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Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League
Leighton Utd Vixens need to win two of their remaining five games in order to clinch the title. They moved closer to their target on Sunday when beating Sherrardswood 8-2, Shanice Sanderson netting four along with Shona Lee (2), Karis Richardson and Sammy Beharry. Garston's challenge is all but over after losing 2-1 to Flitwick Ladies who scored through Nicola Henman and Zoe Molloy. Sharnbrook are off the bottom after doubles from Emma Butler and Sally Dayus gave them a 4-2 victory over Harvesters.
In Division Two, Elle Georgiou netted twice with Natasha Coppin, Ivy Betts and Brooke White adding the others as Bishop's Stortford Town defeated Woburn Lionesses 5-2. Hitchin Town won 2-0 against Crawley Green 2-0 thanks to Emma Chaffey and Chanel Sherriff-Geary.
AFC Kempston Girls & Ladies are just five points off the pace in Division Three after a Chloe Williams hat-trick, Grace Fuller double, Rebecca Smith and Shelbee Clarke gave them a 7-0 victory over Evergreen Ladies. Bedmond Ladies follow on after winning 5-1 at Welwyn Garden City, Molly Peters netting a hat-trick and Sarah Gunn the other two, while Kings Langley leapt off the bottom on the back of a 6-2 success against Panshanger. Kimberley Nield led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Rachael Lee and Phoebe Henderson-Barnes.
Stockingford AA Pavilion have matters in their hands right now in the title race after they beat rivals Sandwell Ladies 5-1. Stockingford are in third place, level on points with Sandwell, and one point behind leaders Atherstone Rangers with games in hand. Rugby Town follow on after defeating Continental Star 2-1. Tipton Town added to Solihull Moors' woes, the 5-0 win putting a gap of nine points between the two teams.
Stourbridge narrowed the gap at the top to two points in Division One by winning 6-2 away to Walsall Development Swifts and they are set to meet leaders Coundon Court in an important clash this Sunday. Hillcrest meanwhile banished any lingering fears of the bottom two with a 5-0 victory over Walsall Wood.
It's as you were at the top of Division Two; Wednesfield defeated Leamington Hibernian 10-1 to stay three points ahead of Coleshill Town, 6-1 winners over Rubery Ladies Res. Starlands St Annes won 11-1 away to Kingsbury & Coleshill and this takes them into fourth, ahead of Tame Bridge who were beaten 5-2 by Alvechurch.
S-Tech Cambridgeshire League
Riverside Rovers stretched their lead at the top to four points when Annie Posnett and Hannah Stubbs gave them a 2-1 victory over Fulbourn Bluebirds. Cambridge University meanwhile defeated Isleham Utd 7-1, the prolific Amanda Wainwright netting five times along with Lynn-Jones Taylor and an own goal.
In the Championship North, Bourne Ladies moved to within one point of the leadership after winning 1-0 at Wisbech St Marys, Claire Lawrenson scoring the only goal. Rebecca Corby, Kerri-Ann Holden-Jones, Kirsty Mee, Hannah Worthington and an own goal ensured that third placed Stamford beat Downham Town 5-0.
One match was played in the Championship South, Paige Archer and Hannah Hutchinson scoring the goals as Little Paxton drew 2-2 with March Town Utd, who replied through Anna Hatcher and Emma Searle.
Wallasey Wanderers are through to the semi finals of the Challenge Cup, where they will meet AFC Stockport, after they narrowly won 4-3 against Altrincham.
In the league, bottom placed Runcorn Linnets enjoyed only their second victory of the season, winning 3-1 against Chester City.
Penzance swept into the semi finals of the League Cup after running out 9-0 winners over RNAS Culdrose. Naomi Broome, Lucy Brown and Lamoma Fellows all netted two goals apiece with Danielle Barnes, Katy Brewer and Georgina Triggs joining them on the scoresheet. The other team definitely through are Mullion, who beat St Teath 3-1.
Dronfield Town will play Hasland in the Division One League Cup Final after winning their respective semi finals on Sunday. Annabel Davies, Rebecca Hill and Ruby Burns scored the goals as Dronfield won 3-1 against Mackworth St Francis and Hasland defeated Castle Donnington 4-2, courtesy of a Leann Cole hat-trick and Samantha Pearce.
