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East Midlands League
The tie of the round in the League Cup saw Premier Division leaders Leicester City Women Development reach the quarter finals with a 1-0 win over holders Northampton Town, a second half goal from Natalie Hurst separating the two sides. Courtney Limb (2), Kirsty Dalzell, Millie Seaton, Lindsey Creasy, Zoe Hopewell and Ellie Child were the markswomen for Hykeham Town as they ousted Premier Division opponents Peterborough Utd by winning a high scoring game 7-5. Loughborough Students meanwhile came through a difficult tie away to Oadby & Wigston with a 2-1 victory, Rosie Anderson netting both goals with Emma Aspinall replying for the home side. Jody Scott was on target twice, with Chelsie Tebble and Imogen Fowler adding the others, as Woodlands Ladies edged out Kettering Town by the odd goal in seven. Division One North leaders Lincoln Moorlands Railway ran out 6-1 winners over Sleaford Town, Lauren Churcher scoring a hat-trick whilst Jade Baker (2) and an own goal completed the tally.
In the League Plate, Corby Town won 2-1 against Premier Division side Leicester City Ladies thanks to Rebekah Jones and Kimberley Sadler. Boston Utd also had a good win, 4-1 over Mansfield Town, Toni McHamilton hitting a hat-trick and Eleanor Spendlow adding the other. Notts County also progressed by beating Ilkeston Town 5-1.
Eastern Region League
Whilst Cambridge City were replaying their SSE Women's FA Cup tie, Peterborough Northern Star replaced them at the top of the Premier Division after winning 3-1 against Haringey Borough, Vicky Gallagher bagging a hat-trick. Brentwood Town are also one point off the pace following their 6-2 success at AFC Dunstable, Georgia Holdaway leading the way with a four-goal haul and being joined on the scoresheet by Marie Barker and Leah Cowan. Acle Utd meanwhile kept themselves in the hunt as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Royston Town, Grace Birchall netting twice along with Olivia Mungham-Gray and Megan Todd also on target. Laura Nicholls netted five times and Mollie O'Callaghan contributed a hat-trick in Wymondham Town's win over AFC Sudbury. Hannah Waters and Alice Collins added two apiece, with Kayleigh Holloway rounding off the scoring. Sophie Gardiner was on target for Colney Heath as they drew 1-1 with Harlow Town, who replied through Poppy Binding.
Division One leaders Stevenage Ladies Res were beaten for only the second time this season, 6-5 by Bowers & Pitsea who narrowed the gap on them to two points. Danielle Styles netted four times for Bowers, with Georgia Fraser and Taylor Parrish adding the others, but spare a thought for Stevenage striker Emily Schofield who bagged herself a five-goal haul but still ended up on the losing side. St Ives Town follow on in third after scoring seven times without reply past Bishop's Stortford, Tierney Coulson was on target four times along with Emily Smith (2), Georgia Stancombe and Katie Stancombe. Sally Appleton (2), Vicky Kinsman (2) and Hayley Piggott accounted for the goals as Hutton won 5-1 against Newmarket Town, whilst Hoddesdon Town Owls were 3-1 winners at King's Lynn Town thanks to a Natasha Crick brace and Kristina O'Connell. Histon are heading towards mid-table following their 2-0 success away to Hatfield Peveral.
London & South East League
There was a change of leadership on Sunday with Kent Football Utd going top of the table as they won 2-1 away to London Kent Football Utd. Second half goals from Amy Russ and Elizabeth Waldie took Kent to the top of the table, with Adele Keech replying for the home side. Previous leaders Whyteleafe were beaten 2-0 by Queen's Park Rangers Development, who found the net through Melanie Hall and Martha Riley. Third placed Eastbourne Town also lost ground as they went down 1-0 to Aylesford, Kelly Philpott scoring the only goal of the game during the first half. AFC Phoenix are now just five points off the pace after running out 9-2 winners over Parkwood Rangers. Rebecca May had a good day in front of goal as she netted five times and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lucy Monkman, Allison Rowe, Eleni Christopoulou and Zoe Elmore.
