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East Midlands League
League leaders Mansfield Town finished their season by going down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Peterborough Northern Star, who scored through Louise Barbour, Jessica Farchica and Chanade Henderson. They must wait to see if their points tally will be enough but favourites Sheffield Utd are six points behind and have six games still to play. The Blades won 5-0 against third placed Bedworth Utd, Melissa Celi netting twice along with Jennifer Pearson, Tania Marsden and Sophie Bell. Nettleham also scored five times against Arnold Town, goals coming from Abbie Murrell (2), Holly Newman, Sophie Wallis and Elise Keyworth, whilst a solitary strike from Beth Wilcockson gave Mansfield Hosiery Mills victory at Rise Park. Kettering Town eased to a 6-0 victory over Notts County Development, Mikaela Welford and Brodie Betts netting doubles along with Laura-Beth Sutherland and Sam Christie.
The title race is over in Division One North as Ollerton Town picked up the result they wanted to confirm themselves as Champions. Natalie Gibson and Rachel Murray scored the goals as Ollerton won 2-0 against Draycott Victoria. Calverton MW head the chase for runners-up following their 2-2 draw with Sleaford Town, who scored through Jade Baker and an own goal. Hayley Brown and Demi-Leigh Crofts were on target for Calverton. Amy Kay and Sue Green scored the goals as Grimsby Borough also drew 2-2 against Lincoln Moorlands Railway, who had earlier led through Lauren Churcher and Ashleigh Roberts.
Leicester City Women Development followed up a midweek win by beating Corby S & L 6-0 to power eight points clear at the top of Division One South. Steph Gale hit a hat-trick and others came from Rosie Axten, Brianna Brown and Natalie Hurst. Loughborough Foxes Vixens were 5-2 winners over Riverside LFC and AFC Leicester won at Heather LFC thanks to a goal from Jade Lang.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies preserved their lead of three points in the Premier Division as Natasha Fensome and Charlene Moreton gave them a 2-1 win away to Brentwood Town. The two teams immediately below them in the table met each other and it was Haringey Borough who won 3-1 against AFC Dunstable to stay on Bedford's heels. Julia Carruthers scored twice and Klesha Darroux added the other for Haringey who still have matters in their own hands in the title race but Dunstable's challenge is now over. Indeed, Acle Utd are the only other team who can still threaten the top two by winning their games in hand. AFC Sudbury made up ground on third place when Megan Partridge netted the only goal of the game in their victory at Billericay Town. Royston Town and Writtle meanwhile battled out a 3-3 draw, Sam Tinsley (2) and Grace Leslie were on target for Royston with Emma Ridings (2) and Sophie Vale replying.
Colney Heath have moved level on points with Division One table toppers Cambridge City, albeit having played five games more, after a Holly Sheridan goal gave them a 1-0 win over Offley & Stopsley. Steffany Cowell, Sherrie Evans, Leah Littlechild and Hannah Marshall were all on the scoresheet as Stevenage Ladies Res beat Ipswich Wanderers 4-0 to go fourth. Little Thurrock Dynamos won 5-0 against Hoddesdon Town Owls, Georgia Fraser and Danielle Styles each bagging braces along with Sophie Dowman.
London & South East League
Leyton Orient need two more points from their remaining three matches to sew up the title after they beat Aylesford 2-0 to return to the top of the table. Ellie Davies and Naomi Stirling scored the goals to put the O's on the verge of being crowned as Champions. Second placed Crawley Wasps completed their fixtures with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of London Corinthians, who are the only team left with any chance of catching Orient. Emily Hart netted twice along with Elizabeth Adams and Laura Susarta, with Suzanne Davies and Faye Rabson replying for Crawley. Watford Development were another team to see their hopes come to an end as they were beaten 5-2 by Camden Town, who scored through Francesca Boggi (2), Ann Harvey (2) and Teagen Kopfler.
North East League
League leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after they defeated York City 4-1. Nyci Thorns and Jessica White netted two goals apiece, with Ellie Randall replying. Barnsley are also through with a 2-0 victory over Southern Division leaders Farsley Celtic, given to them by Danielle Lowe and an own goal. Wallsend Boys Club became the third club to book their place in the last four as Elizabeth Campbell and Michaela McHugh scored in their 2-0 success at Tynedale.
In the Premier Division, York City ran out 6-1 winners away to East Yorkshire Carnegie. Kayleigh Davis was on target twice along with Megan Bramham, Eleanor Regan, Nicola Brown and Martha Ohr. Bridie Pitsch, Becky Shaw and Lauren Turner all scored to give Oughtibridge a 3-0 victory over Wakefield.
Durham Cestria will have to wait a little longer before they can secure the Division One North title after they were beaten 3-2 by South Shields, whose goals came from Chloe Sharp, Paige Lester and Dionne Fleming. Hartlepool Utd won 3-0 at Blyth Town Lions and can still catch the Wildcats, Lottie Portas, Hannah Lambert and Jade Pye were all on target.
Westella & Willerby won 4-0 against Doncaster Belles (Women's) thanks to goals from Natalie Bell, Charmaine Pinder, Amy Ward and Sam Workman to stay in second place in the Southern Division. Sheffield Wednesday were 4-2 winners at Ossett Albion, Michelle Wakelin (2), Emily Higgins and Kathryn Mudge were on target for Wednesday with Liz Mees and Nicola Swift replying for Albion. Leanne Baggley, Chelsea Bailey and Charlotte Bell all scored for Courts City in their 3-3 draw with Harrogate Railway, who responded through Louise Donnelly, Jodi Hodgson and Laura Savage.
