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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development held onto the leadership of the Premier Division after winning 4-2 away to Ollerton Town. They remain one point ahead of second placed Peterborough Utd, who defeated Oughtibridge WMSC 3-1. All of the goals came during the second half with Laura Patrick, Megan Parrett and Jessica Driscoll all on target for the Posh Ladies whilst Oughtibridge, who received a blow to their own title chances, grabbed a late consolation through Kathryn Mudge. Laura Beckett (2), Stephanie Gale, Michelle Smith and an own goal ensured that Kettering Town won 5-3 against Eastwood Community.
Oadby & Wigston have gone three points clear at the top of Division One South after they defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 2-0, Samantha Hargrave and Emily Miles scoring their goals. Thrapston Town meanwhile celebrated their first league victory of the season when Chloe Jeffs netted the only goal of the game as they won against Corby Town.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City moved themselves closer towards the Premier Division title by winning 3-1 away to Brentwood Town. Shannon Shaw was on target twice along with Carla Penny, with the home side's consolation coming from Georgia Holdaway. Wymondham Town leapt up into second place after they defeated Peterborough Northern Star 3-0 with goals from Laura Nicholls, Mollie O'Callaghan and Hannah Waters. Royston Town had started the day in second but they went down to a 2-0 defeat at Harlow Town who scored through Beth Chambers and Olivia Steele.
The top two were not in action in Division One but third placed Newmarket Town were unable to make up much ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Hatfield Peveral, for whom Jasmine Cox netted a double. Hutton follow on in fourth despite being beaten 5-2 by Hoddesdon Town Owls. Rosy Woodhams was on target twice for Hoddesdon along with Becky Scola, Kristina O'Connell and Chloe Makepeace, with Hayley Piggott and Patrizia Leo replying for the home side. Lucy Julian and Alison Wright scored the goals as Histon won 2-0 against Bishop's Stortford and King's Lynn Town were 3-2 victors away to Hertford Town thanks to a Tiffany Forshaw brace and an own goal.
London & South East League
The top two met in a vital clash on Sunday and it was Kent Football Utd who were 2-1 winners against AFC Phoenix to leave things firmly in their hands in the title race. Shannon Burden and Amy Russ netted their goals, with Phoenix' reply coming from Roisin Stone. The result means that Kent need to win two of their remaining three games in order to pip Phoenix and be crowned as Champions. Queen's Park Rangers Development meanwhile kept themselves in with a chance of finishing in the top three as they won 2-0 away to Fulham FC Foundation, Chloe Sampson scoring both of their goals during the last ten minutes.
North East League
After having dominated the Premier Division throughout the campaign, Durham Cestria have clinched the title following their 3-0 victory over Farsley Celtic over the weekend. The first half was goalless but Lauren Robson opened the scoring for Durham just after the hour mark and they went on to seal the win they required with goals in the last six minutes from Gabrielle McConnell and Molly Holder.
In the Northern Division, Norton & Stockton Ancients Res are up into fifth place after winning 4-2 away to Washington Association. Louise Atkinson (2), Taylor Hebb and Libby Waller netted the goals for Norton to take them into the top half of the table. Prudhoe Town completed their campaign with their second league win, both at the expense of Cramlington Utd, Samantha Garcia scoring both goals as they came from behind to record a 2-1 victory on this occasion.
Altofts Ladies have claimed the runners-up position in the Southern Division, thanks to a 3-2 success away to Harrogate Railway. Sophie Allen, Hollie Betts and Elizabeth Hare were all on target for Altofts, with Emma Lansdall and Fiona Salter replying. Sheffield Wednesday will have to settle for a third place finish following their 3-0 victory at Barnsley Development, which was given to them by an Emily Higgins double and Chantelle Rymer.
Ossett Utd won the Southern Division title earlier in the season and they are now in the running for a second trophy as they are through to the League Cup Final after beating York City 3-0 in their semi final on Sunday. Danielle Sidebottom, Emily Starkie and Chelsea Schofield scored the goals for Ossett. Hartlepool Utd meanwhile won their delayed quarter final tie 5-0 away to Boro Rangers. Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson each bagged braces, with Emily Stuart adding the other goal for Hartlepool who take on newly crowned Champions Durham Cestria in the semi finals this week.
