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Regional Leagues round-up…

East Midlands League

Northampton Town marched into the quarter finals of the League Cup with a seven-goal victory against Sleaford Town. Alexandra Dicks led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Leah Cudone, Alex Bartlett, Chloe Martin and Georgia Tear. Oughtibridge WM also eased through by beating Nottingham Trent University 11-1, Lucy Ridley netted four times and Millie Kenyon hit a hat-trick, and there was one apiece from Laura Cain, Emma Wall, Laura Watton and Emily Fowler. The tie of the round went the way of Lincoln Utd, who won 4-0 against Chesterfield thanks to doubles from Abigail Murrell and Lucy Farrow. The two respective leaders of Division One North and South came face to face and it was Derby County Academy who triumphed 4-1 over Arnold Eagles, courtesy of a goal apiece from Laila Abadi, Stephanie Kingston, Amelia Towers and Nicola Pludra. Notts County ran out 9-1 winners over Coalville Town Ravenettes and Loughborough Students defeated Rise Park 7-1 thanks to a Maddie Fox hat-trick, Eve Timbrell (2), Nour Aboul Kheir and Megan Lord. Isabella Hodson scored a hat-trick for Nottingham Forest Development in their 8-0 victory against Notts County Development, with Jessica Abdy, Harley Scott and Maja Kocik also on target alongside two own goals.

One match was played in the First Round of the League Plate, Loughborough Foxes Vixens progressing with a 2-1 win away to Oadby & Wigston. Katie Stone and Leandra Whelband scored the goals for Loughborough, with Samantha Hargrave replying.

Eastern Region League

Wymondham Town further extended their Premier Division lead to nine points with a 4-1 victory over King's Lynn Town. Hannah Waters netted twice for the leaders along with Rebecca Russell and Kyla Love, with Ella Gavaghan replying. Defeat for King's Lynn means that Luton Town replace them in third after sharing a 3-3 draw with Bedford Ladies. Camille Angol, Natasha Fensome and Carisa Kaczorowski all scored for Bedford, whilst Luton netted through Jess McKay, Leyah Maddix and an own goal. Angel Lyden, Katie Stancombe and Tia Everdell accounted for the goals as St Ives Town won 3-2 against Haringey Borough 3-2.

In Division One North, leaders Needham Market won 9-0 against Cambridge City Development to open up a lead of four points. Lina Nagib hit a hat-trick, Molly Hall and Nicole Pannifer added two apiece and the tally was completed by Eleanor Rossiter and Jodie Sharp.

Barking have climbed into third place in Division One South with a 3-0 victory over Hutton, thanks to a hat-trick from Laura Bunton. Billericay Town Development meanwhile won for the first time, 6-1 against East Bergholt Utd with goals from Hannah Phillips (2), Lisa Robins (2), Rebecca Gallacher and Sophie Nyiro.

Newmarket Town have gone through to the Third Round of the League Cup after beating Haverhill Rovers on a penalty shootout, after the teams had shared a 2-2 draw. Charlotte Westrope was on target twice for Haverhill, while Dominika Szary and Katie Webb scored the goals for Newmarket who went on to win 3-1 from the spot.

London & South East League

Dartford held on to the leadership of the Premier Division with a 7-1 victory away to Aylesford. Nicha Dyett was on target twice for the Darts along with Georgie Davis, Charlie Torry, Emily Vaughan, Joanne Woodgates and Elizabeth Adams. Ashford Town (Middlesex) defeated Denham Utd 6-1 and stay one point off the pace, with games in hand. Lavana Neufville, Ashley Cheatley, Ruby Linton, Rozalia Sitarz, Alissa Down and Jade Johnson all scored a goal apiece. Despite a goal from Kiz Fergus, third placed New London Lionesses lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Worthing FC Women. Chloe Burr netted twice and Molly Hawkins added the other as Millwall Lionesses won 3-0 at Dulwich Hamlet and Fulham FC Women beat Saltdean Utd 3-1, Ellie Olds bagging a hat-trick.

