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East Midlands League
Steel City Wanderers further stretched the pace in the Premier Division by scoring five without reply away to Rise Park. Hollie Barker ensured the Steels led at the break and they went on to add further goals through Beth Gingell, Cheryl Mawhood, Zoe Beresford and Laura Naylor. Nettleham kept up the chase with a 7-0 victory over Rise Park which keeps them six points behind. Sarah Jones scored the only goal as Peterborough Northern Star defeated Ellistown 1-0 and they are starting to pull away in third from Arnold Town who lost 2-1 to Long Eaton Utd. Lucy Ferris hit a hat-trick for Sandiacre Town in their 4-1 win against AFC Trinity, Kerry Keeling joining her on the scoresheet.
Sleaford Town have taken over the running for the runners-up spot in Division One North, Lauren Flint scoring twice and Carla Scowcroft the other as they won 3-1 at West Bridgford. Ruddington Village meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners over Mansfield Hosiery Mills thanks to Georgina Shaw (2), Kelly Clayton and Faye Brown.
Eastern Region League
Barking are the latest team to progress to the League Cup semi finals after they won 2-1 away to Leighton Utd Vixens. Carly Copplestone and Vicky Kinsman netted their goals with Shanice Sanderson replying.
A week after losing the leadership of Division One North, AFC Sudbury made a swift return to the top with a 4-1 victory over Ipswich Wanderers. Rachel Gwilliam was on target twice along with Rebekah Henderson and Charlene Roach. Haverhill Rovers meanwhile claimed their fourth win on the bounce, Ceri Harris hitting a hat-trick as they edged out Norwich City Res by the odd goal in five.
Division One South leaders C & K Basildon Res saw their advantage trimmed to a single point following their 1-1 draw with Hoddesdon Owls. Claire Campbell scored their goal before Laura Newby grabbed a late equaliser for Hoddesdon. AFC Dunstable closed the gap by beating Baldock Town 2-0 with goals from Holly Skinner and Dionne Manning. West Billericay kept their outside chance alive with a 4-1 victory over Hutton in which Aimee Pooley netted twice along with Michelle Stoneman and Kerri Thomas.
London & South East League
Maidstone Utd have returned to the top of the Premier Division after picking up maximum points from a double header with Hemel Hempstead. The Stones now head the table by five points from London Corinthians who drew for the second successive week, this time sharing four goals with third placed Crawley Wasps. Crystal Palace returned to action with a 2-0 victory over Kikk Utd and are handily placed in fourth with several matches in hand. Westfield follow on after they defeated Old Actonians by the only goal of the game.
The top two teams in Division One (London) did not play in the league and this allowed Queen's Park Rangers Development to catch up ground in third by beating Colne Valley 1-0. Tottenham Hotspur Development also won against Battersea & Wandsworth with the game's only goal whilst Camden Town had a much smoother victory against Chertsey Town, scoring eight times without reply.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients were held to a goalless draw by Whitley Bay and their lead has been cut to a single point by York City, who defeated Peterlee St Francis 6-1 thanks to Lisa Bjornstad (2), Jasmine Whitwell (2), Nicola Brown and Ellie Harding. Hull City got back to winning ways with a 4-1 success against Scunthorpe & Bottesford in which Jo Symington netted twice along with Molly Storey and an own goal. Caroline Hulme bagged a brace and Nadine Bates the other as Guiseley defeated Hessle Town 3-1 and Castleford White Rose were 1-0 winners over Barnsley courtesy of a first half strike from Aimi Beresford.
Lowick Utd have opened up a three point lead at the top of Division One North after a Michelle Stewart hat-trick spearheaded their 6-1 win away to Prudhoe Town. Jenny Patterson weighed in with a brace and Mel Darling was also on target. Tynedale made sure of staying well in the running as they beat Kader FC 3-2 with goals from Joanne Dixon (2) and Alice Stroyan. Elizabeth Campbell hit a hat-trick for Whickham Fellside in their 5-2 victory over Birtley Town, Sarah McMahon and Emily Tate were their other markswomen.
Brighouse Town narrowed the gap on Division One South leaders Wetherby Athletic to three points by beating Rovers Foundation Ladies 4-0, Sarah Dobby scoring twice along with Sonya Sweeney and Rachael White. Westella & Willerby meanwhile kept up their climb away from danger with their third win in a row, 4-2 against Sheffield Wednesday with goals from Amy Ward (2), Amy Thompson and Natasha Linford.
