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Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
Garston narrowed the gap on league leaders Leighton Utd Vixens to five points with an 8-1 victory away to Watton. Vikki Duffy and Emma Trill both hat-tricks with Kelly Spencer and Jodie Paxton adding the other goals. Abby Cardall and Kathryn Jones were on target for Sherrardswood in their 2-2 draw with Harvesters, who replied through Shivani Bedi and Hannah Kelly.
Woburn Lionesses lifted themselves up into third place in Division Two by beating Evergreen Eagles 6-1, Georgia Edwards netting twice along with Alice Woodman, Jay Birse, Gwen Whidborne and Dominique Hull. Crawley Green meanwhile celebrated their first victory of the season, 4-2 away to AFC Dunstable Blues thanks to a Nina Service hat-trick and Siobhan Collingwood.
The top of the table clash in Division Three went the way of Houghton Athletic, who inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Garston 96. Ciara Craig (2), Emma Hawkes (2), Shakeela Hussain and Louise Spendlow scored the goals to give Houghton a 6-4 win which sees them narrow the gap on their opponents to five points. Tamara Williams bagged a hat-trick and Paige Lacey-Akers the other as Evergreen Ladies defeated Welwyn Garden City 4-1 and Panshanger won 2-1 away to Bedmond Ladies thanks to Fiona Roberts and Sophie Whitman.
Atherstone Rangers extended their lead to five points with a 3-1 victory over Rugby Town. At the other end of the table, Tipton Town picked up a vital 3-1 win away to Solihull Moors.
With Division One leaders Coundon Court not playing, Stourbridge took the opportunity to halve their lead to three points by scoring eight without reply against Wednesbury Wildcats. Walsall Wood meanwhile ran out 7-0 winners over local rivals Walsall Development Swifts.
Wednesfield continue to look strong in Division Two and restored their lead of six points by scoring ten times past Warwick Ladies. Outside of the top two, just six points cover the next seven teams and these now include Starlands St Annes, 2-0 victors at Leamington Hibernian.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Cambridge University moved into mid-table in the Premiership after they won 6-2 away to Cambridge Women Res, including hat-tricks from Manon Van Thorenburg and Amanda Wainwright.
Championship North leaders Bourne Ladies edged a further point clear as they battled out a 4-4 draw with Downham Town. Lauren Welsh (2), Olivia Hodges and Abby Nascimento netted the goals for Downham while Bourne responded through a Charlotte Ayers brace, Rosanna Baker and Claire Lawrenson.
One match went ahead in the league on Sunday but it saw Warrington Wolverines extend their lead at the top to eight points by winning 6-3 away to AFC Stockport, Nicola Chatterley and Sam Hassall both hitting hat-tricks.
Illogan Ladies Res got back to winning ways with a 4-0 success against St Teath, narrowing the gap on leaders St Agnes to six points in the process. Stacey Bray netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Bennett and Hanna Royle.
Westward Developments Devon League
Only one game survived the weather in the Devon League on Sunday. This was the match between Morley Rangers and Plainmoor, which was only able to go ahead as Plainmoor agreed to play on Morley's 3G surface.
Their decision was justified as they ran out 6-2 winners thanks to Abigail Meyer with two goals, and one each from Danni Wyatt and Megan Williams, an own goal and the goal of the game from Sarah Studdy. She picked up the ball on the halfway line and launched an audacious long range effort that lobbed the unfortunate home goalkeeper. Morley's scorers in reply were Gabi Alphous and Annmarie Crabtree.
Portland Utd caught up ground on leaders Dorchester Town as they won 6-1 against Poole Town Res. They are now just three points off the pace with AFC Bournemouth a further point adrift in third after a Charlie Benefer double, Karla Doe and Sammy Watson earned them a 4-0 victory over Bere Regis.
East Riding League
North Ferriby still remain in the title race after scoring seven without reply past Kingston Harriers. Jakki Knight led the scoring with a hat-trick and the other markswomen were Saskia Hiatt, Rachael Malton, Aimee Matthews and Charlie Parkinson.