One match was played in Division One North, Sutton Utd opening up a lead of three points as they won 7-1 against Watford Development. Olivia Watson led the scoring with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sophie Hendy, Darcy Wells and Cassie Brown.

Herne Bay have made up ground on the top three in Division One South after they beat Maidstone Utd 5-2. Jemma Barton scored two of the goals for Bay, with the others coming from Rosie Hague, Gemma Shepherd and Elena Brock.

Dorking Wanderers progressed in the League Cup, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Bexhill Utd in which Sarah Chapman (2), Xayla-Rae Alberts and Ishbel Zuurmond scored. Hastings Utd went one better by beating Walton Casuals 5-0 with goals from Sian Heather (2), Molly Hill (2) and Georgia Tibble. Welling Utd won 2-1 away to Brentford, whilst Dulwich Hamlet Res won their Second Round tie 4-0 at Newhaven, thanks to a Kamilla Hjelmsbo hat-trick and Dorian Senmani Sani.

North East League

Harrogate Town received a slight setback to their title challenge when they were held to a 3-3 draw by Hartlepool Utd. Emma Elliot netted twice and Hannah Freibach the other for Harrogate, who remain in third place, whilst Hartlepool replied with goals from Jessica Dawson, Lucy Stains and Atalia Robinson. Ossett Utd follow on after beating Farsley Celtic 5-0, courtesy of a Jordan Cheetham brace, Emily Starkie, Rowan Treagus and an own goal. Charlotte Blythe and Demi Godson scored the goals for Wakefield Trinity in their 2-2 draw against South Shields, who responded with strikes from Caitlin Bates and Abbie Robinson.

The other action in the league took place in the Southern Division, where Farsley Celtic Juniors moved into a mid-table position with a 5-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity U23. Sarah Lawn (2), Shauna Hill, Charlotte Pardoe and Danielle Parker were the markswomen for Farsley, with Danielle Shepherd and Nicole Moffatt replying.

North West League

Merseyrail Ladies continue to head the Premier Division table by five points after they won 3-2 away to Salford City Lionesses. They lead the way from Tranmere Rovers who were 2-1 winners over Mossley Hill. Crewe Alexandra meanwhile kept their hopes alive as they narrowly beat West Didsbury & Chorlton 1-0, a result which takes them into third. At the other end of the table, Wigan Athletic celebrated their first league victory of the season when they won 2-0 against AFC Darwen.

Blackpool held on to top spot in Division One North by scoring eight times without reply past Penwortham Town. Keisha Masterton hit a hat-trick, Lily Hambly added two and they were joined on the scoresheet by Molly Kelly and Emily Cardwell. Blackpool head the table by two points from Blackburn Community SC, 5-0 winners over Morecambe Res, with Workington Reds a further point adrift in third after a Hayley Bracken double and two own goals gave them a 4-2 success away to Sir Tom Finney whose replies came from Scarlett Dawson and Caitlin Walker. Penrith AFC meanwhile kept themselves in contention, thanks to a 6-1 victory over Accrington Stanley and Preston North End boosted their chances of moving into the top half by beating Carlisle Utd 4-0.

In Division One South, Northwich Vixens are only two points off the pace in third place following their 2-1 win away to Altrincham. Honours were even at Runcorn Linnets where the home side shared a 2-2 draw with Alder FC Women.

South West League

Sherborne Town have a lead of five points in the Premier Division after they battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw with fellow contenders Wootton Bassett Town. Libby Davies scored a hat-trick for Wootton Bassett whilst Sherborne responded through a Gemma Mountain double and Ali Scott-Sheppard. Torquay Utd meanwhile entered the top three as they won 10-3 against Middlezoy Rovers. Esme Kilburn-Thompson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Danni Wyatt and Alex Sheppard each contributed doubles and there was one each from Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson and Sasha Mole. Marine Academy Plymouth were 3-0 winners away to Bideford, Isabel Scott netting twice and Sam Drewery adding the other.

