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East Midlands League
Northampton Town defeated Oughtibridge WM 3-0 to head a trio of teams at the top of the fledgling Premier Division table. They followed up a big midweek win with goals from Leah Cudone, Rachael St John Mosse and Abbie Reboul. Gabriella Foulkes, Georgia Gladwin, Ellie Marshall and Nikki Wigman were all on the scoresheet as Mansfield Town won 4-2 against Rise Park to sit in second place, with an identical record to Rotherham Utd who were also 4-2 winners away to Loughborough Students thanks to Helen Lynskey (2), Amy Pollock and Maggie Bristow. Lincoln Utd began their campaign with a crushing 10-1 victory over Woodlands Ladies, Abigail Murrell netting five times along with Tracey Duxbury-Mead (2), Lauren Churcher (2) and Amy Nelson. Emily Mapley-Sims hit four as Chesterfield scored nine without reply against Leicester City Ladies, Eleanor Abercrombie and Georgina Williams each added braces and Millie Standen was also on target.
The opening day of the season in Division One North saw Arnold Eagles get off to a flying start, beating Appleby Frodingham 12-1. Natasha Leach contributed five of the goals whilst Amy Gauvrit and Mollie Rowden each bagged hat-tricks, Demi-Leigh Crofts adding the other. Alice Rogers (2), Julia Kings and Victoria Reid accounted for the goals as Nottingham Trent University defeated St Josephs Rockware of Worksop 4-0. Erin Gregory and Holly Ward both scored for Cleethorpes Town in their 4-1 victory over Sleaford Town and Grimsby Town beat Notts County Development 3-0 thanks to Ellie Wilson, Ava Houlston and Sophie Bartup. Natalie Aird was on target for Grimsby Borough as they shared a 1-1 draw with Sherwood FC Women, who replied through Ellie Fitzsimmons.
Anstey Nomads won 6-0 away to Coalville Town Ravenettes to lead the early Division One South table on goal difference from Peterborough Utd Res, who won 3-0 at Ilkeston Town. Lucy Copeland scored four times for Derby County Academy in their 10-1 victory over Thrapston Town, Isabella Mauro adding two along with Olivia Edwards, Holly Otter, Iesha Rollins and Chloe Phillips. Oadby & Wigston won a high scoring affair 7-3 against Kettering Town, Samantha Hargrave hitting a hat-trick along with Freya Gardner (2), Lily Cocking and Danielle Gilbert. Emily Sowler netted twice and Neve Hincks the other as Leicester Road beat Nottingham Forest Development 3-2.
Eastern Region League
The top two in the Premier Division each continued their good starts and they have opened up a gap on the teams below them. Wymondham Town won 3-0 against Luton Town to stay top on goal difference, Francesca Catchpole, Laura Nicholls and Hannah Waters all getting on the scoresheet. Amber Cantwell, Alice Parker and Holly Walker were the markswomen for second placed Wroxham in their 3-1 success at Bedford Ladies to keep up their own winning start. Bowers & Pitsea are in third after Talisa Bruton and Holly Moore gave them a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Royston Town. Chelsea Jeffrey scored for AFC Dunstable in their 1-1 draw with Haringey Borough, who replied through Kylie Manktelow, whilst Tiffany Forshaw (2), Oksana Imanalijeva, Amy Magnus and Ella Gavaghan saw King's Lynn Town to a 5-0 win against St Ives Town.
Needham Market have moved to the top of Division One North after winning 6-2 away to previous leaders Cambridge City Development. Eleanor Rossiter hit a hat-trick along with Lois Balfour, Molly Hall and Nicole Pannifer, whilst Shannon Shaw notched a double in reply. Biggleswade Utd are in second, they beat Haverhill Rovers 5-1 thanks to a Charlene Moreton hat-trick, Kayleigh Gray and Kendal O'Connor. Lidiya Mykhaylechko, Katie Webb and Freya Turner were all on target as Newmarket Town won for the first time, 3-0 against Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses.
