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East Midlands League
This season's League Cup Final will be an eagerly anticipated one between the top two teams in the Premier Division. Sophie Barker, Ashton Crouch and Zuzana Pramukova scored the goals as Nettleham progressed with a 3-0 victory away to Ellistown. Their opponents in the Final will be holders Steel City Wanderers who narrowly won the other semi final 4-3 against Peterborough Northern Star after extra time. In a repeat of last year's final, Maria Burns netted the extra time winner for the Steels who had netted earlier in the game through a Cheryl Mawhood brace and Zoe Beresford.
Lutterworth Athletic won a penalty shootout against Notts County Development to reach the Final of the League Plate, after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw. Helen Busby had netted both goals for Lutterworth with County replying through Lauren Yeomans and Anna-Marie Casey-Horton. They will play Mansfield Hosiery Mills who beat Oadby & Wigston Dynamo 2-0 thanks to Amy Jones and Emma Butler.
Real Utd have climbed up into fourth place in the Premier Division following a 1-0 victory away to Rise Park, a second half own goal settling matters on the day.
Division One North title winners Solar Ladies rounded off their successful campaign in style, winning 3-0 against local rivals Grimsby Town. Toni McHamilton was on target twice along with Claire Pitcher. Kelly Clayton scored the only goal of the game for Ruddington Village as they beat Alfreton Town 1-0. Retford Utd meanwhile picked up their first point of the season when sharing a goalless draw with Teversal.
Gedling Town sewed up the Division One South title on Wednesday night after they edged out Heather St Johns by the odd goal in five. Kettering Town remain in the running for second place, they won 10-1 against Heather St Johns with Emma Dunmore netting seven of the goals. Simone Cook, Leah Smith and Sara Wait rounded off the scoring. Tash Applegate grabbed both goals as Raunds Town were 2-1 victors away to Rothwell Corinthians.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town are through to the League Cup Final following a 3-2 semi final win at Barking. Sophie Whiting, Marie Barker and Samantha Edwards netted their goals with Carly Copplestone and Hayley Piggott replying. They will play Great Shelford who also won 3-2 against Bar Hill thanks to a Sophie Hopkin brace and Sophie Lanham, with Alice Middleton and Eleanor Sims on target for the home side.
Premier Division leaders Lowestoft Town drew 1-1 with Peterborough Sports, Natasha Thomas scoring their goal with Jade Ram replying. Their advantage has been trimmed to three points by Bedford Ladies who defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 5-1, Rebecca Vass netting twice along with Lucy Bateman, Natasha Fensome and Chloe Scott. Stevenage Borough leapt above Leverstock Green into third place after beating them 4-0 with goals from Hollie Jardine, Josie North, Nicola Perschsky and Becky Shephard. Shanice Sanderson meanwhile had a great day, scoring all five goals as Leighton Utd Vixens ran out 5-3 winners over Colchester Town.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Acle Ladies, who open up a lead of three points after Sharnie Boast and Aishatu Shaibu gave them a 2-1 victory over AFC Sudbury. Norwich City Res meanwhile won 2-1 away to Ipswich Wanderers thanks to Atlanta Griffith and Jody Wells.
AFC Dunstable have clinched the Division One South title with a 2-0 win over Hoddesdon Owls, earned by goals from Dionne Manning and Danielle Carty. This was confirmed after second placed C & K Basildon were beaten 1-0 by West Billericay, for whom Grace Clark was on target. Stevenage Borough Res and Hutton finished level at 3-3 with Sherri Evans, Amy Notschild and Katie Tempest on target for Stevenage, Hutton replying through Laura Allen, Lucy Hudson and Katie Lowen.
London & South East League
The resignation of Fulham Compton has meant a re-calculation of the Premier Division table and after Sunday's matches, London Corinthians lead the table by four points from Maidstone Utd who were beaten 3-1 at Westfield. Crystal Palace remain very handily placed in third and stepped up their challenge with a 1-0 success at Hassocks. Crawley Wasps ran out 4-0 winners over AFC Wimbledon and Old Actonians defeated Eastbourne Town 2-0.
In Division One (London), Queen's Park Rangers Development's title hopes were dealt a fatal blow as they lost 2-0 at home to Battersea & Wandsworth. The result virtually confirms Carshalton Athletic as Champions although Watford Development can still catch them.
North East League
York City booked their place in the Final of the Northern League Cup after scoring seven without reply against Redcar Athletic. Alicia Smith was on target twice for York along with Sara Renfrew, Abbi Webster, Jasmine Whitwell, Nikki Brown and Lauren Shuttleworth.
Hull City meanwhile won their Southern League Cup semi final, 3-0 away to Castleford White Rose. The Tigers progressed courtesy of second half goals from Sophie Etherington, Sian Bentley and Katie Rowland.
