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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers returned to league action with a 7-1 victory which maintains their six point lead at the top of the Premier Division. Hollie Barker and Beth Gingell each scored twice along with Maria Burns, Cheryl Mawhood and Laura Naylor. Second placed Nettleham are refusing to give up the fight though and are clinging onto the Steels' coat tails after beating Rise Park 2-1. Peterborough Northern Star were 4-2 winners over Sandiacre Town and Arnold Town edged out AFC Trinity by the odd goal in seven, Toni Anholm hitting a hat-trick with Jenny Lorimer joining her on the scoresheet.
Division One North title winners Solar Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bridgford. Toni Harper scored a late equaliser to give West Bridgford a share of the spoils after Lauren Baumber had earlier put Solar in front. Notts County Development are in a strong position for the runners-up spot after braces from Emma Bradshaw and Courtney Walters, plus one apiece by April Bingham, Jasmin Bear and Anna-Marie Casey-Horton gave them a 7-1 success away to Retford Utd. Sleaford Town's hopes of second place took a knock as they drew 1-1 with Teversal, Lauren Flint giving them the lead before Gemma Plumb levelled the scores in injury time. Gemma Charlton and Gemma Hopkin were on target as Grimsby Town defeated Ruddington Village 2-0.
One match was played in Division One South and it was the top of the table clash in which Oadby & Wigston Dynamo won 1-0 against Gedling Town, Megan Cletheroe grabbing the only goal of the game. The result leaves Oadby three points behind leaders Gedling but with three matches in hand.
Eastern Region League
League Leaders Lowestoft Town were beaten for the second week in succession, going down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Great Shelford for whom Sophie Hopkin scored both goals. Stevenage Borough are now just two points off the pace after they defeated Haringey Borough 6-3, Nicola Perschsky leading the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Rachel Catlow and Hollie Jardine. Leverstock Green stepped up their challenge by beating Sawbridgeworth Town with goals from Giselle Subryan (2) and Nicola Hollick. Jessica Farchica scored twice along with Louise Nicholls, Jade Ram and Lisa White as Peterborough Sports recorded their third win in a row, 5-0 against Leighton Utd Vixens.
Acle Ladies have taken over at the top of Division One North after beating Ipswich Wanderers 5-2. Jenna Thurtle was on target twice for Acle along with Laura Hedtke, Joanne Hooper and Aishatu Shaibu. Previous leaders AFC Sudbury were beaten 2-1 by Bar Hill whose goals came from Sophie Tullett and Natalie Harman. Haverhill Rovers meanwhile continued their good recent form and are out of the bottom two places after Vicki Barber, Laura Brown, Rachael Mann and Katie Shorter gave them a 4-0 victory over Norwich City Res.
Division One South table toppers C & K Basildon suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Dunstable, who are now just three points behind them following doubles from Dionne Manning and Chelsea Forde. Royston Town ran out 4-1 winners over Hutton with goals from Joanne Rutherford (2), Hannah Mardell and Amy Shepherd whilst Baldock Town beat West Billericay 2-1.
London & South East League
There was a change of leadership in the Premier Division with London Corinthians taking over at the top from Maidstone Utd on goal difference following their 2-2 draw against third placed Crawley Wasps. Kikk Utd are back in the top half after they won 3-1 away to Hassocks whilst Old Actonians picked up a point from a 1-1 draw with Fulham Compton.
Carshalton Athletic have gone six points clear in Division One (London) after winning 2-0 away to previously unbeaten Queen's Park Rangers Development, who are now ten points off the pace in third. It was a good day for Regents Park Rangers as they registered their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw against Camden Town, who had beaten them 5-1 seven days earlier.
North East League
York City's good run of form continued with a 1-0 win away to Hessle Town to keep themselves hot on the heels of leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients, Jasmine Whitwell scoring the only goal of the game. Guiseley meanwhile received a huge blow to their remaining hopes as they were beaten 1-0 by Castleford White Rose whose markswoman was Sarah Cairns. Scunthorpe & Bottesford meanwhile claimed only their second victory of the season, 2-0 against Barnsley thanks to Linsey Hughes and Claire West.
In the Northern Division, Birtley St Josephs were unable to take an opportunity to return to the top of the table when Tara Ball and Paula Lowe condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Redcar Athletic.
