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East Midlands League
The leadership changed hands once again in the Premier Division with Leicester City Women Development going back on top after scoring six times without reply past Eastwood Ladies. Imogen Hunt was on target twice along with Lauren Bartle, Courtney Cropper, Gabriella Reid and Alana Cunningham. Previous leaders Nettleham are back in second after battling out a goalless draw with third placed Oughtibridge. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile stepped up their challenge by beating Loughborough Students 4-1, Vicky Gallagher hitting a hat-trick and Emma Pollard adding the other. Mansfield Town were 5-1 winners over Mansfield Hosiery Mills in their local derby, courtesy of goals from Androulle Kokkinou (2), Monica Bowley, Chloe Elphick and Alex Francis. Charlotte Appleby, Megan Howard and Natalie Gibson gave Ollerton Town a 3-1 victory at Rise Park and Kettering Town defeated Arnold Town 6-2 thanks to a Laura Beckett hat-trick, Caitlin Redfern, Stacey Chaplin and Fiona Strathern.
It was a good day for Woodlands Ladies in Division One North as they moved into second place with a 5-3 victory over leaders Hykeham Town, Jody Scott bagging a hat-trick along with Kelsey Burton-Evans and Katie Mayfield. Lincoln Moorlands Railway would have gone top with a win but they lost for the first time, 1-0 to Draycott Victoria with Natalie Loughenbury scoring the only goal of the game. Jade Baker (2) and Ashleigh Eggington gave Sleaford Town a 3-0 victory over Arnold Town Development and Grimsby Borough won 5-1 against Teversal thanks to a Laura Flecknor hat-trick, Sue Green and Phoebe Lonsdale.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo stay one point ahead in Division One South as a Lucy Phillips-Poole hat-trick and Nikki Lidgett gave them a 4-2 win over Peterborough Utd and second placed Northampton Town netted seven times without reply past Cosby Utd, Leah Stacey bagged a four-goal haul and Emma Dunmore weighed in with a hat-trick. AFC Leicester kept up their good run of form by beating Heather LFC 4-2 and Katie Stone was on target for Loughborough Foxes Vixens in their 1-1 draw against Corby S & L, who replied through Michelle Byrne.
Eastern Region League
The withdrawal of Lowestoft Town has seen a re-calculation of the Premier Division table and after Sunday's matches, Cambridge City sit on top with a one point lead following their goalless draw with Colney Heath. Third placed Acle Utd are just three points off the pace after beating Bedford Ladies 3-0, Grace Birchall netting twice along with Megan Todd, but Writtle lost ground as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentwood Town who scored through Marie Barker and Zoe Hinton. AFC Dunstable meanwhile won 2-0 against AFC Sudbury thanks to Danielle Carty and Charlotte South.
King's Lynn Town are continuing to stretch the pace in Division One North after winning 2-0 away to Histon, Olivia Baker and Rebecca Russell were on target. Ipswich Wanderers keep up the chase in second, they beat Silver End Utd with goals from Jade Horne (2) and Kimberley Rex. Brooke Moreno and Laura Nicholls scored for Wymondham Town in their 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town Development and they possess a number of games in hand.
Division One South leaders Stevenage Ladies Res made it nine straight wins and nine clean sheets when recording a 7-0 victory against Hutton. Hannah Marshall and Emily Schofield each hit hat-tricks, with Daniela Martucci adding the other. Little Thurrock Dynamos maintained their own 100% record as Sophie Dowman and Natalie Strange gave them a 2-1 win against Hoddesdon Town Owls. Harlow Town also scored seven goals without reply past Hertford Town and move back into third place.
London & South East League
The top two continue to pull further away from the rest after picking up victories in the two matches played over the weekend. Crawley Wasps preserved their lead of six points by notching an 8-0 victory over Aylesford. Faye Rabson hit a hat-trick, Ariana Flieschman weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Naomi Cole, Suzy Davis and Danielle Boyd. AFC Phoenix made sure of staying on their heels by winning 3-1 away to Parkwood Rangers, Catherine Ennis was on target twice along with Zoe Bergeal, Charlie Myhill replying for the home side.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients took the opportunity to narrow the gap on league leaders Durham Cestria to six points by winning 3-0 away to York City. The home side went into the game in improved form but first half goals from Sian Williams (2) and Courtney Corrie handed Norton their fourth straight win. Hartlepool Utd meanwhile scored six times without reply past Tynedale, Jessica Dawson and Nicky Duckling each netting twice along with Jade Pye and Sarah Rowbotham.
South Shields are starting to stretch the pace in the Northern Division, goals from Paige Lester and Sophie Halliday seeing them to a 2-0 victory away to Cramlington Utd. Second placed Consett Ladies were also victorious, 2-1 at Blyth Lions thanks to Stephanie Curry and Beth Wilson. York RI meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw in their mid-table clash with Prudhoe Town, who scored through Nikita Butcher and Catherine Johnston.
