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East Midlands League
Nettleham caused a surprise in the semi finals of the League Cup as they defeated Premier Division Gedling Town 6-5 in a thrilling tie. Zuzana Pramukova had a great day in front of goal, netting five times for the Division One North side with Ashlyn Mester adding the other while Sarah Wright (2), Susan Morris, Nina Best and Hayley Brown replied for Gedling. Nettleham's opponents in the Final will be Long Eaton Utd who also threw the form book out of the window, beating Rise Park 2-1 with goals from Lucie Johnstone and Hayley Armstrong.
Peterborough Northern Star swept into the League Plate Final on the back of a 5-2 victory over Ruddington Village. Julie Ikeda bagged a hat-trick for the Premier Division side with Samara Iredale and Georgina Sturgess also on target. In the other semi final, Oadby & Wigston Dynamo notched up a fine 3-0 win against AFC Trinity courtesy of a goal apiece from Megan Cletheroe, Beth Herrick and Robyn Washington.
The top two in the Premier Division stepped up their respective title challenges with victories on Sunday. Donna Watts hit a hat-trick as Mansfield Town preserved their four point lead by beating Shepshed Dynamo 6-1 and she was joined on the scoresheet by Gemma Hodgkinson, Lucy Webster and Charlotte Montgomery. Daventry Town meanwhile kept up the pressure with a 3-2 win over Sandiacre Town thanks to Jessica Holley, Claudia Trotman and Kerry Luckett.
Steel City Wanderers have gone seven points clear in Division One North after scoring fourteen without reply past Mansfield Town Res. Sam Hallam scored a hat-trick while Danielle Harrison, Maria Burns and Lucy Smith each bagged doubles and there was one apiece from Laura Elsworth, Grace Adams, Danni Fletcher, Laurie Millington and Holly Barwick. Arnold Town replaced Grimsby Town in third place by beating them 6-0, Sheryl Gayle netting twice along with Rhyiannea Anderson, Elli Leathen, Jenny Lorimer and Danielle Pritchard and Rolls Royce Leisure defeated Retford Utd by the same scoreline. Michelle Longford spearheaded the win with a four-goal haul with Janine Willows and Kim Kendrick also on target. Lincoln Ladies Development meanwhile were 5-3 winners over Appleby Froddingham.
In Division One South, Radcliffe Olympic Res suffered a blow to their hopes of clinching the runners-up spot when they were beaten 2-1 by Barrowby, whose goals came from Laura Jones and Katie Brown.
Eastern Region League
This season's League Cup Final will be an all-Essex affair following Sunday's semi finals. Barking ended the hopes of Colchester Town with a 4-3 victory in which Carly Copplestone hit a hat-trick and Karen Stephanou the other, whilst Billericay Town defeated Thorpe Utd 3-1 after extra time thanks to Kerry Oldham, Lisa Silverton and Samantha Edwards.
Great Shelford are one step away from picking up a second trophy after an Alison Wright hat-trick, Sophie Lanham and an own goal gave them a 5-2 victory over Leverstock Green in the semi finals of the League Plate. Their opponents in the Final will be Baldock Town, who defeated Hoddesdon Owls 3-1 thanks to a Joanne Corbett brace and Chloe Payne.
Arlesey Town need just two more points from their final two games to clinch the Premier Division title following their 5-1 success away to Braintree Town. Sarah Tayler scored a hat-trick and Becky Charter the other two to take their side eleven points clear. Only C & K Basildon can still overhaul them and they kept their dwindling hopes alive after Claire Lacey and Carly Eagles gave them a 2-1 win over Stevenage Borough.
Division One North runners-up Norwich City Res completed their season with a 1-0 victory away to third placed Haverhill Rovers, Luci Middleton scoring the only goal of the game. Huntingdon Town meanwhile climbed off the bottom after beating Ipswich Wanderers 3-2 thanks to Rachael Bowd, Sophie Marheineke and Emma Clark.
