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Northern Premier Division
AFC Fylde Women have made a swift return to the top of the league as they won 3-0 against Hull City. Emily Hollinshead, Faye McCoy and Sasha Rowe all scored a goal apiece for the Coasters to help them maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign.
Fylde head the table on goal difference from Wolverhampton Wanderers who continue to impress in the division since being promoted, beating previous leaders Nottingham Forest 1-0. Anna Morphet scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark for Wolves, who are still yet to concede in the league so far.
Huddersfield Town would have gone up to third with a win but instead went down to their first defeat of the season, 4-0 at the hands of Burnley FC Women. Elizabeth Hamer, Millie Ravening, Courtney Willis and Nicola Worthington all scored a goal apiece for the Clarets as they returned to form with a bang.
Brighouse Town ensured they remain in the top half of the table, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Substitute Amy Woodruff had a great day for Brighouse, hitting a second half hat-trick and Leah Embley added their other goal, with Lauren Robson responding for 'Boro.
Stoke City meanwhile got off the mark in style, running out 5-1 winners away to Loughborough Lightning. Beth Roberts was on target twice for Stoke along with Roisin Kivel, Jessica Smith and Rebecca Knight, whilst Loughborough's consolation came from Lauren Taft.
West Bromwich Albion also notched up their first win, beating Sheffield FC 2-1. Leanne Robinson and Leigh Dugmore were the scorers for Albion, with Yasmin Mason replying.
Southern Premier Division
Southampton FC Women scored nine times for the second week running and this keeps them at the top of the table on goal difference. This time it was Hounslow Women who were their victims, Ciara Watling leading the scoring by hitting a hat-trick. Ella Pusey weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Leeta Rutherford, Sophia Pharoah, Georgie Freeland and Shelly Provan.
Second placed Ipswich Town meanwhile kept a fifth successive clean sheet as they won 4-0 away to Chichester & Selsey, courtesy of a goal apiece from Maddie Biggs, Natasha Thomas, Zoe Barratt and Lucy O'Brien.
Oxford Utd scored five times without reply away to Plymouth Argyle and this result takes them up into the top three. Beth Lumsden had a great day in front of goal for the U's as she bagged a hat-trick, whilst Carly Johns added the other two goals.
Portsmouth follow on after they defeated Keynsham Town 6-1, with leading scorer Cherelle Khassal netting another two goals to take her tally to eight for the season. Hayley Bridge, Shannon Albuery, Tamsin De Bunsen and Emma Jones were Pompey's other markswomen, with Keynsham's consolation coming from Kerry Bartlett.
Crawley Wasps were 1-0 winners over Milton Keynes Dons in a game which was overshadowed to an injury sustained by Dons striker Millie Coupar. The good news is that she is on the road to recovery, whilst for the Wasps, they took the points with an early strike from Nicola Gibson.
Bridgwater Utd are still the division's third unbeaten team although they lost a little ground when they shared a goalless draw with Gillingham, for whom the point was a great response after a heavy defeat the previous Sunday.
Cardiff City Ladies are starting to pick up momentum with a second win in three matches, beating London Bees 4-1. Ellie Sargent netted two of the goals for the South Wales side and she was joined on the scoresheet by Olivia Thompson and Katie Jones, whilst Florence Gamby grabbed a consolation for the Bees.
Division One North
It has been a good start to September for Leeds Utd, who followed up a 5-0 victory over Barnsley on Thursday night by beating Liverpool Feds 1-0, and this has taken them two points clear at the top of the table. Abbie Brown scored the only goal of the game with three minutes remaining, the first time that the previously unbeaten Feds have conceded this season.
Previous leaders Newcastle Utd are in second place after sharing a 1-1 draw with Chorley. Rachel Hindle gave Chorley the lead early in the second half, before Rachel Lee earned Newcastle a share of the spoils when she equalised from the penalty spot.
FC United of Manchester meanwhile registered a third victory on the trot and this has lifted them up to fourth place. Captain Kirsty Chambers spearheaded the result with a five-goal blast as her side defeated Alnwick Town 6-2, Chloe Wild adding their other goal whilst Alnwick's replies came from Kirstie Tang and Lucy McConnell.
Chester-le-Street Town and Stockport County meanwhile settled for a point apiece after sharing four goals. Nichole Havery gave the Cestrians a first half lead, with Stockport fighting back to go in front with goals either side of half time from Olivia Dixon and Maria Figueiredo, but it was Havery who was to have the final say and she netted her second goal to equalise with nine minutes remaining.