Division One South leaders Herts Vipers Women made it three wins out of three when Sofia Carpenter and Rachel Wall each netted twice, along with Kelsey Millen and Natalie Powell, in their 6-1 victory over Leigh Ramblers. They head the table by a single point from Cheshunt who scored six times without reply past East Bergholt Utd, courtesy of a Frances Gamble hat-trick, Natasha Smits, Tina Higgs and Chante Mason. Alex Penny and Georgia Sleep netted the goals as third placed AFC Sudbury won 2-1 at Wodson Park. Ammarah Ali and Roseanne Shafier were the markswomen for Hutton in their 2-2 draw with Barking, who scored through Harriet Douglas and Sarah Finch.
London & South East League
Ashley Cheatley was on target twice along with Kalani Peart, Jade Johnson and Alissa Down as early leaders Ashford Town (Middlesex) won 5-2 away to Saltdean Utd. They lead by three points from Dartford who were beaten 2-1 by New London Lionesses, for whom Elizabeth Ashcroft and Samantha Lanza Gabian were on target. Dulwich Hamlet and Denham Utd both started their seasons by meeting each other and Dulwich triumphed 6-0, Sophie Manzi scoring four times with Brittany Saylor and Asia Brown adding the others. Charlotte Cresswell, Gemma Cumby and Milly Penfold accounted for the goals as Aylesford won for the first time, 3-2 against Millwall Lionesses.
Dulwich Hamlet Res have gone top of Division One North following their 5-3 victory over Hackney, Dorian Senmani Sani bagging with a hat-trick with Kamilla Hjelmsbo and Ellie Milbourn also on target. They lead the table by two points from Dorking Wanderers who shared a 1-1 draw with fellow unbeaten side Brentford. Kara McMahon netted Brentford's goal, with Charlotte Keenan replying. Gabriella Howell, Olivia Watson, Alanah Clarke-Salter, Miak Keen and Sophie Hendy all got on the scoresheet for Sutton Utd as they ran out 5-0 winners away to Clapham Utd. Watford Development defeated Sport London e Benfica 3-1 with goals from Erin Shacklock (2) and Bethia Green, whilst Abigail Igbavboa netted for Victoire Ladies as they drew 1-1 with Walton Casuals, whose goal came from Ellie Stalley.
Nicole Baitup scored the only goal of the game for Hastings Utd when they beat AFC Acorns 1-0 to go three points clear in Division One South. Ashford Ladies moved above Acorns into second place when scoring twelve times past Phoenix Sports, Rebecca Wyatt bagged an eight-goal haul along with Rebecca Janes (2), Jodie Harden and Alex Weston. Newhaven were 2-0 winners over Parkwood Rangers and Welling Utd defeated Bexhill Utd 7-1 thanks to a Samantha Rowland hat-trick, Grace Laverick (2), Sophie Hayes and Olivia McGregor.
North East League
Ossett Utd recorded the biggest way on the opening day of the season in the Premier Division, Eleanor Betteridge and Rowan Treagus each netting twice along with Jordan Cheetham and Chelsea Schofield as they beat Wallsend Boys Club 6-0. Jess Round meanwhile scored all four goals for Redcar Town in their 4-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity and York City were also 4-2 winners over Hartlepool Utd thanks to a Sophie Tinson hat-trick and Alice Hughes. Harrogate Town won 3-2 against Farsley Celtic, Beth Jennings and Emma Elliot netting along with an own goal, whilst Laicey Greener, Tiegan Hutchison and Pavanjot Kaur ensured that Sunderland West End also won by the odd goal in five at Sheffield Wednesday.
Samantha Garcia scored a hat-trick, with Steph Ord and Shannon Carlin also on the scoresheet, as Blyth Town opened up by beating Bishop Auckland 5-0 in the Northern Division. Larissa Burkinshaw was another hat-trick scorer for Boro Rangers in their 3-1 victory over Washington Association. West Allotment Celtic edged out Norton & Stockton Ancients Res by the odd goal in nine whilst Loren Salkeld and Rachelle Cooley gave Spennymoor Town a 2-1 victory over Chester-le-Street Utd.
