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East Midlands League
Eastwood Community returned to action with a 3-1 win over Ellistown which keeps them six points clear at the top of the table. Katie Prendergast, Becca Carnelley and Chantelle Robinson were all on target for Eastwood with Emma Moore replying. Peterborough Northern Star are keeping up the chase in second place with Donna Nicholls, Sofia Aragosa and Chanade Henderson giving them a 3-0 victory against Notts County Development. Nettleham made sure of keeping themselves in the running by winning 2-1 away to Gedling Town. Sandiacre Town recorded a 2-0 success at Arnold Town thanks to Kerry Keeling and Katie Bloore, while Grimsby Borough recorded their second win of the season, 4-2 against Long Eaton Utd with goals from Toni McHamilton (2), Suzanne Green and Lottie Soar.
In Division One North, second placed Sleaford Town defeated Lincoln Moorlands Railway 4-2 whilst Ruddington Village were held to a goalless draw by Alfreton Town. Underwood Villa returned to winning ways with a 6-4 success against Cleethorpes Town and Mansfield Hosiery Mills ran out 5-0 winners over West Bridgford, Amy Jones hitting a hat-trick with Kate Pawlitta adding the other two.
Helen Busby bagged a hat-trick and Samantha Hargrave was also on target as Oadby & Wigston Dynamo held onto the leadership of Division One South with a 4-3 victory over Loughborough Students (2006). Burton Park Wanderers defeated Kettering Town 6-1 to stay on their heels, Cassie Steward scoring a hat-trick along with Laura Beckett, Katie Steward and Kara Hindwood. Jodi Hunter netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Kirsty Farnsworth, Lydia Hackney, Shanice Walsh and Hannah Spencer as Bedworth Utd won 6-2 against Raunds Town. Steph Donald and Emma Ogden were the markswomen for Rothwell Corinthians in their 2-2 draw with Corby S & L, for whom Jade Tilley netted twice.
Eastern Region League
Great Shelford are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after beating Barking 8-1. Sophie Hopkins led the scoring with a five-goal haul and there was one apiece from Georgia Day, Rachel Pearce and Harriet Blundell. Royston Town join them in the last four, Rebekah Fisk netting twice and Heather Parete the other as they defeated AFC Sudbury 3-0. Haringey Borough were 4-1 winners over Stevenage Ladies in their delayed Third Round tie.
Premier Division leaders Colchester Town have gone nine points clear after they edged out Brentwood Town by the odd goal in seven, courtesy of goals from Cassandra Craddock, Oyindamola Okunowo, Annie Hickey and Stacey Roper. Acle Ladies and AFC Dunstable meanwhile shared six goals, Sharnie Boast (2) and Jenna Thurtle on target for Acle with Dunstable replying through Kemina Webber, Charlotte South and Tamara Bayne.
Norwich City Res improved their chances of climbing off the bottom of Division One North after Samantha Hunn and Jessica Wenn gave them a 2-1 win away to Ipswich Wanderers.
Offley & Stopsley narrowed the gap on Division One South leaders Southendian Ladies to four points with a 4-2 win away to third placed Hoddesdon Owls. Colney Heath meanwhile won 4-1 at Little Thurrock Dynamos thanks to Kelly Hancock, Holly Sheridan, Molly Slade and Faith Trounce.
In the League Plate, Bar Hill picked up three points in their group with a 3-0 victory over Stevenage Ladies Res. Katy Judd (2), Grace Clark and Aimee Pooley were on target for West Billericay as they battled out a 4-4 draw with Southendian Ladies, who responded with a Georgia Holdaway brace, Stephanie Loraine and Rebecca Dalgarno.
London & South East League
League leaders Fulham FC Foundation suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of London Corinthians and saw the gap at the top reduced to three points by AFC Wimbledon, 4-3 winners at Maidstone Utd thanks to an Emma Keady double, Rebecca Sargent and Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins. Old Actonians made sure of keeping up their challenge with a 2-0 success away to Kikk Utd with strikes from Sharon Odofin and Carla Williams. Rebecca Carter netted both goals for Crawley Wasps in their 2-0 victory over Hassocks and Aylesford pipped Bexhill Utd by the odd goal in five, their markswomen were Eleanor Bainbridge, Rebecca Barr and Bethany Hulme.
The top of the table clash in Division One (London) went the way of Camden Town, who went nine points clear by beating Colne Valley 4-1. Watford Development are now in third after defeating Brentford 4-0, Courtney Ward-Chambers scoring twice along with Aimee Durn and Megan Warner.
North East League
Barnsley made a swift return to the top of the Premier Division after Rebecca Fevers and Rebecca Hale gave them a 2-1 win away to Castleford White Rose. Previous leaders York City went down to a narrow 5-4 defeat at the hands of Wakefield, who scored through a Danielle Middleton hat-trick and Danielle Biglin brace. Brighouse Town remain well in contention and kept up their hopes by beating Whitley Bay 2-1 with goals from Jordane Allison and Claire Needham. Sue Hunsley meanwhile bagged a brace for Scunthorpe & Bottesford as they won for the first time, 2-0 against Tynedale.
Things remain close at the top of the Northern Division as Boldon retained their two point lead by beating Gateshead Rutherford Ravens 5-3. Blyth Town Lions kept up the chase in second as goals from Laura Jobson, Erin Middleton and Sarah Burn gave them a 3-2 victory over third placed Lowick Utd. Birtley St Josephs follow on after a 3-0 win over local rivals Birtley Town thanks to Francesca Kelly, Becki Miller and Carla Ratcliffe. Claire Campbell (2) and Ashleigh Suggitt ensured that Kader FC won 3-1 at Prudhoe Town whilst Beth Enderwick grabbed the only goal of the game as Redcar Town picked up the points against Middlesbrough Lionesses.
