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East Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Mansfield Town went down to their first defeat of the season, 3-2 at the hands of second placed Daventry Town. The gap at the top is now down to six points and the two teams are set to meet again this Sunday. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile warmed up for their F.A.Women's Cup tie against Barnet this week with a 6-3 victory over Shepshed Dynamo, which keeps them in fourth place.
With Steel City Wanderers not playing, Nettleham took the chance to cut their lead at the top of Division One North to a single point with a 3-1 win away to Arnold Town. Rolls Royce Leisure won 4-0 at Mansfield Town Res to climb into third, ahead of Grimsby Town who drew 1-1 with Lincoln Ladies Development. Appleby Froddingham bounced back from a heavy defeat in their previous game to beat West Bridgford 4-0 and lift themselves back into the top half.
Radcliffe Olympic Res stepped up their challenge in Division One South, defeating Leicester City Fosse 2-0 to move into second place. AFC Trinity also remain in contention after a 4-2 victory over Barrowby. Oadby & Wigston Dynamo made up ground on Ruddington Village by beating them 3-0.
Eastern Region League
Holders Hethersett Athletic are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after Abbie Charlton and Grace Birchall gave them a 2-1 victory over Braintree Town. Hannah Porter and Georgia Box netted the goals as Colchester Town knocked out Premier Division opponents C & K Basildon 2-0. Thorpe Utd edged out Norwich City Res 2-1 thanks to Laura Wiseman and Rebecca Lake and a solitary strike from Natasha Fensome earned Bedford Ladies a 1-0 win against Stevenage Borough. Woodbridge Town complete the quarter final line up after they defeated Chelmsford City 2-1 with goals from Lucy Du Plooy and Harriet Snook.
In the Premier Division, Arlesey Town went nine points clear at the top with a 6-1 victory over Billericay Town. Sarah Tayler netted a hat-trick, Mandy Cain added a brace and Katerina Hamplova rounded off the scoring. Donna Nicholls grabbed both goals as Peterborough Sports won 2-1 at Barking to climb into second place.
Great Shelford moved to within one point of the Division One North title as goals from Sophie Hopkin (2) and Alison Wright earned them a 3-1 win against Bungay Town. AFC Sudbury were held to a 1-1 draw by Huntingdon Town, Jodie Sharp and Sian Gamble netting respectively, and Haverhill Rovers' hopes of the runners-up spot also took a knock as they were beaten 2-1 by Ipswich Wanderers, for whom Tanya McKew scored both goals. Taverham lifted themselves off the bottom as they beat Cambridge Women Res 1-0, Sally Hammerton scoring the only goal.
Haringey Borough continue to close in on the leaders in Division One South, narrowing the gap to four points with a 4-2 victory over Hoddesdon Owls thanks to doubles from Julia Carruthers and Eleftherta Taladiandy. Hutton move up third after Lucy Hudson (2), Danielle Cliffe (2) and Leanne Cox gave them a 5-2 win against Hannakins. Leverstock Green and Royston Town battled out a 1-1 draw, Kelly Randall netting for Leverstock with Vicky Foulger replying.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town made a swift return to winning ways and their 5-0 victory over Boreham Wood sees them extend their Premier Division lead to eleven points. Hemel Hempstead are now in second following a 3-1 success at Wandgas and Chichester City maintained their challenge with a 4-0 win away to Maidstone Town. However Westfield received a setback to their hopes by going down to a 1-0 defeat to Panthers. Crawley Wasps won 2-0 at East Preston and AFC Wimbledon kept up their recent good form by beating Denham Utd 1-0.
In Division One (London), Kikk Utd defeated Tottenham Hotspur Res 6-2 to move themselves into second place, one point behind leaders Hampstead and ahead of Brentford, whose title hopes were jolted by a 2-0 reverse at Carshalton Athletic. Garston remain at the foot of the table after they were beaten 1-0 by Kent Magpies.
North East League
The points were shared in the Premier Division top of the table clash as York City and Hull City battled out a 3-3 draw. Megan Branham scored twice and Carol Thompson the other for York, who had led by two goals at half time, with Hull replying through Rebecca Beech, Charley McNamara and Sian Bentley. York therefore stay one point ahead of Hull, who have three games in hand. Hessle Town meanwhile stormed to a 12-1 victory over St Francis 2000 including a four-goal haul from Kayleigh James. Toni Anholm hit a hat-trick, Jade Collier added a brace and there was one apiece from Charmaine Pinder and Suzanne Smith. Whitley Bay and Scunthorpe Utd shared eight goals in their mid-table clash. Emma Bentley and Amy O'Brien netted doubles for Whitley and on target for Scunthorpe were Sue Hunsley (2), Sue Green and Rachael Harrison.
Birtley Phoenix are now six points away from the Northern Division title after they defeated Tynedale 8-1. Vicky Mudd scored a hat-trick, Nicola Jackson and Rae Taylor added braces and Haley English was also on target. Kelly Howe (2), Lucy Scott (2), Rachel Martin and Ashley McConnell were on the scoresheet as Durham City consolidated themselves in fourth place by beating Birtley Town 6-1. Norton & Stockton Ancients netted ten without reply against Lumley to keep alive their chances of a top three place.
