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East Midlands League
Ollerton Town have returned to the top of Division One North by virtue of having scored more goals than Mansfield Hosiery Mills after battling out a 3-3 draw with fellow challengers Gedling Town. Hayley Brown netted twice and Laura Billam the other for Gedling, while Ollerton's goals came from Rachael Bell, Clare Hayes and Natalie Gibson. The other game in the division was between the two bottom teams and it was Alfreton Town who emerged as 7-1 winners over Teversal. Grace Galloway led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Claire Shelton, Eleanor Yates and Jade Curtis.
Division One South leaders AFC Leicester were held to a 2-2 draw by Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. All of the goals came in the first half, Leicester scoring through Chelsey Watts and an own goal while Amy Cowen and Emily Miles were on target for Oadby. Moulton Ladies are now three points off the pace after beating Raunds Town 4-0, Emma Dunmore hitting a hat-trick and Harley Collyer adding the other.
Eastern Region League
Honours were even in the Premier Division on Sunday as all three games ended in draws. The top of the table clash between Stevenage Ladies and Billericay Town finished goalless, meaning that Billericay stay three points clear having played three games more. Haringey Borough drew 1-1 with AFC Dunstable, who scored through Stephanie Fisher, and the game between third placed AFC Sudbury and Great Shelford ended 0-0.
The rest of the action took place in the Division One Cup where Offley & Stopsley recorded a good win, 6-3 away to Silver End. Katerina Hamplova and Charlene Moreton each netted twice along with Rachael Lewis and Shanice Sanderson. Bury Town returned from Ipswich Wanderers with a 3-2 victory under their belts whilst Colney Heath defeated Long Melford 2-1 thanks to Lucy Hancock and Adrienne Milton. Georgia Fraser was on target for Little Thurrock Dynamos in their 1-1 draw with Writtle, who replied through Caroline Brown. Kelly Holsworth scored the only goal of the game as Sawbridgeworth Town won 1-0 against Hutton.
London & South East League
AFC Wimbledon are just two points away from securing the league title and a return to the Premier League following their 9-0 victory over Eastbourne Town. Caroline Bisson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Laura Low weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Sian Wylie, Emma Keady, Jessica Trimnell and Kelly-Jade Whelan. London Corinthians saw their chances take a huge knock as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Leyton Orient, Katherine Long and Jane Simpson scoring their goals with Lydia Cooper and Sophie Le Marchand replying for the O's. Carly Farrow and Nicola Morris were on the scoresheet as Herne Bay won 2-0 away to Camden Town.
North East League
A second half goal from Jessica Doyle gave Brighouse Town a 1-0 victory over York City and extended their lead to nine points at the top of the Premier Division. Barnsley replace York in second after scoring nine times without reply against Castleford White Rose. Darcie Greene hit a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Charley Evans, Drew Greene, Rebecca Hale, Danielle Lowe, Brittany Sanderson and Rebecca Wilson. Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke scored a hat-trick and there were doubles from Allison Ferris and Alex Ross as Boldon Ladies ran out 7-1 winners away to Wetherby Athletic. Lisa Deakin was on target for Wakefield in their 1-1 draw with Whitley Bay, who replied through Brooke Cochrane, whilst Sheffield Utd Community defeated Tynedale 3-0 thanks to Alex Hickerman, Kimberley Brown and Jodie Hartley.
Blyth Town Lions preserved their six point advantage in the Northern Division with a 3-1 win away to Durham Cestria, courtesy of a Sarah Burn hat-trick. Gateshead Rutherford Ravens maintained their challenge in second place by beating Prudhoe Town 6-0, Lynsey Wilkinson bagging a treble along with Autumn Colledge, Kody Green and an own goal. Amber McLoughlin and Laura Wareham each netted four times, with Charlotte Brown and Elisha Jones completing the tally for BYPC in their 10-1 victory over Lowick Utd. Laura Porritt scored the only goal of the game as York City Res returned from Redcar Town with the three points.