Leaders LFC Buxton are out of the Division Two League Cup, beaten on penalties by Belper Town after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw. Belper, who scored through Emma Brentnall, will face Woodlands Ladies in the Final after Emily Foss, Katie Mayfield and Briony Moir all found the net to earn them a 3-2 win away to Pride Park Ladies.
Ashbourne Ladies are up into fourth place in the congested Division One table after a Sam Glanville goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Wirksworth Colts.
Hilton Harriers emphatically moved off the bottom of Division One by scoring fourteen times against St George's. Emma Shaw and Beth West both bagged hat-tricks with braces from Emma Fletcher and Emma Walsh, and there was one each from Mia Branston and Amy Buxton.
Westward Developments Devon League
Exeter & Tedburn Rangers clinched the Premier Division title as they beat near neighbours Budleigh Salterton and their rivals, Activate lost away to University of Exeter. Goals from Abi Breban, Nicola Brown, Emma Mingo and Becky Folds gave Rangers a 4-1 win over Budleigh, who replied through Sarah Burke. Imogen Wade-Palmer and Waseelah Al-Khafaji scored the two goals that dented Activate's title challenge, as Uni won 2-1.
There were plenty of goals in Division One! University of Plymouth went on the rampage at home to Okehampton Argyle, rattling in fourteen goals without reply. Becky Richards helped herself to a double hat-trick, Alice Nutkins scored three times and there were single strikes for Hazel Barnett, Angela Heard, Harriet Ives-Owen, Hannah Fletcher and Emma Partridge. Brixham Villa could only muster nine players for their trip to play Newton St Cyres, who showed little mercy winning by eight goals. The half time score was 6-0, so they eased off in the second half! Ana Holmes bagged a hat-trick, Lou Page and Loren Eginton scored twice and Amy Salter added the other one.
Durham Women ran out 4-1 winners over Gateshead Rutherford Ravens to preserve their seven point lead over Consett Ladies, who won 4-2 away to Bishop Auckland Girls. Seaton Carew crushed Coxhoe Utd 13-1 to keep hold of third place, just ahead of Willington who were 4-0 victors at Consett Belles.
There was a significant result in the Development Division where leaders St Cuthbert's Ladies were beaten 2-1 by South Shields, who are now one point behind them and with a game in hand. Bishop Auckland Ladies kept themselves in the mix as they slammed Washington 18-1. Seaton Carew Development defeated St Cuthbert's Amazons 3-0 and Darlington Spraire Ladies edged out Boldon Development by the odd goal in nine, but the happiest team in the league would have been Swalwell Ladies who registered their first point from a 1-1 draw with Farringdon Detached Ladies.
It was another rain affected week in the league which meant widespread postponements due to waterlogged pitches, with only three matches managing to survive.
In the Premier Division, Collier Row Tigers travelled to Beacon Hill Rovers, looking for a win to move into third place but both sides had to make do with sharing the points after they drew 1-1.
Hullbridge Sports' Division One title challenge took a massive dent as they went down 3-2 to Little Thurrock Dynamos Res, who leapfrogged over their opponents into fourth place. Wickford Town meanwhile made the short journey along the A127 to Southend and enjoyed their trip to the seaside with a 4-1 win at Ekco Whitecaps.
Almondsbury UWE's run of victories has taken them to the top of the table and they got there in style, running out 3-0 winners over previous leaders Cirencester Town. Hannah Thompson scored twice and Jamie Worlock the other to see their side open up a two point lead over their opponents. Forest of Dean are the team which has matters in their own hands though and they remain on course after beating Dursley Town 2-1, thanks to Tara Rutter and Sarah Smith. Wootton Bassett Town and Longlevens battled out a 1-1 draw, Sam Wood scoring for Bassett. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile kept their hopes alive with a 3-1 win against local rivals Bristol & West. After Imogen Kuseri had put B&W ahead, Oldland hit back to take the points through a Jess Cole double and Lydiya Myckalechko. Cheltenham Town Development are starting to find their best form and are out of the bottom four following a 6-1 victory over AEK Boco. Layla Hiorns hit a hat-trick, Molly Kilpatrick weighed in with a brace and Sophie Wyatt rounded off the scoring with a long range strike.