Haringey Borough kept their Division One South title hopes alive with a 3-1 win away to Chelmsford City in which Erika Vareckova, Julia Carruthers and Eleftherta Taladiandy all scored. Hayley Graham meanwhile netted the only goal as Sawbridgeworth Town stayed in the running by defeating Hutton 1-0.
London & South East League
Chichester City have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division after they defeated East Preston 3-1 and previous table toppers Eastbourne Town went down to a 3-2 reverse at Westfield, who have moved into third. Denham Utd netted eight without reply against Wandgas to stay in fifth place, narrowly above AFC Wimbledon whose good finish to the season continued with a 2-0 victory over Maidstone Town.
Kikk Utd now head the Division One (London) table by seven points following their 3-1 win away to Kent Magpies. Hampstead hold on to second place but were held to a goalless draw by MSA Ladies who, despite still being unbeaten, have now drawn six times and face a long haul to catch the leaders. Fulham Compton OB kept their own chances alive by winning 3-1 at Garston. Luton Town Res and Brentford met each other on Saturday at Griffin Park and it was Luton who ran out 3-0 victors.
North East League
Barnsley continue to stretch the pace at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated Guiseley 3-0 thanks to Sue Elrington, Rachel Petyt and Laura Elford. Hull City remain four points behind following their 7-3 success at St Francis 2000 in which Rebecca Beech and Sian Bentley each hit hat-tricks, with Frankie Waller also on target. Third placed York City crashed to a 4-0 defeat at home to improving Peterlee Town whilst Tania Marsden scored a hat-trick and Cheryl Mahwood the other as Sheffield Utd Community won 4-0 at Hessle Town. Sue Green, Dani Harthen and Sue Hunsley were on the scoresheet as Scunthorpe Utd ran out 3-0 winners over Castleford White Rose and Whitley Bay beat Sheffield Utd Junior Blades 4-0 with goals from Julie Twaddle (2), Laura Darmody and Steph Ord.
Northern Division title winners Birtley Phoenix moved a step closer to a perfect league campaign as they defeated local rivals Birtley Town 5-0. Laura Finch scored twice for Phoenix along with Amy Kelly, Megan Watson and Rebecca McCabe. The battle for second remains tight after California Ladies and Norton & Stockton Ancients fought out a 1-1 draw in which Jess Hart and Jemma Dinning netted respectively.
Lepton Highlanders have clinched the Southern Division title without kicking a ball after they were awarded their match against Wakefield Res. Rothwell Ladies moved up to third by beating Ossett Albion 5-1 via an Amy Hoang hat-trick, Claire Popplewell and Emma Speer, whilst Claire Needham and Debbie Tomlinson gave Kirklees a 2-0 victory over Malet Lambert.
North West League
Chorley maintained their lead of nine points as they ran out 6-1 winners over Bury Girls & Ladies whilst second placed Blackpool also won, 2-1 at Northwich Vixens. Crewe Alexandra meanwhile cemented themselves in third place with a 3-1 success away to Burnley Girls & Ladies. Denton Town are back in the top half following their 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic whilst Bolton Wanderers kept up their recent good form by beating Chester City 3-1.
In Division One North, Morecambe won 4-1 away to Bolton Lads & Girls to preserve their four point lead over Blackpool Wren Rovers who defeated Leigh RMI 11-1. Two of the title challengers met each other and it was Penrith AFC who emerged as 1-0 victors over previously unbeaten Padiham. Southport Birkdale climbed out of the bottom two via a 3-1 win against Carlisle.
Manchester University stay two points clear at the top of Division One South after they won 1-0 at Winsford and second placed City of Manchester defeated Brazil 5-2. Birkenhead look on course for a top three finish following their 3-0 victory over Liverpool Feds Res. Macclesfield Town won 3-1 at AFC Urmston Meadowside and AFC Liverpool beat Glossop North End 3-0.
