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East Midlands League
Georgianne Herring netted both goals as Mansfield Town went nine points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-1 win away to Long Eaton Utd. In the other game, Gedling Town won 1-0 at Shepshed Dynamo thanks to a solitary strike from Hayley Brown.
In Division One North, Nettleham triumphed at Appleby Froddingham by the odd goal in seven to cut the gap on leaders Steel City Wanderers to four points. Rolls Royce Leisure meanwhile defeated West Bridgford 5-0, Michelle Longford netting four times along with Stevie Gough. Emily Mumby (2) and Gemma Charlton were on target as Grimsby Town leapfrogged Retford Utd into fourth by beating them 3-1 and Lincoln Ladies Development netted seven without reply against Mansfield Town Res, Cassie Steward hitting a hat-trick with the others from Shannon Ince (2), Poppy Miller and Beth Scarll.
With Division One South leaders Ilkeston Town not playing, Loughborough Students Res reduced their advantage to a single point by defeating Leicester City Fosse 7-1. Caitlin Redfern and Siobhan Eastman each bagged doubles and there was one apiece from Alice Kempski, Ali Bowes and Lauren Winfield. Radcliffe Olympic Res are a further point adrift in third after Michelle Smith and Jennifer Purnell gave them a 2-0 victory over AFC Trinity.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town won 3-1 away to C & K Basildon to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Sarah Tayler (2) and Mia Price netted for Arlesey who lead from Bedford Ladies, for whom Debbie Styles, Zara Carroll, Natasha Fensome and Rebecca Vass all netted in their 4-0 victory over Braintree Town. Billericay Town are in third after winning a high scoring affair 7-5 against Peterborough Sports, Lisa Silverton bagging a four-goal haul and Nicola Dunsdon a brace, with Jade Nelson also on target. Carly Copplestone and Sian Birleston earned Barking a 2-0 success at Stevenage Borough and the game between Thorpe Utd and Hethersett Athletic finished goalless.
The top two in Division One North did not play and this allowed Haverhill Rovers to catch up ground as Rachel Mann and Stacey Roper gave them a 2-1 victory over AFC Sudbury. Shelly Woods scored twice, with Lisa Wilson and Chloe Riches adding the others for Fakenham Town in their 4-0 win away to Taverham and Cambridge Women Res defeated Bungay Town 2-1 thanks to Jordan Holland and Laura Baker.
Colchester Town power on at the top of Division One South and stretched their lead to six points with a 5-2 victory over Chelmsford City, Laura Brooks netting twice along with Lauren Richardson, Joanne Sibley and Georgia Egner. Danielle Cliffe, Leanne Cox and Nina Witteridge were on the scoresheet as Hutton went second by beating Baldock Town 3-0 and Haringey Borough defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 3-1 thanks to Sarah Cleary (2) and Eleftherta Taladiandy. East Thurrock Utd moved into mid-table by beating Hannakins 4-0, Louise Webb bagging a double with Frances Priddy and Lauren Tate adding the others, whilst Royston Town came away from Hoddesdon Owls with a 3-2 win, goals coming from Emma Phipps, Leanne Buchanan and Ashleigh Tuck.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town emerged as 3-1 winners over Westfield in the Premier Division top of the table clash and have gone ten points clear of their rivals as a result. Hemel Hempstead moved into third place by scoring seven without reply against Boreham Wood. Maidstone Town kept up their improved form and they are up into the top half following a 6-0 victory over Wandgas whilst East Preston moved out of the bottom three as they edged out Panthers by the odd goal in nine.
In Division One (London), Hampstead extended their lead to five points with a 5-1 win against Knaphill Wanderers whilst second placed Fulham Compton OB were beaten 4-2 by Luton Town Res. Kikk Utd kept up their challenge as they defeated Kent Magpies 4-1 to go third, above Brentford who were held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford. Tottenham Hotspur Res beat Carshalton Athletic by the solitary goal in their mid-table meeting.
North East League
York City went four points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-0 win away to Guiseley whilst their two main rivals, Barnsley and Hull City, shared a 1-1 draw. Holly Findlay was on target for Barnsley with Frankie Waller replying for Hull. Castleford White Rose took the opportunity to go back into third place by beating Sheffield Utd Junior Blades 2-1. Whitley Bay made up ground on the top half as they scored seven without reply past St Francis 2000.
One match was played in the Northern Division, Whitley Bay Res and Redcar Athletic sharing a 1-1 draw which means that Birtley Phoenix now head the table by ten points from second placed Redcar.
There was a change of leadership in the Southern Division with Keepmoat Stadium going top, courtesy of a 4-0 win against Bradford City A. Malet Lambert YC remain in fourth place following their 3-1 success away to AFC Preston.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Chorley's 11-match winning run came to a halt as they conceded their first points of the season when being held to a 2-2 draw by third placed Tranmere Rovers. The result gives a chink of light to Blackpool and they cut the gap on Chorley to six points with a 6-1 victory away to Chester City. Crewe Alexandra are in the top half after beating Preston North End 1-0 and the match between Bury Girls & Ladies and Bolton Wanderers finished level at 2-2.
