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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge hold onto the leadership of the Premier Division after beating Mansfield Town 6-0. Lauren Turner led the scoring with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Abigail Towns and Becky Shaw. Nettleham stay level on points with them in second, they defeated Leicester City Women Development 3-0 thanks to Abbie Murrell (2) and Francesca Wilson. Peterborough Northern Star are three points off the pace following their 3-2 success at Eastwood Ladies, Katie Steward notching a brace and Cassie Steward the other. Loughborough Students maintained their charge up the table and are as high as fifth after scoring ten without reply past Arnold Town. Rosanna Frith-Salem was on target four times along with Abby Morton (2), Eleanor Betteridge, Kirstie Gordon, Grace Stanley and Bronwen King.
Hykeham Town are still setting the pace in Division One North, going six points clear following their 12-1 success at Teversal. Amy Blinkhorn netted six times and Millie Seaton hit a hat-trick, with Zoe Hopewell (2) and Holly Maidens completing the tally. Woodlands Ladies are in second after beating Grimsby Borough 5-3, in-form striker Jody Scott accounting for all five goals for the second match running. Calverton MW move above Lincoln Moorlands Railway into third as they defeated them 2-0 thanks to Hayley Brown and Kim Bradshaw. Lauren Alderson, Jade Baker, Lauren Page and an own goal gave Sleaford Town a 4-2 victory over Clifton whilst Natasha Leach netted both for Arnold Town Development in their 2-2 draw with Draycott Victoria, who replied through Jodie Smith and Akvile Gerbenyte.
Peterborough Utd maintain their three point lead in Division One South, Keir Perkins bagging herself a seven-goal haul in their win at Heather LFC, Jessica Driscoll adding a hat-trick while Amy Gore, Tash Applegate and Emily Smith also got on the scoresheet. Second placed Oadby & Wigston Dynamo defeated Northampton Town 2-1 thanks to Nikki Lidgett and Lucy Phillips-Poole. Alex Bartlett, Hannah Pendred and Elisha Thompson ensured that Thrapston Town beat AFC Leicester 3-0 and Jessica Waldrum was on target for Loughborough Foxes Vixens in their 1-1 draw with Corby Town, whose reply came from Hannah Marshall.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town boosted their title chances with a 4-1 victory over AFC Dunstable. Courtney Clarke, Hayley Piggott, Paris Smith and Hope Strauss all netted a goal apiece, with Danielle Carty replying. Second placed Cambridge City were held to a 3-3 draw by Royston Town. Stacey Fullicks, Charlotte Gillies and Isabella Simmons were on the scoresheet for Cambridge, whilst Becky Shephard scored twice for Royston along with Sammy Tinsley. Acle Utd are now the only remaining team who can still catch Billericay, keeping their hopes alive by picking up maximum points from a double header with Brentwood Town. Laura Holden (2), Megan Todd (2), Lauren Bullard, Rosie Filby and Rhianne Brister gave Acle a 7-2 win in the first game, with the return match finishing 4-0 thanks to another Todd double, Holden and Kirstie Kindred.
Newly crowned Division One North Champions Wymondham Town keep on winning, this time 3-1 away to Cambridge Utd Res courtesy of a Hannah Waters double and Alice Ladbrooke. King's Lynn Town are on the verge of finishing second, Olivia Baker scoring the only goal of the game against Ipswich Wanderers.
In Division One South, Harlow Town moved to within two points of the leadership after beating Little Thurrock Dynamos 1-0 with a goal from Lily Bruno. Hoddesdon Town Owls meanwhile defeated Hertford Town 2-1, Sian Owens and Kristina O'Connell were on target.
Hutton have reached the Final of the League Plate following their 5-3 extra time victory over Histon. Laura Allen, Hayley Critchell, Patrizia Leo, Katie Lowen and Lucy Critchell all scored a goal apiece for Hutton who will face Stevenage Ladies Res in the Final.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps have become the first team this season to have won a Regional League title and promotion to the Premier League after their 3-2 win over Eastbourne Town put them beyond the reach of their rivals. Naomi Cole, Rachel Palmer and Faye Rabson scored the goals for Crawley, with Eastbourne responding through Fran Cook and Georgia Tibble. The race is now on for second place and AFC Phoenix are in the driving seat following their 4-2 victory against their main rivals, London Kent Football Utd. Natalia Mann hit a hat-trick and Helen Bellfield added the other goal for Phoenix who require one more point to take the runners-up spot in their first season in the league.
North East League
Hartlepool Utd moved up to second place in the Premier Division following their 4-1 win away to Farsley Celtic. Caitlin Bates was on target twice along with Jessica Dawson and Jade Pye, the home side's consolation coming from Keegan Lambert. Castleford White Rose meanwhile won for the second time this season, 7-2 against Wakefield with Lauren Breen bagging a four-goal haul and Rebecca Sherrard weighing in with a hat-trick.
South Shields are keeping up the pace in the Northern Division after scoring eleven times without reply against Guisborough Ladies. Elizabeth Fraser, Dionne Fleming, Paige Lester and Sophie Halliday all netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Alex Fontaine, Laura Howe and an own goal. Boldon CA Villa made sure of staying two points behind in second place by winning 4-0 at Blyth Lions, goals coming from Allison Ferris (2), Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke and Jade Murray. Steph Curry netted four times, with hat-tricks from Carolanne Hughes and Nicole McEvoy, as Consett Ladies defeated York RI 10-0.
