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East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd have gone flying clear at the top of the Premier Division, opening up a lead of four points with a 9-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Kier Perkins hit a hat-trick for the Posh Ladies along with a Donna McGuigan brace, Megan Parrett, Leah Crawford, Laura Dodwell and Stacey McConville whilst the students' consolation came from Chloe Jones. Mansfield Town won 3-2 against Kettering Town and are up into third, Chloe Foster hitting a hat-trick whilst Kettering replied through Jo Brandon and Michelle Smith. Sofia Aragosa and Charlotte Moffat scored the goal as Leicester City Ladies defeated Rise Park to move into mid-table.
Division One North table toppers Hykeham Town have also extended their lead, going eight points clear with an eleven goal blast against Grimsby Borough. Zuzana Pramukova bagged a hat-trick whilst Holly Newman, Katie Davison and Lauren Churcher all hit doubles, with Demi Barai and Millie Seaton completing the tally.
One match was played in Division One South, Lutterworth Athletic battling out a 3-3 draw with Derby County Community who scored through Lauren Haslam, Shannon Purdy and Phoebe Roe.
Notts County have booked their place in the last sixteen with a 4-0 victory away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens. They will be at home to Grimsby Borough in the next round.
* On Wednesday night, Premier Division leaders Peterborough Utd extended their advantage to seven points as they ran out 10-1 winners over Kettering Town. Kier Perkins netted another hat-trick alongside Donna McGuigan (2), Stacey McConville (2), Laura Beckett (2) and Laura Dodwell.
Eastern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Harlow Town, who defeated Wroxham 5-2 to open up a lead of six points over their opponents. Chloe Bassett and Olivia Steele each netted twice for Harlow, whose other goal came from Becky Shephard, whilst Wroxham's replies came from Rhianne Brister and Kirstie Kindred. Rebecca Vass was on target five times, with Samantha Edgar and Emma Slater adding the others, for Royston Town in their 7-2 victory over St Ives Town, which takes them level on points with Wroxham. A win would have lifted Colney Heath into the top two but they were beaten 2-1 by Bowers & Pitsea, for whom Yasmin Cowley netted both goals. Luton Town meanwhile edged out Bedford Ladies by the odd goal in seven, Rebecca Wilson-Kane hitting a hat-trick and Erica Byron also on the scoresheet. Priya Bhatti, Stephanie Fisher and Natasha Fensome all scored for Bedford. Wymondham Town meanwhile beat Haringey Borough 7-1 with braces from Mollie O'Callaghan, Hannah Waters and Laura Nicholls, Katie Knights completing the scoring.
The top two in Division One North did not play and Histon have taken the chance to catch up ground in third, they won 4-0 at Gorleston thanks to a Poppy Kelly hat-trick and Alison Wright. Needham Market went level on points with Newmarket Town after beating them 4-3, courtesy of two goals apiece from Annie Northwood and Francesca Rainbird. Rebecca Russell and Tegan Wheeler scored the goals for King's Lynn Town in their 2-1 victory over AFC Sudbury.
In the solitary match to be played in Division One South, Leigh Ramblers ran out 10-2 winners over Hoddesdon Town Owls and are only two points off the pace. Emily Diwell was on target four times for Leigh along with Chloe Gilligan (2), Rebecca Dalgarno (2), Connie Mashford and Paige White.
London & South East League
Dulwich Hamlet held on to their two point lead at the top of the table when they won 4-3 away to Fulham. Ella Bonner, Ana De Pellegrin, Roisin Stone and Elizabeth Wicks all scored a goal apiece for Dulwich, while the home side replied through Gemma Taylor, Rachel Woodland and an own goal. Queen's Park Rangers stay on their heels in second and have three games in hand after recording a sixth straight victory, 4-2 against Whyteleafe. Chloe Sampson, Laura Hennessy, Melanie Hall and Amelia Cutler scored Rangers' goals, with Jessica Lewry and Megan Smith on target for 'Leafe. Alicia Gibbs, Emily Read, Rachel Stevens, Elizabeth Adams and an own goal saw Dartford to a 5-2 success against Aylesford.
North East League
County Cup duties and the weather reduced the league programme to just a single match over the weekend. This game was in the Premier Division, at Ossett Utd where the home side defeated York City 4-0 to leap up into third place in the table. Emma Lee, Danielle Sidebottom, Emily Ward and Lauren Swailes all scored a goal apiece for Ossett.
North West League
FC United of Manchester notched up a 2-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers as the teams met for the second week running in the Premier Division and this means that FCUM have narrowed the gap on the Birkenhead side to three points, having played four games less. Third placed Manchester Stingers meanwhile recorded their fourth draw as their meeting with Mossley Hill finished goalless. Crewe Alexandra follow on after sharing four goals with West Didsbury & Chorlton. Fleetwood Town Wrens scored seven times without reply past Wigan Athletic, a third straight win which lifts them into mid-table.
