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East Midlands League
Two games beat the weather over the weekend and saw the two joint leaders in the Premier Division record victories and open up a gap between themselves and their nearest rivals. Hannah Bodle, Stacey Bridge and Abbey Hawkins scored the goals to give Mansfield Town a 3-2 win over Arnold Town which keeps them top on goal difference from Steel City Wanderers, who beat Barlestone St Giles 1-0 with Maria Burns scoring the only goal of the game.
In the solitary match played in Division One North, Ruddington Village caught up ground on the leading teams with an emphatic victory over Retford Utd. Holly Brindley led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Jodie Ellis and Krysia Ellis weighed in with four apiece, Abbey Gimson bagged a hat-trick and Sarah Wilson added the other two goals.
Lutterworth Athletic meanwhile maintained their 100% record in Division One South as they won a somewhat bizarre 7-6 victory away to Kettering Town. Kylie Evans netted four times for Kettering but still finished on the losing side.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders C & K Basildon were held to a 1-1 draw by Haringey Borough, who hold their position in mid-table. Erika Vareckova had earlier given Haringey the lead before Laura Bryant struck with the equaliser for C & K late on. Billericay Town moved into fourth place as they netted thirteen times against a depleted Peterborough Sports side. Sophie Whiting netted four times and Emma Roberts a hat-trick, with the tally being completed by Nikki Dunsdon (2), Sally Appleton, Fran Lainsey, Kerry Oldham and Steph Poleykett. Barking are out of the bottom three places following their 9-1 victory over Thorpe Utd in which Gemma Curtis hit a hat-trick and Sian Birleson added a brace, with one apiece from Fran Murphy, Claire Brooks, Ashleigh Beal and Carly Vigors.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps stay four points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they defeated Panthers 2-0. Denham Utd continue to head the chasing team as they ran out 6-1 winners over Old Actonians. Westfield's 5-0 success away to Eastbourne Town has taken them up into third, just ahead of Kikk Utd who beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0.
In Division One (London), Leyton have opened up a lead of four points at the top of the table. MSA Ladies meanwhile lost their 100% record when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kent Magpies, for whom the point was not quite enough to lift them off the bottom. Camden Town's 4-2 win against Tring Athletic has taken them into the top half.
North East League
For the second week in a row, the only league action took place in the Southern Division with two matches managing to beat the weather.
Leaders Doncaster Belles have stretched their advantage to five points after they edged out Malet Lambert by the odd goal in seven. Charlotte Cork, Lauren Earle, Ellen Smith and Jade Tilling netted the goals for the Belles with Natalie Gray (2) and Leah Smirk replying. Keighley Oaks had started the day at the bottom of the table but they lifted themselves up three places by beating Westella & Willerby 4-2. Kirsty Delaney scored twice for Keighley along with Sophie Gaines and an own goal, with Westella's consolations coming from Becky Jones and Natasha Linford.
North West League
The League Cup First Round was due to played last Sunday but only three of the scheduled sixteen ties managed to go ahead and both league matches were postponed.
Morecambe, who currently lie in second place in the Premier Division, are one of only three teams to progress to the next round as they ran out 4-1 winners away to Wigan Athletic in the only all-Premier Division tie played. Irlam came through an awkward tie at Birkenhead with a 6-1 victory and Leigh RMI are the other side to make into the Second Round so far after they scored six without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic are back on top of the Premier Division after a solitary goal from Anna Walby gave them a 1-0 win away to Plymstock Utd. Laura Baker meanwhile hit a hat-trick, with Carley Corcoran and Rachel Stowell adding the others, as Downend Flyers moved to within three points of the joint leaders with a 5-1 victory over Frome Town. Weymouth continued their recent good form by winning 3-1 at Stoke Lane Athletic, thanks to a goal apiece from Ella Walmsley, Georgia Rogers and Shannon Peaty.
St Nicholas continue to stretch the pace in Eastern Division One following their 5-2 win against Bishop's Lydeard. Becky Rexworthy bagged a hat-trick for the table toppers with Sophie Sweet and Charlotte Davis also on target. Swindon Supermarine are a point behind in second place, they defeated Forest Green Rovers Res 6-3 with goals from Mel Bristow (2), Jodie Reynolds (2), Beth Thompson and Claire Moreton. Emma Skinner scored twice, with Laura Ball and Kerry Walklett adding the others, as third placed Swindon Spitfires beat Keynsham Town Res 4-1. Tammi Bennett was on target for Oldland Abbotonians as they picked up a useful point from a 1-1 draw with Cirencester Town, who netted through Katrina Fisher.
Western Division One leaders Bay Ladies were held to a 3-3 draw by Torpoint Athletic, despite goals from Gabby Trays, Laura Baker and Alex Sheppard. Kirsty Lambert netted twice in reply for Torpoint, with Helen Kingscott also on the scoresheet. A Tegan Nichols double and an own goal took Bude Town to a 3-1 victory over Taunton Town whilst improving Charlestown were 1-0 winners at Launceston, Kelly Semmens scoring the only goal of the game.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women moved into the Second Round of the Chairman's Cup with a 2-1 victory over Maidenhead Utd in a repeat of the Final from two seasons ago. Also through are Mansfield Road who were 2-0 winners over Chesham Utd Res.
A win would have taken Aldershot Town seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division but instead they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Shanklin. Susan Cullen and Danielle Merryfield netted two goals apiece for the Isle of Wight side. Tracy Jones and Samantha Mosley hit a hat-trick apiece, with Justine Mosley adding the other two for Basingstoke Town as they netted eight without reply away to Launton. Bracknell Town meanwhile picked up an important 4-2 win against Woodley Utd in which Emma Constable and Caroline Bisson each netted doubles.
One match took place in Division One, Banbury Utd winning for the first time this season, 5-1 away to Newbury Ladies & Girls. Rochelle Buick scored two of the goals along with Zoe Boote, Josie Clark and Sophie Veitch.
West Midlands League
Another week and Solihull Ladies have stretched their lead even further at the top of the Premier Division. They now head the table by a whopping seventeen points following their 1-0 win against TNS Ladies. Allscott meanwhile picked up three welcome points when beating Lichfield Diamonds 1-0.
In Division One North, Walsall made a rapid climb up the table and are now in third place after their 11-2 victory over Shrewsbury Ladies.
Coventry Sphinx have opened up a lead of five points at the top of Division One South after running out 5-0 winners over Marston Green. Their position was strengthened further as second placed Worcester Utd were beaten 3-1 at home by Knowle.
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