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East Midlands League
League leaders Leicester City Women Development were held to a 3-3 draw by Eastwood Community. Jade Benford scored twice and Lucie Mugridge the other for City, who led 3-1 at one stage but now head the table by six points after being pegged back. Peterborough Utd have been handed a glimmer of hope following this result, boosting their own chances by winning 5-0 away to Leicester City Ladies, a result which takes them into third. Jessica Driscoll led the scoring for the Posh Ladies with a hat-trick, whilst Donna McGuigan and Kier Perkins were also on target.
Boston Utd strengthened their position at the top of Division One North with a crushing 13-1 victory over Retford Utd. Eleanor Spendelow led the scoring for Boston - who are now seven points clear - with a four-goal haul, Tracey Duxbury-Mead and Toni McHamilton each weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Lauren Carter, Demi Barai and Ella Tuplin. Lincoln Moorlands Railway continue to head the chasing teams, they won 2-0 away to Calverton MW thanks to Alice Hayes and Lauren Churcher. Lydia Clark and Laura Flecknor were on the scoresheet as Grimsby Borough defeated Ilkeston Town 2-0 to replace them in fourth place.
One match was played in Division One South, Notts County boosting their chances of a top three finish as they won 7-1 away to Corby Town. Bella Reed hit a hat-trick, Lashea Francis added a brace and there was one apiece from Courtney Walters and Jessica Knott as County extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Eastern Region League
Harlow Town are in the top half of the Premier Division following their 4-2 win away to fourth placed Wymondham Town. Poppy Binding netted twice for Harlow along with Tayla Handscombe and Ellie Wallace, whilst the home side replied through Chelsea Clarke and Hannah Waters.
In Division One, St Ives Town have opened up a lead of four points at the top of the table after they won 4-0 at King's Lynn Town. Tierney Coulson was on target twice for St Ives along with Hannah Seymour-Shove and an own goal.
Colney Heath are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after they defeated Lawford 3-0. Rianne Townsend-Brown netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlene Moreton.
London & South East League
League leaders AFC Phoenix were not in action on Sunday but they held on to the leadership after results around them went their way. A win would have seen Kent Football Utd take over at the top but instead they remain in second after being held to a 2-2 draw by Aylesford. Megan Burrows and Elizabeth Waldie netted the goals as Kent came from behind to earn themselves an important point, whilst Aylesford scored through Fiona Constable and Alison Draper. Whyteleafe meanwhile would have gone level on points with Phoenix with a victory at London Kent Football Utd but they remain third after being beaten 4-2. Emily Hart (2), Isabelle Michalski and Laura Susarta were on the scoresheet for London Kent, whilst the replies for 'Leafe came from K'shaela Burch-Waldron and Levi Chambers-Cook. Molly Hill hit a second half hat-trick as Eastbourne Town defeated Queen's Park Rangers Development 3-0 and Parkwood Rangers were 1-0 winners away to Fulham FC Foundation, Zoe Evans scoring the only goal of the game.
North East League
Runaway Premier Division leaders Durham Cestria did not play on Sunday, with South Shields trimming their advantage to eleven points by winning 3-0 away to Farsley Celtic, Dannika Purdham scoring a second half hat-trick. Hartlepool Utd meanwhile beat York City 7-1, Justine Robinson and Lucy Hammond-Garrington each scoring twice along with Caitlin Bates, Jade Pye and Robyn Ingram. Harrogate Town are also a single point off second place following their 6-1 victory over Rotherham Utd thanks to goals from Grace Foyer (2), Beth Clayton, Rachel McDonald, Sophie Simpson and Grace Adams. Wallsend Boys Club netted seven times without reply past Tynedale, Emma Hewett and Jessica Hooper each bagging braces with Samantha Deverdics, Rebecca Hansen and Jessica Havelock also on the scoresheet.
Northern Division leaders Redcar Town saw their thirteen match winning run brought to an end as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Consett Ladies. Beth Wilson and Carolanne Hughes scored the goals for Consett, whilst Jenny Dixon and Jessica Round were on target for Redcar. Sunderland West End moved to within seven points of leaders Redcar by beating St Cuthbert's Ladies 4-0, courtesy of goals from Kristen Whitfield (2), Allison Ferris and Kay Mills. Mel Darling and Stephanie Stafford each netted four times, along with Jade Barrett and Shaunie McFall, for Alnwick Town as they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 10-0 and Prudhoe Town won for the first time, 5-0 against Cramlington Utd thanks to Lauren Carnell (2), Katy Hemmingway (2) and Samantha Garcia.
