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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes won the Premier Division title for the second time in three seasons with a midweek victory against Peterborough Azure. On Sunday they were beaten 2-0 by Shepshed Dynamo who are in the running for the runners-up spot along with second placed Mansfield Town who won 2-0 at Peterborough Azure. Friar Lane & Epworth's chances of a top two finish took a severe blow as they went down 3-0 at Gedling Town. Corby S & L banished any lingering fears with a 3-0 victory over Heather St Johns whilst Sandiacre Town picked up three important points when beating Retford Utd
Division One North title winners Rise Park finished off their successful league season in style, scoring seven without reply past Lincoln Development. Hucknall Town will finish the campaign in fourth place after they won 2-0 at Arnold Town.
Daventry Town also rounded off their campaign with a good result, the Division One South Champions winning 3-1 away to Radcliffe Olympic Res. Despite the defeat, Radcliffe can still take the runners-up spot by winning their last game after Hinckley Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
With leaders Bedford Ladies not playing, Brentwood Town took the chance to narrow the gap on them to three points as Leah Cowan, Sophie Lovell, Danielle Butler and Carla Rose gave them a 4-2 win away to Hethersett Athletic. Arlesey Town defeated Haringey Borough 6-0 to go third, Sarah Tayler hitting a hat-trick along with Katerina Hamplova (2) and Sophie Pidgeon. Barking and Peterborough shared four goals, Hayley Piggott and Liane Prior netting for Barking with Jade Bell and Stacie Gross replying. Emma Dunmore was another player to score a hat-trick, for Kettering Town who continued their good finish to the season by beating Chelmsford City 4-2. Simone Cook grabbed the Poppies' other goal. Stevenage Borough ran out 4-0 winners at Cambridge University thanks to a goal each from Dominique Godbeer, Josie North, Jay Madden and Nicole Perschsky.
Thorpe Utd are confirmed as Division One North Champions after Fakenham Town went down to a surprise 4-2 reverse at Haverhill Rovers. Rachel Mann hit a hat-trick and Stacey Spiers the other for the home side. Cambridge Rangers defeated Taverham 7-1 courtesy of doubles from Kelly Hull and Nadine Sillence, with Steph Burwitz, Helen Carder and Lucy Goddard also on target.
The Division One South title race was also decided, C & K Basildon taking the crown with a 2-1 win over Billericay Town thanks to Kirsty Thain and Angela Arnold. Grace Clark and Kierra Gabriel were on the scoresheet in Hannakins' 2-0 success away to Royston Town.
London & South East League
Denham Utd went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Panthers, meaning that Tooting & Mitcham Utd are confirmed as Premier Division Champions. Chichester City drew 2-2 with Maidstone Town and still have a chance of challenging Denham for the runners-up spot, as do Westfield who also drew, 1-1 against Crawley Wasps. At the other end of the table, Wandgas are out of the bottom two after they won 3-1 at Boreham Wood.
North East League
Whitley Bay reached the League Cup Final by winning 2-1 against their reserve team. Rachel Kay gave the first team the lead with Kirsty Hunter equalising, before Rachel Mellor scored the decisive goal which took her team through. Whitley's opponents will be Huddersfield Town who beat Sheffield Utd Community 4-2 in the other semi final, Emily Heckler netting all four goals.
In the Premier Division, Peterlee Town climbed into fifth place following their 9-1 victory over Guiseley, York City defeated St Francis 2000 5-2 and Hull City came away from Durham City with a 1-0 success.
One match was played in the Northern Division, Brandon Utd going top of the table with a 7-1 victory against Teesside Sport Ladies but they have now finished their matches and Whitley Bay Res need one victory from their final three games in order to clinch the title.
Castleford White Rose held on to the leadership of the Southern Division as they finished their matches with a 5-1 victory over Rothwell Town. Lucy Ridley scored a hat-trick, Kathryn Mudge added a double and Jade Rabjohn the other as Sheffield Utd Junior Blades, who beat Wakefield 6-0, can overhaul them by winning their final game but Beverley Town can also still win the league, they kept on course by scoring five without reply past Bradford City A. Leeds City Vixens Res won 7-0 against AFC Preston and Goole Town climbed off the bottom in some style, crushing Ossett Albion 10-1.
