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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes returned to winning ways at the top of the Premier Division, going four points clear with a 4-2 success at Sandiacre Town. Friar Lane & Epworth replaced Long Eaton Utd in second place by beating them 4-1. Gedling Town ran out 4-0 winners at Peterborough Azure whilst Corby S & L and Retford Utd battled out a 3-3 draw.
Rise Park are just one win away from securing the Division One North title following their 3-0 victory away to West Bridgford. Market Warsop kept their hopes alive in second place by defeating Lincoln Development 3-1. Nettleham beat Arnold Town 3-2 and Hucknall Town edged out Sparta Nottingham by the odd goal in seven.
Division One South leaders Hinckley Utd did not play and their two nearest rivals stepped up their challenge with emphatic wins. Daventry Town scored eleven without reply against Barrowby to narrow the gap to a single point as did Radcliffe Olympic Res with a 15-0 victory over Oadby & Wigston.
Eastern Region League
Arlesey Town are back on top of the Premier Division after beating Chelmsford City 5-1. Katerina Hamplova hit a hat-trick with Sarah Tayler and Kirsty Cooper adding the others to see Arlesey head a trio of clubs on goal difference, with Barking in second place following their 4-1 victory over Haringey Borough thanks to Katie Whitehead, Harriet Sim, Carly Copplestone and Vicky Bruce. Brentwood Town kept up their challenge as Lucy Faraday (2), Sophie Lovell, Danielle Butler and Carla Rose gave them a 5-1 win away to Stevenage Borough.
Fakenham Town's Division One North title challenge received a minor setback as they were held to a
1-1 draw by Great Shelford. Leanne Sheen netted for Fakenham with Alison Wright replying. Cambridge Women Res and Norwich City Res also finished level at 1-1, Almundena Soria and Katrina Carman on target respectively.
In Division One South, Billericay Town narrowed the gap on leaders C & K Basildon to five points by beating Sawbridgeworth Town 2-0 with goals from Kerry Oldham and Lisa Silverton. Despite a goal from Laura Allen, Hutton were held to a 1-1 draw by Hoddeson Owls for whom Grace Leslie was on target. Grace Clark and Kierra Gabriel netted as Hannakins came away from Whitwell with a 2-1 win and Royston Town defeated Leverstock Green 3-2, Jenny Probert scoring twice and Leanne Buchanan the other.
London & South East League
The top two in the Premier Division were not in action on Sunday and third placed Chichester City were held to a 2-2 draw by Westfield. Littlehampton Town's hopes of a top two place took a huge knock as they were beaten 5-1 by Crawley Wasps. Wandgas remain in the bottom two following their 1-0 defeat away to Maidstone Town.
In Division One (London), MSA Ladies kept their title chances alive but dealt a fatal blow to Kent Magpies' hopes by beating them 2-0.
North East League
Holly Findlay, Jess Burton and Rebecca Fevers scored the goals to give Barnsley a 3-2 win away to Peterlee Town and send them seventeen points clear at the top. Sheffield Utd Community maintained their challenge with an 8-0 victory over Durham City thanks to a Zoe Beresford hat-trick, Cheryl Mawhood (2), Laura Naylor, Tania Marsden and Jen Pearson. United move up to third, just ahead of Whitley Bay who defeated St Francis 2000 2-0. Guiseley are heading towards mid-table following their 1-0 win over York City.
A 3-0 win away to Birtley Town was just enough to return Whitley Bay Res to the top of the Northern Division on goal difference. Lumley are back in second place despite beating Redcar Athletic 3-2. Tynedale moved out of the bottom two on the back of a 1-0 victory over Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Southern Division leaders Sheffield Utd Junior Blades were held to a 1-1 draw by Wetherby Athletic, despite a goal from Jade Rabjohn. Beverley Town also suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-2 by Wakefield Res. Rothwell Town came away from Ossett Albion with a 1-0 victory whilst at the other end of the table, Bradford City A crushed AFC Preston 9-1 to move out of the bottom two whilst Goole Town picked up a valuable point in a goalless draw with Leeds City Vixens Res.
