded by a Freya Symonds hat-trick along with Chelsea Clarke (2), Hannah Waters (2), Mia Etheridge, Katie Knights, Mollie O'Callaghan, Jorja Patterson and Sarah Payne.
The remainder of the league was involved in the League Cup, which is being played in group stages this season. Newmarket Town head Group A following a thirteen-goal blast against Bishop's Stortford, Katie Webb scoring four times along with Annabel Cuthbert (2), Holly Dryland, Antonia Smith, Brooke Wickens, Jodie Woodfield, Jess Linger, Laura Bailey and Lauren Deller. Stevenage Women Development meanwhile won 3-1 at East Bergholt Utd thanks to Chloe Gunn (2) and Emily Schofield. In Group B, Cambridge City Development defeated Lawford 6-0 with hat-tricks from Isabella Simmons and Carla Penny, while Molly Hawkins (2) and Shannan Drewe gave Millwall Lionesses a 3-1 win at AFC Sudbury. Needham Market have started well in Group C, beating Hoddesdon Town Owls 9-1 courtesy of an Annie Northwood hat-trick, Amber Sparkes double, Gemma Moore, Lina Nagib, Francesca Rainbird and Megan Stock. Abigail Bell (2), Melissa Anderson, Hannah Croft and Hayley Muir were on the scoresheet as Gorleston won 5-1 away to Wodson Park. Hutton have started confidently in Group D, beating Leigh Ramblers 7-1 whilst goals from Tiffany Forshaw, Rachel Skinner and Katie Ward steered King's Lynn Town to a 3-1 success at Histon.
London & South East League
The group stages of the League Cup got underway on Sunday and an Olivia Walker hat-trick gave Saltdean Utd a 3-2 win away to Aylesford, whose replies came from Rebecca Barr and Lisa Fulgence. Eastbourne Town meanwhile defeated Whyteleafe 2-1 thanks to Molly Hill and Danielle Parfitt. In Group B, Anna Maria Dzyadyk netted the only goal of the game for Queen's Park Rangers as they won 1-0 against Dulwich Hamlet.
One match was played in the league, Dartford taking over at the top of the table after beating Ashford Town (Middx) 5-2. Danielle Harrison netted twice along with Shauni Griffiths, Megan Mansfield and Isabelle Michalski, whilst Phoebe Head bagged a brace in reply for Ashford.
North East League
Hartlepool Utd's strong start to the season continued as they won their first league game 8-0 against York City. Justine Robinson hit a hat-trick and there were doubles from Rebecca Hanratty and Jade Pye, with Lucy Hammond-Garrington also on target. Redcar Town meanwhile defeated Tynedale 7-1 thanks to Kenzie Parkes (2), Robina Todd (2), Jenny Dixon, Suzanne Fox and Jess Round. Adele Jackson and Chelsea Pilmer scored for Farsley Celtic as they won 2-1 at Harrogate Town, who replied through Lindsey Whitton, whilst a Molly Turnbull brace ensured that Wallsend Boys Club beat Ossett Utd by the same scoreline.
In the Northern Division, Norton & Stockton Ancients Res were the victors in a high scoring affair against Boro Rangers. Anna Mawston and Sacha Millward each netted twice along with Libby Waller and Sian Williams as Norton won 6-4, with Rangers responding through a Jessica Ralph double, Larissa Burkinshaw and Alys Beadle.
Altofts Ladies took the honours in the Southern Division with a 5-1 victory over Bradford Park Avenue. Rachael Murrell, Nadine Bates, Nicola Smith, Olivia Ratcliffe and Grace Wilkinson scored the goals for Altofts. York RI meanwhile won 5-2 against Hepworth Utd courtesy of a Tamryn Dunlop hat-trick and Jodie Langstaff brace. Amy Ward netted twice and Josie Groves the other as Bridlington Rovers notched up a 3-2 win at Wakefield Trinity and Sheffield Wednesday beat Harrogate Railway 3-2 with goals from Jessica Morrison (2) and Demi West.
North West League
Four teams currently sport 100% records from their opening two matches in the Premier Division, played over the week. The quartet is headed by Tranmere Rovers, who were 3-0 winners away to Fleetwood Town Wrens, whilst Morecambe defeated Wigan Athletic 3-2. Last season's runners-up FC United of Manchester have started off well again this time around, beating West Didsbury & Chorlton 3-1 to move on to six points. Mossley Hill are the fourth team on maximum points after their 2-1 victory away to Merseyrail Ladies. Manchester Stingers meanwhile got themselves off the mark, thanks to a 3-2 win against Sir Tom Finney.
Blackburn Community are in top spot in Division One North after beating Workington Reds 6-0, on goals scored from Penrith AFC who won 1-0 at Leigh RMI. Blackpool also have two wins out of two following their 3-0 success away to Preston North End. Penwortham Town defeated Carlisle Utd by the only goal to get their campaign up and running, whilst Accrington Sports Club emerged as 7-1 victors from their local derby against newly promoted Accrington Stanley.
In Division One South, Chester FC Ladies bounced back from a midweek defeat to win 6-2 against Wythenshawe Amateurs and this sees them take the leadership of the fledgling table. They lead on goal difference from Curzon Ashton who scored six without reply past West Kirby. Warrington Wolverines returned from Didsbury Ladies with a 4-1 victory under their belts and this lifts them up to third, just ahead of Salford City Lionesses who defeated Liverpool Feds Res 9-3.
