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East Midlands League
The top two teams in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday and it allowed their nearest rivals, Nettleham, to catch up ground by winning 4-0 against Arnold Town. Holly Newman hit a hat-trick for the third placed side with Linzi Hewitt adding the other goal. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile climbed above Ellistown into fourth after beating them 2-1, Donna Nicholls and Julie Ikeda scoring their goals with Terry Want replying.
In Division One North, Solar Ladies took advantage of their rivals' inactivity to crush Retford Utd 12-1 and open up a huge twelve point gap at the top. Toni McHamilton led the spree with a five-goal haul and Lottie Soar weighed in with four while Natalie Aird, Lisa Cromey and Claire Pitcher added one apiece. Mansfield Hosiery Mills came away from West Bridgford with a 3-2 victory under their belts, Amy Jones netting twice and Nicole Bramley the other.
One match took place in Division One South, Heather St Johns and Kettering Town sharing a 2-2 draw. Rebecca Dobney and Rachael Enser were on target for Heather, with Kettering replying through an Emma Dunmore double.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town are the new leaders of the Premier Division following their 5-0 victory away to Colchester Town. Nicola Dunsdon scored twice along with Emma Roberts, Lisa Silverton and Sarah Bovington. Great Shelford are now a single point off the pace after Sophie Hopkin (2) and Lucy Du Plooy gave them a 3-1 win against Stevenage Borough. Carly Copplestone grabbed the only goal of the game as Barking won 1-0 at Sawbridgeworth Town and Leverstock Green defeated Leighton Utd Vixens 3-1 thanks to a Sally Green brace and Nicola Hollick.
Bar Hill consolidated themselves in second place in Division One North with a 2-0 success away to Norwich City Res, goals coming from Eleanor Sims and Hayley Stevens.
C & K Basildon Res have regained the leadership of Division One South after Sabrina Campbell scored twice and Julie Eke the other in their 3-2 victory over Royston Town. Despite a goal from Danielle Carty, previous table toppers AFC Dunstable Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Hoddesdon Owls, who had earlier taken the lead through Daniela Martucci. West Billericay are up into the top half after Whitney Locke, Aimee Pooley and Jodie Sweeney earned them a 3-1 win against Hutton whilst the match between Stevenage Borough Res and Baldock Town was abandoned due to an injury to a Baldock player.
London & South East League
Crystal Palace climbed back into third place on the back of a 4-0 victory over Hassocks. They move above Crawley Wasps who were held to a 1-1 draw by Westfield. Hemel Hempstead Town slowly continue to improve and are out of the bottom three following their 2-1 win against Fulham Compton. AFC Wimbledon meanwhile ended their run of eleven straight defeats and picked up their first point of the season when battling out a goalless draw with Eastbourne Town.
In Division One (London), Carshalton Athletic defeated Colne Valley 3-2 to maintain their lead of three points over Watford Development, who were 3-1 winners away to Tottenham Hotspur Development. Third placed Queen's Park Rangers Development are still unbeaten but lost a little ground after sharing a 1-1 draw with Camden Town. Colne's defeat and Camden's draw allowed Battersea & Wandsworth the opportunity to move above them and into the top four by winning 1-0 against Regents Park Rangers, who came very close to registering their first point.
North East League
In the only Premier Division match to take place on Sunday, Whitley Bay lifted themselves into the top half of the table by beating Castleford White Rose 3-0. Hayley Evans was on target twice for Whitley along with an own goal.
Tynedale stretched their lead in Division One North to five points with a 3-2 win away to Middlesbrough Lionesses, goals coming from Christine Murray, Ashley Lambert and Joanne Dixon. Prudhoe Town and Redcar Athletic finished level at 1-1, Catherine Johnston scoring a late equaliser for Prudhoe in reply to Tara Ball's earlier strike. Bobby Barwick, Hayley Maxwell and Sophie Riley were all on the scoresheet as Easingwold Town won 3-0 at Kader FC.
Brighouse Town narrowed the gap on leaders Wetherby Athletic in Division One South, Claire Needham, Sonya Sweeney and Rachael White giving them a 3-1 win over Westella & Willerby which takes them into second, six points off the pace. Natalie Gray hit a hat-trick and Chamaine Pinder the other as Malet Lambert won 4-2 away to Ossett Albion.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra hold on to the leadership but were dealt a blow on Sunday as they were beaten by one of their main rivals, Morecambe winning their clash 2-1 to go back into second and narrow the gap to two points. City of Manchester also moved up the table, going fourth by beating Northwich Vixens 6-2 whilst Chester City won 5-1 at Preston North End. To complete a sequence of convincing away victories, Burnley Girls & Ladies beat Blackpool 6-1 and Irlam were 8-0 winners over Wigan Athletic.
