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Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
The two teams at the top of the league met each other in the quarter finals of the League Cup on Sunday and it was Garston who triumphed 3-0 over Leighton Utd Vixens. Vikki Duffy netted twice and Emma Trill the other as Garston ousted the league leaders. Joining them in the semi finals are Toddington Rovers, 5-3 winners against Garston '96 with goals from Faye Moxon (2), Samantha Lay-Flurrie, Amy Summerfield and Ella Swan.
In Division One, Flitwick Ladies lifted themselves up into third place on the back of a 5-0 victory over Harvesters.
The top three did not play in Division Two and Woburn Lionesses were unable to make up ground on them as they were beaten 6-2 by Bishop's Stortford Town. Inka Pearson bagged a four-goal haul and the other goals came from Brooke White and Emma Perrin. Emma Chaffey netted a brace and Natalie Thompson was also on target as Hitchin Town defeated AFC Dunstable Blues 3-0 whilst Crawley Green were 1-0 winners over Biggleswade Ladies, Nina Service grabbing the only goal of the game.
AFC Kempston Girls & Ladies leapfrogged Bedmond Ladies into third place in Division Three by beating them 7-5, Grace Fuller hitting a hat-trick with Chloe Williams (2), Shannon Pearson and Shelbee Clarke joining her on the scoresheet. Natalie Maher was another hat-trick scorer, for Evergreen Ladies in their 8-1 victory against Kings Langley. Louisa Johnson contributed a double and the tally was completed by Rebecca Freeman, Paige Lacey-Akers and Sally Grant. Kathryn Light and Sophie Whitman netted the goals as Panshanger defeated Welwyn Garden City 2-0.
Halas Hawks kept up their improving form in the Premier Division with their second win in successive weeks, 2-0 against fourth placed Rugby Town to move themselves up to mid-table.
Coundon Court doubled their lead at the top of Division One to six points by scoring eight times without reply past Wednesbury Wildcats. Walsall Wood meanwhile won 3-0 away to FC Elite, who remain in the bottom two.
In Division Two, Coleshill Town narrowed the gap on leaders Wednesfield as they crushed fourth placed Warwick Ladies 13-1. Urban Kickz are up into the top half after winning another high scoring affair, 9-4 against Kingsbury & Coleshill.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Netherton Utd have gone level on points with league leaders Riverside Rovers after beating Isleham Utd 3-2. Rachel Anderson, Kerry Camwell and Tia Vacca scored the goals for Netherton who are four points in front of third placed Huntingdon Town, 2-1 winners over Fulbourn Bluebirds thanks to Natasha Dowdell and Sophie Marheineke. Marion Van Thorenburg and Amanda Wainwright were on the mark as Cambridge University narrowly beat Cambridge Women Res 2-1.
Stamford continued their climb up the Championship North with a 4-0 victory over previously unbeaten Wisbech Town, replacing them in second. Sascha Smith led the scoring with a hat-trick and Emma Ward was also on target.
Warrington Wolverines extended their lead to nine points as they won 3-1 against third placed Stockport County HNR, who scored a consolation goal through Georgia Hesketh. In the other game to be played, two of teams in the bottom three places met each other and it was Chester City who picked up an important 5-2 victory over Vauxhall Ladies.
St Agnes took themselves to the verge of the league title by beating St Breward 9-0, meaning they require one more point to be confirmed as Champions. Mabe Ladies look set to finish in a creditable third place following a 5-4 victory over Penzance, whose goals came from Danielle Barnes (2), Lucy Brown and Lamorna Fellows.
Portland Utd have taken over as the new leaders on goal difference following an emphatic victory over Bere Regis. Natalie Batchelor led the scoring with an eight-goal haul and Amy Wild weighed in with a further five. Eloise Adams bagged a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Helen Pearson and Tasha Sibley. AFC Bournemouth won 12-0 at Blandford Utd and Parley Sports Res defeated Poole Town Res by the same scoreline.
Durham Women now have a lead of five points at the top of Division One after they battled out a 2-2 draw with third placed Seaton Carew.
Development Division leaders St Cuthbert's Ladies were also in action on Sunday, going three points ahead with a 5-3 victory away to Darlington Spraire Lasses.
East Riding League
The only action in the league took place in the League Cup where Hull City Development defeated Pinefleet Wolfreton 7-3 after extra time, to book their place in the quarter finals.
The only game to survive this week was the replayed local derby tie in the League Cup which was abandoned last Sunday, due to an unfortunate Tigers player sustaining a serious injury. Division One leaders Eastern Avenue safely negotiated past Premier Division opponents Collier Row Tigers following a 4-0 victory.
Cirencester Town's title charge received a setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Cheltenham Town Development, for whom Sophie Wyatt netted both goals. Katrina Fisher and Caroline Dowdeswell were on the scoresheet for Cirencester who lead by six points from Forest of Dean, 1-0 winners over Cheltenham Spa CS thanks to Sophie Drain, and Almondsbury UWE who defeated Bristol & West 3-1. Wootton Bassett Town remain in fourth place after they batted out a goalless draw with Dursley Town.
