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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd have taken up the pace in the Premier Division after a Jodie Hancock double, Kim Evans and Lucie Johnstone gave them a 4-1 victory over Real Utd. They move above previous leaders Mansfield Town and Steel City Wanderers both shared goalless draws with Rise Park and Peterborough Northern Star respectively. Nettleham lost ground when they were beaten 1-0 at home by in-form Ellistown, Kelly Green scoring the only goal of the game. Rhyiannea Anderson and Jenny Lorimer earned Arnold Town a 2-1 win over Sandiacre Town and Barlestone St Giles were 4-1 winners at Gedling Town thanks to Kirstie Deacon (2), Tess London and an own goal.
The top of the table clash in Division One North between Greenwood Meadows and Grimsby Town ended goalless. Pinxton defeated West Bridgford 2-0 and Lincoln Ladies Development were 3-0 victors away to Retford Utd. Appleby Frodingham and Notts County finished level at 2-2, Carrie Dodge and Nicola East scoring for Appleby with April Bingham netting twice in reply.
In Division One South, Loughborough Students Res made up ground on the top two by beating Raunds Town 1-0, whilst Netherton Utd were 5-3 winners against Kettering Town.
Eastern Region League
League leaders Great Shelford suffered a setback as they went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Billericay Town, whose goals came via a Kerry Oldham double and Marie Barker. Georgia Box and Lauren Richardson gave Colchester Town a 2-1 success at Sawbridgeworth Town and Barking ran out 7-1 winners over Stevenage Borough, Carly Copplestone hitting a hat-trick along with Pauline Adeyemo, Ashleigh Beale, Hayley Piggott and Carly Vigors.
It was a good day for Lowestoft Town in Division One North as they defeated Haverhill Rovers to maintain their lead of nine points whilst main rivals AFC Sudbury were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Acle, whose goal came from Katie Ransome. Norwich City Res ran riot against FC Clacton, Leonie Daulby netting six times and Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse adding four, with Sophie Burr-Walpole (2), Chelsea Clarke (2), Elizabeth Johnson and Hannah Roe rounding off the scoring.
Leverstock Green trimmed Division One South leaders Baldock Town's advantage to eight points after they drew 3-3 with Hutton. Lucy Hudson (2) and Amber Pinney scored for Hutton with Nicola Hollick, Giselle Subryan and Lucy Tape replying. Chelmsford City were beaten 9-2 by Leighton Utd for whom Shanice Sanderson was on target five times along with a Nicola Henman hat-trick and Jodie Molloy. Daniele Martucci netted four times and Becky Scola the other two for Hoddesdon Owls in their 6-1 success at East Thurrock Utd, whilst Royston Town and West Billericay ended goalless.
Bedford Ladies are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup following a fine 3-1 win away to C & K Basildon, Natasha Fensome scoring twice and Rebecca Vass the other.
London & South East League
Kikk FC are keeping up the pace at the top of the Premier Division, they scored eight without reply away to Panthers to stay one point ahead of Crawley Wasps who defeated Maidstone Town 3-1. Denham Utd are a further point adrift in third after they also won 3-1 against Old Actonians. Westfield beat AFC Wimbledon 7-1 to stay in touch with the leading sides as did London Corinthians with a 5-2 success away to Hemel Hempstead.
The Division One (London) table has been re-calculated following the withdrawal of Wandgas and it is Fulham Compton OB who are the leaders following their 7-0 victory over Knaphill. In the other game, Camden Town also netted seven without reply against Luton Town Res.
North East League
A 2-1 win away to Lepton Highlanders has taken Peterlee St Francis four points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Charlotte Dinsdale and Lucy Garrington were on target for the league leaders. Chester-le-Street Town defeated Guiseley 6-0, a Victoria Mudd hat-trick plus Laura Darmody (2) and Rachel Kay taking them above Castleford White Rose who shared a goalless draw with Hull City. Scunthorpe Utd and Whitley Bay also drew 0-0 whilst Hessle Town picked up an important 3-1 victory over Barnsley thanks to a Toni Anholm brace and Chelsea Bailey.
In the Northern Division, Norton & Stockton Ancients beat Lowick Utd 4-0 to preserve their lead of four points. Michaela McHugh scored the only goal of the game to give Birtley Town a 1-0 success against California Ladies whilst Whickham Fellside were 2-0 winners at Redcar Athletic thanks to Christine Murray and Kirsty McMahon.
Doncaster Belles held on to the leadership of the Southern Division with a 5-1 victory over Ossett Albion. Charlotte Cork and Ellen Smith each netted twice along with Sophie Brown. Rothwell Ladies remain a single point behind after goals from Emma Rutherford (2), Nadine Bates, Lauren Nichols and Victoria Sheriff gave them a 5-3 win at Malet Lambert. Third placed Westella & Willerby were beaten 1-0 at home by Wetherby Athletic and Bradford City Res won 4-2 away to Millers Ladies, Kerry McLoughlin bagging a brace with Caroline Omboyi and Chelsey Faulkner joining her on the scoresheet. Goals from Lyndsey Naden and Chelsea Norton gave Kirklees a 2-1 victory over Keighley Oaks.
