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East Midlands League
Sheffield Utd need four points from their last three games to confirm themselves as Champions after scoring eight times without reply past Arnold Town. Sophie Bell and Kim Brown netted two goals apiece along with Tania Marsden, Annalise Carroll, Shannon Smith and Paige Wainwright. Bedworth Utd are the only team who can still catch the Blades and they kept those hopes alive by beating Rise Park 5-0, Shona Franklin netting a hat-trick and Kirsty Farnsworth adding the other two. Nettleham netted eleven times against Notts County Development, Holly Newman was on target four times, Abbie Murrell contributed a hat-trick while Elise Keyworth (2), Sophie Crosby and Katy Thornley completed the scoring. Peterborough Northern Star went one better against Ruddington Village, Cassie Steward bagging a four-goal haul along with trebles from Vicky Gallagher and Chanade Henderson, with Samara Iredale and Larissa Frederick also getting on the scoresheet.
Calverton MW sealed the runners-up spot in Division One North with a 4-2 victory over Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Demi-Leigh Crofts hit a hat-trick and Hayley Brown added the other, with Alice Hayes and Lauren Churcher replying.
The Division One South title race will go down to the last game after Peterborough Utd kept their hopes alive with a 6-0 victory over AFC Leicester. Keir Perkins and Emily Smith both netted doubles and there was one apiece from Jessica Driscoli and Amy Challis. Olivia Bramley, Samantha Hargrave and Chloe Quinn were all on target for Oadby & Wigston Dynamo as they drew 3-3 with third placed Northampton Town.
Eastern Region League
The last game of the season this Sunday will decide the destiny of the Premier Division Championship after the two contenders both recorded victories over Easter. Haringey Borough have returned to the top of the table on goal difference following their 8-0 victory over Histon. Julia Carruthers hit a hat-trick, Klesha Darroux and Anele Komani each weighed in with doubles and Karesha Iton was also on target. Haringey's win has ruled out any remaining chance of Bedford Ladies winning the league but Acle Utd are well in contention after winning 3-1 at Royston Town. Broghan Scully, Jade Copeman and Megan Todd scored the goals for Acle who can go top of the table for the first time this season and the two teams meet each other this week in a title decider.
In Division One, newly crowned Champions Cambridge City went further ahead at the top by winning 3-1 away to Offley & Stopsley, courtesy of goals from Philippa Witherspoon (2) and Isabella Simmons.
* On Wednesday night, Acle Utd went top of the league for the first time when a Megan Todd brace and Bryony Knights gave them a 3-1 win away to Histon.
North East League
Wallsend Boys Club caused something of a surprise in the League Cup semi finals when they beat league leaders Norton & Stockton Ancients on penalties after the sides had shared a 1-1 draw. Jade Clark netted for Wallsend, with Norton replying through Sian Williams before Wallsend triumphed 7-6 on spot kicks after extra time could not find a winner. Wallsend will meet the winners of the other semi final between Malet Lambert YC and Barnsley, who play this week.
The last match of the season took place in the Northern Division, and it was perhaps fitting that Champions Durham Cestria were to win it, 3-1 against Blyth Town Lions. Alanah Scott netted twice for Durham and Caroline Dixon the other, with Lucy Watson replying.
North West League
Burnley Girls & Ladies will have to wait and see if they will finish up in second place after they completed their fixtures with a 3-1 victory over MSB Woolton. Wigan Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw by Accrington Girls & Ladies and they will need a victory in their final match, if they are to pip Burnley to the runners-up position. Blackpool will definitely finish four following their 2-0 win away to Manchester Stingers. CMB Ladies' climb away from trouble gathered further pace as they defeated Birkenhead 8-1, a result which takes them out of the bottom three.
The top two are keeping up the pace in Division One South and Merseyrail Bootle are continuing to hold on at the top. They won 5-1 against third placed Warrington Wolverines to keep themselves three points ahead of second placed FC United of Manchester, who beat Chorltonians 8-0. Altrincham are looking set for a top half finish following their 2-0 success away to Northwich Vixens, whilst Stockport County Blues and Egerton ended level at 1-1.
South West League
One match was played in the league on Sunday and it took place in the Eastern Division. Oldland Abbotonians and Ilminster Town battled out a 2-2 draw which means that Ilminster finish the season in third position, one place above their opponents. Oldland took a first half lead through a spectacular long range strike from Jade Scammell and they stayed in front going into the interval. Ilminster had struck the woodwork twice before the break but Emma Jennings levelled the scores during the second half. Sammie Knight then headed Ilminster in front for the first time and they held this lead until the dying minutes, when Vicky Mundy tucked home a penalty to earn Oldland a share of the spoils.
Southern Region League
Southampton Women picked up the win they needed to clinch the league title and a return to the Premier League. Laura Gilbank scored the only goal of the game against Chesham Utd with seven minutes remaining to confirm Southampton as Champions whilst Chesham will finish the season in third, Oxford City claiming the runners-up spot for the second successive season.
In Division One, New Milton Town boosted their title challenge with a 1-0 win away to Winchester City Flyers Res. Olivia Jones was on target to leave New Milton four points behind leaders Ascot Utd, but with two games in hand. Barton Rovers meanwhile defeated Wycombe Wanderers 5-0 to go back into fourth place, Chloe Tucker netting twice along with Victoria Carvill, Gemma Sims and an own goal.
West Midlands League
Burton Albion are continuing to end the season on a winning note and the newly crowned Champions have a lead of ten points following their 2-1 win away to Kingshurst Sporting Club. Jordan Atkin and Amy Ramsdale netted the goals for Burton, with Naomi Melbourne replying for the home side. Crusaders will finish in the runners-up spot after Lye Town were beaten 2-0 by Wolverhampton Sporting, who scored through Katalina Fryzer and Fay Large.
The chase for the runners-up position in Division One North is looking closer than ever after Wyrley Ladies defeated second placed Shrewsbury Juniors 4-0. Laura Cumberledge, Rachel Cumberledge, Charlotte Fanning and Emily Quimby were all on target for Wyrley. Brereton Town meanwhile defeated Shrewsbury Town 3-1 thanks to Sarah Jackson, Nicole Jakeways and Holly Meehan.
Worcester Utd sewed up the Division One South title, courtesy of a 3-1 victory away to Kenilworth Town. Becky Evans, Annie Highway and Karli Smith netted the goals for Worcester, with Kenilworth's consolation coming from Charlotte Hooper. Nicole Hooper, Saddiqa Shan and Hayley Wilford were all on the scoresheet as Solihull Utd won 3-1 at Coventry Development, who replied through Jessica Barlow.
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