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East Midlands League
Ollerton Town closed the gap on the top three in the Premier Division with a 3-0 victory against Leicester City Ladies. The visitors had gone into the game in improved form but went down to a Shoniqua Barnes double and Megan Howard. Meanwhile, a second half equaliser from Francesca Partridge earned Northampton Town a 1-1 draw against Loughborough Students, who had earlier taken the lead through Meadow Barton.
Hykeham Town returned to action with another victory and this has taken them six points clear at the top of Division One North. Lauren Churcher bagged a hat-trick along with Amie Barnes-Ford, Elise Keyworth and Nadina Green as Hykeham won 6-1 against Arnold Eagles, who had taken an early lead through Natasha Leach. Natalie Aird, Laura Flecknor and Abby Westerman all scored as Grimsby Borough defeated Arnold Town 3-1 and Notts County Development scored eight times without reply past Sleaford Town, Sophie Howe and Abbie Staples each hitting hat-tricks along with Ashleigh Davies-Lynch and Melissa East.
Beaumont Park hold onto the leadership of Division One South despite going down to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Oadby & Wigston. Emma Aspinall netted a brace for Oadby and she was joined on the scoresheet by Freya Gardner, Yasmin Hilton and Sophie Tew. Millie Huckle scored the only goal of the game for Ilkeston Town in their victory at Lutterworth Athletic and Loughborough Foxes Vixens won 2-0 against Derby County Community courtesy of a double from Katie Stone.
Eastern Region League
League leaders Harlow Town were held to a 2-2 draw by St Ives Town, for whom the point was an important one to increase the gap between themselves and the bottom two. Ruth Fox and Caitlin McGeown scored the goals for St Ives, with Kaydee King replying twice for Harlow whose lead was trimmed to four points by Peterborough Northern Star after they defeated Royston Town 3-0. Leah Cudone netted twice for Northern Star, with Evie Driscoll-King adding the other. Rebecca Wilson-Kane (2), Olivia Abraham and Jess McKay were the scorers as third placed Luton Town won 4-1 against Colney Heath to keep up their challenge, whilst Bedford Ladies were also 4-1 victors away to Haringey Borough thanks to Setor Acolatse, Bex Cray, Natasha Fensome and Lauren Murray.
Division One leaders Cambridge City Development did not play and their advantage has been cut to four points by King's Lynn Town after they won 2-1 at AFC Sudbury, Emma Corbyn and Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse netting their goals. Needham Market meanwhile defeated Newmarket Town 4-2 to replace them in third place, thanks to braces from Lois Balfour and Annie Northwood.
Leigh Ramblers have gone level on points with Division One South table toppers Millwall Lionesses after they won 2-1 away to Stevenage Women Development. Lucy Dalgamo and Georgia Holdaway scored for Leigh, with Stevenage's consolation coming from Emily Schofield. Kristina O'Connell was on target four times for Wodson Park in their 5-1 victory over Lawford, Dempsey Favell adding their other goal.
London & South East League
Queen's Park Rangers have gone to the top of the league following their 2-0 victory against Aylesford. Jennifer Moore and Tiffany Skinner scored the goals for Rangers to give them a result which sees them move above Dulwich Hamlet who did not play. Danielle Johnson and Megan Smith were the markswomen for Whyteleafe as they battled out a 2-2 draw with Saltdean Utd, who scored through Olivia Walker and Maddison Zahra. Danielle Parfitt netted the only goal of the game as Eastbourne Town picked up an important 1-0 win away to Denham Utd.
North East League
Harrogate Town won 5-1 at South Shields to restore their four point lead at the top of the Premier Division. Lindsey Whitton led the scoring for Harrogate with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Bethanie Davies and Sophie Tinson, with Rebecca Ward netting a consolation for the home side. Farsley Celtic meanwhile climbed up into second place as Charlotte Adams, Helen Moreton and Shirley Murphy all found the net in their 3-1 success away to Ossett Utd. Jess Round bagged a brace for Redcar Town as they shared a 2-2 draw with Wallsend Boys Club, who scored through Courtney Dack and Emma Hewett.
The top two are powering on in the Northern Division, with Sunderland West End still leading the way. Allison Ferris netted a hat-trick along with Alex Ross and Melissa Simpson in their 5-1 victory over Blyth Town. Alnwick Town continue the chase as they scored ten times without reply past Prudhoe Town including a hat-trick from Michelle Stewart. Catherine Johnston weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Caitlin Black, Jade Eaton, Georgia Latto, Amy Lawson and Ashley Grisdale. Alys Beadle was another hat-trick scorer, for Boro Rangers as they won 3-1 at Norton & Stockton Ancients Res to climb into third place, ahead of Lumley Ladies who were beaten 1-0 by Washington Association, Courtney-Paige Cain grabbing the only goal of the game.
York RI are the new leaders of the Southern Division after scoring ten times without reply against Harrogate Railway. Tamryn Dunlop was on target four times, Jodie Langstaff hit a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Denva Coupland, Ellie Dowson and Victoria Stonehouse. Sheffield Wednesday won 8-0 against Bradford Park Avenue to move into second place, courtesy of a four-goal haul from Sophie Eyre, a Jessica Morrison hat-trick and Phoebe Davis goal. Altofts Ladies complete a trio of clubs level at the top after Nicola Smith, Rachael Murrell and Claire Pritchard gave them a 3-1 victory away to Wakefield Trinity.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra won 3-1 against Morecambe to narrow the gap on the top two, who did not play. Mossley Hill meanwhile battled out a 3-3 draw with Wigan Athletic to leave both teams around mid-table.
