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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd moved to the top of the Premier Division as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on previous leaders Bedworth Utd. Precious Hamilton, Michelle Kilmartin and Cara Newton were all on target for Long Eaton with Shanice Walsh replying. Rise Park scored six times without reply past Grimsby Borough to go fourth, Natasha Murray netting twice along with Gina York, Lana York, Katie Prendergast and Georgina Unthank.
In Division One North, Lincoln Moorlands Railway cemented themselves in mid-table when Lauren Churcher scored the only goal of the game against Sleaford Town.
Eastern Region League
Billercay Town have regained the leadership of the Premier Division after a brace from Paris Smith gave them a 2-0 victory over Acle Ladies. Third placed AFC Sudbury meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners away to Great Shelford, Stacey Teager hitting a hat-trick along with Rebecca Thrower.
London & South East League
AFC Wimbledon further extended their lead at the top of the table, going seventeen points ahead by winning 2-1 away to London Corinthians. Kelly-Jade Whelan and Emma Keady were on target for the Dons, with the home side replying through Hannah Titchener. Aylesford climbed out of the bottom two, thanks to a 4-2 success at third placed Carshalton Athletic. Rebecca Barr, Sophie Hayes, Samantha Roland and Claire Williams scored the goals for Aylesford, while Carshalton found the net through Laura Curtis and an own goal (see match report).
North East League
Premier Division leaders Brighouse Town took a giant stride in their bid to finish Champions with a 2-1 win at second placed Barnsley. Neither of the top duo had lost in the league beforehand this season. Barnsley had won all four at home beforehand with a scoring record of 28-0, while Brighouse had maximum points from all four games on their travels. Brighouse went into the fixture eight points clear, but from two games more, so the greater pressure to win lay with Barnsley. Brighouse went ahead on 26 minutes, Jodie Redgrave fed Claire Needham and she advanced a few yards inside the area before stroking the ball almost snooker-like beyond the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. The visitors started the second half forcefully. Redgrave was just wide and then Annabelle Cass rattled the bar before Redgrave netted with a superb strike from on the 18-yard line just to the left of the penalty arc. The game's second goal was always likely to be crucial and given that Brighouse had conceded just three goals in the League beforehand, it was now going to take something special from Barnsley to even get a point. To Barnsley's credit they did not give in and Holly Findlay reduced the arrears with just over ten minutes to go. The hosts pressed strong for the equaliser which they almost gained in stoppage time, but Brighouse keeper Seanna Potts saved at the expense of a corner. Given the inclement conditions of a strong wind and rain throughout, both teams contributed to an enjoyable encounter, keenly contested in a very sporting spirit. In the division's other game, Wetherby Athletic were 4-0 winners away to Wakefield.
In the Southern Division, Courts City and Westella & Willerby battled out a 2-2 draw which leaves the teams in fifth and fourth respectively. Emily Butler and Kayleigh Tovey were on target for Courts, with Westella replying through Leanne Baggley and Amy Thompson.
South West League
Only one match in the league managed to survive the weather on Sunday, Eastern Division leaders Keynsham Town Development being held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Forest Green Rovers Res. Agnieszka Ziolek gave Keynsham the lead during the first half but Forest Green hit back after the break and levelled the scores through a cross-cum-shot by Rhian Robbins. Both teams could have won it afterwards; Sophie Okey hitting the post for Forest Green whilst Molly Blethyn forced a good save from Georgina Macey at the other end.
West Midlands League
Only one match took place over the weekend and that was in Division One South, where Solihull Ladies Res won 6-3 away to Malvern Town to go third in the table.
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