York RI have got off to a fast start in the Southern Division, winning 9-1 away to Bradford Park Avenue whilst Wakefield Trinity U23 defeated Farsley Celtic Juniors 4-3, courtesy of doubles from Nicole Moffatt and Oriane Nacho. Ruby Jex-Oldfield was on target for Barnsley FC Ladies in their 1-1 draw with Altofts Ladies, who replied through Nicola Smith.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers took the honours as the Premier Division season got underway, the Birkenhead side winning 5-2 against West Didsbury & Chorlton. Cheadle Town Stingers also opened up with a win, beating AFC Darwen 4-2. Merseyrail Ladies and Salford City Lionesses both notched up 3-1 victories over Morecambe and Mossley Hill respectively, whilst Crewe Alexandra and Fleetwood Town Wrens finished level at 1-1.
Two teams hit double figures in Division One North; Penrith AFC won 12-1 away to Morecambe Res whilst Haslingden Ladies defeated Chorley Development 11-2. Blacburn Community SC netted five times away to Accrington Stanley CT and Blackpool were 4-0 winners over Carlisle Utd, courtesy of second half goals from Keisha Masterson, Lily Hambly, April Oldfield and Molly Kelly. Hannah Geen, Hayley Bracken and Naomi Foster all scored to give Workington Reds a 3-1 victory over Preston North End, whilst Chelsea Nevison netted a consolation for Sir Tom Finney as they were beaten 3-1 by Penwortham Town.
Becky Grocott (2), Holly Howcroft and Chloe Hurst were the markswomen for Hindley Juniors Women as they won 4-1 against Didsbury Ladies in Division One South, whilst Northwich Vixens defeated Mersey Valley by the same scoreline. Warrington Wolves were 4-2 winners away to Runcorn Linnets thanks to a Melissa Darby double, Emily Walton and an own goal. Alder Women came away from Altrincham with a 3-1 success under their belts and Curzon Ashton edged out Chester FC Women by the odd goal in seven.
South West League
Ilminster Town have got off to the strongest of starts in the Premier Division, winning 13-1 against Somerset rivals Middlezoy Rovers. Abi Meyer and Abbie Carslake both hit hat-tricks and there were doubles from Maisie Parker and Jodi Cornwall with Colette Martin, Dana Andrews and Harrie Kelly completing the tally. AFC St Austell meanwhile scored five times without reply away to Bideford with Isobel Berks, Charlotte Whitmore, Beth Willshaw and Danielle Salt all on the scoresheet along with an own goal. Gemma Mountain (2), Becky Narramore, Amelia O'Connell and Sophie Garcia accounted for the goals as Sherborne Town won 5-1 away to Marine Academy Plymouth, whose consolation came from Sam Drewery. Torquay Utd meanwhile recorded a fine 4-2 win away to Bishop's Lydeard, courtesy of a goal apiece from Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson, Laura Lewis and Danni Wyatt whilst Holly Miller and Isabel Hogevold replied for the home side.
In the Northern Division, Bristol Rovers were 4-1 victors away to Almondsbury in their first game in the league, Lily Greenslade leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Zoe Fielden-Stewart was also on target, whilst 'Bury replied through Amy Jefferies. Frampton Rangers also won 4-1 against Downend Flyers, all of their goals coming in the first half. Abi Todd netted twice along with Lucie Hulin and Anna Symanowski, before Faith Flynn grabbed a consolation after the break for Downend. Bristol Ladies Union were the other winners on the day, beating Weston-super-Mare 3-1. Hannah Price, Madison Price and Ruby Saunders were the markswomen for Union, with Beth Pople replying.
Keynsham Town Res marked their first game in the Eastern Division since promotion with a 2-0 win away to Swindon Town Development, given to them by goals from Charlotte Morrison and Vicky Vipond. Rebecca Snelling and Molly McCarthy were on the scoresheet as Warminster Town notched up a 2-1 success at Frome Town, whose reply came from Keira-Leigh Underhill.
Liskeard Athletic eventually emerged as 5-4 winners from a thrilling match against Helston Athletic in the Western Division. Ezme Wells and Chloe Williams each scored twice for Liskeard along with Amy Hemingway, whilst Helston replied through braces from Kathryn Barker and Sasha Sparkes. Stef Churchill-Matthews, Kate Finch and Louise Ilsley accounted for the goals as Feniton won 3-2 against Liverton Utd, for whom Hannah Drummond and Charlotte Dymond were on target. Nicola Champion and Hayley Ranachan were the scorers for Saltash Utd as they shared a 2-2 draw with Plymouth Argyle U23, whose goals came from Wensday Wise and Katelyn Bell.
