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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students are in line for a potential League and Cup 'double' after they defeated Sandiacre Town 2-1 in the semi finals of the League Cup. Their opponents in the Final will be Clifton, who won 1-0 away to Rolls Royce Leisure.
In the Premier Division, Friar Lane & Epworth's 4-1 victory at Mansfield Town has taken them to within a single point of Loughborough although they have played three games more. At the other end of the table, Shepshed Dynamo defeated Peterborough Azure to keep themselves out of the bottom two on goal difference from Corby S & L who won for the third game in a row, 2-1 against Market Warsop.
Retford Utd maintained their title push in Division One North, preserving their eight point lead by defeating Lenton Athletic 7-1. Laurie Maris and Laurie Millington netted the goals as Steel City Wanderers kept up the chase in second place with a 2-0 win over Allestree. Grimsby Town and Arnold Town battled out a 3-3 draw to stay third and fourth respectively and the game between Rise Park and OOH Lincoln 'A' also finished level at 1-1.
Long Eaton Utd followed up a midweek victory by winning 7-3 at Kingsthorpe to clinch the Division One South title. Hinckley Utd, who led the table for much of the season, saw their chances evaporate in a
1-1 draw with Oadby & Wigston. Nuneaton Town and Barrowby ended goalless whilst Sleaford Town ran out 8-1 victors over Asfordby Amateurs.
Eastern Region League
Braintree Town are now the leaders of the Premier Division, going two points clear with an 8-2 victory over Hethersett Athletic. Bedford Ladies stay third despite being beaten 3-1 by Chelmsford City whose challenge is gathering momentum, whilst Barking were held to a goalless draw by Stevenage Borough. Woodbridge Town and Peterborough also drew 0-0 and Haringey Borough eased to an 8-1 win against West Lynn.
Arlesey Town had a good day on Sunday, they ran out 4-1 winners away to Sawbridgeworth Town to stretch their Division One South to five points from Brentwood Town, who went down to a 1-0 defeat at Whitwell. Royston Town are out of the bottom two after beating Hoddesdon Owls 4-0.
London & South East League
Maidstone Town require one victory from their final two matches in order to clinch the Premier Division title, after they moved closer to their goal with a 6-1 success at Wandgas. Old Actonians are the only side with a realistic chance of catching them as they won 4-1 away to Wingate & Finchley but Littlehampton Town's hopes appear to be over after they were beaten 4-2 by AFC Wimbledon. Horley Town and Denham Utd stay in mid-table as the sides shared a 1-1 draw.
Division One (London) table toppers Tooting & Mitcham Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham Utd Development and saw their lead trimmed to five points by Kent Magpies, who won 5-3 at Brentford. Westfield kept their slim title hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over Hemel Hempstead and at the other end of the table, Tring Athletic won for only the third time this season, 2-0 against Enfield Town Res.
North East League
Kirsty Hunter and Sarah Coleman each netted twice, with one each from Julie Twaddle, Stacey Simpson and Jo Suddes as Whitley Bay defeated York City to stay on top of the Premier Division, two points ahead of Sheffield Utd Community who were 2-0 winners over St Francis 2000 thanks to Cheryl Mawhood and Laura Naylor. Sheffield FC maintained their challenge by beating Hull City 5-0, Nicolle Jepson scoring twice along with Clare Holmes, Kerry Parkin and Marie Widerman. Barnsley received a huge setback as they went down 2-1 at Peterlee Town, allowing Huddersfield Town to climb above them in fourth with a 13-0 victory over Ossett Albion.
Durham City took a step closer towards the Northern Division title by scoring five without reply past Teesside Athletic. Lumley won 6-1 away to Cramlington Juniors and are now in second place, just ahead of Birtley Town who were 5-3 winners over Whitley Bay Res.
In the Southern Division, Keighley and Bradford City A battled out a 1-1 draw whilst Wetherby Athletic lifted themselves out of the bottom two with a 5-0 success away to Wakefield Res.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Mossley Hill did not play on Sunday and Chorley moved into second place by beating AFC Urmston Meadowside 4-0. Fletcher Moss Rangers, the only team which can catch the leaders, won 5-1 against Preston North End on Sunday and followed up in midweek with a 5-0 success at Bury Girls & Ladies. Burnley Girls scored seven without reply at Leigh RMI and Bolton Wanderers' climb up the table continued as they defeated Windscale 10-1.
