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East Midlands League
With the top two not in action, Peterborough Northern Star caught up some ground by winning 5-0 away to Arnold Town. Catriona Flory hit a brace with others from Donna Nicholls, Chanade Henderson and Jodie Bartle. Long Eaton Utd follow on in fourth after a Nicola Smyth hat-trick and Kim Harford gave them a 4-0 victory over Rise Park. Natalie Loughenbury grabbed the only goal of the game as Sandiacre Town won 1-0 against AFC Trinity.
Notts County Development look certain to take the runners-up spot in Division One North following their 7-0 win against Ruddington Village. Lauren Yeomans led the scoring with a hat-trick and the others came from Jasmin Bear (2), Robyn Henton and Courtney Walters. Amy Jones and Abbey-Jay Roberts were on the scoresheet as Mansfield Hosiery Mills beat Teversal 2-0.
In Division One South, Helen Busby hit a double along with Laura Toon and Louise Ward for Lutterworth Athletic in their 4-1 victory over Heather St Johns. Raunds Town meanwhile defeated Rothwell Corinthians 5-1 thanks to braces from Karen Britchford and Tyler Davison, with Tash Applegate adding the other.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Lowestoft Town received a setback as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Leighton Utd Vixens, who scored through Shanice Sanderson (2) and Hayley Fuller. Sophie Hopkin and Becky Charter were on target as Great Shelford beat Billericay Town to go second, ahead of Stevenage Borough who were beaten 2-1 by Bedford Ladies, Bex Haworth and Rebecca Vass scoring the goals. Barking ran out 8-1 winners over Peterborough Sports, Carly Vigors bagging a hat-trick with one apiece from Carly Copplestone, Abbie Dell, Jordan Ferdinand, Hayley Piggott and Liane Prior. Colchester Town meanwhile defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 3-0 with goals from Annie Hickey (2) and Georgia Box.
AFC Sudbury returned to the top of Division One North once again with a 2-0 victory at Witham Town, thanks to Charlene Roach and Kayleigh Steed. Haverhill Rovers meanwhile ran out 5-2 winners over Ipswich Wanderers, Rachael Mann netting twice along with Julie Brown, Ceri Harris and an own goal.
Division One South leaders AFC Dunstable were held to a 1-1 draw by Stevenage Borough Res. Chelsea Forde netted a late equaliser for Dunstable, who now lead by three points, to cancel out Jade Finch's early goal. Second placed C & K Basildon Res went down to a 1-0 defeat to Royston Town, Joanne Rutherford scoring the only goal of the game. Becky Scola, Charlotte Grogan, Kristina O'Connell and Natasha Crick were on target for Hoddesdon Owls in their 4-1 victory over Baldock Town whilst Hutton won for the second time, 2-1 against West Billericay courtesy of Jennifer Baldock and Danielle Styles.
London & South East League
London Corinthians have now gone four points clear at the top of the table after they defeated Kikk Utd 4-2. Westfield meanwhile went into third by beating Eastbourne Town 3-1. Hassocks ran out 3-1 winners over Hemel Hempstead whilst Old Actonians notched up a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon with goals from Rosie Stone (2) and Hannah Olofsson.
Carshalton Athletic have picked up the pace in Division One (London) once again, extending their lead to six points via a 3-0 success away to Regents Park Rangers. Second placed Watford Development were beaten 2-1 by Queen's Park Rangers Development who are now just one point behind them. Camden Town follow on after a 1-0 victory against Battersea & Wandsworth whilst Colne Valley and Tottenham Hotspur Development battled out a 1-1 draw.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients made a swift return to the top of the league after winning 1-0 against Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Previous leaders York City were beaten 3-2 by Guiseley for whom Bethan Smith (2) and Tanya Rich were on target. Hull City stay in touch after a 10-1 victory over Barnsley which was spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Rebecca Beech. Zoe Mitchell weighed in with a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Joanne Symington (2) and Katie Rowland. Peterlee St Francis picked up an important 3-2 win against Castleford White Rose and Lepton Highlanders came away from Hessle Town with a 2-1 victory.
Lowick Utd have one hand on the Northern Division title after they beat second placed Tynedale 4-1. Michelle Stewart (2), Mel Darling and Jenny Patterson netted the goals to take their side twelve points ahead at the top. Birtley St Josephs' chances of a top two finish took a knock as they lost 2-0 to Kader FC, Sophie Cox and Ashleigh Leighton were on target. Middlesbrough Lionesses pulled further away from the bottom with a 3-0 victory over Easingwold Town.
Brighouse Town sewed up the Southern Division Championship after a solitary goal from Sonya Sweeney earned them a 1-0 win away to Sheffield Wednesday. Handsworth are off the bottom after coming from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Malet Lambert. Alexandra Bwardshaw scored twice for the visitors in the first half before Handsworth hit back through Alicia Wasnidge and Charlotte McCourt.
