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East Midlands League
Newly crowned Champions Long Eaton Utd moved closer towards an unbeaten season when they defeated Kettering Town 6-1. Cara Newton led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Precious Hamilton, Michelle Kilmartin and Alena Moulton. Kirsty Farnsworth (2) and Sophie Wilson as Bedworth Utd won 3-2 away to Ellistown to move into second, ahead of Mansfield Town who were beaten 6-1 by Nettleham. Stacey Aisthorpe hit a hat-trick for Nettleham, Jennifer Purnell added a double and Katy Thornley was also on the scoresheet.
In Division One North, Mansfield Hosiery Mills rounded off their successful season with a 1-0 win over Winterton Rangers, Kelly Staples netting the only goal. Ruddington Village kept up their challenge for runners-up as they beat Gedling Town by the odd goal in seven. Faye Brown was on target twice along with Jenna Yates and Ellen Salter. Sleaford Town netted ten times without reply past Alfreton Town, including a four-goal haul from Catherine Beaver. Melanie Stamp added a hat-trick and Bethany Scarll a brace, with Joanne Wilson completing the tally. Cleethorpes Town meanwhile ran out 6-1 winners over Teversal.
Moulton Ladies have taken over as the new leaders of Division One South and need two points from their remaining two games to be confirmed as Champions. Emma Dunmore bagged a hat-trick and Emma Perry added the other as Moulton replaced AFC Leicester, who lost 1-0 to Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Toni Lewis grabbed the only goal of the game for Oadby who are the only team which can still catch Moulton. Rothwell Corinthians picked up only their second point when drawing 1-1 with Corby S & L, who scored through Rebecca Welsh.
Eastern Region League
Stevenage Ladies are the league Champions after they defeated Great Wakering 3-2 on Sunday. Donna McGuigan scored twice and Amy Josland the other to give Stevenage the win they required to secure the title and put themselves beyond the reach of Billericay Town. This was despite Billericay winning 5-0 at Great Shelford with goals from Nicola Dunston, Nicole Farmer, Lindsey Morgan, Lauren Knight and Michelle Stoneman but they will finish as runners-up for the third season in a row. AFC Sudbury complete the top three after a Mia Etheridge hat-trick, Stacey Teager (2) and Sophie Jeffery gave them a 6-3 victory over Brentwood Town. Kerry Stimson was on target for Colchester Town in their 1-1 draw with Acle Ladies, who replied through Joanne Hooper.
Division One East title winners Writtle are through to the Division One Cup Final following a 4-2 semi final victory over Offley & Stopsley. Courtney Clarke, Abigail Fry, Amelia Murphy and Charlotte Walker were all on target for Writtle. Their opponents in the Final will be Colney Heath, who are bottom of the Division One West table, but made it through their semi final when a Christina Freestone goal earned them a 1-0 win against Hoddesdon Owls.
London & South East League
Aylesford made sure of finishing outside of the bottom two when they won 2-1 away to Herne Bay, thanks to goals from Sophie Brown and Fiona Constable. Herne Bay will now end up in fourth place, just ahead of Fulham FC Foundation who concluded their campaign with a 1-0 success away to Carshalton Athletic, Helen Ogle scoring the only goal of the game.
North East League
Brighouse Town continue to close in on the title and remain twelve points clear at the top after Jessica Doyle gave them a 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Second placed Barnsley are not giving up the chase and scored nine times without reply against Hessle Town. Darcie Greene and Kathryn Smith each netted hat-tricks, Drew Greene added two and Brittany Sanderson was also on the scoresheet. Whitley Bay meanwhile kept their chances of a top three finish alive by beating York City 3-1 thanks to Sarah Bennett, Steph Ord and Leanne Anderson. Alexandra Ross (2), Marina Georgakopoulou and Kayley Nichols were the markswomen for Boldon Ladies in their 4-0 win at Wakefield and Tynedale defeated Sheffield Utd Community 2-1 with strikes from Nicole Gibson and Christine Murray.
In the Northern Division, Durham Cestria earned themselves a top four place by rounding off their season with a 7-1 victory over Redcar Town. Ellie Marriott and Katie Robinson each netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Sophie Tierney, Stephanie Stafford and Leanne Bates.
