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East Midlands League
Rebecca Hornsey, Annie Ward, Tia Johnson, Sophie Crosby and an own goal gave Nettleham a 5-1 win away to Eastwood Ladies, which keeps them three points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Oughtibridge won 3-0 at Kettering Town to stay second, Kathryn Mudge netting twice along with Karla Burton, ahead of Peterborough Northern Star on goal difference after they defeated Mansfield Hosiery Mills 3-1. Paige Jones netted a brace for Northern Star with Cassie Steward replying, Amy Dawson netting for the home side. Leicester City Women Development look set to finish in fourth place after a Gabriella Reid hat-trick steered them to a 3-1 victory over Rise Park.
Division One North leaders Hykeham Town went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arnold Town Development, who scored through Katie McCrorie and Natasha Leach. Lincoln Moorlands Railway moved into the top three on the back of a 6-1 success away to Clifton, courtesy of an Alice Hayes hat-trick and others from Lauren Churcher (2) and Hayley McCabe. Grimsby Borough ran out 5-0 winners over Teversal, Lydia Clark netting a brace along with Laura Flecknor, Sue Green and Scarlet Woods.
It's as you were at the top of Division One South, where Peterborough Utd stay three points clear after beating Desford 7-1. Jessica Driscoll was on target four times, with Emily Smith, Keir Perkins and Georgia Bainbridge adding the others. Nikki Lidgett meanwhile hit a hat-trick for Oadby & Wigston Dynamo in their 12-0 victory over Corby S & L, the others coming from Emma Aspinall, Amelia Davies, Samantha Hargrave, Saffron Prior, Chloe Quinn, Emily Miles, Lucy Phillips-Poole and two own goals. Emma Dunmore bagged herself an eight-goal haul, Leah Stacey added a brace, whilst Harley Collyer, Hayley Matthews and Francesca Speck rounded off the scoring in their win against Loughborough Foxes Vixens. AFC Leicester replaced Corby Town in fourth place after winning their meeting 3-1.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town require one more point to be confirmed as Champions after Acle Utd, the only team which can still catch them, were beaten 4-2 by Royston Town. Becky Shephard hit a hat-trick and Gemma Croucher the other, with Acle replying through Amber Rowland and Megan Todd. AFC Dunstable meanwhile won 1-0 against Colney Heath, Danielle Carty netting the only goal of the game.
Wymondham Town are one match away from completing an unbeaten season following their 1-0 success away to Histon, courtesy of a single strike from Hannah Waters.
A midweek victory over Harlow Town has confirmed Stevenage Ladies Res as the Division One South title winners, a division they have dominated since the start of the campaign. On Sunday, Stevenage went down to only their second defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Little Thurrock Dynamos whose goals came from Sophie Dowman and Kerri Thomas. Despite Little Thurrock's win, Harlow Town are on the verge of the runners-up spot thanks to Lily Bruno (2), Tayla Handscombe (2) and Frances Gamble, who were on the scoresheet in a 5-1 victory over Hutton. Hoddesdon Town Owls were also 5-1 winners against Bishop's Stortford, Rosy Woodhams netting a brace along with Charley Handley, Natasha Crick and Fay Holder.
London & South East League
Crawley Wasps have had a fantastic season, the newly crowned Champions rounding off an unbeaten campaign by winning 5-1 against London Kent Football Utd. Faye Rabson led the scoring with a hat-trick, with one apiece from Naomi Cole and Rachel Palmer. The result also means that AFC Phoenix will take the runners-up spot in their first season in the league.
North East League
Durham Cestria returned to league action with an emphatic victory over Wallsend Boys Club and this keeps them three points clear at the top. Megan Elliott netted four times with hat-tricks from Sophie Hodgson and Molly Holder, Jenny Bitzer added a brace and the tally was completed by Caroline Dixon, Ellis Dalgleish and Hannah Greenwood. Norton & Stockton Ancients stay on their heels, Courtney Corrie and Nyci Thorns each hitting hat-tricks, with Kate McSorley contributing a brace as they defeated Castleford White Rose 8-1. Keegan Lambert, Emma Lee and Elanna Prothero gave Farsley Celtic a 3-1 victory at Tynedale, whilst York City also hit double figures against Wakefield. Nichola Brown was on target four times along with doubles from Josephine Hewson, Anna Whitehead and Lindsay Jordan, whilst Alice Turner, Helen Winterburn and Sara Renfrew also got on the scoresheet.
South Shields preserved their lead of five points in the Northern Division as they won 3-0 at Blyth Lions, goals coming from Dionne Fleming, Victoria Sheriff and Elizabeth Fraser. Larissa Burkinshaw scored the only goal of the game to take Boro Rangers into second place with a 1-0 victory over Consett Ladies and strikes from Laura Wallace and Karthryn Iseton earned Guisborough Ladies a 2-2 draw against Cramlington Utd, who replied through Emma Graham and Chloe Roylance.
Altofts Ladies are in the driving seat for the runners-up spot in the Southern Division after winning 2-1 away to Malet Lambert YC, Hollie Betts and Rachel Pritchard netting their goals. Altofts are one point ahead of Harrogate Railway who defeated Doncaster Belles (Women's ) 4-2, courtesy of a goal apiece from Erika Birnie, Katherine Coupland, Jodi Hodgson and Stephanie Postma.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers won their final game of the season, 4-2 at Wigan Athletic but it doesn't look as though it will be enough to win them the Premier Division title. Burnley Girls & Ladies were 3-0 victors away to Fleetwood Town Wrens and have matters in their own hands, one point behind Tranmere and with four games to play whilst Wigan must win their last three games to stand any chance. Stockport County, who did not play, look likely to be the main threat to Burnley at this stage. Sir Tom Finney and Merseyrail Bootle battled out a 2-2 draw whilst MSB Woolton and Accrington Girls & Ladies shared six goals, and Blackpool remain at the foot of the table after going down to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester Stingers.
