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East Midlands League

Grimsby Town progressed to the Third Round of the League Cup, where they will meet Mansfield Town, after they beat Lincoln Utd Development on a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw. Danielle Brighton and Olivia Kershaw scored for Town, with Tash Kenny and Jesika Timson replying, before it was Grimsby who triumphed 6-5 from the spot.  Amelia Boddington was on target four times as Thrapston Town defeated Buckingham Utd 7-0 in midweek, she was joined on the scoresheet by Kerryn Copeland, Jenna Kiely and Emily Slough. Thrapston will now be up against SJR Worksop.

In the League Plate, Leicester City Ladies produced a fine result for themselves when they knocked out Division One North leaders Gainsborough Trinity, beating them 5-3 after extra time. The result was even more remarkable seeing that Trinity had raced into a three-goal lead thanks to Lauren Crellin, Lucia Booth-Roberts and Nadina Green but Anna Whitehead, Lauren Hill, Rachel Akinyemi and Eleanor Shaw, along with an own goal, turned the match around in City’s favour and they will now play Sandiacre Town. Cardea Ladies meanwhile booked themselves a trip to Asfordby Amateurs after they won 3-1 away to Newport Pagnell Town, also after extra time, thanks to Chantelle Abraham, Brooke Ware and an own goal.

Eastern Region League

Wroxham have moved up into second place in the Premier Division, six points behind leaders Real Bedford, after a Lara Densley hat-trick took them to a 3-1 victory away to Barking. Emma Slater bagged a brace as Royston Town won 2-0 at St Albans City and this leaves them in fifth, just ahead of Bowers & Pitsea who beat Stevenage Women 2-1 thanks to Olivia Bilson and Darcy Drewitt. King’s Lynn Town were able to get off the mark at the eleventh attempt after their match with AFC Dunstable finished goalless.

Division One North leaders Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers were beaten for the first time this season, 2-1 by Newmarket Town. Abbie Corbyn and Koren Evans scored the goals which take Newmarket up to third, four points off the pace, and ahead of Fakenham Town on goal difference after they shared a 1-1 draw with Biggleswade Utd Reds. Chloe Gravett was on target for Fakenham, with Biggleswade replying through Kayleigh Gray. Histon would have moved into third with a win but instead they were beaten 2-0 by Thetford Town, whose markswomen were Melissa Boulton and Kamile Omeleviciute.

Harley Carr scored the only goal of the game, with seven minutes remaining, as Watford Development won 1-0 away to Grays Athletic to keep themselves two points ahead at the top of Division One South from Southend Utd Community SC, who defeated Lawford 4-0 thanks to Chloe Woolaway (2), Georgia Wilson and Cristina Fragnito. Hutton follow on in third, they ran out 7-1 winners over Stanway Pegasus Ladies with Daisy Canny on target five times, along with Lucy Critchell and Isabella Messore. Aimee Burling, Chelise Fleming and Niamh Gallagher accounted for the goals as Wormley Rovers won 3-2 away to Hertford Town whilst Natalie Powell(2) and Sasha Kelly were on target for Cheshunt in their 3-3 draw with Billericay Town Development, who netted through Isla Callison, Charlotte Collins-Blaze and Sophie Hart.

Premier Division leaders Real Bedford went through to the next round of the League Cup with a 6-1 victory over Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses, Natasha Fensome and Neve Mayes each scoring twice along with Chloe Martin and Erin Price. Harpenden Town also booked their place in the next round, with Belle Shannon, Sophia Amanor and Jaime Curtain accounting for the goals as they won 3-1 at Wodson Park.

London & South East League

Fulham have moved to within two points of league leaders Dartford after they defeated Crawley AFC Women 4-0. All four goals came during the first half, Sophie Manzi netting a brace along with Georgia Heasman and Rebecca Stormer. Molly Hill (2), Georgia Bridges, Chloe Nye and Caitlin Sullivan accounted for the goals as Saltdean Utd won 5-1 against Aylesford and Dorking Wanderers were 2-0 victors at Ashford Utd thanks to Megan Stow and an own goal.

