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East Midlands League
Sandiacre Town continue to lead the way in the battle to claim a top three place in the Premier Division after they shared a 2-2 draw with nearest rivals Peterborough Northern Star. Rachel Adkin and an own goal were on the scoresheet for Peterborough while Sandiacre replied through Natalie Ennis and Amy Pashley. Rise Park meanwhile received a setback as they went down 3-1 at home to Long Eaton Utd for whom Nicola Smith (2) and Lucie Johnstone were on target. Barlestone St Giles remain at the foot of the table but picked up an important point from a goalless draw with Gedling Town.
Steel City Wanderers are continuing to close in on the Division One North title after a Sarah Smith brace and Grace Adams gave them a 3-1 win at Arnold Town. Nettleham are the only team that can still catch them and they kept those hopes alive by beating Mansfield Town Res 6-1, Zuzana Pramukova netting a hat-trick along with Claire Hudson, Natasha Hughes and Linzi Hewitt. Rolls Royce Leisure were 4-0 victors away to Lincoln Ladies Development and Grimsby Town netted seven without reply against West Bridgford.
There was a bizarre result in Division One South where table toppers Loughborough Students Res, with a much weakened line up, were beaten 11-0 by lowly Barrowby. Jade Ashton and Charlotte Sterry each netted four times, Samara Ashton added a double and Carlene Ferris rounded off the scoring. Radcliffe Olympic Res require one further point from their final two matches to finish in second place after a brace from Christina Brewer earned them a 2-0 victory over Ruddington Village.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town edged closer to the league title but still need one more point to be sure of finishing as Champions, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Barking. Sarah Tayler was on target for Arlesey, with Vicky Bruce replying for Barking. C & K Basildon can still catch them and kept up the pursuit with a 3-1 success away to Bedford Ladies thanks to Sabrina Campbell, Nicola Carty and Jenny Brown-Wealls. Sophie Lubbock, Grace Birchall and Emma Mulley netted the goals as Hethersett Athletic defeated Stevenage Borough 3-0.
Great Shelford have had a superb season in Division One North and they completed a 100% record with a 3-2 win at AFC Sudbury, Sarah Gee netting twice along with Becky Taylor. Ipswich Wanderers meanwhile secured themselves a top half place as Hannah Weise and Charlotte Hayward gave them a 2-1 victory over Taverham.
Division One South leaders Colchester Town did not play on Sunday and Haringey Borough have halved their lead to three points after winning 4-3 at Hoddesdon Owls. Julia Carruthers netted a hat-trick for Haringey with Eleftherta Taladiandy also on target. Sawbridgeworth Town look set to finish third following their goalless draw with Hutton. Royston Town edged out Chelmsford City 3-2 thanks to Ashleigh Tuck (2) and Emma Phipps whilst Grace Clark and Michaela Standing gave Hannakins a 2-1 win away to Baldock Town.
London & South East League
Chichester City picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw away to Westfield, ending the home side's title hopes and leaving themselves needing to win one of their remaining two matches to be confirmed as Champions. Long time leaders Eastbourne Town also drew, 3-3 with Denham Utd, and stay one point behind in second place but with only one game left to play. Crawley Wasps climbed above AFC Wimbledon into sixth place by beating them 2-0.
Kikk Utd have put themselves on the verge of the Division One (London) title following their 2-0 win away to Fulham Compton OB. MSA Ladies are the only team who can still catch them and their 1-0 victory over Hampstead leaves them fifteen points adrift but with five games in hand.
North East League
The top two in the Premier Division met each other in the quarter finals of the League Cup and it was Hull City who emerged as 3-1 winners over Barnsley, thanks to a Frankie Waller double and Sian Bentley. Peterlee Town ended the winning run of Northern Division title winners Birtley Phoenix, beating them 4-2 with goals from Leanne Anderson, Claire Bridgett, Becky Robinson and Siobhan Simpson. Tania Marsden netted four times, Cheryl Mawhood added a brace and Heather Craddock was also on target as Sheffield Utd Community netted seven without reply at Birtley Town and Castleford White Rose also won 7-0 against Redcar Athletic, Aimi Beresford hitting a hat-trick along with Tina Jenkins (2), Jenny Clark and Danielle Sidebottom.
In the Premier Division, Scunthorpe Utd and York City battled out a 1-1 draw with goals from Charlotte Soar and Beth Clayton respectively. Steph Ord netted twice and Laura Darmody the other as Whitley Bay won 3-1 at Sheffield Utd Junior Blades and St Francis 2000 picked up a crucial 2-1 win over Guiseley with Justine Robinson and Sarah Rowbotham on the scoresheet.
One match was played in the Northern Division, Durham City running out 5-1 winners over Lumley thanks to a Rachel Martin brace, Kayley Nichols, Sarah Price and Julie-Anne Waitman.
Keepmoat Stadium secured the runners-up spot in the Southern Division after Gemma Harte (2), Sam Kitchen and Amie McKone gave them a 4-0 victory against Ossett Albion. Lepton Highlanders completed their successful season by winning 5-2 at Malet Lambert YC, Louise Ikin and Emma Rutherford both hitting doubles and Rachel Lockwood the other. Rothwell Ladies will take the other top three place following a 10-0 win over Goole Town in which Lauren Nichols and Victoria Sheriff each scored hat-tricks, Nadine Bates added a brace and one apiece came from Amy Hoang and Katie Welham.