North East League
Durham Cestria have a whopping fifteen point lead in the Premier Division following their 10-1 victory over York City on Sunday. The visitors had gone into the game as one of the division's form teams but an Erin Nelson hat-trick, Sophie Hodgson (2), Jess Holder (2), Michelle Brodgen, Molly Holder and Chloe Ryan helped the Wildcats to their tenth win out of ten. Hartlepool Utd are in second place after a Justine Robinson brace, Lucy Hammond-Garrington and Jade Pye gave them a narrow 4-3 success against South Shields. Lauren Breen scored a hat-trick for Castleford White Rose as they picked up a handy point from a 3-3 draw with Farsley Celtic, who scored through Megan Oliver, Laura Porritt and Rachael White. Rotherham Utd had a tremendous turn of fortune under their new management team of Trevor Fox and Mark Suttle - having scored just four times in their opening six league games, they won 7-5 against Tynedale to register their first points of the season. Jenna Bramley scored a hat-trick for Rotherham along with Abigail Shepherd (2), Rachel Hale and Carly Herrick, Megan Watson netting three times for Tynedale but ending up the losing side. Victoria Jayne and Siani Sproul netted the other Tynedale goals.
Redcar Town have strengthened their position at the top of the Northern Division, doubling their lead to six points after scoring six times without reply past Cramlington Utd. It could be said that Cramlington were Round-ly beaten as Redcar hot shot Jess Round netted all six goals. Washington Association are still unbeaten but drew for the fourth time, sharing six goals with Boro Rangers. Jade Featherstone scored a hat-trick for Rangers, whilst Erin Liddle, Courtney Clark and Emily Burton accounted for Washington's goals. Alnwick Town ran out 5-2 winners away to St Cuthbert's Ladies, Catherine Johnston netting twice along with Josie Foster, Ashley Grisdale and Stephanie Stafford.
Ossett Utd continue to dominate matters in the Southern Division, now heading the table by thirteen points following a nine-goal victory over Wakefield. Debbie Hastings led the scoring with a six-goal haul, with the others coming from Yasmin Ayub, Chloe Denton and Lauren Swailes. Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile defeated York RI 2-0, courtesy of Ruby Bristow and Emily Higgins.
North West League
A 2-1 victory over Manchester Stingers has kept Tranmere Rovers three points clear at the top of the table. Stockport County remain handily poised in second place after they notched up their seventh straight victory, 2-0 against Merseyrail Ladies, but Mossley Hill lost ground after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sir Tom Finney. Wigan Athletic stay fourth despite a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Fleetwood Town Wrens and are one point ahead of FC United of Manchester, who won 4-2 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies and have several games in hand.
Blackpool have a lead of seven points in Division One North following their 1-0 win against Cammell Laird 1907. Blackburn Community were 4-1 victors at Morecambe Res and continue to head the chasing teams, with Bury FC Women a single point behind after beating Penwortham Town 3-1. Carlisle Utd are also one point off second place as they defeated Leigh RMI 6-3.
Warrington Wolverines have taken over at the top of Division One South for the first time this season after their 2-0 victory over Didsbury Ladies. They head the table by a single point from Stockport County Blues, who beat Liverpool Feds Res 2-1 to go second. West Didsbury & Chorlton meanwhile claimed their sixth straight victory, 3-2 against Curzon Ashton and they now complete the top three. Altrincham had started the day as leaders but are back in fourth place after they were beaten 2-1 by Chester FC Women. Northwich Vixens moved themselves closer towards the mid-table places after scoring five times without reply past Wythenshawe Amateurs.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development are the new leaders of the Premier Division after they won 4-2 away to Forest Green Rovers. Libby Sims netted twice along with Rhianna Ben-Carew and Hannah Sims, whilst Ashleigh Watson and Kacie Anderson replied for the home side. Bishop's Lydeard had started the day on top but are back in second as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Callington Town. Amber Guy-Kemp and Abigail Parr were on target for Lydeard, with Callington responding through Lucy Jones and Kat Marment. Middlezoy Rovers meanwhile made up ground on the top three by scoring seven times without reply past Downend Flyers, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Ellison Roberts. Georgia Coles weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Krystal Edwards and Laura Goodier.
Maddy Brown, Abi Todd and Lucie Hulin were all on the scoresheet as Eastern Division leaders Frampton Rangers won 3-0 away to Swindon Town Development. They remain one point ahead of Wootton Bassett Town who were 4-0 victors over Cheltenham Town Development, Emily Arrell and Hayley Huckin each netting braces. AEK Boco are back in the top three following their 3-1 victory over Almondsbury. Sasha Ferris, Ellie Keedwell and Cheyenne Lee were the scorers for Boco, with Georgina Adams replying. Swindon Spitfires edged out Laverstock & Ford by the odd goal in seven, Shannon King netting twice along with Lani Dickinson and Chloe Neate, and Trowbridge Town defeated FC Chippenham 6-2 thanks to a Mia Blazey hat-trick, Ella Broad (2) and Emily Davies.
