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East Midlands League
The Premier Division title race will go to the very last day and Mansfield Town occupy top spot after they completed their fixtures with a 5-0 victory over Sandiacre Town. Gemma Hodgkinson scored twice along with Kirsty Walton, Donna Wells and Lucy Webster. Only Steel City Wanderers can still overhaul them and they kept those hopes on course by beating Real Utd 9-1 on Tuesday night. Rachel Hale, Sarah Smith and Clare Armitage all scored twice with a goal each from Sam Hallam, Maria Burns and Zoe Beresford for the Steels who need to beat Rise Park by six clear goals this Sunday if they are to pip Mansfield to the title. Ellistown finished up with a 4-1 success at Arnold Town, Rachel Lee, Kirstie Pearman, Terry Want and Holly Bryans scoring the goals to take their side into the top half and the game between Barlestone St Giles and Rise Park finished level at 1-1, Melissa Miller netting for Barlestone.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town won the League Cup Final on a penalty shootout after they and Bedford Ladies had battled out a 1-1 draw at Soham. Marie Barker had given Billericay an early lead which was cancelled out by Natasha Fensome and neither side could find a breakthrough from that point until Billericay triumphed 4-2 when it came to spot kicks.
In the League Plate Final, an all-Division One South affair was settled as East Thurrock Utd landed the trophy with a 2-0 victory over Leverstock Green. East Thurrock had gone into the game as underdogs on league positions but two goals from Katy Judd gave them a fine victory.
Billericay also also all but confirmed as Premier Division runners-up after Great Shelford were held to a 3-3 draw by Colchester Town. Sophie Hopkin bagged a hat-trick for Great Shelford but it was not quite enough as Georgia Box, Hannah Porter and Lauren Richardson all found the net for Colchester. Stevenage Borough meanwhile moved out of the bottom three as Kierra Gabriel and an own goal gave them a 2-1 win at Thorpe Utd. On Tuesday night, Bedford put their League Cup Final disappointment behind them to move into the top three by winning 4-0 against Haringey Borough.
Lowestoft Town were confirmed as Division One North Champions following a midweek 4-0 win away to Acle, who then bounced back a few days later to beat AFC Sudbury 1-0 with a Sophie Baker goal. Sudbury still need another point to pip Norwich City Res to the runners-up spot. A Lyndsie Duemmel hat-trick spearheaded Haverhill Rovers' huge victory over FC Clacton. Julie Brown, Rachael Mann and Katie Shorter all weighed in with braces, while Jasmine Hardy, Stacey Roper, Laura McAllister and Katie Shultz completed the tally.
London & South East League
Denham Utd clinched the Premier Division title and return to Combination League football after a number of years away after they defeated Westfield 3-2. The defeat was a doubly painful one for Westfield as the other two teams in the top four, London Corinthians and Kikk FC, also met each other and it was Corinthians who won 2-1 to take the runners-up position with Westfield in third. Eastbourne Town had a good win by the odd goal in five against Crawley Wasps whilst Panthers enjoyed an all too rare victory this season, beating Hemel Hempstead 4-0.
In Division One (London), Leyton's remaining hopes of capturing the runners-up spot were dealt a fatal blow as they were beaten 4-1 by Battersea Ironsides, who are now one point behind them in fourth place.
North East League
The outcome of the Premier Division title will not be settled until Sunday and it will be Chester-le-Street Town who will take a one point lead into their final game after they defeated York City 4-2, thanks a goal each from Laura Finch, Amy Kelly, Vicky Mudd and Rae Taylor. Victory at Hull City this week will confirm them as Champions whilst second placed Peterlee St Francis will be hoping to take advantage of any slip ups when they play York. Peterlee themselves beat Hull 4-2 on Sunday to keep up their challenge, Charlotte Dinsdale hitting a hat-trick and Becky Robinson adding the other. Guiseley and Hessle Town battled out a 2-2 draw, Laura Danskin and Rachael White on target for Guiseley with Hessle replying through Chantelle Lewis and Jasmine Read. Lepton Highlanders won for the first time this season, in their final game, when Rachel Lockwood grabbed the only goal of the game against Whitley Bay.
In the Northern Division, Tynedale earned themselves a fourth place finish when goals from Emma Hales (2), Lauren Ray and Kate Hepple gave them a 4-2 victory over California Ladies.
North West League
The final match of the season in the Premier Division saw fourth placed Crewe Alexandra run out 5-1 winners away to Bolton Wanderers, who end up one position below them.
Division One North runners-up Blackburn Community rounded off their campaign by beating Carlisle Utd 2-0. Atherton meanwhile won 4-2 at Kendal Town to claim third position in the table.
Chester City, Division One South Champions, continue to pull further away from the rest as they play their remaining fixtures and there is now a ten point gap after they defeated AFC Urmston Meadowside 2-1. Brazil meanwhile chalked up a 4-1 victory over Manchester Stingers and look set for a top half finish.
South West League
Downend Flyers rounded off their first season in the Premier Division by winning 6-1 away to Bridgwater Town and this result secures a highly creditable third place finish. Faye Slade led the scoring with a hat-trick, Kate Michael weighed in with a brace and Karina Cockell was also on the scoresheet.
Jodie Reynolds netted twice with Alice Smith and Beth Thompson adding the others as Eastern Division One runners-up Swindon Supermarine won 4-2 against Poole Town. Swindon Spitfires defeated Cirencester Town 2-1, goals from Debbie Rose and Laura Ball guaranteeing their side a top three finish. Jemma Bowker, Holly Miller, Dawna Dennett, Emily Crook, Rosie Harper and an own goal ensured that Bishop's Lydeard ran out 6-1 winners away to Keynsham Town Res whilst Forest of Dean and Nailsea Utd shared six goals. Sophie Drain, Amy Tandy and Sam Morse all netted for Forest while Nailsea replied through Kate Liddington, Lauren Richier and Ella Blackham.
Truro City picked up the win they needed to claim the Western Division One title. Kayley Lane scored twice with Sophie Wilson and Charlotte Cresswell joining her on the scoresheet to see Truro beat Callington Town 4-0 and finish as Champions on goal difference from Marine Academy Plymouth.
Southern Region League
Gosport Borough are confirmed as Division One Champions without kicking a ball over the weekend. Andover New Street needed nothing less than a victory to keep their slim hopes alive but they drew 2-2 with Oxford Utd Res, whose own hopes of second place evaporated with the result. Abi Smith and Melissa Stickland scored for Oxford with New Street's strikes coming from Claire Ham and Kerrie Lewis. City Belles meanwhile claimed only their second league victory of the season when they edged out Marlow by the odd goal in five.
West Midlands League
Newly crowned Champions Solihull Ladies ended their successful season with a goalless draw against FC Reedswood. The result was a significant one as it confirmed B & WM Police as runners-up. TNS Ladies went third by beating Wednesfield Town 5-2 whilst Cannock had a great day at Hereford Pegasus, running out 4-0 winners.
Likewise in Division One South, title winners Coventry Sphinx also drew their last game, 1-1 against Lye Town. They finish the season three points ahead of runners-up Crusaders who defeated Malvern Town 3-0.
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