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East Midlands League
Eastwood Community are continuing to set a hot pace at the top of the Premier Division and they now head the way by ten points after winning 2-0 at Rise Park, thanks to second half goals from Katie Prendergast and Monica Bowley. Jessica Parker bagged a hat-trick with Anna Horton (2), Holly Steeples and Courtney Evans joining her on the scoresheet as Notts County Development defeated Arnold Town 7-2 to stay just ahead of Long Eaton Utd, 4-0 winners at Gedling Town. Joanne Campbell hit a hat-trick for Long Eaton with Laura Sears adding the other.
In Division One North, Sleaford Town cemented themselves in second place by beating Teversal 6-2. Amy Kilgannon led the scoring with a hat-trick, Laura Jones added a brace and Kimberly Scurr completed a result which sees them trim Winterton Rangers' lead to eight points. A 3-2 victory over West Bridgford has taken Ruddington Village up to third, Faye Brown, Abbey Gimson and Holly Brindley were their markswomen. Underwood Villa crashed 4-0 at home to Lincoln Moorlands Railway who put a run of defeats behind them to record a shock result, courtesy of a Naomi Johnson treble and Lauren Churcher.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo remain at the top of Division One South despite suffering a 7-1 defeat to Bedworth Utd. Kirsty Farnsworth was on target four times for Bedworth along with Jodi Hunter, Mairead O'Hara and Sophie Wilson. Second placed Burton Park Wanderers drew 1-1 with Kettering Town, Hollie Coulson scoring their goal with Nicola Hardwick replying. Raunds Town came away from Rothwell Corinthians with a 5-3 victory under their belts, Hayleigh King (2), Karen Britchford, Abigail Lawman and Samantha-Jo Pebody netting their goals. Holly Gibson and Rachel Lutman were on target for Loughborough Students (2006) as they shared a 2-2 draw with Corby S & L, who replied through Rebecca Boath and Leanne Lowden.
Eastern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Colchester Town, who extended their lead to four points with a 5-1 victory over Billericay Town. Great Shelford are two points further adrift in third after Becky Taylor gave them a 1-0 success at Brentwood Town. Lowestoft Town remain placed just behind the leading sides, with several games in hand, following their 4-0 win against Barking in which Zoe Cossey, Jodie Drake, Chloe Hoffman and Hannah Waters all scored.
One match was played in Division One North, Bury Town beating Bar Hill 2-1 to go nine points clear at the top. Helen Cryer and Jessica Morgan netted Bury's goals, with Natalie Shenton replying.
Division One South also saw the top two meet and once again the table toppers triumphed, Southendian Ladies winning 5-1 away to Hoddesdon Owls. Georgia Holdaway hit a hat-trick with Laura Stone and Nikhol Chapman adding the others to give Southendian a lead of four points over Hoddesdon and Stevenage Ladies Res, who defeated Little Thurrock Dynamos 2-1 with goals from Jade Eaton and Tayla Huckle.
London & South East League
Fulham FC Foundation preserved their three point lead at the top with a 4-1 victory away to Hassocks. Emma Lawrence, Megan Lovelock, Helen Ogle and Verity Snow accounted for the goals which kept their side ahead of AFC Wimbledon, who defeated Aylesford 3-0 thanks to Jess Trimnell, Caroline Bisson and Kelly-Jade Whelan. Natasha Cree scored a hat-trick and Sharon Odofin the other as Old Actonians kept up their challenge by winning 4-1 at London Corinthians. Carshalton Athletic also remain in touch with the leaders after Laura Curtis and Alison Hall gave them a 2-0 victory over Maidstone Utd. Bexhill Utd leapt out of the bottom two with a 4-1 success against Eastbourne Town, who were brought back down to earth following the previous week's FA Women's Cup win. Laura Bolton scored twice for Bexhill along with Caroline Burke and Anne-Marie Pier.
In Division One (London), Colne Valley beat Watford Development to close the gap on leaders Camden Town to three points. Francesca Beeks, Donna Janssen, Francesca Prangley, Natalie Spencer and Debbie Watson all netted a goal apiece for Colne. Brentford won an entertaining affair 6-4 against Queen's Park Rangers Development courtesy of hat-tricks from Dana Johnson and Gemma Lucero. Crystal Palace Development meanwhile defeated Regents Park Rangers 5-0 to move themselves off the bottom of the table.
North East League
One match managed to survive the weather in the Premier Division, with Barnsley having an opportunity to return to the top of the table. It was not to be though as visitors Hull City ended their ten match unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory which takes them above Barnsley and into second place, one point behind leaders York City. Katie Thompson and Ellice Jackman netted for Hull, with Rebecca Hale replying for the home side.
