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East Midlands League
The top three teams did not play on Sunday and this allowed the teams below a chance to catch up ground on them. Long Eaton Utd did so with a 5-1 victory away to Real Utd which was given to them by a Kim Harford brace, Joanne Campbell, Jodie Hancock and Nicola Smyth. Donna Nicholls and Georgina Sturgess each hit hat-tricks, with Catriona Flory adding the other as Peterborough Northern Star won 7-2 at Barlestone St Giles. Ellistown kept up their recent good form by winning 3-1 away to Sandiacre Town, Jody Scott netting twice along with an own goal.
One match was played in Division One North with Grimsby Town taking on Ruddington Village and the result did neither title challenge any favours. The teams finished level at 3-3 with Ruddington's goals coming from Faye Brown (2) and Jodie Ellis.
AFC Trinity maintained their ten point lead at the top of Division One South with a 5-3 win at Netherton Utd. Holly Overfield hit a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Sam Christie and Mikaela Welford. Lutterworth Athletic continue to head the chasing teams and they ran out 10-1 winners over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, Helen Busby and Neely Simons each bagging four goals with Olivia Stevens and Charlotte Toone also on target. Loughborough Students Res remain in contention following their 2-0 victory over Kettering Town.
Eastern Region League
Great Shelford held on to the leadership of the Premier Division after Sarah Gee and Sophie Hopkin gave them a 2-1 victory over Barking. C & K Basildon made sure of staying a point behind in second by beating Billericay Town 2-0 and third placed Bedford Ladies won 2-1 at Colchester Town thanks to Sophie Britton and Natasha Fensome. Peterborough Sports and Sawbridgeworth Town battled out a 2-2 draw, Jessica Farchica and Claire Knibbs scoring for Peterborough with Carly Snell replying twice for Sawbow.
Norwich City Res are back into second in Division One North after beating Ipswich Wanderers 4-2, Chelsea Clarke and Luci Middleton both hitting braces. Acle scored five without reply away to FC Clacton, Leah McGuire and Aishatu Shaibu each scoring twice along with Sam Welch.
The top of the table clash in Division One South ended with honours even, Leverstock Green and leaders Baldock Town sharing a 2-2 draw. Steph Belcher and Cally Salter were on target for Leverstock, with Baldock replying through Emma Chaffey and Fiona Harris. Hoddesdon Owls meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners over Hutton, Becky Scola bagging a double with one apiece from Natasha Crick and Kristina O'Connell.
London & South East League
London Corinthians lost a little ground in their attempts to catch up with the leading sides in the Premier Division as they were held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Wimbledon. All of the goals came in a five minute period before half time, Emma Treanor and Louise Cooper scoring for the Dons while Corinthians found the net through Grace Gibbs and Katherine Long. Old Actonians' good form continued with a 5-0 victory over Panthers whilst Hemel Hempstead edged out Eastbourne Town by the odd goal in five.
The Division One (London) title race was opened up as leaders Leyton went down to a 2-1 defeat to second placed Fulham Compton OB, who are now a single point behind. Carshalton Athletic netted eleven without reply against Luton Town Res to step up their challenge as did Battersea Ironsides with a 7-0 victory over Wandgas.
North East League
League leaders Peterlee St Francis went down to their first defeat of the season, 5-3 to Castleford White Rose for whom Sarah Leonard (2), Kriss Greenwood, Lizzie Tester and Tina Jenkins were on target. Chester-le-Street Town took the chance to cut the gap to one point by beating Scunthorpe Utd 6-0 thanks to a goal apiece from Rachel Kay, Victoria Mudd, Brogan Prudhoe, Rae Taylor, Rachel Winchester and Laura Finch. Hull City's challenge took a knock as they were beaten 4-3 by Guiseley whose goals came via a Caroline Hulme double, Neely Murrell and Julie Richardson and York City triumphed at Whitley Bay, Jasmine Whitwell netting the only goal of the game.
