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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town kept up their eight point lead in the Premier Division with a 3-2 victory against Rise Park. Daventry Town also won 3-2 against Barlestone St Giles to cement themselves in second place. Peterorough Northern Star went fourth by winning 4-3 at Shepshed Dynamo, Julie Ikeda scoring twice along with Jade Ramm and Rachel Adkin.
Division One North leaders Steel City Wanderers were held to a 3-3 draw by Appleby Froddingham. Maria Burns, Lucy Smith and Danielle Harrison were on target for the Steels, with Appleby replying through a Rebecca Beighton brace and Rebecca Dent. Rolls Royce Leisure went second by beating Mansfield Town Res 4-0, ahead of Nettleham and Retford Utd who shared a 2-2 draw. Grimsby Town came away from West Bridgford with a 2-1 victory whilst the game between Arnold Town and Lincoln Ladies Development finished goalless.
Ilkeston Town Res went down to a 4-2 defeat at home to Loughborough Students Res but remain five points clear at the top of Division One South. Amy Dolan and Sam Christie netted for AFC Trinity who won 2-0 at Oadby & Wigston Dynamo to go second, ahead of Raunds Town who were beaten 1-0 by Ruddington Village. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and it was Barrowby who claimed their first win of the season, beating Leicester City Fosse 6-3.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town extended their lead to four points in the Premier Division with a 6-0 victory over Braintree Town. Kirsty Cooper and Sarah Tayler each scored twice along with Sophia Pidgeon and Katerina Hamplova. Charlie Dolby (2) and Nicola Carty were on target as C & K Basildon won 3-2 at Woodbridge Town and they are in second, ahead of Bedford Ladies who defeated Peterborough Sports 6-3 thanks to a four-goal haul from Natasha Fensome, Sophie Britton and Zara Carroll. Billericay Town stepped up their challenge as a Lisa Silverton hat-trick, Nicola Dunsdon and Lisa Robins gave them a 5-2 win against Barking. Stevenage Borough beat Hethersett Athletic 1-0 with the solitary goal coming from Jay Madden.
In Division One North, Norwich City Res trimmed Great Shelford's lead to nine points with a 3-2 win over AFC Sudbury, Luci Middleton scoring twice and Gemma Farman also on the scoresheet.
Colchester Town have taken over at the top of Division One South by winning 6-3 at East Thurrock Utd. Lauren Richardson (2), Daisy Martin, Fiona Wynne, Hannah Porter and Georgia Box netted their goals. Amy Vernon and Mollie De Bell were on target as Chelmsford City defeated Hutton 2-1 to close in on the top three.
London & South East League
Westfield continue to head the teams chasing after Premier Division leaders Eastbourne Town and they ended the recent revival of AFC Wimbledon by beating them 3-2. Denham Utd are still climbing the table and are in fifth following their 7-1 victory over Hemel Hempstead with Panthers just behind after they won 3-1 against Crawley Wasps. Wandgas meanwhile won for only the second time this season, beating Maidstone Town 4-2.
There were no matches played in Division One (London) due to the teams being involved in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.
North East League
Hull City are now four points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated St Francis 2000 6-1 and second placed York City went down to a 4-1 reverse at home to Castleford White Rose. Barnsley are just behind following their 1-0 victory over Sheffield Utd Community, Jess Moran scoring the only goal of the game. Hessle Town's upsurge in form continued with a 3-1 victory over Whitley Bay and Scunthorpe Utd won 3-2 against Sheffield Utd Junior Blades.
Redcar Athletic beat Birtley Town 4-1 to narrow the gap on Northern Division leaders Birtley Phoenix to eight points. California Ladies ran out 4-0 winners over third placed Whitley Bay Res whilst Norton & Stockton Ancients netted thirteen without reply against Teesside Sport Ladies.
Southern Division table toppers Lepton Highlanders did not have a game and saw their advantage reduced to five points by Rothwell Ladies, who won 6-1 at Kirklees. Keepmoat Stadium are a further point adrift in third place after they beat Malet Lambert YC 5-0. Wetherby Athletic's 5-3 victory over Ossett Albion has lifted them into the top half of the table whilst Goole Town defeated AFC Preston 2-0.
