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East Midlands League
Peterborough Utd kept their challenge for a league and cup 'double' on course as they defeated Rotherham Utd 5-2 to reach the semi finals of the League Cup. Kier Perkins netted twice for the Posh Ladies along with Laura Dodwell, Stacey McConville and Emma Stevenson, while Rotherham replied through Rachel Hale and Amy Pollock. Loughborough Students join them in the last four after a Nnola Oyeka brace and Hannah Brierley gave them a 3-1 victory over Mansfield Town.
Oughtibridge WMSC charged into the League Plate semi finals by beating Notts County Development 6-1. Chelsea Wall netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Annie Longmore, Laura Cain, Kathryn Mudge and Samantha Woodham. Arnold Town went through as a Jodie Ellis hat-trick and Stacey Pearce gave them a 4-2 win against Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Ilkeston Town also progressed with a 6-1 victory over Rise Park on Wednesday night, thanks to Holly Brindley (2), Hayley Brown (2), Jade Eaglefield and Georgina Williams.
One match was played in the Premier Division, Northampton Town lifting themselves into fifth place with a 7-0 win against Kettering Town. Francesca Partridge and Aimee Smith each scored twice, while Abbie Reboul, Emma Billenness and Alex Bartlett accounted for the other goals.
Hykeham Town increased their lead at the top of Division One North to nine points when they defeated Sleaford Town 4-0 in midweek. Zuzana Pramukova, Lauren Churcher, Lauren Carter and Holly Newman all scored a goal apiece for Hykeham. Notts County Development lost ground as they were beaten 4-2 by Lincoln Moorlands Railway, for whom Kelsey Priestley (2), Alice Hayes and Jade Baker were on target. Sleaford had also been on the receiving end of a 5-0 result three days earlier, at Arnold Eagles whose scorers were Amy Gauvrit (2), Natasha Leach (2) and Megan Herbert.
The only game to take place in Division One South produced an emphatic victory for Oadby & Wigston against Corby Town. Lucy Phillips-Poole bagged a four-goal haul and Freya Gardiner hit a hat-trick, Emily Miles added two and there was one apiece from Samantha Hargrave, Yasmin Hilton, Lauren MacLeod, Hannah Randon, Sophie Tew and Millie Roberts.
Eastern Region League
Luton Town's hopes of a possible league and cup 'double' were ended when they were defeated on a penalty shootout by Wymondham Town in the League Cup, after the teams had shared a goalless draw. Royston Town also progressed by winning another all-Premier Division clash, 2-0 against Wroxham thanks to Emma Slater and Rebecca Vass. Natasha Fensome meanwhile scored a hat-trick, with Maya Sidhu and Shianne Swarres adding the others, as Bedford Ladies beat Millwall Lionesses 5-2 after extra time.
Cambridge City Development are through to the semi finals of the League Plate at the first attempt, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Stevenage Women Development in which Carla Penny netted both goals. Hutton meanwhile stormed to a 7-1 success away to Gorleston, Sally Appleton and Vicky Kinsman each scored twice along with Abigail Fry, Lauren Knight and Kelly Roberts. Leigh Ramblers join them in the last four; they ran out 3-1 winners over Wodson Park courtesy of a Georgia Holdaway double and Megan Thomas.
While a number of their nearest rivals were in cup action, Harlow Town took the chance to increase their lead at the top of the Premier Division to seven points after winning 11-1 away to Haringey Borough. Georgia Box and Becky Shephard both scored hat-tricks, Chloe Bassett weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Beth Chambers, Abbey Dell and Amy Nash.
London & South East League
Dartford have reached the Final of the League Cup following a pulsating 5-4 semi final victory over Ashford Town (Middx). Caitlin Hirst (2), Shauni Griffiths, Verity Snow-Burgess and Rachel Stevens scored the goals for the Darts, while Ashford replied through an Ashley Cheatley brace, Jade Johnson and Alissa Down (see match report).
Meanwhile in the league, Denham Utd secured themselves in mid-table by winning 3-2 away to Aylesford. Oana-Elena Negrea netted twice and Kim Pendred added the other, while Kelly Philpott and Fiona Constable were on target for the home side. Gemma Taylor and an own goal ensured that Fulham were 2-1 victors at Eastbourne Town.
North East League
Sunderland West End stepped up the pace at the top of the Northern Division by scoring eight times without reply against Consett Ladies. Kristen Whitfield spearheaded the win by hitting a hat-trick, Toni Deacon and Allison Ferris each netted twice and Alex Ross was also on target as their team went fifteen points clear. In the other game, third placed Boro Rangers ran out 6-1 winners over Prudhoe Town, Alys Beadle bagging a hat-trick along with Eve Jackson, Rachel Jackson and Jessica Ralph.
The North East League as a whole has been greatly affected this month with just four matches being played. Sheffield Wednesday have played in two of those and their 1-0 win away to Bridlington Rovers on Sunday has seen them go three points clear at the top of the table. Wednesday were reduced to ten midway through the first half when Jodie Stancil had to go off with concussion (since returned home after a visit to hospital). A strong defensive display, coupled with a second half strike from Channy Rymer, secured Wednesday's victory. Excluding an awarded win, this was only the third league fixture fulfilled by Bridlington since their 3-0 win back in October over Wednesday, who have gained 13 points out of 18 in the same period.
