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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers stay two points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they scored eight times without reply against Real Utd. Zoe Beresford was on target four times for the Steels, Rachel Hale added two and there was one each from Samantha Hale and Danielle Fletcher. Rise Park remain in second after Natasha Murray and an own goal gave them a 2-1 win at Sandiacre Town. Abbey Hawkins hit a hat-trick with Rebecca Braithwaite, Gemma Hodgkinson and Charlotte Montgomery also adding doubles as Mansfield Town won 9-2 away to Nettleham to stay third, just ahead of Peterborough Northern Star who defeated Barlestone St Giles 4-0 thanks to a Louise Burgess hat-trick and Georgina Sturgess. Arnold Town were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Long Eaton Utd for whom Jodie Hancock and Lucie Johnstone were on target and Ellistown were 7-1 victors over Gedling Town.
A narrow 1-0 success away to West Bridgford keeps Greenwood Meadows on top of Division One North, three points ahead of Grimsby Town who beat Lincoln Ladies Development 3-2 with goals from Sophie Burns, Gemma Hopkins and Emily Mumby. Courtney Walters led the scoring with a four-goal haul as Notts County stormed to a 7-1 win at Retford Utd, Cath Eyley, Alex Johnson and Alex Francis adding the others, and Pinxton came away from Appleby Frodingham with a 3-2 victory.
Mikaela Welford scored the only goal of the game as AFC Trinity defeated Netherton Utd 1-0 to preserve their lead of nine points in Division One South. Chloe Bingham, Christina Brewer and Ashleigh Evans were on the scoresheet for Radcliffe Olympic Res as they won 3-1 at Raunds Town to stay in second place, narrowly in front of Loughborough Students who were 5-3 victors away to Kettering Town. Lutterworth Athletic played only their second league game but recorded their second victory, 6-1 against Oadby & Wigston Dynamo.
Eastern Region League
With league leaders C & K Basildon not playing, Peterborough Sports took the chance to halve their lead to three points with a 2-0 victory over Bedford Ladies. Great Shelford were unable to make up ground though as they were beaten 4-0 by Billericay Town for whom Nicola Dunsdon (2), Emma Roberts and Samantha Edwards were on target. Stevenage Borough meanwhile leapt out of the bottom three by scoring nine without reply past Thorpe Utd, Cara Breckenridge bagging a hat-trick with the others coming from Rachel Callow (2), Cally Fearon (2), Justine Emmins and Nicola Perschsky.
In the League Cup, Norwich City Res knocked out Division One South leaders Leverstock Green as goals from Leonie Daulby, Luci Middleton and Rebecca Waters gave them a 3-1 extra time victory. Natasha Greenfield was on target for Acle in their 1-0 win over Hoddesdon Owls and Baldock Town defeated Royston Town 2-1 thanks to Holly Butrimas-Gair and Joanne Corbett.
London & South East League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division ended with honours even as Westfield and Crawley Wasps fought out a 1-1 draw. Westfield went in front after twenty minutes through a goal from Laura Low, who slotted in from close range after a high cross had eluded the keeper. Crawley hit back to get on level terms two minutes ahead of the half time break via a near post header by captain Zoe Martin from a corner. In the second half, Westfield dominated possession without creating too many clear cut chances, apart from a hard low cross from Laura Hann which Laura Low got a touch to but her effort went over the bar. The home side inflicted late pressure and a couple of corners led to some scrambles in the area but Crawley held out for a point to keep their noses in front of Westfield with London Corinthians, who ran out 4-1 winners at Maidstone Town, moving into second place. Kikk Utd meanwhile won 4-2 away to AFC Wimbledon and are just behind in fourth. Sophie Le Marcano scored a hat-trick and Sophie Muller the other for Kikk, with Louise Cooper replying twice for the Dons. Denham Utd also stay well in contention after beating Eastbourne Town 5-0. Old Actonians picked up their second victory in succession, 4-2 against Panthers, and they are heading up towards mid-table.
Fulham Compton OB are the new leaders of Division One (London) after running out 7-0 winners away to Kent Magpies. Leyton were held to a 1-1 draw by Camden Town but still move into second place, because Battersea Ironsides lost the leadership after being beaten 1-0 by MSA Ladies. Honours were even in the other game as Knaphill and Luton Town Res finished level at 1-1.
North East League
Peterlee St Francis have moved three points ahead at the top of the Premier Division after Leanne Anderson, Lucy Garrington and Becky Robinson gave them a 3-1 win at Whitley Bay. Barnsley and Guiseley shared four goals, Laura Burgess and Rebecca Hale were on target for Barnsley with Alarna Fuller netting twice in reply. Hull City and Scunthorpe Utd also drew 2-2 thanks to Sian Bentley and Claire Goforth, and Sue Green (2) respectively, whilst York City were 2-0 winners away to Lepton Highlanders.
Norton & Stockton Ancients hold on to the leadership of the Northern Division following their 4-4 draw with Durham Wildcats. Jemma Dinning netted a brace along with Nyci Thorns and Emily Wilson for Norton while Samantha Striano hit a hat-trick and Gemma Nortcliffe the other in reply. Amy Guy (2), Andrea Hart and Kirsty Ramsay ensured that Redcar Athletic won 4-1 at California Ladies to go one point off the top as did Easingwold Town Angels, who were also 4-1 victors against Durham City courtesy of a Sophie Simpson double, Lottie Barnes and an own goal. Lowick Utd meanwhile edged out Whickham Fellside 3-2 with goals from Jenny Patterson, Kirstie Tang and Georgia Thompson.
