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East Midlands League
Nettleham caught up ground on the top two in the Premier Division by running out 4-0 winners over Sandiacre Town. Arnold Town cemented their position in the top half of the table with a 1-0 victory over Rise Park, Toni Anholm scoring the only goal of the game. AFC Trinity and Long Eaton Utd fought out a 1-1 draw with goals from Lynsey Jelley and Kim Harford respectively.
In Division One North, Notts County Development moved up to second and trimmed Solar Ladies' lead to twelve points when beating Alfreton Town 4-0 with goals from Lauren Yeomans (2), April Bingham and Courtney Walters. Sleaford Town lost ground as they were beaten 2-0 by Mansfield Hosiery Mills, who scored through a brace from Kathie Rees. Teversal ran out 6-1 winners at Ruddington Village and West Bridgford defeated Retford Utd 5-0. Elizabeth Johnson grabbed a double for West Bridgford whose other goals came from Tara Butler, Avril Hodgkinson and Lauren Kay.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo moved level on points with Division One South leaders Gedling Town with a 5-3 win away to Raunds Town. Holly Gibson was on target twice along with Shanice Letts, Emily Miles and Sophie Tew. Rebecca Johnson and Christine Waite scored the goals as Rothwell Corinthians moved off the bottom of the table by beating Loughborough Students (2006).
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town stepped up their title challenge as they edged out Colchester Town by the odd goal in five, a result which moves them into fourth place, two points off the pace. Amber Rowland, Deva Rawlings and Natasha Thomas were all on the scoresheet for Lowestoft, with Colchester replying through Georgia Box and Victoria Campbell.
Acle Ladies cemented themselves in third position in the Division One North table by beating Haverhill Rovers 9-2. Aishatu Shaibu led the scoring with a hat-trick, Jenna Thurtle weighed in with a brace and the tally was completed by singles from Emily Anderson, Sharnie Boast, Natasha Greenfield and Laura Hedtke.
In Division One South, Becky Scola hit a hat-trick as Hoddesdon Owls notched up a 7-1 win away to Stevenage Borough Res. Daniela Martucci, Kristi Burling, Kristina O'Connell and Charlotte Grogan were also on the scoresheet.
Great Shelford progressed through the Third Round of the League Cup with a 3-0 victory away to Peterborough Sports in which Sophie Hopkin scored twice and Kate Saunders the other.
Royston Town claimed a fine 3-0 win against AFC Dunstable Blues in the First Round of the League Plate thanks to Georgia Gannaway, Joanne Rutherford and an own goal.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps are up into third place in the Premier Division after beating Fulham Compton 5-1. Westfield meanwhile won 3-1 against AFC Wimbledon and stay in fifth place while the points were shared in the other game as Hassocks and Old Actonians finished level at 2-2.
Carshalton Athletic retained their advantage of three points at the top of Division One (London) when scoring six without reply away to Chertsey Town. Watford Development made sure of staying on their heels by winning a closely fought game by the odd goal in seven against Camden Town.
North East League
Hull City kept up their quest for a potential two trophies when they booked their place in the semi finals of the Southern League Cup with a 5-2 victory over Brighouse Town. Rebecca Beech and Molly Storey each scored twice along with Melissa Halstead, Sonya Sweeney bagging a brace in reply. Guiseley netted seven without reply past Sheffield Wednesday, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Caroline Hulme. Nadine Bates, Rachel Landricombe, Tanya Rich and Kerrie Zserdicky were Guiseley's other markswomen.
Birtley St Josephs are the new leaders of the Northern Division following their 4-1 victory away to Easingwold Town. Heather MacKinlay led the scoring with a hat-trick and Shannon Brown was also on the scoresheet.
The top two teams in the Southern Division table met each other and it was Wetherby Athletic who emerged as 3-2 winners over Doncaster Belles (Women). Katie Fenton, Adele Maloney and Debra Slater scored the goals for Wetherby, who now have a lead of seven points, with the Belles replying through Amy Blinkhorn and Katie McBredie.
North West League
One match was played in Division One South on Sunday but it produced a highly significant result. AFC Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Liverpool Feds Res means that Birkenhead are confirmed as Champions - the first team to have won their division during the season.
City of Manchester's ascent up the table continues and they are now in second place following their 3-3 draw with Blackpool. A victory would actually have taken them top as they now trail leaders Crewe Alexandra by a single point.
It's as you were at the top of Division One North with Blackburn Community holding on to the leadership after defeating Kendal Town 4-2. Manchester City A remain three points behind in second, thanks to an 8-1 success over Woolton. Accrington Girls & Ladies stay on course for a top four place as they won 7-1 against Leigh RMI.
South West League
Truro City closed the gap on leaders St Nicholas to four points after running out 4-0 winners away to Weymouth Town. Sophie Wilson netted twice for the Cornish side, who meet St Nicholas this Sunday, with Keri-Ann Moxon and Sasha Sparkes also on target. Alana Willson meanwhile grabbed the only goal of the game as Downend Flyers defeated Frome Town 1-0. It was a good day for Cleeve West Town who picked up their first point of the season following thirteen straight defeats, sharing a goalless draw with Stoke Lane Athletic.
In the Eastern Division, Gloucester City made up ground on the leaders with a 2-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers Res. Leanne Godwin and Laura Stephens were on target for third placed City, who are four points off the pace, with Sam Hallsworth replying. Cirencester Town picked up an important point from a 1-1 draw against Bitton, Katrina Fisher netting their goal with Bitton's response coming from Megan Price.
One match went ahead in the Western Division and it saw Taunton Town hold third placed Alphington to a 1-1 draw. Hannah Thompson scored Taunton's goal and Joanne Lockyear was on target for Alphington.
Southern Region League
League leaders Woodley Utd did not play on Sunday and their two nearest rivals in the table met each other with Gosport Borough replacing Aldershot Town in second place after beating them 2-1. The Shots had led for much of the game through Amy Lawrence but goals in the last ten minutes from Gemma Hillier and Kelly Baker gave Gosport victory and they now trail Woodley by seven points, with two games in hand. Bracknell Town are up into fourth after a Caroline Paterson brace, Joanne Atkins and Rebecca Powell gave them a 4-0 win against Oxford City and Mansfield Road climbed the table with a 3-0 success at Andover New Street thanks to Amy Pipe, Lucie Bowden and Sarah Wood. Lucy Smith (2), Amy Saunders and Hannah Summers were all on the scoresheet as Maidenhead Utd ran out 4-1 winners at Basingstoke Town, whose consolation came from Josette Pearmine.
Newbury Ladies claimed their seventh victory in a row and have gone seven points clear at the top of Division One after they defeated Tower Hill 3-0. Rachel Panting scored twice in the period leading up to half time and Ruby Oliver sealed the points during the second half. Newbury were further boosted by the news that second placed Stony Stratford Town went down to a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Marlow, for whom Abi Canvin scored the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining.
West Midlands League
In the only game to be played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Kingshurst Sporting lifted themselves off the bottom of the table at the expense of Wednesfield Town after beating them 5-1.
In Division One North, Bilbrook were unable to take an opportunity to take over the leadership when they were beaten 2-1 by Lichfield Diamonds, who scored through Caitlin Harper and Mags Bailey.
Malvern Town made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides in Division One South with a 5-3 victory over Studley, which keeps them in sixth place.
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