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Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
The remaining two League Cup quarter final ties were played and produced contrasting results. Sherrardswood edged through via a 1-0 extra time victory over Sandy Ladies, courtesy of a solitary strike from Laura Cousins. Watton Ladies had a smoother passage, beating Broadhall 7-1 to complete the semi final line up.
Garston narrowed the gap on Division One leaders Leighton Utd Vixens to two points after they won 3-2 at Sharnbrook, thanks to a Vikki Duffy hat-trick.
Toddington Rovers cemented themselves in second place in Division Two by scoring nine without reply against AFC Dunstable Blues. Ella Swan bagged a five-goal haul, Susanna Mayer added a brace and there was one apiece from Adelaide Harper and Amy Summerfield. Siobhan Collingwood (2) and Senel Chapman netted the goals as Crawley Green won 3-2 against Hitchin Town whilst Samantha Takis was on target for Evergreen Eagles in their 1-0 victory over Bishop's Stortford Town.
In Division Three, Houghton Athletic moved themselves to within two points of the leadership by winning 6-1 away to Bedmond Ladies, Ciara Craig hitting a hat-trick along with Emma Hawkes, Shakeela Hussain and Niamh Timmons.
Atherstone Rangers edged further ahead in the Premier Division as they won 1-0 away to Tipton Town, whilst Sandwell Ladies were held to a 3-3 draw by Rugby Town. Third placed Tamworth Minor may have seen their chances dealt a fatal blow with a 2-0 defeat at home to Halas Hawks but Stockingford AA Pavilion remain in the running after they beat Solihull Moors 5-2.
The top two did not play in Division One whilst third placed Black Country Belles caught up ground by defeating Walsall Development Swifts 4-0. Hillcrest remain in mid-table after they edged out FC Elite by the odd goal in five.
Coundon Court have hit top spot in Division Two, their 5-2 victory over Tame Bridge seeing them take over from Wednesfield on goal difference. Warwick Ladies moved into the top three after beating Leamington Hibernian 3-1 and Urban Kickz took the points against Starlands St Annes by the only goal of the game.
Stourbridge completed the semi final line up in the Open Cup, the Division One side winning 3-2 against Premier Division opponents Continental Star.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Riverside Rovers remain as Premiership leaders on goal difference after scoring eight without reply past Isleham Utd. Claire Knibbs was on target five times along with Holly Morgan, Annie Posnett and Hannah Stubbs. Netherton Utd made sure of keeping pace with a 3-0 victory over Cambridge Women Res with goals from Kerry Camwell (2) and Natalie Gaches. Krissie Taylor and Joanne Woods were on the scoresheet for Fulbourn Bluebirds in their 2-2 draw with Cambridge University, who replied through Maud Gibbons and Amanda Wainwright.
Championship North leaders Bourne Ladies were beaten for the first time this season, going down 4-0 to Deeping Diamonds whose scorers were Millie Bristow, Ellie Caston, Ellie Gavaghan and Yasmin Parker. Stamford stay second after battling out a 4-4 draw with Wisbech St Marys, who netted through Eilish Brown (2), Nicole Saunders and Catherine Ray. Lauren Walsh scored seven times, with Abby Nascimento and Olivia Rothwell each contributing doubles as Downham Town defeated Outwell Swifts 11-1.
Marie Avis and Beth Fisher were on target as Newmarket Town defeated Little Paxton 2-0 to go six points clear in the Championship South from Sawtry Ladies who drew 1-1 with Milton Ladies with goals from Georgia Rebane and Daniella Briggs respectively. Emma Searle hit a hat-trick and Emma Frost the other for March Town Utd in their 4-0 victory over Cambridge Rangers.
Warrington Wolverines were 3-1 winners over Altrincham in the top of the table clash and this has seen them open up a lead of twelve points. Third placed Stockport County HNR also lost ground when going down to a 3-2 defeat at home to local rivals AFC Stockport.
