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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development preserved their lead of eight points in the Premier Division when winning 2-0 away to Rise Park. Second placed Oughtibridge WMSC scored five times without reply against Eastwood Community, Codi Melia bagging herself a four-goal haul and Kathryn Mudge adding the other. Ollerton Town were also 5-0 winners over Loughborough Students, Shoniqua Barnes was on target four times to add to Charlotte Appleby's earlier goal. Peterborough Utd completed a good day for the top four by beating Mansfield Town 3-1, courtesy of a Hannah Pendred brace and Emma Stevenson.
Boston Utd further extended their advantage in Division One North to seven points as they won 7-2 against Ilkeston Town. Toni McHamilton led the scoring with a hat-trick, Tracey Duxbury-Mead weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Keri Haywood and Ella Tuplin. Lincoln Moorlands Railway were held to a 4-4 draw by Arnold Town, despite a goal each by Lauren Churcher, Alice Hayes, Jade Baker and Lucy Warner-Bull. Kelly Clayton netted twice in reply for Arnold along with Jodie Ellis and Rebecca Widdowson. Hykeham Town are up into third after beating Calverton MW 10-1, led by hat-tricks from Millie Seaton and Courtney Limb. Zoe Hopewell added two and the tally was completed by Amie Barnes-Ford and Ellie Child.
In Division One South, Oadby & Wigston closed the gap on leaders Northampton Town to three points by winning 7-0 against Corby Town, Samantha Hargrave hitting a hat-trick and Lucy Phillips-Poole contributing a brace. Third placed Notts County also won, 5-0 against Thrapston Town to move away from the teams above them.
Eastern Region League
Division One side St Ives Town caused a surprise when they defeated Premier Division leaders Acle Utd 1-0 to reach the quarter finals of the League Cup. Tierney Coulson scored the only goal of the game during extra time. Cambridge City went through after beating Hutton 8-1 thanks to doubles from Erin Davies, Isabella Simmons and Shannon Shaw, with Charlotte Gillies and Carla Penny adding the others. Samaira Khan (2) and Storm Burrows were on the scoresheet as AFC Dunstable won 3-2 away to Division One leaders Bowers & Pitsea. Bedford Ladies won 1-0 against Wymondham Town with an own goal separating the teams and Peterborough Northern Star defeated Royston Town 5-1, Katie Steward hitting a hat-trick along with Chanade Henderson and Emma Pollard. Danielle Butler, Leah Cowan and Cerys Adams were on the scoresheet as Brentwood Town won 3-0 at AFC Sudbury and Harlow Town beat Haringey Borough 4-0 courtesy of a Poppy Binding hat-trick and Olivia Steele.
In the League Plate, Newmarket Town went through to the semi finals by winning 4-1 away to Hertford Town. Abbi Griffin was on target twice along with Beth Woodfield and Jodie Woodfield. Sophie Lanham and Georgina Huse gave Histon a 2-0 victory over Hatfield Peveral and Hoddesdon Town Owls defeated King's Lynn Town 5-0 thanks to Natasha Crick (2), Kristina O'Connell (2) and Rosy Woodhams.
London & South East League
AFC Phoenix maintained their fine run of form and it has taken them to the top of the table after beating London Kent Football Utd 4-2. Elizabeth Wicks scored twice along with Olivia Bennett and Rebecca May to see Phoenix complete a double over their opponents in successive weeks. They now head the table on goal difference from Whyteleafe who were 1-0 winners away to Eastbourne Town. Fulham FC Foundation meanwhile made it two wins on the trot when beating Parkwood Rangers 2-0 with goals from Mary Southgate and Rebecca Stormer.
Kent Football Utd had started the day as league leaders but were on League Cup duty instead, rounding off their group fixtures with an 8-0 victory over Aylesford. Amy Russ was on target five times along with Elizabeth Waldie (2) and Megan Burrows.
North East League
Runaway leaders Durham Cestria were not in action on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to fourteen points, South Shields climbing up into second place after winning 7-1 away to Castleford White Rose. Dannika Purdham had a great day in front of goal by scoring six times, with Paige Lester adding the other. The win takes them above Hartlepool Utd who were beaten 3-2 by Harrogate Town for whom Sophie Tinson (2) and Grace Foyer were on target. Shirley Murphy, with a brace, Helen Moreton and Dee Swales scored the goals as Farsley Celtic defeated Rotherham Utd 4-2 whilst York City and Wallsend Boys Club shared six goals. Chantel Padgham, Chloe Precious and Jasmine Whitwell were on the scoresheet for York, with Wallsend replying through Cara Moran (2) and Samantha Deverdics.