In Division One North, Blackburn Community moved level on points with second placed Accrington Sports & Foootball Club as they recorded their ninth straight victory, 6-1 against Morecambe Res. Blackpool follow on in fourth after scoring thirteen times without reply against Carlisle Utd.
One match was played in Division One South, where fourth met fifth with Chester FC Women and West Kirby battling out a 1-1 draw.
South West League
The quarter finals of the Pat Sowden Cup were greatly affected by the bad weather over the weekend with only one of the scheduled four times going ahead. League leaders Wootton Bassett Town are through to the semi finals after they defeated Middlezoy Rovers 3-2. Hannah Gulliver, Lisa Coe and Libby Davies all scored for Bassett, with Georgia Coles netting twice in reply.
Plympton Ladies produced a fine result in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, winning 7-3 at Swindon Spitfires to book their place in the semi finals. Sam Metters netted a hat-trick for Plympton with Stacey Gibson. Emily Hollister, Amy Pridham and Shannon Workman also on target, whilst the Spitfires responded through a Claire Moreton brace and Kacie Anderson. Jemma Tewkesbury meanwhile scored the only goal of the game for Sherborne Town as they beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0. Weston Mendip also progressed after winning their local derby tie 7-2 against Weston-super-Mare. Amy Clark kept up her recent good form as she scored four times along with Jess Chappell, Danielle Pearson and Charlotte Suktem, Ashleigh Richards netting twice in reply.
Cheltenham Town Development made a quick return to top spot in the Northern Division after scoring six times without reply past Downend Flyers. Hannah Marshall led the scoring with a hat-trick, Sophie Griffiths added a brace and Rebecca Donnelly was also on the scoresheet.
In the Western Division, Feniton won 7-1 away to Alphington to go level on points with leaders Plymouth Argyle Development. Stef Churchill-Matthews scored a hat-trick for Feniton along with Amy Salter (2), Kate Finch and Dani Skinner.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd have gone to the top of the Premier Division following their 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers. Lauren May gave them an early lead from the penalty spot and Amy Chivers added the second goal, shortly after half time. Oxford City further consolidated their position in the top four by winning 4-1 away to Newbury Ladies, whilst Warsash Wasps shared a 2-2 draw with Ascot Utd, whose goals came from Katie Vince and Lauren Townsend.
The top of the table clash in Division One went the way of Abingdon Town, who went eight points clear at the top after beating second placed Abbey Rangers 3-1. Elisha Cox, Isi Meade and Cecille Deer scored the goals for Town, with Abbey's consolation coming from Laura Hobbs. Lauryn Abery was on target twice, along with Charlotte Wheeler and Courtney Hughes-Boyne, as Tilehurst Panthers edged out Alton Ladies by the odd goal in seven. Chloe Ball was on the scoresheet for Wycombe Wanderers Development as they finished level at 1-1 with Southampton Women Res, who replied through Tia Hooper.
In the League Cup, Winchester City Flyers went through to the semi finals after beating Eastleigh on penalties. Leah Shave was on target for Eastleigh, with Francesca Thornton replying for Winchester who went on to win 4-3 from the spot.
West Midlands League
Redditch Utd returned to action with a 6-2 victory over Stockingford AA Pavilion, Katie Ross-Baker netting twice along with Annie Highway, Leah Williams, Cheyanne Jarvis and Jade Guppy. They stay seven points ahead of Sutton Coldfield Town who scored ten times without reply past Lye Town, Niamh Deasy bagging a six-goal haul, whilst Imogen Fisher and Ruth Graham netted two apiece. Leek Town got back to winning ways by beating Coundon Court 8-0, thanks to a five-goal blast from Chantelle Gallagher, with Paris O'Connor (2) and Olivia Mountford also on target. Ashleigh Simms hit a hat-trick for Coventry Sphinx in their ten-goal success against Knowle. Christabel Matewe and Neve Platt added two apiece, with Emily Flack, Joanne Ryan and Aine Lenehan accounting for the others.
Division One North leaders AFC Telford Utd bounced back from defeat seven days previously to beat Solihull Sporting 4-0 with a goal each from Abbie Baldwin, Charlotte Budd, Jorgie Pendrous and Jemma Smith. Sandwell Ladies stay five points behind in second place, Rachel Green netted all four goals in their 4-2 success against Sutton Coldfield Town Royals. Maria Bell (2), Savannah Howes and Jessica Wood were the markswomen for Shifnal Town as they beat Port Vale 4-1 to step up their challenge, whilst Stoke City Development were 2-1 winners over Wyrley Ladies thanks to Sarah Hassanin and Sophie Price.
Stourbridge remain fifteen points ahead in Division One South; they beat Rugby Town 5-0 whilst second placed Kidderminster Harriers won 4-0 at Droitwich Spa, courtesy of Dani Selmes (2), Hannah Ashman and Molly Maguire. Cookley Sports defeated Leamington Lions 4-0 and Kingfisher scored thirteen times against Sedgley & Gornal Utd, Elloise Russell was on target four times, Katherine Christopher and Katie Edwards each netted hat-tricks and one apiece from Aimee Higgins, Sarah Kennedy and Kellie Smith.
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