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East Midlands League
Leaders Mansfield Town went down to their fourth defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 by Kettering Town. Mikaela Welford and Brodie Betts scored the goals, with Androulle Kokkinou replying for Mansfield whose lead has been cut to six points. Jennifer Pearson (2), Christina Skull, Shannon Smith and Rachel Ruddach gave Sheffield Utd a 5-0 win at Mansfield Hosiery Mills which keeps them just ahead of Bedworth Utd, 2-0 victors over Peterborough Northern Star thanks to Kirsty Farnsworth and Lydia Hackney. Meanwhile, Ruddington Village picked up their first victory from an extraordinary game, 7-5 against Notts County Development. Jenna Yates scored four times along with a Holly Brindley brace and Amelia Hall to end Ruddington's run of fifteen straight league defeats.
Ollerton Town's lead at the top of Division One North has been trimmed to six points after second placed Woodlands Ladies drew 1-1 with Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Lily Lynn scored their goal with Chloe Winchester on target for the home side. Joanne Wilson and Jade Baker each bagged hat-tricks with Laura Jones (2) and Ashleigh MacKenzie adding the others to give Sleaford Town a 9-3 victory over Teversal which keeps them third, just ahead of Calverton MW who won 1-0 at Draycott Victoria thanks to Demi-Leigh Crofts. Grimsby Borough meanwhile were 3-2 winners away to Arnold Town Development, Lottie Soar scoring twice and Natalie Aird the other.
Tash Applegate and Bronwyn Mullheron were on the scoresheet as Peterborough Utd preserved their four point advantage in Division One South by beating Heather LFC 2-0. Leicester City Women Development stay on their tails after Alex Madden (2), Brianna Brown, Natalie Hurst and Elizabeth Mulvaney all found the net in their 5-1 victory at Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Third placed Northampton Town were 5-1 winners away to AFC Leicester and a solitary strike from Jade Ramm gave Riverside LFC victory against Corby S & L.
Eastern Region League
Haringey Borough are back on top of the Premier Division after their 5-1 victory away to Writtle. They lead by one point from AFC Dunstable, who did not play, and Bedford Ladies who went back into second when Michelle Byrne scored the only goal against AFC Sudbury. Georgia Holdaway netted both as Brentwood Town defeated Acle Utd 2-1 and Colchester Town were 3-2 winners over Royston Town, thanks to a Miagh Downey brace and Georgia Box.
Isabella Simmons scored twice along with Sarah Mosley and Rachel Pearce as Cambridge City won 4-1 against Ipswich Wanderers to stay on top of Division One on goal difference from Colney Heath, who beat Wymondham Town 3-2 with Holly Sheridan hitting a hat-trick. Leah Littlechild's goal gave Stevenage Ladies Res a 1-0 victory over Little Thurrock Dynamos and Hertford Town are out of the bottom two after winning 2-1 at Hoddesdon Town Owls, their markswomen were Kerry Oldham and Becky Shephard.
London & South East League
London Corinthians opened up the title race by beating Leyton Orient 5-2 to end their unbeaten record. Megan Mansfield netted twice along with Elizabeth Adams, Adele Keech and Laura Susarta with Jasmine Campbell and Axelle Courlander replying. The result was also a huge boost for leaders Crawley Wasps who move seven points clear after Danielle Boyd gave them victory at Eastbourne Town. Fulham FC Foundation meanwhile lifted themselves up the table on the back of a 4-1 victory over Camden Town, thanks to goals from Kendal Styles (2), Charlotte Benson and Alice Curr.
North East League
Ashley Lambert and Natasha Wilson scored the goals as Tynedale moved into mid-table by beating Wakefield 2-1. East Yorkshire Carnegie lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford, courtesy of a Katie Quinn double. York City's goalless draw with Oughtibridge has moved them into the top half.
One match was played in the Northern Division, Durham Cestria going nine points clear with a 3-2 victory over Blyth Town Lions. Daisy Drake scored twice and Sophie Tierney the other for Durham, with Blyth replying through Leanne Anderson and Lucy Watson.
Sheffield Wednesday climbed up into second in the Southern Division following their 6-2 success away to Courts City. Sophie Eyre and Ellis Ridge each scored twice for Wednesday along with Kathryn Mudge and Chantelle Rymer. Ossett Albion netted ten times without reply past AFC Preston, led by hat-tricks from Nicola Swift and Jenna Wraith. Gemma Patterson added two and there was one apiece from Joanna Atkinson and Emily Senior. Polly Sanders bagged a brace and Olivia Jackson the other as Malet Lambert YC defeated Altofts Ladies 3-2.