AEK Boco Development maintained their lead of four points in Division Two as they scored fifteen times without reply past Bishop's Cleeve. Lucy Alexander had a great day in front of goal as she bagged herself a ten-goal haul, Courtney Smith weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Vicky Foxwell, Issy Smart and Eleanor Keedwell. St Nicholas Res kept up the chase in second place with a narrow 1-0 victory over Abbeymead Rovers, earned through a second half strike from Charlotte Davis. Jade Powell was on target five times, Kate Ambrey added a brace and Heather Haines completed the scoring as Mitcheldean beat Lockleaze Community 8-0 to keep themselves in third place, just ahead of Bristol Ladies Union Development who defeated Wotton Rovers 5-2. Poppy Warren netted a brace for Union and she was joined on the scoresheet by Alyta Norman, Scarlett Rendell and Katie Woods.
Greater London League
Georgia Heasman, Aramide Okekunle and Megan Smith scored the goals as AFC Wimbledon Development won 3-2 at Enfield Town Res to stay four points ahead of Northwood, 6-3 victors over Comets thanks to a Joanne Horwood hat-trick, Emma Steele (2) and Holly Gilder. Bromley LFC maintained their good form by beating Clapham Utd 3-1, Tanya Holley netting twice along with Chloe Robertson.
In Division Two South, Chobham Burymead closed to within three points of leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough after Claire Couzens gave them a 1-0 win away to Denham Utd Development. Clapham Utd Res meanwhile defeated AFC Phoenix Res 5-2 thanks to an Alice Walker hat-trick plus two from Katie Savelli.
Kikk Talang were unable to take an opportunity to regain the leadership of Division Three North when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Old Actonians Res. Resham Chaudry and an own goal accounted for Actonians' goals with Kikk replying through Laura Lonnberg and Naomi Stirling.
League leaders Team Solent were held to a 1-1 draw by fourth placed Shanklin Res. Rebecca White was on target for the Isle of Wight side, with Team Solent responding via a strike from Natasha Kenny.
There was a change of leadership in Division Two with Warsash Wasps taking over at the top after Kirsty Crisp gave them a 1-0 win away to Winchester City Flyers Res. Mudeford Phoenix follow on in third, they defeated Gosport Borough Res 5-3 thanks to Gerry Kehayoua (2), Georgia Otty (2) and Julie Jenkins.
AFC Bournemouth secured the Division Three title after they won 3-2 away to Widbrook Utd Res. Paula Taylor, Emily Trim and Jade Tucknott scored the goals to put their side in an unassailable position in the table.
Preston North End Res preserved their seven point lead at the top of Division One with a 5-3 victory over Haslingden. Heather Crook and Alisha Houghton were each on target twice along with Abigail Wignall. Penwortham are continuing the chase in second place, they were 6-4 winners away to Morecambe A.
Merseyrail Bootle made it twelve wins out of twelve when beating Maghull 8-0 on Sunday, extending their advantage at the top to eight points in the process. The other game to be played also yielded eight goals but this time the honours were shared as the mid-table battle between Liverpool University and Liverpool Marshalls Feds ended in a 4-4 draw.
Midwest Counties League
Bartestree caused a surprise in the semi finals of the League Cup when they defeated title challengers Evesham Utd 1-0. Their opponents in the Final will be Cookley Sports who were 5-1 winners over WCT Raiders.
One match beat the weather in the league and it resulted in a 3-1 victory for Wyre Forest Phoenix Res against Welland Ladies.
Only one match managed to go ahead on Sunday and it took place in Division One where Thorpe Utd moved up into second place by beating Sprowston 7-1. Charlotte Groves, Lauren Hedtke and Alice Ladbrooke all netted doubles and Kari Hegstad completed the scoring to leave Thorpe six points behind leaders Aylsham Town and with two games in hand.
North Riding League
In the quarter finals of the League Cup, Poppleton went through to the semi finals via a penalty shootout against York RI after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw, Emily Calpin having scored Poppleton's goal. The other three quarter finals ties were postponed and will be played this Sunday.
Cramlington Utd claimed a 3-2 win away to Blakelaw Utd which keeps them in fourth place, courtesy of goals from Hannah Turnbull, Amber and Rachel Best.
Fernwood Foxes climbed into second place in the League Plate table after they defeated Bingham Town 4-2 in the solitary match to be played. Emilia Ellis hit a hat-trick and Paxton Johnson the other for Fernwood, whilst Bingham replied through Jessica Nightingale and Olwen Edwards.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
Just one fixture survived the adverse weather and that was chiefly down to a snow clearance operation on Saturday, but the spadework paid off for leaders Oughtibridge as they finished 4-1 winners over Staveley MW, whom they had beaten 4-0 the previous weekend.
Codi Melia, with a brace, Annie Longmore and Lauren Turner netted for Oughtibridge - who made it six wins out of six at home - with Sam Kirk replying for Staveley.
