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East Midlands League
With Mansfield Town not in action, Peterborough Utd replaced them as leaders of the Premier Division as they shared a 2-2 draw with Woodlands Ladies. Woodlands twice went ahead during the course of the game through Katie Mayfield and Jody Scott, with Piper O'Neill and Kier Perkins equalising for the Posh Ladies on each occasion. Four teams sit one point off the pace and this now includes Rotherham Utd after they defeated Rise Park 6-2, thanks to a Nat Shaw hat-trick, Amy Pollock, Bradie Wild and Nicole Cooper. Ollerton Town also notched up their third victory of the season, 4-2 away to Leicester City Ladies with strikes from Shoniqua Barnes (2), Cala Thornton and Shanice Etherington.
An injury time goal from Beth Smyth gave Chesterfield a 1-0 win away to Grimsby Town and took them three points clear at the top of Division One North from Lincoln Moorlands Railway who were beaten for the first time, 1-0 by Arnold Eagles whose goalscorer was Amelia Hall. Lincoln Utd are now in second place following their 6-1 victory over St Josephs Rockware of Worksop, Abigail Murrell netting twice along with Lauren Churcher, Tracey Duxbury-Mead, Sally Cairns and Holly Newman. Abbey Young grabbed the only goal of the game as Sleaford Town beat Notts County Development 1-0.
Derby County Academy are the new leaders of Division One South after they defeated Coalville Town Ravenettes 4-0, Anya Bourne bagging a brace with Isabella Mauro and Juliet Hilton adding the others. Ilkeston Town are up to second following their 3-2 victory over Beaumont Park with goals from Sophie Bain, Hayley Brown and Millie Huckle. Katie Stone, Hannah Thompson and Frederika Masele Ntumba were all on target as Loughborough Foxes Vixens won 3-0 against AFC Leicester.
Eastern Region League
After going down to their first defeat of the season seven days earlier, Wymondham Town have picked up the pace again and are five points clear in the Premier Division following their 2-1 victory over Peterborough Northern Star, who had started the day in second place, Chelsea Clarke scoring both goals for Wymondham. St Ives Town are now second, they defeated Bowers & Pitsea 5-0 with Ruth Fox (2), Georgia Stancombe (2) and Hannah Seymour-Shove on target. Nicola Puddick hit a hat-trick and Mia Pinkham the other as Colney Heath edged out Bedford Ladies 4-3. Grace Birchall (2) and Laura Dawson were the scorers for Wroxham as they shared a 3-3 draw with Harlow Town, who replied through Tayla Handscombe, Ellie Manning and Frances Gamble. Royston Town meanwhile recorded their first victory, 7-3 against AFC Dunstable thanks to Georgia Miller (2), Samantha Edgar, Yasmin Pratt, Charlotte South, Sydney Graham and Joely Kirby.
King's Lynn Town are the new leaders of Division One North after winning the top of the table clash 3-1 against Cambridge City Development. Needham Market won for the first time, 5-0 away to Newmarket Town courtesy of a Lois Balfour double, Nia Evans, Mia Etheridge and Amber Sparkes.
Abbey Dell netted twice along with Shannah Drewe and an own goal as Millwall Lionesses defeated Stevenage Women Development 4-1 to go top of Division One South. AFC Sudbury won 4-0 at East Bergholt Utd thanks to Evie Creaton, Megan Partridge, Rebecca Stephenson and Amy Thompson to leave themselves one point off the pace, whilst Wodson Park were beaten for the first time, 2-0 by Leigh Ramblers whose markswomen were Georgia Holdaway and Beth Cooper.
Hutton went through to the Second Round of the League Cup with a 3-2 victory away to Histon. Vicky Kinsman netted a brace for Histon and Hayley Piggott was also on target, with Flora Snelson and Molly Blair replying.
London & South East League
One match was played in the Premier Division and it resulted in a change of leadership, Dulwich Hamlet taking over at the top by winning 2-0 away to Aylesford, thanks to Roisin Stone and an own goal.
Hackney have powered further clear in Division One North, opening up a lead of eight points after notching up their fourth straight win, 5-2 against Phoenix Sports. Amy Nicholson (2), Jade Perrin, Lizzie Tucker and Kea Felix were all on target for Hackney, with Grace Laverick and Lia Skingley replying. Sutton Utd scored eight times without reply past Victoire Ladies to go up to second. Sophie Barnes netted a four-goal haul and Keisha Small hit a hat-trick, with Darcy Wells completing the scoring.
