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Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
Bethany Stanton scored twice along with Victoria Reid and Karis Richardson as Leighton Utd Vixens preserved their lead of five points with a 4-1 win away to Sherrardswood. Garston stay second after beating Sharnbrook 6-0, Vikki Duffy bagging a four-goal haul and Emma Trill a brace. Harvesters won 3-0 against Watton, goals from Kayla Johnson, Chloe Frame and Shivani Bedi taking them into third above Sandy Ladies, who drew 1-1 with Flitwick Ladies with strikes from Amber Willett and Amey Sinfield respectively.
Division Two leaders Hertford Town notched up a 5-2 victory away to Letchworth Garden City thanks to a Becky Shepherd hat-trick, Freya Rampley and Kerry Oldham. They head the table by three points from Toddington Rovers who defeated Evergreen Eagles 4-1 with goals from Susanna Mayer (2), Marnie O'Neill and Amy Summerfield. Jemma Good, Brooke White and Ivy Betts all scored to give Bishop's Stortford Town a 3-0 success against Hitchin Town and AFC Dunstable Blues won for the first time, 2-1 over Biggleswade Ladies with Carly Orme and Charis Wakefield on target.
Garston 96 extended their lead to eight points in Division Three with a 7-0 victory over Welwyn Garden City. Lauren Berryman hit a hat-trick, Daisy Culaj added a double and there was one each from Natalie Powell and Karina Hastie. The two teams immediately below them met each other with AFC Kempston Girls & Ladies and Houghton Athletic battling out a 3-3 draw. Shakeela Hussain (2) and Emma Hawkes were the markswomen for second placed Houghton, with Kempston replying through Grace Fuller, Chloe Williams and Shelbee Clarke.
Leaders Atherstone Rangers were held to a goalless draw by Tamworth Minor but are now two points ahead at the top after second placed Sandwell Ladies were beaten 4-1 by Rugby Town.
The top two power on at the top of Division One, Coundon Court beating Hillcrest 9-1 to maintain their lead of six points over Stourbridge who were 15-1 winners over Walsall Wood. Black Country Belles further cemented themselves in third after they edged out FC Elite by the odd goal in seven. Wednesbury Wildcats are now in the top half following their3-1 success away to Walsall Development Swifts.
In Division Two, Coleshill Town scored ten without reply at Starlands St Annes to narrow the gap on leaders Wednesfield to three points. Tame Bridge emerged as 8-5 victors from a high scoring affair with Leamington Hibernian whilst Rubery Ladies Res defeated Kingsbury & Coleshill 8-0.
Stockingford AA Pavilion are through to the quarter finals of the Open Cup after they defeated Alvechurch 6-0 in their delayed Second Round tie.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Netherton Utd moved to within three points of leaders Riverside Rovers on Sunday as goals from Kerry Camwell (2), Hannah Chapman and Megan Parrett gave them a 4-2 win against Cambridge University. Huntingdon Town were 7-2 victors over Isleham Utd whilst Fulbourn Bluebirds and Cambridge Women Res shared a 1-1 draw, goals coming from Krissie Taylor and Liz Pamplin respectively.
Bourne Ladies and Deeping Diamonds finished level at 3-3 in their Championship North top of the table clash. Claire Lawrenson, Jemma Smith and Charlotte Ayers scored for Bourne, who remain one point ahead, with Deeping replying through Sasha Haw, Katie Kirby and Yasmin Parker. Wisbech Town follow on after a Jasmine Luckett brace and Jade Chamberlain earned them a 3-1 victory over Downham Town.
In the Championship South, leaders Newmarket Town were beaten 4-0 by second placed Sawtry Ladies for whom Georgia Rebane (2), Harriet Ford and Sasha Smith were on target. Michelle Fisher, Emma Frost and Charley Miller gave March Town Utd a fine 3-2 win over third placed Milton Ladies whilst Little Paxton also won 3-2 against Cambridge Rangers, Paige Archer hitting a hat-trick.
