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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star regained the leadership of the Premier Division with a 2-0 victory over Sandiacre Town. Jodie Bartle and Lorna Hart scored the goals which take Northern Star back on top on goal difference from Eastwood Community, who went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Grimsby Borough, for whom Laura Flecknor and Lottie Soar were on target. Nettleham are three points behind and kept up their challenge by beating Ellistown 4-1, Kyla Love bagging a brace along with Zuzana Pramukova and Kirsty Salzell.
Mikaela Welford netted both goals as Burton Park Wanderers defeated Oadby & Wigston 2-1 to go two points clear at the top of Division One South from Bedworth Utd, who won 7-1 at Kettering Town. Jodi Hunter hit a hat-trick for Bedworth with Kirsty Farnsworth adding two, while Shanice Walsh and Sophie Wilson were also on target. Corby S & L were 1-0 winners over Raunds Town with Leanne Lowden netting the only goal of the game.
Eastern Region League
Royston Town have reached the League Cup Final after a 2-0 victory away to Haringey Borough. Joanne Rutherford netted both goals for Royston who will face either Lowestoft Town or Great Shelford.
In the Premier Division, in-form Stevenage Ladies moved into fourth place with a 1-0 win against AFC Dunstable, courtesy of a solitary strike from Donna McGuigan.
Division One North table toppers Bury Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Bar Hill, who scored through Lucy Goddard. They now head the table by a single point from AFC Sudbury, 9-0 winners over Ipswich Wanderers. Laura Yarnington bagged a hat-trick, Natalie Golding and Charlene Roach both netted doubles for Sudbury and the tally was completed by Sophie Jeffery and Marie Seabrook.
Southendian Ladies extended their Division One South lead to ten points after they beat second placed Offley & Stopsley 3-1 with Georgia Holdaway hitting a hat-trick. Becky Scola, Kristina O'Connell and Leah Dunnage scored the goals as Hoddesdon Owls won 3-2 at Colney Heath to go third. West Billericay won 3-0 away to Sawbridgeworth Town with goals from Grace Clark (2) and Michelle Sumpter and a strike from Leeanne Cox gave Hutton a 1-0 success at Little Thurrock Dynamos.
London & South East League
League leaders Old Actonians booked their place in the League Cup Final by beating Kikk Utd 4-0 with goals from Carla Williams (2), Chelsea Berlin and Natasha Cree. Their opponents in the Final will be London Corinthians, for whom Chanel Richards netted twice along with Adele Keech and Megan Mansfield in their 4-1 victory over Aylesford.
Fulham FC Foundation stay three points behind Old Actonians after they went down to a 1-0 defeat to Carshalton Athletic, who stepped up their own title challenge with a first half goal from Laura Curtis. At the other end of the table, Hassocks recorded their first victory of the season, 2-0 against Eastbourne Town thanks to Katie Harding and Katherine Chappell.
In Division One (London), Amy Bradley scored twice and Jennifer Simao the other as Tottenham Hotspur Development won 3-2 against Crystal Palace Development. Regents Park Rangers boosted their chances of climbing out of the bottom two with a 2-1 victory over Hemel Hempstead, goals coming from Naomi Graham and Ashley Fletcher.
North East League
Hull City require two points from two games to be absolutely sure of the title following their 5-0 triumph away to Hessle Town. Tonya Wild-Storr netted twice with Rachael Cooke, Charlotte McNamara and Zoe Mitchell also on the scoresheet. Rebecca Hale and Kaylee Hardy were on target as Barnsley completed their fixtures by beating Brighouse Town 2-0. This leaves Barnsley level on points with Hull, who have a vastly superior goal difference, and Brighouse will have to win all of their last four games in order to beat them to the runners-up spot. York City are in third after winning 3-0 at Tynedale whilst Castleford White Rose and Wakefield battled out a goalless draw.
Northern Division Champions Boldon rounded off their season in style by beating Middlesbrough Lionesses 10-0. Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke netted five times, Alex Ross hit a hat-trick and there were singles from Jade Murray and Victoria Sheriff as Boldon finished seven points clear of runners-up Blyth Town Lions, who drew 1-1 with Easingwold Town, goals coming from Melissa Scott and Katie Davill respectively. Emily Fewster, Jo Garvey and Sophie Wake were all on the scoresheet as Redcar Town defeated Birtley Town 3-1.
Wetherby Athletic are all but certain of the Southern Division title after they battled out a 5-5 draw with Westella & Willerby, who can no longer finish on top but can be runners-up. Adele Jackson (2), Rachel Carmichael, Rebecca Furey and Rianne Woodham were the markswomen for Wetherby while Westella replied through Natasha Linford, Amy Ward, Megan Hornby, Rebekah Jones and Lauren Holmes. Farsley AFC will have to beat Wetherby by a huge margin in the last match in order to beat them to the title, a win will ensure they are runners-up and anything else means they finish third. On Sunday they kept their hopes alive by beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0, Olivia Turnbull scoring the only goal.
North West League
Only one match in the entire league managed to survive the deluge over the weekend, with all of the games in the Premier Division and Division One North being wiped out.
In Division One South, Mersey Girls cemented themselves in fourth place and are just five points off the pace after winning 4-2 against Winsford.
South West League
No matches were played over the weekend in the Premier Division because of the weather, but on Thursday night, Georgia Vandries and Rosie Williams scored the goals for their respective sides as Brislington and Bridgwater Town battled out a 1-1 draw.
In the Eastern Division, Keynsham Town Res proved to be a tough nut to crack for a title chasing side for the second week in succession, this time holding Poole Town to a goalless draw. This leaves Poole seven points behind leaders Bishop's Lydeard, with two games in hand.
One match was also played in the Western Division, Alphington and Newquay Celtic battling out a 2-2 draw to give each other an important point, and which takes Newquay out of the bottom two.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town are in second place in the Premier Division table after running out 4-0 winners away to Bracknell Town. Naomi Greene netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lindsey Beverley and Lianne Hill. Woodley Utd lost ground though as they were surprised 2-0 by Newbury Ladies who scored through Maria Rodrigues and Caroline Harkness. Rachel Mariam (2), Laura Allsop, Lucie Bowden, Stephanie Mahay and Claire Stauber accounted for the goals as Mansfield Road defeated Aldershot Town 6-0 and Parley Sports defeated Fleetlands 4-1 thanks to a Laura Baker brace, Charlie Lanahan and Kerry Shiers.
In Division One, leaders Banbury Utd stepped up their title challenge with a 2-0 victory over Ascot Utd in which Catherine Howse and Rebecca Howard scored. Second placed Tower Hill meanwhile completed their matches with a 6-1 defeat by Marlow, Abi Canvin netting four times along with Katie Hudson and Samantha Jackson. Chesham Utd ran out 4-0 winners over Southampton Women whilst Fleet Town and Andover New Street finished level at 1-1.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to win 2-0 away to Wrockwardine Wood and narrow the gap on leaders B & WM Police to four points. Kingshurst Sporting Club consolidated themselves in third place by scoring seven times without reply against Coventrians whilst Allscott ran out 6-1 victors over Wednesfield Town.
In Division One North, Burton Albion narrowed the gap on leaders Walsall to six points with a 4-0 victory away to Florence. In the other game, Lichfield Diamonds defeated Kingshurst Sporting Res 4-2 to lift themselves out of the bottom two.
Division One South table toppers Droitwich Spa were beaten 3-0 by Lye Town who move to within one point of them, and with five games in hand. Kenilworth Town were 2-1 winners away to Malvern Town whilst Wyre Forest Phoenix edged out Marston Green by the odd goal in five, a result which takes them into the top half.
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