Southern Region League
Winchester City Flyers lead the opening day table in the Premier Division, Danielle Cheyney scored twice along with Hannah Chaffey, Bryony Morrell, Sophie Spoor and Emily Woodhouse in their 6-1 win away to Woodley Utd. Moneyfields meanwhile beat Eastleigh 3-0 with goals from Natalie Bavister, Emma Pinner and Kim Whitcombe (see match report). Abingdon Utd edged out Ascot Utd 4-3, despite Sarah Leonard hitting a hat-trick for the Berkshire team. Ellie White bagged a brace for Oxford City as they finished level at 2-2 with Abingdon Town, who scored through Abigail King and Elisha Cox.
AFC Stoneham won a high scoring clash 5-3 against Abbey Rangers in Division One. Alisha Buckingham (2), Madison Payne, Jessica Treweek and Kayden Wood accounted for Stoneham's goals, whilst Rebecca Burtenshaw, Stephanie Sale and Isobel Saunders were on target for Abbey. Tia Williams scored both as Woking Ladies opened up by beating Southampton Women Res 2-0. Bournemouth Sports and New Milton Town shared eight goals, Ellen Benjamin, Rosie Eden, Becky Miles and Hollie Shaw all scoring for Sports, and New Milton netting through Anna Fenton (2), Victoria Wardle and Caitlin Youles. Holly Porter and Eleonora La Gumina were on target for Milton Utd as they drew 2-2 with Eversley & California, whose replies came from Laura Comerford and an own goal.
West Midlands League
Tamworth recorded an 8-0 victory over Coventry Sphinx in the Premier Division as the league got underway, Olivia Woolston was on target four times for the Lambs along with Grace Dickens (2), Portia Badach and Chloe Finn. Courtney Dilger (2), Alicia Bailes, Laura Smith and Xena Dhillon were the markswomen for Lichfield City as they beat Redditch Utd 5-1. Abbie Forman, Natasha Miles and Charlotte Harris netted the goals for Coundon Court who won 3-0 away to City of Stoke. Lye Town won 2-0 against Worcester City, Sian Johnson and Sunya Salim scoring their goals, and Stourbridge defeated Kidderminster Harriers by the same scoreline thanks to Alex Nicklin and Cheryl Edwards. Niamh Deasy bagged a brace along with Abbie Hyland and Imogen Fisher for Sutton Coldfield Town in their 4-3 success away to Crusaders.
AFC Telford Utd are the opening day leaders in Division One North, they scored seven times without reply past Darlaston Town. Claudia Rudd scored a hat-trick for Telford along with Jennifer Higgs (2), Jaime Duggan and Tania Prior. Madison Jones also bagged a hat-trick, for Shrewsbury Town as they defeated Walsall Ladies 7-2, Shannon McShane, Jessica Walley, Zoe Child and Libby Veitch all joining her on the scoresheet. Shifnal Town meanwhile won 6-1 against Walsall Wood courtesy of trebles from Jenna Boddison and Rebecca-Lee Bown. Rebecca Fitzjohn and Macy Isherwood gave Port Vale a 2-1 victory at Coventry City whilst Jenny Gilbert and Siobhan Hodgetts scored for Sandwell Ladies in their 2-2 draw with Wyrley Ladies, whose replies came from Rachel Cumberledge and Holly Meehan.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd notched up the biggest win in Division One South, beating Rugby Town 4-0 with goals from Arshi Zahoor (2), Nicola Finlay and Rachel Letford. Kitty Jones (2), Kiran Sangha and Bonnie Mountford were the scorers as Leamington Lions defeated Westfields Women 4-1, whilst Solihull Sporting were 4-2 victors at Rugby Borough thanks to a Naomi Melbourne brace, Victoria Cook and Angel Scandrett. Demi-Lee Rolph, Annie Stanway and Camile Abbotts earned Knowle a 3-1 success at Droitwich Spa and Cookley Sports beat Kingfisher 3-2, courtesy of an Emily Derrer hat-trick.
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