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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students have taken over as the new leaders of the Premier Division after they defeated Mansfield Town 3-0. They head the table by a single point from Friar Lane & Epworth, who went second by beating Gedling Town 4-1. Heather St Johns drew for the sixth time, their match with Shepshed Dynamo finishing goalless, whilst Sandiacre Town's improving run was halted by a 2-1 reverse at Rolls Royce Leisure. Peterborough Azure returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success over Market Warsop, who remain in the bottom two.
Retford Utd power on at the top of Division One North, their 3-1 win against Arnold Town keeping them eleven points clear of Grimsby Town who edged out Rise Park by the odd goal in five. Steel City Wanderers beat Sparta Nottingham 3-1 and are a further point adrift in third place. It was a good day for the bottom two teams, Lenton Athletic came away from West Bridgford with a 3-1 victory whilst Linby CW won for the first time, 2-1 against Allestree.
Division One South leaders Hinckley Utd were held to a goalless draw by third placed Huncote S & SC and their advantage has been trimmed to five points by Long Eaton Utd, who scored six without reply against Daventry Town. Improving Asfordby Amateurs won for the third time in four games, 3-2 over Nuneaton Town whilst bottom of the table Sleaford Town picked up a crucial 2-1 victory at Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town caused an upset in the quarter finals of the League Cup as they ran out 6-1 winners away to Premier Division high fliers Haringey Borough. Lisa Silverton bagged a hat-trick for the Division One South side along with Sarah Bovington and Paris Smith. Chelmsford City were taken all the way to penalties by Arlesey Town before emerging as 5-4 winners from the shootout. The other tie to be played also went to spot kicks as Peterborough drew 3-3 with Hethersett Athletic, who progressed to the semi finals with a 6-5 success.
With their nearest rivals playing in the Cup, Cambridge University kept up their winning run to beat West Lynn 3-0 and go four points clear in the Premier Division. Victoria Clarkson (2) and Kate Robinson bagged the goals for the in-form students. Stevenage Borough battled out a 1-1 draw with Bedford Ladies, Jay Madden netting their goal with Natasha Fensome replying. Samantha Jones netted twice along with Tanya McKew and Kate Steed as Woodbridge Town ran out 4-1 winners away to Taverham.
In Division One North, Cambridge Rangers were unable to take an opportunity to go top as they went down 2-1 at Huntingdon Town, who scored through Karen Williams and Sarah Gee. Kettering Town are a further two points adrift in third place after they drew 1-1 with Haverhill Rovers.
Brentwood Town have taken over the leadership of Division One South, goals from Kerri Thomas, Nicole Manning and Lucy Faraday giving them a 3-1 victory over Whitwell. Hannakins kept up their challenge with a 1-0 success at Royston Town, Layla Little netting the only goal. Wendy Rankin and Jackie Stott were on target for Sawbridgeworth Town as they won 2-1 at Hoddesdon Owls.
London & South East League
Panthers stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to eight points with a 6-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon. Old Actonians, who have two games in hand, lost a little ground in second place as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wandgas. Littlehampton Town leapfrogged Denham Utd into fourth by beating them 1-0 whilst Crawley Wasps defeated Garston 3-0 to move out of the bottom three.
Division One (London) leaders Kent Magpies did not play and their advantage was cut to two points by Surbiton Town who scored five without reply against Tring Athletic. Tooting & Mitcham Utd beat Luton Town Res 2-1 and are a further two points adrift. Hemel Hempstead ran out 5-2 winners over Westfield and West Ham Utd Development came away from Brentford with a 5-0 victory.
North East League
Barnsley closed the gap on leaders Whitley Bay to a single point by running out 6-0 winners over Ossett Albion. York City and Hull City shared four goals and Guiseley were 4-1 victors away to Huddersfield Town.
Castleford White Rose are starting to stretch the pace at the top of the Southern Division, going five points clear after beating Tadcaster Magnets 10-1. Bradford City A and AFC Preston finished level at
2-2 and Keighley won for the second week in a row, 5-1 against Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Mossley Hill are starting to pull away at the top of the Premier Division and extended their lead to eight points with a 5-0 victory over Wigan Ladies. Their two nearest rivals in the table met each other and honours were even as Chorley and Chester City finished level at 1-1. Fletcher Moss Rangers follow on after beating Bolton Wanderers 4-0. Burnley Girls ran out 5-0 winners over Bury Girls & Ladies, Preston North End picked up a 2-0 success at Windscale and AFC Urmston Meadowside defeated Leigh RMI 8-2.
