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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes have gone four points clear in the Premier Division with a 7-3 defeat of Gedling Town. Melissa Reid (2), Nicola Attwood, Joanne Hearne and Jo Keatley netted their goals with Sophie Digva hitting a hat-trick in reply. Second placed Long Eaton Utd were beaten 4-2 by Friar Lane & Epworth, for whom Roschelle Shakes scored all four goals. Jody Scott netted the goals as Heather St Johns picked up a valuable point in a 2-2 draw with Sandiacre Town, who replied through Lynne Thompson and Natalie Loughenbury. Retford Utd and Peterborough Azure still remain in the bottom three as they shared four goals in their meeting.
Rise Park are back on top of Division One North after they won 1-0 away to Grimsby Town. Market Warsop are two points behind in third place as Kate Millership and Kylie Goddard gave them a 2-1 success against Lincoln Development. Hucknall Town defeated West Bridgford 2-1 whilst Sparta Nottingham and Nettleham finished level at 3-3.
Radcliffe Olympic Res stay five points clear in Division One South after Sarah Wright, Jennifer Purnell, Christina Brewer, Michelle Smith and Angie Smith netted in their 6-0 victory over Raunds Town. Hinckley Utd continue to chase them in second as they won 4-2 at Barrowby, with a goal apiece from Hannah Spencer, Michelle Norton, Katy Farmer and Kirstie Deacon. Kingsthorpe meanwhile lifted themselves out of the bottom with a 14-0 success against Oadby & Wigston.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies ascended to the top of the Premier Division as they defeated Chelmsford City 5-2. Previous leaders Barking went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Arlesey Town, who climb above them into second, three points off the pace. Peterborough follow on in fourth after scoring six without reply past Kettering Town, just ahead of Brentwood Town who maintained their challenge by beating Woodbridge Town 6-1. At the other end of the table, Cambridge University picked up a vital 1-0 win over Haringey Borough to enhance their chances of climbing out of the bottom two.
In Division One North, Thorpe Utd's 3-0 victory at Huntingdon Town has taken them six points clear at the top as second placed Ipswich Wanderers were beaten 3-1 at home by Great Shelford. Norwich City Res defeated Haverhill Rovers 3-0 and Taverham are out of the bottom two following a 1-0 win over Cambridge Women Res.
The top of the table clash in Division One South went the way of C & K Basildon, who won 1-0 against previously unbeaten Hutton to go seven points ahead of their opponents. Billericay Town are a further point behind in third place after defeating Hannakins 1-0. Sawbridgeworth Town and Leverstock Green shared four points whilst Whitwell edged out Royston Town 3-2.
London & South East League
Premier Division leaders Tooting & Mitcham Utd were held to a 2-2 draw by third placed Littlehampton Town, which leaves them ten points clear having played three games more. Chichester City defeated Boreham Wood 4-1 to stay in fourth, ahead of Panthers who were 2-0 winners at Crawley Wasps. Whitehawk went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Maidstone Town which leaves them just above the bottom two, by a single point after Wandgas triumphed 2-1 away to AFC Wimbledon.
West Ham Utd Development have returned to the top of Division One (London) with a 4-2 victory at Luton Town Res. Hemel Hempstead won 2-0 against Brentford to keep up their challenge as did MSA Ladies by beating Knaphill Wanderers 2-0. Enfield Town Res defeated Tower Hamlets 6-1 to climb out of the bottom two.
North East League
Barnsley stretched their lead in the Premier Division to eleven points as they won 4-1 at Durham City, Stacy Walstow netting all four goals. Huddersfield Town beat Whitley Bay 4-1 to lift themselves into second place, ahead of Hessle Town who were beaten 4-0 by Sheffield Utd Community. Zoe Beresford, Cheryl Mawhood, Nat Froggatt and Jorden Spurr were all on target for United. York City and Peterlee Town battled out a 2-2 draw while Guiseley picked up an important 2-1 win over Hull City.
The top of the table clash in the Northern Division went the way of Lumley, who defeated leaders Whitley Bay Res 5-0 to narrow the gap at the top to three points.
Castleford White Rose rekindled their Southern Division title hopes by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Sheffield Utd Junior Blades, the 7-3 victory taking them to within three points of their opponents. Beverley Town are back in the running and kept their hopes alive by beating Wakefield Res 3-1. Ossett Albion were 3-0 winners over Bradford City A whilst Rothwell Town came away from Goole Town with a 2-1 win and AFC Preston defeated Wetherby Athletic 6-3.
North West League
Chorley scored ten without reply against AFC Urmston Meadowside to keep themselves on top of the Premier Division, with Fletcher Moss Rangers hard on their heels after beating Wigan Athletic 3-1. Crewe Alexandra's hopes took a knock as they were beaten 4-1 by Bolton Wanderers and Burnley Girls & Ladies were held to a goalless draw by Bury Girls & Ladies. Chester City's improving form continued with a 6-0 victory over Wigan Ladies while Preston North End and Denton Town finished level at 1-1.
