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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes defeated league leaders Long Eaton Utd 4-2 in a clash between two of the teams with Premier Division title aspirations. The result lifts the Foxes into second place, two points behind Long Eaton but with four games in hand. Mansfield Town meanwhile maintained their interest by beating Heather St Johns 5-3 as did Friar Lane & Epworth with a 2-0 victory away to Sandiacre Town. At the other end of the table, Peterborough Azure moved out of the bottom two via a 2-0 win against Retford Utd, who remain on the bottom.
Grace Adams, Sarah Smith, Sam Hallam and Danni Fletcher scored the goals as Steel City Wanderers ran out 4-1 winners over Nettleham to preserve their two point lead at the top of Division One North. Rise Park stay second after their 14-3 victory at Lincoln Development, just ahead of Market Warsop who beat West Bridgford 4-0. Arnold Town defeated Sparta Nottingham 4-2 and are now in fourth place, whilst Grimsby Town were 3-1 victors over Hucknall Town.
Division One South leaders Radcliffe Olympic Res were not in action and they have now been caught by Hinckley Utd who beat Barrowby 6-0. Daventry Town stayed in touch in third place after scoring ten without reply at Leicester Fosse, whilst Raunds Town won 6-1 away to Kingsthorpe 6-1 and Oadby Owls defeated local rivals Oadby & Wigston 11-1.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town are having a good season to date and they kept this up with a 2-0 victory away to Bedford Ladies in the League Cup, goals from Mandy Cain and Sarah Tayler taking them through to the last eight. Nikita Whinnett scored twice and Lucy Faraday the other as Brentwood Town won 3-1 at Hutton and Stevenage Borough were given a hard battle by Billericay Town before emerging as 3-2 winners thanks to a Nicole Pleschky double and Hayley Kemp.
Barking returned to the top of the Premier Division after they won 4-1 away to Cambridge University. Carly Coppleston was on target twice along with Katie Whitehead and Anna Ojei-Agwaziam. Emma Mulley and Luci Middleton both bagged braces as Hethersett Athletic defeated Haringey Borough 4-0 to go into second place. Woodbridge Town's form continues to improve and they picked up three more points with a 3-2 victory against Peterborough, goals coming from Samantha Jones, Michelle Allum and Amy Warnes.
Georgie Tricker scored twice and Kayleigh Harwood the other as Ipswich Wanderers won 3-0 against Norwich City Res and extended their lead at the top of Division One North to three points. Second placed Thorpe Utd drew 2-2 away to Great Shelford, who scored through Becky Taylor and Alison Wright while Rebekah Lake netted both of Thorpe's goals. Victoria Stevens scored the only goal of the game as Cambridge Rangers won 1-0 away to Huntingdon Town in the clash between the two teams at the foot of the table.
Leverstock Green are up to third in Division One South following their 8-1 victory over Whitwell. Giselle Subryan hit a hat-trick along with Kelly Randall, Nicola Hollick, Natalie Burrows, Jane Rudderham and Rebecca Fearns. Claire Poulton netted twice, with Hayley Graham, Hayley King and an own goal completing the tally as improving Sawbridgeworth Town won 5-2 at Hoddesdon Owls. Hannakins and Royston Town shared eight goals, K Gabriel bagging a hat-trick and Layla Little the other for the home side with Royston replying through Eve Brindle, Sharon Pinner, Jenny Probert and Lucy Davidson.
London & South East League
Tooting & Mitcham Utd have taken over as the new leaders of the Premier Division following their 1-0 win away to Whitehawk. They replace Denham Utd whose long spell at the top came to a halt as they lost for the first time this season, a surprise 1-0 reverse to Boreham Wood. Littlehampton Town are in third after winning 2-1 at Panthers, just ahead of Chichester City who scored nine without reply past Wandgas. AFC Wimbledon remain at the bottom after they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Westfield.
Honours were shared in the Division One (London) top of the table clash, Kent Magpies battling out a
2-2 draw with West Ham Utd Development which keeps the Hammers one point ahead of their opponents. Luton Town Res meanwhile moved into third with an 8-1 victory away to Tower Hamlets. Hemel Hempstead Town defeated MSA Ladies 4-2 to keep up their challenge and Brentford climbed off the bottom and up three places by winning 3-1 at Knaphill Wanderers.
North East League
Barnsley made a swift return to winning ways and their 3-0 success against St Francis 2000 stretches their lead in the Premier Division to seven points. Holly Findlay, Rebecca Fevers and Sue Elrington were on target for the league leaders. Their two nearest rivals met each other with Huddersfield Town and Hessle Town sharing a 3-3 draw. Whitley Bay won 4-2 at York City to stay in touch with the leading sides as did Peterlee Town, who beat Durham City by the only goal of the game.
