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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town booked their place in the quarter finals of the League Cup by winning 5-1 away to Arnold Town. Jessica Machin was on target twice for Mansfield along with Abbie Barlow, Abbey Hawkins and Rebecca Braithwaite. Bedworth Utd kept up their winning run but just squeezed past Ellistown with a 3-2 victory. Eleanor Chapman, Kirsty Farnsworth and Sophie Wilson netted Bedworth's goals with Katie Bateman and Sam Clarke replying. Kettering Town were pushed all the way by Mansfield Hosiery Mills before emerging as 4-3 winners thanks to a Laura Beckett brace, Brodie Betts and Mikaela Welford who netted an injury time clincher. Leah Stacey and Eloise Willmott scored the goals as Royston Town won 2-1 against Heather St Johns.
In the League Plate, Grimsby Borough came through a tough tie against Ollerton Town with a 3-2 victory. Lottie Soar was on target twice along with Laura Flecknor. Sleaford Town meanwhile claimed a fine 2-0 success away to Corby S & L thanks to Joanne Wilson and an own goal.
One match was played in Division One South, leaders AFC Leicester being held to a 1-1 draw by Riverside LFC, goals coming from Jamie Elday and Clare Knibbs respectively.
Eastern Region League
Cindy Ponder and Alison Wright were on the scoresheet as Great Shelford reached the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 2-1 win away to AFC Dunstable. Joining them in the next round are Great Wakering who also won 2-1 against Acle Ladies after extra time.
Premier Division leaders Stevenage Ladies went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-1 by Haringey Borough who avenged their 3-0 defeat in the return fixture two weeks earlier. Billericay Town took the opportunity to narrow the gap on them to two points when a Kirsty Knight goal gave them a 1-0 victory over AFC Sudbury. Brentwood Town notched up their biggest win of the season to date, 8-1 against Colchester Town who completed the game with nine players due to injuries. Chelcee Grimes led the scoring with a hat-trick, Ashley Debnam and Emma Mackie each added braces and Paidamoyo Dedza was also on target.
It was a good day for Writtle in Division One East as they recorded their seventh straight win, netting eight times without reply past West Billericay. Abigail Fry hit a hat-trick with Charlotte Walker (2), Courtney Clarke, Sophie Vale and Georgina Tricker adding the others. Writtle now lead by three points after second placed Silver End were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Bury Town for whom Nadine Basson scored both goals.
Hutton remain on top of Division One West despite going down to a 5-1 reverse at the hands of Royston Town. Samantha Tinsley netted twice for Royston along with Georgia Gannaway, Hayley Graham and Emma Phipps. Rachael Lewis, Charlene Moreton, Sheree Oliver and Shanice Sanderson all scored to give Offley & Stopsley a 4-1 victory at Hoddesdon Owls which leaves them one point off the pace. Alex Moir hit a hat-trick and Leah Littlechild the other for Stevenage Ladies Res but they still had to settle for a share of the points as they finished level at 4-4 with Colney Heath.
London & South East League
AFC Wimbledon power on at the top of the table and they have further stretched their advantage to eleven points after beating Bexhill Utd 3-0. Sian Wylie, Libby Suchley and Caroline Bisson scored the goals to earn the Dons their eleventh win in twelve matches. Leyton Orient are now heading the chasing pack following their 3-0 victory over Aylesford in which Belen Ripoll Douton, Heather Staff and Jasmine Campbell were all on target.
North East League
Brighouse Town continued their great run of form and their 4-1 win away to York City has taken them five points clear at the top of the table. Annabelle Cass, Jodie Redgrave, Rachael White and Amy Hesselden were all on target for Brighouse. Hessle Town have gone third after a Sian Bentley hat-trick and Imogen Arnold gave them a 4-1 victory over Wakefield. Wetherby Athletic are in the top half of the table following their 2-1 success at Castleford White Rose in which Rebecca Furey and Martyna Petrova were on the scoresheet.
