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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge have gone level on points with league leaders Leicester City Women Development, who were on FA Cup duty, after a Lauren Turner goal gave them a 1-0 win over Mansfield Town. Loughborough Students defeated Kettering Town 6-3 and are two points behind in third. their tally included doubles from Abbie Bensted and Grace Stanley. Shoniqua Barnes (2), Cala Thornton, Emma White, Charlotte Appleby, Toni Charlton and Lucy Hamilton were on the scoresheet as Ollerton Town won 7-0 against Eastwood Community and Woodlands Ladies scored five times without reply past Leicester City Ladies, Jody Scott was on target four times and Abbie Taylor added the other.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway kept hold of the leadership of Division One North, thanks to a 7-1 victory over Retford Utd. Hayley McCabe and Lauren Churcher both netted twice along with Dawn Harmer, Sammy Boothright and Jade Baker. Boston Utd remain one point behind after beating Calverton MW 7-2, Eleanor Spendelow, Toni McHamilton and Tracey Duxbury-Mead each bagged doubles and Ella Tuplin completed the scoring. Zoe Hopewell (2), Lindsey Creasy and Kirsty Dalzell accounted for the goals as third placed Hykeham Town defeated Arnold Town 4-0 and Sleaford Town came from behind during the second half to beat Grimsby Borough 2-1, Jade Welch scoring both.
Northampton Town made it six wins out of six and this keeps them three points ahead at the top of Division One South. Leah Stacey, Francesca Speck and Emma Billenness scored the goals as Northampton beat Notts County 3-0. Second placed Oadby & Wigston got back to winning ways with a 6-4 success against Lutterworth Athletic, Lucy Phillips-Poole hitting a hat-trick with Emma Aspinall, Samantha Hargrave and Sophie Tew adding the others. Corby Town won for the second time this season, 4-1 over Thrapston Town thanks to braces from Rebekah Jones and Zoe Watkins.
Eastern Region League
A 3-2 win away to Bedford Ladies has taken Royston Town back into second place in the Premier Division, two points behind leaders Cambridge City. Danielle Carty, Hayley Elderd and Rebecca Scott scored Royston's goals, with Michelle Byrne and Sophie Mulvihill replying. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile edged out Acle Utd 4-3 and they also stay in close touch, Katie Steward hitting a hat-trick and Emma Pollard adding the other goal. Laura Nicholls was another hat-trick scorer as Wymondham Town beat Haringey Borough 6-0, she was joined on the scoresheet by Leah Newcombe, Mollie O'Callaghan and Hannah Waters. Harlow Town also netted six times against AFC Sudbury, courtesy of a treble from Lily Bruno, along with Chloe Bassett, Abbey Dell and Tayla Handscombe, and Colney Heath were 4-1 winners over AFC Dunstable.
Stevenage Ladies Res returned to action with another victory and this sees them extend their Division One lead to seven points. Nicole Emmings (2), Hannah Marshall and Emily Schofield were on the scoresheet as they won 4-3 away to Lawford. Hutton are third after being held to a 2-2 draw by Bowers & Pitsea. Sophie Dowman and Danielle Styles were on target for Bowers, with Hutton replying through a Victoria Kinsman double. Becky Scola and Kristina O'Connell netted the goals as Hoddesdon Town Owls beat Hertford Town 2-0 and Bishop's Stortford gained their first victory in style, 6-0 against Hatfield Peveral with Brogan McHale bagging a hat-trick, whilst the others came from Jemma Good, Teigan McHale and Heather Martin.
London & South East League
Eastbourne Town have narrowed the gap on leaders Whyteleafe to a single point after they defeated Parkwood Rangers 5-0. Catherine Hyland hit a hat-trick for Eastbourne along with Claire Anderson and an own goal. London Kent Football Utd meanwhile ran out 4-1 winners over Aylesford, courtesy of a goal apiece from Darcey Charlesworth, Danielle Harrison, Elizabeth Adams and Adele Keech with Beth Hulme replying.