The remaining First Round tie in the Challenge Cup was played on Sunday and it was Vauxhall Ladies who progressed with a 5-3 extra time victory over Runcorn Linnets, avenging their County Cup defeat in the process.
Mackworth St Francis emerged as narrow winners from their Challenge Cup semi final tie with Ashbourne Ladies, Chloe Enser scoring twice and Melissa Fisher giving them a 3-2 victory after extra time, with Diane Burton netting a brace in reply.
Cara Turner (2), Emma Hawkins, Shanead Higton, Emily Murphy and Lauren Turner scored the goals as Castle Donnington booked their place in the League Plate semi finals by beating Pride Park Ladies 6-1. Also through are AFC Dronfield, 5-1 winners at Wirksworth Colts thanks to a Terri Williamson double, Georgina Goodwin, Lucy Shuttleworth and an own goal.
Westward Developments Devon League
In the Premier Division, Activate went goal crazy at home against University of Exeter, winning 11-2. Wensdy Wise led the way with a personal haul of five goals while Jodie Martin, Becky Eden and Jacey Lee scored one each. Amy Stanger weighed in with two more and there was an own goal to make up the total. The students replied through Harriet Kelly and Kirstin McGregor.
In Division One, Gabi Alphous notched four goals to help Morley Rangers to a 5-0 victory over Okehampton Argyle. Amarine Crabtree scored the other goal. Title winners Tavistock travelled to play University of Plymouth and came away winners by 5-1. Donna Weeks grabbed a couple of goals with Becky McMullin, Becky Turner and Kirsty Jones getting the others, while Lucy Robinson replied for the students.
Portland Utd held onto the leadership on goal difference after a 5-1 win away to third placed AFC Bournemouth. Dorchester Town ensured that they kept pace with them by beating Poole Town Res 2-0. Parley Sports Res can still have a big say by winning their games in hand and they stayed on course as they ran out 12-3 victors over Blandford Utd. Bere Regis also had a good day in front of goal, beating Queen Bees 10-1.
Seaton Carew cemented themselves in third place in the Division One table as they scored seven times without reply past Consett Belles. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens meanwhile lifted themselves off the bottom, courtesy of a 7-2 victory over Bishop Auckland Girls.
A 6-0 win against Washington Ladies keeps St Cuthbert's Ladies three points clear at the top of the Development Division. South Shields made sure of staying hard on their heels in second place by beating Farringdon Detached 5-0. Bishop Auckland meanwhile kept in touch with the leading sides with an 8-1 victory over Boldon Development and Seaton Carew Development edged out Darlington Spraire Lasses by the odd goal in five.
East Riding League
Hull University booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup with a 6-2 victory away to AFC Tickton.
In the solitary league match to be played, Hull City Development have virtually assured themselves of a mid-table finish following a 6-4 success against Kingston Harriers.
Fourth played fifth in the only match in the Premier Division on Sunday but the outcome was left in the balance after the game was abandoned in the 67th minute between Collier Row Tigers and Lawford.
Eastern Avenue extended their lead at the top of Division One to six points following their narrow 2-1 victory at Leigh Athletic. Little Thurrock Dynamos Res meanwhile gained the points after they won 5-2 at Southend Town, a result which takes them into fourth place.
The top two in Division One saw their matches fall victim to the weather on Sunday and this gave Almondsbury UWE the chance to move into second place, which they duly took with a 3-1 victory away to Dursley Town. Wootton Bassett Town remain in fourth after winning 4-2 at Cheltenham Spa CS, courtesy of doubles from Megan Tidy and Emily Bogg. Cheltenham Town Development meanwhile avenged an earlier defeat this season to Longlevens by winning the return meeting 1-0, Ashleigh Lebbon scoring the goal to take her side out of the bottom three.