AEK Boco Development march on at the top of Division Two, staying ten points clear after beating Lockleaze Community 7-0. Lucy Atkinson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Courtney Smith added two and there was one apiece from Kaylisha Thornwell and Jade Cook. St Nicholas Res keep up the chase in second, they scored eleven without reply away to Cotswold Rangers. Charlotte Davis and Libby Bell each hit hat-tricks, Poppy Coles added two and the tally was completed by Becky Rexworthy, Lauren White and Sarah Price. Bristol Ladies Union Development's 5-0 victory over Mitcheldean has taken them back into third place. Poppy Warren was on target twice along with Alice Bonham-Carter, Sophie Cooper and Ceri Harland. Bishop's Cleeve and Abbeymead Rovers battled out a 1-1 draw and Cirencester Town Development won for the second time this season, 3-2 against Quedgeley Wanderers.
Greater London League
Northwood kept their title hopes alive with a 2-0 win away to Hampstead, Holly Gilder and Leanne Jones netting their goals. Jodie McClelland and Kally Wilson were on target for Luton Town Hatters in their 2-2 draw with Wealdstone, who replied through Rosie Watts and Stevie Wickes. Francesca Cagetti (2), Helen King and Egle Trezzi were on the scoresheet as Hackney defeated Bromley 4-0 whilst Carly Williams netted for Enfield Town Res as they drew 1-1 with Comets.
Wealdstone Res narrowed the gap on leaders Tower Hamlets in Division Two North with a huge victory over Hampstead Res, which included nine-goal hauls from Annie Hewitt and Lauren Hole. Denham Utd Res lost ground as they were beaten 5-2 by Camden Town Res for whom Gemma Olds (2), Alicia Bravo, Carla Carvalho and Rebecca Levy were on the mark. Sherise Binns netted both goals to give Headstone Manor a 2-1 win at Brook House.
The title race is over in Division Two South with Hampton & Richmond Borough being confirmed as Champions following their 1-0 win over second placed Chobham Burymead. Louise Clarke scored the only goal of the game to put her side beyond the reach of her rivals. Godalming Town remain in the running for the runners-up spot after Grace Merry (2) and Louise Skerry gave them a 3-0 success away to London Phoenix.
Division Three North leaders Tower Hamlets Res went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hackney Res, for whom Kimberly Horne netted the only goal. Old Actonians Res won 4-1 against East London with strikes from Resham Chaudry, Melanie Johnson, Emma Mulhern and Freya Hepworth-Lloyd.
Victoire Ladies moved further ahead at the top of Division Three South after winning 8-1 away to Orpington. Katie Jackson and Sherelle Walters each hit hat-tricks with Siham Dammany and Danielle De Souza adding the others. Second placed Club Langley were beaten 2-1 by Putney Vale, who scored through a brace from Becky Kil.
Greater Manchester League
FC United of Manchester beat Avros 13-0 to go through to the semi finals of the Challenge Cup. Joining them in the last four are two Division Two sides - Little Lever SC, 2-0 winners at Oldham Athletic, and Uppermill who beat Reddish North End 4-3.
Chorltonians won 2-1 against Beechfield Utd, meaning that the top three in Division One are covered by just three points.
One match was also played in Division Two, Manchester Rovers winning 5-1 away to Moorside Rangers to move themselves into second place.
Winchester City Flyers continued their quest for the League and Cup 'double' by reaching the Invitation Cup Final with a 3-1 win over Mudeford Phoenix, goals coming from Kayleigh Moss (2) and Georgie Parks. Their opponents in the Final will be - Winchester City Flyers Res! Georgina Axton and Amelia Cutler were on target to give them a 2-1 victory against Warsash Wasps and set up an 'in house' Final.
AFC Bournemouth are in the Junior Cup Final and will be eyeing up a second trophy of the season, after Danielle Ormesher (2) and Jade Tucknott (2) saw them to a 4-0 semi final victory over Horndean.
