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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students are the early leaders of the Premier Division, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City in midweek, given to them by a double from Nnola Oyeka. Peterborough Utd are one of three clubs who are three points behind after a goal apiece from Stacey McConville, Hannah Pendred, Donna McGuigan, Molly Orr-Love, Piper O'Neill and Megan Parrett saw them to a 6-1 win away to Rise Park. Mansfield Town netted ten without reply against Leicester City, Natasha Leach was on target five times along with Ellie Marshall (2), Victoria Chincharo, Jessica Parker and Shannon Purdy. Rotherham Utd are the third team on six points following their 5-0 victory over Oughtibridge WMSC in which Harriet Houghton (2), Amy Pollock (2) and Lucy Ridley accounted for the goals. Ollerton Town meanwhile won for the first time, beating Woodlands Ladies 5-1 with strikes from Cala Thornton (2), Emma White, Emily Stretton and Shoniqua Barnes.
Five teams are level on points at the top of Division One North, headed on goal difference by Chesterfield after they won 4-0 away to Cleethorpes Town. Imogen Fowler netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Paige Singleton and Kelly Fidler. Alisha Dejonge scored the only goal as second placed Grimsby Town beat previous leaders St Josephs Rockware of Worksop 1-0, whilst a Grace Tominey double and Suzanne Green earned Grimsby Borough a 3-0 victory against Arnold Eagles. Lincoln Moorlands Railway also notched a second straight win, 2-0 over Sleaford Town courtesy of Jade Baker and Sammy Boothright. Lincoln Utd meanwhile made a very powerful start, Abigail Murrell netting six times and Lauren Churcher adding a further four against Sherwood Women. Tracey Duxbury-Mead (2), Kirsty Dalzell, Francesca Wilson, Amie Barnes-Ford, Olivia Smith and Millie Seaton also got on the scoresheet.
Division One South has also got off to a close start but despite not playing, Notts County Women remain on top of the table from three other teams, headed by Beaumont Park after they won 2-0 at Coalville Town Ravenettes with both goals from Kayleigh Needham. Freya Gardner hit a hat-trick and Samantha Hargrave the other for Oadby & Wigston in their 4-1 success away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens and Derby County Academy defeated AFC Leicester 3-0 thanks to Anya Bourne (2) and Mollie Newton. Ilkeston Town got off the mark by beating Thrapston Town 5-1, courtesy of a Hayley Brown double, Millie Huckle, Georgina Williams and Charlotte Boyle.
Eastern Region League
Wymondham Town have a five point advantage in the Premier Division after they defeated Harlow Town 3-0 for their fourth straight victory. Katie Knights, Freya Symonds and Hannah Waters were the markswomen for Wymondham. Despite a goal from Georgia Stancombe, second placed St Ives Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Bedford Ladies who scored through Natasha Fensome. Peterborough Northern Star are up into third place following their 4-1 success away to AFC Dunstable, whilst Haringey Borough and Bowers & Pitsea battled out a goalless draw.
The Division One clubs were involved in League Cup action on Sunday and King's Lynn Town went through to the next round with a 2-0 victory over Wodson Park, while Annabel Cuthbert hit a hat-trick and Chloe Slater added the other as Newmarket Town ran out 4-1 winners away to Stevenage Women Development. Haverhill Rovers edged out Millwall Lionesses 2-1 thanks to a double from Stacey Roper. AFC Sudbury also progressed after scoring five times without reply past East Bergholt Utd, Megan Partridge netting twice along with Evie Creaton, Maisie Goodwin and Amy Thompson.
London & South East League
Dartford are the new leaders of the Premier Division after they won 3-1 away to Fulham on Sunday. All of the Darts' goals came in the first half with Shauni Griffiths, Caitlin Hirst and Rachel Stevens all scoring before Gemma Taylor grabbed a late consolation for the home side. Previous table toppers Dulwich Hamlet were beaten 1-0 by Eastbourne Town, Danielle Parfitt scoring the only goal of the game. Ashford Town (Middlesex) join the clutch of clubs on six points; Ashley Cheatley, Anya Kinnane and Lavana Neufville all scored twice along with Jade Johnson and Hannah Nebbitt in their 8-3 win away to Aylesford, whose replies came from Beth Hulme, Milly Penfold and Zoe Counter. Kayleigh Currivan scored a late goal to earn Denham Utd a 1-1 draw with Whyteleafe who had led through Megan Smith, both sides picking up their first point of the season.