South West League
The opening day of the season in the Premier Division saw Callington Town record the largest victory when scoring nine times past Torquay Utd. Gabi Alphous, Keri-Ann Moxom and Ezme Wells all scored twice, along with Jodie Smith, Dani Harper and Sam Kotlinska. Wootton Bassett Town also started strongly, running out 5-0 winners at Marine Academy Plymouth thanks to Lauren Kayll, Hannah Gulliver, Aly Lyons and two own goals. Bishop's Lydeard staged a great second half comeback, coming from two behind to beat Bideford 4-2. Sam Ayres and Emma Stoneman put the Devon side two ahead at the break, before Lydeard fought back to take the points with doubles from Nicola Brown and Amber Guy-Kemp. Keynsham Town Development, runners-up last season, got off to a winning start when a Yazmin Laver double gave them a 2-0 victory over Middlezoy Rovers.
Almondsbury took the honours in the newly formed Northern Division when they defeated AEK Boco 3-0. Maddie Wood netted twice for the Almonds, and Samantha Kodola was also on target. Ashleigh Richards and Vicky Wilson each bagged braces as Weston-super-Mare won 4-2 against Downend Flyers, whose replies came from Danielle Cervaise-Brazier. Saffy Dagg (2) and Ella Stokes were the markswomen for Frampton Rangers who were 3-1 winners away to Chipping Sodbury Town. Ellie Preece scored both goals for Bristol Ladies Union as they shared a 2-2 draw with Weston Mendip, whose strikes came from Sherise Binns and Natasha Crew. Cheltenham Town Development and Oldland Abbotonians also finished level at 2-2, Leonie Gough and Jessica Wadey were on target for Cheltenham whilst Oldland responded through Beth Dale and Chloe Tape.
Sherborne Town are set to be formidable opponents in the Eastern Division and started powerfully, scoring eight times without reply against Swindon Supermarine. Jemma Tewkesbury spearheaded the win with a five-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jodi Cornwall, Hannah Eglon and Olivia Watts. Frome Town's return to the league following promotion ended in a narrow 2-1 victory against Forest Green Rovers, courtesy of a goal apiece from Hannah Christer and Enna Christmas. Poppy Spratt was on target for Trowbridge Town as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Laverstock & Ford.
Mollie Dring was on target five times as St Agnes began the season in the Western Division with an eleven-goal blast against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Beth Willshaw contributed a brace and also on the scoresheet were Zoe Arundell-Lethbridge, Amy Brooks, Laura Hockett and Megan Pearce. Helen Kukor hit a hat-trick as Alphington won 3-2 against Plymouth Argyle Development, whose replies came from Steph Beck and Nelinha Barros, and Feniton were also 3-2 victors at Plympton Ladies, thanks to a Stef Churchill-Matthews hat-trick. Sam Metters and Shannon Workman replied for the home side.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd have started well in the Premier Division, the newly promoted side running out 6-1 winners away to Warsash Wasps. Kiera Isaac led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Nell Boxall, Molly Lygo-Jackson and Katie Totton. Rebecca Miles, Maisy Smith and Meg Vella gave AFC Bournemouth a 3-1 victory over Woodley Utd and Moneyfields triumphed 2-0 at Wycombe Wanderers. Oxford City meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw with Newbury Ladies, for whom Gabriely Tavares da Silva netted both goals.
In Division One, Abbey Rangers made an impact in their first match in the league, Laura Hobbs bagging a hat-trick and Megan McGarvey the other as they beat Wycombe Wanderers Development 4-1. New Milton Town also won 4-1 against Tilehurst Panthers thanks to doubles from Emma Fletcher and Lucy Slater. Southampton Women Res were the other winners on the day, Jennifer King (2), Charlotte Webb and Fay Roberts giving them a 4-2 victory at Alton Ladies. Justine Mosley netted a brace for Bournemouth Sports against AFC Bournemouth Development, who battled back to claim a 2-2 draw thanks to Ayuma Asira and Ellie-Jai Stephens. Leah Shave was on target for Eastleigh as they shared a 1-1 draw with Abingdon Town, whose goal came from Taya McCalmon.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies Utd blazed their way into the Premier Division, scoring twelve times without reply past Knowle. Catherine Harris and Hayley Wilford netted five each, with Laura Smith and Demi Walker also getting on target. The other newly promoted team, Leek Town, also started well with a 5-1 success against Redditch Utd, thanks to Michaela Lockett (2), Alana Copeland, Rhian Morris and Paris O'Connor. Neve Platt bagged a brace along with Kyra Dawes and Ashleigh Simms as Coventry Sphinx won 4-1 at Coundon Court and a Mica-Marie Taylor hat-trick guided Stockingford AA Pavilion to a 3-2 victory over Kidsgrove Athletic. Melissa Hinton and Leannah Rayment were on target as Worcester City defeated Lye Town 2-1 whilst Sutton Coldfield Town and Crusaders finished level at 1-1.
Sandwell Ladies claimed the biggest win of the day in Division One North when they defeated Kewford Eagles 9-1. A five-goal second half blast saw Stoke City Development on their way to a 7-2 victory over Solihull Sporting. Manuela Delle, Megan Hunt and Emma Henderson all scored twice, with Jessica Richardson adding the other. Olivia Minshall (2) and Lauren Jones steered Shrewsbury Town to a 3-0 success against Sutton Coldfield Town Royals and AFC Telford Utd were 4-2 winners away to Port Vale. Rebecca-Lee Bown netted both goals for Shifnal Town in their 2-2 draw with Wyrley Ladies, for whom Rachel Cumberledge hit a brace in reply.
Stourbridge have made a fast start in Division One South with an eight-goal victory over Kingfisher. They head the opening day table with Rugby Town in second place after Andie Coupland (2), Chloe Debaes (2) and Kelly Worthington saw them to a 5-2 win at Leamington Lions. Newly promoted Cookley Sports defeated Droitwich Spa by the only goal of the game whilst Lauryn Clarke was on target for Coventry City in their 1-1 draw with Sedgley & Gornal Utd, who replied through Katie Perry.
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