Southern Division table toppers Doncaster Rovers Belles Juniors were 5-2 winners over Keighley Oaks, Charlotte Cork netting four times with Jade Tilling also on the scoresheet. Chelsea Kitchen was another player to bag a four-goal haul as second placed Millers Ladies also won 5-2 against Wetherby Athletic, Megan Wylde adding the other. Rothwell Ladies meanwhile defeated Rovers Foundation Ladies 6-0, Lauren Nichols and Emma Rutherford each scoring twice along with Lisa Deakin and Louise Ikin. Natasha Linford hit a hat-trick and Amy Ward a brace for Westella & Willerby in their 5-1 victory over Bradford City Res and Ossett Albion won for the first time, 4-2 at Malet Lambert thanks to Rachel Barber (2), Sophie Langdale and Nicola Swift.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers have taken over at the top of the Premier Division following their 1-0 win away to Wigan Athletic. A victory would have seen Morecambe gain the leadership but they were held to a 2-2 draw by Irlam.
There was also a change of leaders in Division One North with Springfields (Preston) now heading the table after winning 4-0 at Stockport County Res. Blackpool Wren Rovers and Penrith AFC had been the top two but both were beaten for the first time, 5-3 by Padiham and 5-1 by Blackburn Community respectively. Kendal Town scored seven without reply against Carlisle Utd and Leigh RMI ran out 9-1 winners over Bury Girls & Ladies.
Manchester University complete a trio of teams to climb to the summit in their divisions, they now head the Southern Division after beating AFC Urmston Meadowside 2-0. Birkenhead ran out 5-1 winners at Manchester Stingers and Winsford defeated Warrington Town 6-1.
South West League
No change at the top in the Premier Division as leaders Larkhall Athletic defeated Frome Town 5-0 thanks to a Kate German double, Carly Bryant, Lizzie Barratt and Carly Symons. The Larks still lead on goal difference from Bristol Ladies Union who scored six without reply at Plymstock Utd. Toni Hemmings bagged a hat-trick with Cheryl Baber, Sarah White and Frankie Stone also on target. Downend Flyers move back into third after Kate Michael and Alana Willson gave them a 2-0 victory over Weymouth. Cheltenham Town are up into the top half following their 4-2 success away to Stoke Lane Athletic in which Natalie Berry (2), Lydia Amarquaye and Katy Adams were all on the scoresheet.
In Eastern Division One, Swindon Supermarine have opened up a lead of two points via a 4-3 win away to Forest of Dean. Jodie Reynolds netted twice for the Wiltshire side along with Sally Butterfield and Mel Bristow. St Nicholas stay in second place after they drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers Res, Amy Jefferies scoring their goal with Ellie Olds on target for the home side.
Bay Ladies saw their lead trimmed to five points in Western Division One following their 1-1 draw with Marine Academy Plymouth. The two teams immediately below them met each other and it was Truro City who were 2-0 winners over Falmouth Town, goals coming from Bethany Willshaw and Jade Sweet. Launceston won 2-1 away to Bude Town and an Amy Rigby goal gave Dobwalls victory over Charlestown. Kayleigh Dawe (2), Gemma Farley and Kate Bourn netted the goals for Callington Town in their 4-0 success away to Taunton Town.
Southern Region League
Hannah Bramhall and Abi Fever scored the goals as Aldershot Town stretched their lead to three points with a 2-1 win over Basingstoke Town. Parley Sports are up into second place as they edged out Southampton Women 3-2 whilst Woodley Utd were held to a 2-2 draw by Oxford City despite strikes from Joanne Walsh-Perks and Alice Cartwright. Maidenhead Utd defeated Bracknell Town 5-1 and Mansfield Road ran out 12-1 winners over Launton. Rachel Mariam hit a hat-trick, Sarah Rouse, Elizabeth Williams and Holly Bridge each scored twice and the tally was completed by Lucie Bowden, Anne Plochowietz and Sarah Campbell.
Division One table toppers Oxford Utd Res bounced back from defeat the previous Sunday to score eleven without reply past Newbury Ladies & Girls. Danielle Anderson netted a hat-trick with the others coming from Amy Chivers (2), Emma Leith (2), Philippa Burge (2), Laura Allsop and Stacey Coles. The U's lead by seven points from Reading Ladies, who went second as a Natasha Thompson double, Kayleigh Hines, Tina Leahy and Ranai Bird gave them a 5-0 victory over City Belles. Stony Stratford Town meanwhile received a setback as they were beaten 4-3 by Marlow and Andover New Street moved into the fray when Sara Collins, Kerrie Lewis and Sophie Reed all found the net to earn them a 3-2 win against Chesham Utd Res. Banbury Utd picked up their first point from a 2-2 draw with Tower Hill.
West Midlands League
Runaway Premier Division leaders Solihull Ladies did not have a game on Sunday and their lead was cut to nine points by second placed B & WM Police, who were 9-1 victors over Cannock. Kingshurst Sporting are up into third following their 5-1 success at Lichfield Diamonds but TNS Ladies lost ground as they were beaten 5-1 by Hereford Pegasus. FC Reedswood recorded their third win in four games, 3-2 away to Allscott, whilst Bradwell Belles won for the first time, edging out Wednesfield Town by the odd goal in five.
It was a good day for Coseley Town in Division One North as they took over the leadership by beating Wyrley Ladies 4-2 whilst Cresswell Wanderers suffered a 6-1 reverse at Bilbrook. Walsall went third with a 5-2 victory over Holditch and Shrewsbury Ladies made it three wins on the trot when scoring nine without reply against Port Vale.
Marston Green netted thirteen times past Redditch Utd and are up into second place in Division One South on goal difference after Knowle and Coventry Development finished level at 2-2. Malvern Town were pipped 4-3 by Crusaders and Worcester Utd defeated Lye Town 2-1.
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