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East Midlands League
Nettleham have taken over the leadership of the Premier Division after a 4-0 victory away to Rise Park, given to them by a Zuzana Pramukova hat-trick and Stacey Aisthorpe. Previous leaders Steel City Wanderers meanwhile conceded their 100% record when going down to a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Sandiacre Town, who notched up their best win of the season with first half goals from Lucy Ferris and Farrah O'Connor.
Grimsby Town still have an outside chance of a top two place in Division One North after they defeated Sleaford Town 4-2. Mansfield Hosiery Mills continue to climb the table, Amy Jones and Abbe-Jay Roberts each netted four times as they crushed Retford Utd 9-0. Tara Butler and Elizabeth Johnson netted the goals for West Bridgford as they drew 2-2 with Ruddington Village, who replied through Holly Brindley and Faye Brown.
Gedling Town have moved closer to the Division One South title despite not playing on Sunday, after Oadby & Wigston Dynamo were beaten 8-4 by Kettering Town. Emma Dunmore was on target seven times for Kettering with Simone Cook completing the tally. Catherine Davies netted the only goal as Heather St Johns won 1-0 against Rothwell Corinthians whilst Raunds Town picked up a 3-2 victory at Lutterworth Athletic thanks to Tash Applegate (2) and Tyler Davison.
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town made sure of going six points clear at the top after braces from Natasha Thomas and Hannah Waters gave them a 4-1 victory away to Haringey Borough. Leverstock Green defeated Colchester Town and are up into second, Sally Green, Nicola Hollick and Sapphire Kalinski all getting on the scoresheet. Joanne Attridge, Sophie Whiting, Nicola Dunsdon and Sally Appleton saw Billericay Town to a 4-0 win against Sawbridgeworth Town which puts them third, ahead of Stevenage Borough who were held to a 1-1 draw by Leighton Utd Vixens, goals coming from Nicola Perschsky and Nicola Henman respectively. Bedford Ladies maintained their challenge when a Natasha Fensome hat-trick and Rebecca Vass earned them a 4-0 win at Great Shelford and the match between Peterborough Sports and Barking ended goalless.
Acle Ladies are back on top of Division One North once again following a 3-1 win at Bar Hill in which Helen Emmerson, Aishatu Shaibu and Jenna Thurtle all found the net. Witham Town leapfrogged above Norwich City Res after beating them 6-0, Emily Adams bagging a hat-trick along with Lynsey Bowman, Julia Setford and Ella Tooley.
Two second half goals from Carly Cowell gave AFC Dunstable a 2-0 victory over Hoddesdon Owls and this extends their Division One South lead to six points after second placed C & K Basildon Res were beaten 2-1 by Stevenage Borough Res, whose goals came from Terri-Ann Gray and Kierra Gabriel. Grace Leslie and Joanne Rutherford each scored twice and Hannah Mardell the other as Royston Town edged out West Billericay 5-4 and Hutton defeated Baldock Town 3-1, Jennifer Baldock scoring against her namesake club as well as Laura Allen and Amy Grimmett.
London & South East League
London Corinthians edged further ahead at the top of the Premier Division despite being held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Wimbledon. Katherine Long gave Corinthians an early lead but the Dons hit back after the break and Bernice Tully earned them only their second point of the season. Crystal Palace are up into third place following their 2-1 victory over Crawley Wasps. Eastbourne Town lifted themselves out of the bottom two by picking up four points from a double header against Hemel Hempstead.
In Division One (London), Queen's Park Rangers Development closed the gap on leaders Carshalton Athletic to four points with a 5-1 win against Regents Park Rangers. The result lifts Rangers into second place above Watford Development who went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Colne Valley.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients are just one win away from securing the title after they defeated Hull City 4-2. Nyci Thorns scored a hat-trick and Lucy Charlton the other to take Norton to the brink of winning the league with three games left to play. It was also a good day for Scunthorpe & Bottesford as they picked up a point from a 4-4 draw with Guiseley. Sue Hunsley scored twice along with Linsey Hughes and an own goal while Guiseley replied through Tanya Rich (2), Nadine Bates and Caroline Hulme. Whitley Bay still have an outside chance of second place after winning 2-1 at Barnsley, given to them by Katie Barnes and Stacey Simpson. Danielle Sidebottom hit a hat-trick along with a Sarah Cairns brace and Aimi Beresford as Castleford White Rose netted six without reply past Peterlee St Francis whilst Hessle Town won 3-0 away to Lepton Highlanders thanks to Ellie McKenzie (2) and Emma Westmorland.
Lowick Utd remain on course for the Northern Division title after Mel Darling and Jenny Patterson gave them a 2-0 win away to Middlesbrough Lionesses. They stay twelve points clear of Tynedale who also won 2-0 against Redcar Athletic with strikes from Kimberley Hardy and Christine Murray. Ashleigh Leighton scored the only goal of the game as Kader FC beat Whickham Fellside 1-0 and Easingwold Town defeated Prudhoe Town 4-2, their markswomen were Bobby Barwick, Lucie Cardwell, Emma Cockerill and Sophie Riley.