North West League
An all-Blackpool final is still a distinct possibility in the League Cup Final. Blackpool defeated Morecambe 3-1 in the quarter finals whilst Blackpool Wren Rovers won 5-2 away to Mossley Hill Res and the two sides have avoided each other in the semi finals. Birkenhead caused a surprise with a 4-1 success at Chester City but Bolton Wanderers came through a tough tie with a 4-2 victory over City of Manchester.
Chorley are now firm favourites in the League Plate after easing to a 5-0 win against Wigan Athletic. AFC Liverpool knocked out Premier Division opponents Crewe Alexandra, beating them 3-2, as did Southport Birkdale with a 3-2 success over Preston North End. Macclesfield Town complete the semi final line up as they pipped Bolton Lads & Girls by the odd goal in five.
Tranmere Rovers still have outside hopes of the runners-up spot in the Premier Division, which they maintained with a 4-0 victory over Northwich Vixens. Bury Girls & Ladies lifted themselves out of the bottom two by winning 2-0 at Burnley Girls & Ladies.
Penrith AFC closed the gap on Division One North leaders Morecambe to two points with a 7-2 win against Warrington Town. Padiham remain firmly in contention, thanks to a 4-1 success away to Springfields (Preston).
In Division One South, Brazil moved into the top three via a 4-2 victory over Winsford. Manchester Stingers edged out Liverpool Feds Res 2-1 and AFC Urmston Meadowside came away from Glossop North End with a 2-0 win.
South West League
Kate Michaels had a great day in front of goal as Downend Flyers reached the Bristol Soccerworld Cup Final for the first time with a 5-1 victory away to Poole Town. The prolific striker netted all five goals with Poole's consolation coming from Stacey Ayling. The other semi final turned out to be much closer, Launceston and Swindon Supermarine battling out a goalless draw after extra time before Supermarine emerged as 4-3 winners on penalties.
The Premier Division title race took a huge and potentially decisive twist as Larkhall Athletic went down to a 1-0 defeat at Bristol Ladies Union. Frankie Stone grabbed the only goal of the game in the second half and it leaves Exeter City three points clear at the top and with a huge advantage in goal difference over the Larks. Mel Sartain was on target as Exeter City defeated Stoke Lane Athletic 1-0 and Marine Academy (Plymouth) picked up a crucial 2-1 win over Weymouth thanks to Grace O'Leary and Steph Warren.
Bridgwater Town have matters in their hands as they bid for the runners-up spot in Eastern Division One, after winning 3-1 away to second placed Cleeve West Town with goals from Victoria Tindall, Gemma Baker and Chelsea Pitt. Cirencester Town meanwhile held on to fourth place with a 5-2 success at Cam Bulldogs. Ria Salleh (2), Katy Coleman, Chynna Collings and an own goal accounted for Cirencester's goals with Michelle Watson netting twice in reply.
Southern Region League
Aldershot Town have reached the Final of the Chairman's Cup with a 4-1 semi final victory over Stony Stratford Town. Laura Wallman, Jade Ferguson, Amy-Louise Hubbort and Amy Lawrence scored the goals for the Shots who will meet either Marlow or Bracknell Town.
Oxford Utd now look to be well on their way towards the Premier Division title following their 4-0 win against Bracknell Town. The U's stay eight points ahead of Southampton Women who won 1-0 at Oxford City thanks to Kirsty Bell. Kim Arnold netted both goals for Shanklin in their 2-0 victory over Launton whilst Maidenhead Utd edged out Wycombe Wanderers 3-2. Andover New Street remain at the foot of the table after being beaten 7-0 by Woodley Utd.
Ruby Oliver, Anna Risdale, Ellernore Reed and Leanne Saunders were on the scoresheet as Newbury Ladies & Girls defeated Marlow 4-0 in the Jubilee Cup. The other group game between Beaconsfield SYCOB and Reading Ladies finished level at 2-2. Basingstoke Town were 2-1 winners over Boscombe Albion with Sam Mosley bagging both goals.
West Midlands League
Leamington Lions have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division following an emphatic 15-0 victory over Bradwell Belles, replacing an inactive Hereford Pegasus. Allscott were 2-1 winners at Kingshurst Sporting and Lichfield Diamonds netted seven without reply past Stafford Town. Wednesfield Town picked up an important 2-1 success against Cannock whilst bottom of the table Kidderminster Harriers were surprise 7-0 victors over Stratford Town.
Division One North leaders Wyrley Ladies suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away to Port Vale and this has renewed hopes for FC Reedswood, who cut the gap to three points by beating Walsall 4-2. Coseley Town are up into fourth place following their 3-2 victory over Cresswell Wanderers.
B & WM Police stay four points clear at the top of Division One South after beating one of their title rivals, Coventry Development, 3-2. Coventry Sphinx moved into second as they scored eight without reply away to KGV. Knowle picked up a good 2-1 win over fourth placed Malvern Town whilst Redditch Utd defeated Marston Green by the only goal of the game.
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