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East Midlands League
Eastwood Community returned to the top of the Premier Division after Jodie Ellis gave them a 1-0 victory over Rise Park. The other game in the top division also ended 1-0, Jodie Smith's strike earning Sandiacre Town the points against Arnold Town.
Winterton Rangers will have to stay patient for at least a week before they can finally land the Division One North title. They required a win going into their match with Lincoln Moorlands Railway but went down to a surprise 1-0 defeat, Dawn Harmer grabbing the only goal of the game. Sleaford Town are looking good for third place following their 5-3 win against West Bridgford, Megan Collings netting twice along with Amy Kilgannon, Jade Welch and Laura Jones. Mansfield Hosiery Mills meanwhile defeated Teversal 3-0, courtesy of a Kate Pawlitta brace and Holly Cox.
In Division One South, fourth placed Raunds Town were 2-0 winners over Loughborough Students (2006), thanks to Tash Applegate and Leah-Louise Stacey.
Ellistown are through to the Final of the League Plate after goals from Katie Bateman and Sam Clarke gave them a 2-0 semi final victory over Rothwell Corinthians.
Eastern Region League
Colchester Town made a quick return to the summit in the Premier Division after Ceri Harris and Alex Shephard scored the goals in their 2-0 win away to Barking. Billericay Town stay third after beating Leverstock Green 2-0 with strikes from Marie Barker and Hayley Piggott. Roisin Cormack was on target to earn Haringey Borough a 1-1 draw against Brentwood Town, who replied through Lucy Faraday.
Southendian Ladies continue to stretch the pace at the top of Division One South after Rhianne Cunningham, Tracy Rodd and Rebecca Dalgarno gave them a 3-2 win at Royston Town. Offley & Stopsley are keeping up the pace in second place, they won 3-1 away to Hutton thanks to Holly Flynn, Emma James and Rianne Townsend-Brown. Hoddesdon Owls were held to a 1-1 draw by Little Thurrock Dynamos, who scored through Georgia Fraser. Colney Heath kept up their climb towards mid-table by beating Sawbridgeworth Town 3-1 with a goal apiece from Megan Kiff, Sammy May and Georgia Knight.
London & South East League
Fulham FC Foundation narrowed the gap on leaders Old Actonians to three points with a 4-1 win against Crawley Wasps. Lizzie Laws, Kirsty Percival, Jade Pilley and Verity Snow were all on the scoresheet for Fulham. AFC Wimbledon follow on in third after beating Eastbourne Town 4-2, courtesy of doubles from Caroline Bisson and Emma Keady. Joanna Goodwin and Janaya Spiteri scored the goals for Carshalton Athletic in their 2-0 success away to Kikk Utd and Maidstone Utd defeated Bexhill Utd 5-0, Bupe Okeowo netting twice along with Nicola Morris, Gemma Sullivan and Alex Witham.
Watford Development drew level on points with second placed Colne Valley in Division One (London) after they won 3-0 against Battersea & Wandsworth, goals coming from Zoe Cohen, Katie Harris and Sian Fiskin. Ashley Cheatley and Holly Isaacs were the markswomen for Brentford in their 2-1 success at Regents Park Rangers and Queen's Park Rangers Development were 2-0 victors over Tottenham Hotspur Development, courtesy of Laura Hennessy and Georgia Allen.
North East League
The top three in the Premier Division are all level on points, now led by Hull City who regained the leadership with a 3-1 victory away to Brighouse Town. Jo Symington netted twice and Sarah Owen the other for Hull, with the home side's consolation coming from Laura Danskin.
It's all over in the Northern Division though as Boldon clinched the title with a 6-0 win over Birtley Town. Melissa Simpson (2), Allison Leach, Jade Murray, Alex Ross and Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke scored the goals which confirmed Boldon as Champions. Blyth Town Lions will have to settle for the runners-up spot with Gateshead Rutherford Ravens looking on course for third, following their 8-1 victory against Prudhoe Town. Lynsey Wilkinson was on target five times with Jennifer Brennan, Christina Oxman and Emily Tate adding the others.
Wetherby Athletic continue to close in on Southern Division table toppers Westella & Willerby and the gap is down to two points after they won 2-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday, thanks to goals from Debra Slater and Rianne Woodham.
