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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star lead the table by three points after goals from Jodie Bartle and Lorna Hart earned them a 2-0 victory over Grimsby Borough. Nettleham still have matters in their hand though and kept themselves on course by also winning 2-0 at Notts County Development thanks to Kyla Love and Leanne Woodhead. Eastwood Community have occupied top spot for most of the season but their challenge ended as they were beaten 4-3 by Ellistown, Jody Scott hitting a hat-trick and Katie Bateman adding the other goal. Sandiacre Town and Rise Park meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw with goals from Amy Pashley and Stevie Gough respectively.
Ruddington Village secured the runners-up spot in Division One North with a 7-0 victory over Cleethorpes Town. Faye Brown led the scoring with a four-goal haul while Leah Hill, Jenna Yates and an own goal completed the tally. Emma Butler, Holly Cox, Kate Pawlitta and Kelly Staples were on the scoresheet as Mansfield Hosiery Mills defeated Teversal 4-0.
The first of the two meetings between the top two in Division One South went the way of Bedworth Utd, who beat Burton Park Wanderers 4-0. Kirsty Farnsworth (2), Jodi Hunter and Shanice Walsh scored the goals for Bedworth who need to avoid defeat in the return match this week in order to capture the title. In the other game, Rebecca Boath, Leanne Lowden and Leanne Noonan gave Corby S & L a 3-0 win away to Kettering Town.
Eastern Region League
Newly crowned Champions Lowestoft Town further underlined their superiority with an 8-0 victory over second placed Colchester Town to extend their lead to ten points. Natasha Thomas was on target four times along with Chelsea Clarke, Paige Shorten, Hannah Waters and Zoe Cossey. The result means that Stevenage Ladies still have a chance of taking the runners-up spot and they enhanced this by beating Barking with strikes from Donna McGuigan (2), Justine Emmins and Nicole Perschsky.
In Division One North, Bar Hill opened up a lead of three points after a Caitlin Alvey brace and Anna Jephson earned them a 3-2 victory over Ipswich Wanderers.
Southendian Ladies secured the Division One South title with a 5-0 win away to West Billericay. Helen Clifford and Elisha Turner-Powell each scored twice and Nikhol Chapman the other to put their side in an uncatchable position. Georgia Fraser netted the only goal of the game for Little Thurrock Dynamos in their 1-0 success against Hutton whilst Sawbridgeworth Town and Colney Heath finished level at 1-1, goals coming from Emma Parker and Kirsty Feasley respectively.
Royston Town ran out 5-0 winners over Bury Town in the League Plate. Joanne Rutherford netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amy Cooper, Daniella Lewis and Heather Parete.
London & South East League
Old Actonians were the winners of the vital clash at the top of the table against nearest rivals Carshalton Athletic and the 2-0 result, given to them by Emma Mulhern and Lafe Uche, sees them extend their lead to seven points. London Corinthians also received a setback to their chances as they were beaten 3-0 by Crawley Wasps, for whom Rebecca Carter bagged a hat-trick. Lauren Hughes and Emma Parslow were on target for Eastbourne Town in their 2-2 draw with Kikk Utd, who replied through a brace from Sophie Le Marchand. Aylesford meanwhile moved away from the bottom two by defeating Bexhill Utd 3-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Alison Draper, Rebecca Barr and Daisy Taylor.
AFC Phoenix require one more win to secure the runners-up spot in Division One (London) after they beat Hemel Hempstead 4-1. Maria Freitas Mendonca led the scoring with a hat-trick and Teonie Rushton was also on target. Crystal Palace Development meanwhile ran out 7-1 winners over Battersea & Wandsworth with seven different scorers - one apiece from Grace Baylis, Leanne Kirsty Bell, K'Shaela Burch-Waldron, Olivia Parson, Kirsty Tenkorang, Jenna Brunton and Kate Green.
North East League
Steph Ord, Sarah Bennett and Rhianna Telfer netted the goals as Whitley Bay won 3-2 against Scunthorpe & Bottesford in the Premier Division. Rebecca Shipp was on target for Hessle Town in their 1-1 draw against Castleford White Rose, who replied through Jenny Clark.
Brighouse Town are through to the Final of the Southern League Cup after beating Westella & Willerby 2-0. Jordane Allison and Lauren Doyle scored the goals to take Brighouse through to play Hull City.
