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East Midlands League
With league leaders Steel City Wanderers on County Cup duty, Nettleham took the chance to halve their advantage to three points by beating Ellistown 10-1. Zuzana Pramukova had a great day in front of goal, netting six times in all, Holly Newman contributed a hat-trick and Stacey Aisthorpe completed the tally. Meanwhile Peterborough Northern Star won 3-1 against Long Eaton Utd and are looking good for a third place finish.
Notts County Development have taken a huge stride towards the runners-up position in Division One North after they defeated Grimsby Town 5-1. Courtney Walters hit a hat-trick for County and she was joined on the scoresheet by April Bingham and Robyn Henton. Emma Clarke netted both goals as Ruddington Village won 2-1 at Teversal and Alfreton Town notched up an 8-1 victory over Reftord Utd. Lisa Dolan and Hannah Dutton each scored twice along with Grace Galloway, Sara Gingell, Emily Marriott and Charlotte Maxted.
Demi-Leigh Crofts bagged a brace and Natalie Watson the other as Gedling Town maintained their three point lead at the top of Division One South with a 3-0 win against Heather St Johns. Oadby & Wigston Dynamo remain handily placed in second after beating Kettering Town 2-1 thanks to Holly Gibson and Eve Lomasney. Lutterworth Athletic came away from Rothwell Corinthians with a 2-1 victory, Helen Busby scoring both goals.
In the quarter finals of the League Plate, Solar Ladies' hopes for a league and cup 'double' are over after they were beaten on penalties by Mansfield Hosiery Mills following a 1-1 draw.
Eastern Region League
After two recent defeats, Premier Division leaders Lowestoft Town got their title challenge back on track with a 5-3 success away to Great Shelford. Natasha Thomas bagged a four-goal haul and Amber Rowland was also on target. Leverstock Green went second by beating Sawbridgeworth Town 4-0 with doubles from Sally Green and Nicola Hollick. Leighton Utd Vixens and Barking battled out a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Katherine Cross and Carly Copplestone respectively, and Colchester Town picked up a welcome 4-1 win against Haringey Borough. Victoria Campbell netted twice for Colchester with Annie Hickey and Alex Shephard adding the others.
Acle Ladies are back on top of Division One North again, following their 1-0 victory over Ipswich Wanderers. Jenna Thurtle scored the only goal of the game to take her side ahead on goal difference from AFC Sudbury who drew 1-1 with Haverhill Rovers, Charlotte Churchman netting their goal with Lyndsie Duemmel replying. Norwich City Res put a dent in Bar Hill's title hopes by beating them 3-2 with goals from Gemma Farman, Emily Woodhouse and Atlanta Griffith.
AFC Dunstable are the new leaders of Division One South after they beat Royston Town 4-3. Dionne Manning was on target twice along with Chelsea Forde and Charlotte South. Kristi Burling (2) and Kristina O'Connell netted the goals for third placed Hoddesdon Owls as they drew 3-3 with Hutton, who replied through a Laura Allen brace and Katie Lowen. West Billericay meanwhile ran out 5-1 winners away to Stevenage Borough Res. Whitney Locke and Aimee Pooley each hit doubles and Katy Judd completed the scoring.
Billericay Town are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after goals from Lisa Silverton and Paris Smith earned them a 2-1 victory over Bedford Ladies.
London & South East League
The Premier Division title race remains wide open after Sunday's results and it is Maidstone Utd who stay on top, albeit with a reduced lead, despite being beaten 2-0 by fellow challengers Crawley Wasps whose markswomen were Aston Worsfold and Toni Smith (see match report). London Corinthians are now just two points off the pace, with two games in hand, following their 3-2 victory over Eastbourne Town. Westfield meanwhile repeated their County Cup victory over Crystal Palace, this time beating them 4-2, and have replaced them in fourth place. Kikk Utd follow on after their 12-2 crushing of Hemel Hempstead and it was a good day for Hassocks who have shot up the table following a maximum haul of six points from a double header with AFC Wimbledon.
