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London & South East League
The Division One (London) campaign is continuing to wind down and although the outcome of the title has been decided, the runners-up position still remains in the balance.
MSA Ladies are still in the driving seat and moved closer to their goal with a 5-0 victory away to Brentford but on Wednesday night, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Luton Town Res. A win would have all but confirmed them in second place but Hampstead can still catch them and Fulham Compton OB can overhaul their points total if they win their remaining matches. Luton meanwhile had beaten Kent Magpies 3-0 over the weekend and they remain in the running for a place in the top five.
North East League
Sheffield Utd Community all but wrapped up the Premier Division title on Sunday when they recorded an 8-1 victory over Hessle Town. Starting three points clear of second placed Hull City, United went into the game knowing that victory would leave them on the brink of being crowned champions thanks to a vastly superior goal difference advantage. An early goal from Tania Marsden settled any possible nerves and the advantage was soon doubled when Cheryl Mawhood struck following a fine pass from Chelsea Burke who got herself on to the scoresheet with United's third. Marsden's second of the game made it four at half time and she completed her sixth hat-trick in eight games in the second half before finishing the day with four goals. Marsden and Mawhood have been scoring goals for fun as United's title challenge has gathered ever increasing momentum (this was maximum points for the 11th successive game) and Mawhood also finished with a hat-trick.
The top two are also on course to meet in the League Cup Final following semi final victories over the past week. On Sunday, Hull City came through a tight game with a 2-1 win against Peterlee Town, Rebecca Beech and Sian Bentley scoring their goals with Rachel Hedley replying. Sheffield Utd Community followed this up on Wednesday by beating Castleford White Rose 3-0, Cheryl Mawhood adding another two goals and Natalie Froggatt was also on target.
Meanwhile the runners-up spot in the Northern Division was also decided following a tense day on Sunday. The winners of the game between Norton & Stockton Ancients and Redcar Athletic were almost guaranteed second place behind title winners Birtley Phoenix but instead the sides battled out a 2-2 draw, Kirsty Ramsay netting both for Redcar, meaning that California Ladies were the side which finished there instead.
North West League
The League Cup Final was an all-Blackpool affair between Blackpool FC Girls & Ladies and Blackpool Wren Rovers.
The wind whistled off the adjoining airfield at Airbus UK in Broughton, making things difficult but Blackpool FC Girls & Ladies adjusted quicker and soon built up a 4-0 lead before half time with goals from Emma Ambrose, Melissa Brown, Danielle Cross and Michaela Barlow.
After the break, Blackpool Wren Rovers set about reducing the arrears with a goal from Caroline Wilcock. The Division One North side went close with a shot that hit the bar but couldn't prevent their seaside neighbours from running out 4-1 winners.
The League Plate Final had earlier kicked off proceedings as newly crowned Premier Division Champions Chorley faced Southport Birkdale, who finished a creditable mid-table position in their first season in Division One North.
Kiery Horne opened the scoring for Chorley after only five minutes but their opponents dug deep until ten minutes into the second half when Victoria Coope scored spectacularly from distance. Southport's heads didn't drop and they deservedly pulled a goal back through Erin Woodhouse. Chorley's experience however proved too much as Natalie Parry and Victoria Coope scored to round off a 4-1 victory which also saw them retain the Plate.
South West League
Morley Rangers captured the last silverware of the season in the league as they defeated Falmouth Town in the Supplementary Cup Final at Roche. Danielle Krac netted for Morley, with Katy Barker replying for Falmouth as the sides battled out a 1-1 draw and could not be separated after extra time, before Morley emerged as 4-3 winners from the resulting penalty shootout.
Bridgwater Town met Cleeve West Town in Eastern Division One in a winner-takes-all match for the runners-up position behind Downend Flyers. It was Bridgwater who ran out 3-2 winners to take second place in their debut season in the league. Vicky Tindall, Charlotte Barnes and Chelsea Pitt were all on target for Bridgwater while Cleeve's strikes came via a Charley Grimes double. Swindon Supermarine meanwhile made up for their disappointment in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup Final seven days earlier by beating Nailsea Utd 5-0 thanks to a Mel Bristow brace, Jennifer Jones, Claire Moreton and an own goal.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd moved ever closer to completing the season with a 100% record as they recorded their 18th straight victory by scoring eleven without reply against Andover New Street, who are condemned to finishing bottom of the table. Shanklin enjoyed a good few days, firstly beating Andover 5-0 thanks to doubles from Danielle Merryfield and Katy Rawlinson with Emma Webb adding the other goal, then going on to beat Woodley Utd 1-0 in midweek to secure themselves the runners-up spot - their highest ever finish. Woodley had also done Shanklin a big favour on Sunday by holding Bracknell Town to a 1-1 draw which helped the Isle of Wight side into an unassailable position.
Oxford Utd Res rounded off a fine day for their club by defeating Marlow 6-0 in the semi finals of the Jubilee Cup. Lucy Paley hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Laura Allsop, Danielle Anderson and Rebecca Krijewski to see Oxford through to the Final where they will meet Newbury Ladies & Girls at Aldershot this Sunday.
West Midlands League
Neither side which still has a chance to win the Premier Division title was in action on Sunday and this allowed Solihull Ladies to stake their claim for the runners-up spot with a 6-2 victory over Kidderminster Harriers, which does lift them into second place. Lichfield Diamonds meanwhile assured themselves of a top five place as they defeated Bradwell Belles 4-0.
In Division One North, FC Reedswood kept their title hopes well and truly alive with a 5-0 win away to Coseley Town, which takes them level on points with leaders Wyrley Ladies and the two teams are set to meet in a virtual title decider this Sunday. Third placed Walsall completed a good season by beating Port Vale 2-0.
Coventry Sphinx returned to the top of Division One South with a 5-1 success away to Ferndale but they face an anxious wait to see if they will finish as Champions, as B & WM Police must win their final match to deny them. Coventry Development will also have a keen eye on that result after their 3-2 win over Crusaders took them into second place and they will finish runners-up unless Police defeat Crusaders.
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