Blackpool received a setback to their Division One North title hopes as they were beaten 1-0 by Morecambe but their lead was only trimmed to nine points as Penrith AFC drew 2-2 with fellow challengers Blackpool Wren Rovers. Brazil consolidated themselves in third place with a 6-1 victory over Springfields (Preston). Carlisle returned from Leigh RMI with a 4-0 win and Warrington Town leapfrogged Bolton Ambassadors out of the bottom two by beating them 4-1.
Northwich Vixens are four points away from the Division One South title after they defeated second placed Manchester Stingers 6-1. Birkenhead's hopes of a top two finish took a knock as they lost 2-0 to Mossley Hill Res. Liverpool Feds Res edged out Macclesfield Town by the odd goal in five and their were victories for AFC Liverpool and Winsford against Glossop North End (2-0) and Airbus UK (7-1) respectively.
South West League
Marine Academy (Plymouth) have returned to the top of the Premier Division after they won 2-1 away to Stoke Lane Athletic, Coral Smith and Emma Pemberton netting the goals. Hari Sabic was on target five times, with Brianna Oeser (2), Aimee Clark, Amy Davies and Ashley Reinecke adding the others as Keynsham Town Development ran out 10-1 winners over Taunton Town to go into second place but Cheltenham Town's challenge took a blow as they went down 2-0 at Frome Town, for whom Mel Sartain bagged a brace. Weymouth won 2-0 against Oldland Abbotonians thanks to Georgia Rogers and Sophie Ramsbottom.
The top two in Eastern Division One did not play and Bishop's Lydeard are in third place after Jemma Bowker, Natasha Stephens and Rosie Harper gave them a 3-0 win at Cirencester Town. Forest Green Rovers Res defeated Cleeve West Town 2-1, Alana Willson netting both goals, while Swindon Spitfires were held to a goalless draw by Nailsea Utd. Aimee Taylor scored twice and Kate Michaels the other as Downend Flyers won 3-0 against Poole Town.
A 3-0 victory away to Launceston has confirmed Plymouth Argyle Res as Western Division One Champions. Danielle Moody (2) and Kay Lewis scored the goals which put Plymouth beyond the reach of Exeter City who were held to a 3-3 draw by Roche. Stacey Bray, Charlotte Hobbs and Stacey Dickenson were on target for the Cornish side with Exeter replying through a Helen Kukor double and Emma Jones. Sarah Hawken netted both goals as Charlestown climbed off the bottom with their first win of the season, 2-1 against Torpoint Athletic.
Southern Region League
Shanklin hold on to the leadership of the Premier Division despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Oxford Utd. They lead by a single point from Bracknell Town who leapfrogged Woodley Saints into second place by beating them 2-1. University of Portsmouth are handily placed in fourth, boosting their challenge with a 4-1 victory over Maidenhead Utd. Aldershot Town ran out 7-2 winners over Reading Town whilst Beaconsfield SYCOB claimed a vital point when holding Wycombe Wanderers to a goalless draw.
In Division One, Basingstoke Town defeated Henley Town 2-1 to remain five points clear of Southampton Women who won 7-0 against Newbury Ladies & Girls. Andover New Street romped to a 12-2 victory at Boscombe Albion to go into fourth, with plenty of games in hand. They climb above Mansfield Road who drew 1-1 with Southampton Saints Res whilst Chesham Utd Res defeated Reading Ladies 4-1.
West Midlands League
Leamington Lions are closing in on a potential League and Cup 'double' after booking their place in the Division One South League Cup Final with a 2-0 victory over Coventry City Development. Their opponents in the Final will be Southam Utd who were narrow 2-1 winners over Walsall.
Dudley Utd further extended their Premier Division lead to eleven points by winning 8-2 away to Lichfield Diamonds. Second placed Allscott were held to a 1-1 draw by Bradwell Belles but Solihull Ladies kept up their challenge with a 4-0 victory over Cannock. Wednesfield Town continue to climb the table, they are now fourth after beating Hereford Phoenix 9-2 and it was a good day for Kingshurst Sporting as they lifted themselves off the bottom with a 4-1 win against Hereford Pegasus.
Stafford Town defeated Coseley Town 4-1 to keep themselves eleven points clear in Division One North from Cottage Farm Rangers who were 1-0 victors at Prees Raiders. Bedworth Utd kept their hopes alive as they won 5-2 at Bridgnorth Spartans. Chasetown consolidated themselves in mid-table by scoring ten without reply against Withymoor.
In Division One South, third placed Fairfield Villa came away from Rugby Town with a 5-3 victory which keeps them just ahead of Marston Green, who defeated Malvern Town 5-1. Ferndale were 2-1 winners at Redditch Utd and Knowle are off the bottom after they shared a 1-1 draw with Birmingham Athletic.
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