North East League
The top of the table clash between Norton & Stockton Ancients and York City ended with honours even and the resulting 2-2 draw means that Norton are still one point ahead, with two games in hand. Lisa Bjornstad and Lauren Shuttleworth netted the goals for York. This result has given renewed hope to Hull City who defeated Peterlee St Francis 8-0. Sian Bentley and Molly Storey each bagged hat-tricks for Hull, with Rebecca Beech adding the other two. Barnsley moved up the table with a 6-2 victory over Hessle Town in which Holly Findlay hit a hat-trick along with Rebecca Hale (2) and Rebecca Fevers. Scunthorpe & Bottesford meanwhile boosted their chances of climbing off the bottom with a 3-1 success away to Lepton Highlanders, given to them by Rachael Harrison, Sue Hunsley and Kathryn Standerline.
Lowick Utd have gone six points clear at the top of the Northern Division after Kirstie Tang (2), Mel Darling, Becky Robinson and Michelle Stewart were on target in their 5-2 victory over Prudhoe Town. Tynedale are second following their 1-1 draw with Easingwold Town, who scored through Bobby Barwick. Alysha Cook scored both goals for Whickham Fellside as they won 2-1 against Redcar Athletic and Middlesbrough Lionesses picked up a 2-0 victory away to Birtley Town.
Brighouse Town replaced Wetherby Athletic at the top of the Southern Division after beating them 4-2. Amy Hesselden scored a hat-trick and Claire Needham the other to see their side assume the leadership on goal difference. Malet Lambert stay third despite going down to a 3-1 reverse at home to Rovers Foundation Ladies whose goals came from Gemma Harte (2) and Beki Bowers. Handsworth further boosted their relegation battle as they defeated Ossett Albion 5-1. Debutant India Thompson-Carr, who has stepped up from the club's junior ranks, netted a brace along with Francesca Godbehere, Brooke Smith and Sophie West.
North West League
Morecambe stay on top of the Premier Division after they won 2-1 away to one of their main title rivals, Blackpool Wren Rovers. In a well contested game, Sophie Killip and Megan Doherty gave Morecambe the points after Abby Pullen had put Rovers ahead. Katy Connell and Leanne Derry scored the goals as Crewe Alexandra also recorded a 2-1 away victory, at the expense of Burnley Girls & Ladies, to stay hard on the heels of the Shrimpettes. City of Manchester also stayed in touch by scoring six without reply away to Wigan Athletic. Chester City leapfrogged Blackpool into sixth place after beating them 2-0 and Northwich Vixens were 2-1 winners at Preston North End.
A twelve-goal haul against Woolton keeps Blackburn Community ahead on goal difference in Division One North from Manchester City A who won 2-0 away to Carlisle Utd. Accrington Girls & Ladies closed in on the top three with a 2-0 success against Kendal Town and Penrith AFC ran out 5-0 winners over Bury Girls & Ladies.
Birkenhead are just one match away from an unbeaten season after they shared a 1-1 draw with Manchester Stingers, who stay in the running for the runners-up spot. Liverpool Feds Res defeated Winsford 1-0 and still occupy second place, ahead of Macclesfield Town who were 3-1 victors at AFC Urmston Meadowside, and Ellesmere Port Town beat AFC Liverpool 4-2.
South West League
For the second week running, St Nicholas beat one of their main title rivals and they stay eight points clear. This time, Adele Hooper, Rianne Lewis and Becky Rexworth all struck to give them a 3-1 win away to Truro City. Second placed Cheltenham Town scored six without reply against Cleeve West Town, Rhona Donaldson bagging a brace along with Sarah Haden, Kim Hewlett, Elizabeth Dawson and an own goal. Emma Skinner (2), Sam Smith and Beth Turner were on the scoresheet as Swindon Spitfires won 4-1 at Bridgwater Town, ahead of Downend Flyers who shared a 1-1 draw with Bristol Ladies Union. An own goal had put Downend into an early lead with Toni Blenkinsopp equalising ahead of the break. Frome Town defeated Weymouth Town 4-1 thanks to braces from Saphri Lines and Devon Rich.
