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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students need to win two of their remaining five games in order to secure the Premier Division title and a swift return to the Midland Combination. Their 4-1 win away to Peterborough Azure keeps them a single point ahead of Friar Lane & Epworth who kept up their challenge by beating Rolls Royce Leisure 3-1. Gedling Town remain in third despite being held to a 2-2 draw by improving Corby S & L but Clifton suffered a setback as they were beaten 5-2 by Shepshed Dynamo. Mansfield Town edged out Market Warsop by the odd goal in nine to move into the top half, just ahead of Heather St Johns who were 1-0 winners over Sandiacre Town.
The Division One North title race was thrown open once again after leaders Retford Utd were beaten
4-0 by Grimsby Town. This allowed Steel City Wanderers to close the gap to two points with a 7-1 win at West Bridgford, Laura Elsworth scoring a hat-trick along with Laurie Maris (2), Sarah Smith and Kayleigh Gerrity. Allestree claimed a 5-1 victory over Arnold Town whilst Rise Park defeated Linby CW 6-2.
Newly crowned Division One South Champions Long Eaton Utd keep on winning, their 6-1 success at Oadby & Wigston stretching their lead to five points. Huncote S & SC need to win all their remaining games in order to overhaul Hinckley Utd for the runners-up spot, they kept those hopes alive by beating Barrowby 4-0. Daventry Town won 1-0 at Raunds Town and can still finish third whilst Asfordby Amateurs and Kingsthorpe finished level at 2-2.
Eastern Region League
Zoe Rushen and Laken Duchar-Clark scored the goals as Braintree Town won 2-1 at Barking to stay two points ahead at the top of the Premier Division from Chelmsford City who defeated Woodbridge Town 5-1. Emma Ridings netted twice for Chelmsford along with Claire Pavett, Stacey Turner and Grainne McLaughlin. Emma Mulley bagged a double for Hethersett Athletic in their 2-1 victory over Haringey Borough.
In Division One South, Brentwood Town moved to within two points of leaders Arlesey Town by scoring ten without reply against Leighton Linslade. Kelly Walker scored a hat-trick, Sophie Lovell and Lucy Faraday weighed in with doubles along with Carla Rose, Danielle Butler and an own goal. Paris Smith and Lisa Silverton were on target as Billericay Town won 2-0 away to Hannakins to stay in touch. AFC Kempston Rovers are finishing the season well and they were 3-1 victors at Whitwell.
London & South East League
Maidstone Town were unable to pick up the win they required to secure the Premier Division title but their 2-2 draw with Horley Town means that they realistically need a point from their final game to make sure unless Old Actonians can pick up a huge victory. Panthers moved back into third place as they finished up with a 6-1 victory over Wingate & Finchley. AFC Wimbledon meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Crawley Wasps by beating them 3-2.
Westfield did their slim hopes in Division One (London) no harm at all as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Tooting & Mitcham Utd, beating them 3-1. Hemel Hempstead defeated Luton Town Res 3-1 to go fifth, ahead of West Ham Utd Development who went down 2-0 away to Tower Hamlets.
North East League
Two of the Premier Division title challengers met each other and it was Whitley Bay who emerged as
2-1 winners over Sheffield FC. Clare Holmes gave Sheffield the lead before Sarah Coleman and Janine Fagan hit back to give Whitley the points and there was even better news for the leaders as Sheffield Utd Community lost 4-3 at home to Guiseley, meaning that Whitley now lead by five points. Huddersfield Town ran out 6-2 winners over Peterlee Town whilst Barnsley defeated St Francis 2000 5-0. Ossett Albion won for only the second time this season, 1-0 against York City.
Lumley's hopes of winning the Northern Division are over after they were beaten 4-3 at home by Teesside Athletic. This means that Birtley Town are the only team left which can still catch Durham City. Honours were even in the other game as Whitley Bay Res and Brandon Ladies shared four goals.
Hessle Town extended their lead at the top of the Southern Division to six points with a 4-1 victory over Beverley Town. Sheffield Utd Junior Blades, who have games in hand, maintained their challenge by winning 6-1 at Bradford City A. Wakefield Res scored five without reply past Tadcaster Magnets and Wetherby Athletic picked up an important point in a 1-1 draw with AFC Preston.
North West League
The midweek title showdown between Mossley Hill and Fletcher Moss Rangers finished in a 3-3 draw, meaning that Rangers must win their remaining two games in order to finish top on goal difference. Chorley defeated Bolton Wanderers 3-0 but may have to settle for third place, whilst Chester City drew 3-3 with AFC Urmston Meadowside. Burnley Girls made sure of fifth place by beating Leigh RMI 3-1 whilst Bolton look likely for a top half place as they won 2-1 at AFC Urmston in midweek.
