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East Midlands League
After losing the leadership in midweek, Eastwood Community made a swift climb back to the top on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Arnold Town. Jodie Ellis was on target twice along with Chantelle Robinson, Ellen Salter and Monica Bowley. Ellistown kept their remaining hopes alive by beating Grimsby Borough 2-0, Katie Bateman and Jody Scott netting their goals, whilst Sara Duffield (2), Sammie Barlow and Rhiannon Middleton gave Notts County Development a 4-1 win away to Gedling Town.
The title race in Division One North is still alive for another week after Ruddington Village defeated Mansfield Hosiery Mills 3-1. Faye Brown netted twice and Kelly Clayton the other to ensure that Ruddington can still catch leaders Winterton Rangers. Alfreton Town and Cleethorpes Town meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw, Grace Galloway and Sarah Keeling netting for Alfreton with Gemma Hopkin and Emily Mumby replying.
In Division One South, Raunds Town were 2-0 winners away to Loughborough Students (2006) whilst Corby S & L and Rothwell Corinthians finished level at 2-2. Joanne Ross scored both goals for Corby, with Rothwell replying through Rebecca Garrett and Amy Loake.
Nettleham have booked their place in the League Cup Final after winning 1-0 away to Long Eaton Utd in their semi final tie, Zuzana Pramukova grabbing the only goal of the game.
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town returned to top spot as doubles from Hannah Waters and Natasha Thomas, plus an Amber Rowland goal, saw them run out 5-1 winners away to Haringey Borough. Previous leaders Colchester Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Great Shelford, who scored through Georgia Day. Billericay Town meanwhile went down to only their third defeat of the season, Amy Josland netting the only goal of the game for Stevenage Ladies. Brentwood Town defeated Barking 2-1 with Lucy Faraday scoring both goals whilst Acle Ladies climbed off the bottom of the table after Kate Pasque and Aishatu Shaiby gave them a 2-0 success at Leverstock Green.
In Division One North, Caitlin Avery netted the only goal of the game as Bar Hill won 1-0 against Ipswich Wanderers.
Royston Town kept their Division One South title hopes alive with a 6-0 victory over Little Thurrock Dynamos. Joanne Rutherford led the scoring with a hat-trick, Natalie Richardson weighed in with a brace and Daniella Lewis was also on target. Katy Judd and Aimee Pooley were West Billericay's markswomen in their 2-0 success away to Stevenage Ladies Res and Colney Heath were 2-1 winners over Hoddesdon Owls, both goals coming from Holly Sheridan.
Hayley Turner scored twice and Kate McGreavy the other for Bury Town in their 3-2 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town in the League Plate. Offley & Stopsley won 2-0 against AFC Sudbury and Southendian Ladies netted six without reply past Hutton with goals from Rebecca Dalgarno (2), Georgia Holdaway (2), Tracy Rodd and Helen Clifford.
London & South East League
Old Actonians continue to stretch the pace after Natasha Cree's brace earned them a 2-0 victory over Eastbourne Town. Fulham FC Foundation made sure of staying three points behind by beating Hassocks 1-0 with a goal from Verity Snow. Carshalton Athletic and AFC Wimbledon meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw with strikes from Laura Curtis and Rebecca Sargent respectively. Amanda Beeput (2), Bupe Ojkeowo, Shannon Redhouse and Gemma Sullivan were on target as Maidstone Utd won 5-1 against Aylesford, a result which lifts them up to fourth. London Corinthians picked up maximum points from a double header with Bexhill Utd, thanks to two 3-0 victories, whilst Kikk Utd defeated Crawley Wasps 4-1 with doubles from Sophie Le Marchand and Naomi Stirling.
Watford Development completed their Division One (London) fixtures in second place after beating Regents Park Rangers 2-1, courtesy of two Sian Fiskin goals and they must wait and see whether they will finish as runners-up. Chloe Sampson netted twice along with Asanteni Charles, Laura Hennessy, Kianni O'Garro and Alice Cato as Queen's Park Rangers Development won 6-1 away to Crystal Palace Development and Hemel Hempstead were 5-2 victors over Brentford, goals coming from Suzanne Read (2), Kayleigh Baker, Leah Haley and Natasha McConville.
North East League
Hull City stay top on goal difference after scoring eight without reply against Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Ellice Jackman, Zoe Mitchell and Tonya Wild-Storr were all on target twice along with Jo Symington and Sarah Owen. Barnsley made sure of keeping pace with them, Holly Findlay netting the only goal in the game in their victory away to Whitley Bay.
In the Northern Division, Gateshead Rutherford Ravens went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Redcar Town, who scored through Emily Fewster (2) and Andrea Hart. Lowick Utd now look likeliest to take third place after they beat Middlesbrough Lionesses 5-2, courtesy of a Kirstie Tang hat-trick, Melanie Darling and Georgia Latto. Sarah Taylor was on target for Prudhoe Town in their 1-1 draw with Easingwold Town, who replied through Hayley Maxwell.
Malet Lambert YC and Courts City each completed their campaigns in the Southern Division by battling out a 2-2 draw. Katie Rowland and Ellie Tanser netted the goals for Malet, while Courts' markswomen were Chelsea Bailey and Jayde Duke.