Whitley Bay still remain in contention for the runners-up position in the Premier Division after they won 4-2 at Hessle Town. Nicole Doyle, Steph O'Brien, Steph Ord and Catherine Shields were all on target for Whitley. Barnsley notched up a 5-2 victory over Lepton Highlanders thanks to a Holly Findlay hat-trick, Melissa Cole and Nichola Hey. Peterlee St Francis defeated Scunthorpe & Bottesford 3-2 with goals from Leanne Anderson, Jess Clark and Amy Haywood.
Lowick Utd are one point away from the Northern Division title after second placed Tynedale were beaten 3-1 by Birtley St Josephs who scored through Becki Miller, Robyn Stubbs and an own goal. Kelly Loughhead, Layla Zahawi, Kayleigh Arkless, Catherine Johnston and an own goal earned Prudhoe Town a 5-1 victory over Kader FC and Easingwold Town defeated Birtley Town 4-0, courtesy of a Sophie Riley double, Bobby Barwick and Emma Cockerill.
Southern Division Champions Brighouse Town finished unbeaten with 17 wins from 18 games, but it was a close affair at Handsworth for whom defeat consigned them to bottom place. Chloe Tattershall and Alicia Wasnidge netted for Handsworth with Claire Needham (2) and Sonya Sweeney on the mark for Brighouse. Sheffield Wednesday started their final game in tenth and bottom spot, but a 3-2 success at third placed Malet Lambert lifted Wednesday into fifth. Kelly Rushforth, Stacey Buxton and Danielle Harrison were on target for Wednesday, Charmaine Pinder and Georgie Warvill replying for Malet.
North West League
League leaders Morecambe suffered their first defeat of the season, 3-1 at the hands of Bolton Wanderers. Crewe Alexandra meanwhile narrowed the gap on the top two by scoring seven times without reply past Blackpool. City of Manchester built on their County Cup success a few days earlier by beating Preston North End 4-1.
The top three teams in the Division One North table did not play with Stockport County Res making up ground via a 4-0 win over Penrith AFC. Padiham and Carlisle Utd shared six goals whilst Woolton picked up another useful point from a 1-1 draw with Leigh RMI.
The chase for the runners-up position in Division One South is still on and it is now headed by Manchester Stingers, who went second in the table after beating Winsford 4-3. Macclesfield Town also remain in the running following their 3-3 draw against AFC Liverpool.
South West League
The two challengers in the Premier Division title battle each recorded victories from awkward away matches on Sunday to keep themselves in the hunt. St Nicholas stay eight points clear at the top after winning 4-3 away to Bristol Ladies Union, Sophie Sweet netting twice including a late winner. Amy Ford and Adele Hooper added their other goals, with Sarah Gregory, Sam Rogers and Sam Spong on target for the home side. Cheltenham Town kept up the pressure in second place with a fine win themselves, 1-0 at Truro City with Charlie Griffin scoring the only goal of the game. Swindon Spitfires are starting to look good for a top three place and maintained their hopes by beating Weymouth Town 4-2 thanks to Hayley Huckin, Emma Skinner, Hayley Shipp and an own goal. Rebecca Yeo bagged a hat-trick as Frome Town ran out 6-1 winners over Bridgwater Town, Kasey Evans weighing in with a brace and Lucy Dinham completing the tally.
In the Eastern Division, Gloucester City closed the gap on leaders Brislington to two points by winning 3-0 away to Bitton. Laura Stephens gave City a first half lead with an excellent 20-yard strike and went on to find the net again after the break with Leanne Godwin joining her on the scoresheet.
Southern Region League
Aldershot Town rounded off their league season with a 1-0 victory over Andover New Street who remain at the foot of the table, Nicola Moore grabbing the only goal of the game. Bracknell Town won 4-2 at Basingstoke Town with strikes from Emma Constable (2), Sarah Davern and Kim Lockyer.
Fleetlands are virtually assured of the runners-up position in Division One after they defeated Southampton Women 3-0. The other game provided plenty of entertainment with Tower Hill edging out Marlow 7-6, Abi Canvin netting four times for Marlow but still finishing on the losing side.
West Midlands League
FC Reedswood have taken over at the top of the Premier Division after they won 4-0 away to TNS Ladies and four points from their final four games will secure the title. Coventrians netted seven without reply against Wednesfield Town and still have an outside chance as do Leamington Lions who were 10-1 victors at Walsall. Kingshurst Sporting edged further away from the bottom after sharing a 4-4 draw with mid-table Hereford Pegasus.
Pelsall Villa still remain in the running to finish second in Division One North despite being held to a 4-4 draw by Coseley Town. Florence ran out 4-1 winners at Cottage Farm Rangers to enhance their chances of a top half finish.
Crusaders continue to stretch the pace in Division One South, maintaining their lead of three points with a 2-1 win away to Kenilworth Town. Knowle stay on their heels in second place after they defeated Coventry Development 4-2. Marston Green and Malvern Town did not do themselves any favours as they shared a 3-3 draw as did Studley and Worcester Utd.
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