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East Midlands League
The important clash between two of the title contenders, Nettleham and Peterborough Northern Star, saw the points shared as the sides battled out a 1-1 draw. Zuzana Pramukova netted Nettleham's goal with Rachel Adkin on target for Peterborough, who lead the table by a point whilst Nettleham stay third, three points behind and with two games in hand. Ellistown's last remaining chances bit the dust when they were beaten 2-1 by Grimsby Borough who scored through a brace from Suzanne Green. Notts County Development and Rise Park ended goalless whilst Arnold Town won 2-1 against Gedling Town, Emily Nelis and Jenny Lorimer netting the goals to take their side off the bottom of the table.
Winterton Rangers were confirmed as Division One North Champions following their 1-1 draw with Ruddington Village, who can no longer catch them. Hayley Shaw scored the all-important goal for Winterton, with Ruddington replying through Jenna Yates. Sleaford Town will finish third after beating Alfreton Town 4-1, Amy Kilgannon hitting a hat-trick and Joanne Wilson the other. Amber-Nicole French was on target for West Bridgford in their 1-1 draw with Cleethorpes Town whilst Lincoln Moorlands Railway won 4-2 against Mansfield Hosiery Mills thanks to Naomi Johnson (2), Lauren Churcher and Tara Capon.
Things remain close at the top of Division One South after a Laura Beckett brace and Jo Brandon gave Burton Park Wanderers a 3-0 victory at Raunds Town, to keep themselves two points in front of Bedworth Utd who defeated Rothwell Corinthians 7-1, Kirsty Farnsworth bagging a hat-trick along with Jessica Sevellec (2), Lydia Hackney and Eleanor Chapman. Rebecca Boath was another hat-trick scorer and Leanne Lowden joined her on the scoresheet for Corby S & L as they won 4-0 against Kettering Town.
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town are the Premier Division Champions and are promoted to the Premier League after Hannah Waters gave them a 1-0 victory over Billericay Town. Stevenage Ladies' run of form has given them a good chance of a top three finish and they maintained these hopes by beating Great Shelford 6-0. Barking were 1-0 winners over Brentwood Town and Haringey Borough are out of the bottom two following their 1-0 success against Leverstock Green.
Only four points now cover the four teams in Division One North with Bury Town still on top despite being beaten 2-1 by Ipswich Wanderers, for whom Tarnya McKew netted both goals. Bar Hill meanwhile went level on points with the leaders after winning 1-0 against AFC Sudbury.
Southendian Ladies require two points from their final two games to secure the Division One South title after Georgia Holdaway and Elisha Turner-Powell gave them a 2-0 win at Colney Heath whilst Royston Town lost 3-2 to second placed Offley & Stopsley. Hoddesdon Owls went third by defeating Sawbridgeworth Town 2-1 with goals from Daniela Martucci and Leah Dunnage.
London & South East League
League leaders Old Actonians were held to a 2-2 draw by Maidstone Utd, Carla Williams netting twice for them with Chloe Phillips and Alex Witham replying. They now lead by four points from Carshalton Athletic, who went second by beating Aylesford 4-1, Laura Curtis scoring all four goals. Fulham FC Foundation received a huge blow to their hopes as they went down to a 4-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon who scored through Bianca Walker (2), Emma Keady and an own goal. Emily Hart and Hannah Titchener ensured that London Corinthians got their challenge back on track with a 2-0 success at Eastbourne Town. Crawley Wasps meanwhile won 3-1 against Hassocks, courtesy of Rebecca Carter, Toni Smith and an own goal.
AFC Phoenix look to be on course for the runners-up position in Division One (London) after running out 6-0 winners over title winners Camden Town. Catherine Ennis, Maria Freitas Mendonca, Rhea Gall, Jessica Hand, Rebecca Rouse and Teonie Rushton all scored a goal apiece. Amy Bradley (2), Lucia Clifford, Tanvie Hans and Tommy Holloway were on the scoresheet as Tottenham Hotspur Development beat Hemel Hempstead 5-2 and Regents Park Rangers won 3-1 against Colne Valley thanks to Julia Carruthers, Alexandra Joannides and Julie Syer.
North East League
Brighouse Town picked up one of the three wins they require to take the runners-up in the Premier Division, a 6-1 success against Tynedale. Chloe Roberts netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Kayleigh Bamforth, Amy Hesselden, Shauna Messenger and Georgia Jefferson. Whitley Bay meanwhile edged out Hessle Town by the odd goal in seven courtesy of doubles from Hattie Preston and Sarah Bennett.
The last match of the season was played in the Northern Division and it saw Lowick Utd take fourth place with a 3-1 win away to Birtley Town, Amy Hately hitting a hat-trick.