Warrington Wolverines stay five points clear at the top after winning 3-1 away to Crewe Alexandra. Rachel Brindley and Cheryl Burns scored the goals as Stockport County HNR defeated Wallasey Wanderers 2-1 to stay in second place, just ahead of Altrincham who completed a good day for the top three by beating AFC Stockport 3-1, thanks to a Tracey Blanchard-Webb double and Georgia Plant.
Mabe Ladies boosted their chances of a top two finish with a 3-1 victory over second placed Illogan Ladies Res, given to them by a Lucy Solloway hat-trick. Alice Rae led the scoring with a six-goal haul as Mullion crushed RNAS Culdrose 17-1. Adrianne Baker weighed in with four, Becky Edwards and Emma Thomas added braces and there was one apiece from Emma Hurworth, Sammy Yeo and Megan Davison.
Dronfield Town returned to the top of the congested Division One table with a 3-1 victory over previous leaders Castle Donnington courtesy of Rebecca Hill, Simone Jarvis and Saskia Payne. Leanne Cole (2), Emily Mapley-Sims and Louise Popkin gave Hasland a 4-2 win against Wirksworth Colts which takes them third. Mackworth St Francis kept up their challenge by beating Glossop North End 5-0 with goals from Chloe Enser (2), Clair Dolman, Melissa Fisher and Michelle West.
Division Two leaders LFC Buxton were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by bottom of the table Hilton Harriers, for whom Emma Walsh was on target. Pride Park Ladies are now just one point behind after doubles from Sophie Davies and Sarah Levitt spearheaded their 6-0 victory over St George's, Natasha Allderidge and Jordele Folkes adding the others. Georgina Goodwin and Terri Williamson each bagged hat-tricks and Lucy Shuttleworth joined them on the scoresheet as AFC Dronfield defeated Belper Town 7-1.
Westward Developments Devon League
Of the five scheduled fixtures in the league on Sunday, only two survived the weather and both games were in the Premier Division. Bideford hosted leaders Exeter & Tedburn Rangers and lost 5-0, on target for Tedburn were Nicola Brown with two goals, Sam Burnham, Abi Breban and Becky Folds, which allowed them to take advantage of Activate's second week without a game due to waterlogged pitches. Feniton also applied pressure at the top with a convincing 6-0 away win over University of Exeter. Nat and Stef Matthews both scored twice, with Jana Richards and Laura Capell adding the others.
Dorchester Town stay six points clear at the top after beating Bere Regis 13-2. Bex Narramore was on target seven times, Clare Bagwell adding a hat-trick along with Jodie Lees (2) and Ashleigh Taylor. Amy Wild bagged herself a five-goal haul and Leanne Masters added the others as second placed Portland Utd defeated Queen Bees 6-0. AFC Bournemouth also hit thirteen past Blandford Utd, Karla Doe hitting a hat-trick with doubles from Charlie Benefer, Abigael Lewis, Sammy Watson and Leigh Bartlett while Zoe Lamb and Alla Laurence completed the tally.
Darlington Spraire Lasses remain in fifth in the Development Division following their 7-1 victory over Swalwell. They remain two points in front of Seaton Carew Development who scored six times without reply away to Farringdon Detached Ladies.
East Riding League
North Ferriby made sure of keeping their title challenge alive with a 6-0 victory over AFC Tickton, which keeps them in third place. Charlie Parkinson was on target twice along with Jakki Knight, Aimee Matthews, Alice Turner and Jodie Brown.
South Cave are closing in on the Division Two title after an Emma Osborne hat-trick, Shannon Meyers (2), Angela Pritchard (2) and Rachel Green gave them an 8-1 win against Hornsea Sporting. Pinefleet Wolfreton moved into second place on the back of a 2-1 victory over Hull University.
