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East Midlands League
In the solitary Premier Division match to be played on Sunday, Mansfield Town took advantage of their rivals' inactivity to beat Sandiacre Town 4-2 and open up a nine point lead at the top of the table.
The only other league action took place in Division One South, where Ilkeston Town moved themselves back into second place by scoring nine without reply against Leicester City Fosse. Oadby & Wigston Res and Ruddington Village meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw, which sees both sides inch further away from the bottom two places.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies are back in the top three in the Premier Division and lie just two points off the pace following their 4-0 victory away to Woodbridge Town. Natasha Fensome was on target twice along with Zoe Carroll and Sarah Saunders. Bedford's win took them above C & K Basildon and Billericay Town who had clashed three days earlier, goals from Lisa Silverton and Nicola Dunsdon giving the points to Billericay with a 2-1 success.
The top two in Division One North met each other and it was Great Shelford who went home with the points, goals from Emma Eldridge and Becky Taylor giving them a 2-1 win over Norwich City Res and a ten point lead over their rivals. Cambridge Women Res meanwhile moved up the table by defeating Huntingdon Town 3-1, Shannon Garner netting twice along with Clara Greed.
Division One table toppers Hutton went down to only their second defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Haringey Borough for whom Eleftheria Taladiandy and Julia Carruthers were on target. Sawbridgeworth Town seized the opportunity to go second and cut Hutton's lead to two points via 4-0 success at Hannakins, Hayley Graham netting twice with Rebecca Maybury and Carly Snell also on the scoresheet.
London & South East League
The top two in the Premier Division were not in action on Sunday and Crawley Wasps are now in third place following their 1-0 success away to Boreham Wood. Panthers remain in fifth after they crashed
4-0 to Maidstone Town who move out of the bottom three as a result.
There was a change of leadership in Division One (London) with Hampstead taking over at the top, courtesy of a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Kikk Utd. MSA Ladies and Carshalton Athletic remain just behind the top three after their meeting finished level at 1-1. It was a good day for Garston as they lifted themselves off the bottom with their first victory of the season, 2-1 against Luton Town Res.
North East League
York City stepped up their Premier Division title challenge with a 5-3 victory away to St Francis 2000 which returns them into second place, one point behind leaders Hull City. Whitley Bay can force themselves into the race if they win their games in hand and they did their cause no harm as they defeated Peterlee Town 3-0.
In the Northern Division, runaway leaders Birtley Phoenix did not have a game and their huge lead was dented by Redcar Athletic, who beat Teesside Athletic 5-2 to narrow the gap to eleven points, with two games in hand. Whitley Bay Res cemented themselves in third place with an emphatic victory against Lumley. Birtley Town meanwhile picked up a useful point from a 1-1 draw with Tynedale.
One match was played in the Southern Division, Bradford City A defeating Goole Town to move themselves out of the bottom three.
North West League
Chorley's charge at the top of the Premier Division is showing no signs of showing down and they preserved their eleven point advantage on Sunday with a 2-1 win away to Crewe Alexandra. Second placed Blackpool gained revenge for their defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic the previous Sunday by winning the return meeting 6-0. Tranmere Rovers returned from Bolton Wanderers with a 1-0 victory which takes them into third place. Denton Town completed a 'double' over Chester City in successive weeks by beating them 1-0 and, although they remain at the foot of the table, Bury Girls & Ladies strengthened their chances of escaping with a 2-1 victory over Northwich Vixens.
Division One North leaders Penrith AFC went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-2 by Bolton Lads & Girls. A win would have taken Springfields (Preston) second but they remain two places below that after suffering a 6-3 reverse away to Carlisle. Leigh RMI are out of the bottom two as they netted seven without reply against Warrington Town.
Manchester University consolidated their ten point lead at the top of Division One South, thanks to a
4-1 win away to third placed Birkenhead. City of Manchester look to be the main rivals to the students and their 4-2 victory over Macclesfield Town helped them keep up the chase. Liverpool Feds Res netted five without reply past Glossop North End whilst Mossley Hill Res ran out 5-2 winners against Manchester Stingers.
South West League
The two Premier Division title contenders staged their return meeting on Sunday and the match lived up to its billing, Larkhall Athletic beating Exeter City 2-1 to avenge their defeat to the Grecians last month. Toni Hemmings had put the Larks ahead with Exeter captain Kirsty Caunter equalising, before in-form midfielder Anna Walby lashed home the winning goal to give Larkhall a six point lead over their Devon rivals, who have two games in hand. The result also gives Salisbury City a glimmer of hope, which they kept up with a 4-0 win away to Marine Academy (Plymouth) in which Nicky Barnes bagged a hat-trick and Charlotte Eastman the other goal. Cheltenham Town picked up only their second point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Frome Town. '---- ----' and Alex Gwyther were on target for Frome, with Cheltenham replying through Mel McIlwraith and Katie Walker.
In Eastern Division One, Swindon Supermarine's charge up the table was halted as they went down to a
4-0 defeat away to Poole Town for whom Bobbie White, Beverley Symes, Shelley Towers and Faye Hawkins were on the scoresheet. Cam Bulldogs picked up another important point as they fought out a goalless draw for the second match running, this time against Forest Green Rovers Res.
Stoke Gabriel have opened up a lead of six points at the top of Western Division One following their
3-2 victory over Falmouth Town. Laura Plant, Laura Carpenter and Kat Marment netted the goals for the Devon side. Morley Rangers kept their hopes alive as strikes from Lauren Hewings and Chynna Evans gave them a 2-0 win against Charlestown. Roche and Callington Town shared four goals, Charity Ternouth and Charlotte Hobbs scoring for Roche and Sasha Cameron bagging a double for Callington.
Southern Region League
Just the one match was played in the league on Sunday, in the Premier Division where Oxford Utd narrowed the gap on leaders Bracknell Town with a 2-0 victory over local rivals Oxford City.
West Midlands League
It was a similar story in the West Midlands League as County Cup duties ensured that just a couple of league matches went ahead.
In Division One North, Shifnal Harriers lifted themselves into fourth place in the table as they defeated Prees Raiders 2-0.
KGV are still seaching for their first points of the season in Division One South after they suffered their ninth straight defeat, 3-0 to Knowle who are now up into fifth.
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