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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd continue to set the pace at the top of the Premier Division after running out 6-0 winners over Corby S & L but Loughborough Foxes remain just two points behind, with four games in hand, following their 5-0 victory against Retford Utd. Shepshed Dynamo lost a little ground as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Gedling Town whilst Friar Lane & Epworth also received a setback with a 1-1 draw against Heather St Johns.
In the only match to be played in Division One North, leaders Steel City Wanderers stretched their advantage to five points with a 7-1 victory over West Bridgford. Sarah Smith and Grace Adams each netted twice for the Steels, whose tally was completed by Lucy Smith, Dawn Cripps and Danni Fletcher.
Radcliffe Olympic Res strengthened their position at the top of Division One South with a 6-3 success away to Kingsthorpe, whilst second placed Hinckley Utd drew 3-3 with Oadby Owls. Daventry Town made sure of keeping up their challenge by scoring eleven without reply past Leicester Fosse.
The final League Cup quarter final tie was played on Sunday, Mansfield Town defeating Peterborough Azure 8-0 to book their place in the semi finals, where they will take on Nettleham.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Barking have bowed out of the League Cup at the quarter final stage, albeit on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Brentwood Town. Joining Brentwood in the last four are Woodbridge Town, for whom Samantha Jones, Michelle Allum and an own goal gave them an excellent 3-2 win away to Arlesey Town and Kettering Town, 5-0 victors over Norwich City Res thanks to an Emma Dunmore hat-trick and Kylie Evans brace.
The leaders of the two lower divisions came face to face in the quarter finals of the League Plate and it was C & K Basildon who emerged as 1-0 winners over Thorpe Utd, Angela Arnold scoring the only goal of the game. Sawbridgeworth Town have a fine record in the competition in recent seasons but they were eliminated at this stage, a solitary strike from Becky Taylor giving Great Shelford a 1-0 victory. Grace Clark and Whitney Locke were on target as Hannakins won 2-0 away to Cambridge Women Res and Royston Town also progressed on the back of a 1-0 win, Marie Miller seeing them through at the expense of Haverhill Rovers.
In the Premier Division, Bedford Ladies went level on points with Barking by beating Haringey Borough 5-0. Sarah Saunders bagged a hat-trick for Bedford with Alisha Pugh and Natasha Fensome also on the scoresheet. Chelmsford City and Peterborough finished level at 2-2, Claire Pavett and Lynsey Bowman netting for Chelmsford with Peterborough replying through a Lesley-Ann Seaman double.
The Division One North title race is hotting up with Ipswich Wanderers going level with leaders Thorpe Utd, a Kayleigh Harwood double and Rachel Gwilliam earning them a 3-0 victory at Huntingdon Town. Fakenham Town defeated Taverham 5-0 and are just one point adrift in third place, goals coming from Chloe Riches (2), Kirsty Scott, Francesca Walder and Beth Bygrave.
Hutton moved to within four points of the leadership in Division One South, Rachel Agombar netting the only goal to give them a 1-0 win away to third placed Leverstock Green.
London & South East League
Tooting & Mitcham Utd are stepping up the pace at the top of the Premier Division and their 4-0 victory over Maidstone Town takes them six points clear of Denham Utd, who did not play. Panthers stay fourth but suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to AFC Wimbledon, for whom the win was only their second of the season. Boreham Wood and Crawley Wasps battled out a 1-1 draw and Wandgas made it a great day for the bottom two as they also won, 3-1 against Whitehawk.
Kent Magpies hold on top spot in Division One (London) but have only edged one point clear after drawing 1-1 with fellow contenders Luton Town Res. Brentford continue to improve and a 7-0 victory at Tower Hamlets takes them further away from the bottom places and towards mid-table security.
North East League
Barnsley got back to winning ways and extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division with a
1-0 win at Whitley Bay. Sheffield Utd Community may turn out to be the biggest threat to Barnsley and they maintained their challenge by beating St Francis 2000 9-1. Zoe Beresford led the scoring with a five-goal haul, with Cheryl Mahwood netting the other four goals.
Whitley Bay Res are starting to pull away in the Northern Division and their 3-2 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients has taken them five points clear, still with two games in hand.
Sheffield Utd Junior Blades retained their three point lead in the Southern Division as and Emily Stancer double and Paris Wagstaff earned them a 3-0 win against Goole Town. Castleford White Rose are still hard on their heels in second place following their 4-0 success away to Leeds City Vixens Res. Wakefield Res picked up a vital 5-1 victory over Wetherby Athletic which lifts them out of the bottom two.
