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Regional Leagues round-up…

East Midlands League

Grimsby Town notched up their second league victory of the season and moved out of the bottom two when they defeated Long Eaton Utd 6-0. Eden Pedersen netted twice inside the opening ten minutes and Beth Wharton also contributed a brace, with Alisha Dejonge and Danielle Brighton added the other goals.

There was a change of leadership in Division One North, where Gainsborough Trinity beat Retford FC Ladies 2-1 to take over at the top. Lauren Crellin and Olivia Leslie scoring their goals. SJR Worksop meanwhile ran out 6-0 winners at Lincoln Utd Development and are back up to second, courtesy of braces from Emily Murphy, Emily Myatt and Lily Brown, whilst Worksop Town won 7-2 against Skegness Town including doubles from Kirsty Unwin and Ruby Burns, with Rebecca Hill also on target. Tyra Cockburn meanwhile scored the only goal of the game for Grimsby Borough as they edged out Sleaford Town 1-0.

Hannah Daniel, Natasha Leach and Holly Gibson all got on the scoresheet as Division One Central leaders Arnold Eagles won 3-0 at Loughborough Foxes Vixens to extend their lead to five points. Nottingham Trent University meanwhile moved into second, they beat West Bridgford Colts 4-2 with strikes from Alice Rogers (2), Abigail Barham and Jessica Hayes. Katie Lane scored the only goal of the game, midway through the second half, as Notts County Development won 1-0 against Sherwood FC Women.

Northampton Town Development now lead the way in Division One South after they beat previous leaders Newport Pagnell Town 6-2. Alex Bartlett, Onachukwu Ndefo and Kaitlyn Crouch each scored twice for the new leaders, whilst Newport Pagnell’s replies came from Emily Hirst and Kirsty Walker. Thrapston Town are up into second, they won 4-2 against Nuneaton Borough thanks to an Amelia Boddington hat-trick and Hannah Pendred. New Bradwell St Peter and Stamford meanwhile battled out a goalless draw, a result which means that Stamford now complete the top three. Kettering Town leapfrogged Leicester City Ladies into fifth place after beating them 3-2, Abbie Brewin bagging a brace and Sophie Findlay adding the other goal.

Eastern Region League

Barking narrowed the gap on the top four when a solitary goal from Laura Bunton earned them a 1-0 win away to Stevenage Women. The leading sides were all involved in the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, allowing the sides below a chance to catch up ground, including Royston Town who were 6-1 victors over King’s Lynn Town courtesy of doubles from Jordanne Sillitoe and Emma Slater, with Poppy Smith and Charlotte South adding the other goals. Kiera Ward was on target for St Albans City as they shared a 1-1 draw with Bowers & Pitsea, who netted through Libby Cooper.

In Division One North, Katie Hayes bagged a brace as Newmarket Town battled out a 2-2 draw with Biggleswade Utd Reds, who scored through Grace Georgiou and Nicola Henman. Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses meanwhile moved out of the bottom two with a 2-1 victory against Stevenage Women Development, Daisy Moore scoring both goals.

Watford Development maintained their two point lead at the top of Division One South after Holly Wilks (2), Etta Sam and Rebecca Lovelace fired them to a 4-0 victory over Cheshunt. Second placed Southend Utd Community SC meanwhile beat Grays Athletic 2-1 with two first half goals from Chloe Woolaway. Ciara Purdue and Chelise Fleming accounted for the goals as Wormley Rovers won 2-1 away to Wodson Park, whilst Georgia Box, Cate Jackson, Charlotte Bryant and Carman Joyce all scored for Lawford as they shared a 4-4 draw with Hutton, who responded with a Lucy Critchell hat-trick and Kelly Roberts.

In the League Cup, AFC Dunstable went through to the Second Round when they defeated Fakenham Town 3-1. Poppy Surridge (2) and Mollie Knox were on target for Dunstable, with Shelley Woods replying. Mulbarton Wanderers also progressed, they won 3-0 against Billericay Town Development thanks to a Rebekah Lake double and Samantha Walker.

London & South East League

Dorking Wanderers increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two when they defeated Aylesford 5-0. They remain one point ahead of Ashford Utd who won the other game 3-1 against Crawley AFC Women, Rebecca Wyatt scoring twice and Jenny Newman the other, with Eloise Williams replying.

Dulwich Hamlet Res completed an excellent day for their team as they opened up a three point lead at the top of Division One North when they beat Hackney 2-1. Rebecca May scored both goals for Dulwich, with Lizzie Tucker replying. Actonians Ladies Res meanwhile entered the top three as a Katy Hanscomb double, Jessica Wadey, Anne-Marie Pejcic and Natasha Cree saw them to a 5-1 victory away to Clapton Community. Rebekah Dunt and Laura Smith were on target for Ashmount Leigh in their 2-1 win at Camden & Islington Utd and Richmond Park defeated Whyteleafe 4-0 with strikes from Jesina Bansoodeb (2), Jasmeena Syed and Carolin Engelhard.