Division One South leaders Herne Bay saw their match against Lewes Foundation Squad abandoned in the 53rd minute with Lewes 2-0 up at the time, due to an injury to one of the Bay players. They remain top on goal difference from Crawley Wasps DS who ran out 8-2 winners at Hassocks. Lauren Callaghan scored a hat-trick and Amy Thomson contributed a brace, with further goals from Danielle Boyd, Rosanne Fine and Natalie Stephenson. Parkwood Rangers entered the top three following their 3-2 victory over Newhaven in which Corrie Goodhew, Rachel Mugami and Faye Tompsett were all on target.
North East League
York City are the only team so far to have two wins from two games in the Premier Division, doubling their tally by winning 4-2 at Sheffield Wednesday. Shannon Durkin netted twice for York along with Emily Cattle and Eleanor Hall, with Emma Otley and Jodie Stancill replying. Harrogate Town are two points off the pace in second, Emily Topham scoring the only goal of the game as they beat Farsley Celtic 1-0. Abby Towers, Jade Dryden and Eve Gattens were the markswomen for South Shields in their 3-2 win at Redcar Town, whose replies came from Tyler Sharp and Charlotte Morris, whilst Jordane Allison and Chelsea Schofield were on target for Ossett Utd as they shared a 2-2 draw with Wallsend Boys Club, who scored through Cara Moran and Emma Hewett.
Kirsty Gillis netted twice, with Sarah Hutchieson and Jamie Sugden adding the others, as Lumley Ladies went three points clear at the top of the Northern Division with a 4-3 win away to Boro Rangers. Sunderland West End went second after scoring ten times without reply at Norton & Stockton Ancients Res. Allison Ferris bagged herself a four-goal haul, Alex Ross netted a brace and the others were scored by Isla Maggs, Kay Mills, Emma Banks and Melissa Simpson. Chester-le-Street Town Development and Bishop Auckland are in the next two positions after their meeting ended level at 3-3. Jessica Clark, Jessica Ellison and Hannah McStay-Fenn all scored for the Cestrians, with Bishop Auckland replying through Sophie Wood, Katie Raine and an own goal. Washington Association won for the first time, 2-0 against West Allotment Celtic thanks to Courtney Mole and Amber Metcalfe.
Altofts Ladies have gone to the top of the Southern Division on the back of a 3-1 victory away to Harrogate Town Development. The home side led at the break through a goal from Sophia Lyons but Altofts hit back in the second half to take the points thanks to Emily Scott, Nicola Smith and Emma Richardson. Millie Sharp, Victoria Stonehouse and Lauren Tate accounted for the goals as Hull Utd opened up their league campaign with a 3-3 draw against Wakefield Trinity, who scored through Chelsea Pilmer, Demi Godson and Emily Heckler.
North West League
West Didsbury & Chorlton are the early leaders in the Premier Division and have a lead of three points following their 2-1 win against Merseyrail Ladies. Morecambe opened up their campaign with a 4-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers whilst FC United of Manchester were 3-2 winners away to Crewe Alexandra. Mossley Hill got themselves off the mark when they defeated Wigan Athletic 3-1, whilst Fleetwood Town Wrens and Cheadle Town Stingers both commenced their respective league seasons by battling out a 3-3 draw.
It is only very early stages in Division One North but Penrith AFC are sitting on top of the fledgling table after scoring six times without reply past Morecambe Res. The other match to be played on Sunday saw AFC Darwen open up with a 1-0 victory over Blackpool.
Likewise in Division One South, only a handful of games have been played but Chester FC Women have maximum points from two matches, following their 5-3 victory against Runcorn Linnets. Wythenshawe Amateurs are the only other team to have won a match so far, doing so on Sunday with a 5-0 success over West Kirby. Didsbury Ladies and Northwich Vixens are both off the mark though after their meeting finished level at 1-1.
South West League
Portishead Town make it three teams level on points at the top of the Premier Division after their 4-1 victory away to Torquay Utd. Emily Lindsey and Alanna Torrington each scored twice for Portishead, with Torquay's consolation coming from Ellie Bishop. Bishop's Lydeard meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw with Wootton Bassett Town, who picked up their first point of the season. Holly Miller and Caitlin Berry were on target for Lydeard, with both of Bassett's goals coming from Grace Eagles.
Bristol Ladies Union have extended their Northern Division lead to five points after a hard fought 1-0 win away to Frampton Rangers. A close match was settled midway through the second half when Hannah Price scored the only goal of the game. Rebecca Donnelly scored for Cheltenham Town Development as they shared a 1-1 draw with Almondsbury, whose reply came from Rosie Harris. Downend Flyers and Weston-super-Mare finished level at 2-2, earning each side their first point of the season. Faith Flynn and Beth Pitman were on target for Downend, Weston replying with a double from Rebecca Dando.
