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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town have returned to the head of a congested Premier Division table after a Charlotte Montgomery brace, Kelly Clayton, Gemma Hodgkinson and Lucy Webster earned them a 5-1 victory over Barlestone St Giles. They lead on goal difference from Steel City Wanderers who were held to a 1-1 draw by Ellistown. Zoe Beresford put the Steels in front but they were pegged back by a second half equaliser from Jody Scott. Olivia Thompson scored the only goal of the game as Rise Park won 1-0 at Arnold Town to move to within one point of the leadership as did Long Eaton Utd with a 4-2 success away to Gedling Town thanks to Kim Harford (2), Lucie Johnstone and Nicola Smyth. Peterborough Northern Star beat Nettleham 2-0 with both goals from Catriona Flory whilst the game between Sandiacre Town and Real Utd finished goalless.
Greenwood Meadows have maintained their six point advantage in Division One North by winning 2-1 at Appleby Frodingham. Gemma Hopkins and Emily Mumby each bagged doubles as second placed Grimsby Town kept up the chase with a 4-0 win over Retford Utd. Ruddington Village lost ground in third as they shared four goals with West Bridgford despite strikes by Jodie Ellis and Abbey Gimson.
Division One South table toppers AFC Trinity stay fifteen points clear following their 5-0 victory away to Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Lutterworth Athletic still have five games in hand and made sure of keeping up their challenge in second place by beating Netherton Utd 7-2. Abigail Cartwright, Simone Cook and Charlotte Penney netted the goals as Kettering Town battled out a 3-3 draw with Radcliffe Olympic Res.
Eastern Region League
Great Shelford are stretching the pace in the Premier Division, going three points clear at the top after Lucy Du Plooy and Sophie Hopkin gave them a 2-1 win at Barking. Natasha Fensome bagged herself a four-goal haul and Rebecca Vass added the other as Bedford Ladies went second by beating Sawbridgeworth Town 5-1. Stevenage Borough meanwhile picked up a useful point from a goalless draw with Colchester Town.
AFC Sudbury narrowed the gap on Division One North leaders Lowestoft Town to eight points following their 3-1 victory over Ipswich Wanderers in which Rachel Gwilliam, Chloe Mills and Rebecca Thrower all scored.
Chelmsford City defeated West Billericay 3-1 to go second in Division One South, Amy Simmons scoring twice along with Amy Vernon. Leighton Utd and Hoddesdon Owls battled out a 2-2 draw, Shanice Sanderson netting twice for Leighton with Becky Scola and Daniela Martucci replying.
In the League Cup, Acle progressed to the quarter finals with something of a surprise 3-0 victory over Premier Division Thorpe Utd, given to them by Emily Anderson, Aishatu Shaibu and an own goal.
London & South East League
London Corinthians can join the leading sides in the Premier Division with a good run of results and they did their chances no harm with a 4-0 success over Old Actonians. Maidstone Town went one better and won 5-1 away to Hemel Hempstead and Eastbourne Town leapfrogged AFC Wimbledon and out of the bottom two by beating them 2-0.
Leyton are the new leaders of Division One (London) following their 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten MSA Ladies. Battersea Ironsides meanwhile won 6-1 away to Tring Athletic and remain well in contention. Luton Town Res are in mid-table after they defeated Knaphill 2-1.
North East League
Premier Division high fliers Castleford White Rose progressed in the League Cup with a 5-0 win away to Malet Lambert, Sarah Leonard bagging a hat-trick with Aimi Beresford adding the other two. Barnsley and Guiseley went all the way to penalties where Barnsley triumphed following a 2-2 draw, Rebecca Hale and Rebecca Fevers netting their goals with Caroline Hulme hitting a brace in reply for Guiseley. Sophie Bell and Sue Green were on target as Scunthorpe Utd defeated Bradford City Res 2-0. Doncaster Belles went through with a 4-2 success at Ossett Albion.
Hull City moved up to third in the Premier Division after Rebecca Beech, Stacey Hubbard, Katie Rowland and an own goal gave them a 4-1 victory over Hessle Town. York City meanwhile ran out 6-2 winners over Lepton Highlanders courtesy of a Jasmine Whitwell hat-trick, Megan Bramham, Nicola Brown and Sara Renfrew.
One match was played in the Northern Division, Lowick Utd defeating Birtley Town 5-0 thanks to a Georgia Thompson brace, Becky Robinson, Kirstie Tang and an own goal.
In the Southern Division, Rothwell Ladies moved to within a single point of leaders Doncaster Belles by beating Millers Ladies 3-1 with goals from Lauren Nichols (2) and Katie Welham. Rovers Foundation Ladies and Kirklees finished level at 2-2 with Gemma Harte and Amie McKone on target for Rovers and Kirklees replying through Amy Hesselden and Claire Needham. Wetherby Athletic climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Keighley Oaks as they defeated them 5-1, Debra Slater netting twice along with Grace Adams, Lucy Diamond and Jane Potter.