Newhaven continue to power away at the top of Division One South, scoring seven times without reply past Welling Utd to further extend their lead to twelve points. Lucy Collinson and Katie Franks each scored twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Chloe Evans, Harriet McKellar and Paige Ripley. Sami Phillips (2) and Amber Hazlewood were the markswomen for Steyning Town Community in their 3-2 victory away to Bexhill Utd and after eight straight defeats, Hassocks broke their duck when they beat Montpelier Villa 4-3 with goals from Katherine Chappell, Jess Craig, Kirstin Mair and Claire Stevens.  

North East League

South Shields are continuing to stretch the pace at the top of the Premier Division, thanks to a 5-0 victory over Harrogate Town. Ellie White and Erin Taylor put them two goals ahead at half time, before they added further goals after the break from Jade Dryden, Jasmine Elliott-Wood and Ebony Longstaff to complete a double over their opponents in successive weeks. Sunderland West End meanwhile avenged their defeat to Bradford City by winning the return match 3-2, with Allison Ferris, Pavanjot Kaur and Nicole O’Hara scoring their goals. Erin Donachie netted twice and Jessica White the other as Wallsend Boys Club also won 3-2 at Hartlepool Utd and Barnsley continue to improve, they defeated Wakefield 4-0 with doubles from Jodie Gregory and Kirstie Nicholls. Redcar Town recorded their first win of the season at the seventh attempt, Jess Round netting twice along with Sophie Appleyard and Tianna Maloney as they beat Hull Utd 4-2.

Sunderland U23 maintained their Northern Division lead of five points when they won 5-1 against Hartlepool Pools Youth, with Eve Parker, Emily Hutchinson, Mia Lawrence-Kay, Mya Forgie and Niyah Dunbar all getting on the scoresheet. Steph Curry (2) and Emma Hewett accounted for the goals as second plced Consett Ladies defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 3-0 and this keeps them one point in front of Wallsend BC Res, who beat Bishop Auckland 4-2 with goals from Chloe Adam, Paris Pattinson, Amber Witson and Abbie Bolam. Chester-le-Street Utd recorded their first win in five matches, Eleanor Crawford and Lucy Bowman were on target in a 2-1 success over Washington Women.

Things remain close at the top of the Southern Division, still headed by York City Development following their 5-1 victory over Farsley Celtic Juniors. Elisabeth McLaughlin and Grace Sykes each netted twice and Ruby Watt added the other goal. City head the table on goal difference from Ossett Utd who defeated Altofts Ladies 4-1 thanks to Danielle Sidebottom (2), Debbie Hastings and Chelsea Schofield. Millmoor Juniors Ladies are up to third after winning 6-1 against Sheffield Utd Community Foundation whilst Lexie Butterworth, Lucy Graham and Leah Harrison all scored for Chesterfield in their 3-0 victory over Lower Hopton. Harworth Colliery won for the first time, 6-2 against Ripon City with Sophie Thompson on target four times, Laura Murphy and Sophie Norris adding the others.

North West League

There was one result in the Premier Division on Sunday, Blackburn Community SC climbing above Curzon Ashton after winning their meeting 4-2. Katie Matthews netted two of the goals for Blackburn, with Ellie Rice and Rebekah Maher adding the other goals.

It was a day of home comforts in Division One North, with the hosts winning all four matches, including Accrington Stanley who kept hold of the leadership by beating Carlisle Utd 2-0 thanks to a double from Georgia Payton. Preston North End stay level on points with them, they won 3-2 against Penwortham Town. Madison Hardman hit a hat-trick along with Chloe Ardin (2) and Eleanor Seals as Bolton Wanderers defeated Morecambe 6-1 whilst Workington Reds returned to form with a 5-2 victory over Radcliffe FC Women, Beatrix Barber and Hayley Bracken each netting twice and Hannah Geen adding the other.

Chelsea Flanagan was on target six times and Olivia Dixon added a further five, while Kirsty Chambers bagged a brace as free scoring Division One South leaders Wythenshawe Women made it nine wins on the trot by hitting double figures again past Mossley Hill. They stay three points ahead of Runcorn Linnets who won 6-2 at Litherland Remyca, courtesy of braces from Chloe Fairclough, Chelsea Gillies and Lucy Wieland. Chester FC Women now follow in third, replacing FC St Helens after beating them 5-0 with Ellie Bradley, Mollie Wood, Rachel Lloyd, Sarah Redman and Evie Halliwell all on the scoresheet. Kerry Baker (2), Ella Rigby, Gia Portelli, Ellie Anderson and Nicola Chatterley were on target as Warrington Wolves Foundation scored six without reply past Northwich Vixens whilst Ellesmere Port Town went one better against Altrincham, Nadine Sword and Lyndsey Rodger both netting twice, with Chelsey Hodgin, Gillian Herring and Samantha Barker also scoring as they won 7-0.


