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East Midlands League
The top two in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday but Sandiacre Town's hopes of squeezing inbetween them were dashed as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Barlestone St Giles. Rise Park follow on in fourth after beating Shepshed Dynamo 3-1 and Peterborough Northern Star were also 3-1 winners against Gedling Town.
Danielle Harrison (2), Sam Hallam, Bex Gregory and Lucy Smith scored the goals as Steel City Wanderers defeated Grimsby Town 5-0 to further stretch their lead at the top of Division One North to ten points as second placed Nettleham were held to a 2-2 draw by Appleby Froddingham. Retford Utd remain in third after they also drew, 1-1 with Arnold Town. At the other end of the table, Mansfield Town Res picked up their first victory of the season when beating West Bridgford 4-2.
In Division One South, Ilkeston Town are now five points clear after they ran out 4-1 winners over AFC Trinity and Raunds Town were beaten 4-2 by Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Radcliffe Olympic Res and Loughborough Students Res battled out a goalless draw and Ruddington Village won 2-0 against Barrowby.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town opened up a lead of three points in the Premier Division after they won 3-2 away to Barking, courtesy of a Sarah Tayler double and Amy Gillon. A win would have taken Bedford Ladies second but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hethersett Athletic, Natasha Fensome netting their goal with Emma Mulley replying. Nicola Carty bagged a hat-trick as C & K Basildon defeated Braintree Town
6-0, the other goals coming from Jenny Brown-Wealls, Angela Arnold and Charlie Dolby. Lisa Silverton meanwhile went one better for Billericay Town, the prolific striker netting four times in their 7-1 victory over Woodbridge Town. Nicola Dunsdon added a brace and Lisa Robins completed the scoring. Jay Madden, Justine Emmins and Nicola Perschsky were on the scoresheet as Stevenage Borough beat Thorpe Utd 3-1.
Alison Wright and Laura Brame scored the goals for Great Shelford as they won 2-0 away to Ipswich Wanderers to extend their Division One North lead to twelve points. Norwich City Res drew 2-2 with Cambridge Women Res, Luci Middleton (2) and Gemma Farman netting their goals with the home side responding through Samara Nche, Emily Ingle and Liz Pamplin. Kayleigh Steed hit a hat-trick for AFC Sudbury in their 7-1 victory over Taverham, Emma Squirrell netting twice along with Chloe Mills and Jodie Sharp. Huntingdon Town and Haverhill Rovers battled out a 2-2 draw in which Sophie Marheineke and Rachael Bowd scored the goals to lift Huntingdon off the bottom, while Haverhill netted through a Laura McAllister double. Leonie Daulby (2), Michelle Stanborough and Francesca Pasque were on target for Bungay Town in their 4-3 victory over Fakenham Town.
Sawbridgeworth Town are the new leaders of Division One South after a Jackie Stott goal gave them a
1-0 victory over Baldock Town. Previous leaders Hutton are back in third following a 4-2 defeat to second placed Colchester Town, whose goals came from Hannah Porter (2), Fiona Wynne and Lauren Richardson. Chelmsford City were also 1-0 winners against Leverstock Green, Lyndsey Bowman scoring the only goal of the game. Kerry Mills and Sophie Dowman were on the scoresheet for East Thurrock Utd in their 2-0 success at Royston Town and Hoddesdon Owls defeated Hannakins 4-1 thanks to Grace Leslie, Leah Dunnage, Kelly Wade and Kristina O'Connell.
London & South East League
A 1-0 victory over Panthers has taken Eastbourne Town seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Their two nearest rivals, Chichester City and second placed Westfield, cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw whilst Crawley Wasps were beaten 5-3 by Maidstone Town. Hemel Hempstead defeated Wandgas 8-2 to stay in touch with the leading sides and Denham Utd are in the top half following their 3-0 success at Boreham Wood. AFC Wimbledon continue to improve and they climbed above East Preston and out of the bottom three by beating them 4-0.
Hampstead won 2-1 against Carshalton Athletic to keep themselves on top of Division One (London), one point ahead of Fulham Compton OB who were 4-0 victors at Knaphill Wanderers. Kikk Utd lost ground in third place as they went down 4-1 away to unbeaten MSA Ladies. Brentford edged out Luton Town Res 1-0 whilst Garston are out of the bottom two following their 2-2 draw with Kent Magpies.
North East League
The top two in the Premier Division have opened up a gap following Sunday's matches. Hull City defeated Whitley Bay 4-2 to preserve their one point lead ahead of York City, who won 2-0 away to Sheffield Utd Junior Blades. Third placed Castleford White Rose suffered a 3-2 reverse at Sheffield Utd Community. Tania Marsden scored twice for United, including a stoppage time winner, with Cheryl Mawhood adding the other. Barnsley meanwhile returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success against Peterlee Town thanks to Sue Elrington, Laura Humphries, Rebecca Fevers and Gabby Naughton. Hessle Town climbed above Scunthorpe Utd by winning their mid-table battle 3-2.
Birtley Phoenix claimed their eleventh straight win in the Northern Division but only just this time, by the only goal of the game against Durham City. Redcar Athletic continue to chase in second with a more convincing victory, 10-1 over Teesside Sport Ladies. Whitley Bay Res stay third despite going down to a 6-2 defeat to Tynedale. Norton & Stockton Ancients were 2-1 winners over California Ladies and Birtley Town beat Lumley 2-0.
