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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students are into the quarter finals of the League Cup, thanks to a 5-0 win away to Market Warsop. Rolls Royce Leisure edged out Gedling Town 2-1 and the other all-Premier Division tie was won by Clifton, 3-1 at Heather St Johns.
Two teams from outside the Premier Division are in the last eight - Steel City Wanderers, who defeated Arnold Town 4-1 and Daventry Town, 7-1 winners away to Raunds Town. Corby S & L came through a tricky tie at Rise Park with a 3-2 victory after extra time, whilst Sandiacre Town triumphed 4-1 at Sleaford Town and Friar Lane & Epworth beat Grimsby Town 5-1.
In the First Round of the League Plate, Huncote S & SC were narrow 2-1 winners over Long Eaton Utd in the battle between two of Division One South's high fliers. Barrowby came away from Nuneaton Town with a 1-0 victory whilst Hinckley Utd and Kingsthorpe recorded wins over Allestree and West Bridgford respectively. Linby CW put an awkward league season behind them to beat Lenton Athletic 7-1.
Eastern Region League
Barking remain in the Premier Division hunt and kept their hopes up with a fine 7-1 victory over Hethersett Athletic. Vicky Bruce and Liane Prior bagged doubles for the Essex side, along with Samantha Chase, Hayley Piggott and an own goal. Braintree Town dealt a blow to Haringey Borough as well as boosting themselves by beating them 2-1 thanks to Paula Drane and Chloe Argent. Emma Ridings netted five times and Sarah Jolly added four as Chelmsford City defeated hapless Taverham 15-0. Despite only just moving out of the bottom three, Woodbridge Town can still have a say by winning their games in hand and a 1-0 win at West Lynn, Sarah Lloyd scoring, kept them in contention.
Norwich City Res have hit top spot in Division One North after Katrina Carman gave them a 1-0 victory over Haverhill Rovers. Kettering Town maintained their challenge by beating Histon Hornets 4-1, Charlotte Penny scoring a hat-trick and Simone Cook the other, whilst doubles from Sheryl Nokes and Sophie Alexander plus a Lauren Richardson strike gave Ipswich Wanderers an important 5-1 success at Cambridge Women Res.
Division One South leaders Arlesey Town were dealt a blow as they went down to a 3-0 defeat away to second placed Hannakins, for whom Kierra Gabriel (2) and Pru Buckley were on target. Billericay Town moved into third as Kerry Oldham gave them a 1-0 win at Sawbridgeworth Town. AFC Kempston Rovers defeated Royston Town 2-0 thanks to Sally Dayus and Nina Brown, whilst Joanne Corbett hit a hat-trick for Whitwell in their 7-0 victory over Leighton Linslade.
London & South East League
Panthers stay five points clear in the Premier Division despite suffering a 3-0 reverse away to fourth placed Littlehampton Town, who stepped up their own title challenge as a result as did Maidstone Town with a 1-0 success at Crawley Wasps. Horley Town had started the day at the foot of the table but lifted themselves up three places by picking up maximum points from their double header with Wingate & Finchley.
Hemel Hempstead moved themselves into the top half of the Division One (London) table with a 7-2 victory over Enfield Town Res. Tower Hamlets meanwhile boosted their hopes of moving out of the bottom two as they picked up three vital points in a 2-0 win against Brentford.
North East League
Whitley Bay have opened up a six point gap at the top of the Premier Division after winning their top of the table clash 3-0 against Barnsley, goals coming from Sarah Coleman, Jo Suddes and Kirsty Hunter. Hull City took the chance to go into second place by beating Guiseley 3-0. Huddersfield Town came away from Peterlee Town with a 2-0 victory whilst St Francis 2000 and Sheffield FC finished level at
Durham City returned to winning ways in the Northern Division, their 5-1 victory over Birtley Town keeping them three points ahead of Scarborough, who won 4-1 at Lumley. The game between the two sides at the bottom of the table turned out to be a thriller, Brandon Ladies edging out Cramlington Juniors by the odd goal in eleven.
With the top two not playing in the Southern Division, Sheffield Utd Junior Blades caught up ground by scoring six without reply past Tadcaster Magnets. AFC Preston were 5-3 winners over Wetherby Athletic while Wakefield Res and Bradford City A shared four goals.
North West League
Mossley Hill are closing in on the Premier Division title following their 6-0 win at Windscale, which keeps them eleven points ahead of Chester City who scored nine without reply at Wigan Ladies. Chorley and Fletcher Moss Rangers kept their fading hopes alive by recording emphatic victories over Leigh RMI and AFC Urmston Meadowside respectively. Preston North End defeated Bury Girls & Ladies 5-0 and Burnley Girls were 3-2 winners at Bolton Wanderers, making it a clean sweep of victories for the top six.
