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East Midlands League
No matches were played in the Premier Division on Sunday due to clubs being involved in County Cups, but there was action in Division One North where Chesterfield defeated Arnold Town 4-1 to move to within six points of the lead. Bethany Smyth, Robyn Henton, Amy Townsend and Kelly Fidler all scored a goal apiece to take Chesterfield up into second place, with Jodie Ellis replying. Leaders Hykeham Town had scored nine times without reply past Lincoln Moorlands Railway in midweek to record a seventh straight victory, Olivia Smith netting twice along with Millie Seaton, Lauren Churcher, Tracey Duxbury-Mead, Demi Barai, Kirsty Dalzell, Amie Barnes-Ford and Elise Keyworth. Worksop Town leapt up into fourth place after running out 12-1 winners away to Grimsby Borough, spearheaded by a hat-trick apiece from Kirsty Hadley and Ellie Chandler. Hannah McWilliams and Jasmine Saxton each bagged braces and the total was completed by Sky Hughes and Leah Hardy.
One match took place in Division One South, Thrapston Town continuing their climb towards mid-table by beating Ilkeston Town 4-1. Ilkeston had gone into the game unbeaten and sporting a 100% record, but an Emma Robinson double, Chloe Jeffs and Sophie Warren gave Thrapston their best result of the season to date, with Jade Eaglefield grabbing a consolation for the visitors.
Eastern Region League
Bedford Ladies have moved into the top four in the Premier Division following a 3-1 victory away to Royston Town in the solitary match to be played in the league on the weekend. Natasha Fensome, Maya Sidhu and Shianne Swarres scored the goals as Bedford leapfrogged Royston in the table, the home side replying through Charlotte South.
London & South East League
The top three in the table were not in league action on Sunday and they are now followed by Ashford Town (Middlesex) after they won 3-1 away to Eastbourne Town. Ruby Linton, Ashley Cheatley and Phoebe Head were the scorers for Ashford, whilst the home side's consolation came from Felicity Webster. In the other game, Rae Roberts led the scoring with a hat-trick as Denham Utd triumphed 5-2 at Saltdean Utd. Rachel Keightley and Lauren Cox accounted for their other goals, whilst Jessica Mead and Charlotte Young were on target for Saltdean.
North East League
Sunderland West End are continuing to blaze a trail at the top of the Northern Division, stretching their winning run to ten matches when they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 4-1. Kristen Whitfield netted twice to help take her team thirteen points clear and she was joined on the scoresheet by Allison Ferris and Alexandra Ross, with Sian Williams replying. Lumley Ladies hold on to second place after edging out Chester-le-Street Town Development by the odd goal in seven. Abbie Gibson scored a second half winner for Lumley to add to a Sarah Hutchieson double and Daisy Campbell. Victoria Curtis, Sophie Farrugia and Karrie Gippert netted the goals for the Cestrians. Alnwick Town are looking to be the biggest threat to Sunderland West End though and they made it five wins on the trot as Michelle Stewart and Georgia Thompson were on target in their 2-0 victory over Blyth Town.
The only match to take place in the Southern Division was the top of the table clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Wakefield Trinity and the honours were even as the match finished 1-1, meaning that Wakefield hold on to the leadership on goal difference. Sophie Eyre was on target for Wednesday, with Wakefield replying through Julia Hogan.
North West League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday but it produced a significant result as FC United of Manchester won 2-0 against Merseyrail Ladies and this saw them replace Tranmere Rovers at the top of the table.
The rest of the play on Sunday was confined to the First Round of the Argyle Sports Cup, where Mossley Hill edged past Fleetwood Town Wrens 2-1 in their all-Premier Division clash. West Didsbury & Chorlton meanwhile progressed against a lower division opponent when they scored seven times without reply past Morecambe Res. Division One South table toppers were narrow 2-1 victors against Division One North high fliers Penrith AFC, whilst Penwortham Town defeated Wythenshawe Amateurs 3-1 and Blackpool scored five times without reply past Workington Reds in the other ties.