In the Western Division, second placed Plympton Ladies were beaten for the first time, 4-3 by Bude Town. Sarah Badham (2), Kelly Darnley and Leanne Stanbury scored the goals which keep Plympton seven points behind leaders Plymouth Argyle Development. Alphington made up ground in fourth after Kirsty Brown and Sophie-Louise Simpson gave them a 2-0 victory over Bideford, to move level on points with them. Feniton ran out 5-1 winners away to St Agnes thanks to Natalie Matthews (2), Stefanie Churchill-Matthews, Brittany Harris and Nia Owen.
Southern Region League
League leaders Southampton FC Ladies have progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup after they defeated Moneyfields 4-0. Ella Pusey hit a first half hat-trick for the Saints, with Georgie Freeland adding the fourth after the break.
AFC Bournemouth CST were narrow 1-0 winners away to Ascot Utd in the Chairman's Cup, Katie Kingshott scoring the only goal of the game. Rosie Page-Smith netted both goals as Woodley Utd came through a tricky tie away to Wokingham & Emmbrook with a 2-0 victory and Warsash Wasps defeated Shanklin 7-0, Megan Fox netting a four-goal haul along with Heather Lewis, Elizabeth Reid and Frances Lanham.
In Division One, Abingdon Utd went level on points with leaders Moneyfields after beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-1, courtesy of two second half goals from Amy Chivers. Leah Shave scored the only goal of the game as Eastleigh won 1-0 against Alton Ladies and Basingstoke Town triumphed 3-0 away to Southampton Women Res with Charlotte Hull, Lianne Hill and Lindsey Beverley on the scoresheet.
West Midlands League
Hayley Chatwin and Laura Fryer accounted for the goals as Premier Division leaders Sutton Coldfield Town won 2-0 against Crusaders, to stay one point in front of Leafield Athletic who scored six without reply past Lye Town. Lily Eustace was on target twice along with Samantha Berry, Georgina Harris, Amy Kendall and Alice Rogers. Coundon Court kept themselves in contention by winning 4-1 away to Worcester Utd. Nyah Edwards, Courtney Hunt and Jodie Price earned Redditch Utd a 3-0 victory at Knowle and Goldenhill Wanderers defeated Stockingford AA Pavilion 4-0 thanks to a Stacey Barley hat-trick and Alice Shaw-Peake.
Division One North table toppers Leek Town did not play and their advantage has been trimmed to six points by Stoke City Development, who won 3-1 at Port Vale with goals from Sarah Essah-Hassanin (2) and Emma Henderson. Jenna Boddison and Rebecca Bown each bagged doubles as Shifnal Town beat AFC Telford Utd 4-0 to replace them in third. Shrewsbury Town won 4-1 against Sandwell Ladies with a goal apiece from Zoe Child, Daniella Garrett, Olivia Minshall and Millie Potter, whilst Katie Price netted both goals for Florence in their 2-2 draw with Wyrley Ladies, who replied through Chelsea Beardsmore and Rachel Cumberledge.
The top of the table clash in Division One South went the way of Solihull Utd, who defeated leaders Sedgley & Gornal Utd 4-1 and they are now six points behind, but with four games in hand. Catherine Harris, Saddiqa Shan, Hayley Wilford and Rebecca Wood scored their goals, with Sarah Letford replying. Kidderminster Harriers maintained their own 100% record by beating Solihull Sporting 7-0, Kirstie Bavington hitting a hat-trick along with Amber Ireson-Lawrence (2), Molly Maguire and an own goal. Eboni Fowkes and Samantha Whittaker netted for Stourbridge in their 2-2 draw with improving Droitwich Spa, whose replies came from Beth Roberts and Charlotte Wallis. Andrea Coupland (2), Megan Board and Abbie Hartfield were the markswomen for Rugby Town as they won 4-0 against Kingfisher and Coventry City Women edged out Leamington Lions by the odd goal in five, Grace Tebbutt (2) and Katherine Andrews netting their goals.
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