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East Midlands League
Bedworth Utd won a thrilling tie 6-4 after extra time against Notts County Development to take their place in the semi finals of the League Cup. Hannah Spencer and Kirsty Farnsworth each netted twice alongside Eleanor Chapman and Shanice Walsh - however spare a thought for Courtney Walters who scored four times for County but still finished on the losing side. Mansfield Town are also through after Sarah Chapman, Marie Wayne and an own goal gave them a 3-0 success away to Moulton Ladies. Raunds Town meanwhile beat Winterton Rangers 2-0, Jade Miller and Leah Stacey were their markswomen.
Rise Park came through a tricky tie against Gedling Town to reach the League Plate semi finals, Sarah Thellman grabbing the only goal of the game. Sandiacre Town also won 1-0 over Grimsby Borough thanks to Rebecca Turgoose. Riverside LFC join them in the last four after goals from Clare Knibbs, Jade Ramm, Hannah Stubbs and Helen Buckingham saw them to a 4-2 victory over AFC Leicester.
In the Premier Division, Nettleham ran out 5-1 winners away to Ellistown. Kyla Love was on target twice along with Katie Davison, Courtney Limb and Holly Newman.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills are back on top of Division One North following their 3-1 success at Cleethorpes Town. Amy Jones (2) and Amy Dawson netted their goals, with Gemma Charlton replying. Chloe Winchester hit a hat-trick with Lauren Churcher (2) and Dawn Harmer adding the others as Lincoln Moorlands Railway defeated Alfreton Town 6-2.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo made up ground on the top two with a 5-2 success away to Corby S & L. Sophie Peace led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Sarah Vaughan and Amy Cowen. Heather St Johns meanwhile won for the second time, 3-1 against Rothwell Corinthians thanks to Rachael Enser (2) and Sarah Rickett.
Eastern Region League
Stevenage Ladies were the winners of the top of the table clash and a solitary strike from Nicole Perschky takes them level on points with leaders Billericay Town, with three games in hand. AFC Dunstable are in the top half after winning 3-2 at Brentwood Town, Carly Cowell netting twice along with Danielle Carty. Paige Wakefield hit a hat-trick for Colchester Town in their 5-1 victory over Great Wakering, Georgia Box and Alex Brewis-Shepherd joining her on the scoresheet.
In the Division One Cup, Stevenage Ladies Res made it a good day for their club by beating Bury Town 3-0 with goals from Leah Littlechild (2) and Alex Moir. Little Thurrock Dynamos won 1-0 at Hutton and Offley & Stopsley scored five without reply past Long Melford, Charlene Moreton bagged a hat-trick along with Katerina Hamplova and Rianne Townsend-Brown. Amy Simmons netted twice, with one apiece from Mia Brisley and Nicola Medici, as Writtle defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 4-0 and Royston Town were 3-1 winners over Silver End thanks to a Samantha Tinsley hat-trick. Colney Heath marched to a 3-0 victory over Hoddesdon Owls with goals from Lucy Hancock, Annie Hickey and Sophie Joseph.
London & South East League
After having dominated the league table all season, AFC Wimbledon sewed up the title on Sunday with a 10-0 victory over Carshalton Athletic. Emma Keady was on target five times and Rebecca Sargent weighed in with a further four, Linsey Clarke completing the tally. London Corinthians are heading the race for second place after winning 2-1 at Camden Town with goals from Danielle Harrison and Katherine Long. An own goal earned Bexhill Utd a 1-1 draw against Crawley Wasps, who replied through Aston Worsfold, whilst Aylesford beat Fulham FC Foundation 1-0 with a goal from Fiona Constable.
North East League
Brighouse Town are stretching the pace again in the Premier Division, maintaining their lead of six points when Jodie Redgrave's goal gave them a 1-0 win away to Tynedale. Second placed Barnsley also won, 2-0 against Sheffield Utd Community thanks to Holly Findlay and Danielle Lowe. A Rachel Grimbleby goal saw Scunthorpe & Bottesford to a 1-0 victory at Castleford White Rose which moves them back up to fourth, ahead of Hessle Town who shared a 3-3 draw with Boldon Ladies. Toni Anholm (2) and Millie Sharp were on target for Hessle, with Boldon replying through an Alex Ross brace and Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke. Whitley Bay, playing only their second league match since November, returned to winning ways with a 4-2 success against Wetherby Athletic. Leanne Anderson was on target twice along with Sarah Bennett and Steph Ord.
With Northern Division leaders Blyth Town Lions not in action, Gateshead Rutherford Ravens took the opportunity to close the gap on them to three points by winning 5-1 at Durham Cestria. Elizabeth Campbell and Lynsey Wilkinson each scored twice and the tally was completed by Laura Foad. Jenny Patterson was a hat-trick scorer for Lowick Utd as they netted ten without reply against third placed BYPC. Georgia Latto and Lynsey Young each added braces and there was one apiece from Amy Hately, Chloe Young and Lynn Anderson. Beth Enderwick and Emma Bolton were on target for Redcar Town in their 2-2 draw with Easingwold Town, who scored through Bobby Barwick and Rebecca Cattley.
