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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town have a slender one point lead following a 4-1 win over Long Eaton Utd on Wednesday night. This came hot on the heels after they beat Ellistown 3-0 on Sunday. Catriona Flory hit four goals with Jodie Bartle and Georgina Sturgess also on target as Peterborough Northern Star won 6-2 at Sandiacre Town to go second, just days after sharing a 3-3 draw with Steel City Wanderers who are now third. Maria Burns (2) and Sarah Smith scored for the Steels with Donna Nicholls (2) and Rachel Adkin replying. Nettleham had a good few days, first beating Gedling Town 6-0 thanks to a Zuzana Pramukova hat-trick, Linzi Hewitt, Ashlyn Mester and Natasha Hughes, following it up with a 4-1 success at Rise Park. Ellistown meanwhile followed up their defeat by winning 5-1 against Real Utd and are up into the top half.
Greenwood Meadows are one match away from an unbeaten season following their 2-0 victory over Notts County. Grimsby Town meanwhile sealed the runners-up spot by beating Pinxton 6-2. Tara Butler and Jenna Yates each scored twice, along with Alicia Cox, Sarah Nutbrown, Sophie Ruck and an own goal as West Bridgford won 8-0 at Retford Utd.
AFC Trinity clinched the Division One South title in midweek with a 2-1 win at Lutterworth Athletic and completed their league campaign by drawing 1-1 when the sides met again on Sunday. Lutterworth lead the chase for second place by one point from Loughborough Students Res who were 3-0 victors over Barrowby. Tash Applegate scored the goal as Netherton Utd beat Radcliffe Olympic Res 1-0 whilst Raunds Town defeated Oadby & Wigston Dynamo Res 4-2 thanks to Karen Britchford, Natasha Folwell, Hayley Griffiths and Sarah Pantall.
Eastern Region League
C & K Basildon require five points from four matches to clinch the league title after they defeated Thorpe Utd 4-2. Billericay Town stay second, seven points adrift, following their 4-0 win at Sawbridgeworth Town with goals from Nicola Dunsdon, Lisa Robins, Kerry Oldham and Sophie Whiting. Great Shelford kept their hopes alive as Shavaun Barnum and Sophie Hopkin gave them a 2-1 victory over Colchester Town. Natasha Fensome (2), Sophie Britton, Victoria Fensome, Sarah Saunders, Chloe Scott, Rebecca Vass and Lucy Bateman scored the goals as Bedford Ladies won 8-0 against Haringey Borough and Peterborough Sports beat Stevenage Borough 2-1 with strikes from Claire Knibbs and Hannah Stubbs.
AFC Sudbury are still in the running for the Division One North title following their 4-0 and 6-0 victories over FC Clacton in a double header. Emma Squirrell scored twice along with Katie Burrows and Charlotte Churchman. They are now two points behind second placed Norwich City Res who drew 1-1 with Haverhill Rovers.
There was a change of leadership in Division One South where Leighton Utd went top with a 2-0 win over West Billericay thanks to Lisa Marie Moran and Emma Aussop. A win would have seen Chelmsford City go top but instead they were beaten 5-3 by Leverstock Green for whom Nicola Hollick and Giselle Subryan each netted twice along with Sally Green. Jodie Sweeney (2), Louise Webb (2) and Amy Leach were on target as East Thurrock Utd won 5-0 against Royston Town.
London & South East League
Denham Utd are starting to stretch the pace at the top of the Premier Division and their 9-0 victory over Panthers keeps them one point ahead of Kikk FC who defeated Crawley Wasps 3-0. At the other end of the table, AFC Wimbledon lifted themselves out of the bottom two by winning 2-1 away to Old Actonians.
Fulham Compton OB extended their lead in Division One (London) to five points as they won 2-1 at MSA Ladies and second placed Carshalton Athletic shared a 2-2 draw with Battersea Ironsides. Kent Magpies meanwhile remain rooted to the bottom after they were beaten 5-0 by mid-table Camden Town.
North East League
Things remain tight in the Premier Division as Peterlee St Francis stayed top of the table by beating Lepton Highlanders 8-1. Lucy Garrington and Becky Robinson each bagged hat-tricks with Charlotte Dinsdale and Jade Ridley also on target. Chester-le-Street Town stay one point behind in second place after Rachel Kay, Laura Darmody and an own goal gave them a 3-0 win at Hessle Town. Aimi Beresford (2), Danielle Sidebottom and Molly Ward scored the goals for Castleford White Rose in their 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe Utd to go third, just ahead of Barnsley who drew 0-0 with Guiseley and Hull City, 3-2 winners over Whitley Bay thanks to Melissa Halstead, Megan Hornby and Laura Hunt.
Northern Division title winners Norton & Stockton Ancients completed their successful campaign by sharing four goals with Whickham Fellside, whose goals were scored by Claire Moore. Durham Wildcats won 4-0 against Durham City with Rosie Connor, Lily Crompton, Annabelle Gibney and Rebecca Hunt on the scoresheet. Joanne Dixon netted twice with Kate Hepple and Emma Hales adding the others as Tynedale defeated Redcar Athletic 4-0.
In the Southern Division, Malet Lambert became only the second team to take points off Rothwell Ladies this season when they held them to a 2-2 draw. Lisa Deakin scored twice for Rothwell with Natalie Gray hitting a double in reply. Sonya Moore and Chloe Roberts earned Kirklees a 2-1 victory over Rovers Foundation Ladies and Ossett Albion defeated Keighley Oaks 4-1 thanks to a Nicola Swift brace, Joanne Atkinson and Rachel Barber.