Malet Lambert are through to the last four in the Southern League Cup after they defeated Ossett Albion 5-1. Natalie Gray was on target twice along with Ellie Tanser, Georgie Warvill and Samantha Warvill.
North West League
League Cup holders Blackpool Wren Rovers swept into the last eight on the back of a huge victory over Bury Girls & Ladies. To complete a good day for Premier Division high fliers, Morecambe won 2-0 against Chester City and Crewe Alexandra edged out Blackpool with the game's only goal. Blackburn Community eased past Ellesmere Port Town with a 5-0 victory whilst Padiham defeated AFC Liverpool 3-1 after extra time and Macclesfield Town also needed an extra period in their 3-1 success away to Liverpool Feds Res.
Birkenhead caused a surprise in the League Plate, winning 3-2 against Premier Division Bolton Wanderers. Leigh RMI also went through, thanks to a 4-2 extra time triumph away to Carlisle Utd.
In the Premier Division, Burnley Girls & Ladies are back up into mid-table following their 5-2 victory away to Wigan Athletic.
Stockport County Res suffered a huge blow to their Division One North title hopes as they were beaten 2-1 by Accrington Girls & Ladies. Woolton meanwhile broke their duck for the season with their first victory, 4-0 against Penrith AFC.
Manchester Stingers upped their challenge for a second place finish in Division One South with a 2-1 victory over Manchester University. Meanwhile the two teams at the foot of the table met each other and Mossley Hill Res lifted themselves off the bottom by beating Winsford 4-1.
South West League
St Nicholas gave their title hopes a huge boost with a 2-1 victory over second placed Cheltenham Town. Jade Gamlin and Sophie Sweet scored their goals and although Catherine Reilly replied for Cheltenham, they stretch their lead to eight points as well as avenging their defeat two weeks earlier. Swindon Spitfires kept up their good run as Debbie Rose, Ria Salleh, Carla-Marie Compton and an own goal gave them a 4-2 win against Downend Flyers, who scored through Kate Michael and Faye Slade. Bristol Ladies Union defeated Weymouth Town 6-1 thanks to a Sarah Gregory brace, Elodie Fechino, Toni Blenkinsopp, Sophie Morgan and Vicky Symes. Georgia Coles and Anusia Rourke scored the goals as Bridgwater Town won 2-1 against Stoke Lane Athletic, whose consolation came from Adele Brown.
The top of the table clash in the Eastern Division ended with honours even as Bishop's Lydeard drew 2-2 with Brislington. Emily Crook and Sophie Hart were on target for Lydeard with Emily Plummer bagging a brace for Brislington who stay four points ahead. Bitton ran out 8-2 winners over Cirencester Town, led by a four-goal haul from Megan Bloomer. Amber Coates added a brace and there was a goal apiece from Kylie Allen and Laura Tugwell. Rebecca Miles and Chloe Newton each hit hat-tricks as Poole Town scored ten without reply past Forest of Dean, the tally being completed by Bev Symes (2), Stacey Ayling and Shelley Towers.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd went through to the semi finals of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Maidenhead Utd, given to them by early strikes from Lauren Hosking and Deanna Peters.
Andover New Street came through a tricky tie away to Marlow in the Chairman's Cup, Jenna Patterson scoring the only goal of the game. Mansfield Road join them in the semi finals after beating Bracknell Town on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Holly Bridge scored their goal with Caroline Paterson replying, before Lucie Bowden, Kimberley Kilmartin, Rachel Mariam, Amy Pipe and Hannah Stanley all scored from the spot.
In Division One, Southampton Women moved out of the bottom two after Marie Clarke and Louise Newstead gave them a 2-1 win against Banbury Utd.
West Midlands League
League leaders B & WM Police were held to a 1-1 draw by TNS Ladies who move into third place as a result. Leamington Lions scored five without reply against Wednesfield Town and Allscott ran out 5-2 winners away to Kingshurst Sporting.
It was a good day for West Mercia in Division One North as they extended their lead to nine points with a 5-0 victory over Cottage Farm Rangers. Bilbrook lost ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Shrewsbury Ladies and Pelsall Villa also drew, 1-1 against Florence. Cresswell Wanderers pulled further away from the bottom two by beating Coseley Town 1-0.
Division One South leaders Crusaders defeated Studley 8-0 to stay one point ahead of Knowle, who were 4-0 winners over Redditch Utd. Marston Green meanwhile maintained their challenge in third with a 2-0 victory away to Lye Town. Kenilworth Town's hopes took a knock as they were beaten 6-3 by Wyre Forest Phoenix and in the other games, Solihull Ladies Res edged out Malvern Town by the odd goal in five.
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