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Regional Leagues round-up…

East Midlands League

Chesterfield have hit top spot in the Premier Division on goal difference following an emphatic 13-1 win over Rise Park. Georgina Williams and Georgia Willson netted four goals apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Gina Camfield (2), Hannah Baker, Kelly Fidler and Emily Mapley-Sims. Northampton Town slip to second, but still possess two games in hand, after being held to a 1-1 draw by Loughborough Students. Northampton led at half time through a goal from Leah Cudone, with Eve Sutcliffe equalising for the students after the break. Mansfield Town meanwhile stepped up their challenge by beating Rotherham Utd 5-1, thanks to a four-goal haul from Georgia Gladwin and Gabriella Foulkes, who netted the other. Notts County remain one point above Lincoln Utd in fourth after their meeting finished in a 1-1 draw.

Second half goals from Eve Shaw and Amy Gauvrit gave Arnold Eagles a 2-0 victory away to Sherwood FC Women and this extends their lead to six points in Division One North. Nottingham Trent University are now second, they defeated Grimsby Borough 5-1 thanks to Mia Pinkham (2), Alice Rogers, Elizabeth Stocks and Bethan Gammon. Elisha Gourlay, Sophie Howe and Caitlin Want were all on the scoresheet as Notts County Development ran out 3-0 winners over Cleethorpes Town.

Derby County Academy march on at the top of Division One South and remain nine points clear after Olivia Edwards and Holly Otter gave them a 2-0 win away to Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Anstey Nomads continued their valiant chase after the runaway leaders by beating Oadby & Wigston 5-1, Carmelina Colangelo netting four times and Simran Singh adding the other. Thrapston Town won 3-1 at Peterborough Utd Res to go up to third, courtesy of goals from Claire Coleman, Emma Robinson and Amelia Boddington. Nottingham Forest Development ran out 9-2 winners over Coalville Town Ravenettes, Amber Bilous hitting a hat-trick whilst Jessica Abdy, Isabella Hodson and Jessica Waplington all bagged doubles.

Eastern Region League

Wymondham Town took a step closer towards a potential league and cup double when they reached the semi finals of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Royston Town. Rebecca Russell and Natasha Youngs scored the goals for the newly crowned Champions. Grace Birchall and Lauren Bullard gave Wroxham a 2-0 win at Colney Heath to book their place in the last four as did AFC Dunstable who defeated Herts Vipers Women 5-2, courtesy of a goal each from Mollie Burgess, Chelsea Jeffrey, Shauna Smith, Gemma Whitchurch and Emily Wilson.

Rhiana Castle, Beth Cooper and Rebecca Dalgarno accounted for the goals as Leigh Ramblers swept into the League Plate semi finals with a 3-1 victory away to Cambridge City Development. Hannah Murphy scored the only goal of the game for Whittlesey Athletic in their 1-0 success at East Bergholt Utd and Hutton beat Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses 2-0 thanks to a double from Amber Amey.  

King's Lynn Town stayed in the chase for the runners-up spot by beating Bedford Ladies 4-1 in the only match played in the Premier Division, Natasha Fensome scoring a consolation goal for Bedford.

London & South East League

Ashford Town (Middlesex) kept themselves firmly on course for the title by winning 6-1 away to New London Lionesses. Lavana Neufville scored twice, with Rozalia Sitarz, Ashley Cheatley, Chloe Farrell and Caroline Bisson adding the others. Ashford, who have played four games less, head the table on goal difference from Dartford who were 3-2 winners over Aylesford thanks to an Emily Vaughan brace and Amy Panayi. Ella Newman (2), Gemma Worsfold (2), Molly Thorns and Rebecca Simmons scored the goals as Worthing FC Women defeated Denham Utd 6-0 to stay third, just in front of Fulham FC Women who also scored six without reply away to Whyteleafe. Helen Ogle was on target twice for Fulham along with Katie Foster, Oana-Elena Negrea, Rebecca Stormer and Georgia Heasman. Brittany Saylor scored the only goal of the game for Dulwich Hamlet in their 1-0 victory away to Millwall Lionesses, moving themselves to within a single point of their opponents.

In Division One North, Dulwich Hamlet Res are three points off the pace after they defeated Dorking Wanderers 5-2. Honours were even in the other game, Natalie White scoring for Hackney as they shared a 1-1 draw with Sport London e Benfica, who scored through Renata Ferreira.