In Division One South, Ashford Ladies moved into the top three with a seven-goal victory over Hassocks. Rebecca Wyatt led the scoring by netting five times, with Jenny Newman adding the other two. Megan Cranford, Lottie Sharp and Brooke Nicholson-Rogan accounted for the goals as Lewes Foundation Squad won 3-0 against Newhaven.
North East League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division ended with honours even as Hartlepool Utd and York City shared a 2-2 draw. Robyn Foster were on target for Pools, with York scoring through Rebecca Fevers and Sophie Tinson. Alnwick Town are up to third, one point off the pace, after they edged out Redcar Town by the odd goal in nine. Michelle Stewart hit a hat-trick for Alnwick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lucy Jackman and Jenny Patterson. Elizabeth Fraser, Rebecca Hansen, Cara Moran and Emma Hewett netted the goals as Wallsend Boys Club beat South Shields 4-2 and Farsley Celtic won for the first time, 5-2 against Sheffield Wednesday thanks to Ellie Casper (2), Aleah Harding (2) and Jessica Heald.
Northern Division leaders Lumley Ladies did not play and their advantage has been trimmed to a single point by Washington Association, who scored six times without reply at Prudhoe Town. Morgan Straughan led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Courtney Clark and Tia McKitterick, along with an own goal. Boro Rangers went level on points with third placed Chester-le-Street Town Development by winning their meeting 2-1, goals coming from Jade Featherstone and Eve Jackson. Chloe Flannaghan was another hat-trick scorer, with Faye Jardine, Eilidh Paul and Abigail Hulme adding the others, as West Allotment Celtic defeated Bishop Auckland 6-5 to move above them in the table.
Altofts Ladies remain on top of the Southern Division despite going down to their first defeat of the season, 4-1 at the hands of Hull Utd. Emma Smith scored a hat-trick and Millie Sharp the other for Hull who are two points behind Altofts. Farsley Celtic Juniors made it two wins out of two when beating Harrogate Town Develepment 7-1. Leah Balmer, Jasmin Cooper and Katie Platts netted two goals each, with Kellie Hawkridge also on target. Kirsty Russell (2) and Nicole Chamberlain were the scorers for Bradford Park Avenue as they won 3-2 away to Hepworth Utd, whilst Kerry Bamford, Alish Parlett and Abby Watkinson netted for Millmoor Ladies in their 3-3 draw with York RI, who replied through a Jodie Langstaff hat-trick.
North West League
FC United of Manchester have taken up the early running in the Premier Division following their 2-1 victory over previous leaders West Didsbury & Chorlton. Cheadle Town Stingers won 2-1 away to Mossley Hill and are up to third place. Crewe Alexandra won for the first time, 4-1 against Tranmere Rovers, whilst Fleetwood Town Wrens and Merseyrail Ladies battled out a 2-2 draw.
In Division One North, AFC Darwen defeated Penwortham Town 3-1 to take over as the new leaders from Morecambe Res, who were beaten 6-1 by Sir Tom Finney. Blackburn Community SC are in third place after opening their league campaign with an 8-2 victory against Preston North End.
Northwich Vixens moved into second place in Division One South on the back of a 1-0 win away to Salford City Lionesses. In the other game, Runcorn Linnets and West Kirby both picked up their first point of the season when their meeting ended in a 2-2 draw.
South West League
Callington Town won 2-0 away to Bishop's Lydeard to go to within three points of the leaders in the Premier Division. Gabi Alphous and Erin Spiller netted the goals for Callington, whilst Bideford also picked up their second victory of the season, 3-1 against Middlezoy Rovers. Tracey Cross, Beth Ellis and Poppy Cloke scored the goals for the Devon side, with Georgia Coles netting Middlezoy's consolation.
In the only match to be played in the Northern Division, Oldland Abbotonians climbed up into second place with a 2-0 victory against Cheltenham Town Development, Bryony Higgs and Sarah Robson scoring the goals.