Brislington keep up the pace at the top of the Eastern Division after a four-goal haul from Georgia Vandries spearheaded a 10-0 success at Forest of Dean. Emily Plummer and Sophie Whelan each added braces and there was one apiece from Hollie Hodgson and Molly Moore. Gloucester City moved into second by beating Bishop's Lydeard 10-2, Leanne Godwin netting five times and Laura Stephens a hat-trick with Helen Wood and Ashleigh Watson completing the scoring. Sarah Sinkins and Sasha Paynter were on target as Poole Town beat Keynsham Town Res 2-0 to go third and a solitary strike from Katie Kingshott earned Cirencester Town a 1-0 victory over Nailsea Utd.
Marine Academy Plymouth's promotion challenge in the Western Division took a knock as they were beaten 2-1 by Alphington, who move to within three points of them. Karen Buck and Laura Burwood scored for the Exeter-based side. Hayley Ranachan and Alexandra Hugh each scored twice, with Dionne Igalawuye and Carmen Thornton adding the others as Plymstock Utd defeated Bude Town 6-2 whilst Taunton Town and Illogan Ladies battled out a 2-2 draw, Rebecca Churches and Hannah Thompson on target for Taunton with Stacey Bray and Julie Lawrence replying.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town came through a tricky tie away to Stony Stratford Town to reach the semi finals of the League Cup. Carla Mitchell scored the only goal of the game to take Basingstoke through along with Parley Sports who hit nine without reply away to Ascot Utd. Rosie Williams netted four times and Rachel Anderson a hat-trick, with Emma Davis and Philippa Holden completing the scoring.
Gosport Borough booked their place in the Chairman's Cup semi finals after doubles from Kelly Baker, Leanne Griffiths-Lower and Emma Pickering plus a Rachel Wilson strike earned them a 7-0 victory over Milton Keynes City.
Woodley Utd are back on top of the Premier Division following their 5-0 victory over Oxford City. Sarah Reid, Deanna Peters, Kimberley Davis, Joanne Walsh-Perks and Laura Woodley all scored to give them the points whilst previous leaders Aldershot Town were beaten 2-1 by Maidenhead Utd. Caroline Paterson, Joanne Atkins and Sarah Davern scored the goals as Bracknell Town defeated Andover New Street 3-0.
Newbury Ladies have gone twelve points clear in Division One after beating Fleetlands 5-2, thanks to Nicole Beesley (2), Rachel Panting, Ellemore Reed and Leanne Creese. Marlow defeated Southampton Women 2-1 to climb into second place. Chesham Utd Res won for only the second time this season, 4-0 against Banbury Utd courtesy of a Chantelle O'Grady hat-trick and Laura Barton.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders B & WM Police were held to a 1-1 draw by Coventrians and their advantage has been trimmed to six points by FC Reedswood, who won 2-1 away to Allscott. Hereford Pegasus are back in the top three following their 2-1 victory against Wednesfield Town.
West Mercia boosted their title hopes in Division One North as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Pelsall Villa. The 3-2 victory has taken them ten points clear of Bilbrook who were 4-3 victors away to Florence with Wyrley Ladies in third following their 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury Ladies. Lichfield Diamonds ran out 6-2 winners over Cottage Farm Rangers and the game between Cresswell Wanderers and Coseley Town finished level at 3-3.
Crusaders picked up a 2-1 victory away to Lye Town which keeps them one point ahead at the top of Division One South from Knowle, who also won 2-1 against Kenilworth Town. Marston Green are still unbeaten in third but lost a little ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Worcester Utd. Coventry Development and Malvern Town occupy the next two places after they also shared a 1-1 draw. Wyre Forest Phoenix ran out 3-0 winners over Solihull Ladies Res and Redditch Utd won for only the second time, defeating Studley 3-1.
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