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East Midlands League
League leaders Leicester City Women Development have gone through to the League Cup Final after a 2-1 extra time victory at Oughtibridge WMSC. Lauren Bartle and Angel Craig-Tapper scored the goals to keep Leicester's interest in a league and cup 'double', whilst the home side's consolation came from Millie Kenyon. Their opponents in the Final will be Woodlands Ladies who edged out Hykeham Town by the odd goal in nine. Jody Scott hit a hat-trick for Woodlands along with Abbie Taylor and Chloe Scott, with Hykeham replying through an Amie Barnes-Ford double, Katie Davison and Zuzana Pramukova.
Notts County caused an upset in the semi finals of the League Plate when they defeated Premier Division side Rise Park 1-0. Chelsie Hooley scored the only goal of the game with ten minutes of extra time remaining. In the Final, they will be up against Division One North title winners Boston Utd who had a far more emphatic victory against Calverton MW. Toni McHamilton had a great day in front of goal as she scored eight times and Tracey Duxbury-Mead weighed in with a further four, whilst Lauren Carter bagged a hat-trick. Ella Tuplin hit a late double and the tally was completed by Demi Barai, Eleanor Spendelow and Kim Fairweather.
In the Premier Division, Ollerton Town cemented themselves in fourth place by beating Loughborough Students. Shoniqua Barnes and Megan Howard scored the goals for Ollerton, with Beca Ruscoe replying. Zoe Meynick hit a hat-trick for Mansfield Town as they won 3-2 away to Eastwood Community.
Northampton Town returned to the top of Division One South on goal difference after Georgia Tear (2), Emma Dunmore, Leah Stacey and Alex Bartlett gave them a 5-1 victory at Thrapston Town. Oadby & Wigston are in second place despite a 3-0 win against Lutterworth Athletic in which Freya Gardner, Danielle Gilbert and Chloe Quinn all scored.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City clinched the Premier Division title in style with a 4-0 victory over Peterborough Northern Star. Erin Davies and Anna Goggin were both on target for City, with two own goals rounding off the result. Royston Town are leading the chase for second place, thanks to a 5-0 success away to AFC Dunstable in which Charlotte South (2), Danielle Carty, Samantha Edgar and Rebekah Fisk netted the goals. Acle Utd returned into the top three when Rhianne Brister, Lauren Bullard, Kirstie Kindred and Anna Larkins gave them a 4-1 win at Brentwood Town. Bedford Ladies defeated Haringey Borough 7-3 and Rianne Townsend-Brown netted five times, whilst Charlene Moreton bagged a hat-trick, as Colney Heath won 11-1 against AFC Sudbury. Christina Freestone, Olivia Mari and Sheree Oliver added the other goals.
Division One table toppers St Ives Town were not in action and their lead has been trimmed to six points by Bowers & Pitsea, who won 4-0 at King's Lynn Town courtesy of a Georgia Fraser hat-trick and Eloise Ives. Third placed Newmarket Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Hertford Town, who scored through Donna Watts. Stevenage Ladies Res meanwhile ended a run of four games without a win by beating Histon 3-1 and this has moved them back up to fourth. Faith Greene, Emily Schofield and Naomi Sleator scored their goals, with Georgia Day replying. Daisy Canny and Susan Jackson accounted for the goals as Lawford returned from Hatfield Peveral with a 2-1 victory under their belts.
North East League
The only action in the league on Sunday took place in the Premier Division, where Harrogate Town completed their first season in the top flight with a 6-1 victory over Wallsend Boys Club. Grace Foyer, Sophie Simpson, Holly Smith, Sophie Tinson, Grace Adams and Ellie Randall all scored for Harrogate who must wait and see where they will finish, with their current fourth place looking the most likely. Tynedale meanwhile look set for a top half place after they beat Farsley Celtic 3-2. Lauren Ray netted twice and Megan Watson added the other to give Tynedale the points, with Olivia Turnbull and Laura Porritt replying.
North West League
FC United of Manchester are still in with a chance of winning two trophies this season and increased their chances by beating Penrith AFC 3-0 to reach the semi finals of the Argyle Sports Cup. West Didsbury & Chorlton complete the line up in the last four after they ran out 4-0 winners against Chester FC Women.
Blackpool won 4-2 against Premier Division opponents Manchester Stingers and this has taken them into the last four of the Argyle Sports Plate. Stockport County Blues also progressed, courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Carlisle Utd.
