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East Midlands League
Pelican Ladies are four points behind leaders Steel City Wanderers after they were held to a 3-3 draw by Sandiacre Town who scored through Jodie Smith, Leanne Beet and Rebecca Turgoose. Ellistown meanwhile got back to winning ways as Kristie Pearman, Jody Scott and Jessica Waldrum gave them a 3-0 victory over Rise Park. Long Eaton Utd and Real Utd finished level at 2-2, Hayley Armstrong and Alena Moulton scoring for Long Eaton with Janine Willows netting twice in reply.
In Division One North, third placed Notts County Development drew 2-2 away to Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Amy Jones and Tiffany Musgrove were on target for Mansfield while Courtney Walters and Androulla Kokkinou responded for County. Rebecca Graves netted twice and Abbey Gimson the other as Ruddington Village defeated Alfreton Town 3-2 whilst Teversal won 7-0 against Retford Utd, Amy Dawson hitting a hat-trick along with Kylie Goddard (2), Bethany Wilcockson and Lauren Teon.
Eastern Region League
Leaders Bedford Ladies were held to a 2-2 draw by Billericay Town and now head the Premier Division by three points. Cheanne Eaton and Natasha Fensome were on target for Bedford, while Billericay replied through a Lisa Silverton brace to follow up to their tight meeting in the F.A.Women's Cup recently. Sophie Hopkin netted twice, with Becky Taylor and Alison Wright adding the others, as Great Shelford went fourth by beating Leighton Utd Vixens 4-2. Colchester Town are out of the bottom two after scoring five without reply past Haringey Borough, Ellen Powells bagging a hat-trick with Georgia Box and Victoria Campbell joining her on the scoresheet.
Bar Hill were unable to take a chance to narrow the gap on Division One North table toppers AFC Sudbury, who remain six points clear following their 3-2 reverse at home to Witham Town. Lynsey Bowman (2) and Emily Adams scored for Witham with Vicky Neal hitting a brace in reply.
The points were shared in the Division One South top of the table clash as C & K Basildon Res and AFC Dunstable fought out a 1-1 draw. Ashley Debnam netted for Basildon and Tracey Blake was on target for Dunstable. Hutton meanwhile claimed their first win of the season when a Katie Lowen double earned them a 2-0 success against Baldock Town.
London & South East League
Maidstone Utd got back on the winning trail quickly and their 10-0 victory over Eastbourne Town has taken them ten points clear at the top of the Premier Division. One other game was played in the league on Sunday and it saw Kikk Utd replace Old Actonians in fifth place by beating them 3-0, thanks to a Sophie Le Marchand brace and Sophie Muller.
North East League
Whitley Bay are in fifth place in the Premier Division following their 4-2 victory away to Castleford White Rose. Stacey Simpson scored a hat-trick for Whitley with Julie Duggan adding the other goal, while Louise Stringer and Leanne Warren replied for the home side.
In the Northern Division, Jenny Wilkes and Rhiannon Castle scored the goals as Prudhoe Town picked up an important 2-1 win against Whickham Fellside, whose consolation came from Tracey Embleton.
Doncaster Belles closed to within two points of Southern Division leaders Wetherby Athletic with a 4-2 success at Millers Ladies, given to them by a Chantelle Willis hat-trick and Sophie Foxton-Wise. Brighouse Town meanwhile kept up their challenge by winning 4-2 against Rovers Foundation Ladies, Claire Needham netting twice while Sonya Sweeney and Rachael White were also on target.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra's recent good run of form has seen them take over at the top of the table, following a 2-1 win away to Preston North End. Bolton Wanderers are also doing well and remain six points off the pace following their 7-2 victory over Northwich Vixens. Chester City defeated Irlam 3-0 to hold on to fifth, just ahead of Blackpool who in the top half of the table for the first time this season after beating Wigan Athletic 8-1.
Manchester City A went level on points with second placed Stockport County Res in Division One North after they edged out Leigh RMI by the odd goal in seven. Penrith AFC meanwhile leapfrogged Padiham in the table by beating them 2-0.
Birkenhead plough on at the top of Division One South and they extended their lead to six points by winning 4-2 away to Mossley Hill Res whilst second placed Liverpool Feds Res were beaten 4-3 by Macclesfield Town. Ellesmere Port Town and Manchester Stingers stay in fourth and sixth respectively after they shared four goals.
South West League
Truro City cut the gap on Premier Division leaders St Nicholas to two points with a 4-0 victory away to Cleeve West Town, Sasha Sparkes scoring twice along with Keri-Ann Moxom and Roxanne Cook. Ria Salleh and Bethany Turner netted the goals as Swindon Spitfires climbed into third place on the back of a 2-0 win at Frome Town.
One match was played in the Eastern Division on Sunday but it saw Brislington assume the leadership by beating Nailsea Utd 3-0, goals coming from Kimberly Maggs, Emily Plummer and Harriet Gillard.
Torquay Utd have expanded their lead at the top of the Western Division to six points after they defeated Callington Town 4-1. Laura Gough was on target twice for the Gulls along with Hayley Chamberlain and Sian Chapman. Alphington also won 4-1 against Taunton Town and the result takes them into second place. Sam Drewery hit a hat-trick as Marine Academy Plymouth beat Charlestown 3-2 to move above them into third whilst Dobwalls halted Illogan Ladies' improving run with a 3-0 victory with second half goals from Ellie Simpson (2) and Coral Smith. Launceston produced a fine result in scoring five times without reply away to Plymstock Utd.
Southern Region League
The only league action on Sunday took place in Division One, at Banbury Utd where visitors Newbury Ladies lifted themselves into third place in the table with a 3-1 victory.
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