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East Midlands League
Oughtibridge have leapt to the top of the table following a 9-1 victory over Eastwood Ladies. Kathryn Mudge and Lauren Turner each netted hat-tricks, with a Laura Watton double and Becky Shaw completing the scoring. Megan Howard (2), Rachael Bell and Amy White accounted for the goals as Ollerton Town defeated Arnold Town 4-1. Loughborough Students made it two wins on the trot when scoring five times without reply past Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Eleanor Betteridge and Grace Stanley each netting twice along with Christa Colledge to help their climb towards mid-table.
Hykeham Town are continuing to set a target in Division One North, opening up a lead of nine points by winning 8-2 away to Clifton. Amy Blinkhorn was on target five times, with one apiece from Lauren Carter, Kirsty Dalsell and Amie Barnes-Ford. Lincoln Moorlands Railway kept their hopes alive by beating Teversal 8-3, Lauren Churcher leading the scoring with a four-goal haul, while Dawn Harmer, Alice Hayes, Kayleigh Hall and an own goal completed the tally. Market Warsop won 3-1 against Grimsby Borough 3-1 thanks to Natasha Childerley, Kelly Clayton-Cuthbert and Emily Nelis, whilst a Rebecca Turgoose goal earned Draycott Victoria a 1-1 draw with Calverton MW.
One match was played in Division One South, Oadby & Wigston Dynamo going six points clear at the top with an 8-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes Vixens. Emily Miles and Lucy Phillips-Poole both hit hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Emma Aspinall and Danielle Gilbert.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town have pulled further clear in the Premier Division, stretching their lead to seven points after Lauren Bourne scored the only goal of the game against AFC Dunstable. Acle Utd closed in on second place by beating AFC Sudbury 4-0, Grace Birchall netting twice along with Laura Holden and Megan Todd.
Division One North table toppers King's Lynn Town were beaten for the second time in successive weeks, this time going down 3-1 to Ipswich Town Development for whom Olivia Gunn, Destiny Minors and Elysia Young all scored. Cambridge Utd Res meanwhile defeated Silver End Utd 5-1 courtesy of Michaela Dortch, Ruth Fox, Nuala Wayne, Ellen Green and an own goal.
Stevenage Ladies Res saw their winning run and proud defensive record come to an end as they were beaten 3-2 by Hutton. Laura Allen became the first player to score past Stevenage, ending their run of eleven successive clean sheets, and she went on to score a hat-trick to spearhead her side's victory, while Emily Schofield and Amy Josland replied. It was a good day overall for Harlow Town, who inflicted a first defeat of the season on Little Thurrock Dynamos to step up their own challenge. Lily Bruno (2), Tayla Handscombe (2), Nicole Learner and Rosi Webb all scored to give Harlow a 6-2 victory which sees them move to within three points of their opponents. Shannon Daly, Sian Owens, Charley Handley and Natasha Crick all found the net as Hoddesdon Town Owls won 4-2 away to Bishop's Stortford.
London & South East League
Parkwood Rangers are back in the top four after winning 2-1 against Aylesford in the only league match to be played. All of the goals came in the first half, Emily Vaughan bagging a brace for Parkwood and Aylesford replying through Rebecca Barr.
One game also took place in the League Cup, Fulham FC Foundation guaranteeing themselves a top two place in Group A by beating Carshalton Athletic 4-1. Chelcee Grimes was on target twice for Fulham along with Alice Curr and Tia-Rae Scott-Coleman.
North East League
Durham Cestria are now nine points clear in the Premier Division following a ten-goal victory against York City. Jenny Bitzer was on target four times, Sophie Hodgson contributed a further three and the total was completed by Molly Holder, Nicola Gibson and Nisha Mistry. Norton & Stockton Ancients went three better when travelling to Wakefield, Anna Mawston and Sian Williams netting five and four times apiece. Shannon Reed (2), Kate McSorley and Courtney Corrie also got on the scoresheet. Hartlepool Utd climbed above Wallsend Boys Club into third place after beating them 3-2, thanks to a Jessica Dawson double and Chelsea Basnett. Farsley Celtic ran out 7-0 winners over Castleford White Rose, Ellie Casper and Chelsea Schofield each netting twice along with Louise McCreadie, Danielle Sidebottom and Keegan Lambert.
The top three in the Northern Division did not play on Sunday and this has allowed Boldon CA Villa to catch up ground on them with a 5-0 win against Guisborough Ladies, goals coming from Kay Mills (2), Allison Ferris, Melissa Simpson and an own goal. York RI came away from Blyth Lions with a 2-1 victory under their belts thanks to Abbie Bonner and Jodie Langstaff, meanwhile Cramlington Utd won for the first time this season, 4-1 over Prudhoe Town courtesy of Rachel Best, Emma Graham, Georgia Lyall and Chloe Roylance.
