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National League Cup
Fylde Women kept up their good start to the season by winning 5-2 away to Sheffield FC, to secure their place in the last 32 of the League Cup. Mel Bartley, Jodie Mortimer, Jess Holbrook, Sasha Rowe and Hannah Forster all scored a goal apiece for the Coasters, with Lauren Evison and Yasmin Mason replying.
Derby County are another team in good form and they progressed with a 5-0 victory over Barnsley. Emily Joyce and Megan Tinsley each netted twice for the Ewe Rams, with Ellie Gilliatt adding the other goal.
The all-Northern Premier Division tie went the way of Brighouse Town who ran out 5-2 winners against Stoke City. Amy Woodruff led the scoring for Brighouse with a hat-trick and Leah Embley weighed in with a double, whilst Stoke's replies came from Callan Barber and Beth Roberts.
Oxford Utd swept through with a 5-0 victory against Swindon Town. Sophie Baker led the scoring for the U's by bagging a hat-trick, with Beth Lumsden adding the other two goals.
Norton & Stockton Ancients meanwhile edged out Long Eaton Utd by the odd goal in seven. Bianca Owens scored the winner for Norton deep into injury time, her second goal on the day, to add to further strikes from Lily Patrick and Sacha Millward whilst Long Eaton replied through Laura Dexter, Alexia Spokes and Cala Thornton.
AFC Bournemouth were the other team to reach the First Round, thanks to a 5-0 win against Kent Football Utd. Katie James netted a brace for the Cherries, whose other markswomen were Becki Bath, Rebecca Barron and Alexis Bussell.
National League Plate
Stockport County continued their improving form by winning 3-0 away to FC United of Manchester. Emily Bradshaw scored two first half goals and Jess Battle added a third after the break, to repeat the scoreline when the teams met in the league two weeks earlier.
Leafield Athletic went through to the next round as a Daisy-Mai Clements hat-trick took them to a 3-1 victory over Solihull Moors, whose reply came via a Lois Jefferies penalty.
Sporting Khalsa built on their recent improving league form by beating Peterborough Utd 5-2. Hannah Pendred hit a double for the Posh Ladies but Louisa Anderson, Sarah Hazell, Rebecca Gill-Parsons, Chloe Handy and Molly Wright accounted for the goals as Khalsa booked their place in the First Round.
Queen's Park Rangers made the trip to Maidenhead Utd and returned with a 6-1 victory under their belts. Melanie Hall netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Joanna Blodgett, Laura Hennessey, Brogan Moore and an own goal, with Kirsty Matthews responding.
AFC Wimbledon are also through to the First Round, courtesy of a 4-0 success away to Norwich City. Megan Stow bagged a double for the Dons, with one apiece from Ashlee Hincks and Katie Stanley.
Northern Premier Division
Wolverhampton Wanderers have taken a four point lead at the top of the Northern Premier Division following their 3-2 victory against Hull City on Sunday. Helen Dermody, Leonie Joyce and Lauren Riley scored the goals to strengthen their side's position as leaders but a spirited Hull side pushed them close, with replies from Liberty Bott and Emily Smith.
Huddersfield Town meanwhile moved up to third, thanks to a 3-1 win away to West Bromwich Albion, bringing a halt to the home side's recent improved form. Laura Elford was on target twice for Town along with Serena Fletcher, whilst Albion's consolation came from Shannon Stamps.
Middlesbrough claimed an important 2-1 victory at Loughborough Lightning, which takes them out of the bottom two places. Armani Maxwell and Rebecca Olley scored the goals for 'Boro, whilst Loughborough's reply came via an own goal.
Southern Premier Division
With Southampton FC Women not having a game on Sunday, Ipswich Town took the opportunity to regain the leadership with a 3-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons. Zoe Barratt was on target twice for Ipswich, with Lucy O'Brien adding the other.