South West League
Exeter City stay on top of the table after goals from Kirsty Caunter, Lola Sanchez and Natalie Shenton earned them a 3-0 win over Bristol Ladies Union. Larkhall Athletic are still three points behind in second following their 2-0 victory against Salisbury City, Carly Symons and Cheryl Baber netting their goals. Weymouth still have a chance of finishing third and they kept these hopes up by beating Oldland Abbotonians 5-1 thanks to an Emma Acott double, Jess Turk, Amy Douch and Bryony Webb. Jade Gamlin scored twice and Evie Dickinson the other as Stoke Lane Athletic won 3-1 away to Marine Academy Plymouth.
In Eastern Division One, Cleeve West Town remain in second place but their challenge for the runners-up spot took a knock as they went down 2-0 at Poole Town, who scored through Stacey Ayling and Sam Gubb. Bridgwater Town can still finish second and ran out 4-0 winners over Nailsea Utd, Chelsea Pitt netting twice along with Devon Rich and Anneka Russ. Blandford Utd picked up an important point from a 2-2 draw with Forest Green Rovers Res, Melissa Davidson and Jazmin Wakefield scoring for Blandford with Rebecca Cox and Rosie Fearnley replying.
One match was played in Western Division One, Callington Town defeating Dobwalls 2-1 with goals from Sarah Blower and Kayleigh Dawe.
Southern Region League
Former winners Bracknell Town are through to the Chairman's Cup Final after defeating Launton 5-1 in their semi final on Sunday. They will play either Stony Stratford Town or Aldershot Town who play this week.
Oxford Utd took the chance to stretch their Premier Division lead to eight points as Gina Iannello and Lauren May gave them a 2-0 win at Shanklin. Southampton Women are now up into second place, they beat Andover New Street 3-2 thanks to a Jane Yeates brace and Hannah Hewlett. Amy Lawrence and Nicola Moore were on the scoresheet for Aldershot Town in their 2-0 victory over Woodley Utd whilst Maidenhead Utd beat Oxford City 1-0.
In Division One (Southern), Oxford Utd Res will finish in second place following their 2-1 win against Locks Heath, Danielle Anderson and Stacey Coles scoring their goals.
Banbury Utd caused a surprise in the Jubilee Cup as they beat Mansfield Road 3-2 with strikes from Claire Allen, Rochelle Buick and Jennifer Hoggins. Stony Stratford Town ran out 5-0 winners over Chesham Utd Res and Marlow were 2-1 victors at Beaconsfield SYCOB, whilst Newbury Ladies & Girls defeated Reading Ladies 5-1. Katie Randell bagged both goals as Basingstoke Town came away from Boscombe Albion with a 2-1 win.
West Midlands League
Coventry Sphinx progressed to the Division One South Cup Final thanks to a 2-1 victory over Knowle. They will face Crusaders in the Final.
Hereford Pegasus have taken over at the top of the Premier Division following their 4-3 win away to Allscott. Leamington Lions are a point behind in second after they crushed Stafford Town 11-2 and long time leaders Solihull Ladies are now back in third, a further point adrift. Cannock rediscovered their winning form when beating Bradwell Belles 6-2 and Lichfield Diamonds were 5-0 winners over Wednesfield Town. Kingshurst Sporting continued their good run and netted seven without reply past Stratford Town to increase their hopes of climbing out of the bottom two.
Wyrley Ladies continue to close in on the Division One North title and maintained their six point lead with a 2-0 victory away to Shifnal Harriers. FC Reedswood also won 2-0 against Prees Raiders to keep their challenge going. Walsall look set to finish third after their 7-0 success over Port Vale.
B & WM Police are trying to stretch the pace in Division One South and their 10-1 victory against KGV has taken them four points clear. Coventry Development's 5-0 win at Malvern Town takes them back into second place. Crusaders eased to a 5-1 success over Redditch Utd whilst Ferndale and Marston Green shared four goals.
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