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Northern Division One
Hull City are continuing to stretch the pace after winning their top of the table clash 3-0 against previously unbeaten Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Sophie Stamp netted a goal in each half and Hope Knight was also on target to keep Hull one point ahead as leaders.
Brighouse Town moved back into second place following their 5-1 victory over Mossley Hill. Aimi Beresford and Jodie Redgrave put Brighouse two goals ahead and although Caroline Charlton reduced the arrears for Mossley, Redgrave netted her second just before the break. Charlotte Proud then scored the fourth and Emily Starkie also got on the scoresheet late on to round off a fifth win in six matches for their side.
Morecambe are now the division's other unbeaten team apart from leaders Hull, which they maintained with a 3-1 success away to Leeds Utd. Yasmine Swarbrick fired Morecambe to victory by scoring a hat-trick, while Charlotte Adams replied for Leeds.
Bolton Wanderers maintained their improving form by running out 5-2 winners over Chorley and they stay fifth. Saffron Newhouse and Emma Pilling each bagged braces and Ruby Howard the other for Bolton, with Chorley responding through Laura Walker and Vicky Coope.
Barnsley are up into the top half after they also recorded a 5-2 victory, away to Chester-le-Street Town, Demi Pringle was on target twice along with Drew Greene, Danielle Lowe and Amy Woodruff while the Cestrians, who had won their previous two games, found the net through Chloe Johnson and an own goal.
Newcastle Utd meanwhile inflicted a first defeat of the season on Crewe Alexandra and move into a mid-table position. Steph Ord gave Newcastle a first half lead and an own goal after the break secured their second win of the season.
Midlands Division One
The four teams with unbeaten records played each other on Sunday and produced contrasting results on the day. Loughborough Foxes maintained their grip on top spot by winning 1-0 away to Solihull Moors, thanks to a second half goal from Charlotte Cooper.
TNS Ladies meanwhile Burton Albion 7-1 and are in second place, four points behind the Foxes but with two games in hand. Sophie Davies and Kim Bebbington each scored twice for TNS along with Emily Ridge, Charlotte Canlett and Laura Morris whilst Burton's consolation came from Natasha Rothery.
Sheffield Utd have climbed into fourth place following their 4-0 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Millie Kenyon ensured they led at half time and second half strikes from Nat Shaw (2) and Jennifer Pearson saw the Blades to their fourth win on the trot.
Radcliffe Olympic continue to gather momentum and they consolidated their position in the top half by beating Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies 2-0. Alice Kempski gave them the lead with eleven minutes on the clock and Rania Ramadan wrapped up the win with the second, ten minutes from time.
Lauren Brown and Cheryl Mawhood each scored twice as Steel City Wanderers raced to a 7-1 victory away to Rotherham Utd. Lucy Smith, Jodie Whitford-Stark and Claire Bratton were the Steels' other markswomen, with Samantha Hale replying.
Long Eaton Utd meanwhile recorded their first league win of the season, 2-0 against Sporting Khalsa who are still searching for theirs, courtesy of goals from Viki Adam and Elle Rowson.
South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon ensured they stayed on top of the table by winning 3-1 away to Stevenage Ladies. Laura Quinn-Low netted two first half goals and Becky Sargent was also on target, with Donna McGuigan replying.
Leyton Orient kept up their charge in second place with a 5-2 success at Norwich City. Sophie Le Marchand gave the O's a first half lead, with Millie Davies replying, but goals after the break from Sarka Stryhalova (2), Lisa Holmbeck and Danielle Griffiths carried Orient to a fourth successive win, despite Charlotte Broad netting a second for Norwich.
Roxanne Small scored the only goal of the game as Ipswich Town won 1-0 against Actonians Ladies, a result which takes them back into the top three.
Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile leapfrogged Luton Town into fifth after beating them 2-1. Laura Mills and Charly Wright netted the goals for improving Dons, with Luton's replying coming from Jess McKay.
Following four draws in their last five games, Cambridge Utd got back to winning ways when they defeated Haringey Borough 12-2. Kelley Blanchflower, Amber Cantwell and Amy Howlett all hit hat-tricks for the U's whose other goals came from Laura Bright, Emma Jenkins and Lauren Gibson. Julia Carruthers and Shancie Nourrice each scored a consolation goal for Haringey.
The points were shared at Enfield Town where the home side battled out a 1-1 draw with Denham Utd. Danielle Smith was on target for Enfield, with Denham replying through Annie Hewitt.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle produced a strong second half performance to win 5-1 away to Basingstoke Town and maintain their position at the top of the table on goal difference. Basingstoke took a fifth minute lead through Katie Randell, with Natasha Knapman levelling matters midway through the first half, before the prolific striker netted a hat-trick after the break to take her tally to four, with Zoe Cunningham also getting on the scoresheet.
Keynsham Town stay level on points with Plymouth as they scored nine times without reply against St Nicholas. Kerry Bartlett was on target five times and there was one each from Andreea Alexandru, Michelle Munro, Clarice White and Jessie Osborne.
The other two teams who started the day with 100% records met each other and it was Southampton Women who emerged as 3-1 winners from their local derby match with Southampton Saints. Neither team had conceded a goal going into the game but Kirsty Bell (2) and Emma Pinner scored for Southampton Women, with Saints' consolation coming from Libby O'Dell.
Brislington won 3-2 away to Poole Town in order to leapfrog them into fifth place. Poole raced into a two-goal lead during the first half through Samantha Gubb and Jessica Fowell, before Jodie Arkell hit a hat-trick to turn matters around into Brislington's favour.
Larkhall Athletic recorded their first victory of the season, following a troubled summer, edging out Cheltenham Town by the odd goal in nine. Lizzie Barratt scored twice for the Larks along with Kate German, Ann-Marie Hervey and Katy-May O'Hara-Nash, with Ella Hitchcox (2), Samantha Morris and Jane Wiltshire all replying for Cheltenham.
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