Bianca Owens scored a hat-trick as Norton & Stockton Ancients strengthened their position at the top of the Northern Division with a 3-0 victory over Whickham Fellside, increasing their lead to seven points. Laura Stockdale netted twice, with Gemma Nortcliffe and Samantha Striano adding the others as Durham Wildcats defeated Tynedale 4-0.
In the Southern Division, Doncaster Belles preserved their nine point lead as Lauren Earle gave them a 1-0 win at Keighley Oaks. Westella & Willerby continue to head the chasing teams after they also won 1-0 against Malet Lambert, thanks to a strike from Adele Briggs. Millers Ladies returned to winning ways, 4-2 at Rovers Foundation Ladies with goals from Sophie Temple (2), Leanne Corns and Megan Wylde, whilst a Lisa Deakin brace and Kerrie Zserdicky earned Rothwell Ladies a 3-0 victory over Wetherby Athletic. Kirklees meanwhile leapfrogged Bradford City Res in the table by beating them 4-0, Chloe Roberts scoring twice with Claire Needham and Jayne Smith adding the others.
North West League
Blackpool maintained their two point advantage in the Premier Division as they ran out 8-0 winners over Denton Town whilst second placed Tranmere Rovers also won, 5-1 against Irlam. Morecambe stay close in hand in third following their 5-0 victory against Preston North End.
Division One North leaders Springfields (Preston) notched up a 5-1 success at Bury Girls & Ladies but although they now head the table by four points, their nearest rivals have several games in hand. Blackpool Wren Rovers defeated Stockport County Res to go up into second, on goal difference from Blackburn Community who were 5-3 winners over Carlisle Utd. Meanwhile Atherton got back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory against Kendal Town.
With Chester City not having a game, Manchester University took the opportunity to halve their lead to three points with a 3-1 win away to Winsford. At the other end of the table, Manchester Stingers recorded their first victory of the season, 3-1 against Mossley Hill Res.
South West League
The weather bit hard in the South West region over the weekend and indeed only one match throughout the league managed to survive and go ahead.
That match was in Eastern Division One where Swindon Spitfires moved into second place with a 2-1 win over Nailsea Utd, given to them by Natalie Haigh and Samantha Smith with Lauren Richier replying.
Southern Region League
Aldershot Town are through to the semi finals of the League Cup but only after being taken all the way to penalties by Oxford Utd Res where they triumphed 3-1. after their quarter final tie had finished level at 1-1.
In the Chairman's Cup, Andover New Street swept into the last four by scoring six without reply against Launton. Charlotte Hull was on target twice along with Sara Collins, Jess Frampton, Laura Humphreys and Kerrie Lewis. Southampton Women came away from Newbury Ladies & Girls with a 4-2 victory and Mansfield Road also progressed by beating Banbury Utd 5-0, goals coming from Rachel Mariam (2), Holly Bridge, Sarah Rouse and an own goal. Reading Ladies complete the semi final line up after a Ranai Bird hat-trick and Natasha Thompson earned them a 4-0 win against Stony Stratford Town.
One match was played in the Premier Division, Maidenhead Utd moving out of the bottom three with a 6-1 victory away to Oxford City.
In Division One, Chesham Utd Res occupy the mid-table position after they ran out 7-0 winners at City Belles.
West Midlands League
Runaway leaders Solihull Ladies did not play on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to twelve points by second placed Kingshurst Sporting who beat Hereford Pegasus 3-2. FC Reedswood kept their hopes alive with a 3-2 success away to Lichfield Diamonds whilst TNS Ladies netted ten without reply against Bradwell Belles.
Bilbrook are starting to stretch the pace in Division One North and they now head the table by three points after defeating Holditch 5-0 whilst second placed Coseley Town were beaten 1-0 away to Walsall.
Division One South table toppers Coventry Sphinx were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Coventry Development and saw their lead reduced to five points by Crusaders, who won 2-0 away to Worcester Utd. Knowle are back up into fourth after they defeated Redditch Utd 3-0.
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