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Eastern Region League
With Wymondham Town not having a game, Peterborough Northern Star took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the Premier Division with a 7-2 victory over AFC Dunstable. Katie Steward led the scoring for the new leaders with a five-goal haul and Evie Driscoll-King added the other two, with Louise McCay and Rachael Mumford replying. St Ives Town are two points behind the top two after a Ruth Fox double and Rebecca Baldry earned them a 3-0 win away to Bedford Ladies. Luton Town are in mid-table, albeit with a number of games in hand, as they defeated Bowers & Pitsea 2-1 whilst Haringey Borough put a dent in Wroxham's challenge by beating them 2-1, Beatriz Kretteis netting both goals and Grace Birchall scoring the visitors' consolation.
Cambridge City Development hold on to the leadership of Division One North despite not having a game, due to their two nearest rivals, Needham Market and King's Lynn Town, battling out a 2-2 draw. Top spot was on offer to the winning team but King's Lynn have now gone level on points with Cambridge, two points ahead of Needham who scored through Abbie Wilkinson and Jodie Sharp. Newmarket Town meanwhile picked up their second win of the season, 2-0 against Haverhill Rovers thanks to Annabel Cuthbert and Chloe Slater.
Division One South leaders Hutton went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-2 by East Bergholt Utd. Elena Nitsche scored twice and Isla Romer-Lee the other for East Bergholt, who move up to third as a result, whilst Vicky Kinsman netted a double in reply. Hutton's defeat means that second placed AFC Sudbury have narrowed the gap on them to a single point by defeating Leigh Ramblers 4-2, courtesy of a Rebecca Stephenson hat-trick and Amy Thompson.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers are continuing to climb the Premier Division table as they made it three wins in a row when beating Fulham FC Women 1-0. Hayley Peacock scored the only goal of the game to give Rangers a result which takes them up to fifth, three points off the pace. Whyteleafe meanwhile recorded their first win of the season, Mercedes Broomfield giving them a 1-0 win over Aylesford which lifts them off the bottom.
The only match to be played in Division One North saw Sutton Utd and Clapham Utd battle out a 1-1 draw, which means that the two teams stay in third and second respectively. Olivia Watson was on target for Sutton, with Clapham replying through Serena Guardino.
In Division One South, Lewes Foundation Squad closed the gap on leaders Herne Bay to a single point as they ran out 5-0 winners over Parkwood Rangers, Lottie Sharp hitting a hat-trick for the Rookettes and she was joined on the scoresheet by Megan Cranford and Katie Young. Hannah Hewlett, Caroline Hodgson, Sophie Humphrey, Tammy Waine and Emily Linscer accounted for the goals as Worthing Ladies defeated Newhaven 5-0.
North East League
Things remain tight at the top of the Premier Division but it is Hartlepool Utd who hold on to the leadership on goal difference following their 7-4 victory over Wallsend Boys Club. The two teams had started the day level on points but a Caitlin Bates hat-trick, Robyn Foster (2), Jenni Duffy-Smith and Justine Robinson saw Pools home. Rebecca Hansen hit a hat-trick in reply for Wallsend, whose other goal came from Lucy Watson. York City stay level with Hartlepool as they won 4-1 at Farsley Celtic, Rebecca Fevers netting twice along with Emily Cattle and Felicity Jones. Alnwick Town are a point behind in third, Jenny Patterson and Michelle Stewart each hit doubles as they won 4-0 at Harrogate Town. Jess Round (2), Jenny Dixon and Tyler Sharp were the scorers as Redcar Town defeated Sheffield Wednesday 4-2, Jessica Birtles and Chantelle Rymer replying.
Boro Rangers narrowed the gap on Northern Division leaders Lumley Ladies to two points when they shared a 1-1 draw with Bishop Auckland. A win would have taken Boro top but after taking the lead through Rachel Jackson, they were denied when Vikki Ryder equalised with five minutes remaining. Chester-le-Street Town Development have moved into the top three after beating Washington Association 4-2. Sophie Farrugia scored twice for the Cestrians along with Katie Ellwood and Layla Huskisson.
Southern Division table toppers Altofts Ladies went down to their second defeat of the season, beaten 4-0 by Farsley Celtic Juniors who move up to third. Kimberly Clydesdale, Jasmin Cooper, Sarah Kerford and Katie Platts were all on target for Farsley. York RI meanwhile picked up a 6-3 victory away to Harrogate Town Development which takes them into a mid-table position. Tehlilah Ndhlovu led the scoring with a four-goal haul, while the others came from Tamryn Dunlop and Laura Kelly.
North West League
No matches were played in the Premier Division on Sunday but there was action in Diviion One North, AFC Darwen extending their lead to nine points when they ran out 5-0 winners over third placed Morecambe Res.
Chester FC Women preserved their two point advantage at the top of Division One South with a 5-0 victory against Wythenshawe Amateurs. Salford City Lionesses remain hard on their heels in second place, they defeated Didsbury Ladies 5-1. Northwich Vixens stay third although they drew for the third time in four matches, sharing six goals with Curzon Ashton. Runcorn Linnets and Warrington Wolves are both still searching for their first league victory after their meeting finished level at 1-1.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd kept up their 100% start to the league season and stay three points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 2-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers. Both goals came late in the game, scored by Charlotte Deeley and Tiana Russell-Cartwright. Ascot Utd moved up into second by beating Oxford City 1-0, Georgia Bowers scoring the only goal of the game. Moneyfields follow on after a much more emphatic victory, scoring twelve times against Newbury Ladies. Kim Stenning and Kim Whitcombe both hit hat-tricks, Katie George contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Natalie Bavister, Emma Eldridge, Francesca Webster and Hollie Agombar.
In Division One, a win would have seen Eastleigh take over the leadership but they remain in second place after drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth Sports, a result which means that both teams are still unbeaten. Hollie Shaw gave Bournemouth an early lead, which was cancelled out midway through the second half by Catherine Browning. AFC Bournemouth CST Development have climbed into the top half with a 3-1 win away to Abbey Rangers, courtesy of a goal apiece from Rosie Nicklen, Grace Morgan and Lucy Coalter.
West Midlands League
Chantelle Gallagher scored a hat-trick, along with Rehanne Mellor and an own goal, as Leek Town went top of the Premier Division by winning 5-1 away to Worcester City. Solihull Ladies Utd had started the day as leaders but are back in second place after going down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crusaders, who netted through Jessica Tsapparelli. Jamie-Leigh Fowler and Niamh Deasy were on target as Sutton Coldfield Town went third by beating Coventry Sphinx 2-0.
In Division One North, Stoke City Development made it five wins out of five and are one point off the pace after their 7-2 success away to Coventry City. Sarah Hassanin led the scoring with a hat-trick, Ava Suckley added a brace and the tally was completed by Lily Jackson and Katie Naylor.
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