In Division One North, Morecambe stormed to an 8-1 victory away to Warrington Town which takes them up into second place, one place behind leaders Penrith AFC.
City of Manchester caught up ground on leaders Manchester University in Division One South, cutting their lead to seven points with an 8-1 win against AFC Liverpool. Brazil defeated AFC Urmston Meadowside 4-1 to lift themselves into fourth place, just ahead of Macclesfield Town who drew 0-0 with Manchester Stingers.
South West League
Exeter City halved the gap on Premier Division leaders Larkhall Athletic to three points by beating Salisbury City 5-0, Lola Sanchez scoring twice along with Kirsty Caunter, Natalie Shenton and Naomi Wilkins. Frome Town and Weymouth battled out a 1-1 draw, Alex Gwyther and Jess Turk netting respectively, whilst Cheltenham Town and Oldland Abbotonians also finished level at 1-1. Katie Walker was on target for Cheltenham, with Oldland replying through Rebecca Fox.
Downend Flyers are now seven points clear in Eastern Division One after Alana Willson, Kate Michaels and Laura Baker gave them a 3-2 win away to Poole Town. Hayley Maynard bagged a hat-trick with Kirsty Williams (2) and Lucy Berry adding the others as Cirencester Town won 6-1 at Blandford Utd to go into third, ahead of Bishop's Lydeard who were beaten 1-0 by Bridgwater Town, Chelsea Pitt scoring with a 25-yard strike. Swindon Spitfires meanwhile picked up a vital 1-0 win over Nailsea Utd, Debbie Rose netting the only goal.
In Western Division One, leaders Stoke Gabriel defeated Taunton Town 5-0 thanks to a Kat Marment hat-trick, Sian Brayshaw and Eleanor Hellyer. Morley Rangers remain one point behind in second place after Chynna Evans and an own goal earned them a 2-1 victory over Callington Town. Charlestown and Bude Town fought out a 1-1 draw, Stacey Rowe netting for the home side and Tegan Nichols on target for Bude.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd had a great day in the F.A.Women's Cup and they had even better news in the league as rivals Bracknell Town were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Southampton Women whose goals came from Shereen Cordy and Hannah Hewlett. Wycombe Wanderers meanwhile defeated Launton 3-1 thanks to Charlotte Bagshaw, Jacqueline Coomber and Katie Hudson.
Division One (Northern) title winners Mansfield Road moved a step closer towards a perfect league campaign as Holly Bridge (2), Elizabeth Betterbed, Lucie Bowden, Sarah Rouse, Alex Bellenger and an own goal gave them a 7-0 triumph at Chesham Utd Res. Second placed Banbury Utd were beaten 4-2 at Oxford City Blues who gained their first league win of the season thanks to a Lisa Hovard brace, Michelle Ewins and Gemma Long. Laura Beckett scored twice, with Ellie Oldham and Charlotte Watson adding the others for City Belles in their 4-1 victory over Beaconsfield SYCOB.
Boscombe Albion kept their faint Division One (Southern) title hopes alive by winning 4-0 away to Reading Ladies. Ayuma Asira, Jo Chastney, Charlie Lanahan and Sophie Parsons netted their goals. Ruby Oliver scored twice and Jennifer Petrylak was also on target as Newbury Ladies & Girls defeated Marlow 3-0 to move off the bottom.
In the League Cup, Maidenhead Utd ran out 3-0 winners over Oxford City with goals from Louise Ekins, Sarah Lipscombe and Lucy Smith.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies kept their title challenge on course and moved nine points clear with a 3-0 win against Kingshurst Sporting. Cannock netted five without reply at Allscott to lift themselves into second place and a 4-0 success over Stratford Town has taken Hereford Pegasus third, just ahead of Leamington Lions who were beaten 3-2 by Lichfield Diamonds. Kidderminster Harriers meanwhile climbed off the bottom of the table, courtesy of a 3-2 win against Stafford Town.
Things remain close at the top of Division One North where Wyrley Ladies defeated Chasetown 9-2 to stay as leaders on goal difference from FC Reedswood, who won 4-1 at Port Vale. Walsall beat Cottage Farm Rangers 5-1 to stay two points off the pace. Shifnal Harriers leapfrogged Cresswell Wanderers into fourth by beating them 2-1 and Coseley Town ran out 5-1 winners away to Silverdale.
There was a change of leadership in Division One South where Malvern Town returned to the top with a 3-2 success away to Crusaders. Redditch Utd powered to a 10-1 victory over KGV which sees them hang onto the coat tails of the leading pack.
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