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East Midlands League
Rotherham Utd closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Peterborough Utd to four points with an 8-3 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Lucy Ridley and Nat Shaw both hit hat-tricks, with one apiece from Amy Pollock and Bradie Wild whilst Leicester, who had been in good form going into the game, replied with goals from Gemma Ball, Charlotte Moffat and Kerry Stapleton. Loughborough Students meanwhile leapt off the bottom of the table on the back of a 5-0 success away to Rise Park. Meadow Barton was on target twice along with Fatima Husein, Nadia Sabania and Maddie Fox.
Chesterfield got back to winning ways in Division One North, lifting themselves up into third place by beating Lincoln Moorlands Railway 3-0. Paige Singleton and Ami Buzzeo gave the Spireites a two-goal lead at half time, with Isobel Lonsdale adding the third after the break. Worksop Town meanwhile made up ground when Kirsty Hadley, Leah Hardy, Hannah McWilliams and Jasmine Saxton gave them a 4-2 victory away to Arnold Town, whose responses came from Maria Wayne and Megan Harlow.
Division One South leaders Beaumont Park suffered their second defeat of the season, beaten 3-1 by Ilkeston Town. Hayley Brown, Georgina Shaw and Tyla-Asha Peters netted the goals for Ilkeston, with Beaumont's consolation coming from Kayleigh Needham. Bella Reed was on target six times as Notts County ran out 11-1 winners at Thrapston Town to narrow the gap on the leaders to three points. Lashea Francis contributed a hat-trick, Nya Chambers and an own goal completing the tally. Lutterworth Athletic follow on after an Emily Sowler hat-trick, Helen Lewis and Louise Ward steered them to a 5-2 victory away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens.
Woodlands Ladies booked their place in the last sixteen of the League Cup with a 3-1 victory in their delayed tie against Notts County Development, courtesy of a hat-trick from Jody Scott.
Eastern Region League
Harlow Town continue to look strogn at the top of the Premier Division, extending their lead to eight points by winning 3-0 away to AFC Dunstable with goals from Chloe Bassett, Abbey Dell and Becky Shephard. Royston Town move up into second place despite being held to a 3-3 draw by Colney Heath. Rebecca Vass netted twice and Jo Rutherford the other for Royston, whilst Colney responded with a Samaira Khan hat-trick. Peterborough Northern Star kept themselves firmly in contention by beating Bedford Ladies 5-2, Leah Cudone netting twice along with Evie Driscoll-King, Faith Homer and Emma Pollard. Taylor Adcock, Yasmin Cowley, Donna Fletcher, Megan Harley and an own goal saw Bowers & Pitsea to a 5-1 victory at Haringey Borough, whose consolation came from Gracie Robinson.
In Division One North, second placed East Bergholt Utd lost ground as they were beaten 4-2 by AFC Sudbury. Evie Creaton, Charlene Roach-Smith, Rebecca Stephenson and Amy Thompson were all on target for Sudbury, with East Bergholt's replies coming from Georgia Lockerbie and Megan Partridge. King's Lynn Town meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners at Newmarket Town with strikes from Emma Corbyn (2), Rebecca Russell and Nikita Morris.
Things remain close at the top of Division One South, still led by Hutton who defeated Wodson Park 5-1 thanks to a Vicky Kinsman hat-trick and Kate Lowen double. The two teams immediately below Hutton met each other and it was Millwall Lionesses who were 1-0 winners over Stevenage Women Development. Daisy Canny had a tremendous day in front of goal, scoring no less than seven times as Lawford won a high scoring affair 9-5 against Hoddesdon Town Owls, Nancy Butler adding the other two goals for her side.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers have gone back to the top of the league after repeating their 4-2 victory over Whyteleafe from seven days earlier. Chloe Sampson netted twice for Rangers and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amelia Cutler and Carla Perez, whilst 'Leafe scored through Jessica Lewry and Megan Smith.
