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East Midlands League
Nettleham were unable to take a chance to replace Peterborough Northern Star at the top of the Premier Division as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Long Eaton Utd, whereas a win would have seen them take over at the summit. Instead they complete a trio of clubs level on points with Eastwood Community in third place. Vicky Belshaw, Natasha Murray and Leigh Widdowson scored the goals as fourth placed Rise Park defeated Grimsby Borough 3-0, whilst Ellistown won 3-2 at Sandiacre Town thanks to a Katie Bateman brace and Jody Scott. The two teams at the bottom of the table met each other and it was Arnold Town who won for the first time this season, Laura Coulthard and Molly Parker giving them a 2-1 success over Gedling Town.
Winterton Rangers are starting to close in on the Division One North title, moving closer as Lindsey Hughes netted the only goal in their 1-0 win against West Bridgford. Ruddington Village continue to valiantly give chase, they beat Underwood Villa 6-1 including a four-goal haul from Faye Brown, Holly Brindley and Kelly Clayton adding the others. Emily Mumby meanwhile netted a brace for Cleethorpes Town in their 2-1 victory over Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo have moved level on points with Division One South leaders Burton Park Wanderers after beating Corby S & L 4-1. Helen Busby led the scoring with a hat-trick and Samantha Hargrave was also on target. Bedworth Utd are now just two points off the pace, they preserved their unbeaten record with a 3-1 success away to Loughborough Students (2006). Hannah Spencer netted twice for Bedworth, with Kirsty Farnsworth adding the other, Zoe Watkins (2) and Stacey Chaplin accounted for the goals as Kettering Town defeated Raunds Town 3-1.
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town are the new leaders of the Premier Division after running out 6-0 winners over Brentwood Town, courtesy of a goal apiece from Zoe Cossey, Chloe Hoffman, Hannah Waters, Anna Larkins, Broghan Scully and Megan Cletheroe. Colchester Town had started the day on top but they went down to a surprise 2-0 reverse at Acle Ladies for whom Aishatu Shaiby and Jenna Thurtle were on target. This allowed Billericay Town to make up ground by beating Great Shelford 2-1, goals scored by Marie Barker and Lucy Wyatt. Donna McGuigan and Nicole Perschsky both hit doubles, with Hannah Marshall and player manager Josie North also on the scoresheet for Stevenage Ladies as they won 6-1 against Haringey Borough. AFC Dunstable moved away from the bottom two with a 4-2 victory over Leverstock Green, Chelsea Forde scoring twice along with Carly Cowell and Tamara Bayne.
In Division One North, AFC Sudbury moved level on points with leaders Bury Town after a Charlene Roach hat-trick and Kayleigh Steed gave them a 4-1 win over Ipswich Wanderers.
Southendian Ladies maintained their lead of seven points in Division One South, a goal apiece from Rebecca Dalgarno, Elisha Turner-Powell, Helen Clifford and Nikhol Chapman earning them a 4-1 win against Colney Heath. Second placed Offley & Stopsley also won, 2-1 against Little Thurrock Dynamos with goals from Holly Flynn and Rachel Lewis. An own goal gave Stevenage Ladies Res a 1-0 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town to move them back into third whilst West Billericay defeated Hoddesdon Owls 4-2, Katy Judd scoring twice along with Aimee Pooley and Kerri Thomas.
Hayley Turner netted both goals as Bury Town came away from Hutton with a 2-1 victory in the League Plate. Royston Town were the day's other winners, also by 2-1 against Bar Hill thanks to Hannah Mardell and Joanne Rutherford.
London & South East League
Old Actonians extended their lead at the top to six points with a 6-1 victory against Aylesford. Natasha Cree led the scoring with a hat-trick, Carla Williams added a brace and Sharon Odofin was also on target. Carshalton Athletic meanwhile kept their title challenge going by winning 2-1 away to Hassocks, both goals coming from Laura Curtis. Maidstone Utd leapt into the top half on the back of two 3-0 wins over Eastbourne Town in a double header. Gemma Sullivan (2) and Rebekka Gray scored in the first game while Amanda Beeput, Shannon Redhouse and Chelsea Wallace were the markswomen in the return meeting. Crawley Wasps ran out 4-1 winners over Kikk Utd, courtesy of a Rebecca Carter hat-trick and Jade Simmons.
