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East Midlands League
Nettleham's Premier Division title challenge took a huge knock as they were held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Trinity. Zuzana Pramukova was on target for Nettleham with Mikaela Welford replying, meaning that Steel City Wanderers require five points from their final three games in order to pip them to the title.
Retford Utd must be wishing that the season had started in April. After registering their first point of the season seven days earlier, they followed this up with their first victory - 2-1 against Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Rachel Goddard and Ashleigh Hughes were on target for Retford with Amy Jones replying. Teversal and Alfreton Town meanwhile finished level at 2-2.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo are all but certain of the runners-up spot in Division One South following their 2-2 draw with Lutterworth Athletic, Ellie Towers and Helen Busby netting doubles for their sides respectively. Kettering Town still have a chance of second place after goals from Sara Wait and Emma Dunmore gave them a 2-1 victory over title winners Gedling Town.
Eastern Region League
Stevenage Borough have hit top spot in the Premier Division for the first time this season after they defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 5-0. Nicola Perschsky scored twice along with Amy Josland, Donna McGuigan and Josie North but Stevenage only have one match left to play. Lowestoft Town's hopes may have been dealt a fatal blow as they were beaten 4-2 by Barking whose goals came from Ashleigh Beale, Carly Copplestone, Vicky Kinsman and Liane Prior. Billericay Town meanwhile kept their hopes alive by winning 4-0 at Peterborough Sports thanks to Sophie Whiting (2), Paris Smith and Francine Laisney. Amanda Binge, Sophie Hopkin, Jody Lapish and Becky Charter were on the scoresheet as Great Shelford also won 4-0 against Leverstock Green whilst Leighton Utd Vixens and Haringey Borough finished level at 3-3, Hayley Fuller (2) and Amey Sinfield netting for Leighton with Stephanie Cooper, Joselina Ferreira and Daria Kaminska replying.
Acle Ladies have made sure of winning the Division One North title after they came away from Witham Town with a 2-1 victory, Aishatu Shaibu and Jenna Thurtle scoring their goals. Haverhill Rovers continue to finish the season very strongly and can still finish third after a Laura Brown hat-trick, Vicki Barber, Rachel Linsdal and Stacey Roper earned them a 6-0 success against Bar Hill.
C & K Basildon Res are virtually certain of taking second place in Division One South after scoring nine without reply past Baldock Town. Laura Bryant netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Louise Balding, Sabrina Campbell, Bobbi Cubberley, Ashley Debnam, Michaela Iley, Lauren Knight and Lucy Wyatt. Hoddesdon Owls beat West Billericay 1-0 with Kristina O'Connell scoring the only goal of the game and Royston Town were 2-1 winners away to Stevenage Borough Res, Joanne Rutherford grabbing both goals.
London & South East League
In the only match in the league to be played on the weekend, Crystal Palace kept up the pressure on leaders London Corinthians with a 5-0 victory at AFC Wimbledon. All of the goals came in the second half, Roschelle Shakes giving Palace the lead with the first of her two goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sarah Tuffey, Mary Oniamwa and Lauren Bailey.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients have to wait for at least another few days before they can finally claim the Premier Division title. A win would have been enough but instead they were held to a goalless draw by Peterlee St Francis whilst Hull City won 3-1 away to Lepton Highlanders. Sian Bentley, Molly Storey and Claire Goforth netted the goals for Hull who play Norton this week in a crucial clash between the two title contenders. Whitley Bay continue to finish the season well as they ran out 7-1 winners over Hessle Town. Stacey Simpson was on target four times, Steph Ord added a brace and Catherine Shields was also on target.
In the Northern Division, Tynedale picked up one of the three wins they need to stand any chance of winning the title as they beat Birtley Town 3-0. Christine Murray netted twice with Ashley Lambert adding the other.
Guiseley booked their place in the Southern League Cup Final with a 4-1 semi final victory away to Malet Lambert. Tanya Rich scored twice along with Caroline Hulme and Bethan Smith for Guiseley who will meet Hull City in the Final.
North West League
There were a number of double headers in the Premier Division on Sunday but without making a huge difference in the positions at the top of the table. Morecambe continue to have matters in their hands after recording 6-1 and 7-0 victories over Northwich Vixens to keep themselves three points clear at the top from Crewe Alexandra, who also picked up maximum points against Blackpool Wren Rovers to repeat their League Cup semi final victory seven days earlier. Bolton Wanderers climbed above Rovers into third as they won 2-0 and 4-1 against Chester City. Burnley Girls & Ladies and City of Manchester are in the next two places after battling out a 2-2 draw.
The top two did not play in Division One South while Accrington Girls & Ladies are on the verge of claiming a top three finish after beating Penrith AFC 5-0. Stockport County Res won 2-1 at Kendal Town and still have a chance of overhauling them. Leigh RMI look on course for fifth following their 2-1 success away to Bury Girls & Ladies and Padiham netted six times without reply against Woolton.
South West League
Cheltenham Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Swindon Spitfires and this left St Nicholas requiring a win in their final game at Bridgwater Town in order to be crowned Champions. Things started well as they led at half time through Kirsten Prior and Anna Denning but on the hour, Samantha Brass pulled one back for the home side. Nerves then hit the St Nicholas side and it took a fine save from Jade Gamlin to keep them ahead but with five minutes left, Becky Rexworthy broke through to calmly lift her shot home and confirm her side as title winners at the first attempt. Cheltenham Town will take second place after winning 5-1 away to Stoke Lane Athletic, Catherine Reilly scoring twice along with Natalie Berry, Sarah Haden and Kim Hewlett. Despite beating Bristol Ladies Union 3-2, Swindon Spitfires will have to settle for third. Hayley Huckin (2) and Emma Skinner netted for the Wiltshire side with Sarah Gregory and Alyta Norman replying.
In the Eastern Division, Poole Town kept their title hopes going as they defeated Forest of Dean 9-0. Bev Symes was on target five times with Chloe Newton (2), Stacey Ayling and Sasha Paynter adding the others.
Torquay Utd sewed up the Western Division title with a 4-0 victory over Alphington. Laura Gough netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Louisa Stentiford-Crook and Sian Chapman. Charlestown can still take runners-up and stayed in running as a Tori Marks brace and Amber Hadrill earned them a 3-1 win against Illogan Ladies.
* On Wednesday night, Brislington opened up the Eastern Division title race by beating leaders Gloucester City 3-1 with goals from Sophie Whelan, Emily Plummer and Kim Maggs.
Southern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division ended with honours even as Woodley Utd and Maidenhead Utd battled out a 2-2 draw. Ranai Bird and Jessica Grimmett were on target for Woodley who stay two points clear and have a game in hand. Gosport Borough's hopes took a huge knock with a 4-1 defeat away to Basingstoke Town who scored through Carla Mitchell, Josette Pearmine, Katie Randell and Sian Wylie.
Division One runners-up Fleetlands continue to finish the season well, running out 8-1 winners at Tower Hill. Natalie Bavister, Stacey Niven and Laura Streeter each scored twice along with Stephanie Mills and Michele Niven. The other game in the division was much tighter with Banbury Utd and Ascot Utd sharing a goalless draw.
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