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East Midlands League
Peterborough Northern Star have been crowned Champions after Nettleham, who could have overhauled them, were held to a 1-1 draw by Long Eaton Utd who scored through Demi Croxall.
Ruddington Village, Division One North runners-up, completed their campaign with a 6-1 victory over Teversal. Faye Brown led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Kelly Clayton and Jenna Yates.
Likewise in Division One South, the team ending up in second place also finished off with a convincing home win. Cassie Steward was on target six times as Burton Park Wanderers defeated Loughborough Students (2006) 9-0, Laura Beckett adding a brace while Brodie Betts was also on target.
Eastern Region League
Lowestoft Town stretched their winning run to 18 matches with a 2-0 success away to Billericay Town, who still finish in second place despite the result. Zoe Cossey and Hannah Waters scored the goals for Lowestoft who are now nineteen points ahead. Acle Ladies are off the bottom of the table after they won 5-1 at Great Shelford.
Division One North title winners Bar Hill saw their season end in a defeat, 2-0 at the hands of AFC Sudbury. Charlene Roach netted both goals to take her side into second place in the table.
Emma James, Charlene Moreton and Rianne Townsend were on the scoresheet as Offley & Stopsley beat Sawbridgeworth Town 3-2 to hold on to second place in Division One South, ahead of Royston Town who were 2-0 winners at Hutton, thanks to a brace from Jo Rutherford. Colney Heath meanwhile triumphed 6-1 away to West Billericay courtesy of a Georgia Knight hat-trick, Kirsty Feasley brace and an own goal.
London & South East League
League leaders Old Actonians were victorious in the League Cup Final on Sunday, Linda Fox grabbing the only goal of the game as they defeated London Corinthians 1-0.
Meanwhile in the Premier Division, Carshalton Athletic moved to within one point of the leadership after Ella Bale and Laura Curtis gave them a 2-0 victory over Maidstone Utd. Emma Lawrence bagged a brace for Fulham FC Foundation as they drew 2-2 with Crawley Wasps, who replied through Suzanne Davies and Toni Smith. AFC Wimbledon kept their own title hopes alive by winning 3-2 away to Eastbourne Town with goals from Caroline Bisson (2) and Jess Trimnell, whilst at the other end of the table, Hassocks claimed only their second league victory of the season, Katie Harding netting a double and Emma Wickham the other as they edged out Kikk Utd by the odd goal in five.
Division One (London) Champions Camden Town's season finished up with a 6-0 reverse at the hands of Hemel Hempstead, for whom Natasha McConville and Suzanne Read hit hat-tricks. AFC Phoenix claimed the runners-up spot by winning 6-2 away to Tottenham Hotspur Development. Anna Badham led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Maria Freitas Mendonca, Jessica Hand and Lydia Tobin.
North East League
Brighouse Town are confirmed as Premier Division runners-up in their first season after promotion following a 2-0 success away to Whitley Bay in the last game of the campaign. Amy Hesselden and Rachael White scored the goals which ensured that Brighouse picked up the result they needed to pip Barnsley into second place.
North West League
The Argyle Sports Kit Cup Final was an eagerly anticipated battle between newly crowned Champions Blackpool Wren Rovers and local rivals Blackpool, however the match was abandoned after 52 minutes due to two serious but separate injuries to players. Alex Stephens of Blackpool fell awkwardly and injured her back and just after half time, Louise Allen of Blackpool Wren Rovers suffered a badly broken leg. Both players are now home and our best wishes are extended to them for a speedy recovery.
Earlier in the day, the Argyle Sports Kit Plate Final turned out to be a happier occasion for Wigan Athletic as they triumphed 5-3 over Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res. Laura Stanley led the scoring for Wigan with a four-goal haul and Rachel Ainscow added the other goal.
The Division One North title race produced a dramatic finish with Accrington Girls & Ladies, who had not led the table at any time during the season, taking the crown with a 4-2 victory over CMB Ladies, who end up in third whilst long time leaders Penrith AFC are the runners-up. Mid-table Carlisle Utd wrapped their campaign with a 2-1 victory against Leigh RMI on Sunday.
Manchester Stingers claimed the result they needed in order to be confirmed as Champions of Division One South. After having lost their two previous games, they won 1-0 against Mersey Girls to put themselves beyond the reach of runners-up Ellesmere Port Town. Mersey Girls meanwhile completed their season in third place, finishing off by beating Winsford 4-3 in the final match.
South West League
Swindon Spitfires are confirmed as runners-up in the Premier Division despite going down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bridgwater Town. Anusia Rourke netted two of the goals for Bridgwater and Lucy Stacey was also on target. Downend Flyers meanwhile defeated Torquay Utd 3-0 thanks to strikes from Kylie Allen, Debra Small and Amber Coates.
In the Western Division, the mid-table clash between Launceston and Alphington ended in a 2-2 draw, Molly Curtis netting for Launceston along with an own goal.
Bishop's Lydeard's hopes of a trophy 'treble' came to an end on Bank Holiday Monday after they were beaten on penalties by Callington Town in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup Final, following a 1-1 draw. Rosie Williams gave Bishop's Lydeard a lead which was cancelled out by Kat Marment, before Callington went on to lift the trophy after winning 3-1 from the spot (see match report).
* On Wednesday night, Bristol Ladies Union completed their campaign with a 4-3 victory over Downend Flyers, a result which takes them into fourth place in the table.
Southern Region League
Champions Maidenhead Utd's hopes of completing the season with a 100% record were dashed at the final attempt as they were beaten 2-1 by Fleetlands. Jodie Prince netted both goals for Fleetlands who can still finish up in the top four. They are currently one place below Bracknell Town who were 4-1 winners away to Aldershot Town, Tina Leahy bagging a brace along with Joanne Atkins and Samantha Tan.
The final match of the season in Division One was played on Sunday and it ended in a 3-2 win for Andover New Street against Ascot Utd. Claire Ham, Lydia Moulding and Lauren Pearce scored the goals for Andover with Lucy Holzman-Clarke and Hannah Evans replying.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies have had an excellent season in all competitions but their Premier Division title challenge ended up being a near miss. They finished off with a 4-0 win over third placed Crusaders, ending up four points adrift of Champions B & WM Police.
In Division One North, runners-up Burton Albion also finished with a victory, 3-1 against Shrewsbury Juniors. In the other game, Florence and Bilbrook shared four goals.
Lye Town picked up another victory to continue their successful campaign, the newly crowned Division One South Champions beating Rubery Ladies 4-2 to extend their advantage at the top to eleven points. Redditch Utd meanwhile picked up a point from a 2-2 draw against Malvern Town.
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