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East Midlands League
Eastwood Ladies remain in sixth place in the Premier Division after they were held to a 4-4 draw by Loughborough Students. Leanne Branson, Emma Bradshaw, Paige Singleton and Courtney Walters netted the goals for Eastwood, with the students replying through a Rosanna Frith-Salem brace, Kirstie Gordon and Abbie Sandle. Despite a good result, Loughborough actually drop to the bottom of the table after Rise Park won 1-0 against Arnold Town. Natasha Murray scored the only goal of the game for a result which takes Rise Park four places up the table.
One match was played in Division One North and it saw Hykeham Town open up a lead of three points at the top after scoring eight times without reply past Draycott Victoria. Lauren Carter led the scoring with a hat-trick, Laura Dawson contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Amy Blinkhorn, Sophie Bartup and Zoe Hopewell.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo have gone four points clear in Division One South following their 3-0 win away to third placed Corby Town. Samantha Hargrave, Nikki Lidgett and Hannah Randon were all on target for Oadby as they made it seven wins on the trot. In the other game, Kayleigh Aylmer grabbed the only goal of the game as Desford beat AFC Leicester 1-0.
On Wednesday night, the top two in the Premier Division met each other in the Second Round of the League Cup. With the two sides having near identical records, the match turned out to be as close as anticipated with Leicester City WFC Development eventually progressing on penalties at the expense of Nettleham, after the teams had battled out a 1-1 draw.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies produced a great result when winning 3-1 away to league leaders Cambridge City in the League Cup. Also through to the quarter finals are Brentwood Town, who survived a difficult tie at Harlow Town when Marie Barker and Georgia Holdaway gave them a 2-0 victory.
These were the only two games to beat the weather, with all scheduled league fixtures being postponed.
London & South East League
London Kent Football Utd and Parkwood Rangers met for the second week running, this time in the league after Parkwood had run out 7-3 winners in their League Cup meeting seven days earlier. This time the match was a much closer one with the spoils being shared, the sides battling out a 3-3 draw. Jade Whiteman was on target twice for Parkwood, with Emily Vaughan adding the other goal.
North West League
Stockport County have stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to four points when they defeated Sir Tom Finney 3-1. Tranmere Rovers move back into second place after they inflicted a second successive defeat on Merseyrail Bootle, again by a 3-2 scoreline. Burnley Girls & Ladies returned to league action with a 5-0 victory away to Blackpool, moving back into the top half in the process.
The other action in the league took place in Division One South and the meeting between second and third ended in a 3-0 success for Curzon Ashton, which took them above opponents Warrington Wolverines but they still trail leaders FC United of Manchester by eight points. In the other game, Crewe Alexandra Development battled out a 1-1 draw with Northwich Vixens.
South West League
Buckland Athletic made a swift return to the Premier Division leadership, ahead of an inactive Torquay Utd after winning 5-4 against Keynsham Town Development. Hayley Chamberlain and Amber Coates each netted twice along with Carla Staddon for Buckland, while the home side replied through Yasmin Pratt (2), Libby Sims and an own goal. Ilminster Town continued their good run of form and are up to fourth following their 3-2 victory at Forest Green Rovers. Shannon Crouch netted twice and Charlotte Pettinger the other for Ilminster, while Forest Green netted through Annie Martin and Charlie Rowlands. Exeter City meanwhile netted twelve times without reply against AEK Boco, Jana Richards leading the scoring with a four-goal haul whilst Kate Finch contributed a hat-trick. Danielle Skinner was on target twice with Louise Ilsley, Millie Pearce and Hope Suominen.
One match went ahead in the Eastern Division and it resulted in a change at the top, Portishead Town taking over as leaders after running out 10-0 winners over Cheltenham Town Development. Taylor Gainey was on target five times, Hannah Thornton weighed in with a hat-trick, and they were joined on the scoresheet by Shannon Holloway and Jessica Smailes.
Southern Region League
Newbury Ladies are back in second place in the Premier Division again, following their 3-1 win against Shanklin. Ayala Truelove (2) and Tracey Beales netted Newbury's goals, with Gemma Woodford replying. Tiffany Skinner was on target twice as New Milton Town defeated Winchester City Flyers 2-1 to move above them in table, Georgina Axton netting the visitors' consolation.
The only other match played in the league was in the Jubilee Cup, where Woodley Utd notched up a 5-0 victory over Wargrave Ladies. May Hamblin bagged a brace, with the other goals coming from Rosie Page-Smith, Rebecca Lowes and Katharine Lowther.
West Midlands League
Just the one match managed to beat the weather in the league on Sunday, this game took place in Division One South where Solihull Sporting climbed out of the bottom two with a 3-2 victory away to Rugby Town.
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