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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge have moved to the top of the Premier Division following their 5-0 victory over Arnold Town. Jenny Selman led the scoring a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Laura Watton and Kathryn Mudge. Nettleham lie second after an own goal gave them a 1-0 win away to Kettering Town, they are ahead on goal difference from Peterborough Northern Star who also won 1-0 against Ollerton Town, courtesy of a solitary strike from Cassie Steward. Despite a goal from Lauren Bartle, Leicester City Women Development were held to a 1-1 draw by Mansfield Hosiery Mills who scored through Amy Dawson. Jessica Parker and Lisa Jones were on target for Rise Park as they shared a 2-2 draw with Eastwood Ladies, for whom Paige Singleton netted both.
In Division One North, Jody Scott scored all five goals as Woodlands Ladies moved above Calverton MW into third place after beating them 5-3. Kelly Clayton-Cuthbert also had a good day, bagging a four-goal haul for Market Warsop as they won 6-1 at Clifton, Natasha Childerley and Gemma Hodgkinson adding the others. Draycott Victoria also triumphed 6-1 against Teversal, Natalie Loughenbury and Sarah Upton each netting twice along with Lucy Ferris and Rebecca Turgoose.
Oadby & Wigston Dynamo have narrowed the gap on Division One South leaders Peterborough Utd to three points after Samantha Hargrave, Lucy Phillips-Poole, Chloe Quinn and Hannah Webster gave them a 4-2 victory over Thrapston Town. Reanne Mullen (2), Harley Collyer, Emma Dunmore, Hayley Matthews, Georgina Powell and Leah Stacey were the scorers as third placed Northampton Town beat Corby S & L 7-0 but Corby Town lost ground as they were beaten 3-1 by Heather LFC, whose goals came via a Rebecca Dobney brace and an own goal, meanwhile Desford won 3-1 at Loughborough Foxes Vixens.
Eastern Region League
League leaders Billericay Town's hopes of a League and Cup double were dashed as they were beaten 3-2 by Acle Utd in the semi finals of the League Cup. Lauren Bullard, Megan Todd and Grace Birchall screod the goals for Acle, with Lindsey Morgan and Hayley Piggott replying. Acle's opponents in the Final will be AFC Dunstable, 3-2 extra time winners away to Brentwood Town. Samaira Khan scored the extra time winner to add to earlier strikes from Bianca Vassell and Beth Stanton, whilst Paida Dedza netted both for Brentwood.
Stevenage Ladies Res are still in the running for two trophies though, the Division One South leaders reaching the League Plate Final with a 3-0 victory over Hoddesdon Town Owls. Hannah Marshall, Emily Schofield and Naomi Sleator scored the goals for Stevenage who will play either Hutton or Histon.
Cambridge City closed the gap on Billericay to five points in the Premier Division after Laura Mills and Isabella Simmons were on target in their 2-0 success away to AFC Sudbury. Bedford Ladies follow on in third, Carissa Kaczorowski scoring the only goal in their 1-0 win over Colney Heath.
Wymondham Town clinched the Division One North title in style, with a 7-0 victory over second placed King's Lynn Town. Laura Nicholls and Hannah Waters each scored twice, with Kayleigh Holloway, Mollie O'Callaghan and Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris adding the others. Histon kept themselves in the hunt for runners-up by beating Ipswich Wanderers 6-0 thanks to Sophie Lanham (2), Abigail Davies, Alison Wright, Briannah Baker and Sophie Hopkin.
Harlow Town strengthened their position in second in Division One South as doubles from Lily Bruno and Tayla Handscombe fired them to a 4-1 victory at Hertford Town. Little Thurrock Dynamos lost ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bishop's Stortford. Heather Martin and Samantha McCornish netted the goals for Stortford, with Ebony Moore and Sophie Dowman replying.
London & South East League
London Kent Football Utd narrowed the gap on the top two by winning 2-1 against Eastbourne Town. Emily Hart scored both goals for London Kent, with Catherine Hyland replying. Jade Whiteman (2), Jamie Leigh Dixon and Emily Vaughan were on target for fourth placed Parkwood Rangers in their 4-3 victory away to Aylesford, who netted through Fiona Constable, Beth Hulme and Kelly Philpott.
North East League
The top two were not in action on Sunday and Hartlepool Utd have made up ground on them with a 7-1 success away to Castleford White Rose. Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson each hit hat-tricks, with Jade Pye also on the scoresheet. Tynedale meanwhile defeated Wakefield 7-2 with strikes from Christine Murray (2), Siobhan Simpson (2), Jennifer Alford, Megan Watson and Lauren Ray. Farsley Celtic won 6-3 against Wallsend Boys Club, Keegan Lambert was on target four times along with Emma Lee and Danielle Sidebottom.
In the Northern Division, Boro Rangers moved to within two points of leaders South Shields following their 2-0 win away to Prudhoe Town in which Becky Stephenson and Delise Clifford scored. Chloe Roylance netted twice along with Kirsty Armstrong and Amber Wilson for Cramlington Utd in their 4-0 victory over Guisborough Ladies.
