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East Midlands League
Notts County Development became the third side through to the semi finals of the League Cup when they defeated Draycott Victoria 5-3 after extra time. Katie Robinson and Courtney Csomor scored the all important goals for County during the extra period to add to earlier strikes from Courtney Walters, Anna Horton and Emma Bradshaw. Jodie Smith netted twice in reply for the Division One North side, along with an own goal.
Mansfield Town have restored their lead of six points at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-2 victory over Kettering Town. Chloe Elphick was on target twice for the leaders, along with Androulle Kokkinou. Rise Park meanwhile made up ground on the top three by winning 3-0 away to Nettleham, courtesy of a goal apiece from Shoniqua Barnes, Carla Thornton and Ellie Sims.
In Division One South, Leicester City Women Development moved to within a single point of leaders Peterborough Utd by scoring ten times without reply against Oadby & Wigston Dynamo. Alex Madden led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Shauna Cossens weighed in with a hat-trick, Zoe Boote added a brace and Meghan Kenney was also on the scoresheet. Northampton Town follow on in third after they also enjoyed a good day in front of goal, beating Riverside LFC 8-0. Emma Dunmore hit a hat-trick, Mathilda Fidler added two and the tally was completed by Isla Fleury, Georgia Tear and Beth Hope.
All matches in Division One North were postponed on Sunday.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies remain on top of the Premier Division after Haringey Borough were held to a 2-2 draw by Brentwood Town. A win would have restored Haringey to the leadership but they had to settle for a point, Klesha Darroux netting both of their goals with Brentwood scoring through Leah Cowan and Georgia Holdaway. Likewise, AFC Dunstable could have moved level on points with Bedford but they were beaten 2-1 by Acle Utd whose goals came via a Jody Wells brace. Such is the tightness of the league table, seventh placed Acle can still make a serious title challenge if they can keep on winning. AFC Sudbury are moving into contention and boosted their chances by winning 1-0 at Colchester Town, Megan Partridge scoring the only goal. Paris Smith (2) and Vicky Kinsman were on the scoresheet for Billericay Town as they drew 3-3 with Writtle, who replied through a Sophie Vale brace and Abigail Fry.
Cambridge City remain in the driving seat in Division One, holding on to the leadership as an Isabella Simmons goal gave them the points at Silver End. Annie Hickey (2), Holly Sheridan (2) and Christina Freestone accounted for the goals as Colney Heath won 5-3 away to Offley & Stopsley to stay level on points with the leaders, although they have played four more games. Stevenage Ladies Res ran out 4-1 winners over Ipswich Wanderers thanks to a Sarah Payne double, Sherrie Evans and Leah Littlechild, and goals from Sophie Dowman and Rhianne Holmes earned Little Thurrock Dynamos a 2-1 victory over Hutton.
London & South East League
The only games in the league that survived the weather took place in the League Cup with two group matches.
Leyton Orient made sure of finishing on top of Group B when they won 2-1 away to Carshalton Athletic. Sophie Le Marchand and Belen Ripoli Douton scored the goals for the O's, with the home side replying through Laura Curtis. The result also ensured that London Corinthians took the runners-up spot after they defeated Aylesford 3-1. Elizabeth Adams, Megan Mansfield and Laura Susarta were Corinthians' goalscorers, while Zara Chapman grabbed a consolation for Aylesford.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients have taken up the reins in the Premier Division title race and have gone three points clear at the top after beating Scunthorpe & Bottesford 2-0. Sian Williams netted both goals to help her side take over the leadership in their quest for a second title in three years. Wallsend Boys Club can still challenge for a top two place by winning their games in hand and kept their hopes alive by winning 5-4 away to East Yorkshire Carnegie. Elizabeth Campbell led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jade Clark and Laura Foad. Ashley Lambert, Jane Riddell and Megan Watson netted a goal apiece as Tynedale won 3-1 away to Oughtibridge and York City went one better, defeating Boldon Ladies 4-1 thanks to Megan Bramham (2), Jess Barnes and Nicola Brown.