In Division One North, Actonians Ladies Res went level on points with second placed Sport London e Benfica with a 2-1 victory over Denham Utd, Rosie Hay and Katy Hanscombe scoring their goals. Whyteleafe meanwhile beat Camden & Islington Utd 5-0 with Isata Kamara (2), Hilary Akegnan, Anna Tilley and Molly Turner all on the scoresheet.

Division One South leaders Newhaven went down to their first defeat of the season following eleven straight wins, going down 3-1 to Herne Bay whose scorers were Elena Brock, Stephanie Adby and Daisy Marsh. Second placed Dartford Res meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw with Bognor Regis Town, despite Emma Healy scoring both of their goals. Welling Utd edged out Hastings Utd 3-2 thanks to Sarah White, Lily Shelford and an own goal, whilst Montpelier Villa won 3-1 away to Eastbourne Utd with strikes from Katherine Davyson, Eugenia Lopez Alvarez and Lou Tindall. Bexhill Utd claimed their first victory of the season and are off the bottom after Poppy Harrod (2) and Laura Swarbrooke gave them a 3-2 success at Hassocks.

North East League

Sunderland West End have gone back to the top of the Premier Division, ahead of an inactive South Shields, after an Alex Ross double, Allison Ferris, Siobhan Jones and Cynthia Asogwa took them to a 5-1 victory over Harrogate Town. Wallsend Boys Club are now third, five points off the pace but with a game in hand, they won an entertaining affair 5-3 against Redcar Town thanks to Michaela Sewell (2), Jessica White (2) and Erin Donachie. Barnsley meanwhile maintained their movement up the table when Madison Foye netted the only goal of the game against Hartlepool Utd.

Northern Division leaders Sunderland U23 did not have a game and their advantage has been trimmed to three points by Wallsend BC Res, who defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 3-0 thanks to a Georgia England double and Chloe Adam. Consett Ladies had started the day in second but went down to a 3-0 defeat to Ponteland Utd, whose scorers were Sophie Curle (2) and Darienne Thompson. Gateshead FC Ladies leapfrogged Thornaby Ladies in the table after beating them 3-0, Olivia Black netting twice and Sharon Bell adding the other, and an Erin Bates goal earned Hartlepool Pools Youth their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Bishop Auckland, who scored a second half equaliser through Emma Wright.

Rosie Bell, Elisabeth McLaughlin and Ruby Watt scored the goals to give York City Development a 3-1 win away to Lower Hopton which keeps them two points clear at the top of the Southern Division from Millmoor Juniors Ladies, who also won 3-1 at Harworth Colliery thanks to Alesha Gale, Abby Watkinson and Crystal Lisle. York RI are two points off the pace in third, and still unbeaten, Tamryn Dunlop bagging a brace along with Jessica Baker and Stazia Seaton as they defeated Ossett Utd 4-1. A Chloe Foster hat-trick steered Chesterfield to a 3-2 success at Handsworth whilst Altofts Ladies netted eleven times without reply past Ripon City, Emily Sharp netting a four-goal haul with Natalie Riley, Louise Whitt, Jamie Sugden, Nicola Smith, Emma Dobson, Nadine Bates and Natalie Dean also getting on the scoresheet. Farsley Celtic Juniors moved away from the bottom places thanks to a 7-1 victory over Sheffield Utd Community Foundation, Sarah Lawn hitting a hat-trick along with Jasmin Cooper (2), Stacey Barley and Shauna Hill.

North West League

Cheadle Town Stingers have opened up a lead of three points in the Premier Division after late goals from Jodie Hancock and Isha Mundell took them to a 2-1 victory over Bury FC Women, who had taken an earlier lead through Emma Mackie. Curzon Ashton meanwhile defeated Salford City Lionesses 4-1, a result which has taken them up to third place.