Barnsley bounced back from their defeat a few days earlier to record their first point of the season, coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Bradford City. Katy Woodcock put Bradford in front just ahead of the half hour mark, before Courteney Csomor levelled for Barnsley early in the second half.
Division One Midlands
Tanya Dickinson and Stephanie Weston scored first half goals for leaders Boldmere St Michaels as they won 2-1 away to Leek Town, whose consolation came from Naomi Sale-Hancock.
Boldmere keep their one point lead over second placed Lincoln City who also notched up a 2-1 victory, against Burton Albion. Amy Blinkhorn and Leah Hardy scored the goals to hand Lincoln a third straight win, despite Ella Ritchie replying for the Brewers.
The result takes Lincoln above Long Eaton Utd who were held to a 2-2 draw by Peterborough Utd. Kier Perkins and Stacey McConville were on target for the Posh Ladies, whilst Long Eaton netted through Moriah McIntosh and Cala Thornton.
Doncaster Rovers Belles bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to win 3-2 at Bedworth Utd and move back up to fourth place. Jasmine Saxton, Jess Price and Nadia Khan all scored a goal apiece for the Belles, with Lydia Hackney and Jodi Hunter netting Bedworth's goals.
Solihull Moors and Sporting Khalsa meanwhile shared the points in an eight-goal thriller. Lauren Walker and Megan Cann put Khalsa two up inside the opening fifteen minutes, but Solihull came roaring back and went two goals ahead themselves, thanks to a Jessica Lundie brace, Kathryn Pagan and Sigourney Gowlett. Khalsa were not finished though and a double from Chloe Handy salvaged a draw and earned them their first point of the season.
Kayleigh Aylmer earned Holwell Sports a share of the points as they finished level at 1-1 against sixth placed Leafield Athletic, who scored through Holly Briggs.
Division One South East
Billericay Town remain as leaders on goal difference after they defeated Stevenage Women 7-1. Zoe Rushen netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Logan O'Shea, Mia Lockett, Shannan Drewe, Jay Blackie and Freya Fuller, with Louise Godden replying.
Hashtag Utd stay in second place, level on points with Billericay, following their 4-0 victory over Enfield Town. Sasha Adamson bagged a brace for the Tags, whose other scorers were Grace Gillard and Kelsey Smith.
Actonians Ladies are a point behind the top two with their 8-1 win against Harlow Town. Alessandra Barreca led the scoring with a hat-trick, Maria Ledezma-Viso contributed a double and there was one apiece from Meila D'Santos and Rhiannon Ishmael along with an own goal, Harlow's consolation coming from Becky Shephard.
Cambridge Utd have moved up into fourth place after an Emma Jenkins hat-trick and Ruth Fox brace earned them a 5-2 victory over Kent Football Utd, who replied through Megan Burrows and Emma Squirrell.
Erin Davies, Zynia Delglyn, Grace Stanley and Charlotte Gillies accounted for the goals as Cambridge City ran out 4-1 winners away to previously unbeaten London Seaward, whose goal came from Kate Kerr.
A second half equaliser from Megan Todd earned Norwich City their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon, who had earlier taken the lead through Hannah Billingham.
Division One South West
With AFC Bournemouth not having a game on Sunday, Chesham Utd took the opportunity to return to the top of the table when they defeated Swindon Town 2-1. Kate Bowers scored a late winner for the Clarets to add to Gemma Fraser's earlier strike, whilst Swindon's reply came from Annabelle Colston.
Cheltenham Town are up to second, level on points with Chesham, after goals from Lois Colley, Amy Wathan and Lacy-Jai Liggett saw them to a 3-0 victory over Larkhall Athletic.
Portishead Town meanwhile ran out 8-2 winners away to Buckland Athletic and this has taken them into the top four. Shannon Holloway led the scoring for Portishead with a hat-trick and there were doubles from Rosie Hill and Lulu Watts whilst Emily Lindsey was also on target, the home side responding with Alex Hugh and an own goal.
Southampton Women and Exeter City shared the points as they finished level at 2-2. Sian Wylie and Brittany Jeal scored the goals for Southampton whilst Exeter replied through a Mollie Taylor double, including an equaliser deep into injury time.
Maidenhead Utd notched up their second victory of the season, beating Poole Town 4-0. Nicole Barrett scored twice for the Berkshire side along with Jade Chhokar and Kirsty Matthews.
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