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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development have taken a firm grip on the Premier Division title race after winning their top of the table clash 8-0 against Peterborough Utd. Natalie Hurst and Sian Johnson each scored twice along with Chantelle Robinson, Jade Benford, Courtney Cropper and Megan Kenney to open up a lead of four points over their opponents, with third placed Oughtibridge WMSC a further two points adrift following their 10-1 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Millie Kenyon led the scoring with a hat-trick, Lauren Turner and Kathryn Mudge each netted twice and there was one apiece from Jenny Selman, Madeleine Bishop and Chloe Baldwin. Ollerton Town won 2-1 away to Kettering Town whilst Loughborough Students kept up their improving form by beating Woodlands Ladies 5-2. Frankie Murray (2), Meadow Barton, Elizabeth White and Bronwen King scored the goals to take the students above Woodlands and into fifth. Vicky Belshaw, Beth Cutts and Jessica Parker were the markswomen for Rise Park in their 3-0 win against Eastwood Community.
Division One North title winners Boston Utd continue to rack up the victories, this time beating Grimsby Borough 3-1 thanks to Toni McHamilton, Ella Tuplin and Demi Barai. Georgina Williams, Hannah Bloomfield and Jade Eaglefield accounted for the goals as Ilkeston Town won 3-1 against second placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway, whose reply came from Lauren Churcher, and Sleaford Town defeated Calverton MW 3-1courtesy of a Jade Welch brace and Jessica Machin.
Northampton Town have moved back level on points with Division One South leaders Oadby & Wigston after winning 4-0 away to Corby Town. Leah Stacey gave Northampton an early lead, before Emma Dunmore spearheaded the win with a hat-trick. Lutterworth Athletic meanwhile defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 4-1 to move above them in the table, goals coming from Sophie Bracey, Helen Lewis, Annabelle Rostron and Analeise Wilks.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City are just two points away from the Premier Division title following their 5-0 win away to Wymondham Town, who had started the day in second place. Shannon Shaw led the scoring with a hat-trick, along with Lauren Tomlinson and an own goal. Cambridge now have a lead of fourteen points from Royston Town, for whom Hayley Eldred scored the only goal of the goal in their victory at Peterborough Northern Star. AFC Dunstable picked up an important point from a 3-3 draw with Harlow Town. Victoria Allen, Darcy Collins and Alex Chilwell were on target for Dunstable, with Harlow replying through Beth Chambers, Lucy Edmeades and Tayla Handscombe. Georgia Holdaway and Marie Barker netted two apiece, with Hope Strauss adding the other, as Brentwood Town beat AFC Sudbury 5-1 and Colney Heath edged out Bedford Ladies 3-2 thanks to Kelly Hancock (2) and Christina Freestone.
Emily Smith scored the only goal of the game as St Ives Town won 1-0 at Stevenage Ladies Res to go nine points clear at the top of Division One. Newmarket Town lost ground and stay third as they were held to a 3-3 draw by King's Lynn Town. Antonia Smith, Jodie Woodfield and Chloe Slater were on target for Newmarket, with King's Lynn replying through Tiffany Forshaw (2) and Oksana Imanalijeva. Sophie Lanham (2) and Tessa Shaw were the markswomen for Histon as they beat Hutton 3-2 and Hoddesdon Town Owls were 4-2 victors over Hatfield Peveral thanks to a Rosy Woodhams double, Leah Dunnage and Natasha Crick. Bishop's Stortford won for only the second time this season, 3-1 against Hertford Town with goals from Poppy Kelly (2) and Brogan McHale.
London & South East League
Kent Football Utd have won one of the two matches they need to win in order to pip AFC Phoenix to the title, beating Whyteleafe 5-1 on Sunday. Amy Russ bagged a hat-trick along with Rachel Stevens and Elizabeth Waldie, whilst Whyteleafe's consolation came from Mercedes Broomfield. Kent will be crowned as Champions if they win against London Kent Football Utd this week.
North East League
Newly crowned Champions Durham Cestria are one match away from completing the league and cup 'double' and only Ossett Utd stand in their way after they reached the League Cup Final with a 2-1 win away to Hartlepool Utd, Erin Nelson and Hannah Greenwood scoring their goals.
In the Premier Division, with second placed Hartlepool not playing, South Shields took the opportunity to go level on points with them by beating York City 6-3. Dannika Purdham hit a hat-trick with Paige Lester (2) and Sophie Halliday adding the others. Rotherham Utd claimed a fine 2-1 win over Harrogate Town, given to them by a Lucy Ridley double.
Consett Ladies still have matters in their hands as they look for the runners-up spot despite being held to a goalless draw by Alnwick Town. Boro Rangers ran out 6-2 winners against Cramlington Utd, Jade Featherstone and Alex Hodgson each scoring twice along with Larissa Burkinshaw and Jessica Thomas.
Sheffield Wednesday finish in third place in the Southern Division following their 3-3 draw with Harrogate Railway. Nicola Hadley hit a hat-trick for Harrogate but they were denied by a second half fightback from Wednesday, who scored through Jessica Morrison, Emma Otley and Jodie Stancill. York RI were 5-1 winners at Wakefield in the battle to decide which team would finish at the foot of the table.
North West League
A 2-1 win away to Mossley Hill has taken Stockport County back to the top of the Premier Division, extending their 100% record to 13 matches in the process. They replace Tranmere Rovers on goal difference but have played five less games, with FC United of Manchester likely to be their main rivals. Merseyrail Ladies made it four wins on the trot in all competitions and are in mid-table after beating Penrith AFC 3-1, meanwhile an important clash at the wrong end of the table saw Sir Tom Finney and Accrington Girls & Ladies each pick up a point from a 2-2 draw.