In Division Two, Kingsclere and Bursledon battled out a 1-1 draw with goals frm Rosie Wybrow and Tash Konczak respectively.
The honours were also even in the solitary Division Three game, Alderbury and Sholing sharing six goals. Kelly Burton netted twice and Hannah Holzer the other for Alderbury, while Sholing replied through a Brooke Veal-Weaver brace and Chloe Brown.
League leaders Preston North End Res completed the League Cup semi final line up after beating Morecambe A 9-1. Abigail Wignall and Victoria Yee each hit hat-tricks along with Emma Hickson, Alisha Houghton and Heather Crook for Preston who will play Penwortham Girls in the last four.
Penwortham themselves had a good win in Division One, beating Haslingden 5-3 to consolidate second place in the table. Burscough Dynamo meanwhile ran out 7-1 winners away to Pennington.
In Division Two, Blackpool Wren Rovers Res went level on points with third placed Burnley Girls & Ladies Res after beating them 2-1.
One game was played in the league on Sunday and it failed to produce any goals, South Liverpool sharing a goalless draw with fifth placed Liverpool Marshalls Feds.
Midwest Counties League
Hereford LC require seven points from their last five matches to sew up the title after they won 4-1 against Welland Ladies and Evesham Utd went down to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Ludlow Ladies. AFC Bridgnorth took the opportunity to move above Evesham into second place via a 4-0 success away to WCT Raiders. Bartestree follow on in fourth after scoring eight without reply past Wyre Forest Phoenix Res, just ahead of Cookley Sports who were 7-0 winners over Droitwich Spa Belles.
Thorpe Utd cut the gap on league leaders Aylsham Town to three points after goals from Judith Bloomfield, Charlotte Groves, Hayley Kindred and Kirstie Kindred saw them to a 4-1 victory away to Bungay Town.
Tiffany Forshaw hit a hat-trick with other goals from Natasha Rutter, Leanne Sloan, Hazel Shepherd and an own goal as Division Two table toppers Brandon Town defeated Bohemians 7-1. Nikki Wigg went nap with a five-goal haul for third placed Kirkley & Pakefield in their 9-1 win against Freethorpe. Gemma Farman (2), Abbie Knights and Selina Rowland added the other goals to keep their side just in front of North Walsham Angels, who beat Morley Ladies 3-2 thanks to a Luci Middleton hat-trick. Rosie Clark scored the goal for Harleston as they shared a 1-1 draw with Sprowston Res.
Wymondham Town booked their place in the League Cup semi finals by beating Stalham Town 5-0. Laura Hammerton and Louise Rout both netted doubles and Emily Anderson was also on target.
North Riding League
York City Res extended their lead to seven points after a Rachel Harding goal gave them a 1-0 win against Stokesley. Guisborough Ladies are now in second place following their 2-1 victory over Brompton in which Kim Skiba and Ruth Wilson scored. York RI meanwhile were 6-0 winners over Catterick Garrison.
Northampton Town are through to the Final of the League Cup after a Daniella Snowden brace and Aimee Smith gave them a 3-1 semi final victory over Thrapston Town, whose consolation came from Hannah Pendred.
In the league, a Georgia Webb hat-trick and Becky Pinto earned Moulton Ladies A a 4-1 win away to Rothwell Corinthians Res.
Ollerton Town moved to within two points of leaders Clifton after they won 2-0 away to Bingham Town, goals coming from Charlotte McClaren and Charlotte Appleby.
Sheffield & Hallamshire League
This season's title could be decided on Sunday. Leaders Oughtibridge need just a draw at home to their only challengers Handsworth who must win and then follow up with maximum points from their subsequent four games. Handsworth were boosted by their biggest win of the season, 10-0 against Edlington Royals. KD Roberts, Mae Spencer and Beth Thomas bagged hat-tricks with Emma Rowland the other scorer. Lucy Ridley, with four, Rebecca Hargreaves, Kelsey Murphy-Bigley, Michelle Wakelein, Michaela Holmes and Ellis Ridge scored for Sheffield Wednesday Res in their 9-1 win over Chesterfield who started with just eight players.