North West League
League leaders FC United of Manchester are through to the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Cup, after they ran out 6-1 winners over West Kirby. Joining them in the last eight are Tranmere Rovers who won 4-2 against Merseyside rivals Mossley Hill. Blackburn Community pulled off a fine result as they won 4-0 away to Morecambe whilst the clash between Manchester Stingers and West Didsbury & Chorlton saw the sides share eight goals, before Stingers emerged as 4-3 winners from the resulting penalty shootout.
One match was played in the Premier Division, Fleetwood Town Wrens lifting themselves up into fifth place with a 5-2 victory away to Sir Tom Finney.
The other league action was in Division One South, where Altrincham began the task of catching up a number of matches with a 7-1 success over Liverpool Feds Res. Northwich Vixens meanwhile won 3-0 at Wythenshawe Amateurs and have climbed into mid-table.
South West League
Former winners Bishop's Lydeard have gone through to the semi finals of the Pat Sowden Cup after they defeated Marine Academy Plymouth. Also into the last four are Ilminster Town after they were taken all the way to penalties by Keynsham Town Development, winning the shootout after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw in which Colette Martin and Charlotte Pettinger scored.
Callington Town are starting to find their best form again and have moved back up to the top three following their 4-1 victory over Torquay Utd. Kirsty Caunter netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sam Veal and Lisa Pearce.
In the solitary Northern Division match to be played, Downend Flyers climbed off the bottom of the table with their first victory of the season, 2-0 against Weston-super-Mare courtesy of a goal in each half from Harriet Giles.
Sherborne Town have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the Eastern Division when they won 1-0 away to Forest Green Rovers, Jemma Tewkesbury scoring the only goal of the game.
In the Western Division, third placed St Agnes were held to a 2-2 draw by Bude Town. It is only the second drawn match in the division this season, and Bude have been involved in both of them. Abbie Carveth and Stacey Tonkin were on target for St Agnes, with Bude replying via a double from Sarah Badham. Plympton Ladies are a point behind in fourth following an emphatic victory against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Lucy Atkinson was on target five times whilst Sam Metters and Chelsea Robinson netted four apiece, Shannon Workman bagged a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Morgan Friend, Dionne Igalawuye and Beth Plumpton.
Southern Region League
Moneyfields have returned to the top of the Premier Division after winning 3-1 away to Newbury Ladies with goals from Kim Whitcombe, Nicole Matthews and Sophie Kingsley-Cabell. They head the table on goal difference from AFC Bournemouth CST, who defeated Oxford City 8-2. Tara Woodward scored a hat-trick, along with Samantha Jackson and an own goal, as Wycombe Wanderers won 5-2 at Ascot Utd. Eleanor Elsey, Libby O'Dell and Francesca Thornton were the scorers for Winchester City Flyers as they shared a 3-3 draw with Warsash Wasps.
In Division One, Eastleigh replaced Abbey Rangers in second place on goal difference after beating them 4-2. All of Eastleigh's goals came in the second half, Samantha Hide netting twice along with Leah Shave and Emma Simpson. Wycombe Wanderers Development meanwhile defeated Tilehurst Panthers 4-1, thanks to a Chloe Ball hat-trick and Emily Wheller.
West Midlands League
Sutton Coldfield Town are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division League Cup after they beat Crusaders 6-3 after extra time. Imogen Fisher and Niamh Deasy each netted twice along with Hayley Chatwin and Harriet Roberts.
Leek Town meanwhile caught up ground on the top two in the Premier Division with a fourteen-goal victory against Lye Town. Chantelle Gallagher led the scoring with a seven-goal haul whilst Rehanne Mellor bagged a hat-trick. Olivia Mountford contributed two and Leek's other markswomen were Michaela Lockett and Paris O'Connor. Hayley Wilford netted four times for Solihull Ladies Utd in their 9-0 win over Worcester City and she was joined on the scoresheet by Saddiqa Shan (2), Katie Ellis, Laura Smith and Charlotte Wallis.
Sandwell Ladies moved to within two points of Division One North leaders AFC Telford Utd after a Siobhan Hodgetts brace, Sunya Salim and Rachel Green gave them a 4-2 victory over Stoke City Development. Shrewsbury Town beat Wyrley Ladies 2-1 to move into third and Port Vale won for the first time, 6-0 against Sutton Coldfield Town Royals thanks to a Meg Baldwin hat-trick, Mollie Garner, Natalie Barrington-Parry and Kim Cartlidge.
Cookley Sports' hopes of a top three finish in Division One South took a dent as they were beaten 3-2 by Kingfisher, who scored through Aimee Higgins (2) and Samantha Oliver. Chloe Debaes scored four times, Claire Morgan and Kelly Worthington both netted twice and Andie Coupland was also on target as Rugby Town defeated Leamington Lions 9-1 and Droitwich Spa scored six times without reply past Sedgley & Gornal Utd, thanks to a Beth Roberts hat-trick, Leah Baker, Grace Harker and Aimee Ward.
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