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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star's excellent season in Cup competitions continued as they made it through to the semi finals of the League Plate with a 6-1 victory over Rolls Royce Leisure.
All of the Premier Division matches were wiped out and in the solitary Division One North game, West Bridgford won for only the second time this season, beating Retford Utd 2-1 thanks to a double from Avril Hodgkinson.
Six players got on the scoresheet as Ruddington Village ran out 11-0 winners over Leicester City Fosse in Division One South. Ellie Alvey, Holly Brindley, Jodie Corthorn, Leanne Branson and Lisa Ratcliffe all scored twice, with Abbey Gimson completing the tally. Barrowby meanwhile notched up a fine 1-0 victory over third placed Ilkeston Town, Beth Evanson grabbing the only goal of the game.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup via a 1-0 win against league leaders Arlesey Town. Jade Nelson scored the goal to earn the Essex side a meeting with Thorpe Utd in the last four.
There was better news for Arlesey in the league as they remain nine points clear the top due to Peterborough Sports going down to a 3-2 defeat away to Hethersett Athletic, for whom Grace Birchall hit a hat-trick. Barking meanwhile ran out 8-1 winners over Thorpe Utd, Vicky Bruce also scoring a hat-trick along with Hayley Piggott, Claire Brooks, Karen Stephanou, Liane Prior and Sian Birleson.
Great Shelford stretched their 100% record to sixteen matches as they defeated Haverhill Rovers 3-1. Abigail Davies, Alison Wright and Sophie Hopkin netted the goals for the Division One North title winners. Adele Forester was on target as Ipswich Wanderers won 1-0 away to Taverham and Fakenham Town scored seven without reply against Bungay Town, Shelly Woods bagging a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Deva Rawlings, Chloe Riches and Tiffany Forshaw.
The solitary Division One South completed saw Hutton and Hoddesdon Owls share four goals. Chelsea Brett and Grace Standing were on target for Hutton, who have moved up to third, with Becky Scola netting twice in reply for Hoddesdon. The game between Baldock Town and Chelmsford City did get under way but was abandoned after 59 minutes due to adverse weather conditions.
London & South East League
One match managed to survive the weather in the Premier Division on Sunday, at AFC Wimbledon where visitors Hemel Hempstead ran out 3-1 winners to lift themselves back into third place.
Kikk Utd have stepped up the pace at the top of Division One (London) and they have gone five points clear after beating Brentford 3-1. Fulham Compton OB returned from Carshalton Athletic with a 3-1 victory and this has taken them into second place on goal difference from Hampstead who were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur Res.
North East League
Barnsley are emerging as the main challengers to Premier Division leaders Hull City and their 2-1 win away to St Francis 2000, given to them by Sue Elrington and Rebecca Fevers, leaves them two points off the pace having played one game more. Sheffield Utd Community can still get into the title race if they win their games in hand and they may have dealt a fatal blow to York City's hopes by beating them 5-2, Cheryl Mawhood scoring twice along with Ami Buzzeo, Tania Marsden and Chelsea Burke. Linsey Hughes netted the only goal of the game as Scunthorpe Utd won 1-0 against Sheffield Utd Junior Blades.
No matches were played in the Northern Division on Sunday but a midweek meeting between Norton & Stockton Ancients and Durham City ended in a 1-1 draw, Jemma Dinning scoring for Norton with Durham replying through Leah Curry.
Southern Division leaders Lepton Highlanders picked up a 1-1 draw away to Rothwell Ladies to edge one point ahead at the top. Lucy Bonner netted their goal with Nadine Bates on target for Rothwell. Malet Lambert YC are up into third after Polly Sanders, Kate Shepherd and Ellie Tanser gave them a 3-1 victory over AFC Preston. Goole Town and Kirklees battled out a goalless draw and Wetherby Athletic netted five without reply away to Bradford City A, Adele Jackson grabbing a brace along with Jemma Carmody, Helen Hartley and Debra Slater.
North West League
Blackpool marched into the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Denton Town. City of Manchester meanwhile claimed the result of the day as they triumphed 2-1 away to Premier Division Northwich Vixens. Bolton Wanderers came through a difficult tie at Padiham with a 4-0 win whilst Birkenhead defeated Carlisle 2-1 and Blackpool Wren Rovers scored eight without reply past Winsford. The final First Round tie was finally completed after many delays and it was Leigh RMI who progressed via a 6-3 win against AFC Urmston Meadowside.
Crewe Alexandra are through to the last eight in the League Plate after ending the hopes of Brazil with a 6-2 victory. The only other tie to go ahead on Sunday was at Manchester Stingers where visitors Bolton Lads & Girls emerged victorious by 3-2.
South West League
The only league action on Sunday took place in Eastern Division One but this included the virtual title showdown between Cleeve West Town and Downend Flyers. It was Downend who emerged as 3-2 winners from a thrilling game to take themselves ten points clear at the top with four games left to play. Lizzie Barratt put Cleeve ahead from the penalty spot early on with Kate Michaels equalising at the other end, before a Charlie Grimes free kick restored Cleeve's lead just before half time. Two goals in a five minute spell turned matters in Downend's favour, Michaels scoring her second from the penalty spot and an excellent individual goal from Laura Baker gave Downend the points and put them on the verge of the title. This Sunday they play Bishop's Lydeard who strengthened themselves in third place with a 5-1 victory over Swindon Supermarine.
Southern Region League
This league was also greatly affected by the heavy rain which hit the south of England over the weekend and indeed, only the one match survived the torrential downpour and went ahead on Sunday.
In the Chairman's Cup, Aldershot Town marched through to the semi finals by running out 4-0 winners over Oxford City. After the first half finished goalless, Laura Wallman broke the deadlock just before the hour mark and Amy Lawrence added a second, before Sian Houghton and Wallman rounded off the victory with further goals for the Shots in the last ten minutes.
West Midlands League
Premier Division table toppers Solihull Ladies boosted their hopes of a potential League and Cup 'double' as they progressed to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup, although it need extra time before they emerged as 3-1 winners away to Allscott in the only tie to beat the weather.
There was plenty of action in Division One North though and FC Reedswood took the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Wyrley Ladies to six points with a 2-1 victory at Cresswell Wanderers. Walsall are looking good for a top three finish following their 5-1 success away to Silverdale whilst at the other end, Prees Raiders and Chasetown each picked up an important point from their 1-1 draw.
B & WM Police have returned to the top of Division One South after they ran out 3-0 victors over Redditch Utd. Coventry Sphinx had started the day as leaders but are back in second following their 1-1 draw with fellow challengers Malvern Town.
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