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East Midlands League
Rise Park moved to within two points of a top three place in the Premier Division with a 3-0 win away to Shepshed Dynamo. Kylie Parr netted twice, with Natasha Murray adding the other.
Division One North leaders Steel City Wanderers returned to action by beating Appleby Froddingham 7-2 to open up a four point advantage at the top. Sam Hallam and Sarah Smith each bagged doubles with one apiece from Danielle Harrison, Grace Adams and Lucy Smith. Helen Corry and Hayley Revill each scored twice for Retford Utd in their 4-2 win at Mansfield Town Res and Arnold Town were 4-1 victors at Lincoln Ladies Development.
Loughborough Students Res were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow title contenders AFC Trinity and this means they now head the Division One South table by two points. Natasha Folwell netted for Trinity with Sophie Weedon replying for the students. Raunds Town meanwhile ran out 5-2 winners away to Leicester City Fosse thanks to a four-goal haul from Laura Reed and Georgina Powell.
Eastern Region League
Thorpe Utd booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup as goals from Charlotte Groves, Sophie Jermy and Rebecca Russell gave them a 3-1 victory at Woodbridge Town.
League Plate holders Sawbridgeworth Town are out of the competition this time around after they were beaten 3-0 by Great Shelford for whom Becky Taylor (2) and Abigail Davies were on target. It was a good day for the bottom two clubs in Division One South as a solitary strike from Kristina O'Connell earned Hoddesdon Owls a 1-0 victory over Hannakins and Leverstock Green won 3-1 away to AFC Sudbury thanks Natalie Burrows, Kelly Randall and Nicola Hollick.
C & K Basildon kept their Premier Division title hopes alive by defeating Billericay Town 3-0 with a goal apiece from Charlie Dolby, Lucy Wyatt and Claire Lacey. Braintree Town meanwhile registered their first league win of the season, 5-3 against Hethersett Athletic. Amy Simmons was on target twice along with Ella Tooley, Beth Howard and Rosie Webb.
The Division One North title race is almost over after second placed Norwich City Res were held to a 2-2 draw by Fakenham Town. Michelle Stewart-Sheen and Shelley Woods netted the goals for Fakenham, with Norwich replying via Nicole Sheldrake and an own goal. Kate Robinson bagged a brace with Emma Roberts, Laura Bright and Natalie Richardson adding the others as Cambridge Women Res beat Haverhill Rovers 5-1.
The top two in Division One South met each other and Colchester Town avenged their recent defeat to Haringey Borough by winning the return match 1-0, Hannah Porter scoring the only goal of the game to stretch their lead to seven points. Chelmsford City and Royston Town finished level at 1-1 with Kim Jeffery and Vicky Foulger netting respectively.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town stay eight points ahead at the top of the Premier Division after second placed Hemel Hempstead went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Maidstone Town. Crawley Wasps leapfrogged Panthers into fifth place by beating them 3-0.
There was a change of leadership in Division One (London) with Kikk Utd taking over at the top as they ran out 10-1 winners over Knaphill Wanderers. A win could have taken Brentford into second place but they were on the receiving end of a surprise 1-0 defeat to Garston, who climb out of the bottom two as a result.
North East League
Barnsley and Castleford White Rose remain just outside the top two after battling out a 1-1 draw. Laura Humphries netted for Barnsley and Kriss Greenwood was on target for Castleford. Sheffield Utd Community emerged as 6-1 winners from their local derby with Sheffield Utd Junior Blades. Cheryl Mawhood and Jen Pearson each netted twice along with Paige Lewis and Tania Marsden, Zoe Beresford netting the Blades' consolation. Alarna Futter and Caroline Hulme grabbed the goals as Guiseley moved off the bottom with a 2-1 win away to St Francis 2000.
In the only match played in the Northern Division, Sofia-Luisa Cansado-Fernandez netted six times as California Ladies defeated Lumley 15-1. Ashleigh Joe weighed in with a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Jess Hart (2), Ashleigh Leighton (2), Abby Mulholland and Kimberley Griggs.
Lepton Highlanders stay three points clear at the top of the Southern Division after Claire Berry, Louise Ikin and Rachel Lockwood gave them a 3-1 victory over Rothwell Ladies. Keepmoat Stadium defeated Goole Town 7-0 to stay on their heels, Sam Kitchen hitting a hat-trick along with Jenna Cresswell, Lynn Goodman, Gemma Harte and Amie McKone. Simone Lodge (2), Amy Hesselden, Rachael White and Georgia Balmforth netted the goals as Kirkless beat Wakefield Res 5-3 and Ossett Albion won 3-1 against Wetherby Athletic thanks to a Samantha Chamberlain double and Kim Nallon.