Farsley Celtic have gone six points ahead in the Southern Division following their 5-1 victory over Handsworth. Second placed Oughtibridge also won 5-1 against Harrogate Railway, Codi Melia and Lauren Turner each netting twice along with Jenny Selman. Sheffield Wednesday are in third after drawing 1-1 with Doncaster Belles (Women's). They trailed to Kirsty Nelthorpe's goal after just a minute and home keeper Eleanor Sharpe made several fine saves to deny Wednesday who eventually gained the point they deserved with Mercy Darkoah equalising five minutes from time.
North West League
Warrington Wolverines caused a surprise in the First Round of the Argyle Sports Cup when they eliminated Premier Division opponents Blackpool with a 4-2 victory. Wigan Athletic meanwhile came through an awkward tie by winning 5-1 away to Liverpool City Community. Merseyrail Bootle were the other team to book their place in the last sixteen when they defeated Preston North End LFC 5-1.
In the Premier Division, Curzon Ashton lifted themselves off the bottom of the table when they won for the first time, 3-2 against Northwich Vixens.
Middleton Athletic are up into mid-table in Division One North after they scored eight times without reply against Leigh RMI. Meanwhile Stockport County Blues ran out 4-1 winners away to Bury Girls & Ladies to lift themselves out of the bottom three.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth are the new leaders of the Premier Division on goal difference following their 8-1 victory over Middlezoy Rovers. Sam Drewery hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jade Bryan, Eden May, Hayley Ranachan, Carmen Thornton and Ellie Bishop. Downend Flyers meanwhile defeated Bristol Ladies Union 3-1 in a well contested local derby, thanks to a goal apiece from Kate Michael, Emma Summerill and Hayley Bullock.
In the Eastern Division, Poole Town are up into third place after they won 2-1 away to Cheltenham Civil Service. Shelley Towers and Emma Acott were on target for Poole, with the home side replying through Kelly Churchley.
One match managed to beat the weather in the Western Division and it saw Charlestown open up a lead of eleven points after beating second placed Alphington 2-0. Laura Barrett and Amber Hadrill netted the goals for the table toppers.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town have gone three points clear at the top of the Premier Division after a Katie Randell hat-trick, Megan James and Ayala Truelove saw them to a 5-0 win away to Bracknell Town. Previous leaders Milton Keynes City went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Marlow and are just ahead of Oxford City, 3-1 winners at Newbury Ladies thanks to April England, Jane Younger and Heather Young. Holly Bridge scored both goals for Mansfield Town as they defeated Banbury Utd 2-0.
Southampton Women have narrowed the gap on Division One leaders Chesham Utd to four points after they beat them 2-0 with goals from Kirsty Bell and Jane Yeates. Emily Crook and Natasha Kenny were on target for Team Solent who won 2-0 against Wycombe Wanderers are remain just off the pace, as do Fleet Town with a 4-3 success away to Winchester City Flyers, thanks to a strike apiece from Charlene Rooney, Hayley Sloan, Kristina Wright and Olivia Gardiner. Lauren Major, Lisa Freeman and Sarah Snowdon all scored for Tower Hill in their 3-3 draw with Andover New Street.
Rosie Page-Smith led the scoring with a hat-trick as Woodley Utd won 7-1 at Ascot Utd to reach the quarter finals of the Chairman's Cup. Mollie Haines, Louise Thompson, Nicole Haines and an own goal completed the tally.
West Midlands League
League leaders Crusaders are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division League Cup but needed extra time before finally getting past Walsall with a 4-2 victory.
In the Premier Division, Knowle cemented themselves in the mid-table position by running out 7-2 winners over Wednesfield Town.
Burton Albion made it seven wins out of seven at the top of Division One North, beating Shrewsbury Town 4-0 to go five points clear. Bilbrook meanwhile claimed their first point of the season when sharing a 2-2 draw with Atherstone Ladies.
Division One South leaders Worcester Utd suffered a 3-2 defeat away to Droitwich Spa but their three point advantage remains intact after nearest rivals Coundon Court were also beaten 2-1 by Coventry Development, who are now just behind in third place. Malvern Town and Redditch Utd each picked up a useful point when sharing a 2-2 draw.
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