Regional Leagues round-up…
East Midlands League
Northampton Town stay three points clear at the top of the Premier Division after a first half goal from Leah Cudone gave them a 1-0 win away to Lincoln Utd. Chesterfield made sure of staying on their heels, thanks to a 3-0 success at previously unbeaten Mansfield Town with goals from Beth Smyth, Georgina Williams and Georgia Willson. Loughborough Students scored ten times without reply past Leicester City Ladies, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Fatima Hussein and an Eve Timbrell hat-trick. Phoebe Durkin, Flossie Jones and Hope Mumford weighed in with the other goals.
Grimsby Town hold on to the leadership of Division One North after second placed Arnold Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by Grimsby Borough. Natasha Leach gave Arnold an early lead, with Borough levelling through Natalie Aird. Nottingham Trent University are also a single point off the pace following their 3-0 victory over Sleaford Town in which Lucia Hilton, Alice Rogers and Beth Gammon all scored. Lauren Bell netted both goals as St Josephs Rockware of Worksop won 2-0 at Cleethorpes Town and Notts County Development defeated Sherwood FC Women 2-1 thanks to Lauren Trachy and Heather Keith.
Division One South leaders Derby County Academy were not in action and their lead has been trimmed to six points by Anstey Nomads, who won 4-2 at Kettering Town with goals from Carmelina Colangelo (2), Ella Needham and Simran Singh. Oadby & Wigston stay third, an Emma Aspinall double and Lily Cocking earned them a 3-2 success away to Nottingham Forest Development. This allowed Thrapston Town to move into the top four with a six-goal victory at Leicester Road, Amelia Boddington netting four times along with Emma Robinson and an own goal. Katie Stone scored a hat-trick, Frances Miller and Hayley Walden each netted twice and Abigail Whistler was also on target as Loughborough Foxes Vixens beat Peterborough Utd Res 8-2 and Coalville Town Ravenettes are off the bottom thanks to a 4-1 success at Ilkeston Town, Zaiga Lacite hitting a hat-trick and Aleksandra Wawrzycka the other.
Eastern Region League
Wymondham Town seem to be marching relentlessly towards the title and moved themselves even closer by winning 1-0 away to Colney Heath, Chelsea Clarke scoring the only goal of the game. Royston Town are still leading the chasing sides but the gap remains at twelve points, despite Royston beating AFC Dunstable 2-0 with a Sammy Tinsley double. Third placed King's Lynn Town drew 1-1 with Bowers & Pitsea, goals coming from Ella Gavaghan and Megan Harley respectively. Luton Town stay in the running for second place after they won 5-2 at St Ives Town.
Newmarket Town have climbed up to second place in Division One North on the back of a 4-1 success against Wootton Blue Cross. Katie Spiers hit a hat-trick for Newmarket and Katie Webb was also on target, with Charlotte Bedford replying.
Herts Vipers Women are the new leaders of Division One South after they defeated Billericay Town Development 6-0, Kelsey Millen netting twice along with Natalie Powell, Rebecca Edge, Katie Moule-Bettell and Danielle Cliffe. Barking had started the day on top but were beaten 6-1 by AFC Sudbury, who are now in second. Isabella Crawford (2), Evie Creaton (2), Caitlyn Charles and Georgia Sleep all scored for Sudbury. Cheshunt were 4-2 winners at East Bergholt Utd and Kristina O'Connell grabbed the only goal of the game for Wodson Park against Hutton.
London & South East League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division was won by Ashford Town (Middlesex), who beat Dartford 2-0 to open up a lead of three points. Both goals came in the last fifteen minutes, Laura Huse opening the scoring and Ruby Linton sealing the points with the second goal. Third placed Fulham FC Women meanwhile won 3-0 at Denham Utd thanks to Ellie Olds (2) and Oana-Elena Negrea. New London Lionesses returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Aylesford, given to them by Elizabeth Ashcroft and Samantha Lanza Gabian. Anna Stones netted the only goal of the game as Dulwich Hamlet beat Saltdean Utd 1-0 and Whyteleafe were 2-0 winners over Millwall Lionesses thanks to Kelly Poynton and Megan Smith.
The top two in Division One North also came face to face and again the spoils went to the leaders, in this case Sutton Utd who won a thrilling match 4-3 against Dorking Wanderers. Olivia Watson netted twice for Sutton along with Mika Keen and an own goal, whilst Dorking replied via an Ishbel Zuurmond brace and Xayla-Rae Alberts. Catherine Campbell (2), Chanel Richards and Alex Muschette accounted for the goals as Dulwich Hamlet Res defeated Walton Casuals 4-2 to go up to third, ahead of Brentford who lost ground when beaten 2-1 by whose scorers were Sarah Garlick and Lizzie Tucker. Watford Development ran out 3-0 winners over Clapham Utd thanks to Lauren Araniello, Francesca Grazioli and Reese Ayres.