No change at the top of Division One North where Blackburn Community ran out emphatic winners over Bury Girls & Ladies to preserve their lead of three points over Stockport County Res, who scored five without reply past Leigh RMI, and Manchester City A, 4-2 victors away to Penrith AFC. Kendal Town meanwhile are in mid-table following their 5-2 success against Woolton.
Birkenhead are now just one point away, with four matches left, from clinching the Division One South title after they won 5-0 away to AFC Urmston Meadowside. Manchester Stingers joined the teams left in the hunt for second place by beating Mossley Hill Res 3-1. Winsford's hopes of recording a second straight win were dashed as they went down to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Ellesmere Port Town.
South West League
St Nicholas stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to five points after some late drama in their 1-0 victory over Downend Flyers. In very wet conditions, the teams produced a thrilling, blood and thunder local derby match which was settled with virtually the last kick of the game when Adele Hooper drove in a low left foot shot from the edge of the area. Cheltenham Town continue to look strong and are now in second following their 3-1 win against Swindon Spitfires in which Rhona Donaldson, Charlie Griffin and Catherine Reilly all scored. The weather played havoc with the other two fixtures, Truro City would have stayed in second but their game with Stoke Lane Athletic was abandoned with them leading 5-2 at the time, Sophie Wilson having scored twice along with Charlotte Andrew, Lauren Scrace and Sasha Sparkes. Likewise, the match between Bristol Ladies Union and Frome Town was also halted with Union 4-0 ahead through a Toni Blenkinsopp double, Sam Rogers and Victoria Symes.
Gloucester City stepped up their challenge in the Eastern Division by winning 3-0 away to Cirencester Town, goals coming from Helen Wood (2) and Emily Skipp. Bitton lost further ground as they were beaten 2-0 by Nailsea Utd. Both goals came in the first half, Ellie Davies giving Nailsea the lead via a superb 30-yard strike and Evelyn Gould adding a well taken second. There were plenty of goals on offer in the other game, Forest Green Rovers Res emerging as 6-5 victors against Keynsham Town Res. Naomi Marshall bagged a hat-trick for Rovers along with Lucy Bennett, Charlotte Budenis and Annie Thomas, with Keynsham replying through Andreea Alexandru (2), Leanne Lapham (2) and Georgia Lee.
The weather decimated the fixture programme in the Western Division with only one match managing to survive, and it saw leaders Torquay Utd extend their advantage to eight points with a 7-1 victory away to Bude Town. Laura Gough had a great day in front of goal, netting six times in total, and Hayley Chamberlain joined her on the scoresheet to see Torquay to their twelfth straight win.
Southern Region League
Gosport Borough kept up their interest in the title race with a 3-0 victory away to Andover New Street. Gemma Green, Katie Baker and Jess Timbrell scored the goals that keep Gosport in third, ten points behind leaders Woodley Utd but with three games in hand. Bracknell Town got back to winning ways with a 4-2 success against Maidenhead Utd, thanks to a goal apiece from Caroline Bisson, Caroline Gardner, Tina Leahy and Caroline Paterson.
In Division One, Newbury Ladies are now four points ahead after Leanne Creese, Ruby Oliver, Ellernore Reed, Nicole Beesley and Gemma Burnett gave them a 5-1 win over Southampton Women, their sixth league victory in a row. Stony Stratford Town are in second following their 3-0 triumph at Banbury Utd whilst Tower Hill pulled level on points with Milton Keynes City by defeating them 3-1, goals coming from Nicola Ace, Lisa Freeman and Emma Proctor. Abi Canvin netted twice along with Katie Hudson, Samantha Jackson, Emma Dean, Amy Pollard and Kirat Kang as Marlow beat Chesham Utd Res 7-1 and Ascot Utd are out of the bottom two after their 6-3 victory against Fleetlands, earned by braces from Hannah Evans and Alice Hyde with Kate Brown and Stephanie Fettes completing the scoring.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police have opened up a lead of four points by winning the only match played in the Premier Division on Sunday, by the odd goal in five against Allscott.
In Division One North, Bilbrook closed the gap on leaders West Mercia to two points with a 4-1 victory away to Cresswell Wanderers. Shrewsbury Ladies meanwhile claimed their third win of the season, beating Lichfield Diamonds by the only goal of the game.
Crusaders are the new table toppers in Division One South, climbing to the summit with a 1-0 victory over Coventry Development who hold on to fourth place on goal difference from Kenilworth Town who were 4-0 winners away to Worcester Utd in the other game.
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