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East Midlands League
Only one match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, at Woodlands Ladies where the home side ran out 3-0 winners over Mansfield Town to move into a mid-table position. Jody Scott netted twice and Chelsie Tebble added the other to help take Woodlands above their opponents on goal difference.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway extended their lead at the top of Division One North to four points with a 4-2 victory over Hykeham Town in their top of the table clash. Lauren Churcher (2), Jade Baker and Alice Hayes were on target for the leaders, with Amie Barnes-Ford and Katie Davison replying. Boston Utd have taken the chance to move into second place, thanks to a 3-1 win at Arnold Town with goals from Tracey Duxbury-Mead (2) and Demi Barai. Lisa Cromey (2), Lydia Clark and Laura Flecknor were on the scoresheet as Grimsby Borough defeated Retford Utd 4-0 and Calverton MW edged out Ilkeston Town by the odd goal in nine, Demi-Leigh Crofts hitting a hat-trick and Hayley Brown contributing the other two. Georgina Williams was a hat-trick scorer for Ilkeston but ended up on the losing side.
The Division One South table has had to be recalculated following the withdrawal of Desford, whose record has been expunged, and it leaves Northampton Town at the top on goal difference from Oadby & Wigston, who were the winners in the day's only game, 4-0 against Thrapston Town with Emma Aspinall, Samantha Hargrave, Sophie Tew and Lucy Phillips-Poole accounting for the goals.
Eastern Region League
Erin Davies netted twice, with Charlotte Gillies and Laura Mills adding the others, for Premier Division leaders Cambridge City in their 4-0 victory over AFC Dunstable which has taken them three points ahead at the top. Royston Town replace Brentwood Town in second place after beating them 3-2, Amy Cooper, Hayley Elderd and Teonie Peyton scoring Royston's goals with Danielle Butler and Kirsty Knight replying. Acle Utd follow on, two points adrift, after Grace Birchall scored the only goal in their 1-0 win at Wymondham Town. Harlow Town have leapt into mid-table after they defeated Haringey Borough 4-1, courtesy of doubles from Poppy Binding and Lily Bruno.
There were no games played in Division One due to teams taking part in the League Cup, where Hutton caused something of a surprise by beating leaders Stevenage Ladies Res 6-1. Rosi Webb and Sally Appleton each scored twice along with Kayleigh Franklin and Vicky Kinsman. St Ives Town came through a thrilling tie at Hoddesdon Town Owls with a 5-4 victory. Tierney Coulson led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Georgia Stancombe was also on target. Daisy Canny (2), Jasmine Cox and Tess Ryan ensured that Lawford edged out Newmarket Town by the odd goal in seven and Bowers & Pitsea defeated Histon 4-0 thanks to a Georgia Fraser brace, Louise Daley and Eloise Ives.
London & South East League
In the only league match to be played over the weekend, Queen's Park Rangers Development climbed up to fourth place in the table after goals from Chloe Sampson and Anna Maria Dzyadyk gave them a 2-1 victory away to Parkwood Rangers, whose consolation came from Katie Jeffries.
The rest of the action took place in the League Cup, where London Kent Football Utd took a big stride towards the knockout stages with a 6-1 success against Aylesford. Emily Hart, Isabelle Michalski, Verity Snow, Laura Susarta, Darcey Charlesworth and Georgie Davis all found the net to guide their team towards a third successive win in their group. Kent Football Utd meanwhile belatedly started their matches by winning 3-1 at Eastbourne Town. In Group B, AFC Phoenix made it two wins out of two by easing to a 4-0 victory over Fulham FC Foundation, Rebecca May scoring twice along with Raquel Arevalo and Kasey Kelm.
North East League
Durham Cestria continue to look strong at the top of the Premier Division, going six points clear after inflicting a first defeat of the season on South Shields. Molly Holder (2) and Jen Jennings scored the goals as Durham won 3-0 to double their advantage from Hartlepool Utd, who are up into second place after a Lottie Portas brace, Jenni Duffy-Smith, Jade Pye and Justine Robinson gave them a 5-1 victory away to York City. Farsley Celtic defeated Tynedale 4-0 thanks to an Aaliyah Allen hat-trick and Laura Porritt, whilst Hannah Gosnold, Rebecca Hansen, Jessica Hooper, Sophie Killip, Emma Hewett and Cyra Carne all grabbed a goal apiece for Wallsend Boys Club as they triumphed 6-0 at Castleford White Rose.
