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East Midlands League
Tania Marsden led the scoring with a brace as Sheffield Utd reached the semi finals of the League Cup with a 7-1 victory over Northampton Town. Shannon Smith, Rachel Ruddach, Kim Brown, Jodie Hartley and Christina Skull also chipped in with a goal apiece. Bedworth Utd are the other team definitely through to the last four after they defeated Nettleham 5-1, Kirsty Farnsworth hitting a hat-trick along with Kirstie Deacon and Lydia Hackney.
League leaders Mansfield Town are in the semi finals of the League Plate, they beat Mansfield Hosiery Mills 3-1 thanks to Monica Bowley, Chloe Elphick and Androulle Kokkinou. Arnold Town defeated Heather LFC on a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw whilst Brodie Betts, Laura-Beth Sutherland, Mikaela Welford and an own goal earned Kettering Town a 4-2 win at Teversal. Calverton MW complete the semi final line up, they won 2-1 against Ollerton Town with goals from Hayley Brown and Stephanie Morrell.
The only league action was in Division One South, where leaders Peterborough Utd went four points clear with a 4-0 victory over AFC Leicester. Keir Perkins hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amy Challis. Samantha Hargrave netted twice along with Sophie Tew and Emily Miles as Oadby & Wigston Dynamo defeated Riverside LFC 4-1.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City caused an upset in the quarter finals of the League Cup when they won 2-1 away to Acle Utd from the division above. Isabella Simmons netted both goals for Cambridge, with Megan Todd replying. Likewise, Wymondham Town also notched up a surprise victory against Brentwood Town, Amber Cantwell scoring the only goal of the game. Samaira Khan and Danielle Carty were on the scoresheet as AFC Dunstable claimed a 2-1 victory at AFC Sudbury.
Ipswich Wanderers are through to the League Plate semi finals after they defeated Hoddesdon Town Owls 2-1, Tarnya McKew and Charlotte Pettman scoring their goals. They have been joined in the last four by Colney Heath, 3-2 winners over Little Thurrock Dynamos.
Bedford Ladies have returned to the top of the Premier Division after Natasha Fensome (2) and Michelle Byrne gave them a 3-1 victory over Colchester Town. Billericay Town meanwhile moved into the top four by winning 4-0 at Writtle, Lindsey Morgan netting twice along with Vicky Kinsman and Frances Murphy. Royston Town moved away from the bottom two on the back of a 3-1 success against Histon, courtesy of an Andrea Wright double and Samantha Tinsley.
One match took place in Division One, Stevenage Ladies Res and Hertford Town battling out a goalless draw.
London & South East League
Carshalton Athletic are back in the top four after beating Fulham FC Foundation 1-0 in the only league match to be played, Holly Nicholls scoring the only goal from the penalty spot.
In the League Cup, league leaders Crawley Wasps enhanced their chances of qualifying by beating Eastbourne Town 5-0. Danielle Boyd and Naomi Cole netted two goals apiece and Holly Turbill was also on target. Camden Town and Watford Development meanwhile finished level at 2-2, Elizabeth Bennett and Kat McKenna scoring for Camden with Emma Bebbington and Georgia Mays replying.
North East League
Barnsley held onto the leadership of the Premier Division after Amy Woodruff scored the only goal of the game in their 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford. They continue to lead on goal difference from Norton & Stockton Ancients, 4-1 winners at Tynedale thanks to Sian Williams (2), Victoria Hutchinson and Jessica White. Castleford White Rose meanwhile boosted their chances of a top three place by beating East Yorkshire Carnegie 9-1, Aimi Beresford bagging a hat-trick along with further goals from Victoria Agnew (2), Arianne Parnham (2), Becky Kendell and Tiffany Lyons. At the other end of the table, Boldon Ladies claimed their first victory of the season when winning 4-3 at Wakefield. Elisha Jones netted twice for Boldon, with one apiece from Francesca Kelly and Kira Whittle.
Durham Cestria require one more point to secure the Northern Division title, moving themselves to the brink with a 2-1 victory over second placed York City Res. Hannah Knox and Olivia Spedding netted their goals, with Holly Smith replying. Hartlepool Utd are the only remaining side which can still match their points tally, keeping those slim hopes alive by defeating Guisborough Ladies 3-1 thanks to Jessica Dawson (2) and Jade Pye.
Southern Division leaders Farsley Celtic suffered their first defeat of the season, 3-1 to Altofts Ladies who scored through Jessica Doyle, Rachael Murrell and Chloe Harrison. Farsley remain firm favourites but the result gives a chink of light to the chasing sides, still headed by Sheffield Wednesday who recorded a 3-0 win over Harrogate Railway, but they were indebted to some key saves by Emily Darwin before a hat-trick from Stacey Buxton secured the points. Westella & Willerby remain third, level on points with Wednesday with Amy Ward (2) and Nat Bell their scorers in a 3-2 success at Doncaster Belles (Women's) for whom Sarah Burkill and Chantelle Willis replied. The other game between Malet Lambert YC and AFC Preston finished goalless, meaning it's as you were in the bottom three.
