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East Midlands League
Bedworth Utd have gone second in the table following a 3-0 victory away to fellow challengers Nettleham. Kirsty Farnsworth, Jodi Hunter and Jodie McGuckin scored the goals to move their side to within three points of leaders Mansfield Town. Charley Norman and Chrystal Smiley were on target for Arnold Town as they won 2-0 at Ruddington Village.
Ollerton Town remain four points clear at the top of Division One North after they defeated Sleaford Town 4-2. Rachel Murray (2), Rachael Bell and Natalie Gibson scored their goals with Jade Welch and Amy Kilgannon replying. Second placed Woodlands Ladies also won, 3-2 at Calverton MW thanks to a Lily Lymn brace and Lauren Turner. Lincoln Moorlands Railway are back in the top half after scoring seven times without reply past Arnold Town Development. Tara Capon, Lauren Churcher and Chloe Winchester all scored twice and Naomi Johnson was also on target.
In Division One South, Leicester City Women Development climbed back into second place on the back of a 6-1 victory over Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Corby S & L were 3-2 winners away to Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, courtesy of a Joanne Ross brace and Leanne Lowden. At the other end of the table, AFC Leicester won for the first time, 3-1 against Heather LFC thanks to Jade Lang (2) and Georgia Wells.
Eastern Region League
AFC Dunstable defeated Royston Town 3-1 to ensure that the top three teams in the Premier Division are all level on points, with Haringey Borough remaining in front of Bedford Ladies. Danielle Carty netted twice for Dunstable and Amber Pearson was also on target. Writtle now head the chasing teams after Amy Simmons and Sophie Vale gave them a 2-1 success at Acle Utd and AFC Sudbury were 4-1 winners over Histon thanks to doubles from Mia Etheridge and Stacey Teager. Leah Cowan netted twice along with Angela Arnold, Marie Barker and Georgia Holdaway for Brentwood Town in their 5-2 victory over Colchester Town.
Offley & Stopsley stay on top of Division One despite going down to a 1-0 defeat against Stevenage Ladies Res, Hannah Marshall scoring the only goal. They lead on goals scored from Cambridge City, 4-0 winners over Little Thurrock Dynamos thanks to Sarah Mosley, Lauren Tomlinson, Bronte Rapley and Philippa Witherspoon. A win would have taken Wymondham Town top of the table but they were beaten 4-1 by Silver End who scored through a Rebecca Hollocks hat-trick and Lynsey Bowman. Kristie Turner (2), Jade Horne and Tarnya McKew earned Ipswich Wanderers a 4-3 success away to Hertford Town and goals from Charlotte Grogan and Hanna Kelly handed Hoddesdon Town Owls their first point of the season, a 2-2 draw with Hutton who replied through Hayley Critchell and Kaitlin Sugg.
London & South East League
League leaders Crawley Wasps were held to a 1-1 draw by Aylesford. Zara McAlney netted for Aylesford. while Holly Turbill was on target for Crawley whose advantage has been trimmed to five points by Leyton Orient, 4-0 winners away to Eastbourne Town. Sophie Le Marchand, Ella Meadowcroft, Egle Trezzi and Naomi Stirling netted the goals for the O's. Elizabeth Adams and Alicia Gibbs scored for London Corinthians as they won 2-1 at Carshalton Athletic to go third, just ahead of Watford Development who beat Fulham FC Foundation 5-1 thanks to doubles from Emma Bebbington and Anaisa Harney, with Sacha Brinkley adding the other.
North East League
League leaders Barnsley made a flying start to the new year, winning 10-0 against Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Kathryn Smith hit a hat-trick, Brittany Sanderson and Amy Woodruff added two apiece, while Holly Findlay, Drew Greene and Laura Shepherd were also on target. Second placed Norton & Stockton Ancients remain three points behind following their 4-0 victory over Oughtibridge, secured by goals from Heather Johnson, Anna Mawston, Nyci Thorns and Sian Williams. Wakefield meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two by beating York City 4-2 thanks to Katie Hawkshaw (2), Grace McConnell and Tara Nolan.
Durham Cestria's ten match winning run in the Northern Division came to a halt as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hartlepool Utd. Jenni Duffy-Smith gave Hartlepool a first half lead, with Anna Young equalising after the break to preserve Durham's unbeaten record and they have inched a further point clear after York City Res were beaten 3-1 by South Shields. After trailing at the break to a Sophie Tinson goal, Sophie Halliday, Paige Lester and Natalie May struck in the second half for a result which takes South Shields level on points with their opponents. Meanwhile, the meeting between the two teams at the foot of the table, Redcar Town and Lowick Utd, ended in a goalless draw.
Farsley Celtic stay seven points clear at the top of the Southern Division after they defeated Courts City 5-0. Chelsea Schofield scored twice for Farsley along with Olivia Auker, Katie Platts and Dee Swales. Jess Andrew (2) and Lauren Earle netted for second placed Doncaster Belles (Women) in their 3-0 win at Malet Lambert YC whilst Westella & Willerby also won, 4-0 against Harrogate Railway. Jenna Holloway gave Sheffield Wednesday an interval lead in their 1-1 draw at Altofts Ladies, for whom Rachel Henderson equalised during the second half.