North East League
Durham Cestria now head the Premier Division table by nine points after a ten-goal victory over Wallsend Boys Club. Caroline Dixon and Ellie Smith each netted four times and they were joined on the scoresheet by Chloe Ryan and Sophie Hodgson. Harrogate Town defeated Tynedale 4-2 and replace them in second place. Grace Adams, Ellie Randall, Sophie Simpson and Sophie Tinson all scored for Harrogate, with Megan Watson and Lauren Ray replying. Sophie Halliday and Dionne Fleming were on target as South Shields won 2-0 against Farsley Celtic and York City returned from Castleford White Rose with a 6-1 victory under their belts, Ainsley Strickland netting twice along with Chantel Padgham, Sara Renfrew, Jasmine Whitwell and Alice Turner.
Redcar Town have steadily climbed up the Northern Division over the past few weeks and this has taken them all the way to the top of the table, which they reached on Sunday with a 4-1 win away to St Cuthbert's Ladies, the prolific Jess Round scoring all four goals. Redcar head a trio of clubs level on points at the top, with Consett Ladies lying in second following their 8-1 victory over Prudhoe Town. Beth Wilson also bagged herself a four-goal haul whilst Carolanne Hughes bagged a brace along with Nicole McEvoy and an own goal. Sunderland West End had started the day as leaders but are back in third after they were beaten 4-2 by Boro Rangers, who scored through Vicky Gunn, Lindsay Robinson, Larissa Burkinshaw and Jessica Thomas. Georgia Latto was on target for Alnwick Town in their 1-1 draw with unbeaten Washington Association, who replied through Beth White, and goals from Ellie Hamilton (2), Louise Atkinson, Hannah Knox and Caitlin Jones earned Norton & Stockton Ancients Res a 5-0 win away to Cramlington Utd.
It was announced this week that Doncaster Belles (Women's) have withdrawn from the Southern Division and their playing record has been expunged. The re-calculated table has left Ossett Utd even further clear at the top, now heading the table by ten points, whilst Sheffield Wednesday are in fourth after winning the only match in the division to be played on Sunday, 7-0 against Wakefield. Sophie Eyre and Jessica Morrison each netted twice for Wednesday, along with Emily Higgins, Emma Otley and an own goal.
North West League
With Stockport County involved in the FA Cup on Sunday, Mossley Hill replaced them as Premier Division leaders by winning 5-0 away to Penrith AFC. Tranmere Rovers complete a trio of teams level on points at the top of the table following their 4-2 victory over Fleetwood Town Wrens. Manchester Stingers meanwhile cemented themselves in fifth place, thanks to a 6-1 success away to Accrington Girls & Ladies.
Blackpool turned up the heat at the top of Division One North, running out 7-0 winners at Preston North End to open up a lead of seven points. Third placed Cammell Laird 1907 scored eleven times past Leigh RMI and they are a single point off second place, as are Carlisle Utd following their 6-3 victory over Crosby Ladies. Penwortham Town defeated Burscough Dynamo 2-1 to move into mid-table.
There has been a change of leadership in Division One South, where Liverpool Feds Res have gone top after a 3-2 victory away to Northwich Vixens. A win would have seen either Warrington Wolverines or Curzon Ashton take over at the top but they are in third and fourth respectively after their meeting ended in a 1-1 draw. Chester FC Women made up ground on the top four by running out 5-1 winners over Wythenshawe Amateurs, whilst Stockport County Blues triumphed 5-0 at Didsbury.
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard have returned to the top of the league following their 5-1 victory over Torquay Utd. Abigail Parr hit a hat-trick and Holly Miller added the other two, with Dani Harper. Previous leaders Exeter City were beaten 3-0 by Keynsham Town Development, who are now only three points off the pace. All of the goals came during the first half, Libby Sims netting a brace, with Rhianna Ben-Carew also on target. Third placed Marine Academy Plymouth meanwhile stepped up their challenge by winning 8-1 against Downend Flyers. Sam Drewery was on target four times, Jaydee Seaman weighed in with a hat-trick and Eden May completed the scoring, with Downend's consolation coming from Charlotte Woodman. Callington Town leapfrogged Portishead Town in the table after winning their meeting 2-1, Chloe Williams and Eleri Griffiths netting their goals and Ruby Lowe replying. Shannon Crouch scored the only goal of the game as Ilminster Town beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0.