South Cave were awarded the points in their scheduled game against Victoria Dock and this was enough to secure them the Division Two title, meaning that they are the first women's team to win their divisional title during the winter season. Second placed Hull University can no longer catch them despite winning 4-3 against Pinefleet Wolfreton but they stay in the driving seat for the runners-up spot.
Silver End Utd take over top spot in the league following their 11-1 success against Hutton Res. Collier Row Tigers move up into third place, level on points with opponents Chelmsford City after their encountered ended with the Tigers grabbing the points with a 3-2 victory.
Almondsbury UWE climbed up to third place in Division One after they ran out 3-1 winners over Cheltenham Town Development. AEK Boco's quest for a top two place received a setback as they were beaten 2-1 by Wootton Bassett Town, who scored through Laura Jefferies and Claire White. Dursley Town drew 2-2 with Bristol & West, for whom Becky Billing netted both goals.
One match managed to beat the weather in Division Two, AEK Boco Development opening up a lead of four points at the top by defeating Mitcheldean 2-1, thanks to a brace from Lucy Atkinson.
Greater London League
Northwood were unable to hang onto the leadership of Division One after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Clapham Utd, despite goals from Joanne Horwood and Emma Steele. Wealdstone meanwhile moved themselves into mid-table by beating Luton Town Hatters 2-0, courtesy of a double from Stevie Wickes.
Tower Hamlets lead the way by six points in Division Two North after they battled out a 4-4 draw with Camden Town Res. Hannah Dalgleish (2), Carmel Pragnell and Kate Warner netted for Tower Hamlets with Camden replying through a Carla Carvalho hat-trick and Rosie Neilson. Nicola Smith was another hat-trick scorer as Brook House defeated Enfield Town 3rds 6-2, their tally being completed by Komal Patel, Amy Trowles and Taylor O'Brien. Naomi Hunter-Bailey grabbed the only goal of the game for Islington Borough in their 1-0 victory at Clapham Kicks.
Louise Clarke was on target four times, Katie Foster added the other and Lisa Traynor completed the scoring as Hampton & Richmond Borough went three points clear at the top of Division Two South with a 7-2 victory over AFC Phoenix Res. Balham Panthers went third after Katie Barber and Mary Richards gave them a 2-1 win against Denham Utd Development and Carshalton Athletic Res beat London Phoenix 3-1 thanks to Sarah Nicholson (2) and Ella Simmons.
In Division Three North, Tower Hamlets Res went level on points with leaders Kikk Talang with a 1-0 win over East London, Natalie Wainer netting the only goal. Alexandra Park kept up their challenge by beating Regents Park 3-2 with strikes from Jenna Dirksen (2) and Beth Turrell.
Winchester City Flyers stepped up their title challenge as they ran out 4-1 winners over league leaders Team Solent. Samantha Wylie led the scoring with a hat-trick and Jade Ellis-Johnson was also on target.
In Division Three, Widbrook Utd Res are in fourth place following their 1-0 success away to Sholing, Sarah Page netting the only goal.
Heather St Johns now lead the table by a huge margin of fifteen points after they won 1-0 away to Birstall. Shona Franklin was on target four times as Melton Mowbray leapfrogged Loughborough Foxes Res into third place by beating them 8-2. Charlotte Fletcher added two with Gemma Dilks and Natalie Hurst rounding off the scoring. Leicester Fosse occupy fifth place following their 6-2 victory over Oadby & Wigston.
Midwest Counties League
Evesham Utd kept their title aspirations on course as they ran out 4-1 winners away to AFC Worcester Olympic. WCT Raiders remain just above Wyre Forest Phoenix Res in the table after their meeting finished level at 2-2.
Aylsham Town stretched their lead at the top of Division One to five points with a 5-3 victory away to Sprowston, Lisa Ferdani netting twice along with Emma Gillespie, Kiera Squires and Aneliese Smith.