North West League
Chorley continue to stretch the pace in the Premier Division, their 4-1 victory over Preston North End keeping them nine points ahead of Blackpool who defeated Northwich Vixens 6-2. Crewe Alexandra consolidated themselves into fourth place by winning 4-1 away to Bury Girls & Ladies but Burnley Girls & Ladies' hopes of a top two place took a huge knock as they were beaten 2-0 by Denton Town. At the other end of the table, Bolton Wanderers put ground between themselves and the bottom two by beating Wigan Athletic 3-0.
Morecambe stay top of Division One North after scoring thirteen without reply past Leigh RMI whilst second placed Penrith AFC returned to winning ways with an 8-0 success at Warrington Town. Blackpool Wren Rovers defeated Springfields (Preston) 7-1 to keep up their challenge as did Padiham with a 4-1 victory over Bolton Lads & Girls.
City of Manchester narrowed the gap on Division One South table toppers Manchester University to seven points by defeating Birkenhead by the odd goal in seven. Brazil remain in third following their 1-1 draw with Liverpool Feds Res.
South West League
Poole Town reached the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup for the second year in a row as they defeated Callington Town 4-0. Sam Gubb (2), Shelley Towers and Stacey Ayling netted the goals to earn the Dorset side a home tie with Downend Flyers. Swindon Supermarine meanwhile advanced as strikes from Mel Bristow and Claire Moreton gave them a 2-1 victory over Bridgwater Town and they now await the winners of the remaining tie between Roche and Launceston.
Whilst Larkhall Athletic were performing heroics in the F.A.Women's Cup, Exeter City took the opportunity to open up a six point lead over them in the Premier Division. Natalie Shenton netted twice with Kirsty Caunter and Helen Kukor adding the others as the Devon side won 4-0 away to Cheltenham Town.
Downend Flyers maintained their seven point advantage in Eastern Division One as they defeated Blandford Utd 7-1. Alana Willson led the scoring with a hat-trick and there were doubles from Kate Michaels and Laura Baker. Cleeve West Town are not giving up the fight though and kept up their challenge by beating Forest Green Rovers Res 4-0, Molly Stevens netting twice along with Natasha Hale and Sally-Anne Langton.
One match was played in Western Division One, Stoke Gabriel's title hopes taking a knock as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at Bude Town, for whom Adele Reah grabbed the only goal of the game.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after running out 9-1 winners over Aldershot Town. Oxford's two nearest rivals, Bracknell Town and Shanklin, met each other and finished level at 1-1. Southampton Women are having a good season and a Kellie Warren goal gave them a 1-0 success at Maidenhead Utd. Jacqueline Coomber, Victoria Smyth and Daniella Snowden scored the goals as Wycombe Wanderers beat Andover New Street 3-2 and Oxford City celebrated their first victory of the season, 4-3 against Launton thanks to a Lauren Smith hat-trick and Rosa Gardner-Somers.
In Division One (Southern), Oxford Utd Res are confirmed as runners-up after Boscombe Albion were beaten 2-0 by Locks Heath, whose goals came from Rachel Anderson and Amy Wakefield.
Division One (Northern) title winners Mansfield Road have started well in the Jubilee Cup, Holly Bridge hitting a hat-trick in their 6-0 success away to Oxford City Blues with Elizabeth Betterbed, Lucie Bowden and Kim Kilmartin also on the scoresheet. Danielle Anderson netted four times and Stacey Coles bagged a hat-trick, with Laura Allsopp completing the scoring as Oxford Utd Res won 8-1 at Banbury Utd. Chesham Utd Res and City Belles shared a 1-1 draw, Chesham's goal netted by Diane Killey, and Caroline Harkness scored for Newbury Ladies & Girls who also drew 1-1 against Beaconsfield SYCOB. Reading Ladies and Marlow shared eight goals, Reading's strikes coming via a Deanna Peters brace, Beth Williams and Sarah Reid.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Solihull Ladies suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Allscott and saw their lead trimmed to seven points by Hereford Pegasus who beat Kingshurst Sporting 6-0. Leamington Lions ran out 5-0 winners at Cannock and, like Pegasus, have three games in hand on Solihull. There were plenty of goals on offer in the other game, Stratford Town winning 5-4 against Lichfield Diamonds.
Wyrley Ladies netted eight without reply past Cresswell Wanderers to stretch their lead at the top of Division One North to nine points. Walsall lost ground as they went down to only their second defeat, 1-0 to Shifnal Harriers, whilst the bottom of the table clash went the way of Prees Raiders who won 1-0 against Silverdale.
In Division One South, Coventry Sphinx moved into second place, one point behind leaders Coventry Development, following their 4-1 success away to Redditch Utd. B & WM Police meanwhile stepped up their challenge by beating third placed Malvern Town. Marston Green won 3-1 against KGV and Crusaders were 3-2 victors over Ferndale.
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