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East Midlands League
Rotherham Utd reclaimed the leadership of the Premier Division as they picked up their third straight win, 5-3 against Ollerton Town. Amy Pollock and Nat Shaw each scored twice and Abby Pike was also on target, with Ollerton responding through strikes from Rachael Bell, Megan Howard and Shoniqua Barnes. Oughtibridge WMSC join Rotherham on nine points after they defeated Loughborough Studfents 5-1, Codi Melia and Millie Kenyon each bagging doubles with Hannah Wright adding the other.
There was also a change at the top of Division One North, which is now occupied by Hykeham Town following their 7-4 victory over Worksop Town. Amie Barnes-Ford led the scoring with a hat-trick as Hykeham got the better of an eleven-goal thriller, Katie Davison contributed a double and there was one apiece from Lauren Churcher and Tracey Duxbury-Mead while Leah Hardy, Hannah McWilliams, Jasmine Saxton and Sky Hughes were all on the scoresheet for Worksop. At the other end of the table, Lincoln Moorlands Railway claimed their first win of the season, beating Sleaford Town 2-0 with Jade Baker netting both goals.
Beaumont Park continue to lead the way in Division One South, Carmelina Colangelo and Kayleigh Needham giving them a 2-1 win away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Danielle Gilbert, Samantha Hargrave and Lucy Phillips-Poole scored the goals as Oadby & Wigston won 3-1 at Lutterworth Athletic to go third whilst Thrapston Town chalked up their first victory to get off the mark, 1-0 against Corby Town.
Eastern Region League
Whilst the leading sides in the Premier Division were involved in Women's FA Cup action, Colney Heath took the chance to move into the top three with a 3-1 victory over Wymondham Town. Samaira Khan and Rianne Townsend-Brown were on target along with an own goal, whilst the visitors' consolation came from Hannah Waters. Hannah Seymour-Shove netted the goal as St Ives Town picked up an important point from a 1-1 draw with Bedford Ladies, who scored through Lauren Murray. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and both got off the mark as they shared eight goals. Haringey Borough finished level at 4-4 with AFC Dunstable, whose goals came from Louise McCay (2), Lori Wilson-Phillips and Dionne Umeh.
One match went ahead in Division One North, leaders Cambridge City Development going three points ahead at the top with a 2-0 victory over Histon, courtesy of a brace of goals from Isabella Simmons.
Hutton ascended to the top of Division One South after they defeated Hoddesdon Town Owls 10-1. Vicky Kinsman kept up her good form as she led the scoring with a six-goal haul, Lauren Knight weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Sally Appleton and Carley Brewster. Hutton lead Stevenage Women Development by two points, with Millwall Lionesses a further three behind following their 6-1 victory over Wodson Park in which Shannah Drewe, Princess Femi Ellsery, Katie Klosinski, Cansu Mentesh, Samantha Middleton and Sian Fitzpatrick all scored a goal apiece.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers did not play in the league on Sunday but they held on to the leadership after Ashford Town (Middx) and Dulwich Hamlet battled out a 1-1 draw. A win for either side would have taken them to the top of the table, Phoebe Head scoring for Ashford. Rangers therefore lead by a single point from Dulwich, with Ashford and Dartford a further point adrift.
Eastbourne Town meanwhile notched up their first league win of the season, Danielle Parfitt netting the only goal of the game during the first half as they beat Whyteleafe 1-0.
After defeats in their first three games, Denham Utd won for the first time, 4-0 against Aylesford and are off the bottom of the table. Denham took the lead in the opening minute through Kara Howes and they went on to add further goals thanks to Lauren Cox, Emma Kern and Annie Hewitt.
North East League
Women's FA Cup duties meant that no matches were played in the Premier Division on Sunday, and the weather reduced the Northern Division to just a single game.
Boro Rangers took advantage of their rivals' inactivity by winning 3-0 away to Consett Ladies, stretching their lead at the top to four points in the process. Alys Beadle was the heroine for Boro as she scored a hat-trick to secure the victory, whilst Consett are left still seeking their first points of the season.
In the Southern Division, Sheffield Wednesday extended their lead to three points and made it four straight wins when beating Altofts Ladies 2-0. Jessica Morrison netted both goals for Wednesday, to keep them in front of Bridlington Rovers who returned into second place after scoring eight times without reply past Harrogate Railway. Amy Ward bagged a hat-trick, whilst Josie Groves, Demi Hanson, Danielle Kendrick, Jade Newlove and Eleanor Robinson accounted for the other goals.
North West League
League leaders Tranmere Rovers went down to their second defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Manchester Stingers who move up into second place and level on points with their opponents. At the other end of the table, Wigan Athletic and Sir Tom Finney each claimed their first point of the season when they shared a 2-2 draw.
Division One North table toppers Penrith AFC were held to a 2-2 draw by third placed Preston North End, who remain three points off the pace. In the other game to be played, Accrington Sports & Football Club narrowed the gap on leaders Penrith to a single point after they ran out 6-1 winners away to Leigh RMI.
Curzon Ashton have gone to the top of the table in Division One South following their 3-0 victory over Chester FC Ladies. They lead the way by a single point from Warrington Wolverines, who did not play, with Salford City Lionesses a further point adrift, replacing Chester in third after beating West Kirby 6-1. Wythenshawe Amateurs meanwhile record their first point as they battled out a 3-3 draw with Liverpool Feds Res; the two teams were meeting for the second time in successive weeks with the two matches yielding fifteen goals.
