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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development further stepped up their Championship challenge by recording two victories over Loughborough Students in a matter of days, including a 10-1 success on Sunday. Chantelle Robinson led the scoring with a hat-trick whilst Jade Benford and Katie Cropper each hit doubles and there was one apiece from Natalie Hurst, Chyna McIntosh and Courtney Cropper. Ollerton Town meanwhile completed their campaign by winning 2-1 away to Rise Park, given to them by Rachael Bell and Megan Howard.
In Division One North, Grimsby Borough claimed fourth place when they defeated Arnold Town 4-1. Lydia Clark (2), Georgia Silvester and Scarlet Woods were all on target for Grimsby, with Arnold's consolation coming from Maria Wayne.
No games were played in Division One South on Sunday but a few days earlier, third placed Notts County won 4-1 against Loughborough Foxes Vixens thanks to a Bella Reed hat-trick and Jessica Drage.
Eastern Region League
Wymondham Town moved back into the top three in the Premier Division following their 3-2 win away to Haringey Borough. Chardonnay Johnston, Laura Nicholls and Hannah Waters were on the scoresheet for Wymondham, with Seren Ahmet and Aaliyah Boyea replying. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile kept their hopes of the runners-up spot alive with a solitary goal from Jessica Driscoll gave them the points against Bedford Ladies.
The top of the table clash in Division One went the way of St Ives Town, who defeated Bowers & Pitsea 2-0 and are just one point away from the title. Second half goals from Hannah Seymour-Shove and Ruth Fox gave St Ives what appears to be a title clinching victory. King's Lynn Town moved in just below the top four after winning 3-2 at Hutton. Tiffany Forshaw, Rebecca Russell and Emma Corbyn netted the goals for King's Lynn, with Vicky Kinsman bagging a brace in reply. Sophie Lanham and Kirstie Smith were on target for Histon in their 2-2 draw with Lawford, who scored through a Jade Heath double. Dempsey Favell scored a hat-trick and Paige Barnard the other for Hertford Town in their 4-2 victory away to Hatfield Peveral.
Newmarket Town booked their place in the League Plate Final with a 2-0 win against Hoddesdon Town Owls in their semi final. Annabel Cuthbert and Jess Linger scored the goals for Newmarket whose opponents in the Final will be Histon.
North East League
Champions Durham Cestria made sure of finishing off their season with a 100% record as they won 5-1 away to South Shields, denting the home side's hopes of a top two place in the process. Sophie Hodgson was on target twice for Durham along with Michelle Brogden, Ellie Smith and Jessica Clark. Hartlepool Utd appear to be all but certain of claiming the runners-up spot, thanks to a 7-1 victory over Wallsend Boys Club. Justine Robinson led the scoring for Hartlepool with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jenni Duffy-Smith, Lottie Portas and Sarah Rowbotham.
In the Northern Division, Boro Rangers secured themselves a top four place by winning 4-2 away to St Cuthbert's Ladies. Alys Beadle hit a hat-trick and Vicky Gunn added the other, whilst the home side replied through Lauren Driver and Beth Allison.
North West League
The Premier Division title race tightened up even further following Sunday's results, leaders Stockport County defeated Wigan Athletic 5-1 whilst FC United of Manchester picked up a 6-1 victory and a 1-1 draw from their double header with Penrith AFC, who move off the bottom as a result. This means that Stockport head the table by nine points, however FC United have three games in hand and a superior goal difference, so things remain in their hands. Mossley Hill look set to finish in fourth place in what has been a season of consolidation, they won 6-3 away to Accrington Girls & Ladies.
Division One North leaders Bury FC Women did not have a game on Sunday and therefore stay one point away from the title as Carlisle Utd - the only team which can still catch them - were also not in action. Blackpool meanwhile returned to second place after running out 5-0 winners away to mid-table Penwortham Town. Blackburn Community picked up maximum points from a double header against Workington Reds and has lifted them into third, ahead of Carlisle on goal difference. Cammell Laird 1907 and Morecambe Res shared a victory apiece in their own double header, whilst the clash at the foot of the table went the way of Burscough Dynamo, who defeated Leigh RMI 2-1 and move three points ahead of them.
The title battle is over in Division One South though with West Didsbury & Chorlton claiming top spot with a 3-0 midweek victory against Northwich Vixens, and then following this up on Sunday by winning 4-2 away to Curzon Ashton. Liverpool Feds Res meanwhile defeated Northwich Vixens 8-2 to make sure of finishing as runners-up. Curzon's defeat means that Altrincham climb above them into third with a 2-0 success against Stockport County Blues, whilst Warrington Wolverines won 2-0 at Didsbury Ladies and are just behind them.
South West League
The only match played in the league on Sunday was in the Premier Division, where newly crowned Champions Exeter City travelled to Ilminster Town for the final match of their successful campaign. The home side were able to prevent Exeter from finishing off on a winning note as they held them to a 3-3 draw. Colette Martin scored twice and Kelly Snook the other for Ilminster, whilst Exeter replied through a Sophie Gillies brace and Sian Chapman.
Southern Region League
Southampton FC Ladies wrapped up the Premier Division when they scored eight times without reply past Barton Rovers. Chloe Newton bagged a brace as did substitutes Ellie Chaffe and Emily Wernham, with Ella Morris and Georgie Freeland adding the other goals to give the newly crowned Champions their seventeenth straight win, whilst AFC Bournemouth will finish in the runners-up spot. Amy McNab was on the scoresheet as Newbury Ladies won 1-0 away to Winchester City Flyers and New Milton Town are off the bottom of the table after beating Warsash Wasps 1-0.
The outcome of the Division One title was also decided in the showdown between the top two, Moneyfields ensuring they finished on top of the table by beating runners-up Abingdon Utd 3-2. Melissa Lawrence, Kim Whitcombe and Katie Shorter netted the goals for the Moneys, with Abingdon replying through a double from Amy Pipe (see match report).
West Midlands League
Sutton Coldfield Town have moved to the top of the Premier Division table by beating Stockingford AA Pavilion 3-1 in their final match, and now they must wait and see if they have done enough. Hayley Chatwin scored a hat-trick, with Kayleigh Panke replying, to give Sutton Coldfield a winning end to their campaign and guarantee them at least the runners-up spot, although Leafield Athletic will overtake them and pip them to the title if they win one of their remaining two games.
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