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East Midlands League
The leadership in the Premier Division changed hands once again with Steel City Wanderers going back on top by winning 3-2 at Nettleham, thanks to Leanne Duke, Maria Burns and an own goal. Catriona Flory and Georgina Sturgess each scored twice as Peterborough Northern Star went second by beating Long Eaton Utd 4-0. Mansfield Town had started the day as leaders but despite goals from Hannah Bodle and Kelly Clayton, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ellistown for whom Frances Gamble bagged a brace including a superbly struck free kick. Rise Park meanwhile defeated Sandiacre Town 4-2 courtesy of Georgianne Herring, Natasha Murray, Georgina Unrhank and an own goal.
Grimsby Town are back in the top two in Division One North following their 7-1 victory over Retford Utd. Jodie Ellis hit a hat-trick along with Anji Cooper and an own goal as Ruddington Village won 5-3 against West Bridgford.
Lutterworth Athletic kept the Division One South title race alive by beating Radcliffe Olympic Res 6-2. Kettering Town meanwhile crushed Barrowby 12-1, spearheaded by a six-goal haul from Emma Dunmore. Sara Wait (2), Stacey Chaplin, Simone Cook, Charlotte Penney and Laura Dawson joined her on the scoresheet.
* On Wednesday night, a Lucy Smith goal gave Steel City Wanderers a 1-0 win over Nettleham and extended their lead to four points.
Eastern Region League
Acle's fine League Cup run was ended at the semi final stage by Billericay Town who beat them 3-0. Billericay's opponents in the Final will be Bedford Ladies, who defeated Stevenage Borough 3-1 thanks to a Natasha Fensome brace and Camille Stephens.
Nicola Hollick stole the show, scoring all four goals as Leverstock Green reached the League Plate Final by winning 4-2 at Ipswich Wanderers. They will play East Thurrock Utd who won a thrilling semi final 5-4 after extra time against West Billericay. Louise Webb netted twice for East Thurrock along with Daisy Cook, Katy Judd and an own goal.
C & K Basildon stretched their Premier Division lead to four points with a 3-1 success away to Haringey Borough. Barking went fourth as Carly Copplestone, Hayley Piggott and Pauline Adeyemo gave them a 3-0 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town and Colchester Town were 4-2 victors at Thorpe Utd.
Division One North table toppers Lowestoft Town received a setback as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City Res, who scored through Sophie Burr-Walpole and Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse. AFC Sudbury were unable to fully capitalise, drawing 1-1 with Haverhill Rovers, Emma Squirrell netting their goal with Ceri Harris replying.
One match was played in Division One South, Hutton winning 2-1 at Hoddesdon Owls with goals from Laura Allen and Lucy Hudson.
London & South East League
The top match of the day in the Premier Division went the way of Denham Utd who beat Kikk FC 1-0. It was also a good result for Westfield who won 2-1 at Crawley Wasps to replace Kikk as leaders on goal difference from Denham. Kikk are one point behind along with London Corinthians, 2-0 victors over Hemel Hempstead. Maidstone Town look certain to finish in a mid-table position following their 3-1 success away to AFC Wimbledon.
In Division One (London), Fulham Compton OB defeated Leyton 2-0 to maintain their lead of three points from Carshalton Athletic, who won 1-0 away to Luton Town Res. MSA Ladies lost a little ground as they attempt to catch up, claiming four points from a double header against Camden Town.
North East League
The battle to win the Premier Division could well be down to a two-horse race following Sunday's results. Laura Darmody, Amy Kelly, Vicky Mudd and Rae Taylor were all on target as Chester-le-Street defeated Castleford White Rose 4-1 to stay one point ahead of Peterlee St Francis, who beat Scunthorpe Utd 1-0. Hull City's chances could have taken a huge knock when being held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley despite a goal from Rebecca Beech. York City beat Whitley Bay 3-0 thanks to Sara Renfrew, Alicia Smith and Josephine Hewson, whilst strikes from Toni Anholm, Rebecca Shipp and Chelsea Bailey earned Hessle Town an important 3-1 win over Lepton Highlanders.