Bridgwater Utd's first match under the interim management of Jamie Harris ended in a fine 2-0 win away to Portsmouth. Poppy Wilson gave Bridgwater the lead on the stroke of half time, with Meesha Dudley-Jones adding the other goal midway through the second half.
Crawley Wasps moved back up the table following their 5-0 victory against Chichester & Selsey. Ciara Boyland netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Naomi Cole, Imogen Lancaster and Emma Plewa.
London Bees are in mid-table after halting the recent fine form of Gillingham by beating them 4-0. The Bees led at half time through a goal from Hannah Porter who added a second just before the hour mark, Jo Wilson then made it three and Courtnay Ward-Chambers rounded off the scoring late on.
Keynsham Town meanwhile picked up three crucial points from a 1-0 success away to Hounslow Women. Kerry Bartlett gave her side an important result when she scored a late winning goal.
Division One North
Only one match was played in the division on Sunday but it did not lack for goals, as leaders Leeds Utd shared a 5-5 draw with Durham Cestria. Leeds raced into a three-goal lead in the first half thanks to Rebecca Hunt, Abbie Brown and Olivia Smart and after Jordan Atkinson had pulled one back for Durham, Laura Bartup restored the three-goal advantage before half time. Atkinson scored again after the break but after Bartup had netted her second for Leeds, the Wildcats staged a fight back to peg them back. Ellen Turnbull netted twice, either side of a hat-trick goal from Atkinson, to give Durham what had seemed an unlikely point at one stage.
Division One Midlands
Lincoln City increased their lead at the top to five points after they defeated Holwell Sports 3-1. Leah Hardy netted two second half goals for the Lady Imps and Jeorgia Carr was also on target, with Katie Lowder replying.
Doncaster Rovers Belles kept themselves in touch with the leading sides by beating Leek Town 5-0, a result which takes them into third place. Jessica Andrew netted two of the goals for the Belles and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlotte Dinsdale, Nadia Khan and Jasmine Saxton.
Bedworth Utd meanwhile celebrated their first league victory of the season, running out 4-1 winners away to Burton Albion. Sophie Wilson spearheaded the win for Bedworth by scoring a hat-trick and Kirsty Farnsworth was also on target, with Danielle Oxley scoring the Lady Brewers' consolation.
Division One South East
Hashtag Utd scored eight times without reply past Harlow Town to stay three points clear at the top of the table. Amy-Leigh Abrehart bagged a hat-trick and there were doubles from Emma Samways and Kelly Wealthall, whilst Cerys Adams completed the tally.
Billericay Town made sure of staying on the Tags' heels in second place, courtesy of a 3-2 win against Enfield Town. Ellie Jeffkins netted twice for Billericay and Zoe Rushen added the other, with Enfield's replies coming from Mollie Kmita and Che Thomas.
Third placed Actonians Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table London Seaward. Sharon Odofin gave Actonians the lead just after the half hour mark, with Niamh Carty earning Seaward a share of the spoils when she equalised on the stroke of half time.
Cambridge Utd meanwhile got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success away to Stevenage Women, thanks to a goal apiece from Laura Baker and Laura Mitchell.
Division One South West
Southampton Women took advantage of Cheltenham Town not having a match by replacing them at the top of the table with a 7-0 victory over Portishead Town. Sian Wylie led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Rachel Okoro weighed in with a brace and Brittany Jeal added the other to give Southampton the win they required in order to move above Cheltenham on goal difference.
A win would have Chesham Utd to within one point of the top two but a fightback from Larkhall Athletic denied them the opportunity, the match eventually finished 4-4. Amina Hanif scored twice and Gemma Fraser the other as Chesham raced into a three-goal lead in the first half but the Larks hit back before the break with a double from Rhian Robbins. Sky Hull then equalised via a free kick after the restart and Eleanor-Marie Briscoe then put Larkhall ahead for the first time but now it was Chesham's turn to respond, Kate Bowers levelling once more from the penalty spot. Both teams went close at the end of a thrilling match but the points were eventually shared.
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