In Division One North, Blackpool defeated Morecambe Res 4-0 to maintain their lead of four points from Bury FC Women, who won 4-1 away to Leigh RMI. Cammell Laird 1907's hopes of challenging for a top two place took a huge knock as they were beaten 3-2 by Penwortham Town, whilst Burscough Dynamo lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a 3-1 victory over Preston North End.
Liverpool Feds Res are setting the pace once again in Division One South, going back to the top after winning 2-0 away to Didsbury Ladies. Curzon Ashton would have gone second with a win at Altrincham but they were beaten 2-0, whilst Stockport County Blues went down 4-0 at home to Warrington Wolverines. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and it was Wythenshawe Amateurs who lifted themselves off the bottom with a 4-1 victory over City of Liverpool.
Wigan Athletic have reached the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Cup after they ran out 4-0 winners over Fleetwood Town Wrens in their delayed quarter final tie.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development have held on to the leadership of the Premier Division after they defeated Bishop's Lydeard 3-1. Rhianna Ben-Carew, Emily Plummer and Cristina Vega Leandro scored the goals to keep their team on top but Exeter City stay one point behind, and with two games in hand, following their 6-1 victory away to Portishead Town. Sian Chapman and Sophie Gillies each scored twice along with Georgie Barbour-Gresham and Lannece Hole, Taylor Gainey replying for the home side. Ilminster Town moved closer towards mid-table by winning their local derby 3-0 against Middlezoy Rovers, courtesy of a Maisie Parker double and Sarah Miller. Forest Green Rovers picked up a good point from a 2-2 draw with Marine Academy Plymouth, however they had raced into a two-goal first half lead thanks to Monika Kisicka and Kacie Anderson, before Marine hit back after the break to earn themselves a share of the spoils through Sam Drewery and Nicola Symons.
Wootton Bassett Town returned to league action and won 10-1 against Laverstock & Ford to stay five points clear at the top of the table. Emily Arrell was on target five times, Hayley Huckin weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Laura Jefferies and Lauren Kayll. Frampton Rangers stay on their heels after beating FC Chippenham 6-0 with a Saffy Dagg hat-trick, Maddy Brown double and Abi Todd. Despite a goal from Zoe Youren, Almondsbury were defeated 2-1 by Swindon Spitfires who scored through a brace from Laura Stallard. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile won for the third time this season, 4-2 against Trowbridge Town thanks to Anneka Hawkins-Hoare (2), Beth Dale and Emma Raikes-May.
The race is over in the Western Division with Plymouth Argyle Development picking up the point they needed to claim the title by drawing 2-2 with St Agnes. Debbie Duncan netted both goals for the Cornish side, whilst Plymouth responded through a brace from Alex Hugh. Bideford must wait and see if they have done enough to take second place after they were beaten in their final match, 5-2 by Weston Mendip who may well finish fourth as a result. Ellie Oritt (2), Natasha Crew, Lucy Dinham and Emily Harrington were all on target for Mendip. Pen Mill ran out 6-1 winners away to Feniton, courtesy of a Letisha Templer double, Lorna Jennings, Shelby Overington, Rebecca Roberts and an own goal.
Southern Region League
Chloe Tape and Meg Vella each scored twice, with Rebecca Miles also on target, as AFC Bournemouth CST won 5-1 against Ascot Utd to stay three points clear at the top of the Premier Division from Southampton FC Ladies, who netted six times without reply past Winchester City Flyers. Georgie Freeland (2), Ella Pusey (2), Rachel Woods and Ellie Chaffe were Southampton's goalscorers and the top two are set to meet this Sunday in a match which will go a long way towards deciding the title. Oxford City will be hoping to take advantage of any slip ups and kept themselves in contention by beating Barton Rovers 1-0. Megan Fox bagged a brace as Warsash Wasps won 2-0 at Woodley Utd and New Milton Town defeated Newbury Ladies 2-1 to lift themselves off the bottom, Tiffany Skinner and Victoria Wardle were their markswomen.
Moneyfields continue to stretch the pace in Division One, Sheree Bell-Jack hitting a hat-trick along with Alison Goater and Kim Whitcombe as they beat Alton Utd 5-1. This keeps them three points ahead of Abingdon Utd who also won 5-1 against Eastleigh thanks to Sadie Timbs (2), Heather Young, Jane Younger and Nell Boxall. Third placed Wycombe Wanderers notched up a 6-0 victory at Shanklin with a goal apiece from Tara Woodward, Charlotte Bagshaw, Natalie Barette, Emma Newberry, Alix Todd and Sophie Cheadle, whilst Wokingham & Emmbrook beat Southampton Women Development 1-0.
West Midlands League
The Premier Division title chase is effectively down to a two-horse race, led by Leafield Athletic after they scored seven times without reply past Coventry Sphinx. Coundon Court defeated Stockingford AA Pavilion 3-1 to stay level on points with Leafield but they have completed their fixtures and look as though they may have to settle for third place. Sutton Coldfield Town are the main rivals to Leafield as they are two points behind, having played the same number of games, and kept up their challenge by beating Goldenhill Wanderers 5-0. Crusaders do have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top three, which they maintained with a 6-0 victory over Lye Town.
Leek Town have pocketed the Division One North title after their fifteenth straight win, a 3-2 success against Stoke City Development who had been the last team still able to catch them. Sandwell Ladies ran out 4-0 winners over Port Vale and look set for at least a top five place, despite Shrewsbury Town scoring ten without reply past Florence.
Solihull Utd are closing in on the Division Two South title, moving themselves to within four points after defeating Droitwich Spa 8-2. Only Kidderminster Harriers can stlll overhaul them, keeping those hopes alive with a 4-1 win away to Stourbridge. Rugby Town meanwhile bounced back to form by winning 4-0 against Leamington Lions.
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