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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town are back on top of the Premier Division after beating Real Utd 4-1, Rebecca Braithwaite scoring twice along with Rebecca Davis and Gemma Hodgkinson. They lead on goal difference from Steel City Wanderers, who were 2-0 winners over Ellistown thanks to Zoe Beresford and Maria Burns. Peterborough Northern Star made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides as Donna Nicholls (2) and Samantha Woodham gave them a 3-0 victory against Rise Park. Nettleham meanwhile won 2-1 at Sandiacre Town thanks to Cassie Steward and Ashlyn Mester.
In Division One North, Androulla Kokkinou was on target four times as Notts County went second by winning 7-1 away to West Bridgford. Anna-Maria Casey-Horton, Robyn Henton and Alex Francis added the other goals. They move above Grimsby Town who were beaten 5-0 by Pinxton.
AFC Trinity turned up the heat at the top of Division One South with a 3-1 victory over Kettering Town. Amy Longhurst was on target five times as Loughborough Students 06 won 10-0 against Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Sophie Kelly added two and there was one each from Emily Morgan, Faye Ragan and Jade Thornhill. Lutterworth Athletic kept their challenge on track by defeating Netherton Utd 12-1.
Raunds Town are through to the League Plate Final after winning 4-3 away to Ruddington Village in their semi final. Karen Britchford, Lisa Lee, Laura Reed and Leah Stacey were on the scoresheet for Raunds with Faye Brown, Holly Brindley and Emma Clarke replying.
Eastern Region League
The title race closed up on Sunday as none of the top three sides recorded victories. Leaders C & K Basildon were held to a 1-1 draw by Colchester Town, who scored through Hannah Porter with Charlie Dolby replying. Billericay Town were beaten 3-1 by Peterborough Sports for whom Claire Knibbs (2) and Hannah Stubbs were on target. Stevenage Borough and Great Shelford finished level at 2-2, Rachel Callow and Amy Josland netted for Stevenage with Great Shelford responding through Lucy Du Plooy and Sophie Hopkin. Carly Copplestone (2), Hayley Piggott, Karen Stephanou and Carly Vigors guided Barking to a 5-0 victory over Haringey Borough and Thorpe Utd defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 5-1 thanks to a Merrick Will hat-trick and Rebekah Lake double.
Lowestoft Town are closing in on the Division One North title after beating their main rivals AFC Sudbury 2-1. Norwich City Res consolidated themselves in second place as goals from Chelsea Clarke, Leonie Daulby and Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse saw them to a 3-0 win against Acle. FC Clacton's problems continue at the bottom of the table following their emphatic defeat to Haverhill Rovers.
Division One South leaders Baldock Town did not play but held on to top spot after Chelmsford City were held to a 1-1 draw by West Billericay. Courtney Clarke netted for Chelmsford with Sarah Black replying. Leighton Utd are also one point off the pace following their 3-1 victory over East Thurrock Utd, thanks to a goal apiece from Jodie McClelland, Hannah Phoenix and Nicola Henman. Hoddesdon Owls follow on after beating Leverstock Green 5-3, Daniela Martucci hitting a hat-trick along with a brace from Becky Scola.
London & South East League
The lead changed hands in the Premier Division once again over the weekend with Kikk FC returning to the summit by winning 2-1 away to Eastbourne Town. Westfield had started the day as leaders but following their 2-2 draw with London Corinthians they are now in second place, level on points with Denham Utd who beat AFC Wimbledon 8-1. Hemel Hempstead meanwhile leapfrogged Old Actonians in the table by beating them 2-1.
North East League
Peterlee St Francis progressed in the League Cup Northern Section by winning their semi final 3-0 against York City with goals from Leanne Anderson, Charlotte Dinsdale and Laura Wilson. They will play Chester-le-Street Town who won 2-0 against Whitley Bay in midweek.
Chester-le-Street meanwhile replaced Peterlee at the top of the Premier Division on Sunday after a Vicky Mudd hat-trick and Laura Darmody gave them a 4-1 success at Scunthorpe Utd. A win would have taken Castleford White Rose level on points with them but instead they went down to a 3-2 defeat at home to Guiseley for whom Caroline Hulme (2) and Abigail Barker were on target. Barnsley meanwhile defeated Whitley Bay 3-0 thanks to Melissa Cole, Holly Findlay and an own goal.
Lowick Utd look set to finish in third place in the Northern Division after they beat Tynedale 5-1, Stephanie Hay and Jenny Patterson both netting twice along with Michelle Stewart. Whickham Fellside meanwhile ran out 5-2 winners over Birtley Town courtesy of a goal apiece from Tracey Embleton, Laura Foad, Claire Moore, Christine Murray and Sarah McMahon.
Rothwell Ladies have clinched the Southern Division title after goals from Lisa Deakin and Emma Rutherford gave them a 2-1 win away to Westella & Willerby. Their success was confirmed with the news that Doncaster Belles had drawn 5-5 with Malet Lambert. Natalie Gray, Olivia Jackson, Charmaine Pinder, Leah Smirk and Emily Smith all netted for Malet, with the Belles finding the net through Sophie Brown (2), Ellen Smith (2) and Lauren Earle. Millers Ladies won 2-1 at Ossett Albion and Kirklees defeated Bradford City A 5-3 thanks to an Amy Hesselden brace, Jordane Allison, Chloe Roberts and Chelsea Norton.
