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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town took advantage of their rivals not being in action by winning 3-1 at Peterborough Northern Star and opening up a lead of six points in the Premier Division. Jemma Meakin netted twice and Monica Bowley to give Mansfield an important win and deal a blow to the hopes of the home side, whose consolation came from Cassie Steward. Mansfield Hosiery Mills meanwhile defeated Notts County Development 2-0 with goals from Claire Stringer and Kathie Rees.
In the only match played in Division One North, Ollerton Town increased their lead at the top to seven points after scoring nine times without reply past Arnold Town Development. Rachael Bell, Jessica Woffinden and Molly Ecott were all on target twice along with Megan Howard, Natalie Gibson and Rachel Murray.
Peterborough Utd have gone seven points clear in Division One South following their 3-1 success away to third placed Northampton Town. Bryony Fox, Jessica Driscoli and Tash Applegate scored the goals for Peterborough, with Zoe Boote replying.
Eastern Region League
The only action in the league on Sunday took place in Division One, where Ipswich Wanderers battled out a 2-2 draw with Hertford Town. Danielle Lynch and Jess Taylor-Allum were on target for Wanderers, with Hertford responding through Bilge Taspinar and Freya Rampley for a point which was not quite enough to take them out of the bottom two.
North East League
One match managed to beat the weather in the Premier Division, at Wakefield where the home side defeated East Yorkshire Carnegie 3-1. Katie Hawkshaw, Tara Nolan and Kennedy Power netted the goals for Wakefield, with Molly Storey replying.
In the Northern Division, York City Res won 7-2 against Redcar Town to narrow the gap on leaders Durham Cestria to three points. Sophie Tinson and Alice Turner each netted twice with Rachel Harding, Ellie Randall and Lindsay Jordan also getting on the scoresheet, while Redcar scored through Alice Clements and Laura Taylor. Leanne Anderson (2), Sarah Bennett, Kati Donnelly and Danielle Hooker grabbed the goals as Blyth Town Lions ran out 5-0 winners at Prudhoe Town to move into third.
Farsley Celtic have gone ten points clear at the top of the Southern Division following their 4-1 victory away to Doncaster Belles (Women's), who slip to third on goal difference as a result. Katie Platts (2), Olivia Auker and Ellie Casper netted for Farsley and the home side's consolation came from Sarah Burkill. Harrogate Railway remain at the foot of the table but boosted their hopes with an important 2-1 win against AFC Preston. Nicola Hadley scored both goals to earn Harrogate their second league victory of the campaign.
North West League
Wigan Athletic are up into second place after beating MSB Woolton 4-3 in the only match to go ahead in the Premier Division. Ash Taylor hit a hat-trick to hand Wigan their fourth successive victory, and an own goal completed their tally.
One game was also played in Division One North, fourth meeting fifth with Leigh RMI running out 6-2 winners over Workington Reds to strengthen their position in the top half of the table.
All matches in Division One South were postponed.
South West League
Marine Academy Plymouth made a swift return to the top of the Premier Division, thanks to a hard fought 4-2 victory away to Downend Flyers. Hayley Ranachan and Nicola Symons netted two goals apiece for the Devon side, while Downend replied with strikes from Kylie Allen and Alana Willson. Meanwhile, improving Middlezoy Rovers won for the second week in a row, 3-1 against Torquay Utd thanks to a Sarah Carling brace and Anusia Rourke.
Eastern Division leaders Forest Green Rovers were not in action on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to seven points by second placed AEK Boco, who won 4-3 at FC Chippenham. Lucy Atkinson was on target twice along with Ellie Keedwell and Sarah Wilmer. Ilminster Town meanwhile continued their good run of form by beating Team Mendip 4-0, Shannon Crouch hitting a hat-trick and Maisie Poole the other. Gemma Riley (2) and Lucy Bennett netted the goals as Cheltenham Civil Service defeated local rivals Cheltenham Town Development 3-0.
The top of the table clash in the Western Division went the way of Buckland Athletic, who beat Alphington 3-1 to open up a lead of nine points. Hayley Chamberlain, Abigail Meyer and Carla Staddon scored the goals for Buckland, with Laura Burwood replying. Lisa Hegarty and Annie Richards were on target for Newquay Celtic in their 2-2 draw with Plympton Ladies, who netted through Chelsea Robinson and Maisie Williams. It was a good day for Exeter & Tedburn Rangers as they won for the first time, 2-0 against Illogan Ladies thanks to Becky Folds and Caragh O'Brien.
Southern Region League
Oxford City preserved their three point lead by winning 3-1 against Milton Keynes City. April England scored twice and Molly Lygo the other for Oxford, with Kelly Crompton replying (see match report). Marlow are continuing the chase in second place, courtesy of a 4-0 success away to Bracknell Town.
Only one match in Division One managed to beat the weather, Wargrave Ladies recording their first league victory of the season when scoring six times without reply against Winchester City Flyers Res. Jodie Penny and Courtney Hunt each netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Wendy Hooper and Alice Cartwright.
West Midlands League
Only one match was played throughout the league on Sunday due to bad weather and County Cup ties.
This took place in Division One North at Atherstone Ladies, where visitors Leek Town ran out 7-3 winners to replace Stone Dominoes in second place, eleven points behind leaders Stockingford AA Pavilion. Emily Boon (2), Elise Skelding (2), Shannon Moores, Kirsty Ryder and Isabel Wretham were the markswomen for Leek, while Atherstone replied through a Lisa Stringer brace and Emma Harris.
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