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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students defeated Market Warsop 10-1 to maintain their one point lead from Friar Lane & Epworth, who netted five without reply against Shepshed Dynamo. Gedling Town replaced Clifton in third place by beating them 2-0. Peterborough Azure continue to climb the Premier Division table and their 3-1 win over Rolls Royce Leisure has taken them into the top half.
In Division One North, Retford Utd won 5-3 away to OOH Lincoln A to go twelve points clear from Steel City Wanderers, who defeated Sparta Nottingham 2-1 thanks to Maria Burns and Sarah Smith and moved into second. Arnold Town kept up their hopes of a top three place by beating Lenton Athletic
3-2. Allestree meanwhile moved clear of the bottom two with a 1-0 success against Linby CW.
Hinckley Utd continue to set the pace in Division One South, staying five points clear after winning 3-0 over Raunds Town but Long Eaton Utd kept up their pursuit with a 1-0 victory at third placed Huncote S & SC. Daventry Town follow on as they won 6-1 against Asfordby Amateurs. Oadby & Wigston moved into mid-table after edging out Kingsthorpe by the odd goal in five.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge University maintained their excellent run of form and their four point lead in the Premier Division following an emphatic win over Taverham. Victoria Clarkson bagged a five-goal haul, Kate Robinson contributed a hat-trick whilst Catherine Murphy, Maise-Rose Byrne and Amanda Wainwright all netted doubles. Donna Nicholls and Jade Bell were on target as second placed Peterborough triumphed 2-0 away to Stevenage Borough. Haringey Borough kept up their challenge with a 3-0 success at West Lynn thanks to Joselina Ferreira, Aishah Bolaji and Tanya Beverley. Grace Birchall netted the goal for Hethersett Athletic as they drew 1-1 with Woodbridge Town, who found the net through Laura Shearwood.
A goal from Lucy Goddard gave Cambridge Rangers a 1-0 win at Haverhill Rovers and returned them to the top of Division One North. Kettering Town are two points off the pace in third after beating Huntingdon Town 2-0, Naomi Dwane and Simone Cook were on the scoresheet.
Brentwood Town hold on to top spot in Division One South following their 3-2 success at Sawbridgeworth Town in which Sophie Lovell, Kerri Thomas and Kerry Mills all scored. Sarah Tayler, Michelle Whitehead and Amy Gillow were all on target for second placed Arlesey Town who won 3-0 against Whitwell. Billericay Town also recorded a 3-0 victory, against Hoddesdon Owls with goals from Kelly Stock, Kerry Oldham and Lisa Silverton. Emma Chaffey meanwhile netted five times for Royston Town as they defeated Leighton Linslade 9-1.
London & South East League
The top of the table clash between Old Actonians and Panthers ended in a 1-1 draw, meaning that Panthers retain their lead of eight points having played two games more. Maidstone Utd made up ground in third place by scoring seven without reply past Wingate & Finchley. Littlehampton Town went down to a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to bottom of the table Horley Town whilst AFC Wimbledon climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Garston, whom they defeated 2-1.
Surbiton Town have returned to the top of Division One (London). They narrowly won 3-2 against Hemel Hempstead to move above Kent Magpies, who were beaten 2-0 by Westfield. Tooting & Mitcham Utd were 1-0 victors at Tower Hamlets and are a further point adrift in third, ahead of Luton Town Res who beat Brentford 5-0. Tring Athletic picked up an important point at the other end of the table in a goalless draw with West Ham Utd Development.
North East League
Whitley Bay got back to winning ways and went four points clear in the Premier Division as goals from Jo Suddes and Rachel Kay gave them a 2-1 win at St Francis 2000. Hull City continue to climb the table and are third after their 5-0 success away to Ossett Albion. Sheffield Utd Community's hopes took a knock as they were beaten 6-2 by Huddersfield Town which included an Emily Heckler hat-trick but Sheffield FC ensured they remain well in contention following a 3-0 victory over Peterlee Town.
Northern Division leaders Durham City were not in action on Sunday and their advantage was reduced to two points by Scarborough, 2-0 winners away to Brandon Ladies. Birtley Town meanwhile climbed into third, courtesy of a 4-0 victory over Lumley.
Sheffield Utd Junior Blades ensured their promotion challenge stayed alive in the Southern Division, climbing into third place on the back of a 1-0 win at Wetherby Athletic, Gina Benjamin scoring the only goal. Wakefield Res cemented themselves in fifth by beating AFC Preston 3-1 whilst Bradford City A defeated Tadcaster Magnets by the odd goal in five.