Colne Valley remain in the driving seat to finish second in Division One (London) after Francesca Beeks, Jade King and Natalie Spencer gave them a 3-1 victory over Queen's Park Rangers Development. Watford Development kept their chances alive by also winning 3-1 at Regents Park Rangers, Aimee Durn netting twice along with Sian Fiskin. Lucia Clifford and Bene Pambini scored the goals as Tottenham Hotspur Development drew 2-2 with Brentford, who replied through Ashley Cheatley and Lavana Neufville.
London Corinthians complete the semi final line up in the League Cup following their 1-0 victory over Fulham FC Foundation, Chanel Richards grabbing the only goal of the game during the second half.
North East League
Leaders York City were beaten 1-0 by Brighouse Town who boosted their own title challenge in the process. Rachael White scored the only goal of the game for Brighouse who are now five points off the pace and have games in hand on all of their rivals. Whitley Bay ran out 4-1 winners over Tynedale with strikes from Steph Ord (2), Chloe Roylance and Danielle Clasper. Scunthorpe & Bottesford claimed their fourth win in six matches, 4-0 at Wakefield courtesy of a goal apiece by Rachel Grimbleby, Rebecca Hornsey, Sue Hunsley and Yasmin Chand. Sian Bentley hit a hat-trick as Hessle Town defeated Castleford White Rose 6-2 to lift themselves out of the bottom two. Rebecca Shipp weighed in with a brace and Jasmine Read completed the scoring.
Blyth Town Lions kept the Northern Division title race alive with a 5-0 victory over Redcar Town in which Sarah Burn (2), Vicky Heads, Laura Jobson and Melissa Scott all scored. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens meanwhile replaced Lowick Utd in third place by beating them 2-1 thanks to a Lynsey Wilkinson brace, whilst Jade Anderson, Tammy Foster, Dannika Purdham and Karli Nicholson ensured that Birtley St Josephs won 4-1 at Prudhoe Town. Birtley Town raised hopes of climbing off the bottom by defeating Middlesbrough Lionesses 3-2, courtesy of a Leah Ramsbottom double and Becky Gordon-Watson.
In the Southern Division, Wetherby Athletic went up into second place and trail Westella & Willerby by five points - with three games in hand - after goals from Rebecca Furey, Helen Hartley and Debra Slater saw them to a 3-1 success away to Doncaster Belles (Women's).
Hull City booked their place in the semi finals of the Southern League Cup after a Tonya Wild-Storr double, Jo Symington, Sarah Owen and Katie Thompson gave them a 5-0 victory away to Sheffield Wednesday.
North West League
Birkenhead put a difficult league season behind them to reach the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Kit Cup with a 3-0 victory over Stockport County Res. Carlisle Utd are the other team definitely through so far, they knocked out Premier Division Preston North End on penalties after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw.
Wigan Athletic are another team near the foot of the Premier Division to have more luck in the cups, beating Bolton Wanderers on penalties in the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Kit Plate. City of Manchester had a much more straightforward route, scoring ten times without reply past Macclesfield Town. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res were 3-0 winners over Middleton Athletic and Manchester Stingers join them in the last four after winning 7-2 away to Workington Reds.
Division One North leaders Penrith AFC are having a wobble at the moment and suffered their second defeat in successive weeks, 2-1 to second placed CMB Ladies who are five points behind them and have a game in hand. Kendal Town meanwhile look set for a mid-table finish following their 2-1 victory over Bury Girls & Ladies.
One match was played in Division One South, Ellesmere Port Town going level on points with leaders Stockport County Res by winning 2-1 away to Mersey Girls.