A remarkable run of victories has carried Wigan Athletic to the leadership in Division One North and a win in their last match will see them carry off the title. On Sunday they defeated rivals Morecambe 5-2 and followed this up in midweek by defeating Warrington Town 3-0 to go top for the first time. Blackpool Wren Rovers Res assured themselves of sixth place with a 5-3 victory over Warrington.
Denton Town made sure of finishing as Champions of Division One South by scoring fourteen without reply against Airbus UK on Wednesday night. Greater Manchester Police had replaced them at the top on Sunday with a 7-0 win at Buxton but they will have to settle for runners-up for the second year in a row. Liverpool Feds Res shared four goals with Birkenhead and will finish third, ahead of Manchester Stingers who were beaten 3-1 by AFC Liverpool.
South West League
Gloucester City became the first club to win a Regional League title this season and did so in style, with a 5-0 victory over previously unbeaten Saltash Utd. Kelly Aldridge scored twice with Helen Wood, Candy Hopson and Yvette Kemp rounding off a stunning win to give Gloucester their biggest ever success. Larkhall Athletic can still mathematically finish in second place and kept those hopes alive as a double from Anna Walby gave them a 2-1 win away to Cheltenham Town. Stoke Lane Athletic had a good week, Lucy Sparkes hitting a hat-trick and Leanne Ware the other when winning 4-1 at Poole Town on Sunday before a 3-2 success over Chippenham Town in midweek. Chippenham had earlier won 3-0 away to Oldland Abbotonians thanks to '---- ----' (2) and Emma Boulter.
In the Eastern Division, Keynsham Town Development made sure that could not be caught as they won 4-0 at Downend Flyers. Hari Sabic netted twice for Keynsham with Amy Davies and Aimee Clark also on target. Cirencester Town, who led the table for the majority of the season, secured the runners-up spot following their goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers Res.
A recalculation of the Western Division table, with many points being deducted and awarded, has left Falmouth Town four points ahead of Yeovil Town Res, with Marjons Old Suttonians a further point behind. One game was played on Sunday, Plymouth Argyle Res scoring ten without reply past Torpoint Athletic, spearheaded by a five-goal haul from Kat Marment. Faye Hankinson and Danii Moody weighed in with doubles and Gemma Farley rounded off the scoring.
Southern Region League
Southampton Saints will meet Maidenhead Utd in this season's League Cup Final after the sides won their respective semi finals on Sunday. Saints edged out Shanklin 3-2 whilst Maidenhead were 6-3 winners over Aldershot Town.
In the Premier Division, Bracknell Town went level on points with fourth placed Wycombe Wanderers by beating them 1-0 and Launton's 2-0 victory over MK Wanderers lifts them off the bottom.
University of Portsmouth moved into third place in Division One after they ran out 6-0 victors against Newbury Ladies & Girls.
West Midlands League
Two of the three challengers in this season's Premier Division title race met each other in the Premier Division Cup Final on Sunday and, unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a close affair. Solihull Ladies narrowly defeated Worcester City 1-0 with Mel Pugh netting the only goal of the game in the first half but Solihull needed to defend very strongly after the break to hold on for their success.
Coseley Town are another team still in with a chance of a League and Cup 'double' after they clinched the Division One North Cup with a 2-1 victory over Wyrley Juniors in the Final.
The Division One South Cup Final went the way of Coventry City Development who were 2-0 winners over Leamington Lions. Sarah Giles gave Coventry the lead just before half time and Sam Pattinson settled a well contested game midway through the second half with the second goal.
In the Premier Division, Bradwell Belles enhanced their chances of a top five finish as they won 3-2 away to Hereford Pegasus. Lichfield Diamonds can still pip them to that and stayed on course with a
1-0 success at Kidsgrove, whilst Cannock and Allscott battled out a 1-1 draw.
Stafford Town can still challenge in Division One North and did their hopes no harm as they defeated Tamworth Lionesses 7-1. Cottage Farm Rangers and Bedworth Utd finished goalless and Withymoor came away from Rugeley Ladies with an 8-1 victory.
Birmingham Athletic hold on to second place in Division One South following their 5-1 win against Marston Green. Walsall and Ferndale battled out a 1-1 draw and Redditch Utd's 3-1 victory over Rea Valley has lifted them off the bottom.
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