Southern Division title winners Rothwell Ladies are three matches away from completing an unbeaten league season after a Jade Newton hat-trick, Lauren Nichols and Emma Watson gave them a 5-0 win away to Bradford City Res. Millers Ladies look set for third place despite going down to a 3-2 reverse at home to Malet Lambert who scored through Danielle Frank, Olivia Jackson and Emily Smith. Kirklees defeated Ossett Albion 3-1 thanks to Yasmin Ayub, Amy Hesselden and Claire Needham and Wetherby Athletic shared a 1-1 draw with Westella & Willerby, for whom Natasha Linford was on target.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers continue to catch up ground on leaders Blackpool and narrowed the gap to a single point with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Morecambe are a further two points adrift following their 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic. Preston North End ran out 5-0 winners over City of Manchester and Burnley Girls & Ladies picked up four points from a double header with Irlam, lifting themselves off the bottom in the process.
Springfields (Preston) enhanced their chances of a top three finish in Division One North by recording two victories against Penrith AFC, which cements them in third place for the time being at least.
Birkenhead remain third in Division One South despite going down to a 3-0 defeat at home to fast improving Winsford. Brazil follow on after a 6-1 victory over Warrington Town and Manchester Stingers defeated Liverpool Feds Res by the same scoreline, but Macclesfield Town's hopes of a runners-up finish were slightly dented by a 1-1 draw with AFC Liverpool.
* On Wednesday night, Tranmere Rovers went top of the Premier Division by winning 3-1 against City of Manchester. Chester City beat Birkenhead by the same scoreline to take over the leadership of Division One South.
South West League
For the second week in a row, Weymouth threw a spanner in the works of one of the Premier Division title challengers. This time it was Bristol Ladies Union who they defeated 6-2, Georgia Rogers bagging a hat-trick along with Rosie Sharp, Zoe Acutt and Philipa Holden. This result allowed Larkhall Athletic to return to the top of the table as goals from Natasha Miller, Kate German and Mel Walton gave them a 3-0 win away to Cheltenham Town. Downend Flyers meanwhile raced to a 5-0 victory at Plymstock Utd with strikes from Kate Michael (2), Grace Bunker, Rachel Stowell and Alana Willson. Frome Town beat Bridgwater Town 2-0 thanks to a '---- ----' double and a Natasha Crew hat-trick plus Mollie Stevens saw Cleeve West Town to a 4-0 win over Stoke Lane Athletic.
In Eastern Division One, Swindon Spitfires' recent bad run continued as they were beaten 3-1 by Forest Green Rovers Res, for whom Ellie Olds, Holly Provis and Hannah Hale all netted a goal apiece.
Southern Region League
Aldershot Town have opened up a lead of four points in the Premier Division but they may not have been overly satisfied with the outcome of their double header with Mansfield Road, which ended with one win apiece. Rachel Mariam and Sarah Rouse gave Mansfield a 2-0 win with the Shots triumphing 3-0 in the other encounter.
It was a good day for Gosport Borough in Division One despite them not having a game. Two of their biggest rivals, Andover New Street and second placed Reading Ladies, each dropped points as they cancelled each other out in a double header with one win apiece. Oxford Utd Res did record a 3-2 victory away to Marlow to stay in the hunt. Stony Stratford Town ran out 4-1 winners at Tower Hill and goals from Ellernore Reed and Nicole Beesley earned Newbury Ladies & Girls a 2-1 success against City Belles.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies virtually confirmed themselves as Champions when they defeated Cannock 2-1 on Sunday. Second placed B & WM Police shared a goalless draw with Kingshurst Sporting and are now out of the running, meaning that only FC Reedswood can still mathematically catch the runaway leaders. TNS Ladies won 2-0 at Bradwell Belles to cement themselves in fourth, ahead of Hereford Pegasus who drew 3-3 with Allscott. Wednesfield Town remain just above the foot of the table following their 2-1 reverse at home to Lichfield Diamonds.
In the only Division One North match to be played, Cottage Farm Rangers claimed only their third victory of the season, 2-0 against Cresswell Wanderers.
Division One South leaders Coventry Sphinx would have been the happier of the two sides after their vital clash with Crusaders ended goalless, maintaining the five point gap between the teams. Worcester Utd are now sandwiched inbetween them in second place after they won 4-0 at Redditch Utd. Marston Green moved to within a single point of Knowle by beating them 4-1.
Walsall had a busy few days, following up a 4-0 Division One North League Cup quarter final win over Cresswell Wanderers by beating Bilbrook 7-1 in the semi finals, earning themselves a place in the Final against Coseley Town. Coventry Development meanwhile defeated Malvern Town 2-1 to reach the Division One South League Cup Final where they will play Coventry Sphinx. Both Finals will be played this Sunday at Coventry Copsewood F.C.
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