Wetherby Athletic continue to try and stretch the pace at the top of the Southern Division after a Debra Slater hat-trick and Grace Adams gave them a 4-2 victory over Millers Ladies. Brighouse Town are keeping up the chase in second place and are six points adrift, with three games in hand, following their 3-0 success against Doncaster Belles (Women's) in which Sonya Sweeney bagged all three goals. Westella & Willerby's revival is gathering pace and they recorded their second win in succession, 3-1 over Ossett Albion courtesy of a Lauren Holmes brace and Natasha Linford.
North West League
Morecambe regained the leadership of the Premier Division on their return to action, thanks to a 6-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Blackpool Wren Rovers are back up to fourth place and just four points behind the leaders after scoring eight without reply past Northwich Vixens. Blackpool leapfrogged Chester City into the top half of the table after beating them 1-0 whilst the bottom two teams met each other and honours finished even with Wigan Athletic and Preston North End drawing 1-1.
Blackburn Community remain on course at the top of Division One North following an important 3-2 success away to Stockport County Res. They still lead on goal difference from Manchester City A, who scored thirteen times without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies, but crucially still have two games in hand. Accrington Girls & Ladies defeated Woolton 4-2 to stay in fourth, ahead of improving Leigh RMI who were 2-0 winners over Penrith AFC.
Newly crowned Division One South Champions Birkenhead are just two matches away from completing an unbeaten season after sharing six goals with Macclesfield Town, who stay firmly in the running to finish second. AFC Liverpool meanwhile won by the odd goal in five against Mossley Hill Res, who remain at the foot of the table.
South West League
One match took place in the Premier Division on Sunday and it proved a hugely significant result in the title race. Truro City suffered a setback to their challenge as they were beaten 3-0 by Swindon Spitfires, who are now just below them in fifth place. Ria Salleh, Emma Skinner and Beth Turner were all on the scoresheet for the Wiltshire side.
Charlestown have moved into third place in the Western Division on the back of a 4-0 success away to Taunton Town. Tori Marks led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Scarlet Bringuenti-Bennett. Dobwalls moved above Callington Town into fifth place after defeating them 3-1, thanks to a goal apiece from Jade Hankinson, Michelle Rysdale and Coral Smith.
Southern Region League
A 5-0 victory over Mansfield Road has seen Aldershot Town take over as the new leaders of the Premier Division. All of the goals came in the second half with Amy Lawrence hitting a double and Katrina Niemi, Jennifer Keane and Lauren Carnell also on target for the Shots. Gosport Borough meanwhile were held to a 2-2 draw by Andover New Street and remain in third. Andover had led by two goals at the break thanks to Sara Collins and Siobhan Haynes but a second half brace from Kelly Baker rescued a point for Gosport. Maidenhead Utd follow on in fourth after Zoe Clifford (2), Natalie Barette, Catherine Butts and Lucy Smith earned them a 5-1 win against Basingstoke Town. At the other end of the table, Oxford City picked up a vital 1-0 win at Parley Sports to aid their attempts to climb off the bottom, Mollie Avery scoring the only goal of the game.
In Division One, Milton Keynes City and Tower Hill remain in the promotion race but neither side would have been completely satisfied with the 1-1 draw their meeting produced. Both goals came in the last ten minutes, Lisa Freeman giving Tower Hill the lead with Laura Geyton equalising and the sides stay in third and fourth as part of the pack chasing after runaway leaders Newbury Ladies. Marlow could also have gone second with a win but they lost ground when going down to a 2-1 defeat at Banbury Utd.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police power on at the top of the Premier Division on Sunday, preserving their lead of seven points with a 2-1 success away to Leamington Lions. FC Reedswood made sure of staying on their heels by beating Kingshurst Sporting 1-0. Hereford Pegasus held on to third place as they were involved in another high scoring game, this time winning 6-4 at Walsall, whilst TNS Ladies kept their hopes alive as they won 2-1 away to Wednesfield Town.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of leaders West Mercia, who were 3-2 winners away to Bilbrook. The result means that West Mercia now head the way by six points from Wyrley Ladies, who went second via a 4-0 victory over Shrewsbury Ladies. Pelsall Villa still have matters in their own hands though and they are now in fourth, still sporting an unbeaten record, following their 2-1 success against Lichfield Diamonds.
Division One South leaders Crusaders were held to a 3-3 draw by Solihull Ladies Res and they now head the table by a single point. Malvern Town maintained their interest as they defeated Worcester Utd 2-0. At the other end, Lye Town moved away from the bottom two places after they picked up a 2-1 win away to Wyre Forest Phoenix.
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