Things remain tight at the top of Division One North as the main title contenders all recorded victories. Brazil defeated Burnley Borrowdale 6-1 to retain the leadership on goal difference from Penrith AFC, who won 1-0 at Blackpool Wren Rovers Res. Morecambe ran out 13-1 winners over Burscough and are just two points off the pace. Bolton Lads & Girls scored five without reply at Bolton Ambassadors and Wigan Athletic kept up their challenge with a narrow 1-0 success against St Domingo's. Warrington Town meanwhile recorded their first league win of the season, 4-1 over Springfields (Preston).
Division One South table toppers Liverpool Feds Res were held to a 2-2 draw by Manchester Stingers and their lead was reduced to two points by Greater Manchester Police, who won 14-0 at Airbus UK. Denton Town defeated Buxton 4-2 to keep their title challenge on course. Glossop North End remain at the bottom after they went down to a 4-1 loss away to Birkenhead.
South West League
Mel Sartain scored the only goal of the game as Frome Town held on to the Premier Division leadership with a 1-0 win at Poole Town. Larkhall Athletic kept up the pressure in second place by beating Stoke Lane Athletic 6-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Natasha Miller, Jodie Whaley, Sophie Hamer, Kelly Cripps, Charlene Rooney and Emily Harrington. Gloucester City suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-2 by improving Bristol Ladies Union and Saltash Utd drew 2-2 with Chippenham Town. A Julie Hewitt double gave the Ashes a two-goal lead, before Hannah Way and Lucy Bailey earned a point for Chippenham. Cheltenham Town edged out Weymouth by the only goal, whilst Oldland Abbotonians were 2-0 winners over Taunton Town thanks to a Gemma Summers double.
Eastern Division leaders Cirencester Town went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 4-3 by Swindon Spitfires who scored through a Mel Bristow double, Georgia Leonard and an own goal. Aimee Clark netted twice and Laura Exton the other as Keynsham Town Development won 3-0 at Bishop's Lydeard and Cleeve West Town defeated Nailsea Utd 3-0.
The top of the table clash in the Western Division between Falmouth Town and Marjons Old Suttonians ended in a 3-3 draw, keeping Falmouth nine points clear as leaders. Falmouth had raced into a three-goal lead at half time but a Debbie Duncan double and Jodie Newark earned Sutts a share of the spoils. Torpoint Athletic meanwhile moved into the top half by beating Totnes & Dartington SC 6-2.
Southern Region League
Oxford Utd moved into third place, their highest position of the season to date, with a 3-0 win away to Wycombe Wanderers. Shanklin's climb up the table continues and they sit in fourth following their 2-0 victory over Bracknell Town. Aldershot Town follow on after they won 2-1 at Slough thanks to a Jade Ferguson double.
Southampton Women have taken over as the new leaders of Division One with a 3-1 victory over Reading Girls. Basingstoke Town stepped up their challenge by beating Chesham Utd Res 3-0. Southampton Saints Res leapfrogged Newbury Ladies & Girls by beating them 2-0 and Berinsfield are off the bottom after they defeated Banbury Utd 2-1.
West Midlands League
Worcester City won 1-0 away to Cannock to close the gap on Premier Division leaders Solihull Ladies to a solitary point. Stratford Town remain in touch, two points behind, but were held to a 2-2 draw by Kidderminster Harriers. Bradwell Belles cemented themselves in fourth after beating Coleshill Town
3-1. Allscott were narrow 2-1 winners over Hereford Phoenix and Hereford Pegasus picked up an important 2-1 victory at Kidsgrove.
Willenhall Town went three points clear in Division One North as they notched up a 6-2 success away to Withymoor. Bridgnorth Spartans leapt into third place by beating Rugeley Ladies 5-2, ahead of Coseley Town who were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by FC Reedswood. The other match in the division between Tamworth Lionesses and Cottage Farm Rangers finished level at 1-1.
In Division One South, Dudley Utd moved into second place with a 6-2 victory against Ferndale. Knowle meanwhile lifted themselves out of the bottom two by defeating Rea Valley 2-1.
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