AEK Boco Development have stretched their advantage at the top of Division Two after scoring eleven times without reply against Cirencester Town Development. Lucy Atkinson kept up her fine form in front of goal by netting five times and Courtney Smith weighed in with a hat-trick, while Issy Smart (2) and Vicky Foxwell completed the tally. Second placed St Nicholas Res were held to a 1-1 draw by Mitcheldean, Jade Powell giving the Forest of Dean side a first half lead and Sarah Price equalising after the break. Bristol Ladies Union Development moved up to third by beating Lockleaze Community 10-0. Laura Brown and Charlie Andrews each netted hat-tricks and Sophie Harris added a brace, with Alyta Norman and Poppy Warren rounding off the scoring. Wotton Rovers returned to winning ways by scoring seven without reply against Bishop's Cleeve, Charlotte Palmer hitting a hat-trick along with doubles from Rosanna Blacker and Amy Lewis. Abbeymead Rovers retained their outside chance of promotion with a 2-1 win against Quedgeley Wanderers. Tina Cox and Paige Ible were the Abbeymead scorers and Leanne Turner replied for Quedgeley
Greater London League
AFC Wimbledon Development took a potentially huge stride towards the Division One title with a 9-3 victory over main rivals Northwood. Georgia Heasman led the scoring with four goals for the Dons, who are virtually sure of at least second place, while Aramide Okekunle (2), Megan Smith (2) and Elle Richards were also on the scoresheet. Petts Wood are on course for a top three place after Dannielle Glancy netted four times and Ellie Bovill the other in their 5-1 win against Comets. Paige Flynn netted the only goal for Wealdstone as they beat Hackney 1-0 to hold on to fourth, just ahead of Bromley LFC who were 3-0 winners at Luton Town Hatters thanks to Rebecca Bays, Kristy Higginson and Tanya Holley. Clapham Utd are off the bottom following their 1-1 draw with Hampstead, Cheri Lubren scoring their goal with Iselin Kvamme replying.
Headstone Manor moved up to fourth in Division Two North as they defeated Camden Town Res 4-1, Sherise Binns and Irisha Smith each scoring twice. Kiki Christofi was on target five times, Laura Elias weighed in with a hat-trick and further goals came from Rhiannon Bassett (2), Annie Flanagan (2), Tara Hutcherson and Leah Wood for Enfield Town 3rds in their victory against Hampstead Res.
One match took place in Division Two South, Elisa Caparroso netting twice along with Carolina Baztan and Charlie Brinkhurst as AFC Phoenix Res won 4-1 against Balham Panthers.
In Division Three South, South London recorded one of their best results of the season when holding second placed Club Langley to a goalless draw.
Zoe Dawson netted twice as Chobham Burymead defeated Wealdstone Res 2-1 to reach the Third Round of the Russell Cup. Also through are Clapham Utd Res, 4-2 winners over Denham Utd Res thanks to Sophie Walker (2), Amy Lake and Katie Savelli.
The tie of the round in the Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy quarter finals went the way of Tower Hamlets Res, who defeated Kikk Talang 4-1 with goals from Tanya Birt (2), Louise Askew and Natalie Wainer. Victoire Ladies meanwhile won 3-0 against East London, Sherelle Walters netting twice and Louise Feeney the other. Tracey Caldwell and Beth Turrell each hit hat-tricks, Annika Walsh adding two with one apiece from Jean Bevan and Chelsea Orridge-Golding as Alexandra Park beat Bedhead 10-0 and Putney Vale complete a strong looking semi final line-up after a 5-1 victory over Hackney Res, Sarah Benham bagging a hat-trick along with Jennie Brereton and Laura Mott.
Greater Manchester League
FC United of Manchester moved back to the top of the table following an emphatic 17-1 victory over Heyside Angels. Previous leaders Beechfield Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by Reddish North End and are back in second place. Chorltonians kept their own hopes alive by defeating Oldham Athletic 6-1.
Division Two leaders All Ladies Academy have gone five points clear following their 2-0 victory over Irlam Vale. Avros meanwhile ran out 7-1 winners against Manchester Rovers, a result which has taken them into third.
