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East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd moved to within one point of Premier Division leaders Leicester City Women Development with a 5-2 victory over Ollerton Town. Donna McGuigan was on target twice along with Hannah Pendred, Kathryn Lusk and Megan Parrett. Loughborough Students claimed their second victory in successive weeks, this time 4-0 against Mansfield Town thanks to an Abbie Benstead hat-trick and Meadow Barton. Eastwood Community meanwhile celebrated their first league win of the season, beating Woodlands Ladies 3-2 with goals from Precious Hamilton (2) and Charlotte Boyle.
Having sewn up the Division One North title last week, Boston Utd are showing no signs of slowing down and ran out 6-0 winners over Sleaford Town. Toni McHamilton was on target four times and the others came from Lauren Carter and Demi Barai. Hykeham Town meanwhile recorded an emphatic victory against Retford Utd, spearheaded by a six-goal haul from Courtney Limb. Holly Newman and Zoe Hopewell each contributed four goals and Millie Seaton hit a hat-trick, with Sally Cairns (2), Zuzana Pramukova, Chloe Witt and Jennifer Evans completing the scoring.
The only match to be played in Division One South was one of great significance, a top of the table clash which resulted in a change of leadership. Oadby & Wigston won 1-0 against Northampton Town to replace them in top spot on goal difference, courtesy of a second half goal from Freya Gardner.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City power on at the top of the Premier Division, extending their lead to eleven points after winning 4-0 away to Colney Heath. Erin Davies bagged a brace for City and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Tomlinson and Freya Standing. Royston Town now head the teams chasing after the leaders following their twelve goal blast against AFC Dunstable. Sammy Tinsley scored a hat-trick whilst Angharad Chambers, Jo Rutherford and Georgia Gannaway all contributed doubles, along with Samantha Edgar, Eva Ramsey and Charlotte South. Kayleigh Holloway (2), Beth Fretwell and Laura Nicholls accounted for the goals as Wymondham Town defeated Bedford Ladies and Harlow Town also scored twelve times past AFC Subdury, Beth Chambers was on target six times whilst the others came from Poppy Binding (2), Olivia Steele (2), Rubie Smith and Tegan Burling.
In Division One, Bowers & Pitsea suffered a setback in their pursuit of leaders St Ives Town as they were held to a 1-1 draw by improving Hertford Town. Donna Watts was on target for Hertford, with Bowers replying through Megan Harley. In the other game, Hoddesdon Town Owls ran out 4-1 winners over Lawford to climb above them in the table, thanks to a goal apiece from Rosy Woodhams, Kristina O'Connell, Leah Dunnage and Grace Leslie.
London & South East League
With title rivals Kent Football Utd not in action, leaders AFC Phoenix took full advantage by winning 3-0 against Parkwood Rangers. Saskia Philp netted twice for Phoenix and Raquel Arevalo was also on target. The top two meet in a virtual title decider this coming Sunday and a win for Phoenix, in what is their last league game of the season, would confirm them as Champions. London Kent Football Utd meanwhile went third as they won 3-0 away to Aylesford, courtesy of an Elizabeth Adams double and Emily Hart.
North East League
Hartlepool Utd got back to winning ways in the Premier Division and their 6-1 victory over Rotherham Utd sees them trim Durham Cestria's lead to eight points. Caitlin Bates led the scoring with a hat-trick, Jade Pye weighed in with a brace and Jenni Duffy-Smith was also on target. South Shields remain three further points adrift in third following their 2-1 win against Harrogate Town, given to them by Elizabeth Fraser and Becki McMahon.
The Northern Division title race is already over but second place is very much up for grabs and Sunderland West End did their cause no harm with a 4-1 victory over Prudhoe Town. Toni Deacon was on target twice along with Constandina Panayi and Alex Ross. Consett Ladies have matters in their own hands regarding second place, they won 2-0 against Alnwick Town thanks to a goal in each half from Carolanne Hughes. St Cuthbert's Ladies meanwhile came away from Cramlington Utd with a 2-1 victory, Beth Middlemass and Lauren Driver giving them the points after they had trailed at the break.
In the Southern Division, after moving off the bottom of the table the previous Sunday, Harrogate Railway made it two wins in successive weeks when a first half goal from Louise Donnelly gave them the points against Barnsley Development.
North West League
The weather badly affected the league on Sunday with only three of the scheduled matches managing to go ahead. This did however include something of a surprise result in the Argyle Sports Cup, where Merseyrail Ladies won 1-0 against high flying Tranmere Rovers to book their place in the semi finals.
