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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge completed their season with a 4-1 victory over Rise Park and they must wait and see if their points total will be overhauled and if they are to win the Premier Division. Laura Watton, Karla Burton, Lauren Turner and Becky Shaw scored the goals for Oughtibridge who have a lead of three points over Nettleham, who did not play, and Peterborough Northern Star who were 7-0 winners against Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Cassie Steward led the scoring with a hat-trick, Vicky Gallagher contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Paige Jones and Katie Steward. Kettering Town won 5-1 away to Arnold Town, Stephanie Gale and Caitlin Redfern netting two goals apiece along with Samantha Christie.
Woodlands Ladies picked up the win they needed to clinch the Division One North title and celebrated in style, scoring twelve times without reply past Teversal. Jody Scott once again had a great day in goal, bagging an eight-goal haul in all, and she was joined on the scoresheet by Samantha Barlow, Ashley Hearn, Abbie Taylor and Anna Webster. Lincoln Moorlands Railway need to win their final game in order to pip Hykeham Town to the runners-up spot, keeping themselves on course with a 3-0 victory away to Arnold Town Development in which Alice Hayes, Lauren Daley and Lauren Churcher were on target. Sleaford Town meanwhile ran out 9-0 winners over Clifton, Jade Baker netting five times with Maisie Kirwan (2), Amy Meagher and Sally Percival adding the others.
Peterborough Utd have been confirmed as the winners of Division One South after Oadby & Wigston Dynamo, the only team who could still have caught them, were beaten 3-0 by Northampton Town. Emma Dunmore was on target twice for Northampton, along with Francesca Speck. Thrapston Town meanwhile won 8-2 at Corby Town courtesy of doubles from Alex Bartlett, Briony Cox and Emma Robinson, with Hannah Pendred and Shannon Kelland also scoring.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town were confirmed as Champions during the week when Acle Utd were beaten 2-1 by Cambridge City. Ellie Cullum and Bronte Rapley scored the goals they needed to give Cambridge the points and the runners-up spot. Brentwood Town were the other team to end their campaign on a winning note, beating Royston Town 4-2 with a goal apiece from Leah Cowan, Georgia Holdaway, Kirstie Jackson and Chloe Wilkinson.
In Division One North, runners-up King's Lynn Town won 1-0 away to third placed Histon, Georgia Reardon scoring the only goal of the game.
Stevenage Ladies Res rounded off an excellent season in Division One South in winning fashion, picking up maximum points from a double header with Little Thurrock Dynamos. A Daniela Martucci goal gave Stevenage a 1-0 win in the first meeting, and they won the return match 4-1 thanks to Martucci (2), Emily Schofield and Mary Lisle. Hutton meanwhile won both games 4-0 against Bishop's Stortford, Kaitlin Sugg (2), Amy Crumpler and Katie Lowen netting.
London & South East League
The penultimate match of the season saw third placed London Kent Football Utd win 3-1 away to Aylesford. Darcey Charlesworth, Emily Hart and Megan Mansfield scored the goals for London Kent, with Beth Hulme garbbing Aylesford's consolation.
North East League
Norton & Stockton Ancients would have been the happier of the two sides after their top of the table clash with Durham Cestria finished in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night. Nyci Thorns and Sian Williams netted the goals for Norton, who require four points from three games to win the title, whilst Durham replied through Sophie Hodgson and Lauren Jordinson. Hartlepool Utd would have clinched third place with a win against Farsley Celtic but instead they were beaten 2-1, Emma Lee and Aaliyah Allen were on target to keep Farsley's own hopes of a top three place alive. York City ran out 11-1 winners over Wallsend Boys Club, Lucy Lendhill netted five times and Megan Bramham contributing a hat-trick, with Anna Whitehead (2) and Helen Winterburn adding the others.
The title race is over in the Northern Division, going to South Shields following their 2-1 victory over Consett Ladies in which Dionne Fleming and Sophie Halliday scored. Boro Rangers and Boldon CA Villa met in a clash between second and third and the resulting 1-1 draw means that Boro need one more point to finish as runners-up. Jessica Thomas was on target for Boro, with Boldon replying through Alexandra Ross.