Southern Division leaders Oughtibridge did not play on Sunday and Farsley Celtic kept their hopes of catching them alive by winning 3-1 at Courts City. Dee Swales netted twice for Farsley and Katie Platts added the other. Sheffield Wednesday are looking on course for a top three place following their 11-2 victory over Handsworth. Anna Cairns and Annalise Carroll each bagged hat-tricks, Emily Higgins contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Jodie Ealand, Sophie Eyre and Jade Rabjohn. Demi-Jo Watson was another hat-trick scorer, for Westella & Willerby in their 7-2 win against Ossett Albion. Megan Hornby (2), Natalie Bell and Olivia Johnson notched the other goals. Rovers Foundation Ladies meanwhile climbed off the bottom, courtesy of a 2-1 success away to Harrogate Railway.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra require one more win in order to clinch the league title and moved themselves closer to the prize when winning 2-1 at Wigan Athletic. Bolton Wanderers are the only remaining team which can still catch them and stayed in the race by picking up maximum points from a double header against Blackpool. Manchester Stingers can no longer win the league but still have a chance of second following their 3-2 victory against fourth placed Burnley Girls & Ladies. Blackburn Community ran out 4-1 winners over Curzon Ashton whilst City of Manchester returned from Northwich Vixens with a 3-0 victory under their belts.
The Division One North title race is going to the wire with PNE Development holding on to top spot after beating Workington Reds 4-1. CMB Ladies won 3-2 against Leigh RMI and remain level on points with the leaders, with a game in hand. Kendal Town's title challenge may have received a fatal blow when losing 3-2 to Middleton Athletic and may have to rely on slip ups as will Penrith AFC despite a 3-1 success away to Haslingden. Carlisle Utd are back in the top half following their 4-2 win away to Bury Girls & Ladies.
The only match played in Division One South was the meeting between the two teams at the foot of the table and it was Altrincham who climbed off the bottom by recording their first victory of the season, scoring six times without reply against Liverpool City Ladies Community.
South West League
Brislington recorded a fine 3-1 win away to third placed Bishop's Lydeard and this has put them on the brink of winning the title. Georgia Vandries, Hollie Hodgson-Heatherson and Emily Plummer scored the goals to take Brislington level on points with Marine Academy Plymouth and they need to avoid defeat in their final game against Downend Flyers on Thursday to be confirmed as Champions. In the other game, an Anusia Rourke hat-trick saw Middlezoy Rovers to a 3-2 victory over Torquay Utd, who replied through a brace from Laura Baker.
The title race is over in the Western Division though with Charlestown crowning themselves as Champions by winning 4-0 away to Launceston. Amber Hadrill netted twice for the Cornish side along with Tori Marks and an own goal. Plympton Ladies concluded their league fixtures with an 8-1 victory over Illogan Ladies, Sam Metters was on target four times with Alex Hugh (2), Chelsea Robinson and Kelly Vinnicombe adding the others. Abi Breban bagged a brace and Nicole Brown was also on target as Exeter & Tedburn Rangers defeated Newquay Celtic 3-1.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town have won the Premier Division title after rivals Marlow were held to a 1-1 draw by Bracknell Town on Tuesday night. Oxford City are almost certain of second place following their 11-1 victory over Woodley Utd although they can still be caught on points by Marlow, who had earlier beaten Mansfield Road 3-0. Bracknell's draw with Marlow completed a good few days for themselves as on Sunday they also drew 1-1 with Milton Keynes City, Laura Wallman scoring their goal.
In Division One, Chesham Utd returned to the top of the table as they completed their fixtures by winning 3-0 away to Winchester City Flyers, however Southampton Women require just one point from their remaining two games in order to overhaul them. Lisa Freeman, Sarah Coles, Katie Dellow, Samantha Bevan-Talbot, Sarah Muttutt and an own goal helped Tower Hill to a 6-3 victory over Ascot Utd.
West Midlands League
TNS Ladies completed the league and cup 'double' with a 4-0 victory over Lye Town in the Premier Division Cup Final. Sarah Burke netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Emily Ridge and Sam Berry.
Burton Albion meanwhile picked up the first of a potential two trophies when beating Shrewsbury Town 3-1 in the Division One North Cup Final, thanks to goals from Abigail Taylor, Jordan Atkin and Cindy Shaw.
Worcester Utd lifted their second Cup in a matter of weeks after they won 1-0 against Coundon Court in the Division One South Cup Final, Karli Smith scoring the only goal of the game.
One match was played in the Premier Division, Walsall battling out a 1-1 draw with Leamington Lions.
Stone Dominoes moved to within two points of Division One North leaders Burton Albion, courtesy of a 7-1 victory away to Atherstone Ladies. Shrewsbury Ladies netted seven times without reply past Bilbrook and remain in fourth place, just ahead of Wyrley Ladies who defeated Florence 3-0.
Division One South leaders Solihull Ladies Res went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Marston Green who are looking on course for a mid-table finish. Malvern Town boosted their chances of finishing outside of the bottom two by beating Wyre Forest Phoenix 4-1.
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