North West League
Bolton Wanderers are continuing to stretch the pace in the Premier Division after they won 5-2 away to Manchester Stingers. Wigan Athletic meanwhile ran out 6-0 winners over City of Manchester to stay five points behind in second place. Stockport County edged out Accrington Girls & Ladies by the odd goal in five and Birkenhead picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with fourth placed Burnley Girls & Ladies.
Sir Tom Finney doubled their lead at the top of Division One North to six points with a 4-1 victory over Carlisle Utd. Bury Girls & Ladies returned from Kendal Town with a 6-1 win under their belts and this takes them into second, above Penrith AFC on goal difference. Workington Reds are up to fourth, their highest position of the season, leapfrogging Leigh RMI after beating them 6-1.
FC United of Manchester are stretching the pace in Division One South, going six points clear following an eight-goal blast against Egerton. Warrington Wolverines meanwhile beat Ellesmere Port Town 1-0 to replace them in the top three. The two teams who started the day at the foot of the table met each other with Stockport County Blues winning 2-1 against Liverpool City Ladies Community, lifting themselves up two places in the process.
South West League
A 3-1 victory away to Frome Town has taken Marine Academy Plymouth four points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Sam Drewery, Eden May and Hayley Ranachan scored the goals for the leaders. The mid-table clash between Poole Town and Downend Flyers finished level at 2-2, Poole netting through Emma Acott and Sam Gubb whilst Katie Ransome and Alana Willson replied for Downend.
Eastern Division leaders Forest Green Rovers were back in action and a 2-0 win away to FC Chippenham has restored their seven point lead. Both goals came during a five-minute spell in the second half, Ashleigh Watson giving Forest Green the lead and Rachel Isaac adding the second. Cheltenham Civil Service meanwhile won their local derby 3-0 against Cheltenham Town Development, Katie Carrington-Stait netting twice along with Lucy Bennett.
All matches in the Western Division were postponed, for the second week running, due to the bad weather.
Southern Region League
The top two in the Premier Division table were not in action on Sunday and third placed Chesham Utd won 3-1 away to Newbury Ladies, thanks to a goal apiece from Gemma Fraser, Katie Squire and Sarah Tyas. Southampton Women remain level on points with Chesham after making it seven wins from seven games, a 6-0 success at Bracknell Town with a goal apiece from Gemma Simmonds, Kirsty Whitton, Natasha Angel, Jane Yeates, Laura Gilbank and Kellie Warren.
Ascot Utd made up ground on the top two in Division One as they ran out 5-0 winners away to Fleet Town. Amy Woollard hit a hat-trick for Ascot and there was one each from Georgia Bowers and Hannah Evans. Bonnie Messitt (2) and Rosie Page-Smith gave Woodley Utd a 3-1 victory at Wycombe Wanderers and Winchester City Flyers Res won for only the second time, 4-2 against Wargrave Ladies courtesy of a Kayleigh Moss double, Alice Firth and Catherine MacDonald.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion are starting to pull away at the top after winning 2-1 away to Wrockwardine Wood. Jordan Atkin and Grace Teah scored the goals which take Burton four points ahead of second placed Kingshurst Sporting Club, who crashed to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Knowle. Tyler Davison and Claire Richardson each scored twice, with Anna-Marie Robinson and Sarah Moore adding the others to take Knowle off the bottom of the table.
A strong performance away from home by Stockingford AA Pavilion resulted in their fourteenth straight win against Atherstone Ladies. On the scoresheet for the Division One leaders were Sharni Turnbull and Jessica Sevellec, who netted two apiece, Vicky Norman and Amanda Turnbull adding the others with Lisa Stringer replying. Leek Town beat Florence 10-1 to open up a gap in second, ahead of Shrewsbury Town who went third with a 6-2 victory over Brereton Town. Tamworth are up into mid-table following a 5-1 success away to Bilbrook.
With Division One South leaders Redditch Utd not playing, Worcester Utd took the opportunity to narrow the gap on them to four points when they defeated Kenilworth Town 3-1. Droitwich Spa follow on after they won 3-1 against Rubery Ladies and Stourbridge replaced Coventry Development in fourth by beating them 2-1.
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