North West League
Burnley Girls & Ladies need one more point from their final two games in order to be confirmed as Champions, after they won 2-0 away to Stockport County to put a huge dent in their chances. Tranmere Rovers are still holding on to second place, just ahead of Stockport and Wigan Athletic who need to win their final game to stand any chance of being runners-up. Accrington Girls & Ladies meanwhile continued their improved form with a 2-0 victory against mid-table MSB Woolton.
Penrith AFC have won the Division One North title after they won 3-2 against Burscough Dynamo. Cammell Laird will have to settle for second place, despite a fine 2-1 victory away to Carlisle Utd, to deny the Cumbrian side a chance of the runners-up position themselves.
One match was played in Division One South, where runners-up West Didsbury & Chorlton went down to a 4-1 defeat at home to Altrincham.
South West League
Buckland Athletic have secured the league title and did so in style with a 7-1 victory away to AEK Boco. Amber Coates led the scoring with a hat-trick and there were doubles from Laura Gough and Abigail Meyer. Torquay Utd kept themselves in the running for second place by winning 5-1 at Bishop's Lydeard, Sian Chapman netting twice along with Sarah Smith, Danni Wyatt and Danielle Garland. Jana Richards hit a hat-trick for Exeter City as they beat Middlezoy Rovers 3-2 to replace them in fourth place, Sarah Carling and Anusia Rourke replying for the home side.
The title race in the Eastern Division took another twist as leaders Portishead Town went down to a 4-3 defeat against second placed Swindon Town Development. Natalie Goodright netted twice along with Meghan Larkin and Kathryn Bach to keep their title hopes alive. Ellison Roberts bagged a hat-trick for in-form Team Mendip in their 3-2 victory over Oldland Abbotonians, who replied through Anneka Hawkins-Hoare and Nicky Hawkins-Hoare, and Diana Toth was another hat-trick scorer for Cheltenham Town Development as they beat FC Chippenham 6-1, Suze Berry contributing a brace and Catherine Reilly completing the scoring.
Callington Town are keeping up the pace in the Western Division, going eight points clear at the top after Lucy Bounsall (2), Dani Harper, Sam Veal and Chloe Williams gave them a 5-1 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Bideford meanwhile won 2-0 away to Activate thanks to Rohana Little and Caroline Parsons.
Southern Region League
The only action in the league on Sunday took place in Division One South, where AFC Bournemouth moved themselves to the brink of winning the title by winning 6-1 against Eastleigh. Chloe Tape hit a hat-trick for the Cherries, along with a Rosie Eden brace and Emma Davis, meaning that Bournemouth require a point from their final game to make sure, although they could well be there already due to a superior goal difference.
West Midlands League
The two Premier Division title rivals both recorded victories ahead of their showdown against each other this week. Leafield Athletic maintained their lead of two points with a 4-1 victory over Crusaders, Georgia Godfrey netting twice along with Amy Andrews and Michelle McCormack. Bedworth Utd, who have a game in hand, stay hard on their heels after scoring nine times without reply past Knowle. Milly Miller scored a hat-trick, Shanice Walsh weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Kirsty Farnsworth, Misty Makinde, Sarah Rowles and Amanda Whalley.
In Division One North, Leek Town kept up their challenge for second place by winning 3-2 away to Florence. Goldenhill Wanderers meanwhile ensured that the title race would last for at least another week as they won 4-3 against Wyrley Ladies, meaning they are the only team which can still catch Sutton Coldfield Town.
Gornal Ladies hold on to the leadership of Division One South but their title chances may have been dealt a fatal blow as they were beaten 3-2 by Coventry Sphinx, who have matters in their hands. They trail third but would win the league by picking up maximum points from their final three games. Second placed Redditch Utd meanwhile pepped up their own title challenge by beating Coventry Development 6-1, moving themselves to within one point of the leadership.
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