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East Midlands League
In the only Premier Division game to be played on Sunday, Sandiacre Town consolidated themselves in third place with a 5-1 victory over Barlestone St Giles, who remain at the foot of the table.
Steel City Wanderers picked up the pace again at the top of Division One North, preserving their four point lead by scoring six without reply against Mansfield Town Res thanks to Sam Hallam, Sarah Smith, Grace Adams, Danielle Harrison, Bex Gregory and an own goal. The Steels' two nearest rivals met each other and it was second placed Nettleham who emerged as 4-2 winners over Grimsby Town. Lincoln Ladies Development meanwhile made up ground on the mid-table positions as they beat West Bridgford by the only goal.
Division One South leaders Loughborough Students Res stay two points ahead after they won 6-1 away to Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Ilkeston Town defeated Barrowby 4-2 to remain in second place, just in front of Radcliffe Olympic Res who were 2-0 victors at Leicester City Fosse. AFC Trinity meanwhile kept themselves firmly in the title race, thanks to a 5-1 victory over Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town strode into the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 5-0 win away to East Thurrock Utd. Sophia Pidgeon was on target twice for the Premier Division leaders along with Mandy Cain, Kirsty Cooper and Katerina Hamplova. Billericay Town narrowly got through a closely contested tie with a 4-3 extra time victory over Peterborough Sports thanks to a Kerry Oldham brace, Lisa Silverton and Steph Polykett. Barking are the other side definitely through to the last eight after they defeated Hutton 4-0.
The top two in Division One North did not play but AFC Sudbury were able to move themselves in third place by beating Cambridge Women Res 6-0. Chloe Mills netted twice with one apiece from Natalie Golding, Jodie Sharp, Charlotte Churchman and Kate Baker. Haverhill Rovers lost ground though as they were defeated 5-3 by Ipswich Wanderers whose goals came from Steph Lloyd, Tanya McKew, Charlotte Hayward, Jo Welham and Emma Goldsmith. Taverham continue to improve and they were 4-3 winners away to Bungay Town with Sally Hammerton hitting a hat-trick and Laura Sutton adding the other, while Imogen Williams bagged a hat-trick in reply for the home side.
The shock of the day came in Division One South where leaders Colchester Town went down to a 3-2 defeat at home to Leverstock Green, who climb off the bottom as a result. Giselle Subryan netted twice and Jane Rudderham the other for Leverstock. Colchester's reverse has given a chink of light to Haringey Borough who went second and narrowed the gap to seven points by winning 9-1 at Royston Town. Julia Carruthers bagged a four-goal haul, Eleftherta Taladiandy contributed a hat-trick and Michelle Thomas a brace. Jackie Stott and Hayley Graham netted the goals as Sawbridgeworth Town defeated Hoddesdon Owls 2-1 to go third, whilst Baldock Town came away from Hannakins with a 2-0 victory thanks to Eustacia Randles and Fiona Harris.
London & South East League
League leaders Eastbourne Town went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by AFC Wimbledon. Their advantage was trimmed to ten points by Westfield who won 3-2 against Maidstone Town while third placed Hemel Hempstead edged out Crawley Wasps by the odd goal in eleven. Chichester City, who can catch Eastbourne by winning their games in hand, kept up their challenge by winning 3-1 away to Panthers. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and it was Wandgas who were 4-0 winners over Boreham Wood.
The title race in Division One (London) is now wide open after table toppers Hampstead were beaten 4-2 by in-form Brentford, who move up into second place. Kikk Utd entered the top three on the back of a 3-2 win against Garston. MSA Ladies remain unbeaten and have games in hand but drew once again as they shared a 1-1 scoreline with Kent Magpies. Tottenham Hotspur Res lifted themselves into mid-table courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Knaphill Wanderers.
North East League
Frankie Waller scored a hat-trick and Angela Carr the other as Hull City defeated Castleford White Rose 4-2 to narrow the gap on Premier Division leaders York City to a single point. Barnsley stayed in touch with the leading sides as a Jess Burton goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Hessle Town. St Francis 2000 are off the bottom after sharing a 2-2 draw with Whitley Bay, Lucy Garrington and Sian Williams netting their goals with Amy O'Brien and Steph Ord replying.
Birtley Phoenix stepped up the pace once again in the Northern Division, restoring their thirteen point lead with a 5-1 win against Whitley Bay Res. Nicola Jackson and Victoria Mudd both bagged doubles with Rae Taylor adding the other. Ashleigh Leighton (2), Kimberley Griggs, Jess Hart and Adele Hughes were on the scoresheet as California Ladies defeated Durham City 5-2 and Tynedale were 3-1 victors at Teesside Sport Ladies courtesy of a Michelle Peel brace and Stef Crann.
Lepton Highlanders regained the leadership of the Southern Division as an Emma Rutherford goal earned them a 1-0 win at Kirklees. Malet Lambert YC went third with a 2-1 victory away to Bradford City A, Natalie Gray and Ellie Tanser scoring, whilst Debra Slater was on target four times for Wetherby Athletic in their 7-2 success at AFC Preston. Helen Hartley added two and Rachel Carmichael completed the tally. Goole Town and Ossett Albion battled out a 3-3 draw in which Megan Coates, Kassie Thompson and Becky Whitaker netted for Goole, with Ossett responding through a Sam Chamberlain brace and Michelle Holmes.
