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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star have gone to the top of the Premier Division after a four-goal haul from Donna Nicholls and a Georgina Sturgess hat-trick helped them to an 8-1 success at Gedling Town, Rachel Adkin adding the other goal. Leanne Duke, Rachel Hale and Lucy Smith scored the goals as Steel City Wanderers kept up their challenge by beating Arnold Town 3-1. Long Eaton Utd completed their campaign with a 2-1 win over Ellistown, Hayley Armstrong and Jodie Hancock were on target. Nettleham and Rise Park battled out a goalless draw whilst Real Utd defeated Barlestone St Giles 4-0 thanks to Jessica Thompson (2), Emma James and Justine Turley.
In Division One South, second placed Lutterworth Athletic finished off with a 2-1 victory over Kettering Town whilst Raunds Town and Netherton Utd finished level at 3-3.
Eastern Region League
C & K Basildon picked up the result they needed to clinch the Premier Division title, goals from Nicola Carty and Charlie Dolby giving them a 2-1 win away to Great Shelford. Billericay Town are virtually certain of the runners-up spot after beating Haringey Borough 3-1, thanks to second half strikes by Marie Barker, Nicola Dunsdon and Steph Poleykett. Natasha Fensome scored twice and Suzanne Darby the other as Bedford Ladies won 3-0 at Sawbridgeworth Town and a Liane Prior brace gave Barking a 2-1 victory over Stevenage Borough.
Lowestoft Town moved closer to the Division One North title despite not playing on Sunday. They now require just a single point after AFC Sudbury drew 2-2 with Norwich City Res, Sudbury's goals coming from Rachel Gwilliam and Vicki Studd. Lucy Woollaston (2), Lauren Bailey, Sophie Baker and Jordan O'Hara were all on target for Acle as they beat Haverhill Rovers 5-0.
Leighton Utd have been crowned Champions of Division One South after goals from Emma Aussop and Shanice Sanderson earned them a 2-1 win away to East Thurrock Utd. Chelmsford City must wait and see if they will finish in the runners-up position following a 1-0 victory over Leverstock Green in their final game, Emma Ridings netting the only goal.
London & South East League
Two points from their remaining two matches will be enough to see Denham Utd finish as Champions after their two nearest rivals, Westfield and Kikk FC, battled out a 1-1 draw which did neither team any favours. London Corinthians can no longer win the league but they remain in the hunt for second following their 5-1 success over Panthers. AFC Wimbledon and Old Actonians each picked up a point from their final match as they shared four goals and Eastbourne Town ran out 4-1 winners over Maidstone Town.
In Division One (London), MSA Ladies still have an outside chance of finishing in the top two and they kept those hopes alive as they edged out Battersea Ironsides by the odd goal in five.
North East League
Two teams are contesting the Premier Division title but both received shocks on Sunday in the semi finals of the League Cup. League leaders Chester-le-Street Town lost 3-2 at Southern Division runners-up Doncaster Belles for whom goals from Sophie Brown (2) and Charlotte Cork added to earlier Premier Division scalps of Hull City and Castleford White Rose. Peterlee St Francis have lost just twice in the league, but one of those was at home to Barnsley who repeated the feat on their return to the north east, Holly Findlay (2) and Laura Elford were on target to also give them a 3-2 win.
One match was played in the Premier Division, Guiseley winning 2-1 away to Scunthorpe Utd thanks to Caroline Hulme and Amy Parker.
Tynedale can still finish as high as fourth in the Northern Division and they remain on course for this after a late strike by Emma Hales earned them a 1-0 success against Birtley Town.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers have endured a miserable few seasons in which they have slipped from National Division to Regional League status but the green shoots of recovery have begun. Last Thursday night they beat Burnley Girls & Ladies 1-0 to secure the Premier Division title and start their way back up the pyramid once again. Tranmere's final match of the season did end in defeat, 1-0 to Irlam who will still finish in the bottom two following the news that Burnley had beaten Northwich Vixens 2-0.
The late resignation of Bury Girls & Ladies has resulted in the Division One North table being re-calculated but Champions Blackpool Wren Rovers are not affected. Blackburn Community have now been confirmed as runners-up. Padiham scored six without reply at Carlisle Utd and currently occupy third place although they can still be overtaken by Atherton who defeated Penrith AFC 6-1.
Birkenhead finish in third in Division One South following their 6-1 and 9-0 victories in a double header against Macclesfield Town, who end up once position below them. AFC Liverpool meanwhile scored six without reply past AFC Urmston Meadowside to go fifth.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic wrapped up the title in style with a 9-0 victory over Bridgwater Town. Kate German scored a hat-trick, Michelle Munro added a brace and there was one each from Sophie Hamer, Lizzie Barratt, Carly Symons and Charlene Rooney but their celebrations were marred as midfielder Anna Walby suffered a double break in her forearm after an awkward fall during the first half.
Eastern Division One runners-up Swindon Supermarine ran out 5-0 winners away to Nailsea Utd, Jodie Reynolds scoring twice along with Mel Bristow, Beth Thompson and Annabel Martin. Bishop's Lydeard got back to winning ways as a Holly Miller brace gave them a 2-1 success at Oldland Abbotonians and Forest of Dean kept their survival hopes alive by beating Poole Town 4-3 thanks to a double from Sophie Drain, Tara Rutter and Sam Morse.
In Western Division One, third placed Falmouth Town completed their matches with a 5-2 victory over Taunton Town in which Sasha Sparkes and Katy Barker each scored twice along with Naomi Blight. Jodie Shipton netted the only goal of the game as Callington Town won 1-0 against Bude Town.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd Res kept their slim Division One title hopes alive for at least one more match with a 3-2 success away to Newbury Ladies & Girls, Danielle Anderson scoring twice along with Charlotte Clarke. Tower Hill were 1-0 winners against City Belles whilst Banbury Utd ensured they would not finish in the bottom two by beating Chesham Utd Res.
* On Wednesday night, Gosport Borough all but guaranteed themselves the Division One title when they defeated rivals Andover New Street 6-1.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police could have sewn up the runners-up position on Sunday but they will have to wait a little longer after they were beaten 2-1 by FC Reedswood, who can still overhaul them. Kingshurst Sporting hold on to third place following their 2-2 draw with TNS Ladies.
One match was played in Division One North, Shrewsbury Ladies guaranteeing themselves at least a mid-table finish with a 3-1 victory over Cottage Farm Rangers.
Coventry Sphinx secured the Division One South title when a 3-0 win away to Knowle gave them the result they needed to put themselves beyond the reach of their rivals. Crusaders defeated Worcester Utd in the other game and will have to settle for runners-up.
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