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East Midlands League
Sheffield Utd's hopes of a League and Cup 'double' have been ended after they were beaten 1-0 by Peterborough Northern Star in the semi finals of the League Cup. Katie Steward scored the only goal of the game to take Northern Star through to the Final where they will play Bedworth Utd, who scored eight times without reply past Notts County Development. Shona Franklin spearheaded the result with a five-goal haul and there was one apiece from Alex Shilton, Shanice Walsh and Charlie Cowper.
League leaders Mansfield Town booked their place in the League Plate Final after winning 2-1 away to Arnold Town. Their opponents will be Kettering Town who won 1-0 against Calverton MW thanks to a second half goal from Lynsey Jelley.
One match was played in the Premier Division, Nettleham winning 3-1 away to Rise Park courtesy of a Katie Davison brace and Abbie Murrell.
Calverton are virtually certain to finish as runners-up in Division One North after Woodlands Ladies were held to a 3-3 draw by Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Emily Foss netted twice and Samantha Barlow the other for Woodlands, with Alice Hayes (2) and Lauren Churcher replying. Natalie Aird, Amy Kay and Lottie Soar were the markswomen for Grimsby Borough in their 3-1 victory at Draycott Victoria.
Peterborough Utd made sure of narrowing the gap on Division One South leaders Leicester City Women Development to five points with a 3-1 victory over Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, thanks to a Keir Perkins double and Jessica Driscoll. Northampton Town are looking likely to finish third following their 7-1 win against AFC Leicester. Loughborough Foxes Vixens were 2-1 winners away to Heather LFC and Corby S & L defeated Riverside LFC 3-0 with goals from Katie Bruckman, Leah Stacey and Joanne Ross.
Eastern Region League
Haringey Borough are through to the League Cup Final following a 4-1 victory over Wymondham Town in which Julia Carruthers and Anele Komani each scored twice. They will play Cambridge City in the Final, they won 2-0 at AFC Dunstable with goals from Bronte Rapley and Isabella Simmons.
Hutton booked their place in the League Plate Final with a 3-2 extra time win against Stevenage Ladies Res. Laura Allen scored twice and Hayley Critchell the other for Hutton, with Leah Littlechild and Hannah Marshall replying.
In the Premier Division, Acle Utd picked up another of the wins they need in order to win the title, beating Histon 2-1 thanks to Kate Pasque and Bryony Knights. Sarah Bovington, Lindsey Morgan and Katie Whitehead were all on the scoresheet as Billericay Town won 3-0 against Brentwood Town and a solitary goal from Grace Leslie gave Royston Town the points against AFC Sudbury.
Hertford Town completed their fixtures in Division One with a 2-1 victory away to Little Thurrock Dynamos. Freya Rampley and Dee Gilbert scored the goals which took Hertford up three places in the table.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps are through to the League Cup Final after winning 6-2 in their semi final against current league leaders London Corinthians. Suzanne Davies and Faye Rabson each netted twice along with Naomi Cole and Holly Walker, with Adele Keech and Laura Susarta replying. Crawley will play the winners of the other semi final between Leyton Orient and Watford Development.
In the only match to be played in the league, a late equaliser from Carly Farrow salvaged a 1-1 draw for Herne Bay against Camden Town.
North East League
The Premier Division title race is not over yet as second placed Barnsley increased the pressure on leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients with a 4-1 victory in their top of the table clash, to close the gap between the pair to three points with both having two games to play. Barnsley overturned Vicky Hutchinson's opener for Norton to secure a potentially invaluable three points thanks to goals from Brittany Sanderson (2), Danielle Lowe and Abby Parkin. Castleford White Rose replaced Wallsend Boys Club in third place after beating them 3-1 with goals from Aimi Beresford, Bridie Hannon and Victoria Agnew, with Tynedale following on as a Siobhan Simpson hat-trick, Megan Watson double and Ashley Lambert saw them to a 6-1 success at East Yorkshire Carnegie. At the other end of the table, Boldon Ladies recorded their second victory of the season when beating Scunthorpe & Bottesford 7-2, Ebony Foster and Caitlin Hindmarsh each scoring twice along with Alix Deans, Lucy Harrison and Kira Whittle.
Hartlepool Utd secured the runners-up spot in the Northern Division with a 9-1 victory away to Redcar Town. Jade Pye hit a hat-trick with the others coming from Nicky Duckling (2), Jessica Dawson, Lottie Portas, Justine Robinson and Sarah Rowbotham. Paige Lester and Dionne Fleming netted the goals for South Shields in their 2-1 win at Blyth Town Lions which means they finish third, with York City Res following on after beating Prudhoe Town 2-1 thanks to Sophie Tinson and Laura Porritt.
Westella & Willerby are back up into second place in the Southern Division after a goal from Natalie Bell earned them a 1-0 victory over Altofts Ladies. Harrogate Railway meanwhile leapt off the bottom of the table with a 5-2 win against Ossett Albion in which Louise Donnelly and Nicola Hadley both netted twice along with Laura Savage.
Malet Lambert YC booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup when they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 6-3. Chloe Mitchell led the scoring for Malet with a hat-trick along with Ellie Tanser (2) and Ellie Shepherd. Ellis Ridge (2) and Emily Higgins replied for Wednesday.