North West League
It was a good day for Chorley as they extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division to nine points. They defeated Bolton Wanderers 5-2 whilst second placed Blackpool suffered a 1-0 reverse at Crewe Alexandra. Northwich Vixens consolidated themselves in mid-table by beating Preston North End 2-0 and Chester City moved out of the bottom two following their 2-0 victory over Burnley Girls & Ladies.
One match was played in Division One North and it failed to produce any goals, leaders Penrith AFC being held to a 0-0 draw by Carlisle in their Cumbrian local derby.
Brazil lifted themselves into third place in Division One South, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Mossley Hill Res. In the other match, AFC Liverpool edged out Liverpool Feds Res by the only goal of the game.
South West League
Exeter City's title challenge took a knock as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat away to Bristol Ladies Union who rekindled their hopes of a top three place. Sarah White scored twice for Union along with Alicia Hazzard and a Kelly Hill penalty. Frome Town also won 4-1 against Oldland Abbotonians, '---- ----' hitting a double along with Ella McGregor and Tara Taylor, Leanne Burge replying for Oldland.
One match was played in Eastern Division One, Rachel Illingworth bagging a hat-trick as Nailsea Utd defeated Blandford Utd 3-0.
Downend Flyers took another step towards a potential League and Cup 'double' as they beat Charlestown 6-0 to reach the quarter finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup. Alana Willson scored a hat-trick, Kate Michaels added a brace and Aimee Taylor was also on target. Former winners Falmouth Town crashed out, beaten 4-1 by Poole Town whose goals came from Bev Symes, Fay Hawkins, Emma Hawkins and Sam Gubb. Poole will now be home to Callington Town who defeated Forest Green Rovers Res 3-0 thanks to Katy Sheffield, Sasha Cameron and Kylie Booth. Mel Bristow and Isha Hunt earned Swindon Supermarine a fine 2-1 win at Cleeve West Town to book a home tie with Bridgwater Town, 6-0 victors over Cirencester Town thanks to doubles from Annmarie Moule and Chelsea Pitt, with Vicky Tindall and Devon Rich also on target. Roche progressed to the last eight by winning 4-1 at Dobwalls, strikes from Charlotte Hobbs, Ellie Brown, Stacey Bray and Kayleigh Clemes earning them a tie with Launceston.
Southern Region League
Shanklin came from behind to beat Aldershot Town 2-1 and move themselves back into fourth place in the table. Nicola Moore put the Shots in front early in the second half but the Isle of Wight side fought back to take the points through Danielle Merryfield and Susan Cullen. Andover New Street meanwhile recorded their first win of the season, a 3-2 success against Woodley Utd.
Chesham Utd Res have virtually sealed the runners-up spot in Division One (Northern) following their 7-1 victory over City Belles. Hannah Webb scored a hat-trick and there were doubles from Chantelle O'Grady and Catherine Sole. Beaconsfield SYCOB still have an outside chance of overhauling them and they kept those hopes alive by beating Oxford Utd Res 3-2.
Basingstoke Town moved to within a point of the Division One (Southern) title with a 5-4 victory over Reading Ladies. Justine Mosley scored twice, with other goals from Tracy Jones, Samantha Mosley and Katie Randell. Kerry Shiers (2) and Lauren Little gave third placed Boscombe Albion a 3-0 win against Marlow whilst Locks Heath also won 3-0 at Newbury Ladies & Girls thanks to Amy Wakefield's brace and Emma Hebdige.
In the Jubilee Cup, Josie Clark scored twice with Jennifer Hoggins and Sophie Veitch adding the others as Banbury Utd defeated Oxford Utd Res 4-0.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies went ten points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won 1-0 away to Lichfield Diamonds. Hereford Pegasus picked up a 6-3 victory at Bradwell Belles and are now in second place, just ahead of Leamington Lions who beat Stafford Town 2-0. Allscott were 2-0 winners over Kidderminster Harriers and Kingshurst Sporting won for only the second time, 3-1 against Stratford Town.
Wyrley Ladies have opened up a three point lead in Division One North after they triumphed 3-0 at Coseley Town. Silverdale meanwhile picked up an important point from a 2-2 draw with Cresswell Wanderers, which lifts them off the bottom at the expense of Prees Raiders who went down 1-0 at home to Port Vale. Chasetown also claimed a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Cottage Farm Rangers.
Malvern Town held on to the leadership of Division One South with a 1-0 victory over Knowle, with Coventry Development moving second after beating Crusaders 1-0. Coventry Sphinx follow on as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on B & WM Police, defeating them 2-1, with Redditch Utd's good run of form taking them into fourth, they were 1-0 winners against Ferndale.
FC Reedswood remain in the hunt for two trophies this season and their 3-1 win over Shifnal Harriers has taken them into the semi finals of the Division One South Cup, where they will meet Walsall.
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