Winchester City Flyers moved to the top of the league with an 8-0 victory over Christchurch. Kayleigh Moss led the scoring with a hat-trick, Lauren Sessions added a brace and there was one apiece from Louisa Castle, Jade Ellis-Johnson and Emma Faux. AFC Boscombe Albion are in third but just one point off the pace and still unbeaten after winning 6-0 away to Shanklin Res, Caroline Gray hitting a hat-trick along with Beatriz Baptista, Lowri Fernyhough and Jess Turk.
Warsash Wasps have gone three points clear in Division Two after a Kiera Gray hat-trick, Lucy Armstrong, Emma Field, Lorna Lanham and Emily Osborne gave them a 7-0 win at BTC (Southampton). Third placed Mudeford Phoenix beat Kingsclere 2-1 thanks to Lisa Cordery and Gerry Kehayoua and Winchester City Flyers Res returned to winning ways, Amelia Cutler netting three and Ellie Kirby the other as they defeated Winchester City 4-2. Zoe Jessey bagged a five-goal haul, with other strikes from Samantha Jennings and Charlie Scott-Harrison, for Gosport Borough Res in their 7-2 victory over Bursledon.
In Division Three, Horndean still have a chance of the runners-up spot and they ran out 5-1 winners over Alderbury with goals from Sarah-Jayne Bulley (2), Camilla Edwards, Tina Emery and Kelly Newton-Stuart. Shannon King netted five times along with a Charlotte May double and Sarah North as Basingstoke Town Res defeated Sholing 8-1 to stay third, just ahead of Widbrook Utd Res who won 3-0 at Tadley Calleva thanks to Kate Bundy, Shanai Fitzjohn and Laura Wright.
Pennington are still searching for their first win of the season in Division One and on Sunday they went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Southport Southline, who took a step closer towards mid-table.
In Division Two, Barrowford Celtic lifted themselves into second place on the back of a 2-1 victory away to Lancaster City.
Merseyrail Bootle march on at the top of the table with their thirteenth straight win, 8-0 against Long Lane. Alder Ladies meanwhile defeated Liverpool University 6-0 to go level on points with second placed Ashton Town but Tranmere Rovers Res lost ground as they were beaten 5-0 by Salisbury Athletic. Liverpool Marshalls Feds came away from Maghull with a 2-1 victory which keeps them in with a chance of a top four place.
Midwest Counties League
Hereford LC stay on course for the title at present, opening up an eight point lead after beating second placed AFC Bridgnorth 3-2. Evesham Utd now look to be their main rivals and they maintained their own challenge by also winning 3-2 against Welland Ladies. Cookley Sports ran out 4-0 winners over AFC Worcester Olympic whilst Droitwich Spa Belles and Ludlow Ladies shared eight goals.
Leaders Aylsham Town are through to the semi finals of the League Cup but only just, having narrowly won 4-3 against Lynn Ladies with goals from Gina Atherton, Michaela England, Lisa Ferdani and Emma Gillespie. Thorpe Utd had a much smoother passage, winning 12-1 against Morley Ladies 12-1, spearheaded by a six-goal haul from Charlotte Groves. Alice Ladbrooke added two and there was one apiece from Judith Bloomfield, Alice Ford and Hayley Kindred.
In Division Two, North Walsham Angels kept their promotion hopes alive with a 6-1 win away to Freethorpe, Luci Middleton netting five of the goals and Georgia Wager completing the tally. Madison Cook (2) and Leanne Muffett were on target for Bungay Town Res in their 3-0 victory away to Sprowston Res. Harleston meanwhile claimed their first win of the season, 4-0 against third placed Bohemians thanks to a Lacey Andrews double, Rosie Clark and Maureen Ellis.
