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East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd moved themselves to within a single point of Premier Division leaders Leicester City Women Development with a 3-1 victory away to Rise Park. Donna McGuigan netted a goal in each half for the Posh Ladies, with Megan Parrett also on target. Oughtibridge WMSC kept their hopes alive as goals from Kathryn Mudge and Chelsea Wall gave them a 2-0 success at Kettering Town. Jody Scott netted both goals for Woodlands Ladies as they shared a 2-2 draw with Ollerton Town.
The top and bottom teams apart, Division One North has compacted into a tight table with only nine points covering second placed Lincoln Moorlands Railway and second from bottom Calverton MW, despite them beating Grimsby Borough 3-1. Hayley Brown netted twice along with Jenna Stocks, with Grimsby replying through Lydia Clark. Thea Duncan was on target for Arnold Town in their 1-1 draw with Sleaford Town, who scored a second half equaliser through Lauren Alderson.
The top of the table clash in Division One South went the way of Northampton Town, who opened up a lead of six points over Oadby & Wigston after beating them 3-0. Emma Dunmore scored a goal in each half, with Abbie Reboul also on target for Northampton. Olivia Bowles and Analeise Wilks scored the goals as Lutterworth Athletic defeated Loughborough Foxes Vixens 2-0 and Thrapston Town are off the bottom after winning for the second time, 2-1 away to Corby Town.
Eastern Region League
After having secured the Premier Division title, Cambridge City are setting their sights on a second trophy this season by reaching the League Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over Harlow Town. Erin Davies, Bronte Rapley and an own goal took City to victory, with Harlow's consolation coming from Hannah Smith. City's opponents in the Final will be Bedford Ladies who were 2-1 winners away to Peterborough Northern Star, courtesy of a goal apiece from Jasmine Ajayi and Amy Magnus.
Histon have reached the Final of the League Plate, thanks to a 2-1 success at Stevenage Ladies Res after extra time. Katie Seagrave's opener for Histon was cancelled out by Sherrie Evans, before Kaya Huq struck home a free kick from distance during the extra period to send Histon through. Their opponents in the Final will be either Newmarket Town or Hoddesdon Town Owls who play their semi final this Sunday.
Royston Town are in the box seat regarding a second place finish after they defeated Haringey Borough 5-1. Jo Rutherford scored a hat-trick, with Eva Ramsey and Francesca Smithers adding the other goals to take their team four points ahead of third placed Acle Utd. Colney Heath leapfrogged Brentwood Town in the table after beating them 2-0, goals coming from Charlene Moreton and Rianne Townsend-Brown.
Division One leaders St Ives Town did not play and their advantage has been halved to three points by Bowers & Pitsea, who won 1-0 away to Hutton with a goal from Sophie Dowman. Newmarket Town consolidated themselves in third place by beating Hoddesdon Town Owls 3-2 - in a 'dress rehearsal' for this week's League Plate semi final - courtesy of an Annabel Cuthbert hat-trick. King's Lynn Town netted nine times without reply past Hatfield Peveral, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Oksana Imanalijeva and a Tiffany Forshaw hat-trick, with Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse and Rebecca Russell also getting on the scoresheet. Jodie Sharp, Stacey Teager and Claire Brazier-Gauntlett accounted for the goals as Lawford defeated Bishop's Stortford 3-1.
London & South East League
They had to wait a week and until their final game, but Kent Football Utd wrapped up the league title on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Queen's Park Rangers Development. KFU had suffered the agony of an injury time equaliser seven days earlier, which denied them the chance to lift the title on that occasion, but this time they made absolutely sure with goals from Chloe Francis, Amy Russ and Lizzie Waldie, before Martha Riley netted a late consolation for Rangers who have to settle for a fourth place finish.
North East League
The only action in the North East League on Sunday took place in the Northern Division, where title winners Redcar Town are just one match away from completing the season unbeaten in the league, following their 8-3 victory over third placed Consett Ladies. Jessica Round led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Suzanne Fox, Ebony Housam, Kenzie Parkes and Chloe Jones after Consett had scored three times in the opening twelve minutes through Amy Wharton, Nicole McEvoy and Carolanne Hughes. The defeat for Consett means that Boro Rangers still have an opportunity to beat them to a top three place, which they maintained with a 2-0 win against Alnwick Town in which Alys Beadle and Larissa Burkinshaw both scored.
North West League
The balance in the Premier Division title race has taken a shift during the week, after FC United of Manchester defeated Stockport County 2-1 in midweek to put matters into their own hands. Stockport bounced back on Sunday to beat second placed Tranmere Rovers 5-4 but FC United also won, 4-0 against Wigan Athletic, and they now trail Stockport by seven points but have three matches in hand. Mossley Hill follow on in fourth place after they won 4-1 against Penrith AFC. Merseyrail Ladies were 3-1 winners over Fleetwood Town Wrens and can still finish in the top half of the table, whilst Sir Tom Finney continued their climb away from any danger with a 5-3 victory against Manchester Stingers.
