Regional Leagues: Hamlet on high

Dulwich Hamlet, new London & South East leaders
What going top of the league feels like. (Photo: @dulwichhamfc_w)

AFC Bournemouth, Dulwich Hamlet and Peterborough United took over at the top of their respective Women’s Regional Leagues on Sunday 13 October.

EASTERN – Colney catch Harlow

PREMIER – Colney Heath are level on points with leaders Harlow Town after scoring all five goals at Bowers & Pitsea. Wymondham Town’s 4-1 score against Bedford saw the leapfrog them up to seventh, while St Ives Town won 3-1 at Haringey Borough.

LEAGUE CUP GROUP STAGE – Millwall Lionesses shared eight goals with Cambridge City Development, the latter trailing 4-2 but eventually levelling in the last minute. There were 4-0 victories for Wodson Park at Hoddesdon Town Owls and Newmarket Town over Stevenage Development, while Histon came away from Leigh Ramblers with a 3-2 result and AFC Sudbury had a walkover at Lawford.

EAST MIDLANDS – Posh push Millers off the top

PREMIER – Peterborough United netted a dozen goals at Loughborough Students with three by Hannah Pendred as they replaced Rotherham United in pole position.

1 NORTH – A mad six-minute spell straddling the interval saw four goals scored as Hykeham Town hit top spot with a 6-3 scoreline at Arnold Eagles. Sleaford Town’s Jay-Leanne Fenton was red-carded but they still ended Notts County Development’s perfect form in a 2-2 draw. Elsewhere, it finished 3-3 between Arnold Town and Grimsby Borough.

1 SOUTH – Beaumont Park beat Lutterworth Athletic 5-0 to make it five straight wins and move six points clear.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Hamlet hit the heights

Leyton Orient Development, new Greater London leaders
Leyton Orient lead the Greater London League on goals scored. (Photo: @OrientWFC)

PREMIER – Dulwich Hamlet sank Saltdean United 5-0 to become new leaders, Fulham are up to third following a 3-1 scoreline over Denham United in which Alice Curr bagged a brace in the last 17 minutes and Whyteleafe went above Dartford into fourth after edging them 3-2.

GREATER LONDON – Leyton Orient Development took over at the top from Hackney by one goal with a 4-1 defeat of Sutton United. Clapham United hit Victoire 6-1 and Godalming Town’s 3-2 win over Watford Development featured a double by Megan Vincer.

SOUTH EAST COUNTIES PREMIER – Leaders Lewes Foundation made it four in a row with a 4-2 result at Ashford Ladies, Phoenix Sports’ 4-0 defeat of Eastbourne United put them second. Herne Bay came away 4-2 winners at Crawley Wasps DS and Newhaven claimed a first win 2-0 at Hassocks.

NORTH EAST – Shields shook by Harrogate

PREMIER – Two surprise outcomes as South Shields’ winning start was abruptly ended 8-0 at a previously point-less Harrogate Town whose Lyndsey Whitton scored five times, while top team Wallsend BC were held 1-1 at next-to-bottom York City.

1 NORTH – Lumley’s Jade Fenton got the decider as her side won 2-1 at leaders Boro Rangers. Second-placed Sunderland West End overcame Prudhoe Town 8-3 with an Allison Ferris treble, despite Samantha Garcia replying with an 11-minute hat-trick straight after the restart. Washington made up for a points deduction by beating Chester le Street Town Development 3-0, while Blyth Town had a 3-1 win against Consett.

1 SOUTH – Bridlington Rovers took top spot from Sheffield Wendesday on goal-difference with Amy Ward’s two-goals helping them win 4-3 at Hepworth United. Altofts rose above Wakefield Trinity tho third after beating them 3-1 away.

NORTH WEST – Tranmere open gap

PREMIER – Tranmere Rovers went clear at the top with a 6-1 sinking of Sir Tom Finney, West Didsbury & Chorlton ended Morecambe perfect start with a 1-1 draw. Wigan Athletic’s first win came 7-1 over basement side Fleetwood Town Wrens and Crewe Alexandra claimed the points 3-1 at Merseyrail.

1 NORTH – Penrith stayed first with a 3-1 win at Workington Reds, Accrington Sports in second were 7-0 winners over Morecambe Reserves and Blackburn CSC beat Carlisle United 8-1.

1 SOUTH – The leading trio all won, Curzon Ashton with nine goals against Liverpool Feds Reserves, Warrington Wolverines posting a 2-0 result at West Kirby and Salford City Lionesses storming to a 14-1 victory at Wythenshawe Amateurs.

SOUTHERN – Bennett fires Bournemouth first

AFC Bournemouth back on top of Southern League
Cherries on top again. (Photo: afcb.co.uk)

PREMIER – AFC Bournemouth are back at the summit after a single Hannah Bennett goal direct from a corner gave them three points at Wycombe Wanderers. Moneyfields also extended their 100% record, going third with all five goals at Ascot United.

ONE – Abbey Rangers are one point short of leaders Eastleigh after beating Bournemouth Sports 4-0 to make it four wins in a row.

SOUTH WEST – Keysnham account for Callington

PREMIER – Keynsham Town Development downed leaders Callington Town 1-0 through Lucy Bidgood, Bideford’s first win came 4-1 over AFC Middlezoy and Portishead got off the mark 9-1 at Torquay United.

1 EASTERN – Sherborne Town are up to fourth, immediately behind Laverstock & Ford where they tied 4-4.

1 NORTHERN – Cheltenham Town Development thrashed hosts Weston Super Mare 10-0, Leonie Gough coming off the bench to score three times.

1 WESTERN – Alphington’s Helen Kukor scored four in their 5-1 win at St Agnes that put them level on points with leaders Feniton. Plymouth Argyle Resrves plundered 13 goals against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, top scorer was  Maisie Williams with a treble.

WEST MIDLANDS – Redditch retain first place

PREMIER – Redditch United held the leadership with a 5-2 success against Sutton Coldfield Town, Kidsgrove Athletic are second after a 4-2 win over Worcester City in which Natasha Lawrence got a hat-trick, Leek Town fourth with Chantelle Gallagher netting three of their four goals against Coventry Sphinx.

1 NORTH – Second-placed AFC Telford United had to settle for a goalless draw at home to Shrewsbury Town, Jenna Boddison found the net three times as Shifnal Town ran out 7-0 winners at Kewford Eagles.

1 SOUTH – Cookley Sports are second behind only Stourbridge after a 3-1 scoreline against Kingfisher.

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