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East Midlands League
Just three points cover the top four teams in the Premier Division now, after leaders Leicester City Women Development went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of third placed Oughtibridge. Jenny Selman and Katie Denton were on target for Oughtibridge, with Lauren Bartle replying. Nettleham moved level on points with Leicester as a Katy Thornley brace and Sophie Crosby gave them a 3-0 victory over Loughborough Students. Peterborough Northern Star sit just outside the top three after doubles from Emma Pollard and Cassie Steward earned them a 4-1 success against Mansfield Town. Rachael Bell netted twice along with Jess Woffinden, Emma White and Amy White for Ollerton Town as they beat Eastwood Ladies 5-0 and Mansfield Hosiery Mills won 3-0 at Arnold Town thanks to Beth Wilcockson (2) and Amy Jones. Kettering Town moved above Rise Park and out of the bottom three after beating them 3-0, courtesy of a Laura Beckett brace and Mikaela Welford.
Hykeham Town have extended their lead in Division One North to six points following their 4-1 win away to Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Amy Blinkhorn hitting a hat-trick and Millie Seaton adding the other. Calverton MW made up ground on the top three by scoring six times past Market Warsop, spearheaded by a Saqqara Nugent hat-trick as well as Hayley Brown (2) and Demi-Leigh Crofts. Jade Baker netted twice along with Joanne Wilson, Laura Jones and Tawni McMillan for Sleaford Town in their 5-1 victory over Teversal. Emily Yeboah Obeng's double and Shauna Sweeney gave Arnold Town Development a 3-1 win away to Draycott Victoria and Clifton won for the first time in style, 5-1 against Grimsby Borough thanks to Emma Clarke (2), Alex Drizolnic, Hannah Whiting and Emma Jacobs.
The top two did not play in Division One South and Peterborough Utd have made up ground on them by beating Loughborough Foxes Vixens 7-2. Jessica Driscoll scored a hat-trick and there were braces from Jeorgia Carr and Keir Perkins. Corby Town and AFC Leicester occupy the next two places after sharing a 3-3 draw, Laura Dodwell scoring twice along with Nicole Andrejczuk. Hannah Pendred (2), Briony Cox, Emma Robinson and Shannon Kelland gave Thrapston Town a 5-2 win against Heather LFC and Desford beat Corby S & L 2-0 thanks to Kayleigh Aylmer and Claire Harrison.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town have returned to the top of the Premier Division after they won 7-1 away to Writtle. Georgia Box was on target four times, Lindsey Morgan weighed in with a brace and Nancy Butler added the other. Previous leaders Cambridge City are back in second place as they shared a 1-1 draw with AFC Sudbury, Carla Penny netting their goal and Megan Partridge replying. A late strike from Paida Dedza gave Brentwood Town a 1-0 win over Bedford Ladies and takes them up to fourth place.
Histon lifted themselves into the top four of Division One North by winning 4-1 at Silver End Utd. Katie Segrave and Siobhan White each scored twice, with Megan Jiggins replying.
Division One South leaders Stevenage Ladies Res once again recorded a win and kept another clean sheet in the process. Daniela Martucci netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Hannah Marshall, Emily Schofield, Mary Lisle and Emma Marshall.
In the League Cup, Royston Town went through to the quarter finals with a 5-0 win over Colney Heath. Francesca Smithers hit a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Becky Shephard and Sammy Tinsley.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps kept themselves six points clear at the top with a 5-2 victory away to Carshalton Athletic. Kemina Webber netted twice along with Naomi Cole, Faye Rabson and Jade Elphick, with Laura Curtis and Tori Adlam replying. Christy Haragan and Saskia Philp were on target as second placed AFC Phoenix won 2-1 against Parkwood Rangers, whose consolation came from Emily Vaughan. London Kent Football Utd also made sure of keeping up their challenge by beating Eastbourne Town 5-0 with goals from Adele Keech (2), Emily Hart, Verity Snow and Elizabeth Adams. Aylesford meanwhile also scored five without reply against Watford Development thanks to braces from Beth Hulme and Rebecca Parkin, with Zara McAiney adding the other.
North East League
Tynedale have moved up to third place, their highest of the season so far, following their 7-2 victory against Castleford White Rose. Christine Murray netted a hat-trick and the others came from Ashley Lambert, Natasha Wilson, Kelly Loughhead and Rachel Maddison, while Lauren Breen hit a brace in reply. Tara Nolan, Kennedy Power and an own goal earned Wakefield their second point of the season as they shared a 3-3 draw with Wallsend Boys Club.
One match was played in the Northern Division and it resulted in a change of leadership, Consett Ladies returning to the top of the table after defeating Cramlington Utd 5-0. Steph Curry bagged a hat-trick for Consett and there was one apiece from Beth Wilson and Nicole McEvoy.
Harrogate Railway narrowed the gap on Southern Division leaders Harrogate Town to two points by winning 4-3 away to Sheffield Wednesday. Emma Lansdall spearheaded the victory with a hat-trick and Nicola Hadley added the other goal, with Wednesday replying through Stacey Buxton, Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck and Sophie Eyre.
