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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd hold on to the Premier Division leadership despite going down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-1 by Mansfield Town. Loughborough Foxes defeated Friar Lane & Epworth 2-1 to go level on points with Long Eaton with Mansfield three points behind in third place and Friar Lane a further point adrift. Shepshed Dynamo follow on after beating Sandiacre Town 6-1 and Gedling Town are in mid-table after their 5-1 victory over Retford Utd.
Division One North table toppers Market Warsop defeated Sparta Nottingham 2-1 to extend the gap at the top to three points over Steel City Wanderers, who drew 1-1 with third placed Arnold Town despite a goal from Dawn Cripps. Rise Park won 3-2 against Hucknall Town to make up ground and there were victories for West Bridgford, 4-2 at OOH Lincoln Development and Grimsby Town, 3-1 against Nettleham.
Radcliffe Olympic Res scored ten without reply past Sleaford Town to stay six points clear in Division One South from Daventry Town, who maintained their 100% record by beating Kingsthorpe 10-1. Hinckley Utd won 7-0 against Oadby & Wigston and Oadby Owls defeated Raunds Town 7-2 to stay third and fourth respectively. Leicester Fosse continued their improving form as they edged out Barrowby by the odd goal in seven.
Eastern Region League
Hethersett Athletic drew with Cambridge University for the second week in a row, the goalless result keeping them a point clear in the Premier Division. Hayley Piggott scored a hat-trick, Vicky Bruce added two and Carly Copplestone was also on target as Barking won 6-5 away to Peterborough to go into second place, on goal difference from Brentwood Town who shared six goals with Woodbridge Town. Charlene Roach, Jemma Yarnton and Kristie Turner netted for Woodbridge, with Brentwood replying through Sophie Lovell, Danielle Butler and Leah Cowan. Bedford Ladies won 6-0 at Haringey Borough, Sarah Saunders and Natasha Fensome netting doubles along with Lauren Prior and Danielle Borrelli. Stevenage Borough are in fifth after running out 4-1 winners at Chelmsford City, thanks to a goal apiece from Tayla Huckle, Hayley Kemp, Josie North and Amy Josland. Mia Price and Sarah Tayler netted the goals for Arlesey Town in their 2-0 victory over Kettering Town.
Ipswich Wanderers continue to set the pace in Division One North after their 7-3 win away to Whitton Utd. Jo Welham scored twice, with one each from Lauren Richardson, Rachel Gwilliam, Claire Turnbull, Georgie Tricker and Claire Ellis. Thorpe Utd also had six players on the scoresheet in their 7-2 success at Cambridge Women Res, goals from Rebecca Russell (2), Meg Evans, Kerry Rose, Lauren Kett, Charlotte Groves and Rebekah Lake keeping them two points off the pace in second. Alison Wright hit a hat-trick for Great Shelford in their 5-0 victory over Cambridge Rangers, Briannah Baker and Sophie Lanham adding the others.
One match was played in Division One South, C & K Basildon stretching their lead to five points by winning 5-1 at Leverstock Green.
Billericay Town kept up their good start to the season with a 3-0 win against Hannakins in the League Cup Second Round, with a goal each from Marie Barker, Lisa Robins and Kerry Oldham. Nicola Bray, Shanice Burch and an own goal gave Fakenham Town a 3-0 success at Haverhill Rovers and Norwich City Res beat Hoddesdon Owls 2-0 thanks to Gemma Farman and Sophie Fuller. Leeanne Cox (2) and Dannielle Cliffe were on target as Hutton defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 3-0 and Whitwell edged out Royston Town 2-1, goals coming from Alexandria Moir and Eustacia Randles.
London & South East League
Premier Division leaders Denham Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by Tooting & Mitcham Utd in the meeting between the two unbeaten sides and this allowed Littlehampton Town to cut their lead to five points by winning 4-2 at Whitehawk. Westfield defeated Boreham Wood 4-2 to stay in touch with the leaders but Crawley Wasps lost ground as they were beaten 6-1 by Maidstone Town. Panthers meanwhile joined the pack of clubs just below the leaders, courtesy of a 5-2 victory over Chichester City. AFC Wimbledon ended their losing run by picking up their first win of the season, 3-2 at Wandgas, lifting themselves off the bottom in the process.
Kikk FC went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Hemel Hempstead Town but hold on to top spot in Division One (London), although their lead was reduced to a single point by Kent Magpies who won 3-1 against West Ham Utd Development. MSA Ladies won 3-1 at Luton Town Res whilst Tower Hamlets also picked up their first victory, 4-2 against Enfield Town Res.
North East League
Sheffield Utd Community progressed in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to a 4-2 victory at Hull City. Zoe Beresford scored twice for United along with Tania Marsden and Cheryl Mawhood. Huddersfield Town were 2-1 winners over York City whilst Leeds City Vixens Res netted five without reply away to Bradford City A and Wakefield Res surprised Beverley Town with a 2-0 victory to join them in the quarter finals.
Barnsley have gone eight points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 1-0 win at St Francis 2000, Sue Elrington scoring the only goal of the game. Hessle Town defeated Guiseley 4-0 to go second on goal difference from Peterlee Town, who were 3-1 victors over Durham City.
Northern Division leaders Whitley Bay Res made it five straight wins when beating Birtley Town 8-1, they stay three points ahead of Lumley who were 3-1 victors at Scarborough. Tynedale edged out Brandon Ladies 3-2 whilst Norton & Stockton Ancients came away from Redcar Athletic with a 4-0 victory.
