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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town are now seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won 2-1 away to Gedling Town and second placed Sandiacre Town were beaten 5-4 by Shepshed Dynamo. Daventry Town replaced Rise Park in third by defeating them 3-2, with Long Eaton Utd also moving up with a
5-2 success at Peterborough Northern Star.
Steel City Wanderers doubled their advantage in Division One North to six points by beating Arnold Town 3-2. Arnold had led by two goals at half time but Wanderers turned the match around thanks to a Sam Hallam double and Danni Fletcher. Nettleham are in second after winning 6-1 at West Bridgford, with Rolls Royce Leisure defeating Retford Utd 2-1 to complete a trio of clubs chasing the Steels. Appleby Froddingham and Lincoln Ladies Development remain just below mid-table after the sides battled out a 2-2 draw.
Division One South table toppers Raunds Town were beaten for the first time this season, 1-0 by Radcliffe Olympic Res, and their lead was trimmed to three points by AFC Trinity who were 6-3 winners at Leicester City Fosse. Loughborough Students Res notched up a 4-0 victory over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo which keeps them just off the pace with games in hand.
Eastern Region League
Peterborough Sports held on to the leadership of the Premier Division after Claire Knibbs, Lesley-Ann Seaman and an own goal gave them a 3-2 win away to Woodbridge Town. Arlesey Town remain a point adrift in second place following their 5-1 success at Thorpe Utd, Sarah Tayler scoring twice along with Kirsty Cooper, Becky Charter and Kat Hamplova. Jenny Brown-Wealls, Nicola Carty and Charlie Dolby were on target as C & K Basildon defeated Hethersett Athletic 3-0 to stay just ahead of Bedford Ladies, who won 2-0 at Stevenage Borough thanks to Natasha Fensome and Nicola English. Sally Appleton and Nicola Dunsdon netted the goals as Billericay Town picked up a 2-1 victory away to Braintree Town.
Great Shelford further extended their lead at the top of Division One North to seven points with a 3-1 victory over Haverhill Rovers, Becky Taylor netting twice along with Sarah Gee. Second placed Norwich City Res were held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich Wanderers, Rebecca Waters scoring their goal with Jo Welham replying. AFC Sudbury and Fakenham Town shared four goals, Jodie Sharp bagging a double for Sudbury and Fakenham finding the net through Kirstie Smith and Heather Bedford. Hollie Dare and Claire Radford were on the scoresheet for Huntingdon Town as they picked up only their second point in a 2-2 draw with Bungay Town, who responded through a Michelle Stanborough brace. Cambridge Women Res ran out 8-1 winners against Taverham via Melanie Findlater (2), Emily Ingle, Liz Pamplin, Sophie Hopkin, Shannon Garner, Samara Nche and Maria Miscovcova.
In Division One South, Lucy Hudson scored all four goals as Hutton raced to a 4-1 victory at Hoddesdon Owls to stay six points clear of Colchester Town, who defeated East Thurrock Utd 8-3 thanks to doubles from Lauren Richardson and Laura Brooks as well as Paige Chappell, Hannah Porter, Ellen Powles and Georgia Box. Sawbridgeworth Town kept up their challenge as Freya Liiv, Jackie Stott, Rebecca Maybury and Claire Poulton gave them a 4-2 win against Hannakins whilst Helen Alder netted both times as Chelmsford City beat Baldock Town 2-1. Eleftherta Taladiandy (2) and Michelle Thomas were on target for Haringey Borough in their 3-0 victory over Royston Town.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town continue to stretch the pace in the Premier Division after scoring eleven without reply against Boreham Wood. Westfield defeated Hemel Hempstead 7-1 to return to second place ahead of Chichester City who drew 1-1 with Crawley Wasps. Panthers edged out Maidstone Town 3-2 to move up to fifth but Denham Utd lost ground as they were beaten 4-3 by East Preston. AFC Wimbledon picked up their second win in a row, 3-2 away to Wandgas.
Division One (London) leaders Fulham Compton OB suffered a 2-0 defeat to third placed Kikk Utd and saw their advantage cut to two points by Hampstead who beat Brentford 4-2. Carshalton Athletic climbed into the top four with a 2-0 victory over Garston. Kent Magpies were 3-2 winners over Knaphill Wanderers and the match between Luton Town Res and Tottenham Hotspur Res finished goalless.
North East League
Hull City won 1-0 at Peterlee Town to go two points ahead at the top of the Premier Division from form team York City who were 4-3 victors over Hessle Town. Castleford White Rose defeated St Francis 2000 6-1 and are up into third place. Sheffield Utd Junior Blades lost some ground as they suffered a
4-1 reverse in their local derby with Sheffield Utd Community. Nat Froggatt, Rachael Ruddach, Cheryl Mawhood and Heather Craddock netted for the Community, Kathryn Mudge grabbing a consolation for Junior Blades. It was a bad day for Barnsley as well as they were beaten for the second match in a row, 4-2 by Whitley Bay. Scunthorpe Utd continue to pick up in form and their 5-0 victory over Guiseley takes them into mid-table.
Birtley Phoenix have charged further clear in the Northern Division, they now head the table by fourteen points after netting six without reply against California Ladies. Second placed Durham City went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Whitley Bay Res whilst at the other end of the table, Teesside Sport Ladies won for the first time, 3-1 away to Birtley Town.
