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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers are back on top of the Premier Division after a Rachel Hale brace, Lucy Smith and Sam Hallam gave them a 4-0 victory over Arnold Town. Nettleham moved up to fourth with a 2-0 success at Ellistown, Ashlyn Mester and Zuzana Pramukova netting their goals. Barlestone St Giles meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two by beating Gedling Town 4-0, Kirstie Deacon scoring twice along with Tess London and Hannah Spencer.
In Division One North, Greenwood Meadows' eight-match winning run was brought to an end as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Lincoln Ladies Development. Their lead has been trimmed to four points by Grimsby Town who won 4-0 at West Bridgford, Emily Mumby bagging a brace along with Charlotte Townsend and an own goal. Notts County and Ruddington Village finished level at 2-2, Robyn Henton and Alex Johnson having given County a two-goal lead before Krysia Ellis and Jodie Ellis salvaged a point for Ruddington after the break. At the other end of the table, it was a good day for Retford Utd as they won for the first time, 4-3 against Appleby Frodingham.
Raunds Town are in mid-table in Division One South following their 4-0 win over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo in which Sarah Pantall netted twice along with Hayley Griffiths and Leah Stacey. Rachel Anderson, Tash Applegate and Zoe Watkins were on the scoresheet for Netherton Utd in their first victory of the season, 3-1 against Barrowby.
Peterborough Northern Star booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup, thanks to a 6-1 victory over Sandiacre Town. Donna Nicholls netted twice and there was one apiece from Jodie Bartle, Louise Burgess, Catriona Flory and Sarah Jones.
Eastern Region League
With C & K Basildon on F.A.Women's Cup duty, Great Shelford took the chance to replace them at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-1 win away to Peterborough Sports, Sophie Hopkin and Abigail Davies scoring. Billericay Town are in the top three after Nikki Dunsdon, Kerry Oldham and Lisa Robins gave them a 3-0 success at Stevenage Borough. Bedford Ladies ran out 3-0 winners over Barking, a result which takes them into fifth.
Baldock Town strengthened their position at the top of Division One South by beating one of their nearest rivals. Caroline Pennifold and Joanne Corbett struck to earn Baldock a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Chelmsford City. Leverstok Green stay hard on their heels after scoring nine without reply past Hutton, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Giselle Subryan. Heather Eaton (2), Nicola Hollick, Joanne Williams and Natalie Burrows completed the tally. First half goals from Leah Dunnage and Kristina O'Connell ensured that Hoddesdon Owls came away from Royston Town with a 2-1 victory under their belts.
London & South East League
Premier Division leaders Crawley Wasps stormed to an 8-2 success at Panthers which keeps them four points clear from second placed Denham Utd, who edged out Eastbourne Town by the odd goal in five. Kikk Utd maintained their challenge with a 3-1 win over Old Actonians, which lifts them into third place. Maidstone Town cemented their position in the top six, thanks to a 7-1 victory over Hemel Hempstead.
In Division One (London), Fulham Compton OB narrowly got the better of Knaphill in a nine-goal encounter, the 5-4 win moving them to within one point of leaders Leyton. Carshalton Athletic also remain in touch following their 2-0 victory at Kent Magpies.
North East League
Table toppers Peterlee St Francis were involved in the F.A.Women's Cup on Sunday but they received some good news in that their main rivals Chester-le-Street surrendered their unbeaten record, going down to a 2-0 defeat to York City for whom Carol Thompson and Jasmine Whitwell scored. Hull City continue to climb the table, Sian Bentley hitting a hat-trick with Rebecca Beech, Joanne Symington and Molly Storey also on target in their 6-2 success at Hessle Town. Barnsley meanwhile defeated Castleford White Rose 2-1 thanks to Sue Elrington and Kathryn Smith.
Two matches were played in the Southern Division on Sunday, producing two draws and plenty of goals! Second placed Millers Ladies now trail leaders Doncaster Belles by four points after sharing six goals with Keighley Oaks. Megan Wylde scored twice for Mikkersm with Sophie Temple also on the scoresheet. Meanwhile Kirklees and Malet Lambert YC finished level on 5-5, Yasmin Ayub and Chloe Roberts each netting twice and Claire Needham the other for Kirklees, with Malet replying through Natalie Gray (2), Carla Green (2) and Charmaine Pinder.