Brazil continue to set the pace in Division One North, their 3-1 success at Bolton Lads & Girls keeping them two points in front of Penrith AFC who inflicted a first defeat of the season on Morecambe, beating them 4-2. Wigan Athletic kept their hopes alive by defeating Springfields (Preston) 1-0. Blackpool Wren Rovers Res won 5-2 away to Bolton Ambassadors and Warrington Town claimed a 3-1 victory at Burscough.
Denton Town ran out 6-1 winners over Birkenhead to narrow the gap on the top two in Division One South. Manchester Stingers follow on after notching up two large wins in a double header with Airbus UK. Buxton defeated Macclesfield Town 2-0 to boost their chances of a top half finish.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development are the second team who have reached the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, thanks to a 10-1 quarter final victory against a depleted Forest Green Rovers Res which included hat-tricks from Aimee Clark and Amy Davis. Falmouth Town meanwhile won their Second Round tie 3-0 over Swindon Spitfires, with goals from Sarah Winn, Sasha Sparkes and Katie Barker whilst Marjons Old Suttonians came away from Launceston with a 2-1 victory thanks to a Lauren Wallinger double.
In the Premier Division, leaders Frome Town crashed to a 6-2 defeat at home to in-form Bristol Ladies Union. Gloucester City moved into second place by winning 6-0 at Taunton Town, Helen Wood and Leanne Gosling both hitting doubles with Nicky Glanville and Jaz Morris also on target. Saltash Utd maintained their unbeaten record but only just, coming from two behind to draw 2-2 with Oldland Abbotonians. Vicky Mundy and Kirsty Mitchell had put Oldland two ahead, before Emma Pemberton pulled a goal back and Julie Hewitt rescued a point for the Ashes, deep into injury time. Stoke Lane Athletic and Weymouth also shared four goals, whilst Cheltenham Town were 3-1 victors over Poole Town with Natalie Berry, Charlie Griffin and Nicole Robinson on the scoresheet.
Eastern Division table toppers Cirencester Town were held to a 4-4 draw by Nailsea Utd despite goals from Lucy Vickers (2), Elle Maynards and Chyna Collings. Bishop's Lydeard kept their hopes alive with a 3-1 win away to Downend Flyers, Tash Bratton and Roise Hooper netting their goals with Kate Michaels replying.
Yeovil Town Res won 3-0 at Totnes & Dartington SC to close the gap on Western Division leaders Falmouth Town to six points. Newquay Res are a further point adrift after beating Roche 8-1. Plymouth Argyle Res returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success against Bude Town.
Southern Region League
Southampton Saints power on at the top of the Premier Division, their 2-1 win at Slough taking them a huge eleven points clear. Oxford Utd meanwhile beat Aldershot Town 2-1 to go level on points with second placed Maidenhead Utd, who did not play. Bracknell Town and Shanklin battled out a 3-3 draw whilst Wycombe Wanderers picked up two wins in their double header with MK Wanderers.
In Division One, Southampton Women defeated previously unbeaten Basingstoke Town 2-1 to go to within one point of table toppers Woodley Saints. Chesham Utd Res are in fourth after winning 2-1 at Southampton Saints Res. Reading Girls beat Berinsfield 2-1 to pick up three important points as did Banbury Utd with a 1-0 victory over Reading Ladies, which lifts them off the bottom.
West Midlands League
The Premier Division Cup Final will be an eagerly anticipated affair between two of the main title contenders. Solihull Ladies scored eight without reply past Hereford Phoenix and they will play Worcester City, who won 3-0 at Lichfield Diamonds.
Coseley Town made it through to the Division One North Cup Final by beating Cottage Farm Rangers and their opponents will be Wyrley Juniors, who scored seven without reply against Bridgnorth Spartans.
Stratford Town took the chance to step up their title challenge in the Premier Division, their 3-1 victory over Bradwell Belles takes them level on points with leaders Solihull Ladies. Form team Allscott won 4-0 away to Kidsgrove to go fifth, just ahead of Coleshill Town who beat Hereford Pegasus by the odd goal in five. Cannock defeated Kidderminster Harriers 5-1 to claim three valuable points which take them out of the bottom two.
In Division One North, Willenhall Town took a three point lead at the top with a 5-1 victory over Tamworth Lionesses. Bedworth Utd and Withymoor finished level at 2-2 and FC Reedswood were narrow 2-1 winners at Rugeley Ladies.
Leamington Lions ran out 6-0 winners over Redditch Utd in the semi finals of the Division One South Cup and they now play Coventry City Development, who won the other semi final 3-1 against Rea Valley.
Dudley Utd stepped up their title challenge in Division One South by winning 4-1 away to leaders Birmingham Athletic, cutting the gap to four points in the process. Walsall were 2-0 victors at Knowle but Marston Green claimed a fine first victory of the season, 3-1 against third placed Fairfield Villa.
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