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East Midlands League
The only Premier Division match to be played on Sunday was an important one between two sides in the top three. Honours turned out to be even on the day as Heather St Johns and Peterborough Azure battled out a 1-1 draw which keeps a two point gap between the two clubs.
Steel City Wanderers missed out on an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of Division One North as they went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Nettleham, meaning they remain three points ahead but have played three more games than second placed Market Warsop. Nettleham stay in fifth, just ahead of Grimsby Town who were 2-0 winners over Sparta Nottingham.
In Division One South, second placed Hinckley Utd closed the gap on leaders Radcliffe Olympic Res to three points with a 2-0 victory away to Leicester Fosse.
Eastern Region League
Barking hold on to the leadership of the Premier Division despite going down to a 3-1 defeat to Chelmsford City, for whom Michelle Davis, Lynsey Bowman and Kim Jeffery were on target. In a remarkably tight division, the top four are now level on points, having been joined by Bedford Ladies who won 2-1 at Peterborough thanks to Sarah Saunders and an own goal. Cambridge University meanwhile climbed off the bottom after Amanda Wainwright and Manon Van Thorenburg gave them a
2-1 victory over Woodbridge Town.
Two of the main title contenders in Division One North met each other on Sunday with Fakenham Town and Ipswich Wanderers battling out a 2-2 draw. Shelly Woods and Chloe Riches were on target for Fakenham with Kayleigh Harwood and Rachel Gwilliam replying for Ipswich who lead by four points from Fakenham and Thorpe Utd, having played two games more. Norwich City Res kept their hopes alive by scoring seven without reply at Whitton Utd, Sophie Fuller hitting a hat-trick with others from Hayley Peverley (2), Danielle Masthorpe and an own goal. Becky Taylor netted twice, with Alison Wright, Sarah Gee and Shavaun Barnum also on the scoresheet as Great Shelford defeated Haverhill Rovers 5-1.
Billericay Town kept up their title challenge in Division One South as goals from Lisa Silverton and Kerry Oldham earned them a 2-1 victory at Sawbridgeworth Town in the only game played.
London & South East League
West Ham Utd Development have opened up a lead of three points at the top of Division One (London) after they won 2-1 against Knaphill Wanderers.
North East League
In the only Premier Division match to be played, Hull City put distance between themselves and the bottom two places with an 8-3 victory away to York City.
Brandon Ladies edged themselves further ahead at the top of the Northern Division after they battled out a 3-3 draw with Norton & Stockton Ancients, which takes them four points clear.
The top three teams in the Southern Division did not play on Sunday and it gave an opportunity for their nearest rivals to make up some ground. Ossett Albion ran out 5-0 winners at AFC Preston to move into fourth, just ahead of Doncaster Rovers Belles A who beat Beverley Town 2-1, but Rothwell Town lost ground as they went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Wakefield Res. Wetherby Athletic continue to improve and they headed further a mid-table place with a 7-2 victory over Bradford City A.
North West League
One match managed to survive the weather in the Premier Division, Bolton Wanderers sharing a 1-1 draw with Chester City which keeps both teams in mid-table.
In Division One North, Penrith AFC moved to within four points of the leadership following a 4-0 local derby victory over Whitehaven. It was a good day for Warrington Town as they recorded their first league victory of the season, 5-2 against Leigh RMI, to lift themselves off the bottom.
Only one match went ahead in Division One South and it also produced a good result for the bottom team, Airbus UK defeating Glossop North End 5-1 to register their first points of the season.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic have returned to the top of the Premier Division after they won 2-0 away to Frome Town. Emily Harrington and Anna Walby scored the goals to take the Larks two points clear.
Salisbury City stay on top of Eastern Division One following their 3-0 victory at Cleeve West Town, thanks to a Vicky Barnes brace and Rebecca Davis. Swindon Supermarine made sure of keeping pace with them as Kayleigh Smith and an own goal gave them a 2-0 win over Bishop's Lydeard. Swindon Spitfires also won 2-0, against Ilminster Town thanks to Lyndsey Ball and Cara Costello and this result allowed Nailsea Utd to climb out of the bottom two with a 2-0 success over Forest Green Rovers Res, Kate Brand and Lindsay Pilgrim netting their goals.
Southern Region League
Bracknell Town climbed into third place in the Premier Division after they scored ten without reply away to Launton in the only match played.
In Division One, Mansfield Road narrowed the gap on the top three with a 3-1 victory over Boscombe Albion. Henley Town likewise kept in touch with a leading sides as they ran out 8-0 winners against Newbury Ladies & Girls.
West Midlands League
In the only Premier Division match to go ahead on Sunday, Wednesfield Town increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two as they won 3-0 away to Kidderminster Harriers.
Stafford Town increased their lead at the top of Division One North to three points with a 9-1 victory at Bridgnorth Spartans. Second placed Cottage Farm Rangers were held to a goalless draw by Prees Raiders and they have been caught by Kidsgrove who scored ten without reply against Withymoor. At the other end of the table, Chasetown claimed their first points of the season when beating Coseley Town 4-2.
Leamington Lions are continuing to set a hot pace in Division One South, keeping their two point lead with a 9-1 victory over Birmingham Athletic. Coventry City Development remain just behind in second place following their 2-0 success at Knowle. In the other game, Marston Green drew for the sixth time when sharing four goals with Rugby Town, for whom the point takes them nearer to safety.
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