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East Midlands League
The Premier Division is already shaping up to be wide open, even at this early stage, and is now topped by Mansfield Town after they defeated previous leaders Loughborough Students 4-0, Natasha Leach and Ellie Marshall each netting twice. Mansfield head a trio of teams on goal difference, which also includes their opponents and Peterborough Utd who moved up to second after edging out Rotherham Utd by the odd goal in nine. Kier Perkins (2), Donna McGuigan, Laura Dodwell and Hollie Lewis all scored for the Posh Ladies whilst Nat Shaw netted four times for previously unbeaten Rotherham but ended up on the losing side. Shoniqua Barnes hit a hat-trick and Shanice Etherington the other as Ollerton Town won 4-0 against Kettering Town and Oughtibridge WMSC beat Woodlands Ladies 6-0 thanks to hat-tricks from Millie Kenyon and Codi Melia.
Chesterfield hold on to top spot in Division One North after Beth Smyth and Imogen Fowler gave them a 2-1 victory over Grimsby Borough. They lead on goal difference from Lincoln Moorlands Railway who won 3-1 at St Josephs Rockware of Worksop thanks to an Alice Hayes double and Jade Baker. Lincoln Utd entered the top three when Tracey Duxbury-Mead (2) and Heather Pettit scored in their 3-1 success away to Sleaford Town. Sherwood FC Women meanwhile edged out Notts County Development 4-3, Sara Bayman netting a brace along with Tiffany Elliott and Rebecca Frith.
The top of the table clash in Division One South ended with honours even as Notts County and Derby County Academy shared a 2-2 draw. Mollie Crump and an own goal ensured that County stay top on goal difference, with Derby replying through Anya Bourne and Iesha Rollins. Ilkeston Town are fifth but just one point off the pace after Hayley Brown, Jade Eaglefield and Charlotte Boyle scored in their 3-0 win away to AFC Leicester. Loughborough Foxes Vixens got off the mark when Hayley Walden scored the only goal of the game against Thrapston Town.
Eastern Region League
FA Cup duties reduced the Premier Division programme to just two matches on Sunday and leaders Wymondham Town had a chance to extend their lead to six points but were beaten 1-0 by Bowers & Pitsea. Juliet Thomas scored the only goal of the game to hand the home side their first victory and end Wymondham's winning run. Wroxham meanwhile leapt up the table after they defeated Haringey Borough 5-2. Grace Birchall and Laura Dawson each scored twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Bullard.
Cambridge City Development held on to the leadership of Division One North with a 3-2 victory over Haverhill Rovers, given to them by Freya Goddard, Shannon Shaw and Carla Penny. King's Lynn Town remain one point behind in second following their 2-0 win against Histon.
One match was played in Division One South and it produced a 1-1 draw between Millwall Lionesses and East Bergholt Utd. A win would have taken Millwall into second place but they were pegged back by a goal from Jessica Quinsee, who earned East Bergholt their second draw in three matches.
London & South East League
In the only Premier Division match to be played on Sunday, Queen's Park Rangers lifted themselves off the bottom with their first win of the season, 4-2 against Aylesford. Ellie Searle and Amelia Cutler each netted twice for Rangers, with Beth Hulme and Fiona Constable replying.
In Division One North, Victoire Ladies and Phoenix Sports shared the points when they battled out a 1-1 draw. Shannon Cambridge was on target for Victoire, who have moved up to second place, whilst Phoenix scored through Emily Lyons.
Herne Bay have opened up a lead of three points at the top of Division One South after winning 2-1 away to Parkwood Rangers in the solitary match to be played. Lauren Harris and Jemma Barton were the scorers for Bay, whilst Parkwood's consolation came from Corrie Goodhew.
North East League
Hartlepool Utd are the new leaders of the Premier Division following their 9-3 victory away to Farsley Celtic. Robyn Foster, Justine Robinson and Abbey Lyle all scored twice for 'Pools, with one apiece from Jenni Duffy-Smith, Jade Pye and Alisha Smith. Demi West netted both goals for Sheffield Wednesday in their 2-2 draw with Redcar Town, who replied through Jenny Dixon and Jess Round as both sides picked up their first point of the season.
Northern Division leaders Lumley Ladies battled out a 4-4 draw with Boro Rangers. Holly Doogan (2), Daisy Campbell and Jade Fenton were the scorers for Lumley, whilst Boro netted through a Jade Featherstone brace, Larissa Burkinshaw and Jessica Ralph. Lumley therefore head the table by three points from Chester-le-Street Town Development, who went second after a 7-0 victory over Prudhoe Town. Amelie Pattison bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Hannah McStay-Fenn (2), Layla Huskisson and Sophie Farrugia. Washington Association meanwhile won 4-3 away to Norton & Stockton Ancients Res thanks to an Abbey Howarth hat-trick and Sophie Metcalf.
Altofts Ladies continue to set the early pace in the Southern Division, as a goal each from Nadine Bates, Emily Scott, Nicola Smith and Morgan White gave them a 4-0 win against Hepworth Utd. Wakefield Trinity stay two points behind in second place, they won 4-1 at Millmoor Ladies with goals from Rachel Stuart (2), Emily Heckler and Charlotte Blythe. Tonya Wild-Storr netted twice and Jade Newlove the other as Hull Utd won for the first time, 3-1 at York RI, whilst Bradford Park Avenue defeated Harrogate Town Development 4-1 with Natalie Bell, Kirsty Russell, Melissa West and Samantha Woodham as their markswomen.