There was a change of leadership in the Southern Division with Oughtibridge taking over at the top on goal difference, courtesy of a 3-1 victory away to Harrogate Railway. Kelly Biney, Laura Cain and Lauren Turner grabbed their goals with Louise Donnelly replying. Sheffield Wednesday replaced Westella & Willerby in third place by beating them 2-1 with strikes from Emily Higgins and Ellis Ridge. Doncaster Belles (Women's) and Courts City finished level at 1-1, goals from Kirstie Nicholls and Chelsea Bailey respectively, while Handsworth and Malet Lambert YC shared six goals. Jade Richards, Katie Denton and Emma Brodrick all netted for Handsworth, while Katie Rowland hit a hat-trick in reply for Malet.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra returned to action in the Premier Division with another victory, scoring five without reply past Blackpool. Burnley Girls & Ladies meanwhile defeated Wigan Athletic 3-1 to move into second place, albeit thirteen points adrift, on goal difference from Bolton Wanderers who shared a 2-2 draw with Blackburn Community. Accrington Girls & Ladies returned from Northwich Vixens with a 6-0 victory under their belts.
Division One North leaders PNE Development went down to only their second defeat of the season, 2-1 to Carlisle Utd. CMB Ladies won 3-1 against Preston North End Ladies to go four points behind second placed Kendal Town, who did not play. Stockport County Blues edged out Bury Girls & Ladies by the odd goal in five whilst Penrith AFC beat Haslingden 1-0 and Leigh RMI were 3-0 winners over Workington Reds.
One match was played in Division One South and it saw Merseyrail Bootle take over at the top of the table after scoring seven times without reply against Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth lead the Premier Division by three points after inflicting a first league defeat of the season on nearest rivals Brislington. Hayley Ranachan netted twice and Sam Drewery the other for Marine, while Brislington replied through Kim Maggs and Emily Plummer. Bristol Ladies Union meanwhile picked up an important 3-1 victory over Frome Town, thanks to a Polly Wardle double and Chloe Brown.
Keynsham Town Development head the Eastern Division table by twelve points after beating second placed Poole Town 2-1 with goals from Amber Pullen and Katarzyna Rusek. Keira Madden and Rhian Robbins each netted twice and Robyn Lee added the other for Forest Green Rovers Res as they kept up their good form by defeating Ash Rangers 5-1. Leanne Burge bagged a brace and Anneka Hawkins the other for Oldland Abbotonians in their 3-2 win away to Team Mendip.
In the Western Division, a Debbie Duncan hat-trick spearheaded Illogan Ladies' 8-2 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Georgia Lane added two and there was one apiece from Philippa Humphrey, Bianca Lincoln and Yazmine Walters. Launceston meanwhile claimed their first league win of the season, 2-1 against Alphington.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women progressed to the League Cup Final with a 2-1 semi final victory away to Marlow on Sunday. Kellie Warren and Sheree Bell-Jack scored the goals to earn the win for the Division One side.
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Oxford City who won 5-1 against previously unbeaten Basingstoke Town. First half strikes from Lyndsay Pinker and Melissa Farrow gave the hosts a two-goal lead at the break, Basingstoke responded well to hit back with a goal from Lindsey Beverley but goals from Jane Younger and a brace from April England sealed the win for Oxford who lead the table by nine points, having played four more games than Basingstoke. Lucie Bowden, Sarah Collins and Cecile Deer were on target for Mansfield Road in their 3-0 success at Woodley Utd whilst Newbury Ladies shared a 1-1 draw with Bracknell Town, who scored through Joanne Atkins.
Chesham Utd preserved their lead of four points in Division One after Gemma Fraser (2), Katie Squire (2), Victoria Smyth and Kate Bowers gave them a 6-2 victory over Fleet Town. Emily Crook (2) and Philippa Holden scored for Team Solent in their 3-0 win at Andover New Street which keeps them second, just ahead of Winchester City Flyers who beat Tower Hill 7-1 thanks to a Kayleigh Moss hat-trick, Louisa Castle double, Amelia Cutler and Charlotte Warhurst. Wycombe Wanderers meanwhile netted six times without reply against Ascot Utd, spearheaded by a four-goal haul by Lauren Head and further strikes from Rebecca Gooch and Gemma Najar.
West Midlands League
Crusaders edged out Wrockwardine Wood by the odd goal in seven and this has taken them level on points with Premier Division leaders TNS Ladies. Lye Town meanwhile made it three wins in a row when beating Walsall 4-1 and they will now have their sights set on a top half place.
Stockingford AA Pavilion opened up the Division One North title race by completing a double over leaders Burton Albion. The 2-0 result means that Burton have a lead of five points over Stockingford, having played a game more. Shrewsbury Juniors follow on in third place after winning their local derby 6-1 against Shrewsbury Town. Stone Dominoes kept their promotion hopes alive, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Florence.
Worcester Utd continue to stretch the pace at the top of Division One South, going eight points clear with a 2-1 win against Wyre Forest Phoenix. Second placed Solihull Ladies Res went down to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Droitwich Spa, who follow on in third. Malvern Town and Kenilworth Town battled out a 1-1 draw and Marston Green were 2-0 winners over Folly Lane.
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