The rest of the action on the weekend took place in the League Cup and Group A could hardly be closer after Sunday's matches, with all five teams having lost one match each. Eastbourne Town remain on top of the table despite having been beaten 6-1 by Aylesford, who move into second as a result. Alex Witham and Beth Hulme each netted twice along with Rebecca Barr and Fiona Constable. Dartford meanwhile got themselves off the mark by winning 3-2 at Saltdean Utd. Caitlin Hirst, Megan Mansfield and Elizabeth Adams were all on target for Dartford, with Saltdean replying through Emily Towner and Olivia Walker. In Group B, the battle is on to join Queen's Park Rangers in qualifying for the semi finals and these are led by Ashford Town (Middx) after they won 5-0 away to Fulham. Ashley Cheatley led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Hannah Pearson and Laura Huse. Denham Utd stay level on points with Ashford, albeit having played one game more, as Lauren Cox netted the only goal of the game in their 1-0 victory against Dulwich Hamlet.
North East League
The league was once again greatly affected by the weather with only two matches going ahead throughout the three divisions on Sunday.
The leadership was on offer in the Premier Division though with Harrogate Town needing to avoid defeat in their home match with Hartlepool Utd in order to move above Wallsend Boys Club. However, they remain one point behind in second place, with Hartlepool moving into third by winning 4-3. Savanna Robson was on target twice for 'Pools, along with Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson, whilst Harrogate replied through a Lindsey Whitton brace and Holly Smith.
In the Southern Division, Hepworth Utd won for only the second time this season when scoring six times without reply past Bradford Park Avenue. Jolene Forrest netted two of the goals, with the others coming from Laura Brown, Renata Feherova, Kim Antonio and Sophie Walsh.
North West League
Tranmere Rovers got back to winning ways on Sunday and restored their six point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 3-2 victory over Fleetwood Town Wrens, bringing a halt to Fleetwood's recent surge in form. Crewe Alexandra ran out 6-1 winners over Mossley Hill and this has taken them up into third place, whilst Wigan Athletic are out of the bottom two after beating Morecambe 3-2.
One match went ahead in Division One North but it was a significant one near the top of the table, with leaders Penrith AFC opening up a lead of four points on second placed Accrington Sports & Football Club after winning their meeting 2-1.
Salford City Lionesses are continuing to stretch the pace in Division One South and are seven points ahead once again after they defeated Liverpool Feds Res 8-1. Chester FC Ladies meanwhile won 5-3 away to Wythenshawe Amateurs and this has taken them back into the top three.
South West League
Oldland Abbotonians suffered their first defeat of the season in any competition when Weston Mendip beat them 5-2 to reach the quarter finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup. Amy Clark netted twice for Mendip along with Natasha Crew, Stephanie Goddard and 16-year-old Jennie Habbits, who marked her debut with a goal. Olivia Goozee and Vicky Mundy were on target for Oldland. Former winners Alphington are out this time around, beaten 2-0 by Plymouth Argyle Development whose goals both came from Nicola Champion. Bristol Ladies Union won a thrilling tie 4-3 against Almondsbury, courtesy of doubles from Hannah Price and Sophie Price, whilst Sophie Mitchell, Emma Summerill and Sophie Cooper replied for 'Bury. Forest Green Rovers meanwhile continued their improvement in form as they reached the last eight by beating Laverstock & Ford on a penalty shootout, after the teams had shared a goalless draw. Plympton Ladies enjoyed a much smoother passage, scoring ten times without reply past Bude Town. Sam Metters led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Shannon Workman weighed in with a hat-trick, along with singles from Emily Hollister, Shelley Locock and Bethany-Ann Mitchell.
Wootton Bassett Town have hit top spot in the Premier Division for the first time this season, following their 3-2 victory against Middlezoy Rovers. Hayley Huckin scored twice for Bassett, to add to Lauren Kayll's earlier strike, whilst Demi Reading netted a brace in reply. Long term leaders Callington Town are back in second place after they beaten 3-2 by Bishop's Lydeard. Amber Guy-Kemp (2) and Hannah Delbridge were the scorers for Lydeard, whilst Callington's goals came from Gabi Alphous and Keri-Ann Moxom. Charlotte Pettinger netted the only goal of the game for Ilminster Town in their win at Bideford whilst Keynsham Town Development returned to winning ways with a 3-0 success away to Torquay Utd, courtesy of an Emily Plummer hat-trick. Portishead Town remain just behind the leading sides, with a number of games in hand, after goals from Shannon Holloway, Emily Lindsey and Ruby Lowe earned them a 3-0 victory over Marine Academy Plymouth.