Sunderland West End held on to the leadership of the Northern Division by winning 3-2 at Alnwick Town, courtesy of a goal each from Allison Ferris, Alex Ross and Melissa Simpson. Washington Association remain two points behind in second after Erin Liddle's double and an own goal gave them a 3-0 victory over Cramlington Utd. Redcar Town meanwhile made it five wins out of five, beating Boro Rangers 7-2 with Jess Round hitting a hat-trick. Gemma Craddy, Kenzie Parkes, Emily Fewster and Tyler Sharp joined her on the scoresheet. Amy Wharton and Beth Wilson were hat-trick scorers as Consett Ladies defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 9-2, Carolanne Hughes, Nicole McEvoy and Olivia Bruce completing the tally. St Cuthbert's Ladies picked up their second win of the season, 3-0 against Prudhoe Town with Lauren Henderson netting a hat-trick.
Ossett Utd powered to a seventh straight victory in the Southern Division, scoring eight times without reply past Harrogate Railway to open up a lead of four points. Debbie Hastings hit a hat-trick, Jenna Wraith added a double and there was one apiece from Jordane Allison, Chelsea Schofield and Chloe Denton. Altofts Ladies meanwhile suffered their first defeat of the season when they crashed 5-1 to Sheffield Wednesday. Jessica Morrison scored a hat-trick along with Sophie Eyre and Rachael Facktor, with Elizabeth Hare replying.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Mossley Hill were held to a 1-1 draw by Merseyrail Ladies and they have been caught by Stockport County, who won 4-1 against previously unbeaten FC United of Manchester, and Tranmere Rovers, 3-0 winners against Accrington Girls & Ladies. Wigan Athletic are just two points behind the leading trio following their 3-2 success away to Sir Tom Finney and Manchester Stingers won 2-1 at Penrith AFC to complete the top five.
Blackpool have seen their advantage trimmed to four points in Division One North after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Morecambe Res and second placed Blackburn Community defeated Penwortham Town 5-1. Carlisle Utd remain a further point adrift following their 4-1 victory over Cammell Laird 1907. Bury FC Women made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides by winning a high scoring encounter, 6-4 against Crosby Ladies. At the other end of the table, Burscough Dynamo celebrated their first victory of the season, 4-1 over Leigh RMI.
Overall, it was not a good day for the divisional leaders as Division One South table toppers Altrincham were beaten 1-0 by West Didsbury & Chorlton, who stay 100% and have several games in hand on the teams above them. Liverpool Feds Res won 5-1 against Didsbury to narrow the gap on Altrincham to three points. Warrington Wolverines stay third although they were held to a 2-2 draw by Chester FC Women. Northwich Vixens defeated Curzon Ashton 2-1, a result which takes them into the top half, and Stockport County Blues ran out 5-1 winners over City of Liverpool.
Workington Reds caused a surprise in their delayed Argyle Sports Cup tie on Sunday, knocking out Premier Division opponents Fleetwood Town Wrens 5-4 on a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a 3-3 draw.
South West League
Exeter City have taken over at the top of the Premier Division for the first time this season, following their 4-0 win away to Forest Green Rovers. Sophie Gillies led the scoring for the Devon side with a hat-trick, and Kathryn Mundy was also on target. Bishop's Lydeard, who had led the table since the opening day, are back in second after they were beaten 5-2 by Somerset rivals Middlezoy Rovers. Anusia Rourke hit a hat-trick and Chloe Snook the other two for Middlezoy, whilst Lydeard replied through Abigail Parr and Kayleigh Riley. Marine Academy Plymouth's winning start to the campaign was halted as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Callington Town. Anthea Kaptein was on target for MAP, with Callington's reply coming from Kat Marment. Ilminster Town notched up their first win of the season in style, beating Downend Flyers 5-0 thanks to a Maisie Parker hat-trick and brace from Colette Martin.