Bury FC Women's spectacular end of season form has taken them to within one point of the Division One North title, having beaten Preston North End 8-0 and 3-0 in a double header. Carlisle Utd meanwhile defeated Burscough Dynamo 3-0 and are up into second place, they are now the only remaining team which can still catch Bury's points total. The other match played in the division was also a double header with Workington Reds beating Penwortham Town 3-2 and the return meeting finishing goalless, meaning there is now a single point separating the two teams in the table.
West Didsbury & Chorlton picked up maximum points from a double header with Warrington Wolverines and this has taken them six points clear at the top of the Southern Division. Curzon Ashton are on course to finish third, and can still reach the top two, following their 2-1 win away to Stockport County Blues, whilst Altrincham stay two points behind after beating Wythenshawe Amateurs 8-1. Chester FC Women edged out Northwich Vixens by the odd goal in seven and Didsbury Ladies claimed four points from their double header against City of Liverpool, who had the consolation of ending their run of fourteen straight defeats.
South West League
Exeter City went into their meeting with second placed Keynsham Town Development needing to avoid defeat in order to be confirmed as Champions, and did so by beating their nearest rivals 3-1. Sophie Gillies netted twice and Danielle Skinner the other to give Exeter the result they wanted, with Rhianna Ben-Carew netting a consolation for Keynsham who have the consolation of the runners-up spot. Third place was on offer for the winners of the match between Marine Academy Plymouth and Bishop's Lydeard, and it was Marine who sailed to a 3-0 victory, courtesy of a goal apiece from Sam Drewery, Eden May and Tina Martin. Portishead Town meanwhile won 2-0 away to Forest Green Rovers, Emily Lindsay and Shannon Holloway accounting for their goals.
The destiny of the Eastern Division title went all the way to the final match for both of the contenders and it was Wootton Bassett Town, who started the day with a significant advantage in goal difference, who made sure of finishing on top as Amber Egerton and Hayley Huckin gave them a 2-0 victory over Swindon Town Development. Frampton Rangers did everything they could but their 4-1 win against Laverstock & Ford was not quite enough and they have to settle for second place. Maddy Brown did hit a hat-trick for Frampton and Saffy Degg was also on target. AEK Boco have had a decent season which has finished on a winning note, Ellie Keedwell scoring the only goal of the game against Trowbridge Town. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile won for the fifth time, 3-2 away to FC Chippenham thanks to first half goals from Anneka Hawkins-Hoare (2) and Beth Dale.
Plympton Ladies have taken the runners-up spot in the Western Division after they defeated Pen Mill 2-1. Sam Metters and Bethany-Ann Mitchell scored the goals to give Plympton the result they needed, despite Pen Mill replying through Hayley Todd. Weston-super-Mare ended a run of eleven matches without a win by beating Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 6-3. Desni Darch was on target twice for Weston along with Lauryn Nigh, Lindsay Pilgrim, Sarah Tedder and Gabrielle Massey.
Southern Region League
Jade Hockey, Meg Vella and Rebecca Miles were all on the scoresheet as AFC Bournemouth CST won 3-1 at Winchester City Flyers to keep hold of the leadership of the Premier Division on goal difference from Southampton FC Ladies, who beat Barton Rovers 3-0 thanks to Shannon Sievwright, Rachel Woods and Ella Pusey. Oxford City are all but certain to finish in third place following their 2-1 win away to New Milton Town. Warsash Wasps are closing in on a top half position after they defeated Newbury Ladies 5-1, Megan Fox hitting a hat-trick along with Sophie Spoor and an own goal.
Moneyfields have taken up the pace in Division One and have a lead of three points following their 7-1 victory over Eastleigh. Kim Whitcombe was on target four times, Sheree Bell-Jack weighed in with a double and Grace Laidlaw added the other. Nell Boxall and Kiera Isaac scored the goals as Abingdon Utd won 2-0 away to Wycombe Wanderers.
West Midlands League
Leafield Athletic require two points from their final two matches in order to clinch the Premier Division title after Sutton Coldfield Town were beaten 2-0 by Goldenhill Wanderers. Sutton Coldfield have one match remaining, which they need to win to be sure of finishing in the runners-up spot. Crusaders can still take a top two place and kept those hopes alive by winning 4-0 at Redditch Utd, a result which sees them climb above their opponents into fourth.
Shifnal Town look likely to have claimed the runners-up position in Division One North after they edged out Stoke City Development by the odd goal in seven. The other game in the division also yielded seven goals, with Shrewsbury Town winning 4-3 at Port Vale.
Solihull Utd secured the Division One South title in style, running out 8-0 winners over Kingfisher to record their seventeenth successive win. Kidderminster Harriers have made sure of finishing in second place as they defeated Leamington Lions 11-1.
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