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East Midlands League
Another excellent defensive display from Steel City Wanderers saw them defeat Peterborough Northern Star 1-0 in the League Cup Final at Arnold Town's Eagle Valley ground. The pair, both Premier Division title contenders, had drawn 3-3 a week earlier at Steels in the league, following on from a 0-0 at Peterboorough in March, one of only two occasions Peterborough have failed to score this season. Steels manager Ian Smith was full of praise for his defence who kept a 12th clean sheet in 23 (league and cup) games. Leanne Duke netted the winning goal for the Steels from 30 yards, three minutes before half time.
Nettleham meanwhile landed the League Plate with a 4-2 victory over Raunds Town in the Final. Raunds had led 2-1 at the break, thanks to a brace of goals from Karen Britchford, but a Linzi Hewitt hat-trick and a strike by Zuzana Pramukova saw Nettleham home.
In the Premier Division, Long Eaton Utd look unlikely to stand a chance of lifting the title due to a vastly inferior goal difference but they can still finish in second place, hopes they kept alive as Hayley Armstrong, Jodie Hancock, Shannon Ryan and Nicola Smyth fired them towards a 4-1 victory away to Barlestone St Giles.
One match was played in Division One North, Pinxton winning 2-1 against Appleby Frodingham.
Lutterworth Athletic made sure of the runners-up spot in Division One South after they battled out a 1-1 draw with nearest rivals Loughborough Students 06. Emma Dunmore bagged all four goals as Kettering Town won 4-1 at Barrowby and it was a good day for Oadby & Wigston Dynamo who claimed their first league victory of the season, 7-2 against Netherton Utd. Hannah Randon and Amie Tomkins each scored twice for Dynamo, with one apiece from Victoria Bishop, Megan Cletheroe and Holly Gendall.
Eastern Region League
C & K Basildon are now just two points away from the league title following their 5-1 victory over Colchester Town in which Nicola Carty and Carly Eagles each scored twice, with Jenny Brown-Wealls also on target. Kerry Oldham, Sophie Whiting and Lisa Robins all netted a goal apiece as Billericay Town consolidated themselves in second place by beating Sawbridgeworth Town 3-1. Barking went down to a 4-0 defeat at Peterborough Sports for whom Louise Burgess (2), Louise Nicholls and Hannah Stubbs were on the scoresheet and Stevenage Borough were 3-1 winners at Haringey Borough.
Lowestoft Town need to win one of their remaining two games to be confirmed as Division One North Champions after they shared a 2-2 draw with main rivals AFC Sudbury, who scored through Natalie Golding and Emma Squirrell. Haverhill Rovers look set to finish fourth following their 2-1 victory over Acle.
In Division One South, Leverstock Green stepped up their title challenge as they won 2-1 at second placed Baldock Town thanks to Heather Eaton and Sally Green. West Billericay meanwhile moved off the bottom after a Whitney Locke brace and Michelle Stoneman gave them a 3-2 victory against East Thurrock Utd.
London & South East League
Denham Utd continue to lead the way by a single point in the Premier Division after they defeated Maidstone Town 6-1 and second placed Kikk FC scored five without reply past Hemel Hempstead. Westfield went two better, running out 7-0 winners over Panthers to remain close at hand. Crawley Wasps got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success at AFC Wimbledon whilst Old Actonians moved into a mid-table position following an important 3-1 victory over Eastbourne Town.
In Division One (London), Fulham Compton OB beat Battersea Ironsides 3-0 to end the title hopes of their opponents and stretch their lead at the top to eight points. Camden Town are up in the top half following their 8-1 win away to Knaphill.
North East League
Chester-le-Street Town boosted their Premier Division title challenge but were pushed all the way in their 5-4 win away to Lepton Highlanders. Laura Gibbon and Vicky Mudd each scored twice for the Cestrians, with Laura Darmody also on target. Rebecca Beech netted the only goal as third placed Hull City won 1-0 at Barnsley and they followed this up in midweek by scoring nine without reply past Scunthorpe Utd.
In the Northern Division, goals from Michelle Coleman, Amy Guy and Tanya McLean earned Redcar Athletic a 3-2 victory at Durham City. Tynedale returned from California Ladies with a 2-0 win under their belts, Emma Hales and Helen Gibson were on the scoresheet.