North West League
Only five League Cup ties managed to survive the weather on Sunday and pride of place went to Winsford, who knocked out Premier Division opponents Burnley Girls & Ladies with a 6-3 victory after extra time.
Tranmere Rovers, who are third in the Premier Division, progressed by winning 3-1 at Crewe Alexandra whilst Bolton Wanderers were victorious in the other all-Premier clash, 1-0 against Preston North End. Northwich Vixens came through a potentially tricky tie at Macclesfield Town with an 8-2 victory and Morecambe are also in the next round after scoring twelve without reply past Bolton Lads & Girls.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic restored their six point lead at the top of the Premier Division by winning 6-0 away to Cheltenham Town. Carly Symons and Kate German each netted twice for the Larks along with Anna Walby and an own goal. Bristol Ladies Union meanwhile defeated Stoke Lane Athletic 5-1 thanks to doubles from Juliette Denny and Emily Link along with Alicia Bravo.
Kate Michaels and Alana Willson were on target as Downend Flyers won 2-0 at Nailsea Utd to stay four points clear at the top of Eastern Division One from Cleeve West Town who defeated Bishop's Lydeard 6-0. Mollie Stevens and Natasha Crew both bagged doubles for Cleeve, whose other goals came from Alice Cook and Natasha Hale. Cirencester Town got back to winning ways as they defeated Swindon Spitfires 3-0 whilst Bridgwater Town ran out 5-0 winners at Swindon Supermarine, Chelsea Pitt scoring twice along with Victoria Tindall, Anneka Russ and Emily Morris. Cam Bulldogs meanwhile picked up a crucial 4-3 victory over Poole Town in which Sarah Harding (2), Bev Tanner and Christine Tanner scored their goals.
Only one match managed to survive the weather in Western Division One, Morley Rangers lifting themselves into second place as Megan Platt and Chynna Evans gave them a 2-0 win away to Dobwalls.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd won 3-1 away to Wycombe Wanderers to close the gap on Premier Division table toppers Bracknell Town to three points. Aldershot Town remain in fifth after they were held to a 3-3 draw by Southampton Women. Launton moved away from the bottom two places after they beat Andover New Street 3-2 and Oxford City picked up an important point from a 1-1 draw with Woodley Utd.
Mansfield Road have zoomed further clear at the top of Division One (Northern) after they won 4-2 away to second placed Banbury Utd. City Belles meanwhile gave their hopes of challenging for the runners-up position a boost as they defeated Stony Stratford Town 3-2.
Basingstoke Town remain six points ahead in Division One (Southern) following their 3-1 win at Locks Heath whilst nearest rivals Oxford Utd Res defeated Newbury Ladies & Girls 5-1. Boscombe Albion also remain in the hunt after they won 7-1 away to Marlow.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies are now seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating one of their main rivals, Cannock, 3-1. Hereford Pegasus won 8-1 at Lichfield Diamonds and are now in second place. Stratford Town defeated Allscott 3-2 whilst Kingshurst Sporting picked up a point when sharing four goals with Wednesfield Town.
In Division One North, FC Reedswood are level on points at the top with Wyrley Ladies after they beat Cresswell Wanderers 9-1. Walsall crushed Silverdale 14-3 and are five points adrift in third place, ahead of Shifnal Harriers who were 3-1 winners over Chasetown. Prees Raiders and Coseley Town battled out a 1-1 draw and Port Vale are off the bottom after notching up their third victory in a row, 1-0 against Cottage Farm Rangers.
B & WM Police held on to the leadership of Division One South by winning 4-0 at Redditch Utd. Coventry Development beat Marston Green 2-1 to stay one point behind in second place as did Coventry Sphinx with a 2-1 success at Malvern Town. Knowle inflicted a first defeat of the season on Crusaders, beating them 1-0 and becoming the first team to score past them in the process. KGV meanwhile celebrated their first league victory of the season, 2-0 against Fairfield Villa.
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