North West League
Morecambe continue to blaze a trail at the top and lead by six points following their 5-0 victory over Chester City. Crewe Alexandra stay in second place despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool, one point ahead of Blackpool Wren Rovers who defeated Northwich Vixens 3-0. City of Manchester moved to within a single point of fourth placed Bolton Wanderers after beating them 2-1.
Manchester City A moved themselves level on points with Division One North leaders Blackburn Community after beating Padiham 3-2 but Blackburn still require four points from three games to clinch the title. Accrington Girls & Ladies cemented themselves in third with a 4-0 win away to Penrith AFC. Kendal Town are in the top half of the table after they defeated Woolton 2-1.
Division One South title winners Birkenhead completed their successful season with a 5-0 victory over Mossley Hill Res, to round off an unbeaten campaign. They currently lead the table by twenty points from Liverpool Feds Res who were beaten 4-0 by Ellesmere Port Town. Winsford are off the bottom following a 2-1 win against AFC Liverpool.
South West League
St Nicholas plough on at the top of the Premier Division and came from behind to record a vital 2-1 win over Truro City. Katy Barker gave Truro a first half lead which was cancelled out by Jade Gamlin, before Joanne Gay scored a late winner to preserve her side's nine point lead. Karyn Coombs, Ria Salleh and Hayley Huckin gave second placed Swindon Spitfires a 3-2 victory over Bridgwater Town but Cheltenham Town remain St Nicholas' main rivals, they won 3-1 at Downend Flyers thanks to a Charlie Griffin hat-trick. Kirsty Campbell and Imogen Pearce gave Stoke Lane Athletic a surprise 2-1 success at Bristol Ladies Union whilst Cleeve West Town notched up their first victory, 3-0 against Weymouth Town with goals from Sarah Meredith, Natasha Crew and Nicola Hoare.
Poole Town are up into second place in the Eastern Division after scoring seven without reply against a depleted Bitton side. Chloe Newton and Bev Symes each netted twice along with Stacey Ayling, Sasha Paynter and Faye Hawkins. Justine Carrard bagged a brace and Emma Summerill the other for Keynsham Town Res as they defeated Bishop's Lydeard 3-1.
Western Division leaders Torquay Utd conceded points for the first time this season as they drew 1-1 with second placed Marine Academy Plymouth. Louisa Stentiford-Crook was on target for Torquay with Georgie Talbot replying. The result was a good one for third placed Alphington who won 2-0 at Charlestown thanks to Laura Burwood and Jenny Harris. Hayley Ranachan bagged herself a five-goal haul and Dionne Igalawuye added the other for Plymstock Utd in their 6-2 success away to Callington Town and the game between Bude Town and Dobwalls finished level at 2-2, Katherine Bryant and Samantha Honey on target for Bude with Coral Smith netting twice in reply.
Southern Region League
Andover New Street are through to the Final of the Chairman's Cup following a 2-1 semi final victory over Mansfield Road. Louise Banton and Nikki Barnes netted their goals with Lucie Bowden replying.
In the Premier Division, second placed Aldershot Town were beaten 3-1 by Bracknell Town for whom Sarah Davern netted twice and Caroline Paterson the other. Olivia Buzaglo (2), Louise Ekins and Lucy Smith steered Maidenhead Utd to a 4-2 victory at Oxford City and Parley Sports defeated Basingstoke Town 3-1 thanks to a Rachel Anderson brace and Philippa Holden.
Newbury Ladies are the winners of the Division One title after Lorna Parr and Leanne Creese gave them a 2-1 win away to Milton Keynes City (see match report). Niomi Collins, Stephanie Fettes and Jodie Webb were the scorers as Ascot Utd defeated Southampton Women 3-0 whilst Marlow and Chesham Utd Res shared six goals. Abi Canvin, Samantha Jackson and Amy Pollard netted for Marlow with Laura Bradley, Kate Harvey and Priya Bhatti replying.
West Midlands League
League leaders B & WM Police went down to a 3-2 defeat away to TNS Ladies and they have now been caught by FC Reedswood who netted six without reply against Walsall. Coventrians now occupy third place after edging out Kingshurst Sporting by the odd goal in seven and Allscott were 2-0 winners over Hereford Pegasus.
Wyrley Ladies kept the title race alive in Division One North after they defeated Cottage Farm Rangers 5-0. Pelsall Villa however lost further ground when going down to a 2-0 reverse away to Shrewsbury Ladies. Florence stay in mid-table following their 3-2 success at Coseley Town.
Crusaders have edged three points clear at the top of Division One South as they inflicted a first defeat on Marston Green, beating them 2-1 whilst second placed Knowle drew 1-1 with Kenilworth Town. Coventry Development and Marston Green follow on after sharing four goals whilst Wyre Forest Phoenix ran out convincing 9-3 winners over Studley. Redditch Utd remain at the bottom following a 7-1 defeat at home to Worcester Utd.
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