North West League
FC United of Manchester continued their defence of the Argyle Sports Cup with a 3-0 victory over Blackburn Community, a result which takes them into the quarter finals. League leaders Tranmere Rovers also progressed with a 3-0 success away to fellow Premier Division side Mossley Hill, whilst Stockport County were 2-1 winners over Bury FC Women. Merseyrail Ladies meanwhile came through a tricky tie against Altrincham with a 3-1 victory. West Didsbury & Chorlton won 4-0 against Curzon Ashton in a clash between two of the top three in Division One South, whilst Chester FC Women scored five times without reply past Northwich Vixens. The much delayed Second Round tie was finally played with Cammell Laird winning 3-0 away to Didsbury Ladies.
Two of the scheduled First Round ties in the Argyle Sports Plate managed to beat the weather, including Division One North leaders Blackpool winning 3-2 against Penwortham Town. Wigan Athletic are the other team through to the last eight after beating Liverpool Feds Res 2-0.
In what was mainly a Cup week, one league match was played in Division One North, Carlisle Utd winning 4-2 away to Burscough Dynamo to narrow the gap on leaders Blackpool to seven points.
South West League
Leaders Keynsham Town Development returned to action with a 5-0 victory over Downend Flyers. Rhianna Ben-Carew was on target twice along with Emily Plummer, Libby Sims and Kiera Minall to take Keynsham three points clear at the top of the table. Callington Town ran out 7-0 winners against Middlezoy Rovers to go up to second, their highest position of the season to date. Adele Brown, Eleri Griffiths and Chloe Williams each bagged braces for the Cornish side, with Lisa Pearce also getting on the scoresheet.
Wootton Bassett Town have extended their lead in the Eastern Division to eight points after they defeated AEK Boco 5-0. Emily Arrell netted two of the goals and also on target were Holly Baker, Laura Jefferies and Hollie Timbrell. Third placed Cheltenham Town Development meanwhile won 1-0 against Swindon Town Development, Courtney Lusmore scoring the only goal of the game.
One match was played in the Western Division on Sunday, Desni Darch was on target as Weston-super-Mare battled out a 1-1 draw with Pen Mill, who replied through Charlie Lewis.
Southern Region League
The two teams sporting 100% records in the Premier Division met each other for the first time on Sunday and it was Southampton FC Ladies who ran out 5-0 winners over Oxford City. Shannon Sievwright netted twice along with Phoebe Williams, Chloe Newton and Ellie Chaffe. The table is still led though by AFC Bournemouth CST following their 8-0 victory against Woodley Utd. Maisy Smith and Chloe Tape each bagged braces and there was one apiece from Meg Vella, Emma Davis and Rebecca Miles plus an own goal. Warsash Wasps meanwhile defeated New Milton Town 8-1 to take themselves off the bottom of the table. Danielle Cheyney and Megan Fox both scored hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Elizabeth Reid and Sophie Spoor.
In Division One, Moneyfields have gone level on points with leaders Wycombe Wanderers following their 6-0 victory away to Alton Ladies. Katie Shorter netted twice and there was one apiece from Sophie Kingsley-Smith, Grace Laidlaw, Melissa Lawrence and Sheree Bell-Jack. Basingstoke Town are off the bottom after Emma Lawrence, Katie Randell and an own goal gave them a 3-2 success at Wargrave Ladies.
West Midlands League
Worcester Utd have increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two places after winning 3-2 against Knowle in the only match to be played in the Premier Division.
The other league action was in Division One South, where Rugby Town also edged out Droitwich Spa by the odd goal in five and are out of the bottom two as a result.
Leek Town have booked their place in the last eight of the Division One North Cup, after running out 4-1 victors against Sandwell Ladies.
Kidderminster Harriers are through to the semi finals in the Division One South as they scored eight times without reply past Coventry City Women.
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