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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star narrowed the gap on leaders Eastwood Community to three points with a 6-0 victory away to Grimsby Borough. Nettleham are a further point adrift in third place following their 4-0 win against Sandiacre Town and Long Eaton Utd also beat Rise Park 4-0, courtesy of a Joanne Campbell hat-trick and Carly Hayes.
Winterton Rangers still head Division One North by eleven points after winning 2-0 at Sleaford Town. Faye Brown scored twice along with Tara Butler and an own goal for second placed Ruddington Village in their 4-1 victory at West Bridgford. Underwood Villa and Mansfield Hosiery Mills occupy the next two positions after sharing a 2-2 draw, Amy Jones and Laura Markwell netting for Mansfield. Kelly Gunston, Katie Green and Charlotte Maxted were all on the scoresheet as Alfreton Town won 3-1 away to Teversal.
Burton Park Wanderers have gone top of Division One South with a 6-1 victory over Rothwell Corinthians. Katie Steward and Mikaela Welford each netted twice with Erica Rose and Cassie Steward adding the others. Bedworth Utd remain in touch, two points behind, as Kirsty Farnsworth (2), Lydia Hackney and Jodi Hunter ensured they defeated Loughborough Students (2006) 4-2. Rebecca Boath scored both goals for Corby S & L in their 2-2 draw with Raunds Town, who replied through Hayleigh King and Tash Applegate.
Cleethorpes Town produced a fine result in the League Plate, winning 4-2 against Kettering Town to book their place in the semi finals. Gemma Charlton and Emily Mumby spearheaded the win with two goals apiece.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Colchester Town suffered a huge setback to their chances as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Leverstock Green, who scored through Joanne Williams. Great Shelford meanwhile kept themselves in fourth place when sharing a 1-1 draw with Barking.
The Division One North title race was opened up even further as table toppers Bury Town were beaten 1-0 by Bar Hill, who have gone second with this result.
In the League Plate, Royston Town were 2-1 winners over AFC Sudbury and Little Thurrock Dynamos defeated Norwich City Res 7-3. Taylor Parrish was on target four times for Little Thurrock along with Taylor Adcock, who netted a brace, and Abbie Simmonds. Helen Clifford and Rebecca Dalgarno each scored twice for Southendian Ladies in their 4-2 victory against Sawbridgeworth Town.
London & South East League
Old Actonians are the new leaders of the Premier Division after goals from Natasha Cree and Nathalie Randall earned them a 2-0 victory over Bexhill Utd. Kikk Utd were 2-0 winners against Aylesford, thanks to a brace from Heather Staff, and Maidstone Utd made it three 2-0 victories on the day in the division, beating Crawley Wasps with Amanda Beeput and Abigail Spragg as their markswomen.
Camden Town are closing in on the title in Division One (London) following their 3-0 victory over Regents Park Rangers. Rosie Neilson, Eleftheria Taladianou and Kirsten Thomson all scored for Camden who require two more victories with four games left. Colne Valley are still keeping up the chase in second, they won a high scoring affair 8-4 against Battersea & Wandsworth thanks to Francesca Prangley (2), Lucy Cook, Jade King, Louise Staples, Debbie Watson, Sophie Modak and Melissa Read.
North East League
York City are back on top of the league after Megan Bramham, Alicia Smith, Jasmine Whitwell and Ellie Randall all found the net to give them a 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Hull City meanwhile defeated previous leaders Barnsley 5-1 to also move above them into second place. Jo Symington scored twice for Hull along with Ellice Jackman, Zoe Mitchell and Sarah Owen. Brighouse Town are a further three points adrift, with games in hand, following their 3-0 success at Wakefield in which Shauna Messenger, Julie Richardson and Rachael White were all on target. Whitley Bay meanwhile defeated Tynedale 5-0 courtesy of a Steph Ord hat-trick, Hattie Preston and Nicole Doyle.