AFC Acorns stretched their Division One South lead to five points after goals from Mariangelis Escalona, Samantha Rowland and Lauren Tyler gave them a 3-2 win away to Herne Bay. Hastings Utd now occupy second place following their 12-1 crushing of Maidstone Utd. Georgia Tibble scored four times, Nicole Baitup and Sian Heather each bagged hat-tricks while Naomi Corrigan and Sophie Reed added the others for Hastings who are ahead on goal difference from Ashford Ladies, 6-0 victors over Meridian Ladies thanks to Jade Steadman (2), Rebecca Wyatt (2), Katie Hardaker and Yasmin Howard. Emily Clarke, Maddie Bone and Storm Arnold were the markswomen for Welling Utd in their 3-0 win at Parkwood Rangers and Newhaven defeated Bexhill Utd 4-2 with a goal apiece from Lucy Collinson, Chelsea Cook, Charlotte Markham and Lauren Smith.
North East League
With York City not in action, Redcar Town had an opportunity to close the gap on them to seven points, which they accepted with a 2-1 victory over Ossett Utd. Jess Round scored both goals for Redcar whilst Ossett's reply came from Danielle Sidebottom. Harrogate Town are a further two points adrift in third following their 3-0 success at Sheffield Wednesday in which Cassidy Lane (2) and Hannah Freibach were on target. Sophie White netted twice, with Caitlin Bates and Alex Miller also on the scoresheet, as South Shields defeated Farsley Celtic 4-1.
Blyth Town got back to winning ways in the Northern Division and head the table by three points after their 9-1 victory at Guisborough Town. Steph Ord hit a hat-trick for Blyth, Sophie Hollis weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Katie Archbold, Ailsa Swinburne, Rebecca Henry and Katie Glendening. Boro Rangers meanwhile reclaimed second place at the expense of Chester-le-Street Utd, winning their meeting 2-1 thanks to Jade Danks and Jessica Thomas, with Holly Doogan replying. Washington Association follow on after beating Prudhoe Town 4-0, Jessica Cook netting twice along with Freya Martin and Abigail Phipps. Rachel Hepple was on target for Wallsend BC Res in their 1-1 draw with West Allotment Celtic, who replied through Eilidh Paul, whilst Bishop Auckland won 4-1 away to Norton & Stockton Ancients Res, courtesy of Emma Wright (2), Vikki Ryder and an own goal.
Southern Division leaders Hull Utd dropped points for the first time this season as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Farsley Celtic Juniors, but have still gone further ahead at the top. Emma Smith, Lauren Tate and Tonya Wild-Storr scored the goals for Hull, whilst Farsley's replies came from Jasmin Cooper, Shauna Hill and Sarah Lawn. Second placed York RI crashed to an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Altofts Ladies, for whom Nadine Bates and Grace Wilkinson both hit hat-tricks, with Emily Scott adding the other two. Millmoor Juniors Ladies maintained their improving form by beating Bradford Park Avenue 8-3, Abby Watkinson bagging a hat-trick along with Demi Adams, Leanne Corns, Charlotte Hill, Delia Hurdiss and Louise Webster. Lynn Goodman and Amy Lyons were the markswomen for Barnsley FC Ladies as they won 2-1 against Wakefield Trinity U23.
North West League
Merseyrail Ladies tightened their grip on the Premier Division title race as they defeated Wigan Athletic 2-0 whilst second placed Tranmere Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by West Didsbury & Chorlton, thus extending Merseyrail's lead to seven points. Crewe Alexandra are a further six points behind in third, following their 1-0 success away to Mossley Hill. Salford City Lionesses were 2-1 winners over Fleetwood Town Wrens to stay narrowly ahead on goal difference from AFC Darwen, who defeated Cheadle Town Stingers 4-0.
Blackburn Community SC are the new leaders of Division One North, following their 2-0 win away to third placed Workington Reds. Preston North End meanwhile continued their recent good form by winning 3-2 against Haslingden, whilst Chorley Women Development defeated Sir Tom Finney 5-0. Accrington Stanley beat Morecambe Res 2-1 to go level on points with Haslingden, as did Penwortham Town with a 2-0 victory over Carlisle Utd.
With Curzon Ashton not in action, a win would have taken Northwich Vixens top of the table but they remain second following a 1-1 draw with Warrington Wolves Foundation. Alder FC Women were 2-1 victors away to Didsbury Ladies whilst Runcorn Linnets defeated West Kirby 5-1 and Altrincham lifted themselves off the bottom of the table, thanks to a 3-1 victory against Wythenshawe Amateurs.
South West League
Sherborne Town maintained their five point lead as they won 4-0 against Wootton Bassett Town. Jamie Bland, Gemma Mountain, Tegen Lee-Standen and Ali Scott-Sheppard all scored a goal apiece for the Zebras. Ilminster Town meanwhile beat Bishop's Lydeard 2-0 thanks to Harriet Kelly and Charlotte Pettinger, whilst Torquay Utd also remain in the running after Esme Kilburn-Thompson and Tracey Cross gave them a 2-1 victory over Marine Academy Plymouth, whose consolation came from Sam Drewery. Chloe Snook was on target for Middlezoy Rovers as they shared a 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers, whose goal was scored by Georgia Vandries.
