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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town stay six points clear at the top of the table after a Monica Bowley goal gave them the points against Rise Park. Second placed Sheffield Utd scored seven times without reply past Notts County Development, Tania Marsden netting twice along with Shannon Smith, Christina Skull, Jennifer Pearson, Sophie Bell and Jodie Hartley. Peterborough Northern Star got back to winning ways when they defeated Arnold Town 3-0, Cassie Steward was on target twice along with Vicky Gallagher.
In Division One South, Oadby & Wigston Dynamo were 4-2 winners away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens, courtesy of Samantha Hargrave, Lydia Thomas, Emily Miles and an own goal.
All matches in Division One North were postponed.
Eastern Region League
The top three were not in action on Sunday and AFC Sudbury now head the chasing teams after they edged out Colchester Town by the odd goal in seven. Mia Etheridge, Sophie Jeffery, Charlene Roach and Stacey Teager netted the goals for Sudbury, with Nancy Butler, Georgia Box and Miagh Downey replying. Sudbury climb above Brentwood Town who were beaten 2-1 by Billericay Town, whose scorers were Lindsey Morgan and Hayley Piggott.
In Division One, Jade Horne hit a hat-trick as Ipswich Wanderers ran out 6-2 winners over Hoddesdon Town Owls. Tarnya McKew, Leanne Parker and Kristie Turner added the other goals, with Robyn Jones and Hanna Kelly replying. This was the only result on the day; the other game between Little Thurrock Dynamos and Hertford Town did start but was unfortunately abandoned due to a serious injury.
London & South East League
One match was played in the league on Sunday and it was a highly significant one with fellow title contenders Leyton Orient and Watford Development meeting each other. Orient had suffered their first defeat of the season the previous week and Watford maybe caught the backlash as they won 7-0 to go back into second place, five points behind leaders Crawley Wasps and with five games in hand. Tara O'Halloran bagged a hat-trick, Sophie Le Marchand weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Jasmine Campbell and Belen Ripoli Douton.
The only other action took place in the League Cup where Aylesford were 2-0 winners over Fulham FC Foundation. Alison Draper and Rebecca Barr scored the goals to hand Aylesford their first victory in Group B, where they are now three points behind the leading trio.
North East League
Tynedale notched up their second win in successive weeks, 3-1 away to Boldon Ladies, and this has taken them up into fifth place in the Premier Division table.
This was the only match to be played throughout the league on Sunday as the weather wiped out the rest of the Premier Division fixture programme, as well as all games in the Northern and Southern Divisions.
North West League
Wigan Athletic remain in the hunt for two trophies as they reached the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Cup with a 2-0 victory over Stockport County. The Latics are one of two Premier Division teams in the last four, being joined by Manchester Stingers who claimed a fine 2-1 success away to Burnley Girls & Ladies. The battle between the leaders of Division One North and Division One South went the way of FC United of Manchester, who were 3-2 winners over Sir Tom Finney. Bury Girls & Ladies kept up their fine season by booking their semi final place, but only by getting the better of Merseyrail Bootle in a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 2-2 draw.
League leaders Bolton Wanderers booked their place in the Argyle Sports Plate semi finals, thanks to a 3-0 win against Stockport County Blues. MSB Woolton meanwhile safely negotiated a tough trip to Division One North high fliers Penrith AFC with a 4-0 victory. The result of the round, though, undoubtedly went to Liverpool City Ladies Community who belied their position in Division One South by beating Premier Division CMB Ladies 2-1. Leigh RMI complete the semi final line up after they won 1-0 away to Curzon Ashton.
One match was played in the Premier Division, third placed Blackpool catching up ground on the top two with a 3-0 victory over Birkenhead, who remain at the foot of the table.
In Division One North, Carlisle Utd recorded their fourth victory of the season when running out 4-0 winners away to Preston North End, who stay one place below them.
While the top two in Division One South were on League Cup duty, third placed Warrington Wolverines took the opportunity to narrow the gap on them with a 4-3 victory against Northwich Vixens. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res consolidated themselves in fifth place by beating Chorltonians 1-0.