The first week back after the festive break saw all but three matches fall victim to the weather. With Silver End Utd's pitch unplayable, both teams agreed to switch their Premier Division game to Beacon Hill Utd's ground and both sides shared the points with a 1-1 draw. Writtle meanwhile hosted Chelmsford City and claimed all the points with a 4-1 success.
Eastern Avenue open up a three point gap at the top of Division One after they enjoyed a trip to the seaside following a 13-goal victory away to Southend Town.
Bristol & West are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after winning 2-1 away to Oldland Abbotonians. Emma Cove and Becky Billing scored the goals to set them up with a tie against AEK Boco Development in the last four.
Leaders Cirencester Town were checked when being held to a 1-1 draw by Longlevens, Katrina Fisher scoring their goal, although they now lead the table by five points. AEK Boco kept in touch with the leading sides with a 4-0 victory over Dursley Town in which Julia Farrel hit a hat-trick and Kelly Cutler added the other. Wootton Bassett Town stormed to a 5-0 success away to Cheltenham Town Development, Laura Gammon and Claire White each scoring twice along with Emily Bogg.
St Nicholas Res moved to within one point of Division Two leaders AEK Boco Development after they defeated Lockleaze Community 8-1. Charlotte Davis was on target four times, Georgia Bush added a brace and there was one each from Chelsea Pearce and Kylie Dursley. Third placed Wotton Rovers were 6-2 winners away to Quedgeley Wanderers. Mitcheldean are back in fifth after scoring nine without reply against Cotswold Rangers, goals coming from Jade Powell (2), Steph Davis (2), Abu Jones, Emma Williams, Heather Haines, Jennifer Jordan and Kate Ambrey.
Greater London League
Northwood continue to stretch the pace after beating Bromley LFC 3-1 with goals from Joanne Horwood, Leanne Jones and Emma Steele. AFC Wimbledon Development defeated Clapham Utd 5-0 and remain one point behind, Georgia Heasman netting twice along with Aramide Okekunle, Elle Richards and Megan Smith. Dannielle Glancy and Sophie Pourou were on the scoresheet as third placed Petts Wood won 2-1 against Hampstead and Comets were also 2-1 victors against Wealdstone thanks to Stephanie Pelling and Kirsty Simmonds.
Denham Utd Res are up into third place in Division Two North after Charlie Dixon (2), Victoria Elliott, Katie Phillipson, Jenna Wood and Harriet Gilbert gave them a 6-1 success at Islington Borough. Camden Town Res meanwhile beat Hampstead Res 1-0 with a goal from Rosie Neilson.
Chobham Burymead were unable to take an opportunity to go top of Division Two South when they were beaten 2-1 by Godalming Town, for whom Grace Merry and Georgina Pollard were on target. Katie Barber, Alison Campbell and Sarah Campbell scored the goals for Balham Panthers in their 3-3 draw with Colne Valley Res whilst AFC Phoenix Res were 4-1 winners over London Phoenix thanks to Viktorija Bertasiene, Elisa Caparroso, Lydia Tobin and Anna Badham. Kayley Smith scored twice and Sian Barnard the other as Carshalton Athletic Res won 3-1 against Denham Utd Development.
In Division Three North, Kikk Talang won 3-0 at Regents Park to stay three points ahead of Tower Hamlets Res, who beat Old Actonians Res 2-1 thanks to Carmel Pragnell and Natalie Wainer. Brooke Davis hit a hat-trick and Jenna Rainey-White the other as Hackney Res won for the first time, 4-1 against East London.
Victoire Ladies are ten points clear at the top of Division Three South after beating Bedhead 4-1 with goals from Jeanie Keable (2), Louise Feeney and Siham Dammany. Second placed Club Langley battled out a goalless draw with Putney Vale.
Greater Manchester League
FC United of Manchester have gone top of the table following their 9-1 victory over Oldham Athletic. Previous leaders Beechfield Utd went down to a 3-1 defeat to Chorltonians.
