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East Midlands League
With the top two in the Premier Division not in league action, Nettleham took the chance to go third and catch up ground on them with a 6-1 win away to Barlestone St Giles. Katie Davison hit a hat-trick, Linzi Hewitt weighed in with a brace and Zuzana Pramukova was also on the scoresheet. Ellistown meanwhile claimed a fine 1-0 success at Peterborough Northern Star which was earned when Kristie Pearman scored the only goal of the game, direct from a corner in the first half. However Ellistown's hopes of climbing into the top half were dashed on Wednesday night as they were beaten 3-2 by Long Eaton Utd, for whom Lucie Johnstone netted twice and Shannon Ryan was also on target.
Sam Christie and Mikaela Welford bagged four goals apiece as AFC Trinity restored their nine point advantage at the top of Division One South with an 8-1 victory away to Kettering Town. Raunds Town are in the top four following their 3-0 win at Barrowby, given to them by second half goals from Karen Britchford, Sarah Pantall and Leah Stacey.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies made up ground on the top two in the Premier Division table with a 2-0 victory over Thorpe Utd, who remain at the basement. Colchester Town meanwhile continue to improve and are in mid-table following their 3-1 success against Peterborough Sports. All of the goals came in the first half, scored by Hannah Porter, Lauren Richardson and Sophie Bareham.
In Division One North, Lowestoft Town have opened up a lead of six points after their 13-1 victory away to FC Clacton. Norwich City Res edged out Acle by the odd goal in seven and are third, Leonie Daulby scoring twice along with Gabrielle King and an own goal while the home side replied through Donna Bonnett, Lois Nethersell and Emily Anderson.
AFC Sudbury progressed to the Third Round of the League Cup, courtesy of a 3-1 win at Chelmsford City. Jodie Sharp netted twice and Hannah Bray the other with Leanne Stubbings responding. West Billericay have reserved their best form for cup matches this season and they maintained this by beating East Thurrock Utd 5-2, Whitney Locke was on target four times along with Michelle Stoneman.
London & South East League
Premier Division table toppers Crawley Wasps saw their game postponed on Sunday and their lead was reduced to three points by Kikk Utd, who moved into second by scoring six without reply against Panthers. Westfield went two better, running out 8-0 winners away to Old Actonians whilst London Corinthians also maintained their challenge with a 5-2 victory over Maidstone Town.
North East League
Hull City kept up their recent good form with a 5-3 win against York City which lifts them into third place. Sian Bentley and Joanne Symington each netted twice along with Rebecca Beech. Hessle Town and Scunthorpe Utd battled out a 2-2 draw, Suzanne Smith and Rebecca Shipp scoring for Hessle with Kathryn Standerline replying both times.
Easingwold Town Angels moved into the top three in the Northern Division after goals from Bobby Barwick, Emma Cockerill and Sophie Simpson gave them a 3-0 success away to Tynedale. Gemma Nortcliffe scored twice and Laura Stockdale the other for Durham Wildcats as they defeated Lowick Utd 3-2.
Doncaster Belles extended their lead at the top of the Southern Division to seven points by beating Bradford City Res 4-2. Charlotte Cork netted a brace along with Emily Weatherstone and Jess Davis. Ossett Albion meanwhile lifted themselves off the bottom with a 2-2 draw against third placed Westella & Willerby.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers stepped up their title challenge with a 2-0 victory over Preston North End which leaves them in third place, two points off the pace.
Springfields (Preston) have gone three points clear at the top of Division One North as they netted seven without reply against Carlisle Utd. Penrith AFC are now in second place after they shared ten goals with Leigh RMI. Bury Girls & Ladies meanwhile remain rooted to the bottom of the table following their defeat away to Kendal Town.
Premier Division leaders Blackpool are through to the Second Round of the League Cup, their 6-0 win away to Warrington Town has earned them a home tie with Leigh RMI. In the other tie to be played, Chester City defeated Atherton 4-0 and they await the winners of the game between Padiham and Crewe Alexandra.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic have opened up a lead of three points in the Premier Division following their 9-0 victory over Cleeve West Town. Anna Walby led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Kelly Cripps and Charlene Rooney each weighed in with doubles and Carly Bryant completed the tally. In the other game, Downend Flyers kept themselves within three points of the leadership as a solitary strike from Kate Michael earned them a 1-0 success away to Cheltenham Town.
One match was played in Eastern Division One and it resulted in leaders Swindon Supermarine stretching their advantage to four points by beating Bishop's Lydeard 3-2. Serena Smith, Hayley Huckin and Beth Thompson netted the goals for Supermarine while Rosie Harper and Amy Bond replied for the visitors.
In Western Division One, Marine Academy Plymouth stay in second and trimmed Bay Ladies' lead to four points following their 3-3 draw with Bude Town. Lizzy Jenkins (2) and Danielle Salt netted for Bude with Marine replying through Sam Drewery, Grace O'Leary and Kate Nicholls. Truro City follow on after they conceded their 100% record when sharing a goalless draw with Dobwalls. Charlestown kept up their recent good form with a 2-0 victory over Taunton Town.
Southern Region League
Aldershot Town have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 2-1 victory against Woodley Utd, Lauren Steers grabbing both goals. In-form Basingstoke Town meanwhile climbed into third on the back of a 6-1 success over Southampton Women, Lindsey Beverley and Tracy Jones each scoring twice along with Ayala Liran and Samantha Mosley.
Reading Ladies kept up their challenge in Division One, closing the gap on leaders Oxford Utd Res to seven points with a 3-2 win away to Banbury Utd. Chesham Utd Res are off the bottom of the table after they defeated City Belles 3-0.
Stony Stratford Town produced a fine performance to knock Premier Division Oxford City out of the Chairman's Cup, beating them 3-2 after extra time with goals from Rachael Waller (2) and Gemma Simmons. Andover New Street ran out 4-1 winners over Marlow, thanks to a goal apiece from Sara Collins, Charlotte Hull, Lydia Moulding and Lauren Pearce.
West Midlands League
The game of the day in the Premier Division ended with honours even, B & WM Police battling out a 2-2 draw with Solihull Ladies. The result means that Solihull now head the table by fifteen points but Police, who are now in second, possess a number of games in hand as do other sides. TNS Ladies and Allscott remain level on points, just below mid-table, after they also shared four goals.
The other league action took place in Division One South, where Malvern Town picked up a useful 5-1 victory away to Knowle.
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