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East Midlands League
Gedling Town remain at the foot of the table after they were beaten 2-1 by Sandiacre Town. Kerry Keeling and Natalie Loughenbury were on target for Sandiacre with the home side replying through Laura Worrall. Nettleham meanwhile ran out 3-0 winners over Real Utd thanks to Dawn Andrew, Kirsty Dalzell and Natasha Hughes.
Greenwood Meadows preserved their lead of six points at the top of Division One North after doubles from Nicole Bailey-Lewis and Chantelle Robinson gave them a 4-1 victory away to Ruddington Village. Gemma Hopkins and Emily Mumby scored the goals as second placed Grimsby Town defeated Notts County 2-1 and Pinxton ran out 11-1 winners over Retford Utd. Kayley Harris hit a hat-trick with Melanie Clinton (2), Charlotte Browning, Melissa Holmes, Tara Phelan, Tara Doherty and Paulette Spencer accounting for the other goals. Avril Hodgkinson and Danielle Pritchard were on target as West Bridgford registered the first point when drawing 2-2 with Appleby Frodingham, who replied through Carrie Dodge and Nicola East.
In Division One South, Radcliffe Olympic Res narrowed the gap on leaders AFC Trinity to six points as they won 2-1 at Barrowby with goals from Jackie Allen and Demi Draycott. Loughborough Students Res moved up to third by beating Netherton Utd 4-2.
Long Eaton Utd came through an awkward tie away to Kettering Town to reach the semi finals of the League Cup. Jodie Hancock scored twice and Angie Caine the other as Long Eaton won 3-2, the home side responding through Emma Dunmore and Kylie Evans.
Eastern Region League
Great Shelford cemented themselves in third place in the Premier Division with a 5-1 victory over Thorpe Utd. Becky Taylor led the scoring with a hat-trick and Sarah Gee weighed in with the other two. Stevenage Borough continue to improve and they moved further up the table via a 5-1 success at Sawbridgeworth Town in which Cally Fearon hit a brace along with Rachel Callow, Katie Grehan and an own goal.
In Division One North, Ipswich Wanderers caught up ground on the top two after a strike from Sophie Welton gave them a 1-0 win over Acle. Norwich City Res notched up an 8-1 victory away to FC Clacton, Luci Middleton bagging a four-goal haul and Rebecca Waters a hat-trick, with Katrina Carman also on target.
Division One South leaders Leverstock Green were held to a 2-2 draw by East Thurrock Utd. Natalie Burrows and Lucy Tape netted for Leverstock, while on target for East Thurrock were Katy Judd and Aimee Poole. Chelmsford City moved to within one point of the leadership after a Jasmine Wheeler hat-trick, Lynsey Bowman and Ashleigh Harding gave them a 5-0 victory over Royston Town. Baldock Town went third by beating Hutton 2-0 courtesy of a Natasha Little double.
London & South East League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday and it saw leaders Crawley Wasps make a return to winning ways. They registered a 4-1 victory away to Hemel Hempstead which sees them stretch their lead at the top to four points.
Leyton have taken over as the new leaders of Division One (London) after winning 5-3 at Wandgas. Carshalton Athletic's 4-2 victory away to Knaphill keeps them in touch with the leading sides and Camden Town were 4-1 winners over Luton Town Res.
North East League
The top two in the Premier Division were on F.A.Women's Cup duty and this allowed Castleford White Rose to catch up ground by beating Whitley Bay 5-1. Aimi Beresford led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Lizzie Tester and Sarah Cairns. However Scunthorpe Utd are back in fourth after going down to a 5-2 defeat at York City in which Alicia Smith and Carol Thompson each netted twice, with Jodie Langstaff also on target. Hessle Town made it two wins on the trot when defeating Guiseley 3-2 thanks to Emma Westmorland, Chantelle Lewis and Rebecca Shipp.
Norton & Stockton Ancients scored six without reply past Birtley Town to extend their lead at the top of the Northern Division to four points. Victoria Hutchinson netted twice and there was one apiece from Naomi Kendrew, Kate McGuire, Jenna Plews and Phoebe Townsend. Redcar Athletic replaced Lowick Utd in second place by beating them 4-3, Gabrielle Wandsworth on target twice along with Stephanie Libbey and Lisa Rutter. Lauren Ray scored a hat-trick and Joanne Dixon weighed with a brace as Tynedale won 5-2 at Durham City whilst California Ladies and Whickham Fellside shared a 3-3 draw, Jess Dawson hitting a hat-trick for California with Whickham replying through a Tracey Embleton brace and Sharon Bell.
Southern Division table toppers Doncaster Belles were held to a 2-2 draw by Ossett Albion, who found the net through Joanna Atkinson and Nicola Swift. Charlotte Cork and Jessica Davis were on the scoresheet for the Belles who remain top after second placed Millers Ladies also drew, 3-3 with Rovers Foundation Ladies. Megan Wylde and Chelsea Kitchen netted for Millers while Gemma Harte hit all three goals for Rovers. Westella & Willerby made up ground in third as a Natasha Linford brace, Amy Ward and Vicky Stonehouse gave them a 4-0 victory over Keighley Oaks. Malet Lambert and Bradford City Res follow on after sharing a 1-1 draw, Ellie Tanser and Kerry McLoughlin scoring respectively, whilst Kirklees won 3-2 at Wetherby Athletic thanks to a Sonya Moore double and Amy Hesselden.