North West League
Stockport County maintained their lead of four points with a 5-0 victory over Blackpool, whilst second placed Tranmere Rovers were 5-2 winners away to MSB Woolton. Merseyrail Bootle meanwhile got back to winning ways as they scored six times without reply past Accrington Girls & Ladies. This result lifted them back up to third place above Fleetwood Town Wrens, who did not play, and Wigan Athletic who went down 2-0 at home to Burnley Girls & Ladies. Manchester Stingers are in mid-table after running out 8-0 victors at CMB Ladies and Sir Tom Finney claimed their third victory of the season, 2-1 against Blackburn Community.
Penrith AFC march on at the top of Division One North and, with Cammell Laird not playing, they stretched their lead to nine points with an 11-1 win over Bolton Wanderers Res. Workington Reds stay in fourth place following their 2-2 draw with Preston North End, just ahead of Carlisle Utd who defeated Burscough Dynamo 2-1. Morecambe Res were also 2-1 winners away to Leigh RMI and this result lifts them up a number of places and into mid-table.
FC United of Manchester strengthened their grip on the Division One South title race by beating West Didsbury & Chorlton 3-0. They remain seven points ahead of Curzon Ashton who were 10-2 victors against Northwich Vixens 10-2. Warrington Wolverines came away from Altrincham with a 2-1 win under their belts and they stay third, ahead of Liverpool Marshalls Feds who scored ten times without reply past City of Liverpool. Stockport County Blues complete the top half of the table after they defeated Crewe Alexandra Development 4-0.
South West League
The resignation of Yeovil Town Intermediate has prompted a re-calculation of the Premier Division table and following Sunday's matches, Torquay Utd have a lead of six points at the top, which they picked up with a 3-0 victory over Downend Flyers in which Sian Chapman, Emma Mingo and Sarah Smith all scored. Bishop's Lydeard and Ilminster Town occupy third and fourth place respectively after their meeting finished in a 1-1 draw. Natalie Poole was on target for Lydeard, with Ilminster replying through Shannon Crouch. Rhianna Ben-Carew scored the only goal of the game as Keynsham Town Development won 1-0 against Charlestown.
In the Eastern Division, Taylor Gainey netted both goals for second placed Portishead Town as they won 2-1 away to FC Chippenham, who replied through Nicole Kirkman. Swindon Town Development follow on after they beat Almondsbury 3-0, thanks to second half goals from Gipsy Viveash (2) and Natalie Goodright. Team Mendip replaced Swindon Spitfires in fifth place by defeating them 5-1, Ellison Roberts netting four times and Natasha Crew adding the other. A solitary strike from Fran Dallon earned Oldland Abbotonians the points with a 1-0 success away to St Nicholas and Frome Town won for the first time, 3-1 against Cheltenham Town Development thanks to a Kate Minty double and Nieve Edwards.
Southern Region League
League leaders Chesham Utd booked their place in the semi finals of the League Cup by scoring eleven times without reply past Ascot Utd. Gemma Fraser was on target four times for the Clarets along with Kate Bowers (2), Tasha Smith (2), Natalie Adams, Paula Lambert and Sarah Hazell. Warsash Wasps caused a surprise when they ousted New Milton Town, beating them 5-3 thanks to Nicolle Keen (2), Megan Fox, Justine Hammond and Stacey Parkinson. The top two in Division One North met each other with Woodley Utd beating leaders Barton Rovers 6-1, May Hamblin hitting a hat-trick along with Rosie Page-Smith, Mollie Haines and an own goal.
Oxford City are one game away from a third successive appearance in a Cup Final, this time in the Chairman's Cup following their 4-1 win against Eastleigh. Lauren May netted twice and there was one apiece from Rachael Mariam and Tiana Russell-Cartwright. Charlie Snelling and Francesca Thornton each netted twice along with Beth Norman for Winchester City Flyers in their 5-2 victory over Wokingham & Emmbrook. Wargrave Ladies emerged as winners from a penalty shootout after their tie with Southampton Women Res ended in a 2-2 draw after extra time. Sarah Bradshaw and Kellie Warren were on target for Southampton, with Wargrave replying through Hannah Sheehan and Isobel Devine-McGovern. Wycombe Wanderers complete the semi final line up with a 9-2 win away to Fleet Town, Abi Canvin finding the net four times and Tara Woodward contributing a hat-trick, with one apiece from Kitty Jones and Niamh Potts.
One match was played in the Jubilee Cup, Oxford City Nomads running out 8-1 winners against Winchester City Flyers Res whose consolation came from Katie Johns.
West Midlands League
Bedworth Utd have opened up a lead of four points at the top of the Premier Division after scoring eight times without reply past Worcester Utd. A win would have taken Crusaders second but they remain where they were as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Lye Town. Kingshurst Sporting Club meanwhile climbed back into the top half following their 4-2 win away to Wolverhampton Sporting.
Goldenhill Wanderers are the new table toppers in Division One North following their 3-0 victory over Brereton Town, which stretched their 100% record to eight matches. Previous leaders Wyrley Ladies and Leek Town occupy the next two places after their meeting ended in a 1-1 draw. Shrewsbury Town made sure of keeping in touch with the leading sides and got back to winning ways with a 7-1 success away to Florence.
Kidderminster Harriers are two points off the pace in Division One South as they kept up their recent good run by winning 4-1 away to Droitwich Spa. In the other game, Stourbridge also recorded a 4-1 victory against Solihull Sporting to consolidate themselves in mid-table.
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