Redcar Town made it eleven wins out of eleven with a 3-2 success in a well contested affair with Alnwick Town. Kirsty Armstrong and Stephanie Stafford were on target as Alnwick took a two-goal lead during the first half but after the break, Kenzie Parkes netted twice and Jenny Dixon the other as Redcar fought back to take the points. Consett Ladies remain five points behind after beating Cramlington Utd 2-0 thanks to Amy Wharton and Carolanne Hughes. Sunderland West End inflicted a first defeat of the season on Washington Association, goals from Emma Banks, Allison Ferris, Kay Mills and Jade Murray giving them a 4-2 victory. Jade Featherstone, Evie Thompson, Kim Robinson, Larissa Burkinshaw, Alex Hodgson and Vicky Gunn all scored to give Boro Rangers a 6-1 win against Prudhoe Town and Norton & Stockton Ancients Res edged out St Cuthbert's Ladies by the odd goal in nine, Louise Atkinson hitting a hat-trick with Ellie Hamilton and Paige Hunter adding the others.
Ossett Utd are just one match away from a perfect season, after running out 4-0 winners away to York RI. Jenna Wraith netted twice, with Emily Starkie and Chelsea Schofield also on target. Altofts Ladies went second as Nicola Smith, Louise Whitt and Elizabeth Hare gave them a 3-2 success at Wakefield. Sophie Eyre and Jodie Stancill scored the goals as Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 against Harrogate Railway.
North West League
League leaders Tranmere Rovers went through to the last sixteen of the Argyle Sports Cup with a 3-0 win against Wythenshawe Amateurs. Warrington Wolverines were the only Division One side to knock out Premier Division opponents, beating Manchester Stingers 2-1. Penrith AFC came through a tricky tie with a 1-0 win at Stockport County Blues whilst Mossley Hill had a more straightforward route by beating Preston North End 7-1. Merseyrail Ladies and Stockport County were the victors in the all-Premier ties with successes against Accrington Girls & Ladies (6-0) and Wigan Athletic (4-2) respectively. Bury FC Women scored nine times without reply past Penwortham Town and Sir Tom Finney went four better against Leigh RMI.
Division One North leaders Blackpool went out of the competiton with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Chester FC Women. Blackburn Community were on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline, winning against Morecambe Res. Division One South table toppers West Didsbury & Chorlton fared much better as they won 2-0 against Liverpool Feds Res.
One tie went all the way to penalties, Altrincham going through at the expense of Workington Reds after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw. Curzon Ashton meanwhile won 4-3 after extra time against Division One North high fliers Carlisle Utd and Northwich Vixens were 5-1 winners over City of Liverpool.
South West League
Premier Division leaders Keynsham Town Development picked up the pace again on their return to action and regained their seven point lead after Rhianna Ben-Carew and Hannah Sims gave them a 2-1 victory over Portishead Town. Bishop's Lydeard were unable to go second as they were beaten 2-1 by Ilminster Town, for whom Maisie Parker scored both goals. Callington Town meanwhile defeated Forest Green Rovers 5-0, Keri-Ann Moxom netting twice along with Adele Brown, Eleri Griffiths and Chloe Williams. Torquay Utd claimed their third victory of the season when Charlotte Dymond scored the only goal of the game in injury time against Downend Flyers.
Emily Arrell bagged a hat-trick and Hayley Huckin was also on target as Wootton Bassett Town won 4-0 against Swindon Spitfires to keep their lead of two points in the Eastern Division. Second met third with Frampton Rangers winning a tightly contested match 1-0 against Cheltenham Town Development, a first half goal from Gabby Menghini separating the two teams. Laverstock & Ford shared a 2-2 draw with Almondsbury, who scored through Jamie Leigh Worlock and Sophie Cooper, whilst Jade Scammell and Aisha Anderson netted the goals as Oldland Abbotonians won 2-1 against local rivals AEK Boco, whose reply came from Shania Powell.