Blyth Town Lions are through to the Northern League Cup Final following a fine 4-3 victory at York City. Jade Anderson (2), Sarah Burn and Vicky Heads scored the goals for Blyth while Alicia Smith hit a hat-trick for York but finished on the losing side.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra were 3-1 winners away to fellow title challengers Burnley Girls & Ladies and this keeps them two points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Blackburn Community stay on their heels after they defeated City of Manchester 4-2, while Blackpool Wren Rovers scored six times without reply at Northwich Vixens and are a further three points behind. Wigan Athletic edged out Preston North End by the odd goal in five whilst Birkenhead are off the bottom of the table after beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1.
Division One North table toppers Penrith AFC won 3-1 at Middleton Athletic to remain two points ahead of CMB Ladies, who won triumphed 3-1 against Carlisle Utd. Stockport County Blues defeated Leigh RMI 7-1 and are up into third place, just ahead of Accrington Girls & Ladies who beat Kendal Town 4-1. Bury Girls & Ladies have avoided finishing in the bottom two following their 3-1 victory over Workington Reds.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One South where Ellesmere Port Town, 3-1 winners away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res, returned to the summit as previous leaders Stockport County Res lost 2-1 to Manchester Stingers, who are one point behind in second place. Mersey Girls moved above AFC Urmston Meadowside into fourth after beating them 3-0 whilst Winsford and AFC Liverpool shared six goals.
South West League
Gloucester City require a victory in their final match to make sure of winning the title, after they moved themselves closer with a 4-1 success against Bridgwater Town. Laura Meheran netted a brace for Gloucester with Jodie Hennessey and Laura Stephens adding the others.
Eastern Division leaders Bishop's Lydeard went down to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Keynsham Town Res. Cristina Vega Leandro netted four times for Keynsham, Olivera Markovic weighed in with a brace and Hari Sabic was also on target. Poole Town currently have matters in their hands and they kept up their challenge by beating second placed Ilminster Town 1-0, courtesy of a solitary strike from Sacha Paynter. Cheltenham Civil Service netted seven times without reply away to Cleeve West Town courtesy of Kelly Churchley (2), Beth Tovey (2), Gemma Riley, Harmony Wheeler and an own goal, whilst Lucy Bennett and Keira Madden gave Forest Green Rovers Res a 2-1 victory over Taunton Town.
Marine Academy Plymouth have led the Western Division virtually all season and they clinched the title on Sunday with a 3-3 draw against Callington Town, the only team who could still have overhauled them. Sam Drewery (2) and Jade Bryan scored for the newly crowned Champions, while on target for Callington were Kat Marment, Peyton-Rose Ringham and Kate Nicholls. Charlestown stay second despite going down 1-0 to Launceston, who scored through Chloe Williams. AFC Plympton defeated Bude Town 6-1 to stay in the running for the runners-up spot, Sam Metters hitting a hat-trick with Chelsea Robinson (2) and Stacey Gill also on target, and Alphington were 6-2 winners over Illogan Ladies.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town hold on to third place in the Premier Division following a 7-0 win away to Aldershot Town in which Justine Mosley and Josette Pearmine each scored twice, with one apiece from Naomi Greene, Lianne Hill and Katie Randell. Laura Allsop and Rachel Mariam netted the goals as Mansfield Road defeated Fleetlands 2-0 whilst Bracknell Town and Newbury Ladies finished level at 1-1, goals coming from Tina Leahy and Caroline Harkness respectively.
Banbury Utd are still on top of the congested Division One table following second placed Tower Hill's 4-1 defeat at Stony Stratford Town, for whom Siobhaun Layne netted twice along with Tamsin Graveson and Leanne Burns. Milton Keynes City are now one point behind the top two, Julianne Gadsby's brace and Amy Butler giving them a 3-0 win away to Andover New Street, whilst Chesham Utd beat New Forest 2-0 with strikes from Paula Lambert and Anna Imrie. Marlow can still make a strong challenge if they win their games in hand and they remain in contention after winning 6-1 against Fleet Town, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Abi Canvin, Rhea James and Tracy Corkett completing the tally. Southampton Women continued their quest to climb off the bottom with a 1-0 win against Ascot Utd, Rachel Webb netting their goal.
West Midlands League
The two title rivals met each other for the first time this season and it is advantage B & WM Police who were 2-0 winners over TNS Ladies. Emily Painter and Gemma Horne scored the goals which mean that Police will need to avoid defeat when the sides face each other again in order to clinch the title. Crusaders look to be on course for third place following their 2-1 success away to Wednesfield Town whilst Knowle defeated Coventrians by the only goal of the game.
One match was played in Division One North, Bilbrook leaping up into a mid-table position on the back of a 4-1 victory over Florence.
Droitwich Spa have opened up a four point lead at the top of Division One South following their 3-1 win against Studley. Rubery Ladies and Kenilworth Town shared a 1-1 draw whilst at the other end of the table, Redditch Utd registered their first league win of the season, 1-0 against Malvern Town.
Walsall are through to the semi finals of the Division One North League Cup after they ran out 4-1 winners away to Coseley Town. Joining them in the last four are Lichfield Diamonds who defeated Kingshurst Sporting Res 2-1 after extra time.
Lye Town kept up their challenge for two trophies with a 2-1 victory over Coventry Development, which sees them reach the Division One South League Cup semi finals. Solihull Ladies Res have also progressed but required a penalty shootout to get past Marston Green after the teams had battled out a goalless draw.
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