Penrith AFC returned to the top of Division One North with a 4-0 victory over Warrington Town. Wigan Athletic's game challenge continues and they recorded two wins against Burnley Borrowdale (3-0) and Burscough (4-1) to go into third place. Blackpool Wren Rovers Res ran out 7-1 winners over Burscough and Bolton Ambassadors kept up their good form by beating Springfields (Preston) 5-2.
The top two in Division One South met each other on Wednesday night and the resulting 1-1 draw keeps Denton Town one point ahead of Greater Manchester Police. Both teams had recorded convincing wins on Sunday whilst Manchester Stingers will finish in fourth place after beating Glossop North End 5-0.
South West League
Gloucester City are one good result away from winning the Premier Division title, moving ever closer as goals from Jodie Hennessey (2), Kelly Aldridge, Helen Wood and Kath Savage gave them a 5-0 victory over Weymouth (see report). Larkhall Athletic's hopes of a top three finish took a knock as they were beaten 2-1 at Oldland Abbotonians, Natasha Miller scoring their goal while Gemma Summers and Jess Cole netted for the home side. Cheltenham Town went fifth as they defeated Bristol Ladies Union 2-1, Hazel Adams and Nicole Robinson scoring, following up with a 4-1 win against Chippenham Town in midweek. Chippenham had earlier run out 4-2 winners away to Poole Town on Sunday, Emma Boulter on target twice along with Lucy Bailey and '---- ----'.
Cirencester Town continue to lead the way in the Eastern Division, going three points clear after beating Bishop's Lydeard 3-1. Kat Fisher netted twice for Ciren, with Lucy Vickers also on the scoresheet. Keynsham Town Development's 5-0 victory over Nailsea Utd has taken them into second place, goals coming from Hari Sabic (2), Cassie Wilkins, Juliana Ferreira and Chelsea Munday.
Falmouth Town extended their lead at the top of the Western Division on Sunday with a 3-0 victory away to Plymouth Argyle Res, although this was reduced to four points in midweek by Newquay Res' win against Launceston. Marjons Old Suttonians follow on in third after they shared eight goals with Bude Town.
Southern Region League
Southampton Saints scored ten without reply against Launton to maintain their lead of nine points at the top of the Premier Division. Maidenhead Utd defeated Henley Town 8-3 to stay second but the Saints need four points from six games in order to clinch the title. Bracknell Town kept hopes of a top three place alive with a 2-0 win against MK Wanderers whilst Slough beat Shanklin by the only goal.
In Division One, Southampton Women won 2-0 away to Chesham Utd Res to stay one point ahead of Woodley Saints who were 6-0 victors at Southampton Saints Res. Basingstoke Town kept their hopes alive with an eight goal victory over Newbury Ladies & Girls. Reading Girls are out of the bottom three after defeating local rivals Reading Ladies 3-0.
West Midlands League
Stratford Town won 4-2 against Allscott to keep hold of the Premier Division leadership but they are starting to run out of games. Worcester City are a single point behind after beating Kidsgrove 3-0 but Solihull Ladies lost some ground in a 3-3 draw with Hereford Phoenix. Lichfield Diamonds shared a 1-1 draw with improving Hereford Pegasus.
Division One North leaders Willenhall Town suffered a 2-0 defeat away to FC Reedswood and they now head the table by three points from Coseley Town, who defeated Stafford Town 1-0. Cottage Farm Rangers ran out 4-1 winners over Rugeley Ladies and Wyrley Juniors beat Bridgnorth Spartans by the same scoreline, whilst Tamworth Lionesses and Withymoor finished level at 2-2.
Dudley Utd returned to winning ways and their 3-2 success at Marston Green keeps them eight points ahead of Birmingham Athletic who won 1-0 against Rea Valley. Leamington Lions beat Fairfield Villa 4-1 to keep their hopes alive as did Coventry City Development with a 1-0 victory over Walsall. Ferndale remain in the bottom two after they were beaten 2-0 by mid-table Knowle.
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