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East Midlands League
League leaders Eastwood Community are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after Leanne Branson and Becca Carnelley gave them a 2-1 win over Rise Park. Nettleham came through a tough tie with a 6-1 victory away to Division One North table toppers Winterton Rangers and Peterborough Northern Star beat Raunds Town 8-2, Samara Iredale bagging a hat-trick along with Donna Nicholls (2), Vicky Gallagher, Jessica Forchica and an own goal. Burton Park Wanderers claimed a Premier Division scalp as Cassie Stewart's hat-trick and a Laura Beckett double gave them a 5-1 win at Gedling Town. Two lower division teams took Premier sides all the way to penalties before bowing out, Bedworth Utd drawing 3-3 with Long Eaton Utd despite a Demi Croxall hat-trick whilst Sleaford Town had finished 1-1 with Arnold Town. Grimsby Borough scored seven without reply past Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Toni McHamilton netting four along with Lottie Soar (2) and Laura Flecknor. Division One South leaders Oadby & Wigston Dynamo meanwhile progressed by winning 5-3 against Corby S & L thanks to doubles from Helen Busby and Samantha Hargrave, with Shannon Orton adding the other.
Kettering Town caused an upset in the League Plate when beating Sandiacre Town 2-1, Laura Dawson scoring both goals. Paige Rogers bagged a brace as Underwood Villa won 2-1 away to Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
In Division One North, Ellie Griffiths and Annabel Lyons were on target as West Bridgford shared a 2-2 draw with Alfreton Town, who replied through Brigitte Warrender and Grace Galloway.
Eastern Region League
Bury Town caused a surprise in the League Cup by knocking out higher division AFC Dunstable with a 4-0 victory. Gemma Carter, Katie Shorter, Hayley Turner and Catherine Upton all netted a goal apiece for Bury. Lowestoft Town meanwhile defeated Colchester Town 6-1 with strikes from Hannah Waters (2), Paige Shorten, Jody Wells, Zoe Cossey and Natasha Thomas.
The only other action in the league on Sunday came in the League Plate where Stevenage Ladies Res and Royston Town will have to do it all over again after their meeting finished goalless.
London & South East League
Fulham FC Foundation further stretched their Premier Division lead to six points when Gemma Fraser, Emma Lawrence and Jade Pilley gave them a 3-1 victory over previously unbeaten Old Actonians in the top of the table clash. AFC Wimbledon defeated Hassocks 4-0 and are up into second, courtesy of a four-goal haul from Caroline Bisson. Suzanne Davies netted a brace for Crawley Wasps in their 2-2 draw with Carshalton Athletic, who responded through Emily Curtis and Laura Curtis, whilst London Corinthians won 6-1 against Maidstone Utd with goals from Megan Mansfield (2), Emily Hart, Adele Keech, Katherine Long and Jane Simpson. Kikk Utd and Eastbourne Town fought out a 1-1 draw with goals from Laura Lonnberg and Francesca O'Callaghan respectively.
Division One (London) leaders Camden Town were shocked by a 3-2 defeat at home to lowly Hemel Hempstead. Suzanne Read scored twice and Natasha McConville the other to inflict a first defeat on Camden but they remain nine points clear at the top. Brentford are up into third after edging out Tottenham Hotspur Development by the odd goal in nine, Holly Isaacs and Dana Johnson each netting a brace along with Gemma Lucero. Crystal Palace Development meanwhile won 2-1 away to Battersea & Wandsworth with goals from Jenna Brunton and Shanae Newton.
North East League
York City returned to the leadership of the Premier Division by winning 6-1 against Castleford White Rose, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Alicia Smith with Katie Duckworth, Jasmine Whitwell and Lauren Shuttleworth joining her on the scoresheet. Hull City are a point behind in second place following their 10-2 victory away to Tynedale. Rebecca Beech was on target four times, Sophie Etherington weighed in with a hat-trick and the scoring was completed by Claire Goforth, Rachael Cooke and Emma Westmorland.
There was also a change of leadership in the Northern Division where Blyth Town Lions went top on goal difference by winning 7-0 against Birtley St Josephs. Hannah Smith led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Erin Middleton, Naomi Swarray and Sarah Burn. Lowick Utd are three points adrift in third place after a Michelle Stewart hat-trick, Amy Hately and Jenna Waddell gave them a 5-2 victory at Kader FC.