North West League
It was a good day for Bolton Wanderers who have gone five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won 3-1 at MSB Woolton and second placed Wigan Athletic were beaten 1-0 by Blackpool, who are now a further two points adrift in third. Burnley Girls & Ladies follow on whilst enhancing their hopes of a top two place with a victory over City of Manchester. Blackburn Community meanwhile moved themselves closer to mid-table by winning 4-0 against Birkenhead, who remain at the foot of the table.
The Division One North title race is down to two teams after Penrith AFC and Bury Girls & Ladies fought out a goalless draw which means that Bury can no longer mathematically finish on top. Penrith trail Sir Tom Finney by two points but with a game in hand. In the other game, Workington Reds put themselves on the verge of a top four place by beating Kendal Town 5-2.
Merseyrail Bootle won 4-0 away to Liverpool City Ladies Community to halve the gap on Division One South leaders FC United of Manchester to three points. Warrington Wolverines are a further three points behind following their 3-1 success at Altrincham, with Ellesmere Port Town completing the top four after beating Egerton 3-0. Curzon Ashton also won 3-0 against Northwich Vixens to maintain their chances of a possible top half finish.
South West League
Leaders Marine Academy Plymouth saw their eleven match winning streak come to a halt as they were held to a 2-2 draw by fast improving Middlezoy Rovers. Sam Drewery bagged another two goals for Marine but a brace from Anusia Rourke ensured that Middlezoy picked up their best result of the season to date. Yeovil Town Intermediate narrowed the gap on the top to two points by winning 6-1 away to Bishop's Lydeard whose title hopes are evaporating fast. Jodi Cornwall led the scoring with a hat-trick, Poppy Smith weighed in with a brace and Jemma Tewkesbury was also on target. Charlestown meanwhile enjoyed their trip to Keynsham Town Development, running out 7-2 winners with Tori Marks netting five times and Kirsty Nancarrow adding the other two. Charlotte Morrison and Agnieszka Ziolek were on target for the home side.
AEK Boco look to be on course to take the runners-up spot in the Eastern Division, following their 3-1 victory over third placed Ilminster Town. Lily Broad, Kelly Cutler and Rebecca Watson netted their goals, with Shannon Crouch replying. Oldland Abbotonians still remain in the running for second place and kept those hopes alive by beating FC Chippenham 7-2. Vicky Mundy netted twice, including one from the penalty spot, and she was joined on the scoresheet by Beth Dale, Anneka Hawkins-Hoare, Danni Shiner, Amy Street and Leanne Burge.
In the Western Division, Plympton Ladies moved back into the top half with a 4-1 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers in the only match played. Sam Metters was on target twice for Plympton along with Billie Swan and Lauren Boyle.
Southern Region League
Oxford City have opened up a lead of seven points following their 2-1 win against second placed Chesham Utd. April England and Danielle Anderson netted their goals with Chesham's reply coming from Gemma Fraser. Chesham hold on to second but only on goal difference from Southampton Women, who maintained their 100% record by scoring nine times without reply past Team Solent. Jane Yeates led the scoring with a hat-trick, Cassie Thorp netted twice and there was one apiece from Manuela Naprta, Philippa Holden, Sheree Bell-Jack and Kellie Warren. Amy McNab, Ellernore Reed and Nicole Beesley were on the scoresheet for Newbury Ladies as they won 3-1 away to Bracknell Town.
Ascot Utd have edged further ahead in Division One, going five points clear following their goalless draw with Winchester City Flyers Res. Third placed New Milton Town lost ground when they were beaten 2-0 by Woodley Utd, for whom Tiffany Newland and Rosie Page-Smith scored, and Wargrave Ladies defeated Alton Utd 2-0 thanks to Courtney Hunt and Jodie Penny.
Barton Rovers booked their place in the Chairman's Cup Final with a 4-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers. Phoebe Cole, Megan Halfacree, Jade Scott and Gemma Sims all scored a goal apiece for Barton who will play Alton Utd in the Final.
West Midlands League
League leaders Burton Albion were held to a 2-2 draw by Lye Town and their advantage has been trimmed to four points. Crusaders defeated Knowle 2-1 to move up into second place, ahead of Kingshurst Sporting Club whose match with Coundon Court finished in a goalless draw. In contrast, Leafield Athletic won a high scoring affair 7-4 against Wolverhampton Sporting and Leamington Lions beat Wrockwardine Wood 2-1.
Brereton Town became the first team to take points off runaway Division One North leaders Stockingford AA Pavilion when they held them to a 4-4 draw, despite Stockingford scoring through Vicky Norman (2), Amanda Turnbull and Sharni Turnbull. On a high scoring day in the division, second placed Leek Town were beaten 6-3 by Shrewsbury Juniors, which means that Shrewsbury Town move to within two points of them after winning 3-2 against Florence. Tamworth defeated Atherstone Ladies 4-1 and Bilbrook registered their first point when sharing a 3-3 draw with Stone Dominoes.
Things remain close in Division One South with Redditch Utd winning 2-0 away to Marston Green to stay one point ahead of Worcester Utd, who beat Droitwich Spa 5-3. Rubery Ladies won 1-0 against Stourbridge to boost their chances of a top half place.
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