North West League
Burnley Girls & Ladies continue to drag themselves right into the title race and their fifth successive league victory, a 2-1 success away to Preston North End, means they are five points off the pace with two games in hand. Two of the bottom three at the start of the day met each other in the other game and the points were shared as Wigan Athletic and Northwich Vixens fought out a 3-3 draw.
CMB Ladies are now just two points behind the leaders in Division One North after they won 1-0 against Workington Reds. In the other game, Bury Girls & Ladies and Leigh RMI shared the points as well as four goals.
South West League
Brislington will play Torquay Utd in the Pat Sowden Cup Final after they defeated Swindon Spitfires 2-1 after extra time, Kim Maggs and Hollie Hodgson scoring their goals.
Bishop's Lydeard marched into the Bristol Soccerworld Cup semi finals on the back of a 7-1 victory over AFC Plympton. Rosie Williams bagged a hat-trick for the Somerset side along with braces from Dawna Dennett and Holly Miller. Callington Town had an even smoother passage into the last four, scoring ten without reply past Alphington. Kat Marment was on target five times and Kate Nicholls weighed in with a further four, while Lucy Kisielewska completed the tally.
In the Premier Division, Truro City's remaining title hopes may be over following their 4-3 defeat at home to Frome Town. Elinor Mason netted twice for Frome, who recorded one of their best results of the season, with Alison Bryant and Georgia Williams adding the others while Keri-Ann Moxom, Sasha Sparkes and Sophie Wilson replied for the Cornish side.
Ilminster Town boosted their chances of the runners-up spot in the Eastern Division when Dee Cracknell, Abigail Palmer and Megan Purchase earned them a 3-1 win away to Taunton Town.
Marine Academy Plymouth need to win one of their remaining four matches in order to sew up the Western Division title. Sam Drewery bagged herself a five-goal haul, Kate Bowden hit a hat-trick and Ellie Bishop completed the scoring as Marine ran out 9-0 winners over Launceston. Bude Town meanwhile picked up a welcome point from a 3-3 draw with Dobwalls. Sarah Badham (2) and Leanne Stanbury netted for Bude with Kathryn Esden, Faye Hankinson and Michelle Rysdale replying.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town are third in the Premier Division after Charlie Fry, Tracy Jones and Ayala Truelove all scored in their 3-1 victory over Fleetlands. They move above Woodley Utd who shared a 2-2 draw with Bracknell Town, who twice took the lead through Tina Leahy and Sarah Davern with Rachel Panting and Louise Williamson equalising on each occasion. Aldershot Town meanwhile won for the first time this season, 3-2 away to Newbury Ladies thanks to Eleanor Chambers, Bethany Gillman and Hannah Sillence.
In Division One, Tower Hill moved level on points with leaders Banbury Utd with a 3-1 win away to Andover New Street in which Carly Thomas, Leanne Walker and Katherine Wright were all on target. Milton Keynes City are four points off the pace following their 3-0 victory over Ascot Utd, courtesy of a goal apiece from Michelle Morrall, Julianne Gadsby and Roksana Karbownik. Naomi Littler and Anna Imrie were on the scoresheet for Chesham Utd in their 2-2 draw with Marlow, who replied through Abi Canvin and Christina O'Connor. Southampton Women recorded their second win of the season, 3-1 against New Forest.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies defeated Coventrians 3-0 to narrow the gap on leaders B & WM Police to four points and the two sides will play each other this Sunday in the first of two meetings which look set to decide the destiny of the title. Kingshurst Sporting's hopes of a top three finish took a knock as they were beaten 4-2 by Crusaders, who are just three points behind them. Wednesfield Town meanwhile picked up an important point from a 2-2 draw with Allscott.
Walsall maintained their lead of nine points at the top of Division One North, they won 2-1 at Florence to preserve the gap from Burton Albion, 4-2 victors away to Wyrley Ladies. Shrewsbury Juniors caught up ground on fourth placed Folly Lane by beating them 5-2 and Bilbrook are out of the bottom two following their 2-1 victory at Kingshurst Sporting Res.
The top two did not play in Division One South and the chasing pack is now headed by Worcester Utd, who beat Redditch Utd 8-1. They climb above Rubery Ladies who went down to a 2-1 reverse at Solihull Ladies Res. Wyre Forest Phoenix dented Kenilworth Town's dwindling hopes of a top two place with a 4-1 victory whilst Malvern Town and Coventry Development finished level at 1-1.
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