Almondsbury notched their ninth win in a row in the Northern Division, a 2-0 success against Downend Flyers which sees them cut Bristol Rovers' lead to six points. Zoe Hales gave 'Bury the lead just before half time and Jess Bessell wrapped up the win with the second goal on the hour. Frampton Rangers moved back up to third as a Lucie Hulin hat-trick led them to a 6-0 victory away to Weston-super-Mare, with Brodie Olive (2) and Charlotte Daly adding their other goals. Rebecca Donnelly and Amelie Lewis scored the goals as Cheltenham Town Development won 2-1 at Bristol Ladies Union, whose reply came from Hannah Price. Oldland Abbotonians meanwhile defeated Weston Mendip 3-1 with strikes from Hannah Pugh, Amy Street and Molly McKay, Daisy Hutchins netting a consolation for Mendip.
Swindon Town Development have gone level on points with Eastern Division leaders Keynsham Town Res after they beat AEK Boco for the second week running. This time it was by a 5-1 margin, courtesy of an Amelia Dudding brace, Ruby Colleton, Lucy Scrannage and Maddie Sheppard whilst Lucy Atkinson once again netted Boco's consolation. Warminster Town stay firmly in the running, they edged out Chipping Sodbury Town thanks to a Mia Blazey double and Shannon Redhouse. A first half goal from Eleri Webber earned Paulton Rovers a 1-0 victory away to Frome Town.
In the Western Division, Saltash Utd have moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 win away to Helston Athletic. The home team would have taken over the leadership if they had won but it was Dee Newman and Devon Simmonds who scored the goals to give the Ashes the points, with Sasha Sparkes replying.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after they defeated Division One leaders AFC Bournemouth Development 4-1. Beth Hawtin and Lindsay Pinker each scored twice for United, with Lily Humes replying. Neighbours Abingdon Town meanwhile went out, beaten 2-1 by Milton Utd from the division below thanks to goals from Mollie Dyer and April England. Bournemouth Sports were another side to take a Premier Division scalp, Rosie Eden giving them a 1-0 win over Woodley Utd. Tia Johnson hit a hat-trick, with Sarah Leonard and Nicole Brown adding the others, as Ascot Utd defeated Southampton Women Res 5-0 whilst Eastleigh won 3-1 at Abbey Rangers, Gabrielle Ewing netting twice and Kau'Inohea Taylor added the other. New Milton Town are the other team through to the last eight, Dominique Carrington bagging a hat-trick as they beat Woking Ladies 6-1. Pearl Mortimer weighed in with a brace and Caitlin Youles rounded off the scoring.
In the solitary Premier Division match to be played, Moneyfields returned to the top of the table by scoring seven times without reply past Wycombe Wanderers. Aine McKeever and Charley Wilson netted two apiece, with Kirsty Pearce, Emma Pinner and Ellie Bloomfield also on target.
One match also took place in Division One, Chichester City defeating third placed AFC Stoneham 2-0 with goals from Katie Bundy and Gabriella Hobday.
West Midlands League
Lichfield City head the Premier Division on goal difference following their 5-0 win away to Crusaders on Sunday. Shelbie Cartwright and Natasha Lawrence each scored twice for Lichfield along with Jodie Mason. Stourbridge also won 5-0 at City of Stoke to stay just behind the top two, thanks to doubles by Courteney Murphy and Georgia Thacker with Hannah Fishwick adding the other. The Glassgirls lie third, six points off the pace but with games in hand, and ahead on goal difference from Lye Town who beat Coventry Sphinx 2-0 with a Sunya Salim brace. Senna Robinson (2) and Lauren D'oyen-Fitchett gave Worcester City a 3-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers, whose consolation came from Sarah Lojko, whilst Coundon Court defeated Redditch Utd 2-1 thanks to Jessica Sevellec and Catherine Smith.
The top two did not play in Division One North and third placed AFC Telford Utd were beaten 8-0 by Walsall Wood, who are now a single point behind them in the table. Natasha Baptiste and Tayler Davies each hit hat-tricks for Wood, with Grace Field and Beth Male also on target. The other game in the division saw Sandwell Ladies come from behind at half time to win 3-1 at Coventry City. Lauren Bailey-O'Toole gave Coventry a first half lead but after the break, Sandwell came surging back with a Phoebe Hopwood double and Marsha Malik.
Solihull Sporting enjoyed another high scoring day in Division One South, keeping hold of the leadership on goal difference with a twelve-goal blast against Cookley Sports. Angel Scandrett netted five times and Naomi Melbourne added a further four, with the tally being completed by Evie Quinn, Leah Williams and Dionne Williams. Knowle meanwhile kept pace with Solihull by winning 6-0 at Rugby Borough, Alice Belcher bagging a four-goal haul and Demi-Lee Rolph the other two. Sedgley & Gornal Utd follow on after they defeated Westfields Women 8-2, Arshi Zahoor netting four times along with Kathryn Moore, Nicola Finlay, Olivia Lloyd and Abi Beady. Chloe Debaes also scored four, for Rugby Town in their 7-1 victory over Droitwich Spa, Hannah Morris added a brace and Grace Keenan was also on target.