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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd need seven points from four matches to be confirmed as Champions after they defeated Ellistown 7-1. Precious Hamilton hit a hat-trick for the leaders and there was one apiece from Portia Badach, Chloe Dixon, Cara Newton and Amy White. Kirsty Farnsworth was on target four times along with Eleanor Chapman, Lydia Hackney, Kristie Marvin, Sophie Wilson and Rebecca Leatherbarrow as Bedworth Utd ran out 9-0 winners over Grimsby Borough.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills lead the Division One North table by four points after being held to a goalless draw by Sandiacre Town. Their advantage was trimmed by Ollerton Town who defeated Lincoln Moorlands Railway 2-0 with goals from Jessica Woffinden and Rachael Bell.
The main contenders in Division One South all recorded victories, headed by AFC Leicester who won 6-0 at Corby S & L thanks to hat-tricks from Charlotte Cooper and Simran Singh. Second placed Moulton Ladies preserved their 100% record with a 4-1 success over Riverside LFC, courtesy of an Emma Dunmore treble and Jessica Noble. Oadby & Wigston Dynamo maintained their challenge as they edged out Heather St Johns 3-2 with a goal apiece from Sophie Peace, Amy Cowen and Nikki Lidgett. Raunds Town complete the top four after running out 5-0 winners over Rothwell Corinthians, their markswomen were Naomi Dauncey, Natasha Folwell, Georgina Powell, Eloise Willmott and Laura Forde.
Eastern Region League
The top two were not in action and this allowed AFC Sudbury to make up ground with a 3-2 win away to Acle Ladies. Stacey Teager netted twice and Skye Ramsey the other. Colchester Town were 2-0 victors over Great Shelford, meanwhile Great Wakering picked up a vital 4-2 victory at Brentwood Town thanks to a Rebecca Dalgarno hat-trick and Sarah Murphy.
Writtle moved to the top of Group A in the Division One Cup after they defeated Bury Town 6-1. Sophie Vale led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Courtney Clarke, Abigail Fry and Charlotte Walker. In the other game, Hutton netted seven times without reply past Ipswich Wanderers. Group B leaders Offley & Stopsley went down 3-0 to Hoddesdon Owls and they have been joined by Colney Heath, 3-2 winners over Royston Town thanks to a hat-trick from Holly Sheridan. Alex Bailess, Lynsey Bowman and Rebecca Hollocks were on the scoresheet as Silver End also won 3-2 against Long Melford.
London & South East League
London Corinthians continue to zero in on second place after beating Aylesford 6-1, Elizabeth Adams and Holly Ryde both scoring hat-tricks. Leyton Orient's chances of a top two finish appear to be over despite them winning 5-1 at Crawley Wasps with goals from Jasmine Campbell (2), Sophie Le Marchand, Hayley Barton and Ella Meadowcroft. Lisa Cafferky (2) and Zgora Boret netted the goals as Carshalton Athletic defeated Eastbourne Town 3-0 and Camden Town won 4-1 against Bexhill Utd courtesy of Carmel Clinton, Eleni Savva, Frankie Stone and Ruby Miah.
North East League
York City were unable to make up ground on the top two when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield Utd Community. Ruth Brazier had given York the lead, before they were pegged back by a late equaliser from Sophie Bell. Boldon Ladies now follow on after Allison Ferris, Marina Georgakopoulou, Alanah Greaves and Alex Ross gave them a 4-3 win away to Castleford White Rose. Whitley Bay returned to league action with a 2-1 success at Hessle Town thanks to Hannah Marshall and Zoe Hornby. Megan Watson meanwhile bagged a hat-trick and Jennifer Alford the other as Tynedale recorded an important 4-0 victory over Wetherby Athletic.
In the Northern Division, third placed BYPC ran out 6-1 winners over Prudhoe Town. Amber McLoughlin hit a hat-trick, Tammy Foster added a brace and Robyn Stubbs was also on target. Durham Cestria meanwhile defeated Birtley Town 6-2 with doubles from Courtney Dack, Jessica Ellison and Stephanie Stafford. Jessica Craig and Ellie Randall were on target as York City Res won 2-1 against Lowick Utd.
Oughtibridge are continuing to stride ahead in the Southern Division after scoring nine times without reply past Handsworth. Codi Melia and Annie Longmore both hit hat-tricks along with Fern Scrivens, Lauren Turner and Kelly Biney. Farsley Celtic remain three points behind following their 4-0 victory over Harrogate Railway. Doncaster Belles (Women's) returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success against Malet Lambert YC, goals coming from Lauren Earle (2), Carly Herrick and Sophie Thompson. At the other end of the table, Ossett Albion climbed off the bottom by beating Courts City 3-1, Nicola Swift netting twice and Jenna Wraith adding the other.