North Riding League
League leaders York City Res are out of the League Cup at the quarter final stage, beaten 2-1 by Stokesley for whom Stacy Jordan and Zoe Schiller were on target. Guisborough Ladies defeated Brooklyn Ladies 2-0 with goals from Ruth Wilson and Ashley Dearlove, and Fishburn Park joined them in the last four with a 5-0 victory over Huntington in which Jess Purvis hit a hat-trick with further strikes from Samantha Burrows and Ellie-Rose Gordon.
One match was played in the league, Brompton lifting themselves off the bottom of the table with a 3-1 victory away to Catterick Garrison.
Thrapston Town trimmed some of Roade Ladies' lead to eight points as Daniella Ashworth (2), Staci Nunley and Hannah Pendred fired them to a 4-0 victory away to Moulton Ladies A. Billing Utd are just behind in third following their 6-1 success against Rothwell Corinthians Res while Shauna Brierley and Shannon Brown were the markswomen for Stewart & Lloyds Res in their 2-0 win against Woodford Utd.
Clifton stretched their lead to five points when they defeated Bingham Town 4-2, courtesy of two goals apiece from Emma Clarke and Laurie Newton. Jessica Woffinden and Natalie Gibson were on the scoresheet as Ollerton Town replaced Sherwood Youth in second place by beating them 2-1.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
Leaders Oughtibridge boosted their chances of lifting the title with a 5-0 win at Chesterfield to move twelve points clear of Handsworth who have four games in hand, with the pair due to meet in a near title decider in a month. Anna Goulding (2), Lauren Turner (2) and Holly Towns were on target for Oughtibridge who are comfortably the division's top scorers. Ellis Ridge and Michelle Wakelin scored for Sheffield Wednesday Res as they won 2-1 at Edlington Royals, whose goal came from Kirsty Nelthorpe.
In Division Two, teams meet each other three times and Tasha Carlton scored a hat-trick of hat-tricks for Mexborough Athletic against Shaw Lane Aquaforce. She netted a treble in the first two encounters, both of which ended 4-4, and a deep into injury time equaliser which completed another treble and secured a point from last Sunday's 3-3 draw. Anston stayed in title contention with a 2-0 win over Socrates courtesy of Dawn Cripps and an own goal.
Division Three leaders Beighton Magpies moved closer to the title as they made it eight straight wins with Ellen Smith (2), Kerry Armstrong, Lucy Birks, Megan Fletcher, Rachel Hale, Ashton Crouch and Emily Rumsby on target in their 8-1 victory at AFC Unity who started in second place. Lucy Strutt's consolation goal (to make it 7-1) was first conceded by Beighton in their winning streak and only the third conceded in the league. Rotherham Utd Development climbed above Unity into second after coming from behind to record a 6-1 success over New Bohemians thanks to a Michaela Atkinson hat-trick, Hannah Crossley (2) and Ayesha Khan. Chloe Brown netted both for Brampton in their 2-0 home win over Greasborough.
Yeovil Town 3rds returned to winning ways and held onto the leadership by scoring eleven times past AFC Brislington, who may have caught the backlash from their defeat seven days earlier. Kathleen Waterhouse was on target five times, Bethany Smith weighed in with four and Amber Guy-Kemp added the other two. Team Mendip made sure of keeping pace with them by beating Portishead 5-1 with an Ellison Roberts hat-trick, Charlie Longhorn and Demi Reading accounting for their goals. Natasha Gratton was another hat-trick scorer along with Helena Schoner (2) and Jodie Dingle as Bishop's Lydeard Res won 6-2 against Wells City.
Division Two leaders Taunton Town Development crashed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Berrow, from whom Sara Bradley netted twice along with an own goal. Combe St Nicholas closed the gap on them to two points with a 3-1 success away to Merriott Ladies. Staplegrove are a further two points adrift in third after a Kiri Pursey hat-trick gave them a 3-1 victory over Team Mendip Res, who replied through Alice Dodd. Hannah Barker scored the only of the goal of the game as Wellington kept their promotion chances alive by beating Evercreech 1-0.
