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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers went through to the semi finals of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Radcliffe Olympic Res, thanks to a second half winner from Laurie Millington after Zoe Beresford had earlier found the net. The other quarter final tie to survive the weather turned out to be an exciting one with Lutterworth Athletic edging out Ellistown by the odd goal in nine.
In the League Plate, Emma Jones hit a hat-trick as Real Utd ran out 8-3 winners over Grimsby Town to reach the last four. Larissa Renshaw and Janine Willows each added two and Michelle Longford completed the tally. Loughborough Students Res meanwhile won 2-1 away to Nettleham with goals from Rebecca Hollingsworth and Nicole Pannifer. Jodie Ellis scored a hat-trick and Krysia Ellis hit a brace for Ruddington Village as they defeated Notts County 5-3. Raunds Town complete the semi final line up after they won 2-0 at Barrowby.
With Steel City in League Cup action, Mansfield Town took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the Premier Division with an 8-0 success away to Gedling Town. Kelly Clayton netted two of the goals with one apiece from Gemma Hodgkinson, Poppy Millar, Lucy Webster, Suzanne Gelson and Abbey Hawkins. Arnold Town meanwhile drew for the fifth time in seven matches when sharing four goals with Barlestone St Giles. Stacey Pearce and Claire Potter were on target for Arnold with Kirstie Deacon and Lucy Poole replying.
Greenwood Meadows made it seven wins out of seven when beating West Bridgford 3-1 to go six points clear at the top of Division One North. Nicole Bailey-Lewis, Katrina Bloomer and Louise Palinczuk netted their goals. Pinxton climbed up to third via a 4-2 victory away to Lincoln Ladies Development.
London & South East League
Only one match managed to survive the weather on Sunday but it produced a result of some significance in the Premier Division. Leaders Crawley Wasps travelled to Denham Utd where they found themselves on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat. The result lifts Denham up into second place, one point off the pace and with two games in hand.
North East League
Premier Division leaders Peterlee St Francis were held to a 2-2 draw by improving Hull City. Charlotte Dinsdale and Lucy Garrington were on target for Peterlee, with Rebecca Beech and Joanne Symington replying. Chester-le-Street Town moved to within one point of the leadership after Rae Taylor scored the only goal of the game in their victory at Barnsley. Scunthorpe Utd's good run has taken them into third place, boosted by a 2-1 success away to Guiseley in which Sue Green and Alisa Williamson found the net. Castleford White Rose edged out Lepton Highlanders by the odd goal in seven, Aimi Beresford netting a hat-trick along with Sarah Leonard. At the other end of the table, Hessle Town picked up their first league win of the season, 2-1 against York City thanks to Jade Collier and Suzanne Smith.
Norton & Stockton Ancients doubled their advantage at the top of the Northern Division to two points with a 7-1 victory over California Ladies. Lowick Utd went second after they also scored seven times against Easingwold Town Angels. Samantha Striano bagged a hat-trick, with Annabelle Gibney (2) and Joanna Gibson adding the others as Durham Wildcats defeated Birtley Town 6-0 to go into the top three for the first time. Tynedale take up a mid-table position following their 1-0 success at Whickham Fellside, Joanne Dixon netting the only goal.
The top of the table clash in the Southern Division ended with honours even as Doncaster Rovers Belles Juniors and Millers Ladies battled out a 2-2 draw. Jessica Davis and Charley Evans were on target for the Belles, with Natasha Bell and Bradie Wild replying. Kirklees and Westella & Willerby meanwhile shared six goals, Claire Needham grabbing a brace and Debbie Tomlinson the other for Kirklees while Westella responded through Ellie McKenzie (2) and Nellie Rawson. Rebecca Teale, Laura Gadd, Kerry Playle, Claire Armitage and Kathryn Connell were all on the scoresheet as Bradford City Res ran out 5-1 winners over Ossett Albion. Rovers Foundation Ladies defeated Malet Lambert 2-0 thanks to Gemma Harte and Samantha Kitchen and Wetherby Athletic won for the first time, 5-2 at Keighley Oaks. Debra Slater scored a hat-trick with one apiece from Grace Adams and Helen Hartley.
North West League
Blackpool made a swift return to the top of the Premier Division, replacing former leaders Tranmere Rovers by beating them 2-1. Morecambe are now one point behind in second place after they also won 2-1 away to Preston North End. Crewe Alexandra are just off the pace in fourth following their 2-1 win against Irlam.
In Division One North, Stockport County Res lifted themselves into the top half of the table after they edged out Kendal Town by the odd goal in nine. Carlisle Utd and Leigh RMI shared the points after finishing level at 2-2.
The top two are continuing to stretch the pace in Division One South after both recorded victories on Sunday. Manchester University won 6-1 away to Birkenhead to maintain their lead of three points from Chester City, who defeated Macclesfield Town 3-0. AFC Urmston Meadowside lifted themselves into the top three via a 3-2 victory over Mossley Hill Res and AFC Liverpool beat Warrington Town 8-1.
South West League
The awful weather throughout the South West over the weekend meant that only one match in the league managed to go ahead on Sunday.
This match took place in Western Division One at Charlestown, where visitors Marine Academy Plymouth moved themselves into third place on the back of a 3-2 victory. Stacey Arthur netted twice and Lindsey Harris the other for Marine, with Kelly Semmens bagging a brace in reply for the home side.
Southern Region League
The fixture programme in the Southern Region League suffered a similar fate as it was also decimated with just one match going ahead in the League Cup.
Basingstoke Town become the only team so far to progress to the quarter finals after goals from Lianne Hill and Ayala Liran earned them a 2-1 victory over Reading Ladies after extra time.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies returned to action on Sunday with another victory, this time beating Kingshurst Sporting 3-1 to restore their lead of twelve points in the Premier Division. Kingshurst's defeat means they are replaced in the top three by Cannock after they won 3-0 against Bradwell Belles. Hereford Pegasus notched up their third win in four games as they beat Allscott 4-1 whilst Lichfield Diamonds got the better of Wednesfield Town in a goal-packed game, winning 8-4.
Coseley Town are starting to stretch the pace in Division One North, holding on to the leadership with a 1-0 success at Cottage Farm Rangers. Coseley head the table by a point from Cresswell Wanderers who ended Shrewsbury Ladies' run of good form by beating them 6-1. Bilbrook complete the top three following their 5-2 victory away to Holditch.
In Division One South, Worcester Utd moved their way into second place as they defeated Malvern Town 1-0. Lye Town meanwhile lifted themselves off the bottom with their first win of the season, a fine 2-0 success against previously unbeaten Coventry Development.
* no matches were played in the Eastern Region League on Sunday.
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