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East Midlands League
Sheffield Utd are within three points of the lead following their 2-1 win away to Peterborough Northern Star. Sophie Bell and Jennifer Pearson scored the goals to avenge United's League Cup semi final defeat to the same opponents seven days earlier, Katie Steward replying for Northern Star. Bedworth Utd also kept up the chase by scoring eight times without reply past Ruddington Village, Kirsty Farnsworth hitting a hat-trick along with one apiece from Kirstie Deacon, Milly Miller, Gemma Voce, Shanice Walsh and Sophie Wilson. Holly Newman and Sophie Wallis were on the scoresheet for Nettleham in their 2-0 victory over Mansfield Hosiery Mills and Mikaela Welford scored for Kettering Town in their 1-1 draw with Arnold Town, who replied through Jessica Long.
Woodlands Ladies will have to wait and see if they will finish as runners-up in Division One North after they completed their fixtures with a 3-0 victory over Grimsby Borough. Tori Allen, Emily Foss and Lauren Turner were on target for Woodlands but Calverton MW will take second place if they pick up one point from their remaining two matches.
Leicester City Women Development are effectively one point away from landing the Division One South title following their 8-0 win away to AFC Leicester. Brianna Brown netted twice for Leicester, with one apiece from Stephanie Gale, Natalie Hurst, Jade Morgan, Summer Pratt, Jordan Reek and Esme Crosby. Peterborough Utd kept the title race alive for at least another week by beating Corby S & L 5-1, Keir Perkins hitting a hat-trick with Jessica Driscoll adding the other two. Third placed Northampton Town meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw with Heather LFC, who scored through Rebecca Dobney.
Eastern Region League
Acle Utd continue to close in on the top teams and need to win their last three games in order to guarantee themselves the Championship, after they won 3-2 against Royston Town. Alice Ladbrooke, Megan Todd and Lauren Bullard were all on target for Acle with Grace Leslie and Samantha Tinsley replying. AFC Dunstable remain one point above Acle in third but they have finished their matches following their 3-1 success at Billericay Town in which Erin Davies, Paige Kavanagh and Samaira Khan all scored. Writtle ran out 8-2 winners over Brentwood Town, Courtney Clarke bagging a hat-trick with Abigail Fry, Amy Simmons, Sophie Vale, Charlotte Walker and an own goal completing the tally.
Cambridge City secured the Division One title by scoring ten times without reply against fourth placed Silver End. Sarah Mosley (2), Carla Penny (2), Philippa Witherspoon (2), Charlotte Gillies, Robyn Phillips, Stacey Fullicks and an own goal all helped put Cambridge beyond the reach of Colney Heath, with two matches left to play. Ipswich Wanderers meanwhile defeated Hutton 2-0 with goals from Michelle Taylor-Allum and Laura Tuley.
London & South East League
Herne Bay are finishing the season on a positive note and they picked up only their second league victory of the season, 2-1 against Aylesford. Carly Farrow and Gemma Sullivan scored the goals for Bay, with Aylesford replying through Zara Chapman. Watford Development and Carshalton Athletic meanwhile continue to occupy fourth and fifth respectively after their meeting culminated in a 2-2 draw. Chloe Farrell and Elle Richards were Watford's markswomen whilst Olivia Mondesir and Holly Nicholls scored for Carshalton.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients got their title campaign back on track with a 7-0 victory away to Scunthorpe & Bottesford and they need to avoid defeat in their final game in order to confirm themselves as Champions. Jessica White and Ellie Hamilton each netted twice for Norton and they were joined on the scoresheet by Sam McGovern, Alix Peoples and Sian Williams. Darcie Greene led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Brittany Sanderson contributed a hat-trick as Barnsley kept up the chase by beating East Yorkshire Carnegie 13-0. Amy Woodruff and Kathryn Smith both hit doubles while Holly Findlay and an own goal rounded off the spree. Natasha Wilson (2), Jane Riddell and Siobhan Owens scored the goals as Tynedale won 4-1 against York City to hold on to fourth, just ahead of Wallsend Boys Club who won 1-0 against Oughtibridge with a strike from Elizabeth Campbell.