North West League
Morecambe have regained the leadership of the Premier Division after following up a 5-3 success at City of Manchester on Sunday by beating Crewe Alexandra 1-0 in midweek. Bolton Wanderers look set to finish in fifth following their 1-0 victory at Northwich Vixens. Preston North End won 4-2 against Burnley Girls & Ladies who are back on the bottom of the table following Irlam's 2-0 midweek victory over Northwich Vixens.
Blackpool Wren Rovers need to win one of their remaining two matches to secure the Division One North title after they defeated second placed Blackburn Community 3-1 and Blackburn's subsequent draw in midweek with Padiham. That point, along with a double header of wins against Stockport County Res, keeps Padiham in third, ahead of Springfields (Preston) who were beaten by Atherton. Kendal Town occupy the mid-table position following their 4-0 win at Carlisle Utd.
In Division One South, Chester City won 1-0 at Liverpool Feds Res to stay one point ahead of Manchester University who also won 1-0 against Macclesfield Town. Birkenhead look set to finish third following their 3-3 draw with AFC Urmston Meadowside. Winsford's recent good run was halted by a 4-0 reverse at AFC Liverpool whilst Mossley Hill Res beat Brazil 5-3 and Manchester Stingers ran out 4-1 winners over Warrington Town.
South West League
It's advantage Larkhall Athletic after the top of the table clash with Bristol Ladies Union finished in a goalless draw. Nerves got the better of both teams with Toni Hemmings going close and Frankie Stone hitting the bar for Union and Larkhall almost grabbing a late winner through Lizzie Barratt and Carly Bryant. The result means that when the teams meet again on Thursday night, a win would guarantee Larkhall the title whilst a draw would mean the Larks are all but certain of finishing top. Weymouth meanwhile finished their season with a 2-1 victory over Downend Flyers, Philipa Holden and Georgia Rogers scoring their goals while Downend, who replied through Nicky Glanville, suffered a further blow when losing Grace Bunker with an ankle injury. Laura Duck and '---- ----' scored the goals as Frome Town won 2-0 at Cheltenham Town and Plymstock Utd were 3-0 winners over Stoke Lane Athletic thanks to Nichola Symons, Alex Hugh and Kate Bowden.
St Nicholas need one more win to secure the Eastern Division One crown following their 3-0 success at Forest of Dean which was earned by a Sophie Sweet penalty, Jess Wilson and Becky Rexworthy. Swindon Supermarine kept their hopes alive by beating Poole Town 4-2, Hayley Huckin and Jodie Reynolds each scoring twice. Keynsham Town Res and Swindon Spitfires finished level at 2-2, Michelle Owen grabbing both of Keynsham's goals while Cara Costello and Debbie Rose were on target for the Spitfires. In-form Bishop's Lydeard defeated Forest Green Rovers Res 2-0 thanks to Jemma Bowker and Holly Miller whilst Vicky Mundy scored the only goal of the game as Oldland Abbotonians won 1-0 at Nailsea Utd.
Marine Academy Plymouth kept up the pace at the top of Western Division One as Sam Drewery, Kate Nicholls and Emma Anderson gave them a 3-0 victory at Callington Town. Truro City beat Taunton Town 2-1 to keep up their challenge, Monica Lewis and Sophie Wilson scoring their goals, whilst Sasha Sparkes bagged a hat-trick and Katy Barker the other two as Falmouth Town defeated Dobwalls 5-1.
Southern Region League
Shanklin returned to the top of the Premier Division on Tuesday night as a Rowan Treague goal saw them to a 1-0 win at Parley Sports. Treague had earlier scored twice and Sarah Wright the other on Sunday when the Isle of Wight side had stepped up their challenge by beating Woodley Utd 3-0. Maidenhead Utd are now in third after exchanging victories with Mansfield Road in a double header, while Southampton Women won 2-0 against Parley Sports. Bracknell Town and Basingstoke Town shared four goals with Justine Mosley netting both goals for Basingstoke.
Gosport Borough are still in control of the Division One title race following their 2-0 victory over Marlow, which keeps them two points ahead of Reading Ladies who won 2-1 at Tower Hill. Danielle Anderson and Charlotte Comley both hit hat-tricks and Christina Higgs the other as Oxford Utd Res beat Banbury Utd 7-0 to keep their chances alive as did Andover New Street, who won 3-1 away to Chesham Utd Res thanks to Sara Collins, Charlotte Hull and Kerrie Lewis. City Belles now look destined to finish at the foot of the table after they were beaten 3-0 by Newbury Ladies & Girls.
West Midlands League
After having dominated the division all season, Solihull Ladies secured the Premier Division Championship in midweek after FC Reedswood were beaten by TNS Ladies, leaving them uncatchable. The race is now on for the runners-up spot with B & WM Police heading the way as they scored ten without reply past Bradwell Belles. FC Reedswood meanwhile avenged their midweek defeat to TNS by winning the return match 3-0 and they can still challenge the Police for second place as can Hereford Pegasus. In the other game, Allscott cemented themselves in mid-table by beating Cannock 3-2.
Walsall completed the first leg of a potential League and Cup 'double' when they defeated Coseley Town 3-0 in the Division One North League Cup Final with two goals from Natalie Walker and the other from Adele Johnson.
The Division One South League Cup Final turned out to be a closer affair and it was Coventry Sphinx who retained the trophy by winning a penalty shootout against local rivals Coventry Development. Jo Ryan had given Sphinx the lead during normal time with Development equalising near the end to force a 1-1 draw and penalties, with Sphinx triumphing 5-4 on spot kicks.
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