Bristol Rovers are five points away from clinching the Northern Division title following their 8-0 win over Weston-super-Mare and, if results go their way, they can be crowned Champions this Sunday. Laura Curnock and Zoe Fielden-Stewart spearheaded the win for Rovers with four goals each. Bristol Ladies Union are one of the teams which still have a mathematical chance of catching Rovers, hopes they kept alive as Hannah Price and Beth Poore gave them a 2-0 victory against Oldland Abbotonians. Downend Flyers meanwhile drew for the fourth time in nine matches when their meeting with Cheltenham Town Development finished goalless.

In the Eastern Division, Keynsham Town Res took advantage of their rivals' inactivity to stretch their lead at the top to nine points with a 4-0 victory against Frome Town. Fleur Jenkins was on target twice for Keynsham along with Lorna Coates and Vicky Vipond.

The only match to be played in the Western Division saw top take on bottom but such is the tightness of the division, it resulted in the points being shared as Plymouth Argyle U23 fought out a goalless draw with Saltash Utd.

Southern Region League

Leaders Moneyfields returned to action with a 5-0 victory over Eastleigh and this keeps them two points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Kim Whitcombe was on target four times for the Moneys, whose other goal came from Katie Shorter. Abingdon Utd remain hard on their heels after winning 3-2 away to Ascot Utd. Lauren May (2) and Molly Lygo-Jackson scored the goals for United, with Tia Johnson and Alix Todd replying. Chloe Ball netted twice along with Elisha Cox, Cara Kerby and Tori St Clair as third placed Abingdon Town also won, 5-2 at Wycombe Wanderers.

Division One leaders AFC Bournemouth Development now have an eight point advantage after their 5-3 win away to Abbey Rangers, Hannah Francis hitting a hat-trick along with Helen Corbin and Grace Morgan. Bournemouth Sports did keep themselves in touch by beating Southampton Women Res 3-1 thanks to Rosie Eden (2) and Justine Mosley. Pearl Mortimer netted twice and Dominique Carrington the other as New Milton Town won 3-2 at Milton Utd and Eversley & California recorded their first league victory, 5-3 against Woking Ladies with Rebecca Niblett bagging a hat-trick, Joanne Hartfield and Rebekah Pantony adding the others.

West Midlands League

The top two did not play on Sunday and this allowed Stourbridge to catch up ground by scoring seven times without reply against Redditch Utd. Alex Nicklin scored a hat-trick, with the others coming from Hannah Fishwick, Millie Rogers, Jessica Bate and Chelsea Hassell. Crusaders meanwhile kept themselves in touch with a 2-1 success away to Worcester City in which Paige Leonard and Alice Lilley scored. Lucy Dovey, Dani Selmes and an own goal earned Kidderminster Harriers a 3-2 win at Coventry Sphinx and this keeps them just ahead of Lye Town who beat City of Stoke 3-0 thanks to Rhiannon Bate, Sian Johnson and Caitlyn Walton.

In Division One North, a 3-0 victory away to Wyrley Ladies has taken AFC Telford Utd level on points with leaders Shifnal Town. Tania Prior, Abbie Baldwin and Jaime Duggan all scored a goal apiece for Telford. Walsall Ladies move up to fourth after a Jessica Bate double and Aaliyah Shearer gave them a 3-2 win over Port Vale, whilst a Lauri Alexander brace earned Darlaston Town a 2-2 draw against Sandwell Ladies, whose replies came from Phoebe Hopwood and Claire Humphries.

Division One South is getting closer and tighter by the week and now just a single point covers the top four teams in the table. The top three are all level on points, having been joined this week by Knowle after they ran out 7-0 winners over Westfields Women. Demi-Lee Rolph scored a hat-trick, Alice Belcher added two and the others came from Jessica Barlow and Lucy Horsburgh. A win would have taken Kingfisher top but they are fourth after going down 2-0 to Cookley Sports, whose scorers were Lauren Thompson and Elland Draper. Sedgeley & Gornal Utd also remain close at hand and would have joined the top three on 22 points had they won at Rugby Town, but instead it was the home team who triumphed 2-1 with Chloe Debaes scoring both goals.