South East League
Dartford Royals have taken over as the new leaders after a Kelly Philpott goal gave them a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Herne Bay. Long Lane stay in touch in third place, they defeated Anchorians 6-1 with goals from Megan Burrows (2), Leah Croucher (2), Ellie Beere and Hayley Irving. Keeley Wheatley netted five times and Chloe Farrell the other for Burgess Hill Town in their 6-0 win at Parkwood Rangers and Eastbourne Ladies were 3-2 winners over South Park thanks to Leanne Strudwick, Ella Sutherland and Shantelle Omar.
There was also a change of leadership in Division One East, Ashford LFC going top by beating Anchorians Res 4-0, Karis Howard netting twice along with Danielle Berry and Yasmin Howard. Sophie Gifford and Harriet Woolston each bagged doubles as Thanet Colts also won 4-0 against Aylesford Res.
Worthing Minors are closing in on the Division One West title and now lead by fourteen points after Caroline Hodgson and Danielle Lane gave them a 2-1 win away to Wivelsfield Green. Abbey Rangers lost a little ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Milford & Witley, who scored through Delphine Adburgham and Adrianne Blanchard with Stephanie Sale and Amber Walker replying. Dulcie Elder and Charlotte Hoskins each netted twice and Kirsty Lawrie the other as Worthing Town defeated Burgess Hill Town Res 5-0, whilst Bexhill Utd Res and Adur Athletic finished level at 1-1 with goals from Jasmin Gray and Jordan Lucas respectively.
One match was played in the Kent County Division, Margate Ladies running out 7-0 winners over Sheerness East. Kara Richardson scored a hat-trick, Harrietta Alvarado added two and the tally was completed by Beth Cooper and Shannon Nelson.
The Kent Divisional Cup semi finals were played on Sunday and leaders Long Lane Res will play University of Kent in the Final after victories over London Corinthians Res and Barming (see report).
Shrewsbury Town head the table by six points following their 7-0 victory over Whitchurch in which Natalie Turner bagged a hat-trick along with Daisy Bradshaw, Penny Owen, Tania Prior and Charlotte Sewell. Kidsgrove Athletic's 7-1 win against Leek Ladies has taken them third, while Bradwell Belles ran out 8-1 winners over Stoke Town. Brereton Town netted eight without reply past Stafford Development whilst Newcastle Town defeated Lichfield City 8-2, Tara Harrison netting a hat-trick with further goals from Holly Ellison (2), Kayleigh Baker, Beth Caddy and Amy Bailie.
Bacton Utd produced the result of the round in the quarter finals of the League Cup when beating Ipswich Valley Rangers 3-2 after extra time with goals from Eleanor Catchpole, Natalie Green and Sam Hemmings. Long Melford meanwhile emerged from an even closer tie with Copleston, winning on penalties following a 1-1 draw in which Megan Partridge scored their goal. East Bergholt Utd are also in the semi finals after Jessica Oxlade (2), Sadie Hurren (2), Pippa King and Grace Knock saw them to a 6-1 victory over Felixstowe & Walton Utd.
In the league, Emily Steward scored five times as Witnesham Wasps defeated Ransomes Sports 11-2. Reanne Stankiewicz weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one each from Shorolla Allen, Caitlin Howe and Alice Rampling.
Crystal Palace Development Res ran out 9-1 winners over Guildford Saints and stretched their lead to eight points in the process, due to second placed Fulham FC Foundation Res being held to a 3-3 draw by Surrey Eagles. Chertsey Town meanwhile continued their improving form by beating British Airways 1-0.
Lewes Development are in second place following their 11-0 victory over Worthing Town Res. Chloe Evans was on target five times and Lucy Hodges netted twice, while Ellie French, Emily Guthrie, Lily Smith and Charlotte Russell completed the scoring. Rosie Newman hit a hat-trick as Jarvis Brook won 6-0 at Henfield, the others coming from Lauren Black, Phoebe Dier and Isabel Onunain.
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