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East Midlands League
Francesca Wilson and Tia Johnson scored the goals as Nettleham won the top of the table clash with Oughtibridge 2-0 and they have a lead of three points with two games left to play. However, it is third placed Peterborough Northern Star who have matters in their hands as they have played two less matches and are three points off the pace. They kept themselves on course by beating Rise Park 6-0, Paige Jones and Katie Steward each netting a brace along with Vicky Gallagher and an own goal. Loughborough Students have hovered around the foot of the table for the vast majority of the campaign but their superb form in recent months looks like giving them a fifth placed finish. Bronwen King scored the only goal of the game as they won 1-0 away to Kettering Town. Eastwood Ladies completed their fixtures on a winning note, 3-2 against Ollerton Town thanks to an Emma Bradshaw double and Amy Townsend.
Woodlands Ladies need to win one of their remaining three matches in order to secure the Division One North title. They put themselves on the verge of success by scoring thirteen times without reply past Teversal, spearheaded by a ten-goal blast from Jody Scott. Chloe Scott weighed in with a further two and Abbie Taylor completed the tally for Woodlands as they moved level on points with leaders Hykeham Town, who have completed their matches. Lincoln Moorlands Railway's challenge is all but over after they were beaten 2-1 by Arnold Town Development, who scored through Natasha Leach and Amelia Hall. Natalie Aird scored the only goal as mid-table Grimsby Borough won 1-0 away to Calverton MW.
In Division One South, Thrapston Town moved up into fourth place with a 7-2 victory over Desford. Alex Bartlett was on target twice along with Briony Cox, April Malin, Hannah Pendred, Emma Robinson and an own goal. Heather LFC meanwhile defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 3-2 thanks to an Elise Baxter brace and Emily Johnson.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town must wait and see if they are to be crowned Champions after going down to a 1-0 defeat in their final match of the season at Royston Town, for whom Gemma Croucher scored the only goal of the game. Billericay's misfortune means that Acle Utd can still catch them by winning their last two games, although they will need to improve their goal difference by at least ten. Laura Holden and Amber Rowland were on target for Acle as they won 2-0 away to Colney Heath to keep their chances alive.
Division One North title winners Wymondham Town completed their successful campaign with an unbeaten record. Hannah Waters netted twice along with Kayleigh Holloway and Laura Nicholls as Wymondham won their final match 4-3 against Histon, who replied through Abigail Davies, Hannah Gordon and Angelica Fachechi.
Little Thurrock Dynamos still have a chance of the runners-up spot in Division One South, which they kept alive by beating Bishop's Stortford 5-0. Sophie Dowman, Courtney Fraser, Eloise Ives, Ebony Moore and Taylor Adcock all scored a goal apiece for Little Thurrock. Hoddesdon Town Owls also won 5-0 against Hertford Town, Kristina O'Connell hitting a hat-trick along with Natasha Crick and Hannah Kelly.
North East League
The top two in the Premier Division will clash in this season's League Cup Final after getting through their respective semi finals on Sunday. Sophie Hodgson, Nicola Gibson and Megan Elliott all scored first half goals as Durham Cestria won 3-0 away to Altofts Ladies and their opponents in the Final will be Norton & Stockton Ancients, who beat Farsley Celtic 2-1 thanks to Chelsea Beetch and VIctoria Hutchinson.
In the Premier Division, Hartlepool Utd moved closer towards securing a top three place when they defeated York City 3-0 with goals from Caitlin Bates, Faye Garside and Jade Pye. Wallsend Boys Club meanwhile netted ten times without reply past Wakefield, Brittany Davison leading the scoring with a hat-trick whilst Samantha Deverdics (2), Hannah Gosnold, Micheala McHugh, Emily Tate, Tanya McGowan and Catherine Shields.
South Shields are closing in on the Northern Division title following their 3-2 win away to Prudhoe Town. Dionne Fleming (2) and Alex Fontaine were on the scoresheet for South Shields who have a lead of five points from Boro Rangers, who won 3-1 at York RI thanks to Vicky Gunn, Becky Stephenson and Robina Todd. Consett Ladies secured themselves a top four place by scoring seven past Guisborough Ladies, Nicole McEvoy netting four times along with Beth Wilson, Olivia Bruce and Jodi Wright. Lauren Robson grabbed the only goal of the game for Blyth Lions in their fine 1-0 success at third placed Boldon CA Villa, a result which moves them out of the bottom two.
Southern Division Champions Harrogate Town finished their campaign with a 4-1 victory over local rivals Harrogate Railway, who will end up in third place. Sophie Tinson netted twice along with Grace Foyer and Hannah Stephenson, Emma Lansdall replying for Railway.