Castleford White Rose drew 1-1 away to Ossett Albion and their Southern Division lead was trimmed to three points by Sheffield Utd Junior Blades, for whom Tara Madeley bagged a hat-trick along with Lucy Ridley (2), Jade Rabjohn and Rachael Barlow as they ran out 7-1 winners over AFC Preston, and Rothwell Town who beat Wetherby Athletic 3-1. Doncaster Rovers Belles A kept up their challenge with a 5-1 success at Goole Town, Emma Greenwood and Lorna Mason hitting doubles and Jess Andrew adding the other.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra defeated Bury Girls & Ladies 3-2 to stay four points clear in the Premier Division from Chorley, who won 3-0 at Chester City. Burnley Girls & Ladies won 4-0 against Wigan Ladies to keep up their challenge as did Fletcher Moss Rangers with a 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Preston North End moved further away from the bottom places by beating AFC Urmston Meadowside 4-2.
Morecambe are the new leaders of Division One North following their 10-2 victory over Bolton Ambassadors. Bolton Lads & Girls won 7-3 at Leigh RMI to lift themselves into second place, whilst Whitehaven are just one point off the pace following their 3-1 success at Warrington Town. A win may have taken Brazil top of the table but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw away to Carlisle.
In Division One South, Greater Manchester Police defeated Winsford 3-1 to go level on points with leaders Northwich Vixens. Manchester Stingers are three points following their 4-0 victory over Glossop North End, whilst Birkenhead maintained their interest by scoring six without reply past Macclesfield Town. Mossley Hill Res stay in mid-table after sharing a 1-1 draw with Liverpool Feds Res.
South West League
The top three in the Premier Division are now all level on points with Larkhall Athletic still on top despite losing for the first time, 1-0 to second placed Marine Academy (Plymouth). A headed goal from Julie Hewitt settled a tightly contested match in which Marine defended well although goalkeeper Dan Bradford needed to make a superb save from a deflected Cheryl Baber shot in the dying minutes. Cheltenham Town meanwhile caught the top two as Rhona Donaldson (2) and Natalie Potter gave them a 3-0 victory over Stoke Lane Athletic. Frankie Stone (2), Juliette Denny, Candy McNair, Sarah Lever and two own goals saw Bristol Ladies Union won 7-3 at Chippenham Town and they are just two points off the pace. Keynsham Town Development maintained their challenge with a 2-0 win over Frome Town, Cassie Wilkins and Hari Sabic scoring, and Falmouth Town defeated Oldland Abbotonians 4-1 thanks to a Katy Barker double, Julie Lawrence and Emma Pritchard.
Nicky Barnes netted both goals as Salisbury City regained the leadership of Eastern Division One by winning 2-0 at Downend Flyers. Bishop's Lydeard returned to winning ways with a 6-1 success against Cirencester Town, Rosie Harper bagging a four-goal haul and Tash Stephens a double. Tash Crew (2), Sarah Meredith and Charley Grimes were on the scoresheet as Cleeve West Town came away from Ilminster Town with a 4-2 victory and Swindon Spitfires won 2-0 at Nailsea Utd, Tamara Papp and Kayleigh Reeves scoring.
In Western Division One, Charlotte Hobbs scored both goals as Roche moved into the top half with a
2-1 victory away to Charlestown. Marjons Old Suttonians and Torpoint Athletic meanwhile shared a 2-2 draw, Lauren Hewings and Lauren Wallinger netting for Marjons.
Southern Region League
Premier Division leaders Woodley Saints did not play on Sunday but they stay four points clear after second placed Shanklin lost 1-0 to Wycombe Wanderers. Bracknell Town put seven past Launton to remain third whilst Maidenhead Utd are fourth following their 5-0 success at Beaconsfield SYCOB, just ahead of Aldershot Town who shared a 1-1 draw with Oxford Utd. University of Portsmouth made sure of keeping pace with the leading sides with a 6-0 win at Reading Town.
Andover New Street are keeping up the pace in Division One, their 3-0 victory over Henley Town keeping them four points clear of Basingstoke Town who defeated Mansfield Road 3-2 to stay second. Newbury Ladies & Girls won 3-1 against Boscombe Albion whilst Chesham Utd Res added to Reading Ladies' woes with a 6-2 win.
West Midlands League
Dudley Utd's 2-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers has seen them go further clear in the Premier Division, they now lead by nine points from Allscott who were beaten 3-0 at home by Solihull Ladies. Bradwell Belles defeated Lichfield Diamonds 7-3 to lift themselves back into the top four while Cannock scored nine without reply against Kingshurst Sporting. Hereford Phoenix emerged as narrow 3-2 victors from their local derby with Hereford Pegasus.
Division One North leaders Cottage Farm Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Reedswood but their advantage was extended to five points as Bedworth Utd leapfrogged Stafford Town into second by beating them 4-2. Wyrley Juniors ran out 13-1 winners over Withymoor to go fourth, just ahead of Prees Raiders, 4-2 winners at Chasetown, and Kidsgrove who were 3-0 victors at Coseley Town.
Leamington Lions scored six without reply away to Knowle to stay two points clear in Division One South from Coventry City Development who beat Redditch Utd 1-0 to end their opponents' unbeaten record. Fairfield Villa and Marston Green follow on in third and fourth after the sides shared eight goals. Another week, another draw for Walsall - their sixth in seven matches as their game with Southam Utd ended goalless. Birmingham Athletic beat Rugby Town 4-2 whilst Ferndale ran out 7-0 winners over Malvern Town.
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