Frampton Rangers have returned to the top of the Eastern Division after winning 4-2 away to Swindon Spitfires. Maddy Brown hit a hat-trick for the second successive week and Chloe Timbrell was also on target, whilst the home side responded through Jasmine Hindon and Chloe Neate. Wootton Bassett Town are continuing to make their way up the table and are fourth following their 2-0 victory over Almondsbury, Emily Arrell scoring both goals. Emma Cottier-Small and Sheridan Palk were on the scoresheet as Laverstock & Ford won 2-0 away to Oldland Abbotonians and Swindon Town Development defeated FC Chippenham 9-2, Helena Diaz-Butcher bagging a hat-trick along with Natalie Goodright (2), Chantelle Goodright, Rianne Lewis, Julia Teasdale and Wendy Lacey.
Plymouth Argyle Development have gone six points clear at the top of the Western Division with a 2-1 victory over Weston Mendip. Alex Hugh and Shania Fenlon were on target for Argyle, with the visitors' consolation coming from Katie Sharkey. Bideford have entered the top three by winning 7-1 away to Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, Beth Ellis hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Samantha Ayres, Phoebe Baker, Caroline Parsons and Hannah Neve. Pen Mill and Weston-super-Mare meanwhile battled out a 5-5 draw, the Yeovil-based side having been three goals down at the interval. Leonie Hobbs scored a hat-trick for Pen Mill, whose other strikes came from Letisha Templer and Megan Gratton, whilst Weston found the net through Phoebe Payton (2), Ellison Roberts (2) and Gabrielle Massey.
Southern Region League
Danielle Anderson and Lauren May were on target twice, along with April England and Edie Garrett, as Oxford City won 6-1 away to Warsash Wasps to go level on points with leaders Southampton FC Ladies, who were on FA Cup duty. Woodley Utd were unable to do likewise as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ascot Utd, Eva Thomas netting a late equaliser after Ascot had earlier taken the lead through Hannah Evans. Newbury Ladies meanwhile won for the first time, 2-1 against Winchester City Flyers thanks to first half goals from Ellernore Reed and Caroline Harkness.
In Division One, Wycombe Wanderers got back to winning ways with a 3-0 success against Southampton Women Res, which takes them to within three points of leaders Moneyfields. Tara Woodward spearheaded the win for Wycombe by scoring a hat-trick. Wargrave Ladies meanwhile defeated Alton Ladies 2-0, courtesy of two first half goals from Ciara Anderson.
West Midlands League
Sutton Coldfield Town have ascended to the top of the Premier Division following their 2-0 victory against Coventry Sphinx. Leafield Athletic claimed their fifth win in a row, beating Worcester Utd 5-0, and this has taken them into second place. Crusaders climbed up to fourth with a 2-1 success away to Stockingford AA Pavilion, whilst Redditch Utd and Goldenhill Wanderers battled out a 4-4 draw.
Leek Town made it ten wins out of ten when running out 4-0 winners away to Shrewsbury Town. They remain nine points clear at the top of Division One North from Stoke City Development, who defeated Florence 5-1. AFC Telford Utd came away from Wyrley Ladies with a 2-1 victory under their belts and Shifnal Town netted eight times without reply past Port Vale.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd are continuing to set a fast pace in Division One South, preserving their nine point lead with a 3-1 success away to Rugby Town. Solihull Utd continue to head the chasing teams following their 3-0 win at Coventry City Women, maintaining their 100% record. Stourbridge were 3-1 winners over Kingfisher and Droitwich Spa broke their duck with a first victory, 4-2 against Solihull Sporting.
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