Meanwhile in the Argyle Sports Plate, Workington Reds are the first team through into the last four after they defeated Leigh RMI 4-1.
The only league match took place in Division One North, with Cammell Laird 1907 running out 5-1 winners over Burscough Dynamo. Cammell Laird remain in fifth place after the win but can still put themselves amongst the title challengers, if they can win their games in hand.
South West League
The scheduled top of the table clash between Exeter City and Keynsham Town Development was claimed by the weather over the weekend, but Marine Academy Plymouth were unable to make up ground as they went down to their third successive defeat, beaten 6-2 by Bishop's Lydeard who move above them into fourth. Holly Miller hit a hat-trick for Lydeard and Amber Guy-Kemp weighed in with a brace, Abigail Parr also getting on the scoresheet. Middlezoy Rovers meanwhile consolidated themselves in mid-table, after a solitary goal from Georgia Coles earned them a 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers.
In the Eastern Division, Frampton Rangers narrowed the gap on leaders Wootton Bassett Town to five points as they won a high scoring match 8-4 against Swindon Spitfires. Chloe Timbrell scored a hat-trick for Frampton whilst Maddy Brown and Abi Todd each netted twice and Gabby Menghini also got on the scoresheet, whilst the visitors replied through a Lani Dickinson brace, Sophie Mitchell and Skye Peters. The other game to be played was a much tighter affair, Almondsbury beating Oldland Abbotonians 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sophie Cooper.
Plymouth Argyle Development have put themselves on the brink of the Western Division title following their 3-2 win away to Feniton. Gabi Alphous (2) and Kiara-Jade Robins were the markswomen for Argyle, whilst Brittany Harris netted a brace in reply. Argyle were further boosted by the news that their two rivals, Bideford and Plympton Ladies, battled out a 2-2 draw which means that they require one more point to be confirmed as Champions. Shona Ardy and Rohana Little were on target for Bideford, with Plympton scoring through Sam Metters and Shannon Workman. Mollie Dring netted both goals as St Agnes won 2-1 against Weston Mendip, whose consolation came from Amy Clark.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST are through to the Chairman's Cup Final after beating Barton Rovers 5-0 in their semi final on Sunday. Meg Vella hit a hat-trick for the Cherries, whose other goals came from Hannah Bennett and Aimee Burridge.
Whilst Bournemouth were in Cup action, Southampton FC Ladies moved level on points with them at the top of the Premier Division after Chloe Newton, Ellie Chaffe and Ella Pusey all scored in their 3-0 victory over Woodley Utd. Oxford City are three points off the pace in third following their 5-2 win against Winchester City Flyers. Annie Ackroyd was on target for Ascot Utd in their 1-1 draw with Warsash Wasps, who replied through Megan Fox. Ellernore Reed, Ruby Oliver and Ayala Truelove were on the scoresheet as Newbury Ladies won 3-1 away to New Milton Town.
The top of the table clash in Division One went the way of Moneyfields, who won 1-0 against Wycombe Wanderers. Melissa Lawrence scored the only goal of the game to take the Moneys three points ahead of Wycombe, with Abingdon Utd a further three points adrift after scoring eight times without reply past Eastleigh. Sadie Timbs netted twice for Abingdon and she was joined on the scoresheet by Molly Lygo-Jackson, Abbie Smith, Heather Young, Amy Chivers, Agnes Laczkovszki and Eleanor Boxall. Nicola Moore was on target as Alton Ladies won 1-0 at Shanklin and Wokingham & Embrook were 3-2 victors away to Basingstoke Town.
West Midlands League
There has been a change of leadership in the Premier Division, with Leafield Athletic heading the table for the first time this season following their 6-0 victory over Coventry Sphinx. Samantha Berry scored a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Georgia Harris, Sofi Liparis and Michelle McCormack. Charlotte Leedham (2), Nyah Edwards and Jessica Lippiatt were on the scoresheet as Redditch Utd defeated Worcester Utd 4-0 to go fourth.
No matches were played in Division One North but in the League Cup, Leek Town progressed to the semi finals with a 4-0 win at AFC Telford Utd. Chantelle Gallagher netted twice for Leek along with Beth Cotterell and Alice Painter.
In Division One South, Kidderminster Harriers kept their title hopes alive by beating Rugby Town 4-0. Sophie Richards netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amber Ireson-Lawrence and Channelle Mason. Leamington Lions meanwhile lifted themselves off the bottom of the table as Serina Milenkovic, Araina Thompson and Chloe Whinmill gave them a 3-0 victory away to Droitwich Spa.
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