A 3-0 victory away to Carlisle Utd has taken Penrith AFC back to the top of Division One North, ahead of Accrington Sports & Football Club who did not play. Blackburn Community defeated Preston North End 4-0 and are handily placed in third. Blackburn stay level on points with Blackpool, 2-0 winners against Penwortham Town, and Workington Reds who triumphed 3-1 at Accrington Stanley. After picking up their first victory when the sides met seven days earlier, Morecambe Res collected another point when their return meeting with Leigh RMI finished level at 1-1.
In Division One South, Curzon Ashton defeated Warrington Wolverines 2-1 to close the gap on leaders Salford City Lionesses to four points. In the other game, Northwich Vixens won for the first time in the league this season when they scored nine times without reply past Liverpool Feds Res.
South West League
One match was played in the Premier Division over the weekend, Portishead Town winning 4-0 away to Keynsham Town Development. Emily Lindsay was on target twice, with Nicole Flourentzou and Ruby Lowe adding the others for Portishead who stay as the division's last remaining unbeaten team.
In the Eastern Division, Swindon Town Development were beaten for the first time this season, 3-2 by Sherborne Town who kept up their own unbeaten record. Olivia Watts netted twice and Jemma Tewkesbury the other for Sherborne, with Zoe Ridley hitting a brace in reply for Town. Forest Green Rovers meanwhile swept to their first victory of the season, Holly Thomas bagging a hat-trick and Beth Edwards adding the other as they won 4-1 away to Laverstock & Ford, whose consolation came from Evie Bell.
One solitary game went ahead in the Western Division but as it involved Plymouth Argyle Development, it was no surprise that there were plenty of goals. Danni Wyatt was on target five times as Argyle ran out 12-0 winners against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Nicola Champion and Beth Cowd each contributed doubles and there was one apiece from Nelinha Barros, Hannah Brock and Kiara-Jade Robins.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST have returned to the top of the Premier Division with an 8-0 victory over Newbury Ladies, who started the day in the top three. Rosie Eden and Rebecca Miles each netted twice along with Erin Thickett, Katie Kingshott, Maisy Smith and an own goal. Oxford City have entered the top three after they defeated Winchester City Flyers 6-3. Ascot Utd scored six times without reply past Woodley Utd, Lauren Townsend and Freya Johnson each netting twice along with Hannah Evans and Stephanie Fettes (see match report).
Abingdon Town moved themselves to within a single point of the top two, thanks to a 6-1 victory against AFC Bournemouth CST Development. Charlotte Comley hit a hat-trick for Abingdon, with one apiece from Sara Comley, Elisha Cox and Cecile Deer. Chloe Ball scored twice and Francesca Day added the other as Wycombe Wanderers Development won 3-0 at New Milton Town.
The top two in Division One came face to face in the League Cup and could not be separated on the day as Eastleigh and Abbey Rangers battled out a 2-2 draw. Catherine Browning and Natasha Konczak scored the goals for Eastleigh, with both of Abbey's goals coming from Beth Easterman, before Eastleigh eventually triumphed from the penalty spot.
Wycombe Wanderers meanwhile completed a good day for their club by running out 11-1 winners over Tilehurst Panthers in the Chairman's Cup.
West Midlands League
League leaders Redditch Utd were not in action on Sunday and their advantage has been trimmed to six points by Leek Town, who ran out 6-1 winners over Worcester City. Olivia Mountford was on target twice for Leek, with one apiece from Katie Gibbons, Paris O'Connor, Rhian Morris and Emma Smith. Sutton Coldfield Town have moved into the top three following their 3-1 victory against Coundon Court, their markswomen were Georgia Whitehouse, Hayley Chatin and Niamh Deasy. Hayley Wilford bagged a four-goal haul for Solihull Ladies Utd as they defeated Lye Town 8-0. Bizarrely, all of the goals came in the first half, with one each from Melissa Pugh, Scarlett Fielding, Donna Millward and Saddiqa Shan completing the tally. Charlotte Sandford scored for Knowle as they picked up their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Coventry Sphinx.
AFC Telford Utd were emphatic 9-2 winners in the Division One North top of the table clash against Wyrley Ladies. Danniella Garrett netted five times with Charlotte Budd contributing a brace and one apiece from Ashley Kilgour and Jorgie Pendrous. Stoke City Development netted seven times without reply past Sutton Coldfield Town Royals and Shifnal Town defeated Shrewsbury Town with strikes from Maria Bell, Savannah Howes and Jessica Wood.
Stourbridge returned to action with another victory in Division One South, beating Coventry City 5-1 to stretch their lead at the top to nine points. Sedgley & Gornal Utd also won 5-1 against Leamington Lions but their first victory of the season was not quite enough to lift them off the bottom. Arshi Zahoor hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amalia Estradas and Abi Young.
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