Anston's eleventh successive win makes them firm favourites to finish champions in Division Two. Christina Lee and Sarah Anderson were on target in the second half of their 2-0 home win over leaders Sheffield Wednesday Development. Anston need just a point from the division's sole remaining game on 22nd March when they host Mexborough whom they beat 8-1 a fortnight ago to finish top. Shaw Lane Aquaforce were 2-1 winners at Socrates.
In Division Three, Shanie Griffith and Sophie Mills scored for AFC Unity who won 2-0 at New Bohemians. Chloe Brown netted a hat-trick for Brampton Rovers who drew 3-3 at Hemsworth MW.
The title race is going to the wire as the top two remain level on points with one game left to play. Yeovil Town 3rds won 5-0 away to Pen Mill, Harriet King scoring all five goals to keep her side ahead on goal difference. Team Mendip meanwhile scored fifteen without reply past Ilminster Town Res to keep their own hopes alive. Demi Reading was on target seven times, Nicole Flourentzou weighed in with a hat-trick, and the scoring was rounded off by Georgia Stallard (2), Nadine Grogan, Kirsty Hill and Charlie Timmins. Sophie Allen (2), Sophie Derrick and Shania Lindsay-Powell netted the goals as AFC Brislington edged out Wells City 4-3.
Team Mendip Res boosted their title challenge in Division Two after a Rebecca King double, Ashleigh Richards, Charlotte Day and Chloe Vernon gave them a 5-1 victory away to Evercreech. Sara Bradley's hat-trick ensured that Berrow ran out 3-0 winners over Wellington.
South East League
Herne Bay booked their place in the League Cup Final by beating Wivelsfield Green 4-2 after extra time. Harriet Chapman (2), Victoria Holness and Debbie Blackmore scored the goals for Bay who will play Dartford Royals in the Final.
An extra time goal by Maria Wharfe saw Prince of Wales to a 1-0 win over Ashford LFC in the semi finals of the Chairman's Cup. Their opponents in the Final will be Abbey Rangers who defeated Bexhill Utd Res 5-0, Rachel Johnson netting four times and Hannah Johnson adding the other.
Meridian are four points off the pace in the Premier Division after an Amy Russ brace gave them a 2-1 win against Parkwood Rangers. Long Lane defeated Crockenhill 6-1 to go third, Ellie Beere scoring twice along with Leah Croucher, Megan Burrows, Madeleine Bone and Otesha Charles. Keeley Wheatley netted both goals as Burgess Hill Town won 2-1 against Eastbourne Ladies.
In Division One East, Faversham Elizabethans beat Aylesford Res 6-1 thanks to Danielle Muckian (2), Diba Artingstoll, Rachel Hill and two own goals. Anchorians Res meanwhile 2-0 at Thanet Colts with strikes from Chelsea Anderson and Reanne Armstrong.
Worthing Minors have a huge thirteen point lead at the top of Division One West after beating Worthing Town 7-2. Danielle Lane was on target twice with Hayley Bridge, Hannah Lane, Phillippa Langridge, Alex Pidduck and Rebecca Beale netting the others. Seahaven Harriers meanwhile won 8-0 at Dorking, Katie Franks bagging a hat-trick along with Lauren Smith (2), Emma Flynn, Emma Woodcock and an own goal.
In the Kent County Division, London Corinthians Res and Anchorians 3rds battled out a 1-1 draw with goals from Jodie Gailer and Beth Rodger respectively. Beth Cooper netted four times and Kara Richardson hit a hat-trick as Margate won 7-0 against University of Kent.
League leaders Stone Dominoes are in the semi finals of the League Cup after Hayley Mason scored the only goal of the game against Bradwell Belles. Shrewsbury Town had a much smoother passage, netting nine without reply past Whitchurch. Tania Prior hit a hat-trick and Penny Owen a brace, with one apiece from Daisy Bradshaw, Natasha Broome, Jess Hicks and Natalie Turner. Natalie Eley (2), Ellie Evans (2), Michelle Beck, Alice Clason and Abbie Taylor ensured that Burton Albion Development won 7-3 against Kidsgrove Athletic and Brereton Town complete the semi final line up after beating Stafford Development 10-0. Hollie Meehan scored a hat-trick, Jade Arber added two and there were singles from Rebecca Henderson, Lucy Horton, Lisa Oakden, Danie Roberts-Wright and Francesca Roelake.
