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East Midlands League
Woodlands Ladies saw off a tough challenge from Chesterfield to record a 5-4 extra time victory which sees them through to the semi finals of the League Cup. Jody Scott netted four times for Woodlands, who appear to have reserved their best form for cup competitions this season, and Katie Mayfield added the other, whilst Isobel Lonsdale, Ami Buzzeo, Kelly Fidler and Beth Smyth all replied for the Spireites. Notts County Women join them in the last four after Bella Reed and Rebecca Linsey gave them a 2-1 win away to Ollerton Town, whose consolation came from Shoniqua Barnes.
Peterborough Utd have further increased their lead in the Premier Division to eleven points following a thirteen goal blast against mid-table Leicester City Ladies. Laura Dodwell and Donna McGuigan each scored four times, Hannah Pendred contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Stacey McConville, Megan Parrett and Laura Patrick. The Posh Ladies have extended their lead after second placed Mansfield Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Oughtibridge WMSC.
In Division One North, Arnold Town moved back into fifth place by winning 6-1 away to Sleaford Town. Jodie Ellis and Stacey Pearce each scored twice, with Rachel Mee and Maria Wayne joining them on the scoresheet, whilst the home side's reply came from Jade Welch. Town were to experience the other side of the coin on Wednesday night though as they were beaten 5-0 by Chesterfield. Robyn Henton and Kelly Fidler both bagged braces, with Stephanie Warren also on target to help their team narrow the gap on leaders Hykeham Town to six points.
Oadby & Wigston stepped up their challenge in Division One South with a 6-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes Vixens which lifts them into third place, one point behind the top two. Emma Aspinall and Emily Miles were each on target twice along with Danielle Gilbert and Lucy Phillips-Poole.
Eastern Region League
Luton Town have moved into second in the Premier Division, six points behind leaders Harlow Town, following their 3-0 victory against St Ives Town, courtesy of a goal apiece from Funmi Babalola, Jess McKay and Leyah Maddix. AFC Dunstable meanwhile climbed off the bottom after picking up a handy point from a 4-4 draw with fourth placed Bedford Ladies. Sasha Manders, Jodi McClelland, Daniella Snowden and Chelsea Jeffrey were all on target for Dunstable, whilst Bedford scored through Natasha Fensome (2), Setor Acolatse and Maya Sidhu. Colney Heath follow on after Charlene Moreton and Christina Freestone gave them a 2-1 win over Haringey Borough, whose reply came from Rosie Missen. Hannah Waters (2), Mia Etheridge, Mollie O'Callaghan, Freya Symonds and an own goal ensured that Wymondham Town won 6-3 at Bowers & Pitsea, to move above them on goal difference.
King's Lynn Town recorded a huge victory over Gorleston to move to within a single point of Division One North table toppers Cambridge City Development. Tiffany Forshaw was on target four times whilst Nikita Morris and Emma Corbyn each hit doubles, whilst Rebecca Russell, Rachel Skinner and Millie Hopkisson also got on the scoresheet. Needham Market meanwhile won 2-0 at AFC Sudbury to keep themselves in the hunt, their markswomen were Amber Sparkes and Nia Evans.
Histon are through to the semi finals of the League Plate after they won 2-0 away to East Bergholt Utd, thanks to Alison Wright and Sophie Lanham.
London & South East League
Dartford kept up their recent run of form with a 7-1 victory over Eastbourne Town, which has taken them into the top three. Sarah White netted twice for the Darts and the others came from Shauni Griffiths, Caitlin Hirst, Adele Pearce, Emily Read and Rachel Stevens, with Nicole Baitup replying. Fulham meanwhile won 3-2 against Aylesford to go into the top half. Katie Foster, Lilly Lambird and Gemma Taylor were Fulham's scorers, whilst Hannah Tyler netted both goals for Aylesford.
North East League
The solitary match in the Premier Division was a vital one near the top of the table, Hartlepool Utd winning 3-2 against previously unbeaten Farsley Celtic to step up their own title challenge. Caitlin Bates, Robyn Ingram and Justine Robinson were all on target for Hartlepool, with both of Farsley's goals coming from Adele Jackson. The result takes Hartlepool above Farsley and into second place, just behind leaders Harrogate Town.
Alnwick Town trimmed the lead of Sunderland West End to twelve points as they ran out 11-1 winners over Consett Ladies. Michelle Stewart led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there were doubles from Jade Eaton and Catherine Johnston, with Kirsty Armstrong, Georgia Thompson and Amy Lawson adding a goal apiece. Lauren Henderson grabbed an injury time equaliser to earn Chester-le-Street Town Development a 1-1 draw in their local derby against Lumley Ladies, who had led for much of the game through a Sarah Hutchieson goal.
Sheffield Wednesday moved six points clear at the top of the Southern Division after they overturned an interval deficit to win 5-1 against bottom team Harrogate Railway. Erika Birnie's goal when Harrogate had the backing of the strong wind proved insufficient for a shock result as Sophie Eyre (2), Emma Otley, Channy Rymer and goalkeeper Michelle Stephens scored to give Wednesday victory and also a decent boost to their goal difference. With second place York RI losing 5-3 to fellow challengers Wakefield Trinity, Wednesday are now six points clear. Emily Heckler (2), Isobelle Sibbald (2) and Rachel Stuart were the markswomen for Wakefield, with Tamryn Dunlop, Jodie Langstaff and Lois Hallahan replying.