North West League
Bolton Wanderers became the first team this season to win a Regional League title and promotion to the Premier League when they won 3-0 at Blackpool to be confirmed as Premier Division Champions, Shell Saunders netting two of the goals and Katie Miller the other. Burnley Girls & Ladies kept their hopes of the runners-up spot alive by beating CMB Ladies 3-1. Blackburn Community and Stockport County battled out a 3-3 draw and Accrington Girls & Ladies were 3-2 winners away to City of Manchester.
The destination of the Division One North title was also decided on Sunday. Penrith AFC went into their final match against Kendal Town requiring a win to be crowned as Champions but they were unable to do so, meaning that Sir Tom Finney were the title winners instead. Carlisle Utd can still secure a top four finish, moving themselves closer with a 3-0 victory over Leigh RMI.
Merseyrail Bootle ran out 3-1 winners at Altrincham to preserve their lead of three points at the top of Division One South from FC United of Manchester, who beat Ellesmere Port Town 4-0. Liverpool Marshalls Feds won 3-1 against Egerton to make up ground on fourth place. Chorltonians and Stockport County Blues battled out a goalless draw but there were plenty of goals on offer as Northwich Vixens defeated Liverpool City Ladies Community 9-1.
South West League
Yeovil Town Intermediate have taken up the running in the Premier Division title race, going two points clear with one game left to play. Yeovil went top of the league with a 6-0 victory over Frome Town, Poppy Smith and Jemma Tewkesbury each scoring twice along with Hannah Eglon and Terri Trowbridge. Marine Academy Plymouth drop down to second after drawing 2-2 for the fourth successive match, this time against Torquay Utd. Sam Drewery and Emily Eaton were on target for Marine, with Jana Richards netting twice in reply. Holly Miller and Kitty Wells gave Bishop's Lydeard a 2-0 win away to Middlezoy Rovers and Poole Town defeated Keynsham Town Development 4-0 thanks to Sam Gubb, Rebecca Miles, Rebecca Yeo and Sacha Paynter.
In the Eastern Division, third placed Ilminster Town won 2-0 against Team Mendip with Maisie Poole netting both goals. They remain one point ahead of Oldland Abbotonians who beat Cheltenham Civil Service 4-0, Amy Street scoring twice along with Vicky Mundy and Danni Shiner.
Western Division title winners Buckland Athletic continue to win their matches and Illogan Ladies were on the receiving end this time. Kirsty Caunter and Laura Gough each netted seven times, Abigail Meyer weighed in with a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Helen Kukor (2) and Hayley Chamberlain. Callington Town remain in the hunt for second place after beating Plympton Ladies 4-2 with goals from Kat Marment (2), Stacey Derrick and Amy Hemingway.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women require eight points from their final four games to land the title following their 7-1 victory over Marlow. Jane Yeates netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Gemma Simmonds, Chelsie Hay, Sheree Bell-Jack, Phillipa Holden and Kirsty Bell. Chesham Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by Winchester City Flyers, Gemma Fraser netting for the Clarets with Louisa Castle replying. There was delight for Bracknell Town as they claimed their first league victory of the season, 4-2 against Team Solent.
In Division One, Woodley Utd caught up ground on the top two by winning 2-1 away to Wargrave Ladies with goals from May Hamblin and Rebecca Lowes. Alton Utd meanwhile also won 2-1 against Barton Rovers thanks to Chelsie Stewart and Tiffany Taylor.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion moved a step closer to a potential second trophy when they reached the Premier Division Cup Final with a 5-2 victory over Crusaders. Jordan Atkin and Paris O'Connor were on target twice along with Amy Ramsdale.
The Premier Division title race remains alive for another week after Lye Town won 2-0 against Leamington Lions, Robyn Hyngley netting both goals. Wolverhampton Sporting meanwhile defeated Kingshurst Sporting Club 5-1, thanks to a Rachel Green hat-trick, Katalina May Fryzer and Fay Large.
Newly crowned Division One North Champions Stockingford AA Pavilion saw their 100% record come to an end when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wyrley Ladies. Stockingford led at half time via a goal from Sharni Turnbull and Wyrley equalised through Rachel Cumberledge. Shrewsbury Town are up into second after they edged out Tamworth by the odd goal in nine, Alex Morris hitting a hat-trick along with Annaliese Noakes and Danielle Smith. Jamie Phillips (2), Verity Farrell and Zoe Griffiths gave Shrewsbury Juniors a 4-1 victory at Leek Town to go third, just ahead of Stone Dominoes who defeated Atherstone Ladies 5-2 thanks to Natasha Tezgel (2), Megan Baldwin, Lydia Bennion and Amy Thompson. Chelsea Cope was on target for Bilbrook in their 1-1 draw with Florence, who replied through Leanne Harrison.
In Division One South, Hayley Wilford bagged a hat-trick as Solihull Utd won 7-3 against Rubery Ladies. Nicole Connor added a brace and there was one apiece from Melissa Pugh and Saddiqa Shan. Kerry Woodall netted for Marston Green as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Stourbridge, whose goal came from Jodie Barber.
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