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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd have gone top of the Premier Division for the first time this season after they won 5-0 away to Peterborough Azure. A win would have seen Friar Lane & Epworth retake the leadership but they are back in third as they went down to a 4-3 defeat at Mansfield Town. Shepshed Dynamo cemented themselves in fifth place, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Gedling Town.
In Division One North, Hucknall Town and Nettleham battled out a 3-3 draw whilst West Bridgford won for only the second time this season, 1-0 against Sparta Nottingham.
Daventry Town narrowed the gap on Division One South leaders Radcliffe Olympic Res to three points after scoring nine without reply past Sleaford Town. Hinckley Utd's 7-1 victory away to Kingsthorpe has taken them into the top four.
Eastern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division ended in a 1-1 draw, meaning that Hethersett Athletic stay one point ahead of Brentwood Town. Grace Birchall gave Hethersett a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Leah Cowan. Third placed Bedford Ladies suffered a setback when they were beaten 3-0 at home by Peterborough, for whom Jemma Rees, Jade Bell and Sarah Jones were on target. Vicky Bruce scored all four goals as Barking went fourth by beating Chelmsford City
4-1. Stevenage Borough defeated Cambridge University 2-0 thanks to a Hayley Kemp double and Kettering Town won 4-1 against Woodbridge Town, Simone Cook scoring twice along with Emma Dunmore and Abigale Cartwright.
Ipswich Wanderers stay on top of Division One North following their 3-1 win at Norwich City Res, Rachel Gwilliam scoring twice with Tanya McKew adding the other. Thorpe Utd made sure of keeping pace with them as Meg Evans, Charlotte Groves and Camilla Wilson gave them a 3-2 victory over Great Shelford. Nicola Bray bagged a hat-trick and Kirsty Scott was also on target for Fakenham in their 4-0 success away to Whitton Utd and Cambridge Women Res remain in fourth after beating Huntingdon Town 4-1, Sophie Hopkin (2), Faith Hewitt and Clara Greed finding the net. Haverhill Rovers lifted themselves into the top half with a 5-0 win over Taverham.
Division One South table toppers Hutton were held to a 1-1 draw by Hannakins, Lucy Hudson netting their goal with Kierra Gabriel replying. C & K Basildon would have returned to the top with a win but they also drew, 4-4 with Sawbridgeworth Town. Stacy Whitehead, Carly Eagles, Samantha Mudd and Angela Arnold netted for Basildon, with Sawbow responding through Claire Poulton, Emma Hastings, Zoe Plant and Liz Eastwood. Billericay Town closed the gap in third as Lisa Silverton, Lisa Robins and Marie Barker gave them a 3-1 win at Whitwell and Royston Town defeated Hoddesdon Owls 3-0 thanks to a Jenny Probert double and Jemma Young.
London & South East League
Denham Utd further strengthened their position at the top of the Premier Division and now lead by seven points after beating second placed Littlehampton Town 3-0. Crawley Wasps defeated AFC Wimbledon 3-1 to move into third but Westfield lost ground as they were beaten by the odd goal in seven by Maidstone Town. Chichester City ran out 6-1 winners over Whitehawk and Panthers came away from Boreham Wood with a 3-2 victory.
There was a change of leadership in Division One (London) where Kikk FC won 4-3 against Kent Magpies to move ahead on goal difference from Luton Town Res, who drew 1-1 with West Ham Utd Development. Hemel Hempstead Town are in third after scoring nine past Knaphill Wanderers and MSA Ladies matched their tally against Enfield Town Res. Brentford moved out of the bottom two courtesy of a 6-3 victory over Tower Hamlets.
North East League
Barnsley's perfect start to the season carried on with a 3-2 victory over Hull City, which takes them four points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Stacy Walstow put Barnsley ahead in the second half with Becky Jones levelling, but Barnsley went back in front through a Jess Burton penalty. Walstow completed her double before Sian Bentley scored a late consolation for Hull. Whitley Bay defeated Peterlee Town 3-1 to replace them in second place with Hessle Town, 2-1 winners at Durham City, just behind. Guiseley picked up an important 2-0 win against York City to move into mid-table.
Whitley Bay Res returned to the top of the Northern Division with a 3-2 victory over Lumley. They head the table on goal difference from Brandon Ladies who were 4-3 winners against Redcar Athletic.
Southern Division leaders Beverley Town defeated Goole Town 2-1 to stay two points ahead of Doncaster Rovers Belles A who were 2-0 victors at Bradford City A. Castleford White Rose are a further point adrift in third place following their 2-0 win against Wetherby Athletic while Sheffield Utd Junior Belles were held to a 4-4 draw by Rothwell Town. Leeds City Vixens ran out 4-0 winners at AFC Preston and Ossett Albion scored six without reply against Wakefield Res.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra moved to the top of the Premier Division with a 6-1 victory away to AFC Urmston Meadowside. Chorley meanwhile leapfrogged Bolton Wanderers into third place by beating them 4-0. Fletcher Moss Rangers won 3-0 at Preston North End and are in fifth, just ahead of Wigan Athletic who drew 2-2 with Denton Town. Bury Girls & Ladies claimed their first victory of the season, 3-0 against Wigan Ladies.
