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East Midlands League
In the only match to be played in the league on Sunday, Winterton Rangers extended their lead at the top of Division One North to nine points with an 8-1 victory away to Teversal. Stephanie Warner and Lauren Crelling were each on target twice for Winterton along with Kathryn Standerline, Sophie Birkett, Hayley Shaw and Emily Wright.
North East League
York City are up into second place in the Premier Division after winning 5-0 away to Peterlee RA. Jess Barnes, Megan Bramham, Nicola Brown, Alicia Smith and Jasmine Whitwell all scored a goal apiece to take York to within one point of leaders Barnsley. Sam Hallam and Nicola Robinson were on the scoresheet as Wakefield defeated Tynedale 2-1, a result which takes them into fourth.
Boldon regained the leadership of the Northern Division once again via a 3-1 success at Kader FC. Allison Leach, Alexandra Ross and Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke scored the goals with Jamie-Leigh Scott replying for the home side. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens follow on in third after their 8-1 victory over Birtley St Josephs. Lynsey Wilkinson led the scoring with a five-goal haul and there was one each from Rachael Smales, Emily Tate and Rachel Wilson.
Westella & Willerby have gone four points clear at the top of the Southern Division with a 5-3 win away to Rovers Foundation Ladies. Lauren Holmes and Natasha Linford each bagged braces with Rebekah Jones their other markswoman. Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile beat Ossett Albion 5-2 thanks to doubles from Annalise Carroll and Emily Higgins, Kelly Rushforth rounding off the scoring.
North West League
League leaders Blackburn Community were not in action on Sunday whilst their two nearest rivals met each other in an important clash. In the end it was second placed Blackpool Wren Rovers who narrowed the gap to three points with a 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra, Gemma Watson and Carly Loughran scoring. Blackpool defeated Northwich Vixens 3-1 courtesy of a Lauren Oatley hat-trick whilst the mid-table clash between Bolton Wanderers and City of Manchester finished level at 4-4. Birkenhead celebrated their first league victory of the season, Alex Doherty-Jones netting all three goals in their 3-0 win against Wigan Athletic.
In Division One North, Middleton Athletic are up into second place after winning 3-0 away to Leigh RMI. They climb above CMB Ladies who shared a 2-2 draw with Stockport County Blues. Accrington Girls & Ladies received a setback to their challenge as they were beaten 3-1 by Carlisle Utd.
Ellesmere Port Town moved to within two points of Division One South table toppers Manchester Stingers after they won 1-0 against Winsford. Stockport County Res meanwhile stay third following their 2-2 draw against Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res. Woolton continued their steady climb up the table by winning 1-0 away to AFC Urmston Meadowside.
South West League
One match was played in the league and it was an important one - the top of the table clash in the Premier Division. Gloucester City have extended their lead to nine points after winning 4-3 away to second placed Truro City. Jodie Hennessey, Laura Meheran, Laura Stephens and Helen Wood were all on target for Gloucester with Sasha Sparkes hitting a hat-trick in reply for the home side.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies made it six wins out of six and are up into second place in the Premier Division after beating Knowle 4-0. Emily Ridge bagged a hat-trick for TNS, who have still conceded only one goal all season, and Abi Cottam netted the other as they cut the lead of B & WM Police to ten points, with four games in hand. Crusaders won 3-1 away to Wrockwardine Wood to go fourth, just ahead of Allscott who defeated Coventrians 3-0. Wednesfield Town drew for the fourth time this season, 1-1 with Kingshurst Sporting Club.
Burton Albion reduced the lead of Walsall in Division One North to three points with a 3-0 victory away to Lichfield Diamonds. Wyrley Ladies meanwhile won 3-2 against Florence and are a further point adrift in third.
Lye Town stepped up their challenge in Division One South by inflicting a first defeat of the season on leaders Rubery Ladies. Lye stay in fourth but are now four points off the pace and have two games in hand.
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