North West League
Morecambe scored eight without reply past City of Manchester and stay on top of the Premier Division on goal difference. Their two nearest rivals met each other and it was Tranmere Rovers who triumphed 2-1 against Blackpool to stay in second place. Crewe Alexandra lead the chasing pack following their 4-1 success at Irlam whilst Bolton Wanderers beat Preston North End 5-1 and the match between Wigan Athletic and Northwich Vixens ended all square at 3-3.
Springfields (Preston) remain as Division One North leaders after second placed Blackpool Wren Rovers dipped to a 5-1 defeat at Penrith AFC, who are now just three points off the pace. Blackburn Community stepped up their challenge in third by winning 4-2 away to Southport Birkdale. Kendal Town moved into the top half following their 3-1 victory over Stockport County Res. Padiham netted twelve without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies and Leigh RMI edged out Carlisle Utd by the odd goal in five.
It was a good day for Chester City as they won 3-2 at Macclesfield Town to return to the summit in Division One South on goal difference from Manchester University who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Birkenhead. Brazil also caught up ground in third by beating Manchester Stingers 3-2. Liverpool Feds Res and Winsford remain in mid-table after sharing a 3-3 draw. AFC Liverpool came away from Warrington Town with a 3-1 victory under their belts and Mossley Hill Res picked up a much needed 3-1 win over AFC Urmston Meadowside.
South West League
The battle at the top of the Premier Division continues to hot up with Bristol Ladies Union maintaining their lead of six points with a 3-0 win at Bridgwater Town, given to them by a Toni Hemmings double and Amanda Blakeley. Larkhall Athletic meanwhile made it nine wins on the trot as Kelly Cripps, Emily Harrington and Lizzie Barratt were on target in their 3-0 victory over Stoke Lane Athletic. Downend Flyers made sure of keeping in touch by beating Plymstock Utd 6-0, Kate Michael hitting a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Stowell (2) and Grace Bunker. Rhona Donaldson meanwhile grabbed the only goal of the game as Cheltenham Town edged out Cleeve West Town 1-0.
Swindon Supermarine have extended their lead at the top of Eastern Division One to five points after beating Oldland Abbotonians 8-1. Beth Thompson scored a hat-trick with the others coming from Jodie Reynolds (2), Alice Smith and Mel Bristow. Becky Rexworthy netted twice and Amy Jefferies the other as St Nicholas went second with a 3-2 victory over Forest Green Rovers Res. Cirencester Town and Keynsham Town Res battled out a 1-1 draw, Lucie Vickers and Becky Dando scoring respectively, whilst Bishop's Lydeard gave their chances a shot in the arm with a 6-1 win against Nailsea Utd. Holly Miller bagged a four-goal haul and Natalie Poole weighed in with a brace.
Western Division One leaders Bay Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by Charlestown, for whom Danielle Hay scored in reply to an own goal. Marine Academy Plymouth cut their lead to five points by scoring six without reply past Taunton Town, Kate Nicholls hitting a hat-trick along with Sam Drewery (2) and Georgina Talbot. Truro City are a further point adrift after Beth Willshaw gave them a 1-0 win over Callington Town. Falmouth Town ran riot away to Torpoint Athletic, a six-goal blast by Sasha Sparkes spearheading the 11-1 result while Helena Calfe added a treble and Katy Barker a brace. Goals from Anita Symons, Lizzy Jenkins and Sarah Badham earned Bude Town a 3-2 victory at Dobwalls.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women have moved into third place in the Premier Division following their 1-0 win over Maidenhead Utd. Basingstoke Town continue to climb the table and are in fifth after beating Launton 4-1 with a goal apiece from Tracy Jones, Justine Mosley, Samantha Mosley and Katie Randell. Oxford City meanwhile closed in on the sides above them with a 1-0 success at Bracknell Town.
In Division One, Gosport Borough stepped up their challenge with a 4-0 victory over Tower Hill. Marlow edged out Chesham Utd Res by the only goal of the game and Banbury Utd are out of the bottom two after beating Newbury Ladies & Girls 3-2.
West Midlands League
Runaway leaders Solihull Ladies did not play on Sunday but their position was strengthened when their two nearest rivals both lost. B & WM Police were beaten for the first time, 3-1 at Hereford Pegasus, whilst Kingshurst Sporting went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to TNS Ladies. FC Reedswood got back to winning ways, 3-0 against Bradwell Belles, and Lichfield Diamonds edged out Cannock 2-1.
Bilbrook continue to stretch the pace in Division One North and their 9-0 victory over Port Vale has taken them five points ahead of Coseley Town who were held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Ladies. Walsall, who still have a number of games in hand, went third by beating Cresswell Wanderers 5-0 and Holditch won a high scoring affair 6-4 against Cottage Farm Rangers.
The top of the table clash in Division One South culminated in a 1-1 draw, meaning that Coventry Sphinx remain eight points ahead of Crusaders. Coventry Development follow in third after defeating Lye Town 1-0 whilst the mid-table clash between Marston Green and Worcester Utd resulted in a 3-3 draw.
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