South West League
In the only Premier Division match to survive the weather on Sunday, Bideford moved into mid-table by scoring eight times without reply past Torquay Utd. Beth Ellis led the scoring for the Robins with a hat-trick, Tracey Cross weighed in with a double and Poppy Cloke was also on target along with two own goals.
Cheltenham Town Development have taken over the leadership of an increasingly congested Northern Division title race although the teams below them have a number of games in hand. They went top of the table with a 6-2 win away to Downend Flyers in which Sophie Griffiths netted twice along with Rebecca Donnelly, Hannah Galpin, Jessica Wadey and Caitlin Marron, with Annabel Bean and Chloe Avent replying. Previous leaders Frampton Rangers are back in third place, with Bristol Ladies Union moving above them after winning their meeting 4-0. Ellie Preece spearheaded a fine performance from her side by hitting a hat-trick and Sophie Price added the other goal. Almondsbury meanwhile stepped up their challenge by winning 1-0 against previously unbeaten Oldland Abbotonians, Georgia Adams settling a closely contested match with a fine solo goal in the first half. Amy Clark scored a hat-trick and Sherise Ninns was also on target as Weston Mendip won 4-1 over AEK Boco, whose consolation came from Leanne Burge.
In the Eastern Division, Swindon Town Development bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to beat second placed Frome Town 5-1 and move to within one point of them. A point would have taken Frome top but Abby Picton netted a hat-trick along with Natalie Goodright and Vicky Taylor, with Enna Christmas replying. Lani Dickinson was another hat-trick scorer for Swindon Supermarine as they won their mid-table clash 4-3 at Laverstock & Ford, Emma Wilson adding the other goal whilst the home side responded through Rachel Adkin, Abbie Vernon and Amy Sanger.
Southern Region League
Moneyfields moved to the top of the Premier Division after winning 6-2 away to Warsash Wasps. Sheree Bell-Jack scored a hat-trick, Nicole Matthews contributed a brace and Paige Seeley was also on target as the Moneys made it eight wins on the trot. Winchester City Flyers meanwhile picked up a point from a 2-2 draw with Newbury Ladies, who scored through Rebecca Chitolle and Joanne Walsh-Perks. Rosie Page-Smith was Woodley Utd's markswoman as they finished level at 1-1 with Ascot Utd, who had taken a first half lead with a goal from Hannah Evans.
Division One leaders Abingdon Town preserved their advantage of five points after running out 6-0 winners away to Tilehurst Panthers. Charlotte Comley netted twice along with Elisha Cox, Hayley Clements, Sara Comley and an own goal. Second placed Abbey Rangers meanwhile got back to winning ways when beating Alton Ladies 3-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Rebecca Burtenshaw, Laura Hobbs and Isobel Saunders. Paris Payne (2), Jennifer King and Charlotte Webb accounted for the goals as Southampton Women Res won 4-1 at AFC Bournemouth CS T Development, whose consolation came from Sian Tilly.
West Midlands League
In the only match to be played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Crusaders moved themselves into a mid-table position with a 4-0 victory away to Knowle.
Sandwell Ladies stepped up their challenge in Division One North by climbing up into third place after beating Port Vale 2-1, Rachael Neal and Rachel Green scoring their goals and Vale's consolation coming from Kim Cartlidge. Shifnal Town follow on in fourth as they won 3-2 against Solihull Sporting. Savannah Howes, Dannielle Jones and Jessica Wood were all on target for Shifnal, with Naomi Melbourne netting a brace in reply.
Solihull Ladies Utd are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup following a fifteen-goal blast against Worcester City. Hayley Wilford led the spree with a four-goal blast and there were hat-tricks from Anna Robinson and Saddiqa Shan, whilst Melissa Pugh (2), Demi Walker (2) and Laura Smith also got on the scoresheet.
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