Harrogate Town are the new leaders of the Southern Division after running out 6-0 winners over Altofts Ladies, who would have gone top themselves had they avoided defeat. Jade Pennock was on target twice for Town along with Caroline Hulme, Katie Rowlands, Sophie Tinson and Lindsey Whitton. Ossett Albion scored nine times without reply past Swallownest Beighton, Chloe Denton leading the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Yasmin Ayub (2), Jenna Wraith (2), Charlotte Gough and Rachel Powch.
North West League
Stockport County have got off to a good start in the Premier Division and they have moved themselves into a challenging position, going second after a fine 2-0 win away to Burnley Girls & Ladies. Stockport are two points behind leaders Tranmere Rovers whilst Wigan Athletic are a further two points adrift in fifth, following their 3-0 victory over MSB Woolton.
Penrith AFC have further strengthened their position at the top of Division One North after they defeated third placed Bury FC Women 5-3, inflicting a first defeat of the season on their opponents. In the other game, fourth placed Workington Reds were 6-1 winners away to Bolton Wanderers Res.
After having conceded their first points of the season the previous Sunday, Division One South leaders FC United of Manchester got back to winning ways when scoring six times without reply against second placed Warrington Wolverines and extending their advantage to nine points in the only match to go ahead.
South West League
Buckland Athletic gone top of the Premier Division for the first time this season, going ahead of Marine Academy Plymouth on goal difference after beating Charlestown 10-1. Kirsty Caunter, Hayley Chamberlain, Laura Gough and Carla Staddon each netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Amber Coates and Corrine Potts. Three teams are actually level on points at the top of the table, with Torquay Utd joining the top two after winning 1-0 against Exeter City in the only other game to be played, Stephanie Beck scoring the only goal of the game.
In the Eastern Division, Almondsbury narrowed the gap on the top two with a 4-1 victory over FC Chippenham. Abby Rose netted twice along with Jamie Leigh Worlock and Faye Gilbert, while Kathryn Kilgour replied. Katie Wadey netted both goals as Swindon Spitfires won 2-0 away to Cheltenham Civil Service in the other match.
One match survived the weather in the Western Division, the top of the table clash between Plymouth Argyle Development and Callington Town. Both teams went into the game with 100% records to their name and it was Callington who emerged as 3-2 winners. Eleri Griffiths, Kat Marment and Chloe Williams netted the goals for Callington while Plymouth, who still have a lead of three points, replied through Alex Hugh and Rachel Javan.
Southern Region League
The clash between the top two in the Premier Division went the way of Chesham Utd, who defeated Newbury Ladies 4-0 to open up a lead of four points. Stephanie Weston was on target twice for the Clarets along with Emma Delves and Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez. Winchester City Flyers are in third after scoring seven times without reply past Team Solent. Beth Norman hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Kate Beecraft, Kayleigh Moss and Charlie Snelling. Shanklin meanwhile caused a surprise by winning 1-0 against Oxford City, Gemma Woodford scoring the only goal of the game to give the Isle of Wight side their third win of the season. Rebecca Yeo hit a hat-trick along with Tiffany Skinner (2) and Paula Taylor as New Milton Town beat Milton Keynes City 6-1.
Barton Rovers stay on top of Division One Northern despite going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 4-1 by Wokingham & Emmbrook who scored through Alice Lilley (2), Joanne Atkins and Sophie Mabbett. In an incredibly tight division where just four points separate the top six teams, Abi Canvin and Tara Woodward scored the goals for Wycombe Wanderers as they battled out a 2-2 draw with Woodley Utd, whose replies came from Rebecca Lowes and Rosie Page-Smith.
One match was played in Division One Southern, Warsash Wasps going top of the table with a 3-2 victory over Winchester City Flyers Res. Lorna Lanham (2) and Megan Fox were the markswomen for Warsash, while Winchester found the net through Katie Johns and Molly Elloway.
The Jubilee Cup opened up on Sunday with the first group match being played, Alton Ladies winning 4-0 away to Oxford City Nomads with Megan Leebbern hitting a hat-trick and Samantha Baker adding the other.
West Midlands League
Leafield Athletic have opened up a lead of three points in the Premier Division following their 3-0 victory away to Lye Town. Bedworth Utd are a further point adrift in third after they beat Coundon Court 4-0. Wolverhampton Sporting meanwhile won 3-1 at Kingshurst Sporting Club to move themselves towards mid-table.
In Division One North, Wyrley Ladies are up into third after they won 2-0 away to Atherstone Rangers. The other game to go ahead yielded plenty of goals as Brereton Town and Tamworth battled out a 5-5 draw.
Gornal Ladies remain three points clear at the top of Division One South following their 2-1 victory over Solihull Sporting. Redditch Utd netted eight times without reply past Coventry Development and are handily placed in second, still with a 100% record, and ahead on goal difference from Solihull Utd who defeated Droitwich Spa 8-2. Coventry Sphinx received a setback when they were beaten 2-1 by Stourbridge and Kidderminster Harriers were 4-1 winners away to Rugby Town.
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