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East Midlands League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, third placed Shepshed Dynamo lifting themselves to within three points of the leadership with a 4-2 victory over Mansfield Town, who remain in fourth.
The Division One North top of the table clash went the way of Steel City Wanderers, who replaced Market Warsop as leaders by beating them 6-2. Maria Burns, Sam Hallam, Laurie Marris, Lucy Smith, Sarah Smith and Vanessa Wilshaw all netted a goal apiece for the Steels. Nettleham meanwhile moved out of the bottom two, courtesy of a 2-0 win away to West Bridgford.
Eastern Region League
Peterborough are in the top three of the Premier Division following an emphatic 18-0 win away to Haringey Borough. Lesley-Ann Seaman was on target nine times and Jade Bell weighed in with seven, with Claire Knibbs and Donna Nicholls completing the tally. Woodbridge Town meanwhile picked up an important 4-3 victory over Chelmsford City thanks to Kristie Turner (2), Charlene Roach and Michelle Allum.
In Division One North, Thorpe Utd defeated Whitton Utd 5-0 to move within three points of leaders Ipswich Wanderers. Rebekah Lake hit a hat-trick for Thorpe and she was joined on the scoresheet by Meg Evans and Rebecca Russell. Fakenham Town kept up their challenge as Nicola Bray (2), Shelly Woods and Shanice Burch gave them a 4-0 victory at Cambridge Women Res. Great Shelford netted seven without reply past Cambridge Rangers, Alison Wright and Becky Taylor both bagged hat-tricks with Briannah Baker adding the other.
London & South East League
Denham Utd took full advantage of their rivals' inactivity to open up a nine point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-1 win away to Crawley Wasps.
The leadership of Division One (London) exchanged hands once again on Sunday, Kikk FC returned to the top of the table by beating previous leaders Kent Magpies 4-1. Tower Hamlets are out of the bottom two after they shared a 2-2 draw with MSA Ladies.
North East League
The only league action on Sunday took place in the Southern Division as Sheffield Utd Junior Blades cemented their position at the top of the table. Lucy Ridley, Tara Madeley, Jade Rabjohn, Gemma Garbett and Kathryn Mudge all found the net as the Blades won 5-1 at Bradford City A to open up a lead of three points. Leeds City Vixens Res meanwhile went level on points with second placed Castleford White Rose, thanks to an 8-1 victory over Wakefield Res.
North West League
Burnley Girls & Ladies have taken over at the top of the Premier Division following their 6-1 victory over Preston North End. Crewe Alexandra had started the day as leaders but, despite picking up a useful point in a 1-1 draw at third placed Chorley, they are now in second on goal difference. Wigan Athletic won 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers to maintain their interest as did Denton Town, who edged out Chester City by the odd goal in five. At the other end, Bury Girls & Ladies claimed an important 5-3 victory over Wigan Ladies, who are still seeking their first points.
Blackpool preserved their lead of two points in Division One North by scoring eight without reply past Whitehaven. Morecambe went two better, beating Warrington Town 10-0 to remain hard on their heels in second place. Penrith AFC made sure of keeping in touch with the leaders as they won 5-3 at Bolton Lads & Girls, whilst Carlisle defeated Leigh RMI 7-0 to climb into the top half. Bolton Ambassadors meanwhile won for the first time, 5-3 against Springfields (Preston).
Northwich Vixens recorded another huge victory, 17-2 against Airbus UK to stay three points clear in Division One South. Their two main rivals met each other and it was Manchester Stingers who emerged victorious, beating Greater Manchester Police 4-3 to climb above them into second. Birkenhead defeated Mossley Hill Res 5-1 to stay in fourth, ahead of Liverpool Feds Res who were held to a 1-1 draw by Winsford. Macclesfield Town moved into mid-table as they ran out 8-1 winners over Glossop North End.
South West League
The two teams at the top of the Premier Division met each other and honours were shared as Bristol Ladies Union and Larkhall Athletic battled out a 2-2 draw. Union had gone into a two-goal lead thanks to Thandi McNair and Alicia Bravo but Larkhall hit back to claim an important point through goals from Kelly Cripps and Nicki O'Connell.
In the other game to be played, Swindon Supermarine are back on top of Eastern Division One after Robyn Levett and an own goal gave them a 2-1 victory over Poole Town.
West Midlands League
County Cup duties and weather ensured that just one match was played in the league on Sunday.
In Division One North, Bridgnorth Spartans picked up a useful point when battling out a 3-3 draw with mid-table Coseley Town.
* no matches were played in the Southern Region League on the weekend.
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