Brandon Town replaced Lynn Ladies as Division Two leaders following a fifteen goal haul against Harleston. Tiffany Forshaw netted six times and Laura Brame added a further five, with a Hazel Shepherd hat-trick and Georgina O'Malley joining them on the scoresheet. Nikki Wigg was another hat-trick scorer for third placed Kirkley & Pakefield in their 3-0 win at Morley Ladies. Joanne Ogogo (2), Rebecca White and Ellie Blaxell were on target for Bohemians as they shared eight goals with North Walsham Angels, for whom Luci Middleton and Sian Wager each netted twice. Red Rose defeated Freethorpe 6-0, Paige Wharton scoring four times along with Stacey High and Lauren Herns.
North Riding League
Poppleton moved to within two points of the leadership after Sophie Bradley (2), Emily Calpin and Sarah Milner gave them a 4-1 victory away to Huntington. Fishburn Park continue to have a good season and are in fifth following their 2-0 win against Brooklyn Ladies, Samantha Burrows and Ellie-Rose Gordon netting their goals. York St John's meanwhile caused a surprise when beating York RI 6-1 in their local derby.
Laura Messenger and Tyler Felton scored the goals as Roade Ladies went nine points clear at the top by winning 2-0 away to Billing Utd. Zoe Pittaway hit a hat-trick as Woodford Utd defeated Rothwell Corinthians Res 6-1, Jenna Cleaver adding a brace and Georgia O'Faroll completing the scoring.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
The Sheffield Wednesday Res against Staveley Miners Welfare fixture was abandoned midway through the first half following an injury to Wednesday's Amy Webster. Having suffered an ACL injury previously, it is feared that the injury is a repeat. Staveley were 1-0 up at the time, Carly Rowlands having scored. There was justifiable concern regarding the time it took for medical assistance having called 999 and then being advised not to move the player. While teams are aware that football injuries do not constitute an accident or emergency, it was almost two hours before a paramedic arrived and she was not prepared to move Webster who had been stuck on the pitch on a cold afternoon. When the ambulance did arrive it was over two hours since the injury was sustained and over an hour since Staveley had departed following the abandonment. The full extent of Webster's injury will not be known until next week when she goes for further examination.
The Division Two title race is heading for an interesting climax with any one of three teams able to finish champions and indeed all three could finish level on 34 points. Sheffield Wednesday Development ran out deserved 4-1 winners over bto ensure their destiny remains in their own hands. Wednesday started brightly, going ahead after two minutes through Hannah Wright, while Sophie trotter went close to doubling the lead. Rangers hit back with a good spell of their own and a series of corners in quick succession brought its reward with Tayyibba Arif heading the equaliser. Lauren Jeavons hooked the ball home from an angle over several players to restore Wednesday's advantage on 20 minutes. Chances were created for 3-1, but it took a double block outside the area by home keeper Tayla Vorster to deny Kirsty Bradley and ensure Wednesday went into the interval ahead. Emma Fleetwood struck the all important next goal from just inside the penalty area to make it 3-1 just past the hour. Rangers players appealed vainly for offside and full marks to referee Pete Henger. While Fleetwood was unmarked in a central position, she was definitely onside because of a Rangers player nearer the goal line 20 yards away. Fleetwood's second on 85 minutes assured Wednesday of a key victory. The post then denied Fleetwood a hat trick as her rasping strike rebounded clear to safety. Having looked the most likely champions at the turn of the year, Rangers have lost to both Anston and Wednesday in succession in 2015.
The top of the table clash ended with honours even as Yeovil Town 3rds and Team Mendip battled out a 2-2 draw. Harriet King and Eva Smith netted for Yeovil, who stay three points ahead, while Team Mendip replied through Lucy Mager and Demi Reading. This allowed Portishead to make up ground with a 4-0 success away to Bishop's Lydeard Res. Ilminster Town Res and Pen Mill finished level at 1-1, Lorna Jennings scoring Pen Mill's goal.