Southern Division title winners Rothwell Ladies rounded off their successful campaign by beating Keighley Oaks 6-1. Charlotte Proud bagged a hat-trick, Emma Rutherford weighed in with a brace and Lauren Nichols was also on target. Charmaine Pinder (2), Ellie Tanser (2) and Emily Smith secured a 5-1 win for Malet Lambert over Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Blackpool completed their fixtures with a 5-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra which leaves them a point ahead in the Premier Division but they must wait to see if that will be enough. Tranmere Rovers won 2-0 at Northwich Vixens and require two points from their last two games in order to finish above them. Morecambe will have to settle for third place following their goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers. Burnley Girls & Ladies are off the bottom and climbed two places after picking up four points from a double header with City of Manchester.
After going so close last season, Blackpool Wren Rovers defeated Blackburn Community 3-1 to confirm themselves as Division One North title winners. Padiham are up into second following their 6-2 win against Kendal Town whilst Atherton, who still have a chance of the runners-up spot, were 3-1 victors over Stockport County Res.
Chester City sewed up the Division One South title with the win they required, a 3-0 success against AFC Liverpool. Macclesfield Town are still in with an outside chance of a top three place but these will have been hampered as they exchanged victories in a double header with Warrington Town. Brazil edged out Winsford by the odd goal in seven, AFC Urmston Meadowside and Liverpool Feds Res finished level at 2-2 and Manchester Stingers and Mossley Hill Res also drew, 4-4.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic are all but confirmed as league Champions after they battled out a second goalless draw with Bristol Ladies Union last Thursday. Union finished up their campaign on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Plymstock Utd, Toni Hemmings (2) and Jess Harris scoring, but Larkhall will secure the title when they play at Bridgwater Town this Sunday, barring an unrealistic margin of defeat. Downend Flyers meanwhile won 5-0 at Cleeve West Town, Faye Slade scoring twice along with Carley Corcoran, Alana Willson and Kate Michael. '---- ----' (2), Devon Rich and Steph Isaacson were on target for Frome Town in their 4-1 success at Bridgwater Town.
St Nicholas secured the Eastern Division One title by winning 3-0 away to Cirencester Town, thanks to a goal apiece from Jess Wilson, Rianne Lewis and Ruby Bagge. Shelly Towers, Sam Gubb and an own goal gave Poole Town a 3-2 victory over Nailsea Utd but Bishop's Lydeard's recent good run of results came to a halt as they were beaten at Forest of Dean, Sam Morse grabbing the only goal of the game. Sophie Okey and Naomi Marshall were on the scoresheet as Forest Green Rovers Res won 2-1 at Oldland Abbotonians.
Western Division One leaders Marine Academy Plymouth finished off their programme with a 3-2 success at Taunton Town, earned by strikes from Sam Drewery, Kate Nicholls and Coral Smith. It may not be enough though as Truro City can overhaul them by winning their last game and stayed on course by crushing Bay Ladies 13-2. Nichola Russell led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Charlotte Cresswell contributed a hat-trick and they tally was completed by Charlotte Andrew (2), Chelsea Patient, Sophie Wilson and Monica Lewis. Falmouth Town secured third by beating Launceston 7-1, Sasha Sparkes netting five times and Helena Calfe adding the other two, whilst a Kate Bourn brace and Katie Lewis gave Callington Town a 3-1 victory over Torpoint Athletic.
Southern Region League
Shanklin are the League Champions following their 3-0 victory away to Basingstoke Town on Sunday. Aldershot Town will have to settle for the runners-up spot after their challenge ended when being held to a 4-4 draw by Maidenhead Utd. Parley Sports met Woodley Utd in a mid-table double header and shared the points with a win apiece.
Things could not be any tighter in Division One with the top three teams all now level on points. Reading Ladies now top the table on goal difference but they have finished their games following their 8-2 success against City Belles. Gosport Borough, who have the most matches to play, slip back to second after sharing a goalless draw with Oxford Utd Res and Andover New Street complete the trio as Kerrie Lewis (2), Sara Collins and Jess Frampton saw them to a 4-1 victory over Tower Hill. Stony Stratford Town won 4-2 at Chesham Utd Res and Marlow beat Banbury Utd 3-1.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police continue to lead the race for the runners-up spot with a 3-1 win away to Cannock. Hereford Pegasus are one of the teams which can still finish above them and they kept that on course by scoring eleven without reply against Lichfield Diamonds.
Bilbrook are in the process of setting Division One North title rivals Walsall a target to chase in order to finish above them and they won 2-1 at Coseley Town to take themselves eight points clear. Cottage Farm Rangers meanwhile secured an important 4-2 victory over Wyrley Ladies.
Coventry Sphinx need a further two points from two games to pick up the Division One South crown after their 1-0 win away to Malvern Town. Crusaders meanwhile beat Lye Town 3-1 to keep the race alive for another week. Coventry Development can still finish third and they defeated Redditch Utd 2-1.
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