Division One North now has a remarkable look about it with the top four teams all level on points. Accrington Stanley are still top on goal difference but Mancunian Unity are in second following their 4-0 victory over Workington Reds. A point would have seen Preston North End take over as leaders but they remain as one of the quartet, joined by Penrith AFC Ladies who beat them 1-0 with a Heather Fawkes goal. Radcliffe FC Women completed a hat-trick of away wins on the day and are only three points behind, Nicole Malpus and Sophie Coates were on target as they defeated Carlisle Utd 2-0.

Wythenshawe Women march on at the top of Division One South and made it a perfect ten wins in a row when beating Litherland Remyca 4-1. Chester FC Women now head a trio of chasing teams who are six points behind, replacing Runcorn Linnets after winning their meeting 4-2 with a Rachel Lloyd hat-trick and Molly Wood, along with Warrington Wolves Foundation who were 5-0 victors at Hindley Juniors Women thanks to Kerry Baker (2), Nicola Chatterley (2) and Ellie Anderson. Chelsey Hodgin and Nadine Sword scored the goals as Ellesmere Port Town won 2-1 against Mossley Hill, whose reply came from Olivia Ellinson.


South West League

A second half fightback for a 3-3 draw from Liskeard Athletic denied Pucklechurch Sports the chance to take over as leaders and means they remain in third place. Pucklechurch were leading 3-1 at the interval with Jess Frazer on target twice and Amy Jefferies adding the other, but the Cornish side fought back for a share of the spoils when Jasmine Allen scored her second and Grace O’Leary also found the net. Honours were also even at Forest Green Rovers where the home side shared four goals with Sherborne Town, Alana Hunt and Hattie Jones were on target for Forest Green whilst Sherborne netted through Becky Narramore and Kelly Snook.

AEK Boco have narrowed the gap on Northern Division leaders Weston-super-Mare to five points and are back in second after a second half goal from Aimee Clark gave them a narrow 1-0 win against local rivals Bitton. At the other end of the table, St Vallier broke their duck as a Charlotte Woodman brace and Adele Brown gave them a 3-0 victory over Mangotsfield Utd.

Poole Town kept up the pace in the Eastern Division and brought a halt to Bath City Women’s recent good run by beating them 2-0. Summer Williams, along with an own goal, gave the Dolphins a result which keeps them six points clear of Stockwood Wanderers, who stepped up their challenge with a 4-2 success away to Ridgeway Ladies. Lauren Phillips hit a hat-trick for Stockwood and Toni Blenkinsopp added the other goal, with Shakira Howard-Hachem and Emilia Newton replying.

It was a good day for Ilminster Town in the Western Division as they extended their lead to five points when scoring seven times without reply away to Sticker Women. Jodi Cornwall led the scoring with a four-goal haul and the other goals came from Harriet Kelly, Abigail Meyer and Ellie Orritt. Second meanwhile met third and the points were shared as Feniton and Helston Athletic battled out a 1-1 draw. Elizabeth O’Reilly gave Helston the lead in the first half, with Natalie Ebdon-Matthews equalising for Feniton after the break. Nicola Champion bagged a hat-trick for Saltash Utd as they defeated Middlezoy Rovers 8-0. Olivia Ramsey and Hayley Ranachan both weighed in with braces and Yasmin Franklin rounded off the scoring.  

Southern Region League

Ascot Utd stay five points clear in the Premier Division, Philippa Holden netting twice with Sarah Leonard and Alix Todd adding the others as they ran out 4-1 winners over third placed Woodley Utd. Bournemouth Sports continue to head the chasing teams, they defeated Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 with Liane Folkenstern and Becky Miles on target, along with an own goal. Sarah Bradshaw and Farrah Thompson were the markswomen for Eastleigh in their 2-1 success away to Winchester City Flyers and fast improving Warminster Town beat Badshot Lea 3-0, Poppy Wannell bagging a brace and Millie Spratt adding the other goal.

