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East Midlands League
League leaders Steel City Wanderers are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after running out 4-1 winners away to Rise Park. Beth Gingell, Cheryl Mawhood, Jennifer Pearson and Hollie Barker scored the goals for the Steels who remain in contention for three trophies this season. Joining them in the last four are Ellistown who won 1-0 at Arnold Town thanks to Katie Bateman.
Lutterworth Athletic are in the semi finals of the League Plate following a 4-1 success at West Bridgford. Helen Busby led the scoring for Lutterworth with a hat-trick and the other goal came from Louise Ward.
In the Premier Division, Peterborough Northern Star caught up ground on the top two with a 7-3 victory at Real Utd.
Grimsby Town still have a chance to challenge for the runners-up spot in Division One North and they kept these hopes alive by beating Teversal 2-0.
One match was played in Division One South and it failed to produce any goals, Rothwell Corinthians and third placed Kettering Town battling out a goalless draw.
Eastern Region League
It was a good day for league leaders Lowestoft Town as they opened up a lead of five points by beating one of their main rivals. Chloe Hoffman, Natasha Thomas and Hannah Waters were on the scoresheet as Lowestoft won 3-2 against Bedford Ladies. Meanwhile Billericay Town surrendered their unbeaten record, going down 3-1 to Stevenage Borough who went second thanks to an Amy Josland brace and Donna McGuigan. Colchester Town and Barking battled out a goalless draw whilst two strikes from Shanice Sanderson gave Leighton Utd Vixens a 2-1 success at Sawbridgeworth Town.
In Division One North, Witham Town edged out Haverhill Rovers by the odd goal in seven, Lynsey Bowman netting twice along with Amanda Potter and Ella Tooley.
AFC Dunstable maintain their two point lead at the top of Division One South after beating Baldock Town 8-2. Chelsea Forde, Dionne Manning and Charlotte South each scored twice with Carly Cowell and Samaira Khan adding the others. Louise Balding meanwhile grabbed the only goal of the game as second placed C & K Basildon Res won 1-0 against Hoddesdon Owls. Stevenage Borough Res were 3-1 victors away to West Billericay courtesy of a Jade Finch brace and Kierra Gabriel.
London & South East League
London Corinthians have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division following their 4-0 victory over Hassocks. Crawley Wasps stay in the running after winning 1-0 away to Eastbourne Town and they stay in third, just ahead of Westfield who defeated Fulham Compton 3-1. Kikk Utd edged out AFC Wimbledon by the odd goal in seven and Old Actonians netted six without reply against Hemel Hempstead.
The top of the table clash in Division One (London) went the way of Watford Development, who defeated leaders Carshalton Athletic 2-1 to halve the gap at the top to three points. The other games in the division all went the way of the away teams, Colne Valley beating Camden Town 3-2 whilst Tottenham Hotspur Development and Battersea & Wandsworth recorded 2-1 and 2-0 wins against Regents Park Rangers and Chertsey Town respectively.
North East League
York City have ascended to the top of the Premier Division after Nicola Brown and Alicia Smith gave them a 2-0 victory away to Peterlee St Francis. Guiseley meanwhile won 3-2 at Barnsley to cement themselves in fourth place.
Lowick Utd extended their Northern Division lead to nine points after beating Easingwold Town 3-2, Becky Robinson scoring twice with Jenny Patterson adding the other. Birtley St Josephs lost ground when they were defeated 1-0 by Whickham Fellside, whose markswoman was Emily Tate. Eleanor Oakenfield and Catherine Johnston ensured that Prudhoe Town won 2-1 at Birtley Town and the game between Kader FC and Middlesbrough Lionesses finished goalless.
Brighouse Town are just one point away from the Southern Division title after goals from Sonya Sweeney (2) and Amy Hesselden earned then a 3-0 victory over Ossett Albion. Second placed Wetherby Athletic made sure of pushing Brighouse all the way as they triumphed 4-3 at Handsworth.
North West League
Morecambe are now seven points clear in the Premier Division after they recorded an emphatic 13-1 victory against Wigan Athletic. Blackpool Wren Rovers lifted themselves into second place after beating Chester City 2-0. Bolton Wanderers netted seven times at Northwich Vixens to join a trio of clubs chasing after leaders Morecambe but City of Manchester lost ground as they were beaten 2-1 by Burnley Girls & Ladies. Preston North End picked up an important point from a goalless draw against Blackpool.