North West League
The league programme on Sunday was restricted to just two matches, none of which were played in the Premier Division.
One match was played in Division One North and it resulted in a change of leadership as Morecambe Res defeated Sir Tom Finney 2-1 to go three points clear at the top of the table.
Likewise in Division One South, there was action in one game as Curzon Ashton and Salford City Lionesses fought out a 2-2 draw, earning both sides their first point of the season.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth have gone three points clear in the Premier Division following their 3-1 win away to Middlezoy Rovers. Sam Drewery, Isabel Scott and Nicola Symons all scored a goal apiece for the leaders, whilst Middlezoy's reply came from Ellison Roberts. Wootton Bassett Town are starting to pick up some momentum and notched up their first victory of the season, 4-1 against Bideford. Grace Eagles was on target twice for Bassett, with Shannon King and Amber Egerton adding the others.
Northern Division leaders Bristol Ladies Union were not in action on Sunday whilst the two teams immediately below them met each other, with Oldland Abbotonians and Weston Mendip battling out a 1-1 draw which keeps both teams unbeaten. Both goals came in the first half, Ryla Cooper giving Mendip the lead with a 25-yard chip and Beth Dale earning Oldland a point when she equalised from the penalty spot. Sophie Griffiths and Leah Rhodes were on the scoresheet as Cheltenham Town Development won for the first time this season, 2-1 against Frampton Rangers whose reply came from Kirsten Prior.
Frome Town are up into second place in the Eastern Division, five points behind leaders Forest Green Rovers, following their 4-1 victory away to Swindon Supermarine. Keira-Leigh Underhill netted twice for Frome with Stacey Hill and Koran Atkinson adding the others, Clare Hill replying for the home side. Chipping Sodbury Town returned to action with a 5-2 win against Swindon Spitfires, Lydia Britt hitting a hat-trick with Tianna Bishop and Laura Curnock also on target.
AFC St Austell are the new leaders of the Western Division, going top with a 3-2 win away to Pen Mill. Chevonne Johanning, Alexia Riley and Charlotte Whitmore all scored for St Austell whilst Pen Mill netted through Megan Gratton and Nicki Stringer. Stef Churchill-Matthews, Nia Owen and Louise Ilsley were all on target for Feniton as they defeated Plymouth Argyle Development 3-0.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd have taken up the early running in the Premier Division, assuming the leadership with a 6-2 victory away to Newbury Ladies. Rosie Page-Smith hit a hat-trick for Woodley, who had been trailing at half time, whilst Rebecca Gooch, Freya Jenkins and Molly Lambourne weighed in with the other goals. Freya Johnson was another hat-trick scorer, for Ascot Utd in their 10-1 win against Warsash Wasps. Amy Woollard, Dominique Carrington and Nicole Brown each contributed a brace and Georgia Bowers rounded off the scoring. Nicole Matthews scored the only goal of the game for Moneyfields as they beat Winchester City Flyers 1-0.
Southampton Women Res are the early pacesetters in Division One after running out 7-2 winners over Tilehurst Panthers. Fay Roberts led the scoring with a hat-trick, Lilly Eustace added two while Sophie Lee and Siena Millen were also on target. Abingdon Town are in second on goal difference; they won 3-2 at New Milton Town thanks to a Cara Kerby double and Chloe Ball. Stacey Lewis and Lorna Priestley netted the goals for Bournemouth Sports in their 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth CST Development, who scored through Ayuma Asira and Mia Elmore.
West Midlands League
Michaela Lockett netted twice, with Kirsty Ryder, Georgina Rushton and Lucy Goodfellow also on target, as league leaders Leek Town defeated City of Stoke 5-0. Leek continue to head the table on goal difference from Solihull Ladies Utd, for whom Saddiqa Shan scored the only goal of the game against Stockingford AA Pavilion. In the other game, Rhiannon O'Looney and Sophie Shale netted the goals as Coundon Court won 2-1 against Lye Town, whose consolation came from Jodie Cassidy.
Division One North leaders AFC Telford Utd went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Shifnal Town who scored through Jenna Boddison and Danni Smith. Telford remain on top of the table, one point ahead of four teams, headed by Tamworth after their crushing victory over Walsall Ladies. Aimee Taylor and Olivia Woolston each scored four times and Ella Spears added two with Rebecca Milner, Natasha Rothery, Lily Smith and Grace Dickens completing the tally. A brace from Olivia Minshall earned Shrewsbury Town a 2-0 win over Port Vale and Sandwell Ladies won for the first time, 5-2 against Coventry City thanks to Rachael Green (2), Siobhan Hodgetts, Kimberly Tsiga and Katie Adams.
Solihull Sporting are now three points clear in Division One South after scoring seven times without reply past Sedgley & Gornal Utd. Janelle Straker spearheaded the win with a hat-trick, Lauren Smith netted a double and there was one apiece from Chantai Ahmed and Isabelle Haigh. Knowle meanwhile defeated Cookley Sports 6-0 to go second, Natalie Gibson scoring twice along with Alice Belcher, Morgan Betteridge, Georgia Jones and Samantha Smith.
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