Division One North leaders Kidlington Youth did not have a game on Sunday and their advantage has been cut to three points by two of the chasing teams. Wycombe Wanderers U23 are up to second after beating Abingdon Utd Development 4-2, courtesy of a goal apiece from Elena Mitchell, Amaya Navarro, Shannon Read and Ammara Qureshi, whilst a solitary strike from Brooke Burns gave Long Crendon a 1-0 victory over Milton Utd. Penn & Tyler’s Green remain handily placed following their 11-1 win against Caversham Utd, Henna Hussain was on target four times along with Ellie Ludgate-Williams (2), Felicity Gates (2), Liberty Dieppe, Chloe Robinson and Holly Wyncoll. Emma McNamee (2) and Katie West were both on the scoresheet as Chesham Utd Development defeated Beaconsfield Town 3-0.

With AFC Stoneham on Adobe Women’s FA Cup duty, AFC Portchester closed to within a single point of them with a 6-0 victory over Bournemouth Sports Res. Ella Wilson netted twice, with one apiece from Eilidh Currie, Paula Taylor, Charmaine True and Aimee Hall-Guy. Havant & Waterlooville are up to third, a Jodie Burchell goal on the hour mark earned them a 1-0 success away to Abbey Rangers. Helen Ogle bagged a brace, with Trudy Bryan-Kerr and Gabriella Hobday adding the others as Woking FC Women beat Rushmoor Community 4-2.

West Midlands League

Lye Town have returned to the summit after goals from Natasha Baptiste, Eloise Mitchell and Phillipa Butcher fired them to a 3-0 victory over Knowle. Worcester City, who were in FA Cup action, slip back to second but Burton Albion’s attempts to make up ground were frustrated as they drew 3-3 with Coventry Sphinx. Millie Drinkhall, Emily Gillott and Beth Naqwi were all on target for Burton, with Sphinx netting through Amanda Whalley (2) and Kirsty Farnsworth. Solihull Sporting edged out Crusaders 3-2 and Shifnal Town defeated Kidderminster Harriers 3-1, Rebecca-Lee Bown netting twice and Jenna Boddison the other to give their team a fine result.

Newcastle Town keep hold of the leadership of Division One North despite crashing to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-0 by Port Vale whose scorers were Olivia Mountford, Cassie Davies and Elissa Dockerty. Vale stay well placed, just behind the leading sides and with games in hand, whilst AFC Telford Utd moved to within a single point of the leaders when beating Walsall Wood 3-0, courtesy of a Megan Jones hat-trick. Emily Golding scored the only goal of the game as Walsall FC Women won 1-0  away to Lichfield City Res to go third. Keleigh Marshall-Welch scored four times and Sandra Fziedzic hit a hat-trick for Coventry City against Darlaston Town, Sophie Woodhead (2), Laura Dougherty and Hollie Taylor adding the others, whilst goals from Zara Shepley and Alana Copeland gave Leek Town Res a 2-1 success against Coventrians.

Long Itchington are the new leaders of Division One South, following their 6-3 win away to Sedgley & Gornal Utd. Humera Ashfaq scored a hat-trick along with Emma Marshall, Kiran Sangha and an own goal. Previous leaders Redditch Borough were held to a 3-3 draw by Hereford Pegasus, Katie Potter (2) and Bobbi-Lea Birch netting Borough’s goals and Pegasus netting through Samantha Baker, Roxana Dinescu and Emily Morgan. Georgia Marrett and Ameerah Ishola scored for Droitwich Spa in their 2-2 draw with unbeaten Alvechurch, whose markswomen were Abbie Hyland and Alisha Sheridan. Rugby Town meanwhile went level on points with Worcester City Development after beating them 3-2, courtesy of a Katie Andrews double and Nicole Evans. Leamington Lions scored nine times without reply past Kingfisher, Naomi Morgan and Georgina Roebuck each scoring twice along with Linda Riches, Megan Smirles, Elle York and Molly Noble, whilst Lauren Thompson (2), Sydney Harris and Chelsea Mudge accounted for the goals as Bewdley Town defeated Redditch Utd 4-0.