Forest Green Rovers push on at the top of the Eastern Division, doubling their advantage to six points by winning 2-1 away to Swindon Town Development. Beth Edwards and Cerys Jones scored for Rovers, whilst the home side's consolation came from Ria Salleh. AEK Boco meanwhile notched up their first win, 5-0 against previously unbeaten Laverstock & Ford. Eloise Nicholas, Grace Sanderson, Ellie Staples, Jessica Titcomb and Lara Ferris all scored a goal apiece for Boco.
It was a case of 'honours even' throughout the Western Division with all three matches ending in draws. Alphington hold on to the leadership after finishing level at 3-3 with Plympton Ladies. Helen Kukor netted twice for the Alphas along with Sophie-Louise Simpson, whilst Plympton's markswomen were Dionne Igalawuye, Sam Metters and Shannon Workman. Chevonne Johanning bagged a brace for AFC St Austell as they took a two-goal lead into the interval against Feniton, who hit back after the break to earn a share of the spoils thanks to Abi Breban and Caragh O'Brien. St Agnes and Pen Mill each registered their first point when sharing four goals, courtesy of braces from Emily Geach and Letisha Templer respectively.
Southern Region League
The season opened up in the Premier Division on Sunday and it was Abingdon Utd who took the honours when they won 6-1 away to Newbury Ladies. Lauren May netted twice along with Nell Boxall, Taya McCalmon, Amy Chivers and Molly Lygo-Jackson. Winchester City Flyers edged out Oxford City by the odd goal in seven, thanks to a Libby Wilkinson hat-trick and Shayne Prasad. Daisy Nielsen, Ellie White and Alisha Johnson all replied for Oxford. Michelle Quinn scored the only goal of the game for Woodley Utd in their 1-0 victory away to Ascot Utd.
Abingdon Town matched their local rivals in going to top spot in Division One, thanks to a 4-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth CST Development, courtesy of two goals apiece from Chloe Ball and Isi Meade. Sarah Plummer, Hollie Shaw and Amber Madkour were all on the scoresheet as Bournemouth Sports ran out 3-0 winners away to Southampton Women Res. Deanna Cane bagged a brace for Tilehurst Panthers in their 2-2 draw with Abbey Rangers, for whom Lauren Timbrell netted twice, whilst New Milton Town and Eastleigh finished level at 1-1, goals coming from Victoria Wardle and Keeley Fitzgerald respectively.
West Midlands League
The top two in the Premier Division were not in action over the weekend and Coventry Sphinx are up into third after winning 2-1 away to Coundon Court, Alex Shilton and Joanne Ryan scoring their goals. Crusaders made it two wins out of two as they pipped City of Stoke by the odd goal in five, courtesy of an Ella Thompson-Moulding double and Kirsty Spencer. Sutton Coldfield Town belatedly began their league campaign with a 6-1 victory at Lye Town in which Imogen Fisher and Jamie-Leigh Fowler each netted twice along with Alison Forbes and Abbie Hyland.
AFC Telford Utd have taken over the leadership of Division One North with a 6-1 win against Sandwell Ladies. Jaime Duggan and Jennifer Higgs each bagged doubles and they were joined on the scoresheet by Hannah Canning and Lauren McCaffrey. Holly Meehan (2), Laura Cumberledge, Rachel Cumberledge, Leanne Mitchell and Kaz Harrigan-Clough gave Wyrley Ladies a 6-4 victory over Shrewsbury Town to take themselves up to third, ahead of Shifnal Town who were beaten 2-0 by Tamworth, goals coming from Chloe Gillett and Ella Spears. Port Vale notched up their first win and points of the season when scoring seven without reply past Coventry City.
In Division One South, Solihull Sporting lead the way after their 6-0 win away to Rugby Town. Janelle Straker spearheaded the win with a hat-trick while Isabelle Haigh (2) and Chantai Ahmed accounted for the other goals. Sarah Kennedy, Elloise Russell and Katie Edwards were the scorers as Kingfisher won 3-0 at Cookley Sports to go second. Stourbridge follow on after their ten-goal blast against Leamington Lions. Ruby Meeson, Alex Nicklin and Mollie-Mai Summers each scored twice, with one apiece from Carly Aldred, Amy Plimmer, Esme Moran and Georgia Thacker. Knowle complete the top four when beating Sedgley & Gornal Utd 6-0 with goals from Georgia Jones (2), Charlotte Fisher (2), Alice Belcher and Ebony Harris.
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