Division One South table toppers AFC Acorns suffered a setback when they were beaten 4-2 by Hastings Utd, who move into third as a result. Acorns led 2-1 at half time with goals from Sami Phillips and Lauren Tyler but a second half fightback saw Hastings take the points with Claire Johnson, Georgia Tibble and Molly Hill all on target along with an own goal. Hastings now trail Acorns by eight points but have three games in hand, whilst Ashford Ladies are also still in the reckoning. Welling Utd meanwhile won 1-0 against Meridian Ladies, Emily Symonds scoring the only goal of the game.

The final quarter final in the League Plate turned out to be a close affair and it was Newhaven who booked their place in the last four with a penalty shootout victory over Division One North leaders Brentford after the teams had battled out a goalless draw.

North East League

Leaders York City did not play on Sunday but their position was strengthened with the news that nearest rivals Harrogate Town had been beaten 3-2 by Ossett Utd. Alayna Millard (2) and Charlotte Adams scored the goals for Ossett, who move up to third, whilst Harrogate's replies came from Hannah Freibach and Molly Havard. Chelsea Pilmer, Neve Renwick and Amelia Hunt were on target for Wakefield Trinity as they also won 3-2 at Hartlepool Utd, who netted through Atalia Robinson and Emily Stuart, and a solitary goal from Hannah Travis earned Wallsend Boys Club a 1-0 win against South Shields.

Blyth Town have edged two points ahead in the Northern Division after a 3-2 victory away to Spennymoor Town. A second half fightback saw Boro Rangers claim a 3-3 draw with Wallsend BC Res, Lily Metcalfe netting twice along with Eve Jackson, after Michaela Sewell (2) and Rachel Hepple had scored for Wallsend. Chester-le-Street Utd kept themselves in the mix by running out 9-1 winners at Prudhoe Town. Jade Fenton scored a hat-trick for United along with Kirsty Gillis (2), Ellie Medd (2) and Sarah Hutchieson. Washington Association won 2-1 against Guisborough Town, whilst West Allotment Celtic defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients Res 4-2 thanks to a Victoria Curtis brace, Chloe Flannaghan and Megan Hindmarsh.

Hull Utd have taken a huge stride towards the Southern Division title after winning 2-0 against one of their main rivals, Altofts Ladies, with goals from Jade Newlove and Amy Ward. Hull continue to head the table by ten points from York RI who defeated Millmoor Ladies 8-1, Tamryn Dunlop and Jodie Langstaff each hitting hat-tricks along with Anna Whitehead and Chloe Jackson.

North West League

Newly crowned Champions Merseyrail Ladies just keep on winning, this time they defeated third placed Crewe Alexandra 2-1 to open up a huge lead of ten points from Tranmere Rovers, who are now in the driving seat to take the runners-up spot. Cheadle Town Stingers won 2-1 away to Mossley Hill and are up into fourth, just ahead of AFC Darwen who were also 2-1 winners over West Didsbury & Chorlton. Salford City Lionesses meanwhile boosted their chances of a top half finish, thanks to a 4-1 victory away to Wigan Athletic.

Blackburn Community SC stay six points clear in Division One North following their 4-0 victory against Sir Tom Finney. Blackpool are keeping up the chase in second after Keisha Masterson and Cloe Warbrick gave them a 2-0 success over Morecambe Res. Preston North End won 2-1 at Penwortham Town and hold on to third place, ahead of Haslingden who were 2-1 victors away to Workington Reds. Accrington Stanley CT are another team which is finishing the season well and they defeated Penrith AFC 2-0 to leap up to fifth and at the other end of the table, Carlisle Utd are off the bottom after recording their second league victory of the season, 1-0 against Chorley Women Development.

A 1-0 victory away to West Kirby means that Curzon Ashton remain six points clear in Division One South from Chester FC Women, who defeated Alder FC Women 4-0. Third placed Warrington Wolves Foundation lost ground when they shared a 1-1 draw with Wythenshawe Amateurs. Hindley Juniors Women won 2-1 against Altrincham and this result lifts them up to fourth, ahead of Northwich Vixens who were beaten 3-1 by Mersey Valley.

South West League

Middlezoy Rovers made sure of ending their league season on a winning note, beating Wootton Bassett Town 4-1. Chelsea Day netted twice for Middlezoy along with Georgia Coles and Chloe Snook, whilst Bassett's consolation was scored by Libby Davies.