South West League
League leaders Marine Academy Plymouth claimed their eleventh league victory in a row when scoring seven times without reply past Keynsham Town Development. Sam Drewery spearheaded the win with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Eden May, Hayley Ranachan, Jodie Chubb and Nicola Symons. Yeovil Town Intermediate are leading the chase in second, they stay four points behind after Naomi Binding, Jodi Cornwall and Jemma Tewkesbury gave them a 3-0 success at Downend Flyers. Bishop's Lydeard lost ground when they were beaten 2-0 by Torquay Utd for whom Sian Chapman and Danielle Wyatt scored. Emma Acott (2), Sam Gubb, Rebecca Miles, Shelley Towers, Rebecca Yeo, Sacha Paynter and an own goal saw Poole Town to an 8-0 victory over Frome Town and Charlestown and Middlezoy Rovers finished level at 2-2, Amber Hadrill and Chloe Harris scoring for the Cornish side with Georgia Coles and Rosie Williams replying.
As things stand, Forest Green Rovers need to win two of their remaining three games in order to secure the Eastern Division title, moving themselves closer with a 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town Development in which Charlie Rowlands, Laura McGlone and Rhian Robbins all scored. AEK Boco kept their hopes alive by also winning 3-0 against FC Chippenham, courtesy of goals from Estelle Randall (2) and Sasha Ferris. The top two are set to meet this Sunday and a victory would confirm Forest Green as Champions.
The title has already been decided in the Western Division though, Buckland Athletic becoming the first Regional League club to win their division this season. They cannot now be caught after being awarded a default victory and the race is on for second place, Callington Town narrowing the gap on Alphington after beating Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 10-1. Kat Marment led the spree with a five-goal haul, Gemma Farley and Amy Hemingway each added doubles and an own goal completed the tally. Maisie Williams (2), Stacey Jeffery and Chelsea Robinson scored the goals as Plympton Ladies ran out 4-1 winners over Illogan Ladies.
Southern Region League
This season's League Cup Final will be a repeat of last year after both teams came through their respective semi finals on Sunday. Holders Oxford City won 5-2 away to Winchester City Flyers, April England bagging a brace along with Kiera Isaac and two own goals, Beth Norman netting twice in reply. Southampton Women meanwhile defeated Team Solent 5-0 thanks to Laura Gilbank (2), Philippa Holden, Jane Yeates and Sheree Bell-Jack.
Alton Utd have reached the Chairman's Cup Final for the first time following a 3-2 victory over Milton Keynes City. Afiya Johnson netted twice and Megan Lebbern the other, with MK's goals coming from Katie Crawley and Danielle Metcalfe.
In the Premier Division, Chesham Utd beat Marlow 5-0 to swap places in second and third respectively. Gemma Fraser hit a hat-trick for the Clarets and she was joined on the scoresheet by Natasha Smith and Sarah Jackson.
Ascot Utd have gone level on points with Division One leaders Oxford City Nomads following their 4-1 victory over New Milton Town. Amy Woollard (2), Georgia Bowers and Alex Franken all scored for Ascot, with Lucy Slater replying. Fleet Town meanwhile won 3-2 at Wargrave Ladies to climb above them in the table.
West Midlands League
Leaders Burton Albion were held to a goalless draw by Coundon Court but their advantage has been extended again to five points. Crusaders would have gone second with a win at Wrockwardine Wood but had to settle for a share of the spoils as the match finished level at 2-2. Lye Town follow on after running out 6-2 winners over Knowle.
One match managed to survive the weather in Division One North, Wyrley Ladies lifting themselves up into the top half of the table on the back of a 6-1 victory over Tamworth.
In Division One South, Worcester Utd moved to within one point of table toppers Redditch Utd after beating Coventry Development 1-0. Solihull Utd won 2-1 at Stourbridge to climb above them into fourth and Rubery Ladies were 6-1 winners over Marston Green.
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