Boldon have gone five points clear in the Northern Division after scoring eight without reply away to Birtley Town. Allison Leach and Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke each netted twice along with Jocelyn Raine, Alex Ross, Jade Murray and an own goal. Blyth Town Lions were beaten for the first time, 3-1 by fellow challengers Lowick Utd for whom Jenny Patterson, Michelle Stewart and Georgia Thompson were on target. Birtley St Josephs edged out Middlesbrough Lionesses 4-3 thanks to Becki Miller (2), Megan Clark and Elisha Jones. Sophie Cox bagged a brace along with Rebecca Degnen and Ashleigh Suggitt as Kader FC won 4-0 at Easingwold Town whilst Prudhoe Town defeated Redcar Town 3-0 with strikes from Natasha Johnstone, Catherine Johnston and Samantha Garcia.
Westella & Willerby continue to blaze a trail in the Southern Division, beating Farsley AFC 7-2 to extend their lead to eleven points. Natasha Linford scored a hat-trick along with Amy Ward, Lauren Holmes, Amy Thompson and Charmaine Pinder. Wetherby Athletic are now in second after a solitary strike from Rebecca Davies gave them victory at Courts City. An own goal ensured that Doncaster Belles (Women's) won 1-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday whilst Rovers Foundation Ladies and Malet Lambert YC finished level at 1-1, Jenna McGee netting for Rovers with Natalie Gray replying.
North West League
The top two did not play on Sunday and this enabled Blackpool to catch up ground in third place by running out 6-0 winners over Birkenhead. Bolton Wanderers meanwhile moved back into mid-table via a narrow 4-3 victory against Northwich Vixens.
One match went ahead in Division One North, the North West derby game between Carlisle Utd and Workington Reds which finished in a 2-2 draw.
South West League
League leaders Gloucester City boosted their challenge with a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Torquay Utd, Jodie Hennessey and Helen Wood scoring the goals which take them ten points clear at the top of the table. Downend Flyers meanwhile notched up their second win in successive weeks, 4-2 against Swindon Spitfires.
In the Western Division, AFC Plympton kept themselves on the fringes of the promotion race by winning 5-2 away to Illogan Ladies. Stacey Gill and Sam Metters each netted twice, with Charlotte Jeffery adding the other goal.
The Bristol Soccerworld Cup made a welcome return on Sunday with the two Preliminary Round ties taking place. Forest Green Rovers Res won 2-0 against Bude Town to set themselves up with a home tie against Keynsham Town Res. Jodie Millett meanwhile netted both goals as Alphington advanced with a 2-1 victory over Newquay Celtic, who replied through Leanne Manley. Alphington will now host Cleeve West Town in the next round.
Southern Region League
Mansfield Road are up to third, their highest position of the season so far, after they scored nine times without reply against University of Portsmouth. Oxford City also leapt up the table with a 2-1 win away to Parley Sports.
In Division One, Marlow denied Chesham Utd an opportunity to return to the top of the table when they defeated them 1-0, Amy Pollard scoring the only goal of the game. Samantha Bevan-Talbot and Carly Thomas were on the scoresheet as Tower Hill won 2-0 away to Banbury Utd and Stony Stratford Town were 6-3 victors over Milton Keynes City, Kerry Stapleton and Tamsin Graveson each netting twice along with Siobhaun Layne and Leanne Burns.
Fleet Town caused a surprise in the Chairman's Cup when they won 4-1 against Newbury Ladies from the division above. Newbury did take an early lead through Leanne Creese but Fleet hit back strongly with strikes from Joanne Harfield (2), Katie Jones and Charlene Rooney.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police went further ahead at the top of the Premier Division, going sixteen points clear with a 5-2 victory away to third placed Kingshurst Sporting Club. Knowle meanwhile are in fourth after pipping Allscott by the odd goal in seven. Wrockwardine Wood also won 4-3 against Leamington Lions to move to within a single point of their mid-table opponents.
Burton Albion bounced back from their defeat seven days previously to run out 6-0 winners over Kingshurst Sporting Res and narrow the gap on leaders Walsall to six points. Lichfield Diamonds are starting to regain form as they won for the second week in succession, 5-1 against Coseley Town.
Rubery Ladies got back to winning ways in Division One South following a couple of days, beating Redditch Utd 3-1 to move to within two points of the leadership. Lye Town remain handily placed in third after winning 5-1 away to Worcester Utd. Solihull Ladies Res and Marston Green are in the next two positions after their meeting culminated in a 1-1 draw.
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