AEK Boco continue to lead the way in the Eastern Division, courtesy of a 3-1 win away to Trowbridge Town. Robyn Carpenter, Sasha Ferris and Charlotte Brankin netted the goals for Boco, with the home side's consolation coming from Emily Davies. Cheltenham Town Development are still one point behind following their 4-2 success at Swindon Spitfires, with a goal apiece from Abby Dance, Emma Levett, Emily Skipp and Diana Toth. Frampton Rangers remain close at hand in third, they beat Laverstock & Ford 5-1 with Saffy Degg hit a hat-trick, whilst Maddy Brown and Kirsten Prior added the others. Almondsbury completed a good day for visiting teams and kept up their own improving form with a 4-1 win at Swindon Town Development. Jess Bessell was on target twice along with Sophie Cooper and Amy Ford.
Plymouth Argyle Development have inched further in front in the Western Division, heading the table by three points following their 2-0 win over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, Sarah Prior and Maya Ridge scoring their goals. Shannon Workman led the scoring with a hat-trick as Plympton Ladies beat Bude Town 7-1 to go second, Sam Metters (2), Lucie Cooper and Lucy Molssed accounted for the others. Alphington meanwhile suffered their first defeat, 4-2 to Weston-super-Mare who scored through an Ellison Roberts hat-trick and Lucy Mager. Feniton's good run of form has taken them into fourth, they beat Pen Mill 5-3 thanks to Nia Owen (2), Brittany Harris, Natalie Matthews and Rebecca McMullin. Zoe Arundell-Lethbridge, Mollie Dring and LB Medcalf netted the goals for St Agnes as they shared a 3-3 draw with Bideford, who replied through a Beth Ellis double and Emily Hookway.
Southern Region League
Last season's League Cup runners-up AFC Bournemouth CST are out of the competition at the First Round stage this time around, narrowly beaten 1-0 by Moneyfields whose goal came from Kim Whitcombe. Abingdon Utd were another team to knock out Premier Division opponents, Kiera Isaac, Amy Chivers and Abbie Smith giving them a 3-2 win over Ascot Utd. Edie Stilwell-Garrett's hat-trick helped Oxford City to a 9-0 victory against Newbury Ladies, Danielle Anderson adding two with Lauren May, Lindsay Pinker, Jessica Doyle and April England netting the others. Winchester City Flyers defeated Woodley Utd 9-3 thanks to Beth Norman (2), Kirsty Bell (2), Francesca Thornton, Kate Beecraft, Charlotte Warhurst, Payton Howard and Bryony Morrell, whilst Barton Rovers were 3-1 winners over Warsash Wasps. Chante Inniss' early goal earned Wycombe Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Basingstoke Town, Southampton Women Res beat Eastleigh 2-0 with Tia Hooper and Julia Moulton as their markswomen and Wargrave Ladies scored five times without reply past Sandhurst Town, Millie Bilcliff bagging herself a four-goal haul and Sian Blissett adding the other.
West Midlands League
Coundon Court are back on top of the Premier Division after they won 3-1 against Stockingford AA Pavilion and previous leaders Coventry Sphinx were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Crusaders. Leafield Athletic now complete the top three after running out 3-0 winners over Goldenhill Wanderers. Knowle meanwhile picked up another point when sharing a 3-3 draw with Worcester Utd but it was not quite enough to lift them off the bottom of the table.
Leek Town continue to dominate matters in Division One North, their 4-2 victory away to Sandwell Ladies sees them open up a lead of nine points at the top. AFC Telford Utd are up into second place with a 3-1 win at Shrewsbury Town, with Shifnal Town three points off the top three after beating Florence 3-1.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd came away from Kingfisher with a 3-1 victory under their belts and this keeps them six points ahead in Division One South. Solihull Utd continue to head the chasing teams after beating Stourbridge 2-1, with Kidderminster Harriers up to third following their 6-0 win over Solihull Sporting. Rugby Town ran out 10-1 winners over Coventry City Women and Droitwich Spa are off the bottom after picking their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Leamington Lions.
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