North West League
The top four in the Premier Division were all involved in Cup action and this allowed fifth placed Wigan Athletic to close the gap on them by winning 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Irlam picked up an important 2-1 victory over Denton Town and Northwich Vixens are off the bottom after beating Preston North End 2-0.
Springfields (Preston) held on to the leadership of Division One North despite crashing to a 3-0 defeat at home to Blackburn Community, who are one of three teams to trail the table toppers by a single point. Stockport County Res are just behind following their 5-2 victory over Atherton whilst Padiham ran out 9-1 winners against Carlisle Utd.
Chester City are back on top of Division One South after scoring six without reply past Manchester Stingers. Macclesfield Town won 8-0 against Liverpool Feds Res to climb into third above AFC Urmston Meadowside, who were beaten 4-1 by Warrington Town. Birkenhead came away from Mossley Hill Res with a 6-2 victory and Winsford defeated AFC Liverpool 4-2.
South West League
Cheltenham Town's hopes of climbing into the top four took a knock as they were beaten 8-1 by Weymouth. Jess Turk, Rosie Sharp and Amy Wild each netted twice for the Dorset side with Emma Acott and Danella Randall adding the others. The two teams who started the day in the bottom two met each other and it was Frome Town who ran out 5-1 winners over Stoke Lane Athletic thanks to doubles from Tara Taylor and Steph Isaacson, with Natasha Perry also on target.
There was a change of leadership in Eastern Division One with St Nicholas taking over at the top via a 4-0 success over Keynsham Town Res in which Charlotte Davis scored twice along with Amy Jefferies and Rebecca Rexworthy. Natalie Haigh and Debbie Rose were on target as Swindon Spitfires defeated Oldland Abbotonians 2-1 they and are just two points off the pace. Cirencester Town caught up ground on Forest Green Rovers Res as they edged them out 3-2 in their local derby, Samantha Smith netting twice and Katrina Fisher the other. Gemma Bryant, Ella Blackham and Nichola Braithwaite scored the goals as Nailsea Utd picked up an important 3-1 victory against Bishop's Lydeard which lifts them into mid-table.
Bay Ladies have opened up a lead of eight points at the top of Western Division One after their 2-1 success away to Charlestown, Louisa Stentiford-Crook grabbing both goals. The only other game to survive the weather saw Callington Town pip home side Bude Town by the odd goal in seven. Kate Bourn (2), Katie Lewis and Gemma Farley all scored for Callington with Sarah Badham, Lizzy Jenkins and Katherine Bryant replying.
Southern Region League
Parley Sports, second in the Premier Division, are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after beating Southampton Women 5-2. Kelly Anderson and Lindsey Roe each netted twice with Charlie Lanahan also on target. Caroline Bisson hit a hat-trick, Emma Constable and Rebecca Powell adding the others as Bracknell Town edged out Mansfield Road 5-4 after extra time. Another game which needed an extra 30 minutes saw Woodley Utd get through an awkward tie at Chesham Utd Res 4-3 thanks to Joanne Walsh-Perks, Jessica Grimmett, Alice Cartwright and an own goal. Oxford Utd Res progressed more smoothly with a 4-0 success at Banbury Utd, Laura Allsop scoring a hat-trick and Emma Leith the other, whilst Gosport Borough beat Stony Stratford Town 3-2 thanks to Kelly Baker, Chantelle Clark and Jessica Timbrell.
In Division One, City Belles claimed their first victory of the season when Jennifer Coles scored the only goal of the game against Marlow.
West Midlands League
Runaway Premier Division leaders Solihull Ladies were pegged back as they went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Hereford Pegasus. Kinghurst Sporting are up into second place, eleven points behind, following their 4-2 victory over Allscott. A win would have taken Cannock into the top two but they lost 5-3 to Wednesfield Town, for whom the win was their first of the season. Lichfield Diamonds meanwhile defeated Bradwell Belles 5-2 to climb into the top half.
Coseley Town are starting to stretch the pace in Division One North after winning their top of the table clash 3-1 against Cresswell Wanderers. They now lead by four points with Wyrley Ladies now in third after beating Cottage Farm Rangers 3-0. Holditch leapt up a number of places into the top half following their 4-2 victory at Shrewsbury Ladies.
Worcester Utd hold on to second place in Division One South, two points behind leaders Coventry Sphinx, after they battled out a goalless draw with Marston Green. Coventry Development returned to winning ways with a 5-2 success against Malvern Town and Crusaders defeated Knowle 3-1. Improving Lye Town won for the second time in successive weeks, 5-0 over Redditch Utd.
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