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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge moved to within one point of leaders Leicester City Women Development after a 6-1 victory away to Eastwood Ladies. Kathryn Mudge netted twice along with Francesca Godbehere, Codi Melia, Laura Cain and Lauren Turner. Two of the other title challengers, Nettleham and Peterborough Northern Star, met each other and battled out a 1-1 draw which keeps both in contention, Abbie Murrell and Katie Steward scoring respectively. Loughborough Students' run of form is taking them towards a mid-table position, gathering further momentum with a 2-1 win at Rise Park in which Christa Colledge and Rosanna Frith-Salem scored.
The top two did not play in Division One North, allowing third placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway to move closer to them by beating Clifton 3-2. Naomi Johnson, Lauren Churcher and Dawn Harmer scored their goals, with Hannah Whiting and Emma Clarke replying. Lauren Page, Sally Percival, Jade Baker and Maisie Kirwan were on the scoresheet as Sleaford Town defeated Market Warsop 4-1 and Arnold Town Development ran out 6-1 winners at Teversal, Natasha Leach hitting the back of the net five times and Kereng Mrwata adding the other.
Peterborough Utd are starting to stretch the pace in Division One South, going six points clear with a 3-2 victory over Loughborough Foxes Vixens. However they needed to come from two goals behind as Jessica Waldrum and Molly Webb put the visitors in a strong position before second half strikes from Jessica Driscoll (2) and Tash Applegate gave Peterborough the points. Northampton Town kept themselves in contention by beating AFC Leicester 11-1, Emma Dunmore spearheading the win with a five-goal haul along with Georgina Powell, Leah Stacey, Georgia Tear and two own goals. Rebecca Dobney and Rachael Enser were on target for Heather LFC in their 2-2 draw with Thrapston Town, who replied through Alex Bartlett and Briony Cox.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town stay seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating Brentwood Town 4-1. Lindsey Morgan hit a hat-trick and Paris Smith added the other, with Marie Barker replying. Stacey Fullicks scored the only goal of the game as second placed Cambridge City won 1-0 away to AFC Dunstable.
Wymondham Town further strengthened their position as leaders of Division One North, extending their advantage to four points a Laura Nicholls brace gave them a 2-1 victory over Silver End Utd, whose consolation came from Megan Jiggins.
In Division One South, Harlow Town moved into second place at the expense of Little Thurrock Dynamos after beating them 2-1, Lily Bruno and Tayla Handscombe were their markswomen.
Acle Utd are through to the semi finals of the League Cup following their 3-1 win away to Royston Town. Laura Holden, Megan Todd and Kate Pasque netted the goals for Acle, with Hayley Graham replying for the home side.
Hutton meanwhile booked their place in the League Plate semi finals with a 2-1 extra time success against Cambridge Utd Res, courtesy of Laura Allen and Lucy Critchell.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps extended their lead to eight points with victory over Watford Development and they require five points from their final three games to be confirmed as Champions. Naomi Cole was on target four times along with hat-tricks from Ariana Flieschman, Rachel Palmer, Faye Rabson, Kemina Webber and Toni Smith, while Jenny Drury and Catherine O'Hagan completed the tally. Victoria De Waal scored for Parkwood Rangers in their 1-1 draw with Eastbourne Town, who replied with a goal from Chloe Farrell.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients caught up some of the ground on leaders Durham Cestria by winning 9-1 away to Castleford White Rose. Nyci Thorns netted four times, Shannon Reed contributed a hat-trick and Anna Mawston scored the other two for Norton who trail Durham by twelve points, but have five games in hand. York City meanwhile claimed their third league victory of the season, 4-1 against Tynedale thanks to Lucy Lendhill (2), Anna Whitehead and Lindsay Jordan.
In the Northern Division, Boldon CA Villa moved into third place with a 5-2 victory over York RI in the only game played. Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke led the scoring with a hat-trick and Jade Murray netted twice.
Ossett Albion ran out 5-0 winners over Altofts Ladies in the Southern Division, a result which means that Harrogate Town have won the title without playing a game on the day. Jordane Allison, Yasmin Ayub, Amy Perch, Chloe Denton and Charlotte Gough scored the goals to give Ossett the points and put paid to the chances of Altofts, who had been the only team still capable of overhauling Harrogate's points tally before the game. Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile defeated Malet Lambert YC 4-0, courtesy of an Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck hat-trick and Stacey Buxton.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers have gone four points clear in the Premier Division following their 6-2 victory over Manchester Stingers. Burnley Girls & Ladies moved themselves into the top three by picking up maximum points from a double header with Blackburn Community, notching up 1-0 and 2-1 victories, this takes them above Wigan Athletic who slip back to fourth despite winning 4-1 against Accrington Girls & Ladies. Sir Tom Finney have increased the distance between themselves and the bottom four after they defeated Blackpool 6-1.