North West League
Blackpool Wren Rovers have hit top spot in the Premier Division after winning 6-1 away to Bolton Wanderers. Blackburn Community meanwhile lost ground in their challenge as they were held to a 2-2 draw by City of Manchester, a result which keeps them in third place on goal difference from Burnley Girls & Ladies, who defeated Preston North End 4-1. At the other end of the table, Birkenhead lifted themselves off the bottom of the table after beating Northwich Vixens 3-2.
Penrith AFC face an anxious wait to see if they will win the Division One North title after they went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Accrington Girls & Ladies, who can pip them by winning all of their last three games. One of those three opponents will be CMB Ladies, who will win it themselves by winning their last games, moving themselves closer on Sunday with an 8-0 victory over Kendal Town. Middleton Athletic meanwhile look set to end up in fourth place following their 5-2 win against Bury Girls & Ladies.
Manchester Stingers need to win one of their last three games in order to secure the Division One South title after they beat AFC Liverpool 5-1. AFC Urmston Meadowside and Mersey Girls battled out a 1-1 draw, hindering the latter's chances of finishing in the runners-up spot, whilst Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res won 2-0 against Woolton.
The Argyle Sports Kit Cup Final will be a local affair after Blackpool won 2-1 away to Carlisle Utd in the semi finals to set up a meeting with Blackpool Wren Rovers.
* On Wednesday night, Blackpool Wren Rovers were confirmed as Champions after they won 5-1 against Blackburn Community and second placed Crewe Alexandra were beaten 1-0 by Wigan Athletic.
South West League
Swindon Spitfires look to be on course to finish in second place in the Premier Division after they drew 2-2 with Brislington on Sunday. Emily Plummer and Vicky Powell were on target for Brislington, with the Spitfires netting through Suze Berry and Emily Sparkes. Torquay Utd received a setback to their hopes as they were beaten 3-0 by Bristol Ladies Union, Polly Wardle scoring twice and Cheryl Baber adding the other.
Bishop's Lydeard are closing in on the Eastern Division title following their 3-1 success away to Cheltenham Civil Service. Poole Town are guaranteed at least second place after they won 3-0 against Taunton Town, goals coming from Chloe Newton, Sacha Paynter and Lauren Fraser.
Western Division Champions Marine Academy Plymouth notched up another win, scoring six without reply past Illogan Ladies thanks to doubles from Kate Bowden, Eden May and Sam Drewery. Kirsty Brown was another player to score twice, for Alphington in their 2-1 victory over Bude Town.
Southern Region League
Second placed Basingstoke Town were 2-1 winners away to Parley Sports, Lindsey Beverley and Naomi Greene scoring the goals to keep them narrowly ahead of Oxford City, who defeated Woodley Utd 5-0. Danielle Anderson hit a hat-trick for City, with the others coming from Leah Moorhouse and Kiera Isaac.
In Division One, Chesham Utd are up into second after Naomi Littler and Laura Barton gave them a 2-1 victory over Andover New Street. They must now wait and see if any team pips them to finishing as runners-up, one of those being Marlow who kept their title hopes alive by winning 1-0 at Southampton Women with a goal from Abi Canvin. Aimee Burridge and Kelly Bailey were the markswomen for New Forest as they won their mid-table battle 2-1 against Stony Stratford Town.
West Midlands League
The Premier Division Cup Final will be a showdown between the two teams who have dominated the league table throughout the season. TNS Ladies won their semi final 7-0 against Leamington Lions and they will face B & WM Police - who they take on in a title decider this Sunday.
Crusaders look to be on course to finish third in the Premier Division and require one more win to do so after they scored six times without reply past Coventrians.
Walsall are now a single point away from the Division One North title following their 1-0 success away to Lichfield Diamonds. Burton Albion defeated Bilbrook 4-1 to keep their hopes alive but matters are out of their hands. Folly Lane won 1-0 against Florence to go third and Kingshurst Sporting Res were 2-1 winners over Coseley Town.
Lye Town's chances of a League and Cup 'double' came to an end after they were beaten 4-2 by Wyre Forest Phoenix in the semi finals of the Division One South League Cup.
Coventry Development are out of the bottom two in Division One South, they ran out 4-1 winners away to Worcester Utd whilst Kenilworth Town and Malvern Town finished level at 1-1.
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