South West League
Torquay Utd are through to the Final of the Pat Sowden Trophy after they narrowly defeated league leaders Gloucester City 3-2 in their semi final. Louisa Stentiford-Crook, Gabby Trays and Hayley Chamberlain scored the goals for Torquay who will play either Brislington or Swindon Spitfires, whose semi final is this week.
Marine Academy Plymouth swept into the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup with a 6-1 victory away to Forest Green Rovers Res. Sam Drewery led the scoring with a four-goal haul while Jade Bryan and Georgie Talbot were also on target. Gemma Riley meanwhile netted both goals as Cheltenham Civil Service won 2-1 at Poole Town.
Truro City kept their Premier Division title hopes alive with a 2-1 win away to Downend Flyers. Roxanne Cook and Sasha Sparkes netted their goals with Amber Coates replying for the home side. Chelsea Heal and Vicky Symes were on the scoresheet as Bristol Ladies Union picked up an important 2-1 win over Bridgwater Town.
Keynsham Town Res continued their climb away from the bottom places in the Eastern Division with a 2-1 victory over second placed Ilminster Town, given to them by goals from Agnieszka Ziolek and Charlie Grimes.
Charlestown trimmed the gap on Western Division leaders Marine Academy Plymouth to six points by beating Bude Town 4-0, Amber Hadrill scoring twice along with Rhiannon Player and an own goal. Sam Metters, Ellie Simpson and Maisie Williams were on the scoresheet as AFC Plympton edged out Newquay Celtic by the odd goal in five.
Southern Region League
Maidenhead Utd made it eleven wins out of eleven when beating Aldershot Town 6-0. Tina Brett and Lucy Smith each netted twice, with Amy Saunders and Olivia Buzaglo also scoring to preserve their team's five point lead over Oxford City, who won 4-1 against Basingstoke Town. Danielle Anderson and Kiera Isaac netted two goals apiece for Oxford. Newbury Ladies won a high scoring affair 5-4 over Fleetlands courtesy of a Laura Ainscough brace Ellemore Reed, Rebecca Walker and Ruby Oliver.
Banbury Utd now head Division One by six points after two Catherine Howse goals earned them a 2-1 victory over New Forest. Carly Thomas (2), Lisa Freeman, Samantha Bevan-Talbot, Sophie Grimson and Lauren Major netted the goals as Tower Hill won 6-1 at Fleet Town to go second, ahead of Milton Keynes City who lost 2-1 to Marlow, whose scorers were Abi Canvin and Christina O'Connor. Andover New Street and Southampton Women battled out a goalless draw whilst Chesham Utd defeated Ascot Utd 6-1, Dawne Campbell netting twice along with Sarah Tyas, Paula Lambert, Laura Barton and Chantelle O'Grady.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police scored six times without reply away to Leamington Lions to maintain the six point gap at the top of the Premier Division from TNS Ladies, who were 4-0 victors at Knowle. Kingshurst Sporting ran out 7-0 winners over Wednesfield Town and this has taken them into third place. Coventrians meanwhile picked up their second league win of the season, 2-1 against mid-table Allscott.
The quarter finals of the Division One North League Cup took precedence over league games and two ties were played, Lichfield Diamonds edging out Folly Lane by the odd goal in seven and Kingshurst Sporting Res winning 3-1 away to Wyrley Ladies.
Title chasing Lye Town are through to the last four in the Division One South League Cup but only just, eliminating Malvern Town on penalties following a 2-2 draw. However it was the opposite experience for leaders Droitwich Spa who went out on spot kicks, going down to Wyre Forest Phoenix after the sides had shared eight goals. Marston Green meanwhile required extra time before emerging as 4-1 winners over Redditch Utd and Solihull Ladies Res had the most comfortable progression on the day, beating Kenilworth Town 5-0.
In Division One South, Worcester Utd consolidated themselves in fourth place with a 6-0 victory over Studley whilst Coventry Development edged out Rubery Ladies 3-2.
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