Long Melford closed the gap on leaders Brantham Athletic to a single point after Megan Partridge and Jodie Sharp gave them a 2-0 win away to Witnesham Wasps. Jade Horne bagged a hat-trick and Sophie Crane added the other for third placed Copleston Ladies as they defeated Ipswich Valley Rangers 4-0.
Crystal Palace Development Res have opened up a lead of five points at the top following their 5-1 victory over Chertsey Town. In the other game, Guildford Saints recorded a surprise 3-1 win against third placed Surrey Eagles.
Rottingdean Village still have a chance of challenging for the title and they kept these hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Hurstpierpoint, courtesy of an Amy Clark hat-trick. Jarvis Brook meanwhile edged out Worthing Town Res 4-3, Sharna Edmed netting twice along with Phoebe Dier and Rosie Newman.
Thames Valley Counties League
The top two in the Division One table will be the League Cup Finalists following Sunday's semi final results. April England and Anna Jimenez each scored twice as Kidlington beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 whilst Carterton Town were 4-0 winners over Barton Rovers thanks to Georgia Rose (2), Kerry O'Connor and an own goal.
In Division One, Woodley Utd Res won 1-0 away to City Belles and move into third place as a result.
Hayley Cruickshanks and Katie Thorp each netted doubles as Division Two North leaders Chinnor defeated Hazlemere Sports 4-1 to maintain their lead of three points from Benson Lionesses, who were 1-0 winners over Summertown Stars. Taplow Utd meanwhile beat Thame Utd 2-0, Jemima Coulson and Jessica Heard scoring their goals.
Despite a goal from Hannah Sheehan, Division Two South leaders Wargrave Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by Holyport and they now lead Barton Rovers by six points, having played two games more. Amy Phipps scored twice along with Michelle Melia and Annie Moffatt as Bracknell Town Res beat Thatcham Town 4-1.
West Riding League
Harrogate Railway are the new leaders of the Premier Division, replacing Hemsworth at the top after beating them 3-1. Keighley Oaks boosted their hopes of climbing off the bottom by winning 5-1 against Brighouse Athletic. Sophie Mitchell scored twice and Natalie Bell the other for Bradford Park Avenue in their 3-3 draw with Brayton Belles.
There was also a change of leadership in Division One, Tingley Athletic defeating AFC Gledhow 5-1 to take over at the top from Hepworth Utd who crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Altofts Ladies. Leeds Medics & Dentists were 3-0 winners at Silsden whilst Republica Inter enjoyed an 8-2 victory over Hebden Royd Utd.
In Division Two, Battyeford SC Belles won 3-2 away to Ilkley Town to stay three points ahead of Bradford City A, who beat Wetherby Athletic Res 4-0. Dewsbury Rangers registered their third league win of the season, 1-0 against Middleton Park.
Division Three title winners Tingley Athletic Res made it fourteen wins out of fourteen when winning 7-0 against Amaranth. Farsley AFC Res look to be favourites to finish second, they won 2-1 away to Skipton Town. Brighouse Town Development netted eight without reply past Battyeford SC Belles Res whilst Tyersal were 4-2 victors over Castleford White Rose Res.
League leaders Swindon Spitfires Utd booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup after a four-goal haul from Mel Bristow gave them a 4-2 win over FC Chippenham. Swindon Spitfires Development meanwhile caused a surprise by beating Highworth Town 2-1, goals coming from Emma Broughton and Rebecca Kench. Chloe Timbrell hit a hat-trick and Katherine Luther the other as Melksham Town Black won 4-0 away to Frome Town Res, whilst Marlborough Town netted eleven without reply past Market Lavington. Kirsty Miles was on target five times, Vicki Pope weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Abbi Demir, Danielle Morton and Cheryllynne Pattie.
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