Frampton Rangers will finish in third place in the Northern Division following their 3-1 victory over Oldland Abbotonians. Amie Norris, Rebecca Hewitt and Brodie Olive were all on target for Frampton, whilst Oldland replied through Hannah Pugh. Bristol Ladies Union's chances came to an end as they were beaten 4-2 by Weston Mendip, who made it two wins in a row. Charlotte Suktem scored twice for Mendip along with Daisy Hutchins and Kelly Jones, with Madison Price and Ruby Saunders on target for Union. Cheltenham Town Development meanwhile shared eight goals with Weston-super-Mare, Katie Sharkey hitting a hat-trick for Weston and Summer-Lily Robinson adding the other.

With Eastern Division leaders Swindon Town Development not having a game, Warminster Town edged closer to them after battling out a 3-3 draw with Keynsham Town Res. Fleur Jenkins scored a hat-trick for Keynsham whilst Warminster, who trail Swindon by five points but have two games in hand, netted through Mia Blazey, Maddie Brown and Sophy Whyley. The other game in the division between Frome Town and Chipping Sodbury Town finished goalless.

Southern Region League

Moneyfields have clinched the league title after their 6-0 victory away to Woodley Utd put them beyond the reach of Abingdon Utd, who will have to settle for the runners-up spot. Kim Whitcombe hit a hat-trick for the Moneys along with Kayleigh Tonks, Sheree Bell-Jack and an own goal (see match report). Libby Wilkinson netted twice and Jennifer Arundell added the other as Winchester City Flyers won for the third time, 3-2 against Wycombe Wanderers for whom Chante Inniss scored both.

In Division One, Chichester City moved up to third place, their highest position of the season so far, after Gabriella Hobday and Molly Jones gave them a 2-0 victory over Woking Ladies. Southampton Women Res were also 2-0 winners against Abbey Rangers thanks to Scarlet Darnton and Phoebe Hamilton.

Abingdon Utd are through to the semi finals of the League Cup following their 3-2 victory over Ascot Utd. Lauren May was the heroine for Abingdon as she scored a hat-trick, whilst Ascot's replies came from Hayley Cruickshank and Isabel Woods.

West Midlands League

Lichfield City held on to their three point lead in the Premier Division after an Alicia Bailes double and Courtney Dilger gave them a 3-0 victory over Lye Town. Sutton Coldfield Town stay on their heels after beating Redditch Utd 3-0, Niamh Deasy netting twice and Sophie Levick adding the other, and Stourbridge kept themselves firmly in the race by winning 4-1 at Worcester City with goals from Cheryl Edwards, Esme Moran, Courteney Murphy and Georgia Thacker. Hannah Vincent meanwhile scored the only goal of the game as Crusaders won 1-0 at Tamworth.

Shrewsbury Town strengthened their position at the top of Division One North, thanks to a 5-0 victory at Darlaston Town. Vikki Owen led the scoring for the Shrews with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Paris Schofield and Madison Jones. Sandwell Ladies are second, four points behind Shrewsbury, after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Shifnal Town. Rebecca-Lee Bown had given Shifnal a first half lead but after the break, Sandwell hit back to take the points with strikes from Phoebe Hopwood and Marsha Malik. Walsall Wood have entered the top three after their 13-1 win against Wyrley Ladies was spearheaded by a six-goal haul from Rosie Hargreaves, whilst Tayler Davies hit a hat-trick and Leanne Johnson (2), Danielle Walsh and Rhiannon Armstrong rounded off the scoring.

Solihull Sporting have moved two points ahead in Division One South after beating Rugby Town 6-1. Naomi Melbourne and Lauren Smith each netted twice along with Isabelle Haigh and Leah Williams. Demi-Lee Rolph netted a brace for second placed Knowle as they drew 2-2 with Sedgley & Gornal Utd, for whom Olivia Lloyd and Arshi Zahoor were on target. Katie Edwards netted both goals as Kingfisher won 2-0 at Leamington Lions and a first half strike from Danielle Statham gave Rugby Borough the points at Cookley Sports.

The two remaining quarter final ties in the Premier Division Cup were played and Coventry Sphinx went through on penalties after sharing a 2-2 draw with City of Stoke. Ellie-Mai Northall and Millie Webb scored the goals for Coventry, with Kiera Willdigg and Kim Barber replying. Coventry's opponents in the last four will be Kidderminster Harriers who progressed with a 2-0 victory over Coundon Court, with goals from Sarah Lojko and Dani Selmes.