North West League
Fletcher Moss Rangers are back on top of the Premier Division after running out 8-1 winners away to Bury Girls & Ladies. Burnley Girls & Ladies meanwhile kept their hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Crewe Alexandra were held to a 1-1 draw by Denton Town, who have moved into fifth, while Chester City scored five without reply away to AFC Urmston Meadowside. Wigan Ladies picked up an important point from a 1-1 draw with Preston North End.
Blackpool are continuing to stretch the pace in Division One North, beating Penrith AFC 3-0 to maintain their twelve point lead from Blackpool Wren Rovers, who defeated Bolton Ambassadors 7-1. Morecambe won 8-1 at Leigh RMI to climb into third, ahead of Brazil who were beaten 2-1 by Whitehaven. Bolton Lads & Girls were 5-1 winners over Warrington Town while Springfields (Preston) picked up their first win of the season, 4-3 against Carlisle.
Manchester Stingers are on the verge of the runners-up spot in Division One South after they defeated Winsford 7-1 but Greater Manchester Police can overtake them if they win their last two matches. Birkenhead look likely to finish fourth after being held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Liverpool.
South West League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division between Marine Academy (Plymouth) and Keynsham Town Development finished in a 1-1 draw. Amy Davies netted for Keynsham, with Sam Drewery replying for Marine who remain one point clear at the top. Larkhall Athletic are now back in the running after they defeated Bristol Ladies Union 4-0, Kelly Cripps netting twice with one apiece from Jodie Whaley and Emily Harrington. At the other end of the table, Oldland Abbotonians boosted their chances of climbing out of the bottom two as a Louise Walter double gave them a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town.
Salisbury City opened up a three point lead at the top of Eastern Division One by running out 5-0 winners away to Nailsea Utd. Nicole Barnes and Hayley Ranachan each netted braces, with Charlotte Eastman adding the other. Lizzie Barratt bagged a hat-trick for Cleeve West Town as they completed their league campaign with an 8-1 victory over Ilminster Town. Anneka Hawkins weighed in with a double and there was one each from Alice Cook, Charlie Grimes and Natasha Crew.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd are the one remaining team still with any hope of catching University of Portsmouth after they won 2-0 away to Bracknell Town, a result which ended the home side's chances of a top two finish. Woodley Saints replaced them in second place by winning 2-0 at Reading Town, however they have also completed their fixtures. Launton meanwhile defeated Aldershot Town 2-1 but will finish in the bottom three.
The Division One title race continued with leaders Southampton Women netting five without reply away to Henley Town whilst Andover New Street also won, 2-0 against Chesham Utd Res and are six points behind, with two games in hand.
West Midlands League
Dudley Utd kept up the pressure at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory over Allscott. Solihull Ladies responded by beating Wednesfield Town 4-3 and trail Dudley by eleven points, with four games in hand. Hereford Phoenix edged out Cannock by the odd goal in seven, Kidderminster Harriers were 2-1 victors at Lichfield Diamonds and Hereford Pegasus claimed their second win of the campaign, 4-1 over Bradwell Belles.
Division One North leaders Stafford Town saw their winning run checked as they were held to a goalless draw by third placed Cottage Farm Rangers. Wyrley Ladies are the only side with a realistic chance of catching them and made up ground, thanks to a 4-1 success at Kidsgrove. Bedworth Utd's chances took a huge knock when they were beaten 2-1 by FC Reedswood. Chasetown stormed to a 6-1 victory at Withymoor and Coseley Town edged past Bridgnorth Spartans by the only goal of the game.
Leamington Lions wrapped up the Division One South title with an emphatic victory against Rugby Town. Coventry City Development remain on course for second place after they won 2-1 against their main rivals Fairfield Villa. Walsall came away from Marston Green with a 2-1 victory, Ferndale and Birmingham Athletic shared four goals and Knowle's good finish to the season continued as they beat Southam Utd.
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