Forest Green Rovers remain five points clear at the top of the Eastern Division following their 3-2 win against Swindon Town Development. Doris Greenwood, Holly Thomas and Ashleigh Watson were on target for Rovers, with Honor Fraser and Natalie Goodright replying. Frome Town continue to lead the chase in second place as Mae Bristow, Keira-Leigh Underhill and Stacey Hill gave them a 3-0 victory over Swindon Supermarine. AEK Boco meanwhile went third when they beat Swindon Spitfires 4-0 thanks to Sarah Cooper, Lara Ferris, Shania Powell and Jessica Titcomb.
AFC St Austell have opened up a lead of three points in the Western Division with a 5-2 win against Alphington. Charlotte Whitmore led the scoring for St Austell with a four-goal haul and Chevonne Johanning also on target, with Helen Kukor netting both goals in reply.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd moved into top spot in the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory over Ascot Utd in which Nell Boxall, Lauren May and Molly Lygo-Jackson all scored. Woodley Utd had started the day on top of the table but were beaten 3-0 by Wycombe Wanderers whose markswomen were Samantha Jackson, Steph Mobbs and Lindsay Parker. Hannah Bennett and Molly Clark each scored hat-tricks as AFC Bournemouth CST opened up their season with an eleven-goal victory against Oxford City. Maisy Smith, Becky Barron, Helen Corbin, Lily Humes and Larrisa White weighed in with the other goals for the Cherries.
Southampton Women Res preserved their two point lead in Division One by beating Abbey Rangers 10-1. Sophie Lee hit a hat-tricks and there were braces from Fay Roberts and Jade Hockey with Emily Wernham, Lucy Mear and Paris Payne completing the scoring. Bournemouth Sports replace Abingdon Town in second place after winning their meeting 5-4 with Hollie Shaw, Sarah Plummer, Lorna Priestley, Justine Mosley and Amber Madkour all on target. Chloe Ball (2), Lara Althorp and Charlotte Comley all replied for Abingdon. Catherine Browning and Tiffany Newland gave Eastleigh a 2-1 victory over New Milton Town and AFC Bournemouth CST Development were 5-0 winners away to Tilehurst Panthers thanks to Ayuma Asira, Grace Morgan, Daria Jesionowska, Emily Trim and Rosie Nicklen.
West Midlands League
A 5-0 victory away to Redditch Utd has taken Solihull Ladies Utd to the top of the Premier Division, Saddiqa Shan and Laura Smith each scoring twice along with Anna Robinson. They head the table by two points from Leek Town for whom Chantelle Gallagher netted both in their 2-2 draw with Sutton Coldfield Town, who had taken a two-goal lead through Hayley Chatwin and Niamh Deasy. Joanne Ryan (2), Abbie Hartfield and Alex Shilton accounted for the goals as Coventry Sphinx defeated City of Stoke 4-1 to go third. Stockingford AA Pavilion are off the bottom of the table after Catherine Smith scored the only goal of the game in their 1-0 success away to Lye Town.
AFC Telford Utd stay on top of Division One North after Katie Ryan and Darel Tidman-Poole gave them a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town, who had led through Madison Jones. Tamworth still lead a trio of teams on their heels, Olivia Woolston scoring in their 1-0 win over Wyrley Ladies, whilst Shifnal Town beat Coventry City 5-1 thanks to a Rebecca-Lee Bown hat-trick, Jenna Boddison and Sian Bonner. Stoke City Development edged out Sandwell Ladies 3-2 for a fourth straight win, Lily Jackson netting twice along with Hannah Johnson. Port Vale moved themselves closer towards mid-table when scoring six without reply past Walsall Ladies.
Division One South table toppers Solihull Sporting notched up their fifth victory in a row, 7-1 against Rugby Town. Isabelle Haigh (2), Janelle Straker (2), Lauren Smith, Kennedy Wallace and Ellie Bartram all scored to keep their team three points ahead of Knowle, 2-0 winners away to Droitwich Spa thanks to Alice Belcher and Natalie Gibson. Stourbridge are up to third following an eight-goal blast against Sedgley & Gornal Utd in which Ruby Meeson (2), Alex Nicklin (2), Lili Beth Bown, Amy Plimmer, Hollie Somers and Courteney Murphy all got on the scoresheet and goals from Dani Selmes (2) and Alysha Stanley earned Kidderminster Harriers a 3-0 victory at Kingfisher to remain a third team with a 100% record.
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