North West League
There was some cheer for Preston North End, who are currently at the foot of the Premier Division, in the League Cup as they progressed to the Second Round with a 5-3 win against Kendal Town. Division One North leaders Springfields (Preston) also went through by beating Carlisle Utd 5-1. Blackpool Wren Rovers came through a tightly contested tie with a 3-2 victory over Penrith AFC whilst Blackburn Community had a much smoother passage, defeating Liverpool Feds Res 9-1.
In the solitary league match to be played, Bolton Wanderers lifted themselves up into the top half of the Premier Division table with a 7-3 victory away to Burnley Girls & Ladies, who stay in the bottom two.
South West League
One match went ahead in the Premier Division, at Frome Town where visitors Cheltenham Town returned home with a 2-1 victory under their belts. Joanne Lenton and Natalie Berry scored the goals which take Cheltenham back into the top half of the table, with Mel Sartain replying for the home side.
With St Nicholas not having a game, Swindon Supermarine took the opportunity to return to the top of Eastern Division One with a 4-2 win away to Cirencester Town. Jodie Reynolds bagging a brace for Supermarine with Beth Thompson and Sally Butterfield adding the others. Swindon Spitfires are a point behind in second place after they defeated Forest of Dean 4-0, Natalie Haigh scoring twice along with Emily Sparkes and Debbie Rose. Poole Town are just off the pace but possess a number of games in hand, they maintained their interest by winning 4-1 at Forest Green Rovers Res thanks to doubles from Sam Gubb and Stacey Ayling. Gemma Bryant, Kate Liddington and Lauren Richier netted the goals as Nailsea Utd beat Keynsham Town Res 3-1 and Oldland Abbotonians kept up their improving form with a 2-1 success at Bishop's Lydeard, Beth Bale and Stacey Hudson were on target.
The top of the table clash in Western Division One fell victim to the weather and this allowed Marine Academy Plymouth to move into second place with an 8-1 victory over Launceston. Grace O'Leary, Leanne Griffiths and Coral Smith each netted twice along with Sam Drewery and Georgina Talbot. Falmouth Town follow on after scoring eight without reply against Callington Town. Bude Town came away from Charlestown with a 2-1 win, Anita Symonds scoring both goals, and Dobwalls were 2-0 victors over Torpoint Athletic thanks to a Rebecca Mason double.
Southern Region League
Leaders Aldershot Town were held to a goalless draw by Maidenhead Utd and saw their advantage halved to two points by Parley Sports, who defeated Bracknell Town 5-2 thanks to a Laura Baker double, Kelly Anderson, Charlie Lanahan and an own goal. Shanklin's progress was checked as they drew 2-2 away to Oxford City despite a brace from Rowan Treague. Mollie Avery and Sulie Turner found the net for the home side. Basingstoke Town continue to improve and they are up into mid-table after beating third placed Woodley Utd 2-0, goals coming from Ayala Liran and Justine Mosley.
Oxford Utd Res march on at the top of Division One, going ten points clear with a 4-1 victory over Stony Stratford Town. Laura Allsop, Heidi Bates, Katherine Faulkner and Lindsay Pinker were all on target for the U's. Gosport Borough made sure of keeping up their challenge by beating Chesham Utd Res 1-0, Kelly Baker scoring the only goal of the game. Marlow and Newbury Ladies & Girls each remain in mid-table after their clash finished level at 1-1.
In the Chairman's Cup, Banbury Utd went through to the Second Round by defeating City Belles 3-2 with goals from Rochelle Buick, Sophie Veitch and Tiffeny Weir.
West Midlands League
Kingshurst Sporting managed to put a dent in the huge lead of Solihull Ladies in the Premier Division, reducing it to fourteen points with a 3-1 victory over Bradwell Belles. B & WM Police are a further point behind in third place after they won 2-1 away to Lichfield Diamonds.
Bilbrook are back in the top three in Division One North after they came away from Shrewsbury Ladies with a 4-2 victory in the only match played.
Coventry Sphinx further stretched their lead at the top of Division One South to six points by netting eight without reply away to Redditch Utd. Coventry Development lifted themselves up to second on the back of a 3-1 success at Malvern Town with Crusaders, 1-0 winners over Marston Green, a further point adrift. Lye Town moved up towards mid-table, thanks to a 3-1 victory against Knowle.
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