Amy Ward and Jade Thompson scored the goals as Westella & Willerby defeated Sheffield Wednesday to stretch their Southern Division lead to seven points. Second placed Farsley AFC were shocked 5-0 away to Doncaster Belles (Women's) to suffer their first defeat. Carla Whitehead (2), Amy Booth, Leanne Cantrell and Chantelle Willis were the Belles' markswomen. Debra Slater led the scoring with a hat-trick as Wetherby Athletic won 7-1 against Malet Lambert YC, Rachel Carmichael adding a double along with Lindsey Hopton and Martyna Petrova. Rovers Foundation Ladies meanwhile beat Ossett Albion 4-1 thanks to a Gemma Harte hat-trick and an own goal.
North West League
The First Round of the Argyle Sports Cup was played on Sunday and Stockport County Blues recorded the surprise result of the day, winning 4-2 against Premier Division side City of Manchester. Preston North End meanwhile came through a difficult tie against Division One North leaders Penrith AFC with a 3-2 victory. Blackpool Wren Rovers powered through by scoring six without reply away to Bolton Wanderers whilst Blackpool were 6-1 winners at Wigan Athletic. Birkenhead meanwhile maintained their improving form with a 5-1 victory over AFC Liverpool. Accrington Girls & Ladies won a thrilling tie 6-4 against Middleton Athletic whilst CMB Ladies had a more straight forward passage, scoring seven times without reply past Leigh RMI.
It was not a good day though for Division One South table toppers Manchester Stingers as they were beaten 7-1 by Stockport County Res. Carlisle Utd meanwhile emerged as narrow 3-2 winners from their local derby tie with Workington Reds. Ellesmere Port Town defeated Macclesfield Town 5-1 whilst Mersey Girls eliminated Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res by the only goal of the game. Woolton were 4-3 victors over Kendal Town and AFC Urmston Meadowside went through with a 4-2 success against Bury Girls & Ladies.
South West League
Brislington climbed up into second place in the Premier Division, thanks to a 5-3 victory away to Frome Town. Ann Marie Heatherson was on target twice for Bris along with Emily Plummer, Georgia Vandries and Abbie Kirby whilst the home team replied through Alison Bryant, Devon Rich and Kasey Evans.
In the solitary match which took place in the Eastern Division, Forest Green Rovers Res leapfrogged Cheltenham Civil Service into third place by beating them 4-3. Rhian Robbins netted a brace for Rovers with Sarah Stacey and Ellie Olds adding the others.
Charlestown have pulled level with Western Division leaders Marine Academy Plymouth after winning 2-0 against AFC Plympton, Rhiannon Player scoring both goals. Claire Charnock, Louisa Crick and Chloe Williams were on the scoresheet as Launceston notched up a 3-0 victory away to Illogan Ladies.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup after winning 2-1 away to Oxford City, Laura Woodley scoring both goals. Mansfield Road are also in the last four as they scored five without reply away to Tower Hill.
In the Chairman's Cup, Charlie Lanahan netted twice along with Laura Baker and Lauren Little as Parley Sports won 4-2 at University of Portsmouth. Marlow were 2-0 victors away to Stony Stratford Town with goals from Katie Hudson and Grainne McNally.
Maidenhead Utd took full advantage of their rivals' Cup commitments to run out 5-0 winners at third placed Bracknell Town and go six points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Olivia Buzaglo and Katie Butts each netted twice with Zoe Clifford adding the other.
Division One table toppers Milton Keynes City were held to a 1-1 draw by Ascot Utd, for whom Olivia Hazell was on target. Catherine Howse grabbed both goals for Banbury Utd as they climbed up to fourth with a fine 2-0 win at Chesham Utd.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police power on at the top of the Premier Division and stay ten points clear following their 4-0 victory over Coventrians. TNS Ladies made sure of keeping up the chase in second with a 6-1 win away to Leamington Lions. Crusaders are having a good season and have moved into third after beating Allscott 1-0. Knowle were also 1-0 winners over Wednesfield Town whilst Kingshurst Sporting Club netted seven without reply against Wrockwardine Wood.
The top three in Division One North all recorded victories, still led by Walsall who were 5-3 winners away to Bilbrook. Burton Albion are two points behind in second after beating Shrewsbury Juniors 7-1 and Wyrley Ladies are a further point adrift, they won 4-2 against Audley Ladies. Florence defeated Folly Lane by the only goal of the game and move above them into fifth, whilst Lichfield Diamonds are in mid-table after they beat Coseley Town 2-0.
Droitwich Spa are the new leaders of Division One South following their 4-2 victory over Worcester Utd. Lye Town meanwhile stepped up their challenge by beating Solihull Ladies Res 3-0, climbing above them into third in the process. Marston Green follow on after they also won 3-0 against Redditch Utd. Kenilworth Town defeated Studley 4-2 whilst Coventry Development won for the second time, 3-0 against Wyre Forest Phoenix.
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