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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes have moved to the top of the Premier Division with a 6-1 victory over Heather St Johns. They replace Long Eaton Utd as leaders and also have three games in hand. Shepshed Dynamo follow on in third place after they won 2-1 away to Corby S & L.
The top two in Division One North met each other and it was Rise Park who emerged as 4-2 winners, meaning they now trail Steel City Wanderers by two points and have played four less matches. Market Warsop may well be the main rivals to Rise Park now and they kept up their challenge by winning 3-1 away to Nettleham. Hucknall Town are out of the bottom two in some style, scoring eight without reply past Grimsby Town.
The top two in Division One South did not play and this allowed Daventry Town to catch up ground with a 12-0 victory at Barrowby. Oadby Owls also won well, 11-1 against Kingsthorpe, and Leicester Fosse defeated Oadby & Wigston 8-1.
Eastern Region League
Haringey Borough gave their chances of climbing off the bottom of the Premier Division table a shot in the arm as they won 3-2 away to Woodbridge Town, Lekesha James scoring twice with Julia Carruthers also on target.
Thorpe Utd have opened up a lead of three points in Division One North after goals from Camilla Wilson, Lauren Kett, Rebekah Lake and Rebecca Russell gave them a 4-0 victory over Cambridge Women Res. Becky Taylor netted twice, with Sarah Gee and Alison Wright adding the others as Great Shelford beat Taverham 4-1 to climb into fourth place, just ahead of Norwich City Res who won 2-0 at Huntingdon Town thanks to Katrina Carman and Hayley Peverley.
Billericay Town stepped up their Division One South title challenge with a 4-1 success away to Royston Town. Vanessa Wilson, Lisa Silverton, Hayley Spallin and Marie Barker were all on the scoresheet for the Essex side. Jacqueline Stott and Claire Poulton bagged the goals as Sawbridgeworth Town defeated Hannakins 2-1.
London & South East League
Littlehampton Town consolidated themselves in third place and kept in touch with the leading sides as they ran out 3-0 winners over AFC Wimbledon. Westfield are now in fourth following their 7-1 victory over Whitehawk. The division's two draw experts, Maidstone Town and Boreham Wood, met each other and, perhaps unsurprisingly, shared six goals.
One match was played in Division One (London) and it resulted in a change of leadership, Kikk FC climbing to the top of the table on the back of a 5-1 success away to Knaphill Wanderers.
North East League
Stacey Walstow, Jess Burton and Sue Elrington scored the goals as Barnsley got their title push back on track and gained revenge for their defeat to York City the previous Sunday by winning the return match 3-1. Huddersfield Town are not out of the running and they closed the gap on second place with a 5-0 victory at Durham City.
After suffering their first defeat of the season last week, Whitley Bay Res moved swiftly back to winning ways and the 5-0 success over Scarborough extends their lead in the Northern Division to six points. Lumley are now their nearest rivals, lifting themselves into second place by beating Birtley Town 4-0.
Sheffield Utd Junior Blades maintained their six point lead at the top of the Southern Division with a
6-0 victory over Ossett Albion. Tara Madeley struck a hat-trick for the Blades whose other goals came from Lucy Foreman (2) and Kathryn Mudge. Castleford White Rose continue the chase in second as they pipped Beverley Town by the odd goal in seven, putting a dent in the home team's own title prospects. Leeds City Vixens Res are back in third following their 2-1 win at Wetherby Athletic. Bradford City A are out of the bottom two after winning a high scoring affair 6-4 against Wakefield Res.
North West League
Chorley hold on to the leadership of the Premier Division after their nearest rivals were unable to take opportunities to replace them. Crewe Alexandra went down to a 1-0 defeat at Chester City and this allowed Fletcher Moss Rangers to move into second place after they shared a 2-2 draw with fellow challengers Burnley Girls & Ladies. Preston North End meanwhile kept up their improving form with a
5-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
Blackpool power on at the top of Division One North and preserved their lead of ten points with a 7-1 win away to Warrington Town. Penrith AFC scored ten without reply against Bolton Ambassadors to stay at the head of the chasing pack. Blackpool Wren Rovers won 8-1 at Springfields (Preston) to keep their challenge well on course as did Morecambe with a 2-1 victory over Bolton Lads & Girls.
Northwich Vixens are closing in on the Division One South title and are now eleven points clear following their 6-0 win against AFC Liverpool. Second placed Manchester Stingers received a huge blow to their hopes as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Birkenhead. Mossley Hill Res meanwhile ran up their biggest victory of the season, 13-3 over Airbus UK.
South West League
Salisbury City boosted their chances of a potential League and Cup 'double' as they progressed into the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup with a 2-0 victory over Swindon Supermarine, thanks to a brace of goals from Charlotte Eastman. Exeter City meanwhile came from behind to beat Cleeve West Town 2-1. Mollie Stevens had given the Somerset side a first half lead but Kirsty Caunter levelled matters via a free kick and Helen Kukor grabbed the winner for Exeter late on when she scored from close range.
Bristol Ladies Union returned to the top of the Premier Division after winning 4-2 away to Falmouth Town, Sarah White and Alicia Bravo each netting doubles. Marine Academy (Plymouth) are up into second as a Steph Warren goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Frome Town. Taunton Town meanwhile picked up their second win of the season when beating Stoke Lane Athletic 2-1, a double from Collette Martin lifting her side out of the bottom two.
One match was played in Eastern Division One, the mid-table battle between Forest Green Rovers Res and Cirencester Town which finished level at 2-2. Lucy Martin and Sam Wiggan were on target for Forest Green, with Cirencester replying through Susie Berry and Katrina Fisher.
Southern Region League
In the Premier Division, Woodley Saints stepped up their title challenge and moved to within one point of the leadership as they defeated Maidenhead Utd 4-0.
Southampton Women are up into second place in Division One after they were 4-0 winners over Southampton Saints Res in their local derby. At the other end of the table, Reading Ladies are still seeking their first points following their 6-0 reverse away to Boscombe Albion, who have extended the gap between themselves and the bottom two.
West Midlands League
Dudley Utd remain on course for a League and Cup 'double' after they narrowly beat holders Solihull Ladies 1-0 in the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup. The Premier Division leaders will await for the winners of the all-Hereford semi which was postponed.
One of the Division One North Cup semi finals went ahead and it saw Bedworth Utd win 2-1 against Chasetown. Their opponents in the Final will be either Wyrley Ladies or Stafford Town.
In the Premier Division, Allscott look set for a top three finish after they defeated Cannock 3-1 to keep themselves in second place.
One match took place in Division One South and it failed to produce any goals, but it did produce a useful point for Malvern Town as they shared a goalless draw with mid-table Redditch Utd.
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