One match was played in the Southern Division, Sheffield Wednesday replacing Altofts Ladies in second place after beating them 3-2. However this did not tell the full story as a Rachel Pritchard double had given Altofts a two-goal lead at the interval, before Wednesday hit back in the second half to take the points thanks to Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck (2) and Stacey Buxton.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Tranmere Rovers were not in action on Sunday and their advantage has been trimmed to five points by Wigan Athletic, who moved into second place after edging out Fleetwood Town Wrens by the odd goal in nine. Merseyrail Bootle appear to be on course for fifth place after exchanging victories in a double header with CMB Ladies. The three points were enough to take CMB off the bottom of the table at the expense of Blackpool, who were beaten 2-1 by mid-table Manchester Stingers. Sir Tom Finney ran out 5-1 winners over MSB Woolton and Blackburn Community continued their climb away from danger with a 4-2 success away to Accrington Girls & Ladies.
The top of the table clash in Division One North ended in a 1-1 draw between Penrith AFC and Cammell Laird ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving Penrith still seven points clear at the top but Cammell Laird have three games in hand. Bury FC Women would have been happy with the outcome as it brings them back into the race, also Carlisle Utd who were 3-0 victors away to Preston North End. Workington Reds defeated Bolton Wanderers Res 12-1 to remain in fourth, whilst Burscough Dynamo defeated Morecambe Res 3-0.
In Division One South, leaders FC United of Manchester netted eight times without reply past City of Liverpool to preserve their seven point advantage over second placed West Didsbury & Chorlton, who beat Northwich Vixens 5-1.
Stockport County remain in the hunt for a League and Cup double and kept themselves on course by winning 2-1 away to Burnley Girls & Ladies in the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Cup. Their opponents in the Final will be either FC United of Manchester and CMB Ladies, who meet this week. Meanwhile in the Argyle Sports Plate, Warrington Wolverines, 3-0 winners over Crewe Alexandra Development, will be up against Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res who beat Curzon Ashton 3-2 in the other semi final.
South West League
Buckland Athletic head the Premier Division by six points after winning their top of the table clash 2-0 against Torquay Utd, thanks to a brace of goals from Amber Coates. Exeter City still have a chance of a top three finish, which they maintained with a 3-1 victory over Ilminster Town in which Jana Richards (2) and Millie Pearce scored. Annie Martin and Marika Niekuwal were on target for Forest Green Rovers in their 2-2 draw with Charlestown, who replied through Lauren Bennett and Laura Barrett, meanwhile AEK Boco and Bishop's Lydeard also shared four goals, Robyn Carpenter scoring both for Boco. Rhianna Ben-Carew and Emily Plummer were on the scoresheet as Keynsham Town Development won 2-1 away to Middlezoy Rovers.
After having beaten leaders Wootton Bassett Town seven days earlier, Portishead Town would have gone top of the Eastern Division with a win but instead they were beaten for the first time, 3-2 by Team Mendip for whom Ellison Roberts (2) and Katie Sharkey were on target. Oldland Abbotonians played their first home game for five months but it wasn't an occasion they would wish to remember, going down 4-0 to Cheltenham Town Development who scored through Lydia Amarquaye, Emma Canham, Ellie Briscoe and Eve Edmondson. Natasha Galpin netted twice along with Charlotte Davis and Tierney Tudor as improving St Nicholas Res won 4-2 away to FC Chippenham.
Callington Town have gone three points clear in the Western Division after Lucy Bounsall, Amy Hemingway and Chloe Williams gave them a 3-1 victory over Plympton Ladies. Newquay Celtic meanwhile won 1-0 away to Bude Town to climb out of the bottom two.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd are one point away from winning the league title after they won 10-0 away to Shanklin. Gemma Fraser and Kate Bowers led the scoring with a hat-trick apiece, Sarah Harrison weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Emma Delves and Lidia Niedertubbesing-Lopez.
The title race is over though in Division One North where Woodley Utd confirmed themselves as Champions with a 6-0 victory over Wargrave Ladies. Rosie Page-Smith bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rebecca Lowes, Jodie Penny and May Hamblin. Amelia Sergent (2), Rachel Allwright, Gemma Sims and Cheryl Williams scored the goals as Barton Rovers defeated Oxford City Nomads 5-2 to go second.
The two horse race continued in Division One South where both title rivals recorded convincing victories. Chloe Tape and Anastasia Hnatiw each scored twice as AFC Bournemouth won 7-1 away to Southampton Women Res, Rosie Eden, Aimee-Rose Collier and Emma Davis also getting on target. Warsash Wasps meanwhile beat Winchester City Flyers Res 15-2 to stay level on points with Bournemouth, led by a four-goal haul from Megan Fox. Justine Hammond hit a hat-trick, Keeley Fitzgerald, Emily Osborne and Stacey Parkinson each netted braces and the tally was completed by Danielle Cheyney and Katie Finn.
Wycombe Wanderers have made it through to the Chairman's Cup Final following a surprise 2-0 victory over Premier Division side Winchester City Flyers. Charlotte Bagshaw and Kitty Jones netted the goals for Wycombe who will be up against Oxford City.
West Midlands League
Lye Town look to be on course for a top half finish in the Premier Division after they won 2-0 away to Worcester Utd. Wolverhampton Sporting claimed their fourth win in five league matches as they netted eight times without reply past Leamington Lions.
In Division One North, Sutton Coldfield Town extended their lead at the top to five points when they ran out 6-0 winners away to Tamworth.
The two teams at the foot of the table in Division One South met each other and it was Rugby Town who trumphed 3-0 at Coventry Development.
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