In the Southern Division, Wetherby Athletic recorded a 3-0 success at Ossett Albion to put a dent in Westella & Willerby's substantial lead. Grace Adams, Rachel Carmichael and Emma Guilder all scored to help Wetherby reduce the gap to eleven points. Farsley AFC went down to a 3-0 reverse at home to Doncaster Belles (Women's) who scored through Sophie Brown, Sophie Thompson and an own goal. Malet Lambert YC and Rovers Foundation Ladies fought out a 1-1 draw, Georgie Warvill and Gemma Harte on target respectively, whilst Courts City were 4-0 winners away to Dearne & District.
North West League
The top two in the Premier Division were not in action on Sunday but the next two in the table met each other and it was Crewe Alexandra who leapfrogged Blackpool into third place by beating them 3-2. Wigan Athletic meanwhile picked up another important point from a 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
Penrith AFC power on at the top of Division One North, further extending their lead to twelve points with a 2-1 victory over Stockport County Blues with goals from Charlotte Smith and Nat Broad. Second placed Middleton Athletic lost a little ground as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Accrington Girls & Ladies.
There was a change of leadership in Division One South with Ellesmere Port Town taking over at the top after beating AFC Liverpool 5-2. AFC Urmston Meadowside made a return to winning ways, their 1-0 success at Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res keeping them in fourth place.
South West League
Leaders Gloucester City were checked by a 2-1 defeat at home to Swindon Spitfires on Sunday. Emma Skinner and Katie Wadey scored the goals to pep up the Spitfires' own challenge whilst Helen Wood replied for City. Brislington staged a late fightback in their 2-2 draw with Bristol Ladies Union which took them into second place. Union had led through goals from Joanna Miller and Natalia Debek but Brislington netted twice in the last ten minutes, Zoe Gunter and Georgia Vandries earning them a point.
Bishop's Lydeard continue to set a very hot pace in the Eastern Division and now head the table by ten points after netting nine times without reply against Cleeve West Town. Holly Miller led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Dawna Dennett and Rosie Williams weighed in with braces and Sophie Buck completed the tally. Cheltenham Civil Service meanwhile moved into third place by beating Taunton Town 3-0 courtesy of a Gemma Riley hat-trick.
It was a good day for Marine Academy Plymouth in the Western Division as they doubled their lead to six points with a 4-2 victory over AFC Plympton. Jade Bryan (2), Kate Bowden and Harriet Howell scored the goals for Marine whilst second placed Charlestown were beaten 2-1 by Newquay Celtic. Callington Town were unable to take an opportunity to go second as they drew 1-1 with Dobwalls, Kat Marment netting their goal with Megan Williams replying, whilst Illogan Ladies and Bude Town also finished level at 1-1, goals coming from Jasmine Liptrott and Leanne Stanbury respectively.
Downend Flyers have recorded their best results of the season in Cup competitions so far and they kept this up on Sunday as they beat Bridgwater Town 3-2 in the Preliminary Round of the Pat Sowden League Cup with goals from Amber Coates, Jess Werrett and Kate Michael.
Southern Region League
Milton Keynes City completed the semi final line up in the League Cup after they won 2-0 away to Fleetlands on Sunday. Two second half goals from Julianne Gadsby gave City a surprise win against higher division opponents and a meeting with Andover New Street in the last four.
Maidenhead Utd have gone eight points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 5-3 victory over Parley Sports. Olivia Buzaglo and Lucy Smith were each on target twice along with Tina Brett. Mansfield Road are now in second place after a solitary strike from Laura Allsopp saw them to a 1-0 win away to Newbury Ladies. Oxford City now complete the top three, they climbed above Woodley Utd by beating them 2-1 thanks to Kiera Isaac and Sarah Reid.
The top two in Division One were not in league action and this gave Chesham Utd an opportunity to take over the leadership, but they remain in third place after going down 2-1 to Stony Stratford Town, for whom Kerry Stapleton and Vicky Holland were on target. Lacey Walton and an own goal gave Banbury Utd a 2-0 win over Southampton Women which lifts them above a number of teams in the table, including Tower Hill who were beaten 2-1 by New Forest, courtesy of goals by Ellie Charlton and Sheree Bell-Jack.
West Midlands League
Leamington Lions moved into second place in the Premier Division after they scored nine times without reply away to Coventrians. Crusaders were 4-2 winners over Knowle, a result which takes them fourth, and on a day when the three games in the division yielded 25 goals, the mid-table clash between Allscott and Wrockwardine Wood ended in a thrilling 5-5 draw.
Walsall are keeping up the pace in Division One North with a 6-0 victory away to Folly Lane. Kealee Scott led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Rachael Green, Cindy Shaw and Nikita Large. Burton Albion remain hard on their heels, three points off the pace, after beating Coseley Town 10-0. Lichfield Diamonds and Wyrley Ladies battled out a 3-3 draw whilst Kingshurst Sporting Res defeated Shrewsbury Juniors 5-2. Bilbrook were another team to score ten times, at the expense of Cottage Farm Rangers, to start their climb up the table.
Lye Town hold on to the leadership of Division One South and their 2-0 win over Kenilworth Town has seen them open up a lead of two points. Sophie Dock meanwhile hit a hat-trick to give Rubery Ladies 3-2 win over Studley which takes them into second place on goal difference, above Droitwich Spa who drew 1-1 with Malvern Town. Marston Green edged out Coventry Development 2-1 and occupy fourth, just ahead of Solihull Ladies Res who defeated Wyre Forest Phoenix 3-0. Worcester Utd are up into the top half following their 2-0 success away to Redditch Utd.
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