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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd are still second from bottom in the Premier Division but gave themselves hope of climbing away from trouble with a 3-2 victory over Peterborough Northern Star. Kim Harford netted twice for Long Eaton, with Hayley Armstrong also on target. Real Utd meanwhile defeated Arnold Town 5-1 thanks to doubles from Emma James and Jodie Ellis with Rachael Wakefield adding the other.
Solar Ladies returned to action in Division One North in style, running out 6-1 winners over third placed Sleaford Town to maintain their lead of twelve points at the top. Toni Hamilton was on target twice along with Lisa Cromey, Sue Green, Lottie Soar and Clodagh Summers. Notts County Development kept up the chase by scoring seven times without reply against West Bridgford. Courtney Walters hit a hat-trick for County and their other scorers were Lauren Yeomans, Anna-Marie Casey-Horton, Natasha Watson and Jasmin Bear. Faye Brown bagged herself a four-goal haul for Ruddington Village in their 10-1 success away to Retford Utd. Kelly Clayton weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Holly Brindley, Rebecca Graves, Emma Clarke and Clara Curtis.
One match was played in Division One South, leaders Gedling Town opening up a three point advantage through a 5-0 victory over Loughborough Students (2006). Natalie Watson hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Melanie McNeil and Mia Sallis.
Eastern Region League
Natasha Thomas scored all four goals as Lowestoft Town moved to within two points of the leadership in the Premier Division with a 4-2 victory over Stevenage Borough.
AFC Sudbury have gone six points clear at the top of Division One North after winning 4-2 away to Haverhill Rovers. Rachel Gwilliam and Rosi Webb each hit doubles for Sudbury with Vicki Barber and Stacey Roper replying.
Division One South leaders C & K Basildon Res were also in action and stretched their lead to three points via a 3-1 success away to Baldock Town. Second placed AFC Dunstable lost a little ground when they were held to a goalless draw by bottom of the table Hutton.
North East League
The two teams at the foot of the Premier Division came face to face in an important clash and it was Castleford White Rose who were 2-1 winners over Scunthorpe & Bottesford, a result which takes them two places up the table. Aimi Beresford and Kriss Greenwood scored the goals for Castleford, with Kathryn Standerline replying.
The only other action in the league on Sunday came in the Southern Division where Malet Lambert lifted themselves into second place on the back of a 5-3 success away to Millers Ladies. Natalie Gray was on target twice for Malet Lambert along with Chamaine Pinder, Ellie Tanser and Georgie Warvill while Jaydene Venus (2) and Briony Pinchess responded for the home side.
South West League
Just the one match throughout the league avoided the bad weather over the weekend, in the Eastern Division where Keynsham Town Res won an entertaining affair against Cirencester Town by the odd goal in five. The game was most notable for Suzanne Grant making her comeback just seven weeks after giving birth to her first child and the Scotland international wasted no time by scoring in the opening minute. Cirencester hit back strongly and led at the break through strikes from Laura Ballard and Kayleigh Oliver, who also hit the bar during the second half, but Kayleigh Hateley levelled the scores once more and Grant was to have the final say, hooking in the winning goal in injury time.
Southern Region League
Newbury Ladies kept up their excellent run of form and made it eight wins on the trot when beating Marlow 1-0, a result which extends their lead at the top to ten points. Captain Leanne Creese scored the only goal of the game for the Berkshire side, early in the second half.
West Midlands League
Leamington Lions got things back on track with a 3-1 victory over Kingshurst Sporting which takes them back up into fourth place in the Premier Division.
Wyrley Ladies have moved into the top three in Division One North, courtesy of a 6-1 win against Cresswell Wanderers.
In Division One South, it was a great day for Redditch Utd as they ended a run on nine straight defeats to record their first points of the season through a 5-2 success away to Solihull Ladies Res.
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