In the Southern Division, Farsley Celtic failed to score for the first time in the league this season, but a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday was enough to confirm them as Champions. The point could yet prove valuable for Wednesday in their quest for the runners-up spot and a chance for promotion via a play-off. Sarah Burkill was on target for Doncaster Belles (Women's) in their 1-0 win away to Harrogate Railway and Courts City were 3-2 winners over Ossett Albion thanks to Rebecca Avenell, Chelsea Bailey and Chloe Turner. The bottom of the table clash ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw, Paige Conlan (2), Olivia Stammers and Megan Toohie scoring for AFC Preston whilst Malet Lambert YC replied with doubles from Chloe Mitchell and Ellie Tanser.
North West League
Burnley Girls & Ladies still have a chance of securing the runners-up spot in the Premier Division and they kept those hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Manchester Stingers, which takes them level on points with second placed Wigan Athletic. MSB Woolton boosted their chances of a top half finish by running out 5-0 winners away to Accrington Girls & Ladies and CMB Ladies completed a good few days for themselves, following up a midweek victory by beating City of Manchester 3-1 and this has taken them out of the bottom two.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One South where Merseyrail Bootle held on to their lead of three points with a 3-0 victory over Northwich Vixens. FC United of Manchester meanwhile scored twelve times against Stockport County Blues to stay hard on their heels in second place whilst Warrington Wolverines defeated Chorltonians and look set to finish in third. Curzon Ashton were 2-1 winners away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res and the game between Altrincham and Liverpool City Ladies Community finished level at 2-2.
South West League
Yeovil Town Intermediate clinched the league title in their first season following promotion when they defeated Poole Town 5-1.
Eastern Division runners-up AEK Boco completed their campaign with a 3-1 victory over local rivals Oldland Abbotonians. Sasha Ferris, Estelle Randall and Louise Johnson scored the goals for Boco with Anneka Hawkins-Hoare replying. FC Chippenham's first season in the league ended with a 10-0 win against Cheltenham Civil Service.
Callington Town have achieved what only one other club has managed on Sunday - they avoided defeat against Buckland Athletic. Eleri Griffths and Kat Marment scored the goals for Callington as they claimed a 2-2 draw to keep them in the hunt for second place, whilst Laura Gough netted both in reply. The only other game that Buckland have failed to win this season came in the SSE Women's FA Cup where they were narrowly beaten by Keynsham Town.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd returned into second place in the Premier Division with a 3-1 victory away to Milton Keynes City. Gemma Fraser netted twice for the Clarets and Natasha Smith was also on target. Marlow and Winchester City Flyers meanwhile battled out a 5-5 draw, Georgina Axton bagging a brace for Winchester along with Sarah Butterworth, Louisa Castle and Charlotte Warhurst.
Ascot Utd continue to stretch the pace in Division One and head the table by seven points following their 4-2 win away to Oxford City Nomads. Lucy Holzman-Clarke (2), Hannah Evans and Amy Woollard netted for Ascot before Oxford pulled two late goals back through Amy Pipe and Christina Higgs. Alton Utd have gone third after scoring six times without reply past Fleet Town, Chelsie Stewart netted twice along with Samantha Baker, Megan Lebbern, Madeline Shuff and Afiya Johnson. Despite goals from Katy Cresswell and Gemma Sims, Barton Rovers were held to a 2-2 draw by Winchester City Flyers Res, for whom Alice Nichols netted both goals.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion wrapped up the league title with a 4-1 victory over Lye Town, the only remaining team that had still been able to catch them. Jordan Atkin crowned the day with a hat-trick and Hayley Sutton was also on target. Crusaders move above Lye and back into second place after they defeated Wolverhampton Sporting 2-1. Lucy Hale was on target for Leafield Athletic in their 1-1 draw with Coundon Court, who replied through Ciara Donoghue.
Shrewsbury Juniors held on to second place in Division One North with a 3-1 win away to Florenece, courtesy of a Katie Doster hat-trick. Danni Briggs, Sarah Jackson and Holly Meehan netted the goals for Brereton Town as they drew 3-3 with Wyrley Ladies, who responded with strikes from Georgia Kay, Emily Quimby and Laura Simmons.
In Division One South, Elsoni Fowkes and Sam Whittaker were on the scoresheet for Stourbridge in their 2-2 draw with Kenilworth Town, who replied through Bonnie Mountford double.
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