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers caused an upset in the League Cup with a 3-2 victory over title chasing Tranmere Rovers. Also through to the quarter finals are Chester City who won 2-1 against Padiham.
Northwich Vixens emerged as 3-0 winners over Wigan Athletic in the all-Premier Division tie in the League Plate. Atherton made the trip to Penrith and returned as 3-2 victors and Southport Birkdale also progressed by beating Birkenhead 2-0. Winsford complete the quarter final line up after they defeated AFC Liverpool on penalties.
One match was played in the Premier Division and it saw third placed Blackpool lose a little ground in the title race as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Bolton Wanderers.
There was a change of leadership in Division One North with Blackburn Community taking over at the top following their 4-3 victory against Leigh RMI. At the other end of the table, Carlisle Utd picked up an important 5-0 success away to Bury Girls & Ladies.
Honours were even in the solitary match played in Division One South as Manchester Stingers and AFC Urmston Meadowside shared six goals.
South West League
Bristol Ladies Union stay six points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 6-0 victory over Cleeve West Town. Sam Rogers led the scoring with a hat-trick, Toni Hemmings added a brace and Jess Harris rounded off the tally. Larkhall Athletic meanwhile won 4-0 away to Downend Flyers, Carly Bryant scoring twice along with Kelly Cripps and Lizzie Barratt, and the top two were due to meet each other on Thursday night. At the other end of the table, Stoke Lane Athletic picked up their first points of the season as goals from Adele Brown, Evie Dickinson, Abby Rose and Sophie Sawyer gave them a 4-3 win at Weymouth.
St Nicholas moved to within two points of Eastern Division One leaders Swindon Supermarine with a 3-0 victory over Oldland Abbotonians, given to them by a goal apiece from Amy Jefferies, Swindon Spitfires lost a little ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bishop's Lydeard, Emily Sparkes scoring their goal with Natalie Poole replying. Poole Town kept their hopes alive by winning 2-1 at Keynsham Town Res thanks to Stacey Ayling and Bev Symes. Laura Ballard and Amber Camm gave Cirencester Town a 2-0 victory over Nailsea Utd and Forest Green Rovers Res defeated Forest of Dean 4-0, Ellie Olds scoring twice along with Holly Provis and Charlotte Greaves.
Western Division One table toppers Bay Ladies went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Callington Town whose scorers were Kate Bourn (2) and Corrie McDonald. Marine Academy Plymouth are now two points adrift in second after inflicting a first league defeat of the season on Truro City, Stacey Arthur, Sam Drewery and an own goal giving them a 3-2 win. Falmouth Town defeated Launceston 4-0 to stay in touch, Keri-Ann Moxom, Sasha Sparkes, Katy Barker and Helena Calfe all getting on the scoresheet. Brogan O'Brien and Danielle Hay earned Charlestown a 2-1 victory over Torpoint Athletic whilst Taunton Town and Dobwalls finished level at 1-1 with goals from Hannah Forse and Faye Hankinson respectively.
Southern Region League
Last season's beaten League Cup finalists Shanklin are in the Final once again this time around after Nicola Briggs, Susan Cullen, Rowan Treague and Kim Arnold gave them a 4-1 semi final win over Parley Sports. Their opponents will be Aldershot Town who beat Bracknell Town 1-0 after extra time.
Andover New Street caused a surprise in the semi finals of the Chairman's Cup when they beat Premier Division Mansfield Road 3-2, Kerrie Lewis scoring twice along with Claire Ham. In the Final they will face Reading Ladies who also beat higher division opponents, former winners Southampton Women 4-2 after extra time.
In the solitary Premier Division match, Basingstoke Town lifted themselves up into second place by beating Oxford City 3-1, thanks to goals from Ayala Liran, Samantha Mosley and Josette Pearmine.
Division One leaders Oxford Utd Res returned to winning ways, a goal apiece from Laura Allsop, Charlotte Comley, Katherine Faulkner and Claire Marsh earning them a 4-1 victory over City Belles. Gosport Borough kept up their challenge with a 3-0 success at Marlow, Stony Stratford Town beat Tower Hill 1-0 and Newbury Ladies & Girls were 5-2 winners against Chesham Utd Res.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies were back into their stride with a 4-1 win away to Wednesfield Town which maintains their lead of eighteen points. B & WM Police won 2-0 away to TNS Ladies to stay in second, ahead of Kingshurst Sporting who beat Allscott 3-1. FC Reedswood ran out 6-1 winners at Cannock and Hereford Pegasus netted seven without reply past Bradwell Belles.
Leaders Bilbrook are through to the semi finals of the Division One North Cup after they defeated Wyrley Ladies 8-1. Walsall meanwhile played their delayed First Round tie with Port Vale and ran out 13-0 winners.
Coventry Sphinx progressed to the Division One South League Cup semi finals - but only just, beating Lye Town on penalties following a goalless draw. Coventry Development edged out Crusaders 2-1 and joining the two Coventry sides in the last four are Knowle, 1-0 winners at Marston Green, and Malvern Town who defeated Worcester Utd 2-1.
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