Newly crowned Champions Hull City took another step towards the League and Cup 'double' with a 4-1 win over Barnsley which takes them into the Southern League Cup Final. Zoe Mitchell led the scoring with a hat-trick and Emma Westmorland was also on target. Westella & Willerby meanwhile won their quarter final tie 3-1 against Wetherby Athletic, Rebekah Jones netting twice along with Amy Thompson. Laura Foad and Lynsey Wilkinson netted the goals as Gateshead Rutherford Ravens reached the Northern League Cup Final with a midweek 2-1 success against Whitley Bay.
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers are through to the Argyle Sports Kit Cup Final after they won 7-3 against Birkenhead, keeping their hopes of the 'double' alive. Their opponents in the Final will be either Carlisle Utd or Blackpool, whose semi final was postponed.
Wigan Athletic are finishing the season well and it is set to conclude with the Argyle Sports Kit Plate Final, for which they booked their place with a 2-0 victory over City of Manchester. The other semi final went all the way to a penalty shootout after Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res and Manchester Stingers shared ten goals, the Feds progressing through 6-5 from the spot.
Crewe Alexandra have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-0 win against Preston North End. Burnley Girls & Ladies are now ten points off the pace after being held to a 2-2 draw by Northwich Vixens.
In Division One North, Penrith AFC took themselves to within one win of the title after scoring nine times without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies.
Ellesmere Port Town returned to the top of Division One South with a 9-0 victory against Macclesfield Town. Stockport County Res defeated Woolton 7-2 to hold on to third place, just ahead of Mersey Girls who were 3-1 winners over AFC Liverpool.
South West League
The Eastern and Western Division table toppers met each other in the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup and it was Bishop's Lydeard who were 4-2 winners over Marine Academy Plymouth, Sophie Buck netting twice along with Dawna Dennett and Gemma Chilcott. Their opponents in the Final will be Callington Town, who defeated Cheltenham Civil Service 4-1 with goals from Sam Veal (2), Jodie Shipton and Sarah Winn.
The battle for the runners-up spot in the Premier Division continued with second meeting third and the points being shared, Swindon Spitfires and Brislington battling out a 1-1 draw with Sophie Whelan on target for Brislington. Torquay Utd received a setback as they were beaten 1-0 by Truro City, who scored through Lucy Bounsall. Kylie Allen and Kate Michael were on target as Downend Flyers defeated Frome Town 2-0 whilst Bristol Ladies Union won 2-1 at Bridgwater Town with goals from Jen Atherton and Cheryl Baber.
Poole Town were dealt a setback to their Eastern Division challenge as they were beaten 3-1 by Forest Green Rovers Res, who scored through an Ellie Olds brace and an own goal. Hari Sabic netted both goals for in-form Keynsham Town Res who went third by defeating Taunton Town 2-0.
In the Western Division, second placed Charlestown went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Alphington whilst Dobwalls were 2-1 winners at Launceston thanks to Faye Hankinson and Coral Smith. Jess Longworth and Annie Richards each netted four times with Cyra Carne, Lisa Hegarty and Nicola Schmolke completing the scoring for Newquay Celtic in their crushing 12-2 victory over Illogan Ladies.
Southern Region League
Maidenhead Utd are confirmed as Premier Division Champions after their 1-0 victory against Basingstoke Town. Mansfield Road meanwhile ran out 9-1 winners over Newbury Ladies, Rachel Mariam was on target four times along with Stephanie Mahay (2), Holly Bridge, Cecile Deer and Amy Pipe.
Division One leaders Banbury Utd completed their fixtures with a 1-1 draw against New Forest, who scored through Sheree Bell-Jack. Marlow can still win the league with victories in each of their remaining games and they kept on course by winning 1-0 at Andover New Street. Sarah Tyas and Katie Squire both netted doubles, with Chantelle O'Grady adding the other for Chesham Utd in their 5-1 victory over Fleet Town. Southampton Women's improved form has taken them off the bottom of the table, Marie Underwood-Clarke and Darcey Read giving them a 2-1 win against Stony Stratford Town.
West Midlands League
League leaders B & WM Police have moved closer towards a potential double trophy haul by reaching the Premier Division Cup Final. thanks to a 2-1 semi final victory over Kingshurst Sporting Club.
In the Premier Division, Crusaders and Leamington Lions remain in fourth and fifth place respectively after battling out a 1-1 draw in their meeting. Knowle follow on after completing their season with a 2-0 victory over Coventrians.
Walsall are closing in on the Division One North title, preserving their six point lead with a 3-1 win against Florence, but second placed Burton Albion are not giving up the chase and kept their hopes alive by winning 3-0 away to Kingshurst Sporting Res. Wyrley Ladies meanwhile moved up to third via a 4-0 success over Coseley Town.
The title race is over in Division One South with Lye Town confirmed as Champions following their 3-1 victory over Redditch Utd. Solihull Ladies Res did their chances of a top three finish a power of good by beating Kenilworth Town 2-1 whilst Malvern Town and Rubery Ladies shared four goals.
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