North West League
The race for the Premier Division title is effectively down to two teams, headed by Burnley Girls & Ladies who took over the leadership in midweek and only Stockport County can now overhaul them, they moved back into third place after picking up maximum points from a double header with CMB Ladies. Wigan Athletic did likewise against Sir Tom Finney and they can still catch Burnley although realistically, they look likely to finish third. Manchester Stingers are on course to take the mid-table position, which they reclaimed after running out 4-0 winners over Merseyrail Bootle.
After losing top spot during the week, Penrith AFC quickly returned to the summit and replaced Cammell Laird after beating them 1-0 in their vital clash. Penrith therefore have a one point lead with two games each left to play, whilst Bury FC Women and Carlisle Utd can still mathematically win the title despite exchanging 3-2 victories in their double header. Burscough Dynamo will end up in sixth place after edging out Workington Reds by the odd goal in nine in their final match.
The title race is over in Division One South though as FC United of Manchester, who have dominated the division all season, put themselves out of reach when scoring ten times without reply past Crewe Alexandra Development. Warrington Wolverines will finish in the top three if they win their final match, keeping themselves on course by winning 5-0 away to City of Liverpool. Altrincham were 3-1 winners at Stockport County Blues and this takes them into the top half, ahead of Curzon Ashton who were beaten 3-1 by Northwich Vixens.
South West League
Downend Flyers caused one of the surprise results of the season when they won 2-1 against title chasing Marine Academy Plymouth. Emma Summerill and Chloe Morley scored the goals to boost Downend's hopes of finishing outside of the bottom two whilst Marine, who may have to settle for the runners-up spot for the second successive season, replied through Georgie Talbot. Middlezoy Rovers meanwhile are back in fourth place following their 3-0 success away to Ilminster Town, their goals came from Anusia Rourke, Rosie Williams and Cheryl Baber.
In the Eastern Division, Swindon Town Development suffered a huge blow to their title aspirations as they were beaten 4-3 by Swindon Spitfires. Claire Moreton (2), Samantha Smith and Katie Wadey netted the goals for the Spitfires, whilst Kathryn Bach, with a brace, and Natalie Goodright replied for Town. Team Mendip continue to finish the season in superb form, running out 5-0 winners over Frome Town. Ellison Roberts led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on target were Amy Clark and Natasha Hale. FC Chippenham returned to form when netting six times without reply against St Nicholas Res. Emily Barrett and Aleksandra Guzik both bagged braces, with the others coming from Ann Marie Hervey and Kathryn Kilgour.
Bideford remain in contention for a fifth place finish in the Western Division after a Beth Ellis hat-trick fired them to a 3-1 victory away to Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Newquay Celtic were also 3-1 winners against Plympton Ladies, their markswomen were Molly Beaumont, Kaitlyn Butterly and Lisa Hegarty.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd secured the Premier Division title in midweek with a 2-0 victory over runners-up Oxford City, thanks to a double strike from Gemma Fraser. Winchester City Flyers kept themselves in contention for a top three place by beating Shanklin 5-2, Beth Norman netting twice along with Charlie Snelling, Charlotte Warhurst and Shayne Prasad.
Wargrave Ladies' hopes of claiming the runners-up spot in Division One North were shattered as they were beaten 4-2 by Wycombe Wanderers, who are certain to finish in fourth place.
In Division One South, Southampton Women Res climbed above Eastleigh and up to fourth after winning their meeting 3-1.
West Midlands League
The League Cup Finals day took centre stage on Sunday and in the clash between the title challengers in the Premier Division Cup Final, it was Leafield Athletic who took the trophy with a 1-0 victory over Bedworth Utd, Jade Guppy scoring the only goal of the game. The Division One North Cup Final was also tightly contested, a solitary strike from Hayley Chatwin giving Sutton Coldfield Town a 1-0 win against Leek Town and Redditch Utd were 5-2 victors over Coventry Sphinx in the Division One South Cup Final. Georgia Harris hit a hat-trick for Redditch along with Sian Cousins and Erin Riden, whilst Sphinx replied through Katherine Ellis and Brenna Ruffley.
In the Premier Division, Stockingford AA Pavilion replaced Crusaders in third place after beating them 2-0. Knowle meanwhile won 3-0 against Kingshurst Sporting Club with goals from Claire Richardson, Anna-Marie Robinson and Samantha Smith.
Holly Ellison netted twice along with Stacey Barley and Connie Shaw-Peake as Goldenhill Wanderers kept their Division One North title hopes alive with a 4-0 victory over Tamworth. Shrewsbury Town came away from Wyrley Ladies with a 3-1 win under their belts and this moves them up to fourth place.
Gornal Ladies have gone four points clear at the top of Division One South after Rachel Letford (2), Kirsty Dixon and Sarah Lojko gave them a 4-2 win away to Droitwich Spa. Solihull Utd look set to finish in fourth place following their 6-0 success at Coventry Development.
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