North West League
Premier Division leaders Chorley hang on to top spot despite not having a game in the weekend. A win would have taken Crewe Alexandra top but they stay in second after drawing 1-1 with fellow contenders Burnley Girls & Ladies. Fletcher Moss Rangers kept up their excellent run with a 6-0 victory over AFC Urmston Meadowside and they are just two points off the pace. Wigan Athletic climbed into fifth place with a 1-0 win at Preston North End and Chester City scored five without reply away to Wigan Ladies.
Blackpool have gone seven points clear in Division One North, thanks to a 5-1 win away to previously unbeaten Penrith AFC. Brazil have moved above Penrith into second place after beating Whitehaven
6-2. Bolton Lads & Girls are back in the top half following their 4-2 success at Carlisle, whilst Leigh RMI and Bolton Ambassadors shared six goals.
Northwich Vixens are looking strong at the top of Division One South, going nine points clear by beating Mossley Hill Res 6-0. Liverpool Feds Res and Birkenhead remain just behind the top three places after they battled out a 3-3 draw. Macclesfield Town came away from Airbus UK with an 8-0 victory while Glossop North End and Winsford each picked up an important point as they finished level at 1-1.
South West League
Another week, another new leader! This time it is Cheltenham Town who have leapt up from fifth place to top the table for the first time this season, after a Hazel Adams and Joanne Lenton gave them a 3-0 victory over Oldland Abbotonians. Marine Academy (Plymouth) suffered a setback to their challenge as they were beaten 2-1 by in-form Weymouth, for whom Stacey Bray and Emma Acott were on target. It was a good day for Chippenham Town as they won for the first time, 2-0 against Taunton Town thanks to a Lia Painter double.
Two matches beat the weather in Eastern Division One and both resulted in draws. Forest Green Rovers Res and Swindon Spitfires shared four goals, Kerry Dexter and Ella Hitchcox netting for Rovers with Spitfires replying through Emma Skinner and Lyndsey Ball. Suzanne Berry was on target for Cirencester Town who drew 1-1 with Poole Town, for whom Sam Gubb replied.
Southern Region League
Shanklin have gone four points clear at the top of the Premier Division, courtesy of a 4-1 victory away to Launton. Bracknell Town meanwhile made sure of keeping their hopes alive with a 3-1 success at Wycombe Wanderers. University of Portsmouth remain well in touch with the leaders following their
2-0 win over Aldershot Town but Maidenhead Utd received a setback as they crashed 5-0 to fast improving Oxford Utd.
In Division One, table toppers Basingstoke Town ran out 12-0 winners over Reading Ladies to stay four points ahead of Henley Town who beat Boscombe Albion 7-1. Southampton Women kept up their challenge in third place with a 3-0 success away to Newbury Ladies & Girls. Mansfield Road defeated Chesham Utd Res 8-1 and Andover New Street made it a good day for the top five as they returned from various Cup duties to resume league matches by defeating Southampton Saints Res 5-1.
West Midlands League
Dudley Utd extended their lead to nine points in the Premier Division as they won 8-0 at Kidderminster Harriers and their two nearest rivals, Solihull Ladies and Allscott, battled out a 1-1 draw. Cannock scored five without reply away to Kingshurst Sporting and Lichfield Diamonds claimed a 2-1 victory over Bradwell Belles. Hereford Pegasus broke their duck with their first win, beating Hereford Phoenix 2-1 in their local derby.
Stafford Town are now ten points clear in Division One North; they won 10-0 against Bridgnorth Spartans whilst Wyrley Ladies went four better against Withymoor to take themselves into second. Chasetown picked up another victory, edging out Prees Raiders by the odd goal in thirteen, whilst Coseley Town returned from Kidsgrove with a 2-1 win.
Leamington Lions also have a huge advantage in Division One South, going eleven points clear by defeating Knowle 10-1. Coventry City Development suffered a setback in second place when going down 2-1 to Redditch Utd. Marston Green ran out 7-3 winners over third placed Fairfield Villa and Walsall were 2-1 victors at Southam Utd. Birmingham Athletic pipped Rugby Town by the odd goal in seven, a result which leaves Rugby in the bottom two after Malvern Town and Ferndale drew 1-1.
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