North West League
Bolton Wanderers ensured that they maintained their advantage of seven points in the Premier Division with a 6-1 victory over Blackburn Community. Blackpool beat Accrington Girls & Ladies 3-0 to continue to head the chasing teams with Wigan Athletic a further point adrift after they won 4-2 at CMB Ladies. Burnley Girls & Ladies defeated City of Manchester 5-2 to follow on and Stockport County were also 5-2 winners over MSB Woolton. Manchester Stingers cemented themselves in mid-table, courtesy of a 2-0 success away to Birkenhead,
Division One North is now becoming a two horse race, still headed by Sir Tom Finney who ran out 7-1 victors against Kendal Town. Penrith AFC won 2-1 at third placed Bury Girls & Ladies to keep themselves three points off the pace. Workington Reds and Carlisle Utd battled out a 1-1 draw in their all-Cumbria clash and Preston North End claimed their third victory of the season when they edged out Leigh RMI by the odd goal in five.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One South with Merseyrail Bootle beating Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res 6-2 to stay ahead on goal difference from FC United of Manchester, 1-0 winners over Altrincham. Ellesmere Port Town defeated Chorltonians 2-0 to go fourth while Egerton and Curzon Ashton finished level at 1-1.
South West League
A 1-1 draw with Torquay Utd has taken Bishop's Lydeard back to the top of the Premier Division. Kitty Wells netted the goal for Lydeard, with Torquay replying through Jana Richards. Third placed Yeovil Town Intermediate also drew, 2-2 against Poole Town whose scorers were Faye Hawkins and Tiffany House. Middlezoy Rovers meanwhile registered their second victory of the season, 3-0 against Charlestown thanks to Anusia Rourke, Chloe Stringer and Hannah Thompson.
Forest Green Rovers made it eight wins out of nine and they have gone ten points clear in the Eastern Division after beating Oldland Abbotonians 2-1. Forest Green led through a Rhian Robbins goal, before Oldland looked to have picked up a share of the spoils when Beth Dale levelled the scores. However, deep into injury time, Robbins scored her second to put her side in a strong position. Second placed AEK Boco were beaten 3-1 by Cheltenham Civil Service who scored through a Gemma Riley brace and Kelly Churchley. FC Chippenham are in third following their 2-2 draw with Ilminster Town. Megan Purchase and Amy North were on target for Chippenham, with Ilminster replying via goals from Caitlin Brooks and Ann-Marie Hervey. Lauren Cable and Abigail Jones netted two apiece, with Yasmin Francis and Rebecca Mansfield adding the others as Cheltenham Town Development won 6-0 against Team Mendip.
It's a perfect ten for Western Division leaders Buckland Athletic who were 14-1 winners over Activate. Laura Gough was on target four times, Hayley Chamberlain and Helen Kukor contributed hat-tricks, with doubles from Kirsty Caunter and Abigail Meyer completing the tally. Alphington are six points behind after beating Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 5-0 with goals from Laura Burwood (2), Jodie Millett (2) and Kirsty Brown.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd made up ground on the leading sides in the Premier Division when they defeated Bracknell Town 7-1. Gemma Fraser led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Michelle Bailey added two and Sarah Jackson was also on target. Ruby Oliver was on target for Newbury Ladies in their 1-1 draw against Milton Keynes City, who replied through Catalina Costas.
The top of the table clash in Division One ended with honours even after Oxford City Nomads and Barton Rovers shared a 1-1 draw. Amy Pipe netted for Oxford, who stay two points ahead, with Barton's strike coming from Megan Halfacre. Hannah Evans bagged a hat-trick with Lucy Holzman-Clarke (2) and Amy Woollard also getting on the scoresheet for Ascot Utd as they ran out 6-1 winners over Wargrave Ladies.
West Midlands League
Kingshurst Sporting Club stay on top of the Premier Division despite going down to a 4-2 defeat at home to third placed Crusaders. Wrockwardine Wood moved away from Lye Town in the table after beating them 4-1. Coundon Court edged out Leamington Lions by the odd goal in nine whilst Wolverhampton Sporting and Knowle finished level at 2-2.
In Division One North, the top three were not in action whilst Leek Town replaced Wyrley Ladies in fourth after beating them 3-1. Brereton Town ran out 5-1 winners over Bilbrook and also move above Wyrley in the table. Just four points cover the middle seven teams and these now include Atherstone Ladies, 4-3 victors over Florence, and Shrewsbury Juniors who beat Tamworth 3-1.
Top met second in Division One South and the resulting 1-1 draw means that Redditch Utd preserve their lead of eight points over Worcester Utd, who conceded points for the first time this season. Third placed Droitwich Spa lost ground when they were beaten 3-1 by Solihull Utd but Coventry Development fared better, winning 3-0 at Marston Green. Stourbridge came away from Rubery Ladies with a 4-2 win under their belts.
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