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East Midlands League
Daventry Town picked up an important 3-1 win away to Gedling Town which moves them to within five points of Premier Division leaders Mansfield Town. In the other game played, Long Eaton Utd leapt into the top four on the back of a 4-1 success over Barlestone St Giles.
Division One North table toppers Steel City Wanderers did not play on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to seven points by Nettleham, who defeated Arnold Town 4-2. The result takes Nettleham above Rolls Royce Leisure who were beaten 4-2 by Grimsby Town and they are now in third, just ahead of Appleby Froddingham who ran out 5-0 winners over West Bridgford.
Radcliffe Olympic Res stepped up their challenge in Division One South with a 4-0 victory over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, which lifts them into second place. Loughborough Students Res meanwhile caught up ground on the leading sides by beating Raunds Town 3-1.
Eastern Region League
With their nearest rivals either in F.A.Women's Cup action or having no game, Arlesey Town took the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Division to seven points with a 4-0 victory over Hethersett Athletic. Barking won 4-1 away to Woodbridge Town.
In Division One North, Great Shelford made it 13 wins on the trot but only just, edging out Huntingdon Town 3-2. Norwich City Res kept up the chase in second place with a 7-2 success at Taverham whilst Haverhill Rovers kept their hopes alive by scoring five without reply against Fakenham Town. Ipswich Wanderers meanwhile pipped Bungay Town by the odd goal in five.
Colchester Town have opened up a five point lead at the top of Division One South, thanks to a 5-0 victory away to Leverstock Green. Haringey Borough made sure of staying in touch by beating Hannakins 1-0 but Chelmsford City were held to a 2-2 draw by Hoddesdon Owls, who move out of the bottom two as a result. Baldock Town defeated Royston Town 4-1 in the other game.
London & South East League
Hemel Hempstead have moved up into the top three of the Premier Division, courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Panthers. It was not a good day for the two teams at the foot of the table as they remain adrift of the teams above them, Wandgas going down to a 4-2 reverse at home to East Preston whilst Boreham Wood crashed 10-2 at the hands of Maidstone Town.
Hampstead continue to stretch the pace at the top of Division One (London) after they ran out 4-0 winners away to Luton Town Res. Fulham Compton OB remain a single point behind in second place following their 5-0 victory over Kent Magpies. Brentford meanwhile swept to a 6-1 success at Knaphill Wanderers, a result which lifts them back into third, and Tottenham Hotspur Res defeated Garston 4-1.
North East League
League leaders Hull City were not in action on Sunday and second placed York City took the chance to narrow the gap on them to a solitary point with a 1-0 win at Whitley Bay. Barnsley have picked up on the winning trail once again, beating Sheffield Utd Junior Blades 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jess Burton, to go back into third. Castleford White Rose lost ground as they dipped to 4-3 defeat against Hessle Town, another team to have rediscovered their best form. At the other end of the table, Peterlee Town lifted themselves off the bottom as they won 3-1 away to St Francis 2000.
Another week, another win for Northern Division table toppers Birtley Phoenix who have restored their eleven point lead after beating Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-1. Whitley Bay Res consolidated themselves in third place with a 7-2 victory over Birtley Town and Durham City are one position below them following their 7-2 win against Tynedale.
In the Southern Division, Gemma Harte and Lynn Goodman each netted twice as Keepmoat Stadium claimed a 4-1 success away to Goole Town which takes them to within three points of leaders Lepton Highlanders. Wetherby Athletic continue to climb the table and they are now in the top four after they defeated Wakefield Res 4-2 and Bradford City A are now in mid-table following their 5-1 victory over AFC Preston.
North West League
It was a complete washout for the North West League on Sunday as all scheduled matches in the league and League Cup were postponed due to bad weather.
The League Cup ties have been re-arranged for this week, weather permitting.
South West League
All three matches in the Premier Division were postponed on Sunday, meaning that Larkhall Athletic will take their six point lead into the New Year from title rivals Exeter City, who have two games in hand.
Downend Flyers are showing no signs of slowing down at the top of Eastern Division One, retaining their four point lead with a 4-2 victory over Swindon Supermarine. Kate Michaels netted twice for the leaders, along with Alana Willson and Laura Baker. Cleeve West Town are keeping up the chase in second place and they also won, 3-2 away to Swindon Spitfires thanks to Natasha Hale, Natasha Crew and Lizzie Barratt. The two runaway leaders are set to meet each other at Cleeve this Sunday. Cam Bulldogs meanwhile recorded an important 4-1 win at Blandford Utd to open up further ground between themselves and the bottom two. Leanne Rickaby marked her return to the side by scoring twice and also on target were Bev Tanner and Abbie Wilson.
Stoke Gabriel hold on to the leadership of Western Division One despite being held to a 3-3 draw by Charlestown. In-form Morley Rangers closed the gap on them to one point as they ran out 5-0 winners over Taunton Town, Chynna Evans netting a double along with Megan Platt, Danielle Krac and Kaylee Fitzpatrick. Bude Town lifted themselves into third place by beating Dobwalls 5-1, just three points off the pace.
Southern Region League
With the leading title contenders all in F.A.Women's Cup action, Maidenhead Utd are up into the top three after they shared four goals with Oxford City, who drew for the sixth time this season but have still been unable to register a victory. Charlotte Franklin netted both goals for City. Gemma Worsfold and Jane Yeates were on target as Southampton Women also climbed the table following their 2-1 victory away to Woodley Utd, who replied through Hayley Holland. However the result of the day went to Launton, 4-1 winners at Aldershot Town thanks to a Rachael Waller double, Stephanie Barras and an own goal.
Runaway Division One (Northern) leaders Mansfield Road did not play on Sunday and this allowed the other teams the chance to make up some ground. Banbury Utd hold on to second place following a
5-1 victory over City Belles in which Rochelle Buick and Sophie Veitch each scored twice, with Josie Clark adding the other. Chesham Utd Res meanwhile netted six without reply against Stony Stratford Town, Catherine Sole netting a brace along with Kate Bowers, Chantelle O'Grady, Kayley Oseman and Sarah Tyas.
One match went ahead in Division One (Southern) and it proved to be a good day for Marlow who moved out of the bottom two with a 6-2 victory over Newbury Girls & Ladies.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies strengthened their position as Premier Division leaders with a 3-2 victory over Pegasus Ladies in the top of the table clash. Solihull now head the table by eight points from Leamington Lions, who went second by beating Kingshurst Sporting 5-0 with Cannock just behind after they won 6-4 against Stafford Town. Lichfield Diamonds scored seven without reply against Kidderminster Harriers and Allscott defeated Wednesfield Town 3-0.
In Division One North, Walsall closed to within two points of the top two as they ran out 8-1 winners over Chasetown. The two teams below them in the table, Coseley Town and Shifnal Harriers, met each other and honours were even as they shared four goals. Cottage Farm Rangers won 3-1 against Prees Raiders whilst Port Vale's recent revival came to a halt as they went down 2-1 to Cresswell Wanderers.
Coventry Development stay in second place in Division One South after they drew 2-2 with Redditch Utd, whereas a win would have seen them replace B & WM Police as leaders. The top four teams are now covered by just a single point, Malvern Town having joined them with a 3-0 victory at Marston Green. Ferndale meanwhile put some distance between themselves and the bottom two, thanks to a
6-0 win against KGV.
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