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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd maintained their three point lead at the top of the Premier Division after they won 3-2 away to Heather St Johns. Shepshed Dynamo meanwhile consolidated themselves in second place as they defeated Peterborough Azure 4-1. Gedling Town moved into a mid-table position by scoring nine without reply past Corby S & L.
In Division One North, Steel City Wanderers have opened up a lead of three points at the top following their 5-1 success away to OOH Lincoln Development. Rise Park beat Sparta Nottingham 3-1 to move to within one point of second placed Market Warsop. Arnold Town ran out 4-1 winners over Grimsby Town whilst Nettleham leapfrogged West Bridgford in the table after beating them 5-2.
Radcliffe Olympic Res continue to set the pace in Division One South as they won 3-1 at Raunds Town to remain six points ahead of Hinckley Utd who inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Daventry Town, beating them 1-0. Oadby & Wigston meanwhile picked up a useful point when sharing four goals with Barrowby.
Eastern Region League
Barking ascended to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Woodbridge Town. Carly Copplestone and Vicky Bruce netted the goals for Barking, with Woodbridge replying through Charlene Roach and Michelle Allum. Sarah Tayler bagged a hat-trick as Arlesey Town ran out 7-0 winners at Cambridge University to move to within three points of the leadership. Katerina Hamplova (2), Mandy Cain and Becky Charter weighed in with the other goals.
The only other action in the league on Sunday took place in Division One South, where bottom of the table Hoddesdon Owls defeated Royston Town 3-1 to claim their first points of the season. Becky Scola was on target twice for Hoddesdon, along with Sarah Hitch.
London & South East League
With Premier Division leaders Denham Utd on F.A.Women's Cup duty, second placed Tooting & Mitcham Utd seized the opportunity to close the gap on them to six points with a 3-1 win away to Wandgas. At the other end of the table, Whitehawk put more distance between themselves and the bottom two by beating AFC Wimbledon 2-0.
There was a change of leadership in Division One (London) where West Ham Utd Development went top of the table for the first time this season, courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Brentford. The Hammers lead on goal difference from Kikk FC who scored six without reply against Tower Hamlets. Enfield Town Res lifted themselves off the bottom as they picked up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw with Knaphill Wanderers, who are now one place above them.
North East League
For the first time since 14th November, there were matches played in the Premier Division and it turned out to be a bad day back for second placed Hessle Town as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Hull City. Huddersfield Town are now just behind Hessle in third place after beating York City 5-3.
In the one match to be played in the Northern Division, Brandon Ladies climbed to the top of the table, with a lead of three points, thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Teesside Sport Ladies.
Southern Division leaders Sheffield Utd Junior Blades did not play but their lead of four points still remains. Castleford White Rose edged out Wetherby Athletic by the odd goal in nine to go into second place on goal difference from Leeds City Vixens Res, who were beaten 3-0 by Beverley Town. Doncaster Rovers Belles A suffered a setback as they lost 3-2 at home to Bradford City A.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra have returned to the top of the Premier Division following their 4-1 victory over Preston North End. They lead by a solitary point from Chorley who moved into second courtesy of beating Wigan Athletic 7-1.
One match was played in Division One North but it resulted in only the second defeat of the season for leaders Blackpool, 3-2 at the hands of Brazil who move into second place, four points behind their beaten opponents.
In Division One South, Manchester Stingers notched up a 6-3 victory at Macclesfield Town which takes them level on points with table toppers Northwich Vixens. Birkenhead kept their challenge alive by running out 8-2 winners over Winsford, whilst Liverpool Feds Res defeated Mossley Hill Res 3-1.
South West League
The battle at the top of the Premier Division is hotting up once again and it is Bristol Ladies Union who continue to lead the way after beating Taunton Town 5-0. Frankie Stone bagged a hat-trick for Union with one apiece from Sarah Lever and Tandy McNair. Larkhall Athletic defeated Stoke Lane Athletic
7-0 to remain one point off the pace in second place, Jodie Whaley and Kate German scoring twice along with Kelly Cripps, Emily Harrington and Sarah Gregory. Marine Academy (Plymouth) stay well in touch as they scored six without reply at Falmouth Town to avenge their defeat by the Cornish side earlier in the season. Coral Smith bagged a double, with one apiece from Emma Pemberton, Steph Warren, Corinne Potts and Sam Drewery. Keynsham Town Development were held to a 2-2 draw by Frome Town who took a two-goal lead through a Lindsay Whitton penalty and Mel Sartain, before Keynsham hit back with goals from Andreea Alexandru and Amy Davies.
County Cup commitments helped ensure that the Eastern Division One fixture programme was reduced to just one game, Forest Green Rovers Res recording a 14-1 victory over Ilminster Town.
Nailsea Utd booked their place in the First Round of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, thanks to a 2-1 victory away to last season's semi finalists Cirencester Town. Kate Liddington and Charlotte Savage netted the goals for Nailsea.
Southern Region League
The top two sides in the Premier Division came face to face in the Second Round of the League Cup and it is Shanklin who progress to the quarter finals, thanks to a 4-2 success away to table toppers Woodley Saints. In the other tie to be played, Oxford Utd also went through to the last eight but only just, edging out Basingstoke Town 3-2 after extra time.
Premier Division high fliers Maidenhead Utd were given a scare by Henley Town in the Chairman's Cup First Round before finally making it through with a 4-3 victory. Wycombe Wanderers pipped Beaconsfield SYCOB by the only goal of the game and, in another closely fought tie, Boscombe Albion were 5-3 winners over Newbury Ladies & Girls after extra time.
West Midlands League
Allscott remain in second place in the Premier Division after being held to a 2-2 draw by Hereford Pegasus but could only trim Dudley Utd's lead to seven points. Solihull Ladies meanwhile kept their challenge well on course as they ran out 5-1 winners away to Hereford Phoenix. Lichfield Diamonds are in the top half following their 3-2 victory over Kingshurst Sporting and Wednesfield Town picked up a welcome 3-2 win against Cannock.
Stafford Town are the new leaders of Division One North after they scored nine without reply against Prees Raiders. They head the table by a point from Cottage Farm Rangers with Wyrley Ladies a further point adrift in third place following their 3-1 success against Chasetown.
No change at the top of Division One South where Leamington Lions won 2-0 at Southam Utd to stay two points ahead of Coventry City Development, who defeated Ferndale 6-1. Third placed Fairfield Villa lost ground as they were beaten 3-1 by Walsall, who are now one place behind them. Redditch Utd gained a useful 3-2 victory against Marston Green whilst Malvern Town claimed their first league win of the season, edging out Rugby Town by the odd goal in five.
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