North West League
Chorley won 13-0 against AFC Urmston Meadowside to stay one point ahead of Fletcher Moss Rangers, who beat Wigan Ladies 6-1. Wigan Athletic were 4-1 winners at Bury Girls & Ladies and are now in fifth, just ahead of Chester City who defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1. Preston North End continue to finish the season well and they edged out Denton Town by the odd goal in nine.
In Division One North, Brazil beat Leigh RMI 11-3 to trim Blackpool's lead to ten points as did Blackpool Wren Rovers with a 4-0 victory over Warrington Town. Morecambe got back to winning ways, scoring ten without reply against Springfields (Preston). Bolton Lads & Girls remain on course for a top half finish after they defeated Bolton Ambassadors 6-2.
Division One South title winners Northwich Vixens are two games away from a perfect league campaign, recording their 18th straight victory when beating Liverpool Feds Res 9-1. Manchester Stingers defeated Airbus UK 12-1 and still head the race for second place, while Greater Manchester Police lost ground when drawing 2-2 with AFC Liverpool. Winsford came away from Macclesfield Town with a 3-2 victory and Mossley Hull Res were 10-2 winners over Glossop North End.
South West League
Stacey Arthur scored the only goal of the game as Marine Academy (Plymouth) won 1-0 away to Oldland Abbotonians to stay two points ahead of Larkhall Athletic, who beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 thanks to Anna Walby and Kelly Cripps. Aimee Clark and Amy Davies were on target as Keynsham Town Development leapfrogged Bristol Ladies Union into third by beating them 2-1. Falmouth Town ran out 9-1 winners at Taunton Town with Sasha Sparkes hitting a hat-trick while Katy Barker, Kelly-Ann Moxon and Helena Calfe all added doubles.
In Eastern Division One, Bishop's Lydeard consolidated themselves in third place as Rosie Harper and Tash Stephens gave them a 2-0 victory over Cleeve West Town. Lindsey Pilgrim scored the only goal of the game as Nailsea Utd won 1-0 away to Ilminster Town.
Exeter City clinched the runners-up spot in Western Division One with a 5-0 win away to Marjons Old Suttonians. Louisa Crick and Lucy Bounsall scored the goals as Launceston won 2-1 at Roche.
Southern Region League
Andover New Street will play Oxford Utd in this season's League Cup Final after semi final victories on Sunday. New Street were 6-0 victors away to Launton whilst Oxford ended the 'double' hopes of Shanklin by beating them 4-3.
University of Portsmouth are the new leaders of the Premier Division after they defeated Wycombe Wanderers 3-1. A win would have taken Bracknell Town top but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Maidenhead Utd, while Beaconsfield SYCOB and Aldershot Town finished level at 2-2.
In Division One, Southampton Women stepped up their promotion challenge with a 5-0 win at Boscombe Albion, which takes them to within one point of the leadership. Mansfield Road meanwhile kept their hopes alive by beating Henley Town 4-2.
West Midlands League
Dudley Utd continue to set the pace with a 4-3 win over Kingshurst Sporting but Solihull Ladies are still chasing hard, their 1-0 victory at Hereford Pegasus has taken them into second place. Hereford Phoenix meanwhile cemented themselves in fourth place by beating Lichfield Diamonds 5-2, with Bradwell Belles following on after they defeated Wednesfield Town 8-3.
Division One North table toppers Stafford Town were beaten for only the second time this season, 2-1 by FC Reedswood. They are still eleven points clear after Bedworth Utd went second following their
3-3 draw with Chasetown. Wyrley Ladies kept their hopes alive with a 9-1 victory at Bridgnorth Spartans. Prees Raiders won 3-0 away to Kidsgrove and Withymoor picked up their first point of the season from a goalless draw with Coseley Town.
In Division One South, Leamington Lions defeated Redditch Utd 3-2 and now need five points from six games to win the title. Coventry City Development are refusing to give up the fight and defeated Walsall 5-0 to stay in second. Marston Green were 3-1 winners at Malvern Town and Ferndale beat Southam Utd 2-1, whilst Knowle won 3-1 against Rugby Town to climb out of the bottom two.
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