North West League
Blackpool picked up four points from a double header with Northwich Vixens and this has extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division to six points. However the happiest team on the day would have been Tranmere Rovers as they beat Morecambe 1-0 and now have matters in their own hands. Crewe Alexandra meanwhile kept their hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over Wigan Athletic. Bolton Wanderers follow on after defeating Burnley Girls & Ladies 4-2, just ahead of City of Manchester who recorded two victories over Irlam.
Blackpool Wren Rovers ran up a huge victory against Bury Girls & Ladies to keep up the pace at the top of Division One North. The resignation of Southport Birkdale has meant an alteration of the table and Blackpool now lead by three points from Blackburn Community, who won 3-1 at Kendal Town. Padiham replaced Springfields (Preston) in third place by beating them 5-0, Penrith AFC edged out Stockport County Res by the odd goal in nine and Atherton were 2-0 winners at Leigh RMI.
Manchester University have inched a further point ahead in Division One South following their 2-2 draw with AFC Liverpool but they have now played five more games than Chester City. Birkenhead won 5-3 away to Liverpool Feds Res to stay in third, ahead of AFC Urmston Meadowside who defeated Macclesfield Town 3-1. Winsford continue to head up the table and are now fifth after beating Mossley Hill Res 4-2.
South West League
Weymouth caused a huge shock on Sunday when they beat Larkhall Athletic 2-1 and opened up the title race. The Larks had not conceded a goal in the league since September but Emma Acott and Rosie Sharp put Weymouth into a two-goal lead and although Sophie Hamer pulled one back, the home side held on to inflict a first defeat of the season on their opponents. Downend Flyers defeated Stoke Lane Athletic 5-0 courtesy of a goal apiece from Grace Bunker, Carley Corcoran, Nicky Glanville, Kate Michael and Karina Cockell. Emily Hale and Anusia Rourke were on the scoresheet as Bridgwater Town won 2-1 at Plymstock Utd whilst Frome Town beat Cleeve West Town 3-1 thanks to Kasey-Leigh Evans, '---- ----' and Steph Isaacson.
St Nicholas took a huge stride towards the Eastern Division One title after they defeated one of their main rivals, Swindon Spitfires, 5-1 with goals from Sophie Sweet (2), Joanne Grainger, Amy Jefferies and Becky Rexworthy. Bishop's Lydeard's climb up the table continued with a 5-0 victory over Poole Town in which Holly Miller bagged a brace along with Dawna Dennett, Suzanne Daw and Ellie Bentley. Amber Camm and Kat Fisher were on target as Cirencester Town won 2-1 at Forest of Dean and the match between Nailsea Utd and Forest Green Rovers Res ended goalless.
Marine Academy Plymouth picked up a vital 2-1 win over Falmouth Town in Western Division One, Sam Drewery and Grace O'Leary scoring to take their side three points ahead of Truro City, who were held to a goalless draw by Charlestown. Sarah Badham, Lizzy Jenkins and Tegan Nichols scored the goals as Bude Town defeated Torpoint Athletic 3-1 and Launceston continued their improvement by winning 5-1 at Taunton Town.
* In midweek, Swindon Spitfires' title hopes all but ended as they were beaten 2-0 by Bishop's Lydeard. Forest Green Rovers Res meanwhile won 3-0 at Cirencester Town with goals from Rebecca Cox, Ellie Olds and Holly Provis.
Southern Region League
Amy Lawrence, Laura Wallman and Nicola Moore scored the goals as Aldershot Town won 3-0 away to Parley Sports to regain the leadership of the Premier Division from Shanklin, who went down to a 4-3 defeat away to Southampton Women. Maidenhead Utd complete the top three after they beat Basingstoke Town 1-0. Laura Woodley and Kimberley Davis gave Woodley Utd a 2-1 success at Oxford City and Mansfield Road recorded a double victory over Bracknell Town. Sarah Rouse, Rachel Mariam, Lucie Bowden and an own goal gave them a 4-0 win in the first, then 3-0 in the second thanks to Holly Bridge (2) and Elizabeth Williams.
Gosport Borough are the new leaders of Division One following their 4-0 win away to City Belles. They replace Reading Ladies who were beaten 5-3 by third placed Oxford Utd Res. Andover New Street maintained their hopes with a 5-1 success at Marlow, Charlotte Hull and Stevie Parker each netting twice with Kerrie Lewis completing the tally. Stony Stratford Town and Banbury Utd finished level at 2-2 whilst Tower Hill and Newbury Girls & Ladies also shared four goals.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police continue in their quest to dent the huge lead of Solihull Ladies and reduced it to fourteen points with a 5-1 win away to Bradwell Belles. FC Reedswood lost a little ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wednesfield Town. Hereford Pegasus defeated third placed Kingshurst Sporting 4-3 and TNS Ladies were 2-0 victors at Lichfield Diamonds.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Walsall who defeated leaders Bilbrook 3-1 and narrowed the gap on them to two points, with two games in hand. Third placed Coseley Town beat Holditch by the odd goal in seven and Shrewsbury Ladies were 4-2 winners at Cottage Farm Rangers.
Crusaders narrowed the gap on Division One South table toppers Coventry Sphinx to five points by scoring seven without reply against Lye Town. Worcester Utd meanwhile replaced Coventry Development in third place by beating them 5-3. At the other end, Redditch Utd celebrated their first league win of the season, 2-0 away to Marston Green.
Coventry Sphinx are through to the Final of the Division One South League Cup with a 2-1 win away to Knowle. They will play either Coventry Development or Malvern Town, who meet this week.
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