North West League
Mossley Hill preserved their eight point lead in the Premier Division with a 5-0 victory over AFC Urmston Meadowside. Chester City ensured they stay hot on their heels in second place by beating Windscale 3-0. Chorley scored seven without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies to keep their hopes alive as did Fletcher Moss Rangers with a 2-1 win over Burnley Girls. Preston North End defeated Wigan Ladies
4-2 whilst Bolton Wanderers ran out 10-1 winners over Leigh RMI.
The two joint leaders of Division One North each hit double figures to keep up the title battle. Brazil stay ahead of Penrith AFC on goal difference after wins over Burscough and Bolton Ambassadors respectively and Morecambe stay close at hand in third place following their 3-1 victory over Bolton Lads & Girls. Blackpool Wren Rovers Res picked up an important 6-2 success against Springfields (Preston) as did Warrington Town, 2-1 winners at St Domingo's.
In Division One South, Liverpool Feds Res defeated Airbus UK 8-0 to stay two points ahead of Greater Manchester Police who won 5-1 against Birkenhead. Manchester Stingers closed the gap on fourth placed Winsford by beating them 3-1. Buxton edged out Glossop North End by the only goal of the game whilst AFC Liverpool were 5-2 victors at Macclesfield Town.
South West League
After nearly four months of trying, the Bristol Soccerworld Cup First Round tie between Falmouth Town and Bishop's Lydeard was finally played, with Falmouth winning 3-1 to earn themselves a tie with Swindon Spitfires. Newquay Res meanwhile progressed to the quarter finals by winning 3-2 away to Plymouth Argyle Res after extra time.
Goals from Mel Sartain and Krystle German gave Frome Town a 2-1 win over Chippenham Town and took them four points clear in the Premier Division. Two of the main title challengers met each other and it was Saltash Utd who were 2-0 victors against Larkhall Athletic with Julie Hewitt and Grace O'Leary on target. Gloucester City kept up their challenge by scoring ten without reply past Poole Town. Helen Wood was on target six times, Leanne Godwin weighed in with a hat-trick with Kelly Aldridge adding the other. Weymouth were 1-0 winners away to Taunton Town and Cheltenham Town recorded the same scoreline at Oldland Abbotonians thanks to Kate Walker. Bristol Ladies Union continue to catch up ground on the teams above them and helped their cause with a 9-0 victory over Stoke Lane Athletic.
Cleeve West Town lifted themselves into third place in the Eastern Division by winning 3-0 away to Winscombe Res, goals coming from Charley Grimes (2) and Alice Cook.
In the Western Division, Sarah Badham (2), Leanne Stanbury, Gemma Smith and Anita Symons were on the scoresheet for Bude Town in their 5-2 victory at Totnes & Dartington.
Southern Region League
Basingstoke Town moved into the quarter finals of the League Cup by beating Reading Ladies 11-0, booking themselves a home tie with either Banbury Utd or Southampton Saints.
In the Premier Division, Southampton Saints raced to a 13-0 win over Slough which sees them extend their lead to eight points. Shanklin moved into third by winning 3-0 away to Aldershot Town, ahead of Oxford Utd who shared a goalless draw with Bracknell Town. Launton remain at the bottom of the table but made up ground on the teams above them with a 1-0 success at Henley Town.
Woodley Saints returned to the top of Division One with a 6-1 victory over Newbury Ladies & Girls. Banbury Utd were unable to move off the bottom after they were beaten 4-1 at home by Southampton Saints Res.
West Midlands League
Hereford Phoenix are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Bradwell Belles, after the teams had shared eight goals. Bridgnorth Spartans triumphed
11-1 against Withymoor to reach the last four of the Division One North Cup. The Division One South Cup quarter final between Coventry City Development and Dudley Utd also went to penalties as they finished level at 3-3 after extra time, Coventry emerging as winners.
Solihull Ladies have gone three points clear in the Premier Division with a 5-0 win away to Hereford Pegasus, with Stratford Town defeating Lichfield Diamonds 2-0 to go second. Coleshill Town beat Cannock by the odd goal in five whilst improving Allscott are in the top half following their 3-0 success at Kidderminster Harriers.
The Division One North title race was opened up as leaders Willenhall Town were beaten 5-3 by Stafford Town, who are now level on points with them. Coseley Town are just three points behind after winning 4-1 away to Rugeley Ladies. Bedworth Utd scored eleven against Tamworth Lionesses whilst Cottage Farm Rangers won 2-0 against FC Reedswood.
Birmingham Athletic took the opportunity to further stretch their lead in Division One South to ten points with a 5-1 victory over Redditch Utd. At the other end of the table, Walsall and Knowle each picked up an important point as they shared six goals.
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