South East League
Ellie Conner, Amy Russ and Olympia Little were on the scoresheet as Meridian won 3-0 at Crockenhill to stay two poins ahead of Dartford Royals, who defeated Long Lane 5-3 thanks to Kelly Philpott (2), Emily Arnold, Sophie Longhurst and Kerry Whitehorn. Parkwood Rangers meanwhile picked up a 2-0 victory over Eastbourne with goals from Emily Chapman and Emily Vaughan.
In Division One West, Abbey Rangers moved into second place by scoring nine without reply past Dorking. Hannah Johnson and Amber Walker each bagged hat-tricks along with Rachel Johnson (2) and Stephanie Sale. Kim Meadows hit a hat-trick and Lucy Harper the other as Milford & Witley defeated Worthing Town 4-2.
Long Lane stretched their 100% record to twelve matches when Phoebe Asare, Sharne Harris, Lehannah Shogbamimu and Iona Williams gave them a 4-0 victory over Swale Ladies. Barming keep up the chase in second after winning 6-0 away to University of Kent, Rachelle Walsh netting twice along with Natalie Larby, Sian Light, Lauren Ramsden and Rachel Brewer.
One match went ahead in the league on Sunday, Bradwell Belles moving up to fifth with a 3-1 win at Stafford Development with goals from Sophie Davies, Tasha Durham and Shannis Stanley.
Leaders Brantham Athletic won 9-1 away to Felixstowe & Walton Utd to maintain their advantage of three points. Jo Hazleton hit a hat-trick and there were singles from Emmi Bennett, Miriam Howe, Kirsten Hutchings, Charlotte Partridge, Lucy Elmes and Timisha Grant. Ipswich Valley Rangers went second by beating Bacton Utd 2-1 with goals by Victoria Hammett and Lauren Page whilst Bury Town defeated East Bergholt Utd 5-3 thanks to Lucy Hathaway, Charlotte Oliver, Catherine Upton, Rosi Webb and Gabrielle Whitehurst. Victoria Corrigan and Jade Horne netted the goals as Copleston won 2-0 against Witnesham Wasps.
Crystal Palace Development Res extended their lead to eight points with an 8-2 victory away to Guildford Saints. In the other game to go ahead, British Airways were 4-1 winners over Chertsey Town.
Crawley Wasps Res took advantage of their rivals' inactivity to open up a lead of four points with a 4-0 victory away to Lewes Development. Emily Robinson netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Suzanne Davies and Emma Kendall.
Thames Valley Counties League
League leaders Woodley Utd Res were held to a 3-3 draw by Oxford City Nomads despite goals from Morgan Merryweather, Rosie Page-Smith and Ellen Surtees. Their advantage has been trimmed to a single point by Kidlington who defeated Carterton Town 2-0. Wycombe Wanderers follow on in third after storming to an 8-2 victory over Aylesbury Utd in which Lauren Head hit a brace along with Charlotte Bagshaw, Jordan Goddard-Joseph, Ellie Searle and Helen Taylor.
In Division Two North, table toppers Chinnor also drew, 1-1 with Benson Lionesses with Katie Thorp scoring their goal. Launton moved level on points with them by beating Taplow Utd 3-0, although they have played several more matches. Stanford Ladies meanwhile moved into mid-table on the back of a 1-0 victory over Thame Utd.
Georgia McGill netted four times with one apiece from Francesca Boekbinder and Phoebe Cole as Barton Rovers stayed top of Division Two South with a 6-1 win away to Flackwell Heath. Wargrave Ladies went nine better as they stayed on their heels via an emphatic victory against Ascot Utd Res and Sandhurst Town were 4-2 winners over Thatcham Town, a result which takes them into third place.
FC Chippenham are back on top of the league after Caitlin Brooks and Lia Painter gave them a 2-1 win away to Frome Town Res. Swindon Town Development also won 2-1 against Swindon Spitfires Development thanks to Hannah Attewell and Amy Jolliffe. Kerry Ash and Kirsty Miles each netted four times, with Abby Easter adding a brace as Marlborough Town eased to a 10-2 victory over Market Lavington.
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