In the Southern Division, Harrogate Railway lost ground on leaders Harrogate Town when they were beaten 3-0 by Malet Lambert YC, for whom Natalie Gray (2) and Amy Thompson were on target. Rachel Pritchard (2) and Laura Maskrey scored the goals as Altofts Ladies battled out a 3-3 draw with Ossett Albion, who scored through a Jordane Allison brace and Joanna Atkinson.
North West League
Stockport County preserved their lead of five points after their meeting with second placed Tranmere Rovers ended in a 2-2 draw. Manchester Stingers are back in the top half of the table once again following their 5-1 success away to Blackburn Community and Blackpool were 2-1 winners at Accrington Girls & Ladies.
Penrith AFC now have a lead of thirteen points in Division One North after they defeated Leigh RMI 4-1. Morecambe Res continue to make their way up the table and have gone fourth following their 3-1 win away to Bolton Wanderers Res.
One match was played in Division One South, fourth placed Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res battling out a 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra Development.
Merseyrail Bootle went through to the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Cup after they defeated MSB Woolton 3-1. Burnley Girls & Ladies ran out 5-0 winners away to Wigan Athletic and Sir Tom Finney beat Carlisle Utd by the same scoreline. FC United of Manchester join them in the last eight, they notched up a 3-1 success at Cammell Laird after extra time.
Curzon Ashton got the better of a ten-goal thriller in the Argyle Sports Plate, beating Bury FC Women 6-4 after extra time to book their place in the quarter finals. Burscough Dynamo are also through after they won 3-2 at Workington Reds.
South West League
Buckland Athletic have returned to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference after scoring eight times without reply past Downend Flyers. Laura Gough led the scoring with a hat-trick, Kirsty Caunter was on target twice and the others came from Hayley Chamberlain, Amber Coates and Kate Hine. In the other game to be played, Lucy Herbert and Issy Newns netted the goals as Forest Green Rovers beat Middlezoy Rovers 2-0.
Laura Gammon, Michelle Rich and an own goal gave Wootton Bassett Town a 3-1 victory over Team Mendip, who replied through Amy Clark. This takes them four points clear in the Eastern Division from Portishead Town, who shared a 2-2 draw with Almondsbury, and Swindon Town Development who beat Oldland Abbotonians 2-1 thanks to Gipsy Viveash and Natalie Goodright. Jade Scammell netted a consolation goal for Oldland. Swindon Spitfires won 1-0 against Frome Town with Katrina Reynolds scoring the only goal of the game.
In the only match to be played in the Western Division, Plympton Ladies moved themselves back into fourth place with a 3-2 victory over Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Sam Metters, Charlotte Nicholson and Shannon Workman were all on target for Plympton, with Gemma Anderson and Dionne Igalawuye replying.
Southern Region League
Chesham Utd further stretched their Premier Division lead to fourteen points with a 5-1 win away to Newbury Ladies, Gemma Fraser scoring twice along with Natalie Adams, Tasha Smith and Sarah Hazell. Oxford City meanwhile recorded an emphatic victory over Team Solent and this has lifted them up to third place. Laura Geyton and Mechthild Luebke scored the goals as Milton Keynes City won 2-1 against Ascot Utd, whose reply came from Lucy Holzman-Clarke.
In Division One South, leaders AFC Bournemouth went three points clear following their 5-1 victory over Winchester City Flyers Res. Jade Hockey was on target twice, with Rosie Eden, Chloe Tape and Terri Harvey adding the others.
Barton Rovers began their Jubilee Cup campaign with a 4-0 win away to Wokingham & Emmbrook. Wycombe Wanderers meanwhile recorded their first victory, 4-0 against Southampton Women Res courtesy of a Tara Woodward hat-trick and Abi Canvin. Woodley Utd meanwhile replaced Alton Ladies as leaders of Group B after beating them 2-1, Rosie Page-Smith scoring both goals and Ella Williams replying.
West Midlands League
Lye Town moved back into the top half of the Premier Division after they won 1-0 at Coundon Court. Knowle meanwhile climbed out of the bottom three, thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Worcester Utd.
Division One South leaders Redditch Utd saw their 100% record come to an end as they were held to a 1-1 draw by third placed Kidderminster Harriers. Redditch therefore have a four point advantage over Gornal Ladies, with Kidderminster a further point adrift.
Sutton Coldfield Town took their excellent league form into the First Round of the Division One North Cup, their 3-1 victory over Tamworth taking them into the quarter finals. Shrewsbury Town ran out 5-0 winners over Atherstone Rangers and Brereton Town also progessed into the last eight, courtesy of a 3-2 success against Florence.
Coventry Sphinx are in the last eight of the Division One South Cup following their 3-0 victory away to second placed Gornal Ladies. Also through are Stourbridge, who defeated Rugby Town 5-1.
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