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East Midlands League
Daventry Town closed the gap on the leaders in the Premier Division with a 4-0 win away to Barlestone St Giles, thanks to a Lauren Roberts double, Kerry Luckett and an own goal. The result means that Daventry now trail Mansfield Town by four points, with two games in hand. Rise Park meanwhile climbed above Peterborough Northern Star into fourth place by beating them 2-1, goals coming from Olivia Thompson and Nikki Croxall.
One match was played in Division One North, Retford Utd moving into the top half of the table on the back of a 4-2 victory over Mansfield Town Res.
Loughborough Students Res have won the Division One South title after their two main rivals, AFC Trinity and Radcliffe Olympic Res, cancelled each other out in a 3-3 draw. Michelle Smith scored twice and Christina Brewer the other for Radcliffe. In the other game, Oadby & Wigston Dynamo and Barrowby also finished level at 1-1.
Eastern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division between Peterborough Sports and Arlesey Town ended in a 2-2 draw, keeping Arlesey well on course for the title. Lesley-Ann Seaman netted both goals for Peterborough, with Becky Charter and Katerina Hamplova on target for Arlesey who require five more points from their last three matches. Bedford Ladies are now chasing a second place finish for the second successive year and stayed in contention as Natasha Fensome and Rebecca Vass gave them a 2-0 win against Hethersett Athletic. Billericay Town defeated Stevenage Borough 2-0 thanks to Nicola Dunsdon and own goal whilst a Katie Whitehead double, Karen Stephanou, Sian Birleson and Pauline Adeyemo all scored for Barking in their 5-1 victory over Braintree Town.
Division One North title winners Great Shelford are just one match away from a perfect league campaign following their 6-0 success at Bungay Town. Becky Taylor bagged a hat-trick along with a Sophie Hopkin brace and an own goal. Luci Middleton, Gemma Farman and Rebecca Waters were all on the scoresheet for runners-up Norwich City Res as they beat Fakenham Town 3-1.
Colchester Town are closing in on the Division One South title after Laura Brooks' hat-trick earned them a 3-1 victory over Royston Town. Haringey Borough lead the chasing pack but are still nine points adrift despite beating Leverstock Green 4-3, Julia Carruthers netting twice along with Eleftherta Taladiandy and Carrie-Ann Layton. Rosie Coe and Lyndsey Bowman scored the goals that gave Chelmsford City a 2-1 win at Hannakins which takes them level on points with Hutton, who lost 3-0 to East Thurrock Utd for whom Aimee Pooley (2) and Lauren Tate were on target. Leah Dunnage scored the only goal of the game as Hoddesdon Owls defeated Baldock Town 1-0.
London & South East League
Chichester City stepped up their title challenge with a 4-0 victory away to Hemel Hempstead, replacing their opponents in second place and narrowing the gap on leaders Eastbourne Town to two points, with a game in hand. Westfield meanwhile won 1-0 at Crawley Wasps to remain in contention for a top three place. AFC Wimbledon continue to finish the season in good form and they were 2-1 winners away to East Preston.
Kikk Utd kept up the pressure at the top of Division One (London), maintaining their lead of five points by scoring six without reply past Luton Town Res. Hampstead's 1-0 win over Garston keeps them in second place whilst Fulham Compton OB beat Tottenham Hotspur Res 4-1 to keep their hopes alive. MSA Ladies boosted their challenge with a 2-0 victory against Brentford and Carshalton Athletic moved back into the top half by running out 8-0 winners over Knaphill Wanderers.
North East League
Barnsley extended their lead in the Premier Division to four points when a Sue Elrington goal gave them a 1-0 win at Castleford White Rose. York City stay third but their chances took a seemingly fatal blow as they were beaten 4-1 by Sheffield Utd Community for whom Cheryl Mawhood (2), Chelsea Burke and Heather Craddock were on target. At the other end of the table, Peterlee Town moved out of the bottom two at the expense of Guiseley by defeating them 5-3, thanks to a Leanne Anderson hat-trick, Claire Bridgett and Charlotte Dinsdale.
In the Northern Division, Norton & Stockton Ancients lead the chase for the runners-up spot after winning 11-1 at Lumley. California Ladies went third, above Redcar Athletic by beating them 1-0 via an Ashleigh Leighton goal. Tynedale are in mid-table following their 4-2 victory over Durham City.