Plymouth Argyle Development stay seven points ahead in the Western Division after winning 4-3 against Alphington. Gabi Alphous (2), Nicola Champion and Faye Ivall were all on target for Argyle, with Helen Kukor (2) and Laura Burwood replying. Phoebe Baker and Alicia Martin gave Bideford a 2-1 win away to Pen Mill and Plympton Ladies defeated St Agnes 6-1 thanks to a four-goal haul from Shannon Workman, with Chelsea Robinson contributing a double. Weston Mendip kept up their improving form by beating Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 5-0 with goals from Ellie Oritt (2), Sarah Adams, Amy Clark and Natasha Crew. Sarah Badham bagged a hat-trick, along with an own goal, as Bude Town edged out Feniton by the odd goal in seven.
Southern Region League
The top two teams in the Premier Division made it through to the semi finals of the League Cup after contrasting quarter final ties on Sunday. Former winners Oxford City were pushed all the way by Southampton Women Development before eventually going through as 4-3 winners. Danielle Anderson netted two of their goals, with Lauren May and Leah McConnell adding the others. Southampton FC Ladies meanwhile had a smoother passage as they scored nine times without reply past Wargrave Ladies. Chloe Newton led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Caitlin Collighan added a brace while Rachel Woods and an own goal completed the tally. Molly Lygo-Jackson and Eleanor Boxall were on target as Abingdon Utd defeated Winchester City Flyers 2-0 and Wycombe Wanderers defeated New Milton Town 8-2, Tara Woodward netted five times and Chante Inniss contributed a hat-trick.
In the Chairman's Cup, Moneyfields claimed another Premier Division scalp as they booked their place in the semi finals. Katie Shorter, Ciara Boylan and Kim Whitcombe were on the scoresheet as they won 3-0 against Woodley Utd. Barton Rovers defeated Newbury Ladies on a penalty shootout after the teams had battled out a goalless draw, whilst Warsash Wasps put their league form behind them to reach the last four with a 3-1 victory over Eastleigh courtesy of a hat-trick from Megan Fox.
One match was played in the league on Sunday, in Division One where Alton Ladies moved above Wokingham & Emmbrook and into third place after beating them 3-1 with goals from Grace Felton, Jade Bolleau and Ella Williams.
West Midlands League
Sutton Coldfield Town have an advantage of four points following their goalless draw with Redditch Utd. Second placed Coundon Court were beaten 5-0 by Leafield Athletic who move to within one point of them, Lily Eustace netted twice for Leafield along with Ella Bridges, Sofi Liparis and Alice Rogers. Stacey Barley and Katie Sawyer were on target for Goldenhill Wanderers as they shared a 2-2 draw with fourth placed Crusaders, who replied through Paige Leonard and Bekkie Sloan, whilst Bonnie Mountford grabbed both goals as Coventry Sphinx won 2-1 against Knowle. Stockingford AA Pavilion defeated Worcester Utd 5-0 thanks to doubles from Kirsty Lonsdale and Jessica Sevellec, with Maria Hayword completing the scoring.
Leaders Leek Town eased into the semi finals of the Division One North League Cup with a 6-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town. Michaela Lockett was on target twice, with one apiece from Beth Cotterell, Chantelle Gallagher, Katie Gibbons and Alice Painter. Olivia Dixon hit a hat-trick as Stoke City Development won 7-3 against Wyrley Ladies, Amelia Jones added a brace with Jodie Foxhall and Sophie Taylor adding the others. Jenna Boddison (2), Rebecca Bown and Danielle Smith ensured that Shifnal Town were 4-0 victors at Port Vale and AFC Telford Utd defeated Florence 3-0 thanks to a Madison Jones hat-trick.
Sedgley & Gornal Utd are through to the last four in Division One South League Cup after a Rachael Green brace, Lauri Alexander and Shani Fieldhouse earned them a 4-0 victory away to Droitwich Spa. Solihull Utd were 2-1 winners at Stourbridge and Kidderminster Harriers beat Solihull Sporting 5-0 with goals from Kirstie Bavington, Beethan Dutton, Amber Ireson-Lawrence, Alex Nicklin and Sophie Richards. Kingfisher completed the semi final line up by defeating Leamington Lions 6-2, Jessica Lingham and Tessa Whittingham each netting twice along with Katherine Christopher and Elloise Russell.
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