North West League
The weather once again had the biggest say in the area with the fixtures being greatly affected. This included the Premier Division where only one match managed to go ahead, with Merseyrail Ladies claiming a third victory in a row in all competitions when beating Sir Tom Finney 5-3. Shelley James led the scoring for Merseyrail with a hat-trick and the others came from Shauna Corrigan and Sheree Thompson.
In Division One North, Blackburn Community kept their title chances alive by running out 6-0 winners over Penwortham Town. The result takes Blackburn up into second place, four points behind leaders Blackpool and above both Bury FC Women and Carlisle Utd on goal difference.
South West League
Exeter City moved to within one point of Premier Division leaders Keynsham Town Development, who did not play on Sunday, after they won 6-1 away to Torquay Utd. Sian Chapman and Sophie Gillies each scored twice along with Danielle Skinner and an own goal, with Charlotte Dymond replying. Marine Academy Plymouth meanwhile made a much needed return to winning form after three straight defeats, beating Ilminster Town 4-2. Anthea Kaptein bagged a hat-trick and Sam Drewery added the other goal, with Colette Martin and Maisie Parker on target for the home side. Nicole Bell, Chelsea Day and Devon Rich were the markswomen for Middlezoy Rovers in their 3-0 victory away to Downend Flyers and Portishead Town defeated Forest Green Rovers 6-0.
Only one match took place in the Eastern Division over the weekend, Swindon Town Development and AEK Boco battling out a 1-1 draw. Sophie Barrett was on target for Swindon, with Boco replying through Shania Powell.
In the Western Division, Plympton Ladies kept their slim hopes of the title alive with a 6-1 victory over Alphington. Sam Metters had a great day in goal, scoring five times in total whilst Shannon Workman was also on target, with the Alphas' consolation coming from Helen Kukor. Weston Mendip meanwhile bounced back from defeat seven days earlier and they are up into fourth after scoring eleven times without reply past Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Sherise Binns was another player to bag herself a five-goal haul whilst Natasha Crew contributed a double, while Hayley Bosley, Jess Chappell, Ellie Oritt and Katie Sharkey also got on the scoresheet.
Southern Region League
Moneyfields set up a fascinating Chairman's Cup Final against AFC Bournemouth CST after they defeated Warsash Wasps 2-1 in the semi finals. First half goals from Kim Whitcombe and Sheree Bell-Jack gave Moneyfields the win, despite Megan Fox pulling one back for Warsash after the break, meaning that the current leaders of the Premier Division and Division One are set to meet.
In the meantime, AFC Bournemouth restored their lead of three points in the Premier Division with a 3-1 victory over one of their main rivals, Oxford City. All of the Cherries' goals came during the first half, Maisy Smith giving them an early lead before Hannah Bennett and Rosie Eden also got on the scoresheet, with Sian Riley-Philips. The bottom two teams in the table met each other and neither was likely to be too satisfied with the outcome as they shared four goals. Lucy Slater and Olivia Watts were on target for New Milton Town, whilst Barton Rovers scored through Rachel Allwright and Victoria Carvill.
Abingdon Utd have moved into second place in Division One, three points behind leaders Moneyfields, following their 8-1 win against Wargrave Ladies. Beth Hawtin, Molly Lygo-Jackson and Abbie Smith all scored twice along with Charlotte Deeley and Nell Boxall. Eastleigh returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success against Shanklin, given to them by a Samantha Hide hat-trick. Not so long ago, Basingstoke Town were struggling near the foot of the table but are now in mid-table after winning 3-1 at Wokingham & Emmbrook. Lindsey Beverley netted two of the goals and Emma Lawrence was also on target.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Leafield Athletic are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup after a 3-1 extra time victory over Stockingford AA Pavilion. Redditch Utd also booked their place in the last four, thanks to an 8-2 win against Goldenhill Wanderers.
Shifnal Town meanwhile reached the Final of the Division One North Cup following a narrow 2-1 win over Stoke City Development. This sets up a meeting with Leek Town, between the two sides who currently occupy the top two positions in the league.
Wyrley Ladies did their chances of finishing outside of the bottom two in Division One North a power of good, as they defeated mid-table Sandwell Ladies by the odd goal in seven.
Solihull Utd require seven points from their final four games in order to clinch the Division One South title, moving themselves closer by scoring seven times without reply past Kingfisher.
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