South West League

Pucklechurch Sports were unable to take another opportunity to go top of the Premier Division when they went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of AFC St Austell. Lucy Solloway was the heroine for the Cornish side as she hit a hat-trick whilst Jodie Arkell and Jess Werrett replied for Pucklechurch. The points were shared at Forest Green Rovers where the home side battled out a 2-2 draw with Bishop’s Lydeard. Estelle Randall and Victoria Taylor were on target for Forest Green, whilst Lydeard netted through Holly Miller and Imogen Miller.

Weston-super-Mare were back in action in the Northern Division and extended their lead to four points as they beat a spirited Mangotsfield Utd side 1-0, Viktoriia Khandusenko scoring the only goal of the game. With AEK Boco not playing, Gloucester City have replaced them in second place by keeping up their own impressive start, goals from Kally Lloyd, Georgianna Slanina-Wertz, Jayda Garza and Kate Ambrey taking them to a 4-1 victory over St Vallier, whose consolation came from Charlotte Woodman. SGS Olveston Utd meanwhile maintained their own improving form as a second half goal from Marissia James gave them a narrow 1-0 success against Bristol Rovers Development.

Ridgeway Ladies may well have caught the backlash from Eastern Division leaders Poole Town after their defeat last week. Lauren Kelly bagged a hat-trick whilst Amy Maidment, Katie Marshallsay, Debbie Collinson and Georgia Kemp hit doubles and Emma King was also on target for the Dolphins who have gone six points clear, with second placed Stockwood Wanderers not having a game. Royal Wootton Bassett have drawn level on points with Stockwood, they defeated Purton FC Women 3-1 with goals from Rosie Burridge (2) and Natalie Goodright, Jasmine Payne replying. Amy Key and Libby Goater scored the goals as Bath City Women won 2-1 away to Weymouth, who netted a consolation through Emily Screen, whilst Frome Town were 3-2 winners over Shaftesbury Ladies courtesy of a Maisie Harris double and Katie Minty, Shaftesbury netting through Nicola Castle and Samantha Shingler.

Southern Region League

Ascot Utd have stretched their lead at the top to five points following their 1-0 win away to Winchester City Flyers on Sunday, which was given to them when Laura Spark scored the only goal of the game, midway through the second half. In the other game, an injury time equaliser from Ellie White earned Oxford City a 1-1 draw against Eastleigh, who had taken a first half lead through Amber O’Reilly.

Kidlington Youth have seen their lead trimmed to six points in Division One North after they were beaten 7-3 by Penn & Tyler’s Green. Henna Hussain was on target five times for the home side, along with Liberty Dieppe and Rebecca Stopforth. Long Crendon narrowed the gap in second as a Tara Woodward double and Eleanor Lovelock earned them a 3-1 win away to Beaconsfield Town. Jessica Exell scored for Milton Utd in their 1-1 draw with Chesham Utd Development, who had earlier led through Katie West, while Ascot Utd Res were 4-2 winners away to Abingdon Utd Development.

In Division One South, second placed Bournemouth Sports Res were held to a 1-1 draw by Woking FC Women. Both goals came in the first half, Emily Phillips had given Sports an early lead, with Woking levelling through Helen Ogle. Abbey Rangers meanwhile lifted themselves into mid-table on the back of a 5-3 victory over Fleet Town, with Beth Easterman, Carla Hobbs, Leah Robertson, Lauren Timbrell and Jessica Tripp all getting on the scoresheet.

West Midlands League

The top two in the Premier Division were not in action in Sunday and third placed Shrewsbury Town have narrowed the gap on them by beating Crusaders 6-1. Katie Doster led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on target for the Shrews were Zoe Child, Henrietta Arnold and Libby Veitch. Kidderminster Harriers are a further point behind after Demi Phillips (2), Jasmin Springer, Lara Stevens and Dionne Williams gave them a 5-0 success at Lichfield City but Burton Albion lost ground when they were beaten 2-0 by Knowle, for whom Nadia Bacciochi netted a brace.

Just two games survived the weather in Division One North, with Walsall FC Women beating Coventrians 7-2 to move up to third, Mia Fellows bagging a hat-trick along with Emily Golding, Saanya Najib, Rhiannon Bate and Maicie Golding. Sophie Woodhead and Aimee Blakemore were on target for Coventry City as they shared a 2-2 draw with Walsall Wood, who netted through Nicole Bayliss and Chloe Chapman.

Redditch Borough are the new leaders of Division One South after goals from Katie Potter and Esther Lau-Mackaay took them to a 2-0 success in their derby match away to Redditch Utd. For the second week running, a win would have seen Long Itchington take over at the top but despite goals from Humera Ashfaq and Marianna Redmond-Lyon, they went down 4-2 to Rugby Town, for whom Chloe Debaes hit a hat-trick and Grace Keenan added the other. Worcester City Development meanwhile made up ground on the top three by beating Kingfisher 4-0, Mia Badland bagging a brace along with Emily Crow and Lauren Smith.