Lepton Highlanders power on in the Southern Division and their 6-0 victory over AFC Preston has taken them eight points clear of Rothwell Ladies, who lost 3-1 at home to Wetherby Athletic. Keepmoat Stadium meanwhile climbed into third on the back of a 3-0 win against Kirklees. Bradford City A claimed their second successive victory, 5-3 over Ossett Albion and they are now in mid-table.
North West League
With runaway leaders Chorley not playing, Blackpool took the chance to reduce their advantage to eight points with a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Tranmere Rovers consolidated themselves in third, thanks to a 5-0 success against previously unbeaten Burnley Girls & Ladies. Crewe Alexandra were
1-0 winners at Wigan Athletic, Preston North End defeated Bury Girls & Ladies 4-1 and the game between Northwich Vixens and Chester City finished level at 1-1.
In Division One North, Bolton Lads & Girls are up into third place following a 3-1 win away to Springfields (Preston). Carlisle tagged themselves on to the leading pack of teams with a 3-0 success over Warrington Town.
Manchester University maintained their ten point lead in Division One South by beating Brazil 2-1, with second placed City of Manchester scoring seven without reply against Manchester Stingers. Birkenhead were 2-0 victors at Mossley Hill Res and Macclesfield Town got back to winning ways when beating Glossop North End 10-0. Winsford and Liverpool Feds Res battled out a 1-1 draw and AFC Urmston Meadowside won 2-1 away to AFC Liverpool.
South West League
Exeter City picked up a 3-0 victory away to Oldland Abbotonians to halve the gap on leaders Larkhall Athletic to three points. Helen Kukor, Natalie Shenton and Catherine Wright netted the goals for the Devon side. Weymouth meanwhile narrowed the gap on the top three with a 3-1 success at Bristol Ladies Union, Phillipa Holden scoring twice along with Emma Acott.
In Eastern Division One, Cleeve West Town eased themselves back into second place with a 5-1 victory over Cam Bulldogs. Lizzie Barratt was on target twice with the other goals from Alice Cook, Jackie Plumley and Karen Manson.
Launceston were unable to take an opportunity to go back on top of Western Division One as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat at Morley Rangers, whose goals came from Chynna Evans (2), Lauren Hewings, Sarah-Jane Gregory and an own goal. Helena Calfe bagged a hat-trick and Keri-Ann Moxom the other for Falmouth Town in their 4-0 victory over Dobwalls. Callington Town also won 4-0 against Roche, thanks to a Sasha Cameron hat-trick and Katy-Rose Sheffield.
In the First Round of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, Eastern Division One leaders Downend Flyers progressed with a 2-1 victory over Swindon Spitfires, Kate Michaels scoring both goals. Michelle Rich scored twice and Beth Thompson the other as Swindon Supermarine won 3-1 at Nailsea Utd. Sarah Badham was the hero for Bude Town as she netted a hat-trick in their 3-1 success over Bishop's Lydeard and Cirencester Town netted eight without reply past Blandford Utd. Charlestown ran out 4-0 winners away to Taunton Town with a goal apiece from Emma Ingram, Lucy Rothero, Lauren Bennett and Danielle Hay.
Southern Region League
Bracknell Town took the chance to further stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Division to six points with a 3-0 win away to Andover New Street. Maidenhead Utd and Aldershot Town battled out a
1-1 draw which did neither team any real favours. Southampton Women defeated Launton 6-1 and Oxford City picked up an important point in a goalless draw with Wycombe Wanderers, which takes them out of the bottom two.
Mansfield Road have gone further ahead in Division One (Northern), they now lead by fifteen points after they won 5-1 at Beaconsfield SYCOB and the match between their two nearest rivals, Banbury Utd and Chesham Utd Res, ended goalless. Oxford City Blues meanwhile won for the first time, 4-2 against Stony Stratford Town.
In Division One (Southern), leaders Basingstoke Town ran out 9-1 winners over Newbury Ladies & Girls to stay six points ahead of Oxford Utd Res who defeated Boscombe Albion 2-1.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies now head the Premier Division by five points following their 3-0 victory away to Bradwell Belles. Leamington Lions are now in second after they beat Hereford Pegasus 3-1 and Cannock went down to a 5-3 defeat at home to Lichfield Diamonds. Allscott and Stafford Town still occupy the mid-table positions after they shared six goals. Wednesfield Town defeated Stratford Town 3-1 and Kingshurst Sporting claimed their first victory in some style, 10-0 against Kidderminster Harriers.
The top two remain neck and neck in Division One North, Wyrley Ladies beating Walsall 7-0 to stay ahead on goal difference from FC Reedswood, who scored five without reply at Cottage Farm Rangers. Shifnal Harriers consolidated themselves in fourth place via a 5-2 success away to Silverdale. Coseley Town beat Port Vale 6-1 whilst Chasetown and Prees Raiders finished level at 2-2.
There was a change of leadership in Division One South with B & WM Police going top with a 7-1 victory over Marston Green. Previous leaders Coventry Development lost 2-0 to Malvern Town who are also one point off the pace along with Coventry Sphinx who beat Knowle 5-0. Crusaders defeated KGV
7-0 and are still in touch with the leading sides whilst Fairfield Villa claimed their first victory, 3-1 against Ferndale.
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