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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge WMSC are three points off the pace in the Premier Division after they defeated Eastwood Community 4-2. Millie Kenyon netted twice along with Madeleine Bishop and Becky Shaw. Peterborough Utd lost a little ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Woodlands Ladies. The Posh Ladies twice took the lead through Stacey McConville and Kier Perkins, with Katie Mayfield levelling on each occasion. Kettering Town moved away from the bottom two by beating Mansfield Town 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Michelle Smith, Laura Beckett, Mikaela Welford and Samantha Redfern-Christie.
Division One North leaders Boston Utd did not play on Sunday but they stay ten points ahead after second placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway were beaten 2-1 by Sleaford Town, who scored through Jade Welch and Laura Jones. Laura Flecknor's first half strike gave Grimsby Borough a 1-0 victory over Hykeham Town and they are third, just ahead of Ilkeston Town who were 4-0 winners at Calverton MW thanks to a Jade Eaglefield brace, Georgina Williams and Georgina Shaw. The bottom two teams in the table met each other and it was Arnold Town who beat Retford Utd 3-0 with a goal apiece from Kelly Clayton, Jodie Ellis and Liana Ventrella-Reyes.
Northampton Town went down to their first defeat of the season in Division One South, beaten 3-1 by Notts County whose goals came from Bella Reed (2) and Lashea Francis. Northampton have seen their lead trimmed to three points by Oadby & Wigston who ran out 5-1 winners over Thrapston Town, Lucy Phillips-Poole netting twice along with Molly Carter, Samantha Hargrave and Nikki Lidgett.
League leaders Leicester City Women Development are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after beating Loughborough Students 6-1.
Rise Park have reached the last four in the League Plate after winning 2-1 away to Lutterworth Athletic after extra time. Jemma Meakin netted the winner to add to her earlier strike, whilst the home side replied through Analeise Wilks.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City took an even firmer grip on the Premier Division title race with a 4-0 victory over second placed Acle Utd. Shannon Shaw, Sarah Mosley, Isabella Simmons and Carla Penny all scored for City who have a lead of nine points over their opponents. Peterborough Northern Star were held to a 2-2 draw by Wymondham Town, Cassie Steward and Laura Nicholls scoring twice respectively. Lauren Murray and Joanne Makin scored the goals as Bedford Ladies defeated Harlow Town 2-0. Haringey Borough meanwhile won their first game of the season at the sixteenth attempt, 3-2 against AFC Dunstable with Brooke Hills, Sandeep Tak and Seren Ahmet all on target.
St Ives Town are stepping up the pace in Division One, going seven points clear after beating Stevenage Ladies Res 3-0 with goals from Tierney Coulson, Georgia Stancombe and Harriet Ford. Newmarket Town meanwhile won 3-1 against Hertford Town thanks to Brooke Wickens, Laura Bailey and Sarah O"Rourke. Hutton were 5-3 victors at Bishop's Stortford, Sally Appleton and Vicky Kinsman both netted doubles and Kayleigh Franklin was also on target. Georgia Day was on target for Histon in their 1-1 draw with King's Lynn Town, who replied through Rochelle Woods, and Lawford were held to 1-1 by improving Hatfield Peveral, goals coming from Daisy Canny and Jasmine Cox respectively.
London & South East League
AFC Phoenix continued their fine run of form with a 3-1 victory over Queen's Park Rangers Development and this has seen them open up a lead of three points. Kasey Kelm netted twice and Lucy Monkman added the other, whilst Rangers' consolation came from Paige Vanden. Whyteleafe are back in second place following their 3-2 success against Parkwood Rangers. Mercedes Broomfield, K'shaela Burch-Waldron and Elizabeth Berkeley all scored for 'Leafe, with Zoe Evans and Kimberley Green replying. Eastbourne Town meanwhile drew for the first time in fifteen matches this season, when their game against Fulham FC Foundation finished goalless.
North East League
Durham Cestria remain on track for a potential league and cup 'double' as they reached the semi finals of the League Cup with a 6-0 victory over Consett Ladies. The runaway Premier Division leaders scored through a Chloe Ryan double, Jessica Clark, Hannah Greenwood, Ellie Smith and Jen Jennings. York City meanwhile came through a difficult tie away to Altofts Ladies with a 2-1 victory, given to them by Chantel Padgham and Georgia Traill-Scott. Southern Division title winners Ossett Utd are still in pursuit of a second trophy and progressed by beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. Yasmin Ayub and Danielle Sidebottom netted the goals for Ossett, with Wednesday's consolation coming from Emma Otley.
Hartlepool Utd moved back into second place in the Premier Division, nine points behind Durham Cestria, by winning 4-1 at Rotherham Utd. Justine Robinson hit a hat-trick and Jade Pye added the other, with Lucy Ridley replying. Farsley Celtic meanwhile defeated Wallsend Boys Club 3-0 thanks to Shannon Hayes, Olivia Turnbull and Aaliyah Allen.
After drawing their last league game, Redcar Town got back to winning form with a hard earned 3-2 success away to Washington Association. Jenny Dixon, Suzanne Fox and Kenzie Parkes were all on target to take Redcar ten points clear at the top. Prudhoe Town built on their first league victory by scoring another five times, however this time they were on the wrong end of the result as Norton & Stockton Ancients Res ran out 7-5 winners. Ellie Hamilton and Libby Waller each scored twice along with Taylor Hebb, Paige Hunter and Sian Williams.