One match managed to beat the weather in Division Two, Manchester Rovers and Little Lever SC battling out a 3-3 draw.
Despite a goal from Ayuma Asira, leaders Team Solent were held to a 1-1 draw by Widbrook Utd who replied through Kate Bundy. Rushmoor Community were 3-1 winners away to Christchurch in the other game.
Alton Utd stay top of Division Two after Grace Stoll and Lauren Wright gave them a 2-1 victory over Mudeford Phoenix. Warsash Wasps remain three points behind, they won 5-4 at Gosport Borough Res thanks to Kiera Gray (2), Lorna Lanham (2) and Kirsty Crisp.
In Division Three, table toppers AFC Bournemouth went down to their first defeat of the season when losing 3-2 to local rivals Bournemouth Sports who scored through Natalie Rees, Keely Smith and Bobbie White.
Penwortham Girls have moved up into second place in Division One following their 5-1 victory over Burscough Dynamo.
In Division Two, Barrowford Celtic made up ground on the top two as they won 3-2 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies Development.
Heather St Johns made it 13 wins from 13 games as their top of the table clash with Loughborough Foxes Res ended in a 4-0 victory. AFC Leicester are now in second place after they defeated Coalville Town 12-2.
Wyberton stepped up their title challenge and are now only three points off the pace after Chloe Gray and Krystal Patchett gave them a 2-0 victory over Louth OB. Grimsby Borough follow on in third, Jayde Sleight netting the only goal of the game against Birchwood Belles.
One match was played in the league on Sunday, Ashton Town lifting themselves into second place after scoring eight times without reply against Long Lane.
Midwest Counties League
Hereford LC have gone five points clear at the top after they defeated WCT Raiders 1-0. Evesham Utd netted twelve times without reply past Welland Ladies and remain in third, just above Bartestree who were 3-1 winners at Droitwich Spa Belles. Wyre Forest Phoenix Res moved up the table when beating AFC Worcester Olympic 3-0.
Aylsham Town are the new leaders of Division One after Abbie Charlton and Gina Atherton gave them a 2-1 success away to Fakenham Town. Wymondham Town are now only three points of the pace following their 3-1 win at Bungay Town. Long Stratton meanwhile fought out a 2-2 draw with Stalham Town, who scored through a brace from Sophie-Jayne O'Connor.
In Division Two, Shelley Woods and Louise Coggles netted the goals to give Lynn Ladies a 2-1 win at Kirkley & Pakefield which keeps them three points ahead of Brandon Town, whose emphatic win over Freethorpe included seven goals from Laura Brame, a Natasha Rutter hat-trick and others from Tiffany Forshaw (2), Hazel Shepherd (2), Brooke Wickens (2) and Georgina O'Malley. Leanne Muffett scored the only goal as Bungay Town Res won 1-0 at Red Rose whilst North Walsham Angels defeated Toftwood Ladies 8-1, Imogen Carter netting four times along with a Luci Middleton hat-trick and Isobel Filby. Ellie Blaxell scored both goals for Bohemians in their 2-0 victory over Sprowston Res whilst Harleston and Morley Ladies finished level at 1-1.
North Riding League
With leaders York City Res not playing, their two nearest rivals met each other and it was Poppleton who emerged as 2-1 winners over Guisborough thanks to a double from Sarah Milner. York RI follow on after two Claire Cooper goals earned them a 2-0 victory against Huntington Ladies. Anna Spragg (2) and Leila Daffern were on target as Brooklyn Ladies defeated Catterick Garrison 3-2 whilst Fishburn Park notched up a 3-0 success at Brompton.
Roade Ladies doubled their lead to six points with a 2-1 victory away to Moulton Ladies, given to them by Laura Messenger and Katy Sanders. Moulton A meanwhile won 1-0 against Woodford Utd thanks to Jade Reynolds.
Thrapston Town are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after beating Billing Utd 7-0. Chloe Jeffs and Hannah Pendred each netted twice along with Victoria Carson, Becky Rayner and Lucy Tibbs.