The Division One North title race continues to tighten up and Penrith AFC's position has been strengthened without them playing a game. Cammell Laird exchanged 2-1 wins in a double header with Bolton Wanderers Res, suffering their first defeat of the season in the process, and this leaves them one point behind the leaders and Bury FC Women a further three points adrift after they also played a double header against Workington Reds, recording a 2-1 win and goalless draw. Carlisle Utd still have an outside chance in fourth, which they preserved by beating Morecambe Res 7-2. Another double header saw Burscough Dynamo register four points from their games against Leigh RMI.
FC United of Manchester need to win one of their three remaining games to secure the Division One South title, as a result of second placed West Didsbury & Chorlton being beaten 1-0 by Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res. Altrincham and Stockport County Blues finished level at 1-1 and Crewe Alexandra Development scored eight times without reply past City of Liverpool.
South West League
Buckland Athletic picked up maximum points from a double header against Bishop's Lydeard and this has taken them nine points clear at the top. Kirsty Caunter netted four times along with Hayley Chamberlain and an own goal as they won the first meeting 6-0, and 5-0 in the second thanks to Laura Gough (2), Abigail Meyer, Sarah Stacey and Kirsty Caunter. Second placed Marine Academy Plymouth won 2-1 away to Ilminster Town, Sam Drewery netting both goals and Colette Martin replying. Another double header saw Charlestown and Exeter City draw both games, 1-1 and 2-2. Jana Richards scored for Exeter in the first game, with Abbie Britton and Millie Pearce on target in the second. Middlezoy Rovers are up to fifth following their 5-1 success away to AEK Boco, Anusia Rourke hitting a hat-trick along with Georgia Coles and Chloe Poole. Marika Niekuwal bagged both goals as Forest Green Rovers won 2-1 at Downend Flyers.
Portishead Town are back on top of the Eastern Division after they defeated Frome Town 3-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Taylor Gainey, Shannon Holloway and Ruby Lowe. Swindon Town Development are back in the top three and kept themselves in a fascinating title race by scoring nine times without reply past St Nicholas Res. Meghan Larkin, Kathryn Bach and Milly Colford each netted twice with Lucy Goodright, Briony Hurd and Helena Diaz-Butcher adding the others. Team Mendip continue to finish the season well and ran out 5-1 winners over Cheltenham Civil Service, Ellie Oritt and Ellison Roberts each netting twice along with Natasha Crew. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile moved into mid-table by winning 4-3 against FC Chippenham thanks to Jade Scammell (2), Beth Dale and Aisha Anderson.
Callington Town have edged further clear in the Western Division, extending their lead to five points with a 4-3 success away to Alphington. Gemma Farley, Eleri Griffiths, Chloe Williams and Stacey Derrick all scored for Callington, with Kirsty Brown (2) and Samantha Gray replying. Second placed Plymouth Argyle Development were held to a 1-1 draw by Plympton Ladies, Alex Hugh salvaging a point with a second half equaliser after Lauren Boyle had put Plympton in front. Dionne Igalawuye and Caragh O'Brien scored the goals as Exeter & Tedburn Rangers won 2-1 against Bude Town, who replied through Sarah Badham.
Southern Region League
Oxford City scored ten times without reply against Winchester City Flyers, meaning that Chesham Utd will have to wait a little longer before they are confirmed as Champions. Lauren May led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Elisha Cox contibuted a brace and Mollie Dyer, Edie Garrett and Chloe Duckett accounted for the other goals. New Milton Town remain in the running for a top three place after a Holly Sandiford double gave them a 2-1 win away to Shanklin.
Wycombe Wanderers notched up their second win of the season in Division One Northern as they edged out Oxford City Nomads by the odd goal in seven.
The top of the table clash in Division One South, went the way of AFC Bournemouth, who beat Warsash Wasps 2-1 to open up a lead of three points over the rivals, with both teams having two matches left to play. Jade Hockey netted twice for the Cherries, with Megan Fox replying. Alton Ladies are looking set to finish third after sharing a 1-1 draw with Southampton Women Res. .
West Midlands League
There was a change of leadership in the Premier Division with Leafield Athletic returning to the top after winning 2-1 away to Kingshurst Sporting Club. Crusaders defeated Knowle 8-2 to hold on to third place and Lye Town were 3-2 victors at Leamington Lions.
Sutton Coldfield Town strengthened their position at the top of Division One North, beating fellow title contenders Goldenhill Wanderers 3-0 to maintain their lead of five points over Leek Town, who were 1-0 winners over Shrewsbury Town. Florence meanwhile climbed off the bottom of the table at the expense of Atherstone Rangers after winning their meeting 4-1.
Redditch Utd were unable to take an opportunity to return to the summit in Division One South when they were beaten 3-2 by Solihull Utd. Redditch stay one point behind leaders Gornal Ladies, with Coventry Sphinx a further two points adrift in third, they won 6-1 against Kidderminster Harriers to keep up their late challenge for the title.
Bedworth Utd remain well and truly in the hunt for the League and Cup double, despite conceding the Premier Division top spot to Leafield Athletic, they won 5-3 after extra time against Coundon Court in the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup.
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