No change at the top of the Southern Division where Lepton Highlanders triumphed 3-2 at Goole Town to stay five points in front of Rothwell Ladies, who were 4-1 winners at Keepmoat Stadium. Malet Lambert YC meanwhile went third by beating Bradford City A 5-2. AFC Preston picked up an important point when drawing 1-1 with mid-table Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Chorley made it nine wins out of nine when beating Wigan Athletic 7-1 and they still lead the Premier Division by eight points from Blackpool who won 2-1 against Tranmere Rovers. Burnley Girls & Ladies are still the division's other unbeaten team and they preserved their record with a 5-2 victory over Northwich Vixens. Denton Town defeated Bury Girls & Ladies 3-0 and the points were shared in the other games, Crewe Alexandra drawing 1-1 with improving Crewe Alexandra whilst Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End also finished level at 1-1.
Things remain tight in Division One North where Penrith AFC beat Southport Birkdale 3-0 to stay one point ahead of Morecambe who won 2-1 at Carlisle. Padiham's 2-0 success at Leigh RMI leaves them a further two points adrift along with Blackpool Wren Rovers who scored eight without reply against Warrington Town. Bolton Lads & Girls and Springfields (Preston) battled out a 1-1 draw which means that both teams lose a little ground on the leaders.
Manchester University remain nine points clear in Division One South following their 6-0 victory away to AFC Urmston Meadowside. Birkenhead scored seven without reply past Manchester Stingers to stay in second, just in front of City of Manchester who defeated Liverpool Feds Res 6-3 to go into the top three, replacing Macclesfield Town who were beaten 6-0 by fast improving Brazil. Winsford were 3-1 winners over Glossop North End and AFC Liverpool won their local derby 2-1 against Mossley Hill Res.
South West League
Anna Walby bagged a hat-trick as Larkhall Athletic regained the Premier Division leadership with a
3-2 victory away to Oldland Abbotonians, who replied through a Jade Scammell brace. Third placed Salisbury City were held to a goalless draw by Marine Academy (Plymouth) and Bristol Ladies Union went down to a 4-3 defeat to Frome Town, for whom Steph Isaacson netted twice along with Alex Winder and Clare Fowler. The mid-table clash between Stoke Lane Athletic and Weymouth culminated in a 2-2 draw, Faye Slade scoring twice for Stoke Lane with the visitors replying through a Bryony Webb double.
Eastern Division One leaders Downend Flyers' winning run was brought to a halt as they were held to a goalless draw by Swindon Spitfires. However they remain four points clear from Cleeve West Town who went second by beating Cirencester Town 2-0, Natasha Crew and Alice Cook netting their goals. Forest Green Rovers Res returned to winning form with a 5-1 success against Poole Town, thanks to a goal apiece from Jo Hurd, Sam Hallsworth, Kerry Dexter, Sarah Carlisle and Hayley Kent. Tash Stephens netted a hat-trick along with Rosie Harper (2), Sue Daw and Ali Forbes as Bishop's Lydeard won 7-0 at Blandford Utd and Swindon Supermarine continue to climb the table as Kayleigh Smith, Mel Bristow and Michelle Rich gave them a 3-0 victory over Cam Bulldogs.
The top of the table clash in Western Division One went the way of Stoke Gabriel, who returned as leaders with a 3-1 win against Launceston with goals from Laura Plant (2) and Sian Brayshaw. Sarah Badham, Danielle Salt and Amanda Bickle were on the scoresheet as Bude Town went third by winning
3-2 at Morley Rangers, ahead of Falmouth Town who drew 1-1 with Charlestown. Rhiannon Player netted for the home side, with Falmouth replying through Sasha Sparkes. Dobwalls returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Roche thanks to Faye Hankinson and Kathleen Pitcher.
Southern Region League
A 3-0 victory over Southampton Women has taken Bracknell Town five points clear in the Premier Division as second placed Shanklin drew 1-1 with Woodley Utd. Aldershot Town meanwhile joined the leading pack by beating Andover New Street 2-1. Wycombe Wanderers were 4-2 winners at Launton whilst Reading Town and Oxford City shared six goals.
Mansfield Road went further clear in Division One (Northern), their 4-1 success at Stony Stratford Town means they head the table by ten points from Banbury Utd who drew 3-3 with City Belles. Beaconsfield SYCOB are in the top three following their 3-2 victory over Oxford City Blues.
Basingstoke Town have taken over at the top of Division One (Southern) after they defeated Locks Heath 4-2. Reading Ladies meanwhile picked up their second victory of the season, 4-2 against Newbury Ladies & Girls.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Solihull Ladies went down to a surprise 1-0 defeat away to Stratford Town and they have now been caught by unbeaten Cannock, who won 6-1 against Kingshurst Sporting and have two games in hand. Pegasus Ladies kept up their challenge with a 10-2 victory over Kidderminster Harriers and Leamington Lions bounced back to winning ways with a 4-0 success at Bradwell Belles. Allscott and Lichfield Diamonds battled out a 1-1 draw while Wednesfield Town and Stafford Town also finished level at 2-2.
Wyrley Ladies defeated Shifnal Harriers 4-0 to stay top of Division One North on goal difference from FC Reedswood who won 2-1 at Chasetown. Walsall won 3-0 against Prees Raiders and are now in third place. After five draws in seven games, Cottage Farm Rangers won for the first time, beating Cresswell Wanderers 3-1 and Silverdale beat Port Vale 5-1.
Coventry Development won 7-0 against KGV to take over the leadership of Division One South on goal difference from Malvern Town, who are in second despite a 4-2 victory at Redditch Utd. Coventry Sphinx complete a trio of leading clubs after they defeated Ferndale 6-3 whilst B & WM Police surrendered their 100% record when drawing 1-1 with Knowle. Crusaders have several games in hand and are still unbeaten following their 4-0 win against Fairfield Villa.
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