Aline Achina, Megan Dighton, Eva Hook and Danielle Pritchard scored the goals as Sherwood Youth reached the semi finals of the League Cup by defeating Bingham Town 4-2.
In the League Plate, Ollerton Town were 1-0 winners away to Clifton whilst Fernwood Foxes beat Notts County Development 8-5.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
Leaders Oughtibridge failed to win for only the second time this season and they needed a late equaliser to secure a point in their 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday Res. Holly Towns and Codi Melia netted for Oughtibridge, Michaela Holmes and Lucy Ridley replying for Wednesday. Chesterfield were 3-0 winners over Edlington Royals thanks to goals from Abi Creed (2) and Leoni Everley.
The Division Two title race is heading for an interesting climax. Leaders Sheffield Wednesday Development host second place Sheffield Rangers this Sunday, but with games in hand, Anston remain outsiders. Megan Nelson (2), Emma Fleetwood and Ash Sykes netted for Wednesday who won 4-1 at Shaw Lane Aquaforce to open up a three point advantage and need maximum points from their last two games to finish champions. Jamieleigh Rich scored for Shaw Lane. Laura Jones and Carly Uttley netted for Sheffield Rangers in their 4-2 defeat by Anston whose goals came from Dawn Cripps (2), Fay Johnson and Lisa Styles. Mexborough Athletic and Socrates drew 1-1, Natasha Carlton and Laura Hayton the respective scorers.
AFC Unity climbed above Rotherham Utd Development into second place in Division Three after a 3-1 win between the pair. Nathalie Silver bagged all three for Unity while Hannah Crossley, a debut scorer for Rotherham, equalised for an interval score of 1-1.
Portishead's challenge received a setback on Sunday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ilminster Town Res, despite goals from Hayley Porter and Helen Wright. Bishop's Lydeard Res meanwhile defeated AFC Brislington 3-1 thanks to Natasha Gratton (2) and Jodie Dingle, with Sophie Allen replying. Wells City rekindled their chances of climbing out of the bottom two by winning 2-1 away to Pen Mill.
One match managed to beat the weather in Division Two and it caused something of a surprise as bottom of the table Merriott Ladies beat leaders Taunton Town Development 5-2. Heidi Barrett (2), Rebecca Knight, Adele Watts and Georgie Williams were Merriott's markswomen.
South East League
Leaders Meridian suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Long Lane and saw their advantage cut to two points by Dartford Royals, who beat Eastbourne Ladies 1-0. Harriet Chapman was on target six points as Herne Bay crushed Anchorians 12-1. Victoria Holness and Isabella Tulett each added braces and there was one each from Nicola Harris and Debbie Blackmore. Keeley Wheatley hit a hat-trick for Burgess Hill Town in their 3-0 success at Crockenhill.
A win would have taken Ashford top of Division One East but despite a goal from Abigail Ingram, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Castle Colts who replied through Courtney Smith. Third placed Charlton Athletic Development won 3-0 at Anchorians Res thanks to Victoria Campbell (2) and Ellie Richards. Abbie Smith and Chloe Baker each scored twice as Aylesford Res defeated Thanet Colts 4-3.
Worthing Minors claimed their eleventh straight win in Division One West when Eloise Paine (2), Rebecca Beale, Katie Burling, Danielle Lane and Phoebe Thorpe gave them a 6-0 victory against Dorking. Neither Abbey Rangers or Seahaven Harriers would have been happy with their 1-1 draw, Amber Walker scoring for Abbey with Lauren Smith replying. Leigh Farley (2) and Jade Gardiner earned Wivelsfield Green a 3-1 victory over Bexhill Utd Res whilst Adur Athletic won 2-1 at Milford & Witley thanks to Ella Turvil and Tina Peters.