Lepton Highlanders need one win from their remaining three games to secure the Southern Division title. They moved closer to their target with a 3-2 success over Bradford City A in which Emma Rutherford scored a hat-trick. Debra Slater netted both goals as Wetherby Athletic defeated Rothwell Ladies 2-1 to stay in fifth, just ahead of Kirklees who won 4-1 at Ossett Albion thanks to a Simone Lodge brace, Amy Hesselden and Debbie Tomlinson.
North West League
Blackpool kept the Premier Division title race alive with a 4-0 victory over Denton Town which sees them reduce the gap on leaders Chorley to nine points. Meanwhile Crewe Alexandra are up into third following their 3-2 win against Bolton Wanderers. Burnley Girls & Ladies defeated Chester City 5-1 to stay in fifth whilst bottom of the table Wigan Athletic picked up a vital point from a 1-1 draw with Preston North End.
Morecambe stretched their lead at the top of Division One North to four points by scoring nine without reply against Bolton Lads & Girls. Blackpool Wren Rovers meanwhile defeated Leigh RMI 12-2 to move into second place whilst Padiham remain well in contention after winning 2-1 against Southport Birkdale.
City of Manchester keep closing the gap on Division One South table toppers Manchester University and are now just two points behind following their 5-1 victory over Mossley Hill Res. At the other end of the table, Manchester Stingers picked up an important point from a goalless draw with AFC Liverpool.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic narrowed the gap on leaders Exeter City with a 5-0 victory over Bristol Ladies Union. Anna Walby, Kate German, Sophie Hamer and Kelly Cripps were all on target along with an own goal. Third placed Salisbury City suffered a setback as they went down 2-0 to Frome Town for whom Mel Sartain and Ella McGregor scored. Oldland Abbotonians and Cheltenham Town battled out a 1-1 draw in which Louise Walter netted for Oldland with Natalie Potter replying.
Eastern Division One title winners Downend Flyers recorded yet another victory, 1-0 against Nailsea Utd with Kate Michaels scoring the only goal of the game. Bishop's Lydeard look to be on course for a top three finish after Helen Knott, Rosie Harper and Natasha Gratton gave them a 3-0 win over Cirencester Town.
In Western Division One, Launceston need to avoid defeat in their final game of the season to take the runners-up spot after they defeated Charlestown 3-2. Jodie Shipton meanwhile netted both goals for Callington Town in their 2-0 victory against Taunton Town.
Southern Region League
Although they were elsewhere engaged in County Cup action, Oxford Utd's position at the top of the Premier Division was strengthened on Sunday. Second placed Bracknell Town drew 2-2 away to Maidenhead Utd whilst Shanklin went down 3-2 at home to Wycombe Wanderers. Shanklin's defeat allowed Southampton Women to replace them in third by running out 7-1 winners over Aldershot Town. Andover New Street boosted their chances of climbing off the bottom with a 2-1 success at Oxford City.
Basingstoke Town boosted their chances of qualifying in the Jubilee Cup as a Justine Mosley hat-trick gave them a 3-0 victory over Locks Heath. Sarah Reid netted twice along with Laura Cooke and Alison Johnson as Reading Ladies came from behind to beat Marlow 4-3 whilst City Belles and Stony Stratford Town shared four goals in their meeting.
West Midlands League
Table toppers Solihull Ladies are through to the Premier Division Cup Final after they won 2-0 against Lichfield Diamonds in the semi finals. Their opponents will be Kingshurst Sporting who progressed with a surprise 2-0 victory over Leamington Lions.
Wyrley Ladies remain on course for a League and Cup 'double' following their 5-2 win over Silverdale in the semi finals of the Division One North Cup. They will play FC Reedswood in the Final.
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday and it saw Bradwell Belles defeat Stratford Town 6-2 to move themselves away from the bottom places.
In Division One North, Walsall made sure of keeping up their challenge for a top two finish by running out 5-0 winners over Chasetown.
The title race in Division One South is now wide open after leaders B & WM Police went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Coventry Development, who are four points off the pace and have two games in hand. Coventry Sphinx won 5-0 at Marston Green to go one point behind the leaders. Crusaders have rediscovered their winning touch and can still end up in the top half following their 1-0 victory over Malvern Town.
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