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Northern Premier Division
Huddersfield Town made a powerful return to action with an 8-1 victory over Stoke City, which means they stay on top of the Northern Premier Division with a lead of three points. Town found the net six times during the first half, Laura Elford and Sarah Danby each scoring twice along with Brittany Sanderson and Kate Mallin. After the break, Elford and Danby each completed a hat-trick, whilst Stoke's first half consolation came from Abby Hunt.
Fylde Women kept themselves three points behind leaders Huddersfield as they also won 8-1 against Sheffield FC. Faye McCoy led the scoring for the Coasters with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jenna Carroll, Olivia Fuller, Jess Holbrook and Emily Hollinshead, with Nicole Kemp replying.
Three matches were played in the division on Sunday and, remarkably, all three yielded nine goals in total. The third game was a much closer affair as Sunderland continued their climb up the table, taking themselves in fourth place by beating Derby County 5-4. Louise Griffiths' opening minute strike for Sunderland was quickly cancelled out by Hannah Keryakoplis, before Emily Scarr, Keira Ramshaw and Eve Blakey added further goals for the Wearsiders ahead of half time. Derby fought back after the break and reduced the arrears through Emily Joyce and Precious Hamilton but Ramshaw's second goal was just enough to give Sunderland the points, despite Jade Formaston giving the Ewe Rams hope late on.
Southern Premier Division
Watford are continuing to set the pace on resumption of play, holding on to top spot with a 4-0 victory against Chichester & Selsey. Helen Ward netted a double to put her side two goals ahead at half time, with Anne Meiwald and Emma Beckett adding further goals during the second half.
Oxford Utd stay one point behind in second place after beating Keynsham Town 3-1. The U's took the lead on the half hour with a strike from Carly Johns but Keynsham battled back after the break and equalised through Kerry Bartlett. Emily Allen put Oxford back in front with eight minutes remaining and Daisy McLachlan wrapped up the win with the third goal.
Portsmouth replaced Milton Keynes Dons in third place after winning their meeting 4-1. The division's leading scorer, Becki Bath led the scoring for Pompey by hitting a hat-trick, taking her league tally for the season to 11, and after Jade Bell had pulled a goal back for MK, Tamsin De Bunsen completed the scoring for Pompey six minutes from time.
Crawley Wasps meanwhile kept themselves in touch with the leading sides with a 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. Imogen Lancaster put Crawley ahead with two minutes on the clock and Charlotte Owen doubled their lead ahead of half time. Naomi Cole made it three midway through the second half and Nikita Whinnett added the final goal.
Cardiff City Ladies played their first home league match of the season and it ended in a 6-0 victory over Hounslow Women. Cori Williams netted two of the goals for Cardiff and she was joined on the scoresheet by Nia Rees, Morgan Rogers, Hollie Smith and Jasmine Turner.
Division One North
Leeds Utd moved into the top four places, thanks to a 4-3 victory away to Stockport County. A win would have Stockport into third place and they led 3-2 at the interval thanks to Sophie Charlton, Keeley Goodwin and Olivia Wild but Leeds, who had replied through Olivia Smart and Aaliyah Nolan, turned the match around in the second half and after Molly Havard had brought the scores level, Rebecca Hunt netted the winner for Leeds just before the hour.
In the other game to be played, Durham Cestria lifted themselves into the top half of the table by scoring seven times without reply past Bolton Ladies. Ellen Turnbull ensured that Durham led at half time and after the break, Diedre Bradley, Lauren Robson, Dannika Purdham, Jordan Atkinson, Gracie Mackie and Amy Hargrave all added a goal apiece.
Division One Midlands
Second placed Doncaster Rovers Belles edged closer towards leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, trailing them by four points after drawing 3-3 with Sporting Khalsa. Lauren Walker scored a hat-trick for Khalsa, whilst the Belles responded with a Nadia Khan double and Kirsty Smith.
Long Eaton Utd defeated Leafield Athletic 7-1 and although they stay in sixth, they are now level on points with third placed Boldmere St Michaels. Tara Kirk and Jessica Munn each bagged doubles for Long Eaton along with Jordan Atkin, Amy Wells and Nicola Emery.
Bedworth Utd meanwhile registered their second win of the season, 4-2 against Burton Albion. Lydia Hackney netted twice for Bedworth, with Kirsty Farnsworth and Jodi Hunter adding the others, whilst Burton replied through Millie Drinkhall and Ella Ritchie.
Division One South East
Hashtag Utd have gone level on points with leaders Ipswich Town after scoring six times without reply past Cambridge City. Madelyn Thomas bagged a brace for Hashtag and she was joined on the scoresheet by Poppy Binding, Evie Clarke, Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall.
Enfield Town were 3-0 winners away to Cambridge Utd and are just one point off the pace in third place. Courtney Cook, Lisa Fulgence and Amy Makewell all netted a goal apiece for Enfield, to hand them their third league win of the season.
Norwich City have got off to a good start this season and recorded their third victory in four matches, 3-0 against Stevenage Women. Kathryn Stanley scored two of the goals for the Canaries, with Natasha Snelling also on target.
Division One South West
One match went ahead in the division on Sunday, Buckland Athletic running out 3-1 winners over Poole Town. Sacha Paynter did give Poole a seventh minute lead but Zoe Cunningham hit back to equalise midway through the first half. After the break, Carmen Morison put the Bucks ahead for the first time and Sarah Stacey scored with two minutes remaining to seal a result which takes Buckland up into fourth place.
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