South West League
Callington Town's flying start to the season was brought to a halt as they were beaten for the first time, 4-0 by Ilminster Town. Graziely Esperanca bagged a brace, with Colette Martin and Charlotte Pettinger adding the others for Ilminster as they closed the gap on the Cornish side to five points. Keynsham Town Development went level on points with Bishop's Lydeard after winning their meeting 2-1. Kiera Minall and Kirsty Smith netted Keynsham's goals, with Lydeard's consolation coming from Caitlin Berry.
Northern Division leaders Frampton Rangers got back to winning ways and held on to top spot after beating Weston Mendip 3-0, courtesy of a Saffy Degg hat-trick. Almondsbury stay level on points with Frampton in second, and maintained their 100% start with a 4-1 success away to Chipping Sodbury Town. Sophie Cooper spearheaded the win for 'Bury by netting all four goals, with Sophie Kelly replying. Oldland Abbotonians stay one point behind the top two following their 10-1 win against Weston-super-Mare in which Beth Dale and Chloe Tape both scored hat-tricks. Bryony Higgs contributed a brace and also on target were Vicky Mundy and Olivia Goozee. Cheltenham Town Development meanwhile inflicted a first defeat of the season on Bristol Ladies Union, Jessica Wadey netting twice along with Sophie Griffiths and Naomi Marshall, Lilly Farr and Ellie Preece replying. AEK Boco won for the first time, 5-2 at Downend Flyers with goals from Leanne Burge (2), Robyn Carpenter, Sasha Ferris and Shania Powell whilst Danielle Cervaise-Brazier and Katie Wood netted for the home side.
In the Eastern Division, Swindon Spitfires defeated Forest Green Rovers 7-2 to narrow the gap on leaders Frome Town to two points. Jasmine Hindon and Claire Moreton each netted twice along with Sophie Mitchell, Jasmine Payne and Debbie Rose, whilst Monika Kosicka and Holly Thomas replied for Forest Green. Laverstock & Ford are up into the top three after Kelly Burton, Laura Golden and Amy Sanger gave them a 3-2 win away to Pen Mill, who scored through Megan Gratton and Letisha Templer. Lani Dickinson, Kerry Walklett, Hannah Dalgleish and Shannon King accounted for the goals as Swindon Supermarine won for the first time, 4-1 against Trowbridge Town.
Feniton made a swift return to the top of the Western Division by scoring eight times without reply past Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Kate Finch netted twice along with Stef Churchill-Matthews, Brittany Harris, Nia Owen, Leanne Godwin, Amy Salter and an own goal. Previous leaders Plympton Ladies were beaten 3-0 by Alphington who scored through Nadine Kelly, Helen Kukor and Catherine Wright. Plymouth Argyle Development continued their resurgence in form with a 10-2 victory over Bude Town, Maisie Williams and Nicola Chapman netting doubles, with one apiece from Ellie Bishop, Bethan Cowd, Beth Everson, Kiara-Jade Robins, Lucy Solloway and Madeline Leppard.
Southern Region League
With the teams around them involved in the FA Cup, Newbury Ladies took the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier Division with a 3-1 win against Woodley Utd. Molly Baker, Tracey Beales and Gabriely Tavares da Silva were the scorers for Newbury, with Freya Jenkins replying. Warsash Wasps got off the mark when Emma Pickering, Danielle Cheyney and Hayley Crisp gave them a 3-3 draw with Oxford City, who scored through Steph Mobbs, Tiana Russell-Cartwright and Edie Garrett.
Eastleigh have opened up a lead of four points in Division One after they defeated Southampton Women Res 2-0 with goals from Natasha Konczak and Catherine Browning. AFC Bournemouth CST Development lost ground as they were beaten 2-1 by Wycombe Wanderers Development, for whom Chloe Ball and Rachel Southby were on target. Tilehurst Panthers edged out Bournemouth Sports 3-2 thanks to Deanna Cane (2) and Crystal Carrington, whilst Nicola Moore netted twice and Grace Felton the other as Alton Ladies won 3-0 against New Milton Town.
West Midlands League
Coundon Court have moved into the top half of the Premier Division after defeating Worcester City 6-2. Claudia Latchford bagged a hat-trick along with Millie-Jay Hall, Hannah Roxburgh and Alex Shilton. Lye Town also won for the second time this season, 5-0 away to Knowle.
Division One North leaders Sandwell Ladies bounced back from their first defeat seven days earlier and it was Kewford Eagles who caught the backlash as they ran out 8-0 winners. Rachel Green hit a hat-trick, Hayley Joynson weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Rachael Neal, Siobhan Hodgetts and Jenny Gilbert. Solihull Sporting stay three points off the pace after goals from Jodie Mason, Naomi Melbourne, Charlotte Tolliday and Jodie Tomlinson earned them a 4-1 victory over Wyrley Ladies. Shrewsbury Town meanwhile moved into mid-table as they beat Port Vale 2-1.
Kidderminster Harriers have moved into second place in Division One South after a Dani Selmes double and Katie Priest saw them to a 3-1 win against Cookley Sports. Kingfisher edged out Droitwich Spa by the only goal of the game and Coventry City Women won for the first time, 4-0 away to Sedgley & Gornal Utd thanks to Lauryn Clarke (2), Grace Tebbutt and Maria Timms.
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