Blackpool's 6-0 win over Leigh RMI has moved them two points clear in Division One South as Blackpool Wren Rovers were held to a 3-3 draw by Carlisle. This allowed Morecambe to climb into second after beating Warrington Town 2-1. Penrith AFC went fourth with a 10-3 victory at Springfields (Preston), Brazil were 6-0 winners over Bolton Ambassadors and Bolton Lads & Girls edged out Whitehaven 2-1.
Northwich Vixens defeated Macclesfield Town 9-2 to stay three points clear in Division One South with three teams all chasing. Birkenhead won 7-0 against Glossop North End to remain in second whilst Greater Manchester Police and Manchester Stingers recorded 7-1 victories over Airbus UK and Mossley Hill Res respectively. Liverpool Feds Res follow on just behind the leading sides after beating local rivals AFC Liverpool 4-2.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic made it seven wins in a row as they won 3-1 away to Oldland Abbotonians. After Beth Dale had cancelled out Cheryl Baber's first half strike, Anna Walby headed Larkhall in front and Katie Ransome added the third with a dipping 30-yard shot. Steph Warren netted twice, with Stacey Arthur, Corinne Potts, Emma Pemberton, Coral Smith and Julie Hewitt adding the others as second placed Marine Academy (Plymouth) ran out 7-0 winners at Taunton Town whilst Cheltenham Town kept up their winning run by beating Chippenham Town 4-2 thanks to Natalie Berry, Hazel Adams, Nicole Robinson and Katie Walker. Weymouth were edged out 4-3 by Bristol Ladies Union and Frome Town came away from Stoke Lane Athletic with a 2-1 victory.
Swindon Supermarine gained revenge for their F.A.Women's Cup defeat to Swindon Spitfires the previous Sunday by winning their league meeting 6-1. Mel Bristow netted four times against her old club with Annabel Martin contributing a double. Salisbury City maintained their winning start with a 3-0 victory over Poole Town with goals from Katie Lee (2) and Nicki Barnes. Cleeve West Town and Nailsea Utd battled out a goalless draw whilst Ilminster Town and Downend Flyers finished level at 2-2, Lesley Spearing and Alice Charlton netting for Ilminster with Kate Michaels and Laura Baker replying. Caroline Dowdeswell and Jeanette Memuir were on the scoresheet as Cirencester Town won for the first time,
2-1 against Forest Green Rovers Res.
Sophie Drake scored twice, with Rebecca McMullin, Vicki Fannon and Faye Hankinson also on target for Plymouth Argyle Res as they beat Bude Town 5-1 to stretch their Western Division One lead to twelve points. Launceston and Marjons Old Suttonians ended goalless and Roche won 5-1 at Torpoint Athletic, Charlotte Hobbs hitting a hat-trick along with Emily Grose and Nicole Dawe.
Southern Region League
Premier Division leaders Woodley Saints defeated Oxford Utd 3-0 and stay three points ahead of Shanklin, who won 2-0 against Launton. Bracknell Town came away from Beaconsfield SYCOB with a 4-0 victory and Aldershot Town beat Reading Town by the same scoreline.
The top of the table clash in Division One went the way of Andover New Street who defeated Basingstoke Town 3-0. Catherine Browning gave Andover the lead and Chantelle Clark added a goal in each half to help send her team eight points clear. Southampton Saints Res won 2-1 at Newbury Ladies & Girls and are now in third place. Mansfield Road scored ten past Reading Ladies to put themselves amongst the leading teams and Boscombe Albion ran out 4-1 winners over Chesham Utd Res.
West Midlands League
A 1-0 success at Hereford Phoenix means that Dudley Utd are now eight points clear in the Premier Division from Allscott, who went second after drawing 1-1 with Lichfield Diamonds. Bradwell Belles raced to a 7-2 win away to Kingshurst Sporting and Cannock were 2-0 victors over Kidderminster Harriers. Wednesfield Town beat Hereford Pegasus 3-0 to move off the bottom at the expense of their opponents.
In Division One North, Cottage Farm Rangers' winning start was halted by a 3-3 draw against Wyrley but they have extended their lead to four points after Bedworth Utd were beaten 3-2 by Stafford Town. Prees Raiders defeated Bridgnorth Town 5-1 and Coseley Town won 2-1 away to FC Reedswood.
Leamington Lions remain on top of Division One South following their 4-0 victory over Ferndale with Fairfield Villa now in second after beating Malvern Town 8-1. Southam Utd won 4-0 at Rugby Town to go third, ahead of Marston Green who battled out a 1-1 draw with Coventry City Development. Redditch Utd and Walsall each drew for the fourth time this season, sharing 1-1 scorelines with Birmingham Athletic and Knowle respectively.
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