Stone Dominoes' title aspirations took a large knock as they were beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion Development who scored through Natalie Eley and Elicia Snape. Kidsgrove Athletic are in fourth after winning 9-1 against Bradwell Belles whilst Brereton Town defeated Leek Ladies 3-0. Two Amy Bailie goals earned Newcastle Town a 2-1 win over Wyrley Ladies Res, Whitchurch beat Stafford Development 3-1 and goals from Gemma Fennell (2), Niki Jarvis (2) and Holly Dearn fired Lichfield City to a 5-1 victory against Stoke Town.
The top of the table clash went the way of Brantham Athletic who opened up a lead of three points by beating East Bergholt Utd 3-0 with goals from Lucy Dunnett, Emmi Bennett and Kirsten Hutchings. Ipswich Valley Rangers are now third after Lisa Eaves, Kirsty Haggar, Victoria Hammett and Jaleh Shoghi gave them a 4-0 win away to Ransomes Sports. Bacton Utd meanwhile defeated Felixstowe & Walton Utd, their markswomen were Lois Balfour, Josie Cottam and Holly Onstenk.
A 5-1 win away to Chertsey Town means that Crystal Palace Development Res maintained their lead of five points over Fulham FC Foundation Res, who scored five times without reply past British Airways. Surrey Eagles made it a good day for the top three as they also won, 9-1 against Guildford Saints.
Only one match managed to go ahead on Sunday and it saw Lewes Development make up ground on the top two teams with a 2-1 victory over Hurstpierpoint, Chloe Evans scoring both goals.
Thames Valley Counties League
Woodley Utd Res won 3-2 away to Headington Ladies with Rosie Page-Smith, Ellen Surtees and Louise Thompson all scoring to leave their side three points ahead of Kidlington who defeated Aylesbury Utd 7-1. Barton Utd and Wycombe Wanderers battled out a 1-1 draw whilst Carterton Town defeated Oxford City Nomads 3-1.
No change at the top of Division One North where Chinnor defeated Thame Utd 3-1 with goals from Harriot Davis, Jennifer Dyer and Katie Thorp to preserve their two point lead from Launton who were 2-0 winners over Stanford Ladies. Benson Lionesses remain in touch with the leading sides after scoring seven times without reply away to Taplow Utd.
Barton Rovers are the new leaders of Division One South following their 3-0 success away to Bracknell Town Res with strikes from Lauren Gotting, Georgia McGill and Melissa Winkworth. Holyport moved up to third by beating Thatcham Town 4-2.
West Riding League
Hemsworth MW stayed two points ahead in the Premier Division with a 2-0 win away to Brayton Belles, whilst Harrogate Railway went second by beating Bradford Park Avenue 2-1.
AFC Gledhow made a swift return to the top of Division One as they won 7-1 against Hebden Royd Utd and previous leaders Hepworth Utd lost their 100% record when drawing 3-3 with Leeds Medics & Dentists. Tingley Athletic stepped up their challenge as they defeated Oulton 6-1 whilst Silsden scored nine without reply past Republica Inter, Harriet Brewer netting four times along with Laura Ackroyd (2), Stacey Wood (2) and Selina Steventon.
In Division Two, Battyeford SC Belles moved to within three points of leaders Bradford City A by winning 7-1 away to Middleton Park. Dewsbury Rangers won for the first time, 2-1 against Thornes.
Tingley Athletic Res remain on top of Division Three, beating Castleford White Rose Res 8-1 to stay one point ahead of Farsley AFC Res who were 4-1 winners over Crossley. Tyersal triumphed 4-0 away to Battyeford SC Belles Res to go third, just ahead of Brighouse Town Development who defeated Amaranth 4-1.
Kerry Walklett scored both goals as Highworth Town maintained their title challenge with a 2-1 victory over Trowbridge Wanderers. Melksham Town Black meanwhile won 7-0 at Marlborough Town with a goal apiece from Alice Back, Katherine Luther, Gabriella Menghini, Kelly Paget, Jade Stonham and Chloe Timbrell.
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