Doncaster Belles (Women's) and Ossett Albion battled out a 2-2 draw in the Southern Division. Abbie France and Ellie Todd scored the goals for Doncaster, with Ossett replying through Jordane Allison and Amy Perch.
North West League
Stockport County moved up to within a single point of Premier Division leaders Tranmere Rovers after picking up a 4-0 win and 1-1 draw from a double header with MSB Woolton. Burnley Girls & Ladies are starting to look strong and made up ground in fourth place, thanks to a 5-1 success away to Sir Tom Finney. Fleetwood Town Wrens shared a 1-1 draw with Manchester Stingers and this keeps them just ahead of Merseyrail Bootle who claimed maximum points from their double header against Blackpool. Accrington Girls & Ladies and CMB Ladies exchanged 1-0 victories in their meetings and this has moved both teams away from the bottom places as a result.
Penrith AFC are stretching the pace again in Division One North, their 3-1 victory away to Preston North End means they head the table by seven points again. Workington Reds notched up six points from their double header with Leigh RMI and this has taken them into fourth.
It's as you were at the top of Division One South with FC United of Manchester beating Crewe Alexandra Development 9-2 to stay four points ahead of West Didsbury & Chorlton, who edged out Curzon Ashton by the odd goal in nine. Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res defeated Altrincham 2-1 to keep themselves in third, just ahead of Warrington Wolverines who scored nine times without reply past City of Liverpool. Northwich Vixens moved to within three points of Stockport County Blues after beating them 2-1.
South West League
Buckland Athletic stay five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after a Kirsty Caunter brace and Amber Coates gave them a 3-0 victory over Keynsham Town Development. Torquay Utd bounced back from a County Cup Final defeat less than 48 hours earlier to win 4-1 at Forest Green Rovers. Rebecca Wakley netted twice along with Sian Chapman and Kasey Dickson, with Hannah Hale replying. Torquay remain one point ahead of Marine Academy Plymouth who were 3-0 victors away to Bishop's Lydeard thanks to Sam Drewery, Anthea Kaptein and Sam Kotlinska. Tori Marks was on target for Charlestown in their 1-1 draw with Ilminster Town, who replied through Megan Purchase, and goals from Sarah Carling, Chloe Poole and Chloe Stringer handed Middlezoy Rovers a 3-1 win against AEK Boco, whose consolation came from Kelly Cutler.
Portishead Town opened up the Eastern Division title race and inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Wootton Bassett Town. Jessica Smailes, Michelle Venton and Hannah Thornton all scored to give Portishead a 3-1 win, Cara Costello replying. Swindon Town Development also received a setback to their challenge when they were beaten 1-0 by Team Mendip. Almondsbury kept their hopes alive by winning 2-1 at Cheltenham Town Development and Swindon Spitfires defeated Oldland Abbotonians 4-1 with goals from Katie Wadey (2), Chloe Neate and Katrina Reynolds. Caitlin Brooks and Aleksandra Guzik each hit hat-tricks and Lily Withers added the other for FC Chippenham as they beat Cheltenham Civil Service 7-1 and St Nicholas Res won for the first time, 2-1 at Frome Town with Ffion Cartwright scoring both.
Southern Region League
Oxford City are through to the Chairman's Cup Final following a 9-0 semi final victory over Wargrave Ladies. Lauren May and Steph Mobbs both scored hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Lucy Durham, Rachel Mariam and Edie Garrett.
Woodley Utd have opened up a lead of three points at the top of Division One Northern following their 1-0 success away to Barton Rovers, Charley Evans scoring the only goal of the game (see match report).
Winchester City Flyers Res meanwhile claimed their first victory and points of the season in Division One Southern when they won 2-1 against Southampton Women Res, courtesy of a brace of goals from Katie Johns.
West Midlands League
League leaders Bedworth Utd are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup after running out 5-0 winners over Crusaders. Also through are Coundon Court, who won their quarter final 2-1 away to Knowle.
With Bedworth on Cup duty, Leafield Athletic took the chance to narrow the gap on them to a single point after winning 5-3 away to third placed Stockingford AA Pavilion. Wolverhampton Sporting are up into mid-table following their 3-1 success at Lye Town.
Leek Town kept their promotion hopes alive in Division One North after inflicting a first defeat of the season on Goldenhill Wanderers, beating them 4-3 and climbing above them into second place. Brereton Town also registered a victory by the odd goal in seven against Florence, increasing the gap between the two teams to five points.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One South as Gornal Ladies won 4-3 against Solihull Utd to stay one point ahead of second placed Redditch Utd, who ended Kidderminster Harriers' fine run of form by beating them 4-2. Coventry Sphinx ensured they stayed well in touch with the top two with a 4-0 success away to Droitwich Spa. Stourbridge completed their campaign on a winning note, defeating Coventry Development 3-0.
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