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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students have gone four points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won 3-0 away to third placed Gedling Town. Clifton were unable to take a chance to move back into the top three as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Heather St Johns.
Retford Utd's position at the top of Division One North was strengthened without them playing on Sunday following the news that second placed Steel City Wanderers had been held to a 2-2 draw by Rise Park. The other match in the division also saw the honours shared as Linby CW and West Bridgford finished level at 1-1.
In Division One South, Long Eaton Utd defeated Barrowby 5-1 to close the gap on leaders Hinckley Utd to two points. Meanwhile at the other end, Sleaford Town lifted themselves off the bottom and out of the bottom two by beating Oadby & Wigston 2-1.
Eastern Region League
The only action to take place in the league on Sunday was in the League Cup, where Braintree Town defeated Ipswich Wanderers 2-0 to reach the semi finals of the League Cup.
Ella Tooley and Laura Hill scored the goals to ensure that the Essex side will face Hethersett Athletic in the last four.
North East League
Sheffield Utd Community ensured that their Premier Division title challenge stayed on track with a 2-0 victory away to Guiseley, which takes them into third place. United climb above Hull City who suffered a 5-2 reverse at home to mid-table Huddersfield Town.
Whitley Bay Res played a game at last on Sunday, after a prolonged bad weather break stretching back to October 18th! They eventually got to play Northern Division leaders Durham City but even then, the fixture wasn't without problems. Whitley had been due to play Teesside Athletic but the fixture was cancelled due to Teesside playing in their County Cup competition. Durham stepped in at the last minute to play the game but Whitley's regular pitch was waterlogged. The game was switched to Marden Bridge and finished all square at 1-1, with Whitley gaining a creditable point against their high flying opponents.
In the Southern Division, Beverley Town climbed into third place by running out 5-0 winners over Keighley. There was joy for Harrogate Railway as they recorded their first league victory of the season, 2-1 away to Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Mossley Hill tightened their grip at the top of the Premier Division, beating Burnley Girls 4-1 to go eleven points clear. Chorley kept their hopes alive in third with an emphatic victory against Windscale. Wigan Ladies closed in on the top half with a 4-2 win over AFC Urmston Meadowside but Preston North End's hopes took a knock as they went down 4-2 at home to Bolton Wanderers. Bury Girls & Ladies pulled away from the bottom two by winning 4-1 at Leigh RMI.
Two of the title hopefuls met each other in Division One North and it was leaders Brazil who emerged as narrow 1-0 winners over Wigan Athletic. They stay two points ahead of Penrith AFC who scored eleven without reply past Burnley Borrowdale, two less than Morecambe scored against Burscough and they are a further two points adrift. Bolton Ambassadors claimed their first points of the season when beating Springfields (Preston) 3-2.
A win would have taken Greater Manchester Police to the top of Division One South but they remain in second after going down to a 2-1 defeat at home to third placed Denton Town, who duly enhanced their title claims as a result. AFC Liverpool meanwhile continued their movement towards mid-table by defeating Glossop North End 4-0.
South West League
Cirencester Town are through to the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup for the second time in three years after beating Cleeve West Town 4-3 after extra time in a thrilling cup tie. Lucy Vickers and Frances Wilson had given Ciren a two goal lead but Alice Cook, Amanda Blakeley and Lizzie Barrett all found the net as Cleeve hit back strongly to lead 3-2 until five minutes from time, when Wilson struck to send the game into extra time. With six minutes remaining, Cleeve had a glorious chance to seal victory as they were awarded a penalty but Amanda Blakeley fired over from the spot. The game seemed destined for a shootout but in injury time, Wilson pounced to fire home a left foot shot to complete her hat-trick and give Cirencester the win.
Only one league match managed to survive the weather, in the Western Division where Roche were
2-1 winners over Torpoint Athletic.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies continue to set the pace in the Premier Division after they scored five without reply against Coleshill Town. Worcester City won 3-2 at Kidderminster Harriers to ensure they stay a single point off the pace. Hereford Pegasus are in a mid-table position following their 4-2 local derby victory over Hereford Phoenix.
In Division One South, Dudley Utd narrowly beat Leamington Lions 1-0 to close the gap on leaders Birmingham Athletic to seven points. Fairfield Villa stay in third after they defeated Knowle 5-0.
* There were no matches played in the London & South East League and Southern Region League on Sunday.
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