North West League
Stockport County have taken over as the new Premier Division leaders following their 3-2 win away to Merseyrail Ladies. They head the table on goal difference from previous table toppers Tranmere Rovers who were beaten 3-1 by Fleetwood Town Wrens. FC United of Manchester maintained their title push with a 1-0 success at Mossley Hill, they remain in third with Wigan Athletic two points behind after they defeated Manchester Stingers 4-0.
Things are getting a little tighter in Division One North where leaders Blackpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Carlisle Utd whilst Bury FC Women won 2-1 against Penwortham Town to replace Carlisle in second on goal difference. Although Blackpool have a lead of seven points over both Bury and Carlisle, they both have games in hand to attempt to catch up the current gap. Blackburn Community Res are just behind in fourth place, they ran out 6-1 winners away to Leigh RMI.
Division One South pacesetters Liverpool Feds Res were held to a 1-1 draw by Chester FC Women and their lead has been cut to two points by Curzon Ashton, who beat Didsbury Ladies 7-1. Stockport County Blues defeated Wythenshawe Amateurs 2-0 to move up into fourth place, ahead of Altrincham who were beaten 2-1 by Northwich Vixens.
Penrith AFC survived a tough tie in the Argyle Sports Cup, reaching the quarter finals after beating Cammell Laird 1907 on penalties after the teams had shared a 3-3 draw. Also through are Sir Tom Finney who won 3-2 against Warrington Wolverines.
In the Argyle Sports Plate, Workington Reds claimed a Premier Division scalp to reach the quarter finals when, after the sides had shared six goals, they defeated Accrington Girls & Ladies 3-2 on penalties.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development made sure of making a swift return to the top of the Premier Division with a notable 3-0 success away to Marine Academy Plymouth. Rhianna Ben-Carew was on target twice along with Natalie Wraith. Exeter City stepped up their challenge by beating Bishop's Lydeard 4-1, Sophie Gillies hitting a hat-trick with Kathryn Mundy adding the other, whilst Holly Miller scored a consolation for the home side. Georgia Coles and Laura Goodier scored the goals as Middlezoy Rovers won 2-1 against Ilminster Town and Forest Green Rovers were 3-1 winners away to Downend Flyers thanks to Holly Thomas, Kacie Anderson and Sian Towler.
Wootton Bassett Town stay eight points clear in the Eastern Division after scoring seven times without reply past FC Chippenham. Hayley Huckin hit a hat-trick, Emily Arrell weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Aly Lyons and Hollie Timbrell. Maddy Brown was another hat-trick scorer along with Shelby Kendall and Libby Bell as second placed Frampton Rangers won 5-1 away to AEK Boco. Almondsbury are up in fourth after Jess Bessell and Sophie Cooper gave them a 2-0 win at Trowbridge Town and Swindon Spitfires beat Oldland Abbotonians 4-1 thanks to Jasmine Hindon (2), Sophie Mitchell and Debbie Rose.
Plymouth Argyle Development are back on top of the Western Division following a twelve-goal blast against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Gabi Alphous and Nicola Champion netted four times apiece, Tamsin Medd-Gill added a double and also on target were Kiara-Jade Robins and Shania Fenlon. Alphington meanwhile defeated Feniton 3-1 thanks to a Sophie-Louise Simpson brace and Helen Kukor.
Southern Region League
Oxford City have reached the League Cup Final again after two late goals gave them a 2-1 victory over Abingdon Utd. Also through are Southampton FC Ladies who beat Wycombe Wanderers 6-0, Ellie Chaffe hitting a hat-trick with Phoebe Williams, Chloe Newton and Georgie Freeland adding the others.
With both of their title rivals in League Cup action, AFC Bournemouth CST took the chance to go three points clear in the Premier Division by beating Warsash Wasps 7-0. Hannah Bennett and Aimee-Rose Collier each scored twice and there was one apiece from Rosie Eden, Sian Tilly and Meg Vella. Ascot Utd and Woodley Utd battled out a goalless draw whilst Winchester City Flyers won 3-2 at New Milton Town and Newbury Ladies defeated Barton Rovers 3-0 thanks to Leanne Saunders, Amy McNab and Jasmine Bird.
In Division One, Basingstoke Town were 1-0 winners over Alton Ladies with Emma Lawrence scoring the only goal of the game. Wargrave Ladies meanwhile defeated Shanklin 4-1, Millie Bilcliff hitting a hat-trick and Chrissy Nazif adding the other.
West Midlands League
Sutton Coldfield Town returned to winning ways with a 1-0 success away to Coventry Sphinx and this has taken them four points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Leafield Athletic are second after scoring eight times without reply past Worcester Utd, this result takes them above Coundon Court on goal difference. Crusaders defeated Stockingford AA Pavilion 4-1 whilst Redditch Utd edged out Goldenhill Wanderers by the odd goal in nine. In contrast, the bottom of the table clash between Knowle and Lye Town ended in a goalless draw.
In Division One North, second placed Shifnal Town won 1-0 at Florence and are now heading the chasing pack after leaders Leek Town. AFC Telford Utd defeated Sandwell Ladies 2-1 and Port Vale won for the first time, 2-1 at Shrewsbury Town, and this result has taken them off the bottom of the table.
Stourbridge made up ground on the top three in Division One South with a 5-1 victory away to Droitwich Spa. Kingfisher won a high scoring match 7-3 against Rugby Town whilst Leamington Lions registered their first league win of the season, 4-3 over Solihull Sporting.
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