The top of the table clash in the Northern Division went the way of Boldon, who defeated Blyth Town Lions 3-2 to move five points ahead in the title race. Alex Ross was on target twice for Boldon along with Allison Leach, with Erin Middleton and Sydney Robertson replying. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens still have a chance of a top three place after Jennifer Brennan, Laura Foad, Kody Green and Lynsey Wilkinson gave them a 4-1 victory at Easingwold Town. Birtley St Josephs won 4-1 against Redcar Town with a goal each from Tammy Foster, Caitlin Hindmarsh, Elisha Jones and Sinead Ord whilst Ashleigh Leighton and Jamie-Leigh Scott earned Kader FC a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough Lionesses. Kelly Loughhead (2) and Lauren Cannell ensured that Prudhoe Town beat Birtley Town 3-0.
Southern Division leaders Westella & Willerby crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Farsley AFC, who have moved into second place as a result. Katherine Paul-Bird netted twice for Farsley along with Demi Godson and Ellie Swinhoe. Ellie Tanser was on target for Malet Lambert YC as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Belles (Women's), who replied through Lauren Earle. Demi Thomas hit a hat-trick and Olivia Burton the other for Courts City in their 4-1 victory over Ossett Albion and Sheffield Wednesday defeated Dearne & District 11-1. Annalise Carroll led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Emily Higgins added a brace and the tally was completed by Jodie Ealand, Danielle Harrison, Emma Otley and Ellis Ridge.
North West League
In the only match to be played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Burnley Girls & Ladies took the opportunity to catch up more ground on the top four by winning 1-0 away to Bolton Wanderers. A first half own goal meant that Burnley are now eleven points behind leaders Crewe Alexandra but they have games in hand on all of the teams above them.
Middleton Athletic climbed into third place in Division One North with a 5-1 victory over Kendal Town, to keep their chance of challenging for the title alive.
Stockport County Res held on to the leadership of Division One South by winning 2-1 away to Woolton. Manchester Stingers are still breathing down their necks in second, they defeated Macclesfield Town 9-1 and are one point behind, with five matches in hand.
The last remaining Second Round tie in the Argyle Sports Kit Cup was played and it saw Carlisle Utd beat AFC Urmston Meadowside 1-0 to book their place in the quarter finals, where they will meet Preston North End.
South West League
The awful weather which hit the region on Sunday decimated the fixture schedule with a number of late postponements, so much so that only one game in the entire league went ahead.
That match was in the Premier Division where Torquay Utd revived their title challenge with a 5-2 victory away to second placed Swindon Spitfires. Laura Gough and Natalie Warman each netted twice for the Gulls along with Gabrielle Trays, while Hayley Huckin and Morgan Whitaker replied for the home side.
Southern Region League
The weather also badly hit this league with several games being abandoned before they could finish. The one game that did finish in the Premier Division saw Basingstoke Town replace Oxford City in third place by beating them 2-0, thanks to Lindsey Beverley and an own goal.
Banbury Utd claimed their fifth league win in succession, a 3-2 success against Fleet Town, and this has taken them to top spot in Division One. Josie Clark netted a late winner to add to two earlier strikes from Zoe Boote and this was enough to take them above Milton Keynes City. Chesham Utd meanwhile leapt back into fourth after Paula Lambert (2) and Lisa Welling gave them a 3-2 win at Ascot Utd (see match report).
West Midlands League
The two Premier Division title challengers are still refusing to yield as the battle continued to hot up on Sunday. B & WM Police won 4-2 away to Allscott to maintain their advantage over TNS Ladies, who beat Kingshurst Sporting 8-1 to maintain the seven point gap between the teams. At the other end of the table, it was a great day for Coventrians as they recorded their first league victory of the season, 2-0 against Wrockwardine Wood.
In Division One North, leaders Walsall ran out 3-0 winners over Coseley Town to double their advantage over Burton Albion whose match with Lichfield Diamonds was abandoned. Wyrley Ladies won 2-1 against Florence but the most eye catching scoreline came at Bilbrook where the home side shared an astonishing 7-7 draw with Shrewsbury Juniors.
Only one game managed to go ahead in Division One South but this one also produced plenty of goals, Wyre Forest Phoenix moving themselves closer towards mid-table by beating fifth placed Marston Green 9-3.
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