Farsley Celtic notched up a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday to keep up the pace at the top of the Southern Division. Keegan Lambert netted a brace to stay six points in front of Oughtibridge, who scored eight times without reply past Handsworth. Lauren Turner and Milly Wilson each scored twice along with Holly Towns, Anna Goulding, Annie Longmore and Emma Softley. Third placed Westella & Willerby also won, 4-2 against Rovers Foundation Ladies thanks to Natalie Bell, Megan Hornby, Amy Ward and Demi-Jo Watson. Nicola Hadley (2), Louise Donnelly and Jade Holt ensured that Harrogate Railway picked up an important 4-1 win over Malet Lambert YC and Doncaster Belles (Women's) made it three victories on the trot when beating Ossett Albion 5-3, Vickie Sharpe netting twice with Sophie Brown, Danielle Thompson and Sophie Thompson adding the others.
North West League
Runaway league leaders Crewe Alexandra were not in action over the weekend and their advantage was trimmed to eleven points by second placed Bolton Wanderers, who were 1-0 winners over Wigan Athletic. Burnley Girls & Ladies meanwhile defeated Blackpool 4-1 to keep their hopes alive in third place. Manchester Stingers follow on after winning 5-2 against Northwich Vixens and City of Manchester edged out Blackburn Community by the odd goal in five.
It was a good day for Preston North End Development who beat Stockport County Blues 3-2 to go four points clear at the top of Division One North from Kendal Town, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Penrith AFC. Middleton Athletic replaced CMB Ladies in third place after beating them 3-1. At the other end of the table, Leigh RMI moved out of the bottom three with a 3-2 victory over Haslingden, whilst Bury Girls & Ladies also registered an important win, 2-1 away to Preston North End Ladies.
Things remain incredibly tight at the top of Division One South with just one point covering the top four places. Ellesmere Port Town are back as leaders after winning 3-1 at Warrington Wolverines, one point ahead of MSB Woolton, who did not play, Merseyrail Bootle, 5-1 victors over Altrincham, and FC United of Manchester who came away from Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res with a 4-2 success under their belts. Mersey Girls meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two, thanks to a vital 3-2 victory against Liverpool City Ladies Community.
South West League
Eastern Division leaders Keynsham Town Development did not play on Sunday while their two main rivals for the title faced each other. It was Yeovil Town Intermediate who ran out 4-1 winners away to Poole Town with goals from Colette Martin (2), Nicole Brown and Harriet King.
The only other match played in the league was in the Western Division where second placed Plympton Ladies narrowed the gap on table toppers Charlestown to six points with a 12-1 victory over Launceston. Sam Metters led the scoring with a five-goal haul and Maisie Williams weighed in with a further four, along with one apiece from Stacey Jeffery, Danielle Moody and Ellie Simpson.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town maintained their title challenge with a 1-0 victory over Bracknell Town, Katie Randell scoring the only goal of the game to take her side within three points of leaders Oxford City, but with three games in hand. Marlow also remain well in contention after they defeated Newbury Ladies 2-1.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies scored eight times without reply against Leamington Lions to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Division to six points. In the other game, Knowle enhanced their chances of a top half place by beating Walsall 4-1.
Having beaten Division One North leaders Burton Albion in their previous match, Stockingford AA Pavilion were unable to take a chance to close the gap on them to two points when they went down to a 3-2 defeat at home to Wyrley Ladies. Bilbrook meanwhile recorded their first win of the season, 6-2 away to Florence.
In Division One South, Solihull Ladies Res ran out 4-1 winners away to Redditch Utd to move into second place, eight points behind leaders Worcester Utd but with two games in hand. Droitwich Spa meanwhile received a setback to their challenge when they were beaten 2-0 by Marston Green. Folly Lane registered their first points of the season in style, winning 4-1 against Malvern Town.
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