In the Northern Division, Whitley Bay Res are the new leaders after they scored six without reply against Scarborough. Norton & Stockton Ancients defeated Teesside Sport Ladies 2-1 to consolidate themselves in fourth, in front of Birtley Town who defeated Tynedale 6-0.
Sheffield Utd Junior Blades have edged three points clear at the top of the Southern Division. Tara Madeley hit a hat-trick with Jade Rabjohn (2) and Lucy Ridley adding the others as they won 6-2 at AFC Preston whilst Castleford White Rose drew 2-2 away to Leeds City Vixens Res. Beverley Town went fourth by beating Rothwell Town 4-1 and Ossett Albion edged out Bradford City A by the odd goal in seven. Wakefield Res are out of the bottom two places following their 3-3 draw with Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
One match managed to beat the weather in the Premier Division and it resulted in a change of leadership, Chorley taking over at the top with an 8-1 victory over Preston North End.
Blackpool have stretched their lead in Division One North to seven points, thanks to a 4-0 win away to Bolton Lads & Girls. Blackpool Wren Rovers meanwhile maintained their challenge, thanks to a 9-3 victory against Bolton Ambassadors.
Northwich Vixens have gone six points clear at the top of Division One South after scoring eight without reply past Birkenhead. Liverpool Feds Res ran out 6-0 winners over Glossop North End and Winsford picked up three important points when beating Mossley Hill Res 2-0.
South West League
Kate Michaels netted both goals as Downend Flyers won 2-1 away to Forest Green Rovers Res to book their place in the quarter finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup. Cleeve West Town also made it through by beating Nailsea Utd 2-0 thanks to Gemma Baker and Natasha Crew, and Exeter City defeated Swindon Spitfires 3-1 with goals from Helen Kukor, Kirsty Caunter and Natalie Shenton. In their much delayed Preliminary Round tie, Rachel Finch bagged a double as Torpoint Athletic won 2-1 against Charlestown.
Keynsham Town Development moved into second place in the Premier Division on the back of an emphatic 14-0 victory at Taunton Town. Aimee Clarke, Amy Davies and Hari Sabic all netted four times, with Tanja Andjelkovic and Luciana Silva completing the scoring. Frome Town's good run continued with a 2-0 success at Oldland Abbotonians, a double from Andrea Chludilova taking them into fourth. Weymouth came from behind to beat Stoke Lane Athletic 2-1, the home side taking the lead through a Jade Gamlin penalty before Zoe Acott and Jade Harker struck to give their side the points.
In the Eastern Division, Cirencester Town lifted themselves off the bottom as goals from Katrina Fisher, Ellie Maynard and Suzanne Berry gave them a 3-0 win away to Poole Town.
Southern Region League
Last year's beaten League Cup finalists, Maidenhead Utd, are through to the quarter finals of the Chairman's Cup via a penalty shootout victory over University of Portsmouth after the sides had shared a 1-1 draw. Wycombe Wanderers edged past Boscombe Albion with a 1-0 win and Chesham Utd Res defeated Southampton Saints Res 4-2.
Shanklin have returned to the top of the Premier Division after they won 5-0 at Reading Town and previous leaders Woodley Saints were held to a 1-1 draw by Aldershot Town. Bracknell Town cemented themselves in third place by beating Beaconsfield SYCOB 3-1 and Oxford Utd were 5-1 winners over Launton.
Basingstoke Town are the new Division One leaders after they picked up a narrow 4-3 victory away to Mansfield Road. Henley Town kept up their interest by running out 6-0 winners over Reading Ladies, a result which takes them into third place.
West Midlands League
Premier Division Cup holders Solihull Ladies are through to the semi finals after they defeated Allscott 4-2. Hereford Pegasus also progressed, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Bradwell Belles, and their local rivals Hereford Phoenix complete the line up after beating Lichfield Diamonds 5-0.
Southam Utd were taken all the way to penalties by Knowle before emerging as winners in the quarter finals of the Division One South Cup. In the other tie, Coventry City Development were 4-0 winners over Ferndale.
In the Premier Division, leaders Dudley Utd bounced back from their defeat the previous Sunday to beat Kingshurst Sporting 2-0 and extend their lead to seven points. In-form Wednesfield Town meanwhile won 2-1 at Cannock and are now in the top half.
Stafford Town scored thirteen without reply against Withymoor and are now five points ahead in Division One North from Cottage Farm Rangers, who drew 1-1 with Wyrley Ladies. Chasetown made it three wins on the trot when beating FC Reedswood 3-0.
Leamington Lions power on at the top of Division One South by winning the only match played, going eight points clear with a 6-1 victory over Fairfield Villa.
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