North West League
Bolton Wanderers are closing in on the Premier Division title and their 7-0 victory over Birkenhead means that they require four points from their final three games to make sure. For the second week running, Blackburn Community and CMB Ladies battled out a draw, this time their meeting was goalless.
The top three in Division One South were not in action and Ellesmere Port Town follow on after they drew 1-1 with Curzon Ashton. Liverpool Marshalls Feds were beaten 3-2 by Chorltonians who recorded their second victory in a row and move into mid-table. Egerton meanwhile picked up an important point from a goalless draw with Altrincham.
South West League
Buckland Athletic booked their place in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup Final with an 11-1 victory over Cheltenham Civil Service. Kirsty Caunter bagged herself a four-goal haul, Hayley Chamberlain and Helen Kukor each added doubles and there was one apiece from Laura Gough, Carla Staddon and Corinne Potts with Beth Tovey replying. Buckland will play Alphington in the Final, date to be announced.
Premier Division leaders Marine Academy Plymouth were held to a 2-2 draw by Bishop's Lydeard. Gemma Chilcott and Kitty Wells were on target for Lydeard, with Emily Eaton and an own goal replying for Marine. Yeovil Town Intermediate have gone level on points with the leaders after beating Torquay Utd 4-0 thanks to Jodi Cornwall, Jemma Tewkesbury, Olivia Watts and Georgia Mann. Alana Willson scored the only goal of the game as Downend Flyers beat Charlestown 1-0 and Keynsham Town Development won 3-0 against Middlezoy Rovers to move above them in the table, goals coming from Justine Lorton-Radburn, Charley Morrison and Stephane Nascimento.
Newly crowned Eastern Division Champions Forest Green Rovers completed their successful season with a 1-0 win away to Ilminster Town, courtesy of a goal from Rachel Isaac. Ilminster's defeat means that Oldland Abbotonians move above them into third after beating Team Mendip 4-1 with Vicky Mundy, Amy Street, Leanne Burge and Aimee Taylor all scoring a goal apiece.
Callington Town stepped up their challenge to finish as runners-up in the Western Division by scoring eight times without reply past Illogan Ladies. Kate Nicholls scored a hat-trick, Stacey Derrick weighed in with a brace and the tally was completed by Amy Hemingway, Siobhan Ellyatt and KElly Philips. Lauren Boyle, Stacey Jeffery, Sam Metters, Chelsea Robinson and Billie Swan ensured that Plympton Ladies beat Newquay Celtic 5-1 and Exeter & Tedburn Rangers won 3-2 against Activate thanks to Gemma Anderson (2) and Caragh O'Brien.
Southern Region League
League leaders Oxford City suffered a blow to their title hopes as they were beaten 4-2 by Chesham Utd. Natalie Adams and Gemma Fraser each scored twice for Chesham who trail Oxford by seven points but are back in third place, due to Southampton Women scoring eight times without reply past Newbury Ladies. Laura Gilbank and Sheree Bell-Jack each bagged braces and there was one apiece from Philippa Holden, Chelsie Hay, Kirsty Bell and Katherine Wiseman. An Abi Canvin double gave Marlow a 2-0 win at Milton Keynes City and Winchester City Flyers also netted eight against Team Solent, goals coming from Hannah Chaffey (2), Charlotte Warhurst (2), Georgina Axton, Louisa Castle, Lauren Pearce and Francesca Thornton.
Ascot Utd maintained their lead of four points at the top of Division One after Amy Woollard, Lauren Broadhurst, Hannah Evans and Courtney Gibbons gave them a 4-1 victory over Wargrave Ladies. Olivia Jones netted twice and Caitlin Steele the other as second placed New Milton Town defeated Winchester City Flyers Res 3-0. Barton Rovers lost ground with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Woodley Utd who scored through May Hamblin, Tiffany Newland and Rosie Page-Smith, and Oxford City Nomads were also 3-0 victors against Alton Utd thanks to Gina Ianniello, Amy Pipe and Amy Chivers.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion are five points away from landing the league title after a 1-0 win over Leamington Lions on Sunday. Jemma Grimadell scored the only goal of the game to take Burton seven points clear at the top. Lye Town are in third place following their 3-2 success against Leafield Athletic in which hit Clair Williamson hit a hat-trick.
The title race is over in Division One North though as Stockingford AA Pavilion were crowned as Champions following their 6-2 victory over second placed Leek Town. Following early pressure, Stockingford opened the scoring through Sharni Turnbull with Amanda Turnbull grabbing their second goal. Leek struck back through Isabel Wretham but Catherine Smith's header made it 3-1 at the break. Amanda Turnbull then scored her second and Piv's fourth goal early in the second half. However, Leek Town reduced the deficit through Elise Skelding. Amanda Turnbull completed her personal hat-trick with a wondrous 40-yard strike from the touchline and against the wind that left Stockingford's supporters gasping. Sharni Turnbull made it 6-2 with a lovely finish to complete a result which gives their side an unassailable lead. Shrewsbury Town's hopes of finishing second took a knock as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Shrewsbury Juniors, Tania Prior netting their goal with Katie Doster replying. Natasha Tezgei (2), Megan Baldwin and Holly Salt gave Stone Dominoes a 4-2 victory over Florence and Wyrley Ladies were 4-0 winners over Bilbrook thanks to a Laura Cumberledge brace, Ellesse Birkett and Charlotte Fanning.
Worcester Utd have gone five points clear at the top of Division One South with a 4-1 success away to Stourbridge and they require two points from two games to secure the title. Rubery Ladies meanwhile won 3-0 against Kenilworth Town and are up into fourth place.
Solihull Utd are through to the Final of the Division One South Cup after they beat Coventry Development 1-0 in the semi finals, Nicole Connor scoring the only goal of the game.
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