Sir Tom Finney picked up a vital point in their quest to get away from the bottom two in the Premier Division and, in the process, became the first team to take points off leaders Stockport County when they held them to a 2-2 draw. Mossley Hill ran out 3-0 winners over Fleetwood Town Wrens and this keeps them in fourth place, just ahead of Wigan Athletic who defeated Accrington Girls & Ladies 3-1.
With Division One North leaders Blackpool involved in the quarter finals of the Plate, Bury FC Women took the opportunity to narrow the gap on them to a single point by scoring thirteen times without reply past Morecambe Res. With two games in hand, Bury have matters in their hands right now, whilst Blackburn Community are a further three points adrift in third following their 4-0 victory over Cammell Laird 1907. Preston North End climbed off the bottom after they ran out 6-2 winners away to Leigh RMI and Workington Reds played only their second league match in three months, notching up a 1-0 win against Burscough Dynamo.
In Division One South, Altrincham did their chances of a top three finish a power of good when they defeated Wythenshawe Amateurs 5-0. Northwich Vixens won 3-0 away to Didsbury Ladies, to further increase the gap between the two sides.
South West League
Exeter City have taken over at the top of the Premier Division following their 4-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers. Daniella Tyson was on target twice along with Sian Chapman and Georgie Barbour-Gresham, meaning that Exeter need to win two of their three remaining games to be sure of the title whilst long time leaders Keynsham Town Development would secure at least a top two place if they can pick up one more point after Callington Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ilminster Town, who scored through Graziely Esperanca and Abigail Carslake. Marine Academy Plymouth got back to winning ways as a brace from Sam Drewery gave them a 2-0 win away to Portishead Town and Middlezoy Rovers beat Torquay Utd 3-1. Georgia Coles, Devon Rich and Chloe Snook were all on target for Middlezoy, whilst Torquay's consolation came from Laura Shaw.
One match went ahead in the Eastern Division, Swindon Spitfires climbing up into fifth place after running out 5-1 winners over FC Chippenham. Jasmine Hindon netted twice for the Spitfires along with Sophie Mitchell, Jasmine Payne and Laura Stallard, with Caitlin Brooks replying.
Southern Region League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Southampton FC Ladies, who defeated AFC Bournemouth CST 4-1 and have matters very much in their hands. Chloe Newton was the heroine for Southampton as she scored all four goals to take her side level on points with the Cherries, whose reply came from Chloe Tape, but with two matches in hand. Oxford City meanwhile saw their remaining title hopes take an enormous blow as they were beaten 4-3 by Warsash Wasps, Megan Fox matching the feat of Chloe Newton as she also netted four times. Woodley Utd enhanced their chances of finishing in the top four when Amie Benton and Rosie Page-Smith gave them a 2-1 win away to Barton Rovers. Hannah Evans scored twice along with Jennifer Thraves and Lauren Sherman as Ascot Utd won 4-0 against Newbury Ladies, whilst Winchester City Flyers moved further away from the bottom two after their 2-1 victory over New Milton Town.
One game was played in Division One, Wycombe Wanderers moving themselves back into second place after winning 5-2 away to Eastleigh. Tara Woodward became the third player in the league to bag a four-goal haul on the day and Katie Hudson was also on the scoresheet, whilst Samantha Hide netted a late brace for the home side.
West Midlands League
The important clash for the Premier Division title between Leafield Athletic and Sutton Coldfield Town finished in a goalless draw, which means it should now go the wire. With two games each left to play, Leafield hold the advantage with a two point lead over Sutton Coldfield whilst Coundon Court, who completed their fixtures last week, still inbetween them. Redditch Utd did their chances of finishing in the top four in their first season after promotion a power of good as they scored seven times without reply past Stockingford AA Pavilion. Goldenhill Wanderers ran out 5-0 winners over Worcester Utd and Lye Town put a gap of four points between themselves and Knowle after beating them 4-2.
After having secured the Division One North title the previous week, Leek Town completed a perfect season for themselves in the league as they won 7-1 away to Port Vale, giving themselves a record of sixteen victories from sixteen matches.
Kidderminster Harriers kept the Division One South title race alive when they defeated Droitwich Spa 4-0, narrowing the gap on leaders Solihull Utd to six points and with three matches left to play. Kingfisher meanwhile look set to finish the season in fifth place following their 5-0 victory against Leamington Lions.
Crusaders are through to the semi finals of the Premier Division Cup after they won 1-0 after extra time against second placed Coundon Court.
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