North West League
It was a day of double headers in the North West Women's League but in the Premier Division, things remained the same at the top. In fact, Crewe Alexandra now lead the table by sixteen points following two wins over second placed Burnley Girls & Ladies, who remain just above Bolton Wanderers, 3-0 victors over Curzon Ashton. Manchester Stingers beat Blackpool twice to strengthen their position in fourth, ahead of Blackburn Community who picked up maximum points against Northwich Vixens. Accrington Girls & Ladies won both meetings with Birkenhead, whilst Wigan Athletic leapfrogged City of Manchester after picking up four points against them.
PNE Development are six points clear in Division One North after exchanging wins with CMB Ladies in their double header whilst second placed Kendal Town recorded two victories over Haslingden. Middleton Athletic meanwhile beat Workington Reds home and away to keep any promotion hopes alive. Penrith AFC and Bury Girls & Ladies battled out two goalless draws whilst Carlisle Utd and Stockport County Blues shared the points in their mid-table meeting. Preston North End LFC won 7-1 against Leigh RMI to climb above them in the table.
MSB Woolton have taken up the pace at the top of Division One South, thanks to registering six points against Altrincham with two 3-0 victories. FC United of Manchester won 4-0 at Liverpool City Ladies Community and are up into second place. Warrington Wolverines won twice against Mersey Girls and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res picked up maximum points from their meetings with Winsford.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after winning 3-1 away to Bishop's Lydeard. Sam Drewery netted twice and Hayley Ranachan the other while Rosie Williams replied for the home side. Brislington were frustrated by a resolute Torquay Utd side as they battled out a goalless draw which means that both sides still have an interest in the title race.
Eastern Division leaders Keynsham Town Development were beaten 2-0 by rivals Yeovil Town Intermediate who, although twelve points adrift, have five games in hand. Colette Martin and Olivia Watts were on target for Yeovil. Poole Town were surprised 2-1 at home by Oldland Abbotonians, who scored through a brace from Lidiya Myckalechko. It was a good day for Ash Rangers as they won for the first time, 5-1 against Team Mendip thanks to a Hannah Forse hat-trick and Harriet Kelly double.
Charlestown continue to set a strong pace in the Western Division, maintaining their seven point advantage as Issy Semple and Alana Marks gave them a 2-0 victory over Illogan Ladies. Callington Town replaced Plympton Ladies in second place after beating them 4-0, Kat Marment, Jodie Shipton, Stacey Derrick and Gemma Farley all finding the net to earn some revenge for their defeat in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup semi finals seven days earlier. Kirsty Brown (2), Karen Buck and Samantha Gray earned Alphington a 4-0 win against Newquay Celtic whilst Launceston shared a 2-2 draw with Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, Lauren Areall and Chloe Williams netting for Launceston with Abi Breban and Becky Folds replying.
Southern Region League
In the only Premier Division game to be played, Basingstoke Town cut the gap on leaders Oxford City to three points with a 3-0 win away to Mansfield Road. Lindsey Beverley, Lauren Butler and Charlie Fry scored the goals to keep their side's title challenge well on course.
Chesham Utd preserved their three point lead at the top of Division One with a 5-1 win away to Andover New Street, Kate Bowers netting a hat-trick along with Chantelle O'Grady and Gemma Fraser. Southampton Women remain handily placed though in second after scoring five without reply past Ascot Utd. Darcey Read, Kirsty Bell, Abigail Fletcher, Jane Yeates and Laura Gilbank were all on the scoresheet. Team Solent stormed to a 13-2 victory over Fleet Town, Philippa Holden bagging a four-goal haul while Natasha Kenny and Emily Crook weighed in with hat-tricks. Victoria Carleton, Rachel Kivelehan and Emma Pinner completed the scoring.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders TNS Ladies were held to a 2-2 draw by Leamington Lions and they now head the table by a single point from Crusaders, with a game in hand. Lye Town ran out 4-1 winners over Knowle to keep themselves in fourth place on goal difference from Knowle, who beat Wednesfield Town 5-0.
In Division One North, Stone Dominoes replaced Shrewsbury Juniors in third place after beating them 3-2 in the only match to be played.
Worcester Utd were beaten 3-1 by Coventry Development but are still five points ahead in Division One South, although their fifth placed opponents have several games in hand. Coundon Court meanwhile stepped up their own challenge by defeating Wyre Forest Phoenix 6-1. Marston Green edged out Malvern Town by the odd goal in five whilst Redditch Utd picked up another useful point from a 2-2 draw with Kenilworth Town.
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