Team Mendip blew the Division One title race wide open with a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten leaders Yeovil Town 3rds. Lucy Mager and Demi Reading scored the goals to take their side level on points with Yeovil, each side having four games left to play. Pen Mill have virtually eased any fears of finishing in the bottom two after edging out AFC Brislington 4-3. Rebecca Roberts, Amy Jones, Anne Read and Nicki Stringer were on target for Pen Mill with Leah Perrott, Sophie Derrick and Shania Lindsay-Powell replying.
Taunton Town Development extended their Division Two lead to five points as Molly Hines and Ashleigh Grabham gave them a 2-1 win against Staplegrove. Combe St Nicholas' climb up the table has now taken them into third place after they defeated Evercreech 3-0. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and stay level on points after Merriott Ladies and Berrow battled out a goalless draw.
South East League
Amy Russ bagged a hat-trick along with Catherine Morris, Melissa Cook and an own goal as Meridian won 6-1 away to Eastbourne Ladies and they remain two points ahead of Dartford Royals who beat Parkwood Rangers 1-0 with a goal from Kelly Philpott. Long Lane defeated Burgess Hill Town 6-3 thanks to Ellie Beere (2), Megan Burrows, Alana Garrett, Leah Croucher and China Hinds. Sarah Saputo was on target four times and Ciara Laing weighed in with a brace for Anchorians in their 6-1 victory over South Park.
In Division One East, Leanne Foster and Courtney Smith scored the goals for Castle Colts as they drew 2-2 with Anchorians Res, whose markswomen were Reanne Armstrong and Ellie Stewart.
Danielle Lane scored twice and there was one apiece from Rebecca Beale, Hayley Bridge, Hannah Lane and Phoebe Thorpe as Worthing Minors defeated Dorking 6-1 to stay eleven points clear at the top of Division One West from Seahaven Harriers, who beat Milford & Witley 2-1 courtesy of a Lauren Smith double. Wivelsfield Green ran out 9-1 winners away to Burgess Hill Town Res, Claudia Vogel hitting a hat-trick with Donna Cox (2), Emma Chrimes, Kim Hughes, Sarah Smart and Anna Purnell completing the scoring. Dulcie Elder's hat-trick earned Worthing Town a 3-2 victory away to Adur Athletic.
One match went ahead in the Kent County Division, Anchorians 3rds winning 5-1 against Sheerness East. Kayleigh Williams scored a hat-trick and the other goals came from Charlea Best and Olivia Brooker.
The top two kept up the pace on Sunday with Shrewsbury Town beating Newcastle Town 5-2 to maintain their three point advantage. Second placed Stone Dominoes netted seven without reply away to Bradwell Belles to stay hard on their heels.
Crystal Palace Development Res now head the table by six points following their 2-2 draw against Surrey Eagles. Guildford Saints meanwhile picked up only their second victory of the season, a 3-2 success away to British Airways.
In the only match to beat the weather on Sunday, Amy Clark and Sabrina Sanders scored the goals as Rottingdean Village won 2-1 against third placed Lewes Development, whose consolation came from Molly Miller.
Thames Valley Counties League
Aylesbury Utd are yet to win a league game this season but they have reached the League Plate Final after beating Taplow Utd 5-3 on Sunday. Kate Townley and Emily Wells each scored twice along with Stefanie Coe for Aylesbury who will play either Summertown Stars or Bracknell Town Res, whose meeting was postponed.
The Division One top of the table clash was won by Kidlington, who beat leaders Woodley Utd Res 2-1 to narrow the gap to a single point. Bethany Hawtin and Anna Jimenez scored for Kidlington, with Laura Harris-Steers replying. Third placed Wycombe Wanderers defeated Oxford City Nomads 4-1 with goals from Emily Holmes (2), Lauren Head and Ellie Searle. Carterton Town were 4-2 winners over Headington Ladies whilst Abigail Clayton and Amy Taylor netted for Barton Utd in their 2-2 draw with City Belles, who replied through Georgina Hinds and Danika Jackson.
In Division Two North, Benson Lionesses kept their promotion hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over Stanford Ladies, Samantha Campbell and Charmaine White were on target.
West Riding League
Tingley Athletic's promotion challenge received a setback as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Leeds Medics & Dentists. A win would have Tingley top but instead they remain in third place, two points off the pace.
In Division Three, Castleford White Rose Res and Brighouse Town Development remain in third and fourth respectively after they fought out a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile it was a great day for Amaranth as they broke their run of seven straight defeats to beat Skipton Town 1-0 and record their first victory of the season.
Brighouse Athletic progressed to the next round in the League Shield after running out 5-0 winners away to Oulton Ladies.
Swindon Spitfires Utd have ascended to the top of the table after Jessica Dent and Zofia Stepien gave them a 2-1 win away to Melksham Town Black. In the other game to go ahead, Stacey Crouch and Tiegan Marsh scored the goals as Frome Town Res defeated Swindon Spitfires Development 2-1.
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