Blackburn Community have opened up a three point lead in Division One South after beating Leigh RMI 9-0. Accrington Girls & Ladies defeated Carlisle Utd 5-1 to go into third place, above Stockport County Res who drew 0-0 with Penrith AFC. Kendal Town netted six without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies and in the other game, Woolton and Padiham shared four goals.
One match was played in Division One South, AFC Urmston Meadowside scoring eight without reply away to Mossley Hill Res.
South West League
St Nicholas took full advantage of their rivals' inactivity by winning 3-0 away Cleeve West Town, a result which sees them go nine points clear. Jade Gamlin led the scoring for the Chipping Sodbury-based side with a hat-trick. Swindon Spitfires have gone second after Debbie Rose (2), Hayley Huckin, Ria Salleh and Emma Skinner gave them a 5-0 victory at Stoke Lane Athletic. Helen Ash and Rosie Williams were on the scoresheet as Bridgwater Town defeated Frome Town 2-0.
Brislington stretched their lead at the top of Eastern Division One to seven points with a 3-1 victory over Cirencester Town, given to them by a Sophie Whelan hat-trick. Bishop's Lydeard are back in second after winning 7-1 away to Forest of Dean, Amy Clegg and Holly Miller each hitting hat-tricks with Natalie Poole completing the scoring.
Torquay Utd returned to action in Western Division One with a 5-1 win at Plymstock Utd in which Laura Gough and Sian Chapman scored twice, Louisa Stentiford-Crook joining them on the scoresheet. Marine Academy Plymouth stay five points behind in second after Eden May (2) and Nicola Symons gave them a 5-0 success against Callington Town. Dobwalls and Alphington fought out a goalless draw whilst a solitary strike from Tori Marks earned Charlestown victory over Illogan Ladies. Taunton Town ran out 4-0 winners over Launceston, courtesy of a Claire Dawe hat-trick and Hannah Forse.
Southern Region League
Deanna Peters bagged a brace with Laura Woodley and Sarah Reid adding the others as Woodley Utd went five points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 victory over Basingstoke Town. Aldershot Town were beaten 4-1 themselves, by Gosport Borough. Leanne Griffiths-Lower hit a hat-trick and Kelly Baker was also on target for Gosport who now look to be Woodley's biggest challengers. At the other end of the table, Oxford City climbed off the bottom by beating Bracknell Town 2-1, Amanda Frackiewicz and Catherine Campbell netting their goals.
Newbury Ladies require two points from their last two games to be certain of the Division One title after they came from behind to beat Stony Stratford Town 2-1. The home side led at the break through Siobhaun Layne but Newbury hit back with two goals from Ellernore Reed. Fleetlands are now the only team who can catch Newbury and they kept their slim hopes alive with a 3-0 success at Chesham Utd Res, earned by a Carla Laney double and Michele Niven. Marlow currently occupy second place after beating Milton Keynes City 4-0, Rebecca Richards bagging a hat-trick and Emily Rampton the other. Banbury Utd were 1-0 winners at Tower Hill and Southampton Women defeated Ascot Utd 3-2 thanks to Kirstie Pocter, Rebecca Darkins and Karleen Benham.
West Midlands League
FC Reedswood are within three points of leaders B & WM Police, with four games in hand, following their 2-1 victory over TNS Ladies. Third placed Hereford Pegasus were beaten 1-0 by Leamington Lions who are now just behind them. Coventrians follow on after winning 3-2 at Walsall and Kingshurst Sporting picked up a 7-2 victory over Wednesfield Town.
Division One North leaders West Mercia were held to a 1-1 draw by Lichfield Diamonds but their advantage remains at ten points after second placed Bilbrook shared eight goals with Pelsall Villa. Florence meanwhile inflicted a tenth straight defeat on Cottage Farm Rangers, beating them 2-0.
Crusaders held on to the leadership in Division One South with a 2-0 win against Coventry Development but Knowle are still just a single point behind them after they defeated Solihull Ladies Res 3-1. Marston Green complete a trio who have broken away from the others, thanks to a 5-1 success away to Wyre Forest Phoenix. Malvern Town won 9-1 at Redditch Utd and are up into fourth. Kenilworth Town were 3-1 victors at Studley and Lye Town beat Worcester Utd 2-1.
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