In the Southern Division, runners-up Wetherby Athletic finished their season with a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday who are off the bottom after picking up a vital point. Charlotte Adams and Grace Adams scored for Wetherby with Wednesday replying through Emma Otley and Kelly Rushforth. Malet Lambert defeated Millers Ladies 4-0 with goals from Natalie Gray (2), Alexandra Bwardshaw and Ellie Tanser. Westella & Willerby also won 4-0 away to Handsworth, Amy Ward netting twice along with Natasha Linford and Becky Jones.
North West League
League Cup holders Crewe Alexandra are through to the semi finals this time around following a 2-1 extra time win away to Burnley Girls & Ladies. Morecambe also progressed to the last four after scoring seven without reply against Macclesfield Town and Blackburn Community were narrow 4-3 winners over Padiham. Accrington Girls & Ladies meanwhile won their delayed Second Round tie 5-1 against Northwich Vixens.
Preston North End booked their place in the League Plate semi finals after beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 after extra time. Manchester City A won 2-0 against Stockport County Res to join them in the penultimate stage.
In the Premier Division, Blackpool Wren Rovers moved to within one point of leaders Morecambe with a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
One match was played in Division One North, Bury Girls & Ladies picking up an important point from a 2-2 draw against Penrith AFC.
South West League
Cheltenham Town took the opportunity to narrow the gap on leaders St Nicholas to eight points with a 9-0 victory away to Frome Town. Rhona Donaldson hit a hat-trick with other goals from Charlie Griffin (2), Catherine Reilly, Kayla Garland, Abbi Pearce and an own goal. Truro City meanwhile ran out 6-0 winners over Stoke Lane Athletic thanks to a Katy Barker brace, Keri-Ann Moxom, Sasha Sparkes, Danni White and Candice Britten. Downend Flyers completed their season by beating Weymouth Town 9-1, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Kate Michael. Alana Willson weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Karina Baker, Danielle Beazer and Faye Slade. The mid-table clash between Bridgwater Town and Bristol Ladies Union finished in a 3-3 draw with Sarah Moore (2) and Rosie Williams on target for Bridgwater and Union responding through a Katy-May O'Hara-Nash double and Natalia Debek.
Poole Town climbed into second place in the Eastern Division, four points behind leaders Brislington, following their 4-1 victory over Bishop's Lydeard. Bev Symes led the scoring with a hat-trick and Sarah Sinkins was also on target. Meanwhile Gloucester City stepped up their title challenge by scoring eight without reply past Nailsea Utd, Laura Stephens hitting a hat-trick along with Tayla Burnell, Katie Carrington-Strait, Leanne Godwin, Emily Skipp and Helen Wood. Annie Thomas scored twice with Rebecca Cox, Lily Gaffney and Bev Tanner adding the others as Forest Green Rovers Res defeated Forest of Dean 5-1.
Western Division leaders Torquay Utd drew for the second successive week, this time 2-2 against third placed Alphington. Laura Gough and Emily Hannaford scored for Torquay, who now lead by six points, with Alphington's replies coming from Laura Burwood and Jodie Millett. Charlestown kept up their quest for the runners-up spot as Tori Marks (2) and Lucy Rothero gave them a 3-0 win away to Bude Town. Dobwalls returned from Illogan Ladies with a 4-2 win under their belts, Coral Smith netting twice along with Faye Hankinson and Amy Rigby.
Southern Region League
League leaders Woodley Utd are through to the League Cup Final after beating Basingstoke Town 6-3 in their semi final on Sunday. Deanna Peters netted four times along with Joanne Walsh-Perks and Ranai Bird. Their opponents in the Final will be Parley Sports who defeated holders Aldershot Town 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from Rachel Anderson.
Maidenhead Utd are up into second place in the Premier Division, five points off the pace, after running out 5-0 winners over Oxford City.
Division One title winners Newbury Ladies concluded their season with a defeat, beaten 1-0 by Ascot Utd who scored through Jodie Webb. Banbury Utd also won 1-0 against Milton Keynes City and have gone fourth. Fleetlands have matters in their hands in the chase for second place and they stepped up their challenge by defeating Marlow 6-1. Stacey Niven and Claire Haskett each scored twice along with Carla Laney and Michele Niven.
West Midlands League
FC Reedswood remain in second place in the Premier Division after going down to only their second defeat of the season, 2-1 at home to Allscott. Leamington Lions and Coventrians remain entrenched in the chasing pack after battling out a 1-1 draw.
West Mercia are confirmed as Division One North Champions following their 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Ladies. Pelsall Villa and Wyrley Ladies finished level at 3-3, allowing Bilbrook to move into second on the back of a 7-1 win against Florence.
Knowle were unable to take an opportunity to go level on points with Division One South table toppers Crusaders when they were beaten 3-1 by Malvern Town. Marston Green did make up ground in third place, winning 5-0 away to Coventry Development. Wyre Forest Phoenix also scored five without reply against Kenilworth Town, moving above them in the process, whilst Lye Town defeated Worcester Utd 7-1. Solihull Ladies Res are out of the bottom two following their 6-2 victory over Studley.
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