Lepton Highlanders opened up a three point lead at the top of the Southern Division with a 5-0 win away to Bradford City A. Emma Rutherford bagged a hat-trick with Louise Wardman adding the other two. Rothwell Ladies kept up their challenge as doubles from Claire Popplewell, Angela Routledge and Victoria Sheriff gave them a 6-0 success at AFC Preston. Kirklees ran out 5-1 winners over Wetherby Athletic, Rachael White netting twice along with Helen Molloy, Sonya Moore and Debbie Tomlinson.
North West League
Chorley's hopes of the League and Cup 'double' were brought to an end as the Premier Division leaders were knocked out of League Cup, beaten on penalties by second placed Blackpool in the tie of the round. City of Manchester meanwhile eliminated higher division opposition when winning 4-2 against Bury Girls & Ladies. Denton Town scored six without reply past Liverpool Feds Res whilst Blackpool Wren Rovers kept up their good Cup form with a 9-1 success at AFC Liverpool. One other tie went to extra time, Carlisle emerging as narrow 3-2 victors over Southport Birkdale, and Mossley Hill Res edged out Warrington Town by the odd goal in seven. Penrith AFC defeated Brazil 6-1 and Padiham progressed with an 8-2 win against Springfields (Preston).
The only league action took place in the Premier Division where Northwich Vixens went fifth by winning 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End were 1-0 victors away to Chester City.
South West League
Salisbury City are looking on course for a top three place after running out 4-0 winners over Stoke Lane Athletic, Hayley Ranachan bagging a hat-trick and Nicky Barns also on target. Weymouth and Bristol Ladies Union meanwhile battled out a goalless draw which keeps both teams in line for a top half finish.
Downend Flyers stay seven points clear at the top of Eastern Division One but had to survive a scare in their 3-2 win at Swindon Spitfires. A Laura Baker double and Kate Michaels goal had put Downend three ahead before the home side fought back with a brace from Sophie Jones. Cleeve West Town continue to chase in second place and they won 4-0 at Cirencester Town, courtesy of a Tash Crew hat-trick and Sally-Anne Langton. Rosie Harper netted both goals as Bishop's Lydeard picked up a 2-0 victory away to Poole Town and Swindon Supermarine kept up their good form by beating Forest Green Rovers Res 2-1, Claire Moreton and Mel Bristow netting their goals. Chelsea Pitt hit a hat-trick and Vicky Tindall the other two as Bridgwater Town defeated Blandford Utd 5-0 and Cam Bulldogs pulled further away from the bottom two by winning 4-0 at Nailsea Utd with strikes from Sarah Wingate, Kirsty Brown, Christine Tanner and Michelle Watson.
Stoke Gabriel have opened up a lead of four points in Western Division One after Mel Woodmore, Laura Carpenter, Kat Marment and Hayley Chamberlain gave them a 4-1 victory away to Dobwalls. Callington Town and Falmouth Town finished level at 1-1 with goals from Jodie Shipton and Amanda Jelbert respectively.
Morley Rangers complete the quarter final line up in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup following their 3-2 victory over Bude Town. Jodie Nicholls, Chynna Evans and Megan Platt scored the goals to set up a last eight tie against Downend Flyers.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd continued their defence of the League Cup with a 3-0 victory over Boscombe Albion. Their opponents in the semi finals will be Southampton Women who defeated Woodley Utd 1-0 thanks to an extra time goal from substitute Jane Yeates. Maidenhead Utd progressed with a 5-3 win against Mansfield Road and they will play Shanklin, 4-3 victors at Wycombe Wanderers with Susan Cullen hitting a hat-trick and Katy Rawlinson also on target.
Stony Stratford Town produced the result of the round in the Chairman's Cup as they defeated Premier Division Andover New Street 2-1. Laura Wallman scored a hat-trick for Aldershot Town in their 5-1 success at Chesham Utd Res, Sian Houghton and Jade Ferguson adding the others, whilst Launton came through a tricky tie with Locks Heath, a Steph Barras hat-trick earning them a 3-2 win. Deanna Peters had a great day in front of goal, netting six times as Reading Ladies defeated Reading Town 10-1. Sinead Leigh-Anne (2), Alison Johnson and Sarah Reid joined her on the scoresheet. Rochelle Buick was another player to score a hat-trick, for Banbury Utd as they beat City Belles 4-2, Cynthia Rodrigues netting Banbury's other goal. Marlow also progressed to the last eight with a 2-1 victory over Newbury Ladies & Girls.
One match was played in the Premier Division and it saw Bracknell Town return to the top with a 2-1 victory over Oxford City, goals coming from Tracy Corkett and Amy Davies.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies ran out 7-1 winners over Wednesfield Town to maintain their lead of ten points at the top of the Premier Division. Hereford Pegasus pipped Cannock by the odd goal in seven to stay in second place, one point ahead of Leamington Lions who defeated Stratford Town 3-0. Lichfield Diamonds meanwhile cemented themselves in fifth with a 2-0 victory against Allscott.
In Division One North, Wyrley Ladies have gone six points clear after winning 3-1 away to Silverdale. A win would have taken Walsall into second but they were held to a 3-3 draw by Cresswell Wanderers. The mid-table battle between Cottage Farm Rangers and Coseley Town ended goalless whilst Port Vale and Shifnal Harriers also finished level at 3-3.
Things remain tight in Division One South where Malvern Town won 5-1 at KGV to preserve their two point lead over Coventry Development who beat Redditch Utd 4-2. Coventry Sphinx netted six without reply past Crusaders to stay third and B & WM Police bounced back from their defeat the previous week to win 6-1 away to Ferndale. Knowle are looking good for a mid-table place after they defeated Marston Green 2-1.
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