Frampton Rangers won 2-1 against Chipping Sodbury Town to hold on to top spot in the Northern Division. Kirsten Prior and Lucie Hulin netted the goals for Frampton, with Helen Tuckwell replying. Cheltenham Town Development moved into second by scoring seven times without reply past AEK Boco. Holly Fenton and Naomi Marshall each scored twice, with one apiece from Hannah Galpin, Anna Symanowski and Jessica Wadey.
In the Western Division, Feniton moved themselves level on points with leaders Plymouth Argyle Development as they ran out 9-1 winners over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Kate Finch netted a brace and their other markswomen were Abi Breban, Brittany Harris, Natalie Matthews, Nia Owen, Gemma Aspinall, Amy Salter and Dani Skinner.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST preserved their lead of three points in the Premier Division by beating Winchester City Flyers 2-0, courtesy of a late brace of goals from Emma Davis. Mia Adaway hit a hat-trick as second placed Moneyfields won 8-1 against Ascot Utd, Katie Shorter adding a brace with the others from Katie George, Kim Whitcombe and Paige Seeley. The Moneys stay three points off the pace, as do Oxford City following their 7-2 success over Woodley Utd. Tiana Russell-Cartwright led the scoring with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Anderson, Edie Stilwell-Garrett and Kerry Walklett. Abingdon Utd kept themselves in touch by scoring seven times without reply past Newbury Ladies, Beth Hawtin hitting a hat-trick along with Kiera Isaac (2), Heather Young and Lauren May. .
In Division One, Laura Hobbs and Rachel Johnson each netted twice, with Charlotte Stoate adding the other, as Abbey Rangers won 5-1 at Tilehurst Panthers to open up a one point advantage over Abingdon Town who scored eight times without reply past New Milton Town. Charlotte Comley and Elisha Cox each bagged doubles along with Sara Comley, Sam Mayo, Taya McCalmon and Megan Crawford. Eastleigh had started the day on top but were beaten for the first time, 3-2 by Bournemouth Sports whose goals were scored by Hollie Bentley, Justine Mosley and Lorna Priestley. Francesca Day and Lily Chowdhry were on target for Wycombe Wanderers Development as they drew 2-2 with AFC Bournemouth CST Development, who replied through a brace from Helen Corbin, and goals from Fay Roberts (2), Olivia Norton and Mia Inglis saw Southampton Women Res to a narrow 4-3 win over Alton Ladies.
West Midlands League
Redditch Utd have stretched their lead to seven points with a twelve goal blast against Knowle which included a hat-trick from Katie Ross-Baker. Shona Baldwin, Annie Highway and Lyndsey Ross-Baker each netted twice and the total was completed by Abby Jackson, Jessica Lippiatt and Leah Williams. Sutton Coldfield Town won 4-1 at Coventry Sphinx and are up to second, goals coming from Jodie Lewis, Alison Forbes, Harriet Roberts and Abbie Hyland. they are two points ahead of Solihull Ladies Utd who were 5-0 victors away to Worcester City thanks to Hayley Wilford (2), Saddiqa Shah, Scarlett Fielding and Anna Robinson.
The top of the table clash in Division One North went the way of Shrewsbury Town, who won 2-1 against leaders AFC Telford Utd to close the gap on them to a single point. Yvette Dolphin (2), Rachel Green and Siobhan Hodgetts were on the scoresheet as Sandwell Ladies won 4-1 at Sutton Coldfield Town Royals to keep themselves well in contention whilst Solihull Sporting crashed 4-0 to Shifnal Town, Jenna Boddison netting twice along with Danni Smith and Jessica Wood.
One game went ahead in Division One South and it saw Stourbridge further extend their lead to twelve points by beating Droitwich Spa 4-0 with Amber Lawrence (2), Mollie Summers and Jess Bate all on target.
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