North West League
The top three in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday but fourth placed Manchester Stingers were unable to make up any ground as they went down 3-2 at the hands of Morecambe. Mossley Hill returned to form with a 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town Wrens and to complete a good day for the home teams, Merseyrail Ladies won 2-1 against Wigan Athletic.
Accrington Sports & Football Club were 2-0 winners away to Workington Reds and this sees them narrow the gap on leaders Penrith AFC to four points. Morecambe Res meanwhile picked up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw against mid-table Preston North End.
Salford City Lionesses turned up the heat at the top of Division One South on their return to action, winning 3-1 at West Kirby to further extend their lead to thirteen points. In the other game, Chester FC Ladies moved into the top three on the back of a 6-2 victory over Didsbury Ladies.
South West League
Bishop's Lydeard have returned to the top of the Premier Division after a goal from Abigail Parr earned them a 1-0 victory against Marine Academy Plymouth. Bideford meanwhile won defeated Torquay Utd 4-1, Tracey Cross netting two of the goals along with Beth Ellis and Rohana Little.
In the only match to survive the weather in the Northern Division, Frampton Rangers returned to the top two by winning 3-0 away to Weston-super-Mare. Lucie Hulin, Courtney Lusmore and Ella Stokes were all on the scoresheet for Frampton.
Swindon Town Development's hopes of moving into the top two in the Eastern Division were dashed as they were beaten 2-0 by Forest Green Rovers. Holly Thomas netted both goals to seal a result which takes Forest Green out of the bottom three.
Plymouth Argyle Development keep hold of the leadership of the Western Division after winning yet another high scoring game, 5-3 against Alphington. Nicola Champion hit a hat-trick for Argyle along with Hannah Brock and Rosie Shipp, whilst the Alphas replied through a Helen Kukor double and Laura Burwood. Feniton made sure of keeping pace with Argyle by beating Bude Town 12-1, Stef Churchill-Matthews and Brittany Harris each bagging four-goal hauls whilst Gemma Aspinall (2), Amy Salter and Nia Owen added the others.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST defeated Moneyfields 4-2 as the top two in the Premier Division clashed in the semi finals of the League Cup. Hannah Bennett scored twice for the Cherries along with Katelyn Wort and Rachel Anderson, whilst the Moneys replied through Kim Whitcombe and Carla Nicholson. Bournemouth's opponents in the Final will be Abingdon Utd who kept their own hopes of the 'double' alive by beating Winchester City Flyers 2-0, courtesy of goals from Molly Lygo-Jackson and Amy Pipe.
Abingdon Town's good season continued as they booked their place in the Chairman's Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over Abbey Rangers. Sarah Comley and Zoe Barnes scored the goals to take Town through, with Rachel Johnson replying (see match report). Southampton Women Res meanwhile won 5-1 away to New Milton Town in their delayed quarter final tie and they will play Wycombe Wanderers for the right to play Abingdon in the Final. Fay Roberts, Kayleigh Tonks, Tia Hooper, Mia Inglis and Jennifer King all netted a goal apiece for Southampton, whilst the home side's consolation came from Emma Fletcher.
In Division One, whilst their two main rivals were playing each other in the semi finals of the Chairman's Cup, second placed Eastleigh moved themselves to within seven points of the leadership by beating Alton Ladies 7-3. Samantha Hide and Catherine Browning each scored twice along with Chelsea Bates, Nicola Beeton and Rowan Hawkins, Alton's responses coming from Nicola Moore (2) and Rebecca Hayler.
West Midlands League
Coventry Sphinx progressed to the last four of the Premier Division League Cup by winning 5-1 away to Kidsgrove Athletic. Abbie Hartfield, Christabel Matewe, Neve Platt, Joanne Ryan and Ashleigh Simms scored their goals, with Natasha Lawrence replying.
AFC Telford Utd have reached the Final of the Division One North Cup after a 5-3 extra time victory over Solihull Sporting. Hannah Canning (2), Charlotte Budd, Jaime Duggan and Jemma Smith were Telford's goalscorers, with Victoria Cook, Jodie Mason and Liz Smart replying.
Stourbridge meanwhile moved themselves closer towards a trophy 'double' as they booked their place in the Division One South Cup Final with a 4-0 success away to Cookley Sports, they will now play Droitwich Spa.
Leek Town continued their pursuit of Premier Division leaders Redditch Utd and have narrowed the gap to six points following their 4-1 victory over Crusaders. Chantelle Gallagher scored twice along with Olivia Mountford and Katie Gibbons, to take Leek up into second place. Saddiqa Shan hit a hat-trick as Solihull Ladies Utd won 6-0 at Coundon Court, Hayley Wilford adding a brace and Scarlett Fielding also on target. Worcester City meanwhile notched up their third league win of the season, 3-1 against Knowle thanks to a Beth Millward brace and Lauren D'oyen-Fitchett.
In Division One South, Kidderminster Harriers narrowed the gap on leaders Stourbridge with a 7-2 win at Rugby Town. Dani Selmes spearheaded the win with a six-goal haul, with Molly Maguire adding their other goal.
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