Bury FC Women have lifted themselves into second place in Division One North, thanks to a 3-0 success away to Preston North End. It was a good day for Bolton Wanderers Res as they won 7-2 against Leigh RMI, a result which takes them off the bottom of the table.
Division One South leaders FC United of Manchester have had their advantage trimmed to eight points as second placed Curzon Ashton shared a 1-1 draw with Stockport County Blues and Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res scored nine times without reply past City of Liverpool. West Didsbury & Chorlton were 3-0 winners at Crewe Alexandra Development and this leaves them just two points off second place, with several games in hand.
Stockport County kept themselves in the hunt for a potential League and Cup 'double' as they won 4-1 away to Altrincham, to book their place in the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Cup.
There will be no double for Division One North leaders Penrith AFC though as they were beaten 3-1 by Warrington Wolverines in the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Plate.
South West League
Buckland Athletic have taken a firm grip on the Premier Division title race as they were 6-1 winners over Marine Academy Plymouth in the clash between the teams with 100% records. Kirsty Caunter scored a hat-trick along with Hayley Chamberlain, Amber Coates and Laura Gough as Buckland head the table on goal difference from Torquay Utd, with Marine three points off the pace. In the other game to be played, Keynsham Town Development defeated Ilminster Town 4-2 thanks to Rhianna Ben-Carew, Leilah King, Emily Plummer and Libby Sims.
Almondsbury caught up ground on the top three in the Eastern Division as they won 4-0 away to St Nicholas Res. Louise Pegler, Jamie Leigh Worlock, Samantha Kodola and Georgina Adams all scored a goal apiece for Almondsbury. Cheltenham Civil Service meanwhile emerged as 2-0 winners from their local derby with Cheltenham Town Development.
Western Division leaders Callington Town returned to action with a 3-2 victory over Bideford and this has taken them three points clear. Chynna Evans (2) and Jodie Shipton were on target for Callington, with Beth Ellis netting a brace in reply. Plympton Ladies edged out Bude Town 5-4 thanks to a Sam Metters hat-trick, Tina Martin and Shannon Workman. Sarah Badham scored four times for Bude but ended up on the losing side. Lorena Clavijo, Lisa Hegarty and Annie Richards were all on the scoresheet as Newquay Celtic defeated Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 3-0.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd have moved closer towards a potential double as they reached the League Cup Final with a 4-0 victory over Woodley Utd. Gemma Fraser, Gemma Darvell, Sarah Harrison and Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez scored the goals for Chesham whose opponents in the Final will be AFC Bournemouth, who ran out 8-1 winners away to Warsash Wasps in the other semi final. Chloe Tape was on target four times for the Cherries, whose other goals came via doubles from Rosie Eden and Jade Hockey.
New Milton Town boosted their chances of a second place finish in the Premier Division with a 5-2 victory over Ascot Utd, which came via a goal apiece from Rebecca Ingram, Olivia Jones, Nicole Power, Victoria Wardle and Olivia Watts.
Wargrave Ladies stepped up their title challenge in Division One Northern as they won 3-1 away to Wokingham & Emmbrook. Hannah Sheehan, Katie Edwards and Alison Richardson scored the goals for Wargrave, with Caroline Paterson replying.
Barton Rovers were 3-1 winners over Wycombe Wanderers in the Jubilee Cup, Rachel Allwright netted twice for Barton and Amie Benton added the other, whilst Wycombe's consolation came from Katie Hudson.
West Midlands League
Stockingford AA Pavilion moved into third place in the Premier Division following a 4-0 win at Lye Town. Sharni Turnbull scored twice with skipper Maz Hayward and Amanda Turnbull netting the other goals. Coundon Court meanwhile leapfrogged Knowle in the table after beating them 3-0.
Leek Town are back in the top two in Division One North, after running out 6-0 winners over Atherstone Rangers in the only match to be played.
One game also went ahead in Division One South and it produced something of a surprise result as second placed Gornal Ladies went down to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Stourbridge, who move into fourth as a result.
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