Durham Cestria will have to wait a little longer before they are confirmed as winners of the Northern Division after Hartlepool Utd won 4-1 against Cramlington Utd. Any other result than a Hartlepool victory would have put the Wildcats beyond their reach but Hartlepool kept their slim hopes alive with a goal apiece from Nicky Duckling, Jade Pye, Sarah Rowbotham and Hannah Lambert. The win takes Hartlepool up into second above York City Res, with Blyth Town Lions following on after they scored nine times without reply past Guisborough Ladies to keep up their hopes of the runners-up spot. Leanne Anderson and Leigh Black each bagged hat-tricks with Kati Donnelly (2) and Sarah Bennett rounding off the scoring.
Southern Division leaders Farsley Celtic increased their advantage at the top to nine points with a 6-0 victory over Doncaster Belles (Women's) thanks to goals from Shirley Murphy (2), Katie Platts (2), Olivia Auker and Chelsea Schofield. All the top three have five games to play and that includes Farsley meeting Sheffield Wednesday and Westella & Willerby, who are second and third respectively.
North West League
League leaders Bolton Wanderers picked up another valuable point as they shared a 2-2 draw with Burnley Girls & Ladies. Bolton require seven more points from their final four matches to put themselves beyond the reach of nearest rivals Wigan Athletic, who trimmed their lead to three points with a 5-2 success away to MSB Woolton but have played a game more. Stockport County are virtually certain to end the season in fifth place following their 3-1 win at CMB Ladies, who remain in the bottom two but have games in hand on the teams above them. Blackburn Community were 5-3 winners over City of Manchester, a result which sees them leap into the top half of the table.
Bury Girls & Ladies' remaining hopes of winning the Division One North title came to an end last week but they have had a good season overall and will finish in third place after ending their league campaign with a 2-1 victory over Workington Reds. There was better news for another Cumbrian side as mid-table Carlisle Utd ran out 4-1 winners against Preston North End.
In Division One South, Merseyrail Bottle have returned to the top of the table on goal difference after winning 3-1 away to Curzon Ashton. One other game managed to beat the weather in the division, Stockport County Blues battling out a 1-1 draw with Chorltonians.
South West League
The weather badly affected the league over the weekend and decimated the fixture schedule, with only one game managing to go ahead throughout the three divisions.
This game took place in the Western Division where Alphington won 3-1 against Plympton Ladies to greatly boost their chances of finishing in the runners-up spot. Kirsty Brown, Laura Burwood and Samantha Gray all scored a goal apiece for Alphington, with Plympton's consolation coming from Sam Metters.
Southern Region League
Oxford City opened up the title race on Sunday by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Southampton Women, beating them 3-2. Kiera Isaac scored twice and Danielle Anderson the other for Oxford, who stay seven points clear, whilst Southampton, who still have matters in their hands, replied through Jane Yeates and Kirsty Bell. Chesham Utd continue to head the teams chasing after the leaders, they won 6-0 away to Bracknell Town thanks to a Sarah Jackson double, Natalie Adams, Laura Barton, Emma Delves and Gemma Fraser. Newbury Ladies meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two with a 3-2 victory over Team Solent, Nicole Beesley, Ruby Oliver and Tracey Beales netted their goals.
All matches in Division One fell victim to the weather.
West Midlands League
Only two matches throughout the league managed to beat the weather on Sunday and both were cup ties, all of the scheduled league games being postponed.
Leek Town are through to the semi finals of the Division One North League Cup after winning 3-2 away to Shrewsbury Town. However Leek needed to come from two goals behind in the opening fifteen minutes, Izzy Wretham scoring twice to level the scores by half time and with ten minutes remaining, Katie Maya completed the comeback by slotting home the winning goal to set Leek up with a semi final tie against Tamworth.
Redditch Utd maintained their hopes of landing two trophies when they reached the Division One South League Cup Final following a 3-0 semi final victory over Stourbridge. McKenzie Karas and Sofi Liperis ensured that the Reds Ladies were two ahead at half time and Becky Gompertz added a third during the second half to wrap up the win. Redditch will face the winners of the other semi final between Rubery Ladies and Solihull Utd, which was postponed.
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