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East Midlands League
Pelican Ladies are back on top of the Premier Division following their 5-0 victory away to Long Eaton Utd. Katie Waddell led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Sheryl Gayle and Chantelle Robinson. Arnold Town meanwhile came from two goals behind to beat Ellistown 3-2. Jody Scott had bagged a brace to put Ellistown two up but strikes from Toni Anholm, Chloe Harrison and Jenny Lorimer turned the match in Arnold's favour.
The top of the table match in Division One North went the way of Solar Ladies, who won 1-0 against Notts County Development to further stretch their lead to fifteen points, Toni McHamilton scoring the only goal of the game. In the other game, Teversal moved out of the bottom three by beating West Bridgford 2-1.
No matches were played in Division One South on Sunday but two were played in the week before Christmas. Heather St Johns maintained their interest in the title race as Catherine Davies, Sarah Williams and Sarah Young gave them a 3-2 victory over Raunds Town. Helen Busby scored three times and Sammy Morris the other two as Lutterworth Athletic won 5-3 against Rothwell Corinthians, who replied via a Terri Baker hat-trick.
London & South East League
Only one match managed to survive the weather throughout the league on Sunday. In the Premier Division, Westfield and Hassocks battled out a 3-3 draw, goals from Emma Young, Gemma Craig and Katie Harding earning Hassocks a useful point.
North East League
Hull City were unable to take an opportunity to narrow the gap on Premier Division leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients when they were beaten 2-1 by in-form Whitley Bay. Nicole Doyle and Jessica Hooper scored the goals for Whitley, with Charley McNamara replying. York City climbed up into third as they defeated Lepton Highlanders 5-0, Ellie Harding and Jasmine Whitwell each netting twice with Sara Renfrew adding the other.
In the Northern Division, Birtley St Josephs drew level on points with table toppers Lowick Utd following their 2-1 victory over Redcar Athletic. Elisha Jones and Becki Miller netted their goals with Lisa Byrne grabbing a consolation for Redcar.
Doncaster Belles (Women) are back up to second in the Southern Division after scoring eight without reply away to Ossett Albion. Natalie Gray and Emily Smith were on the scoresheet as Malet Lambert won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday to help keep themselves in the running.
North West League
City of Manchester have climbed the table rapidly in recent weeks and are now in third, just two points off the pace, following their 3-1 win against Preston North End.
Blackburn Community power on at the top of Division One North and notched up their eleventh victory in twelve matches when beating Carlisle Utd 6-2. Manchester City A replaced Stockport County Res in second place by defeating them 4-1. At the other end of the table, Woolton doubled their points tally for the season after sharing a 1-1 draw with mid-table Leigh RMI.
West Midlands League
Only one match in the league managed to beat the weather on Sunday. In Division One South, Worcester Utd won 3-2 against Knowle, denying Knowle the opportunity to go level on points with leaders Crusaders.
Sadly Bradwell Belles have withdrawn from the league, causing the Premier Division table to be re-calculated. B & WM Police are now seven points clear at the top of the table from FC Reedswood with a further gap to third placed Hereford Pegasus.
* No matches were played in the Eastern Region League, South West League and Southern Region League.
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