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East Midlands League
Leicester City Women Development are continuing to stretch the pace at the top of the Premier Division, preserving their lead of four points by beating Kettering Town 4-1. Katie Cropper, Natalie Hurst, Megan Kenney and Courtney Cropper were all on target for the leaders. Hannah Pendred led the scoring with a six-goal haul and Donna McGuigan weighed in with a further five for Peterborough Utd against Leicester City Ladies. Jessica Driscoll hit a hat-trick, Laura Dodwell added two and Kier Perkins was also on target. Oughtibridge WMSC defeated Ollerton Town 4-0 to stay in contention, courtesy of doubles from Jenny Selman and Millie Kenyon. Jody Scott netted all four goals as Woodlands Ladies won 4-2 against Rise Park and Mansfield Town beat Eastwood Community 4-0 with a goal each by Monica Bowley, Kayleigh Downes, Zoe Meynick and Beth Wilcockson.
In Division One North, Lincoln Moorlands Railway drew their final match of the season 4-4 with Grimsby Borough and must wait and see if they will finish in second place. Georgia Silvester bagged a hat-trick for Grimsby, with Abby Westerman adding the other, whilst Lincoln scored through Lauren Churcher (2), Alice Hayes and an own goal. Jessica Machin netted both goals for Sleaford Town in their 2-1 victory away to Ilkeston Town and Arnold Town won 5-3 against Calverton MW thanks to Maria Wayne (2), Stacey Bridge, Kelly Clayton and Thea Duncan.
Northampton Town have gone three points clear at the top of Division One South after Emma Billenness, Georgia Tear, Francesca Partridge and Alex Bartlett gave them a 4-1 victory over Corby Town. Oadby & Wigston suffered a setback as they were beaten 1-0 by fast improving Notts County, Bella Reed scoring the only goal of the game. Eva Rogers was on target as Loughborough Foxes Vixens also won 1-0 against Thrapston Town.
Eastern Region League
Cambridge City moved a step closer to an unbeaten season in the Premier Division with a 3-0 win away to Royston Town. Having clinched the title seven days earlier, City are showing no signs of slowing up and are now seventeen points clear after a Shannon Shaw brace and Freya Standing gave them victory against their second placed opponents. Acle Utd have taken the opportunity to move to within a single point of Royston as Mary-Anne Hoy scored the only goal of the game against Harlow Town. Melissa Godino netted for Colney Heath as they won 1-0 at Haringey Borough and Michelle Byrne and Eden Kibron were on target for Bedford Ladies in their 2-2 draw with Wymondham Town, who replied through Laura Nicholls and Jorja Patterson.
St Ives Town remain six points clear at the top of Division One after Emily Smith and Georgia Stancombe gave them a 2-1 victory at Lawford. Second placed Bowers & Pitsea continued the chase as they defeated Newmarket Town 3-0 thanks to Sophie Dowman, Georgia Fraser and Jennifer Lyttle. Stevenage Ladies Res were unable to return to the top three as they were beaten 2-1 by King's Lynn Town, for whom Olivia Baker netted both goals. Rosy Woodhams bagged a hat-trick, with Grace Leslie and Becky Scola accounting for the others as Hoddesdon Town Owls won 5-2 away to Bishop's Stortford and Kirsty Geal netted the only goal for Histon in their win over Hertford Town.
London & South East League
Kent Football Utd have gone to the top of the table but they have not yet managed to clinch the league title. Needing a win against London Kent Football Utd in order to be confirmed as Champions, the teams battled out a 2-2 draw which saw Kent replace AFC Phoenix as leaders on goal difference, but only by a single goal and they will need to avoid defeat in the final match of the season with Queen's Park Rangers Development to make sure. Shannon Burden and Elizabeth Waldie were on target for Kent, whilst London Kent hit back through Emily Hart and Verity Snow (see match report).
North East League
Durham Cestria completed the league and cup 'double' on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Ossett Utd in the League Cup Final. Southern Division title winners Ossett went into the game chasing a second trophy of their own, but Erin Nelson and Jessica Clark put Durham two ahead inside the opening eleven minutes, with Nelson adding a second on the half hour. Jess Holder rounded off the win for her side with the fourth goal, midway through the second half.
Hartlepool Utd stepped up their challenge for the runners-up spot in the Premier Division by beating Tynedale 5-2. Justine Robinson was on target twice along with Caitlin Bates, Lucy Hammond-Garrington and Laura Wilson. Farsley Celtic meanwhile won 3-2 against York City, thanks to a goal apiece from Jordan Cheetham, Helen Moreton and Rachael White.
In the Northern Division, Sunderland West End completed their fixtures with a 1-0 victory over Consett Ladies but they face a wait to find out if this will be good enough to see them finish as runners-up. Nicole O'Hara scored the only goal of the game but Consett can still overhaul West End for second place by winning their final two matches. In the other game, Kirsty Armstrong netted twice for Alnwick Town as they drew 2-2 with Boro Rangers, who replied through Larissa Burkinshaw and Jade Featherstone.
North West League
The two teams set to fight it out for the league title will also meet in this season's Argyle Sports Cup Final. League leaders Stockport County ran out 4-0 winners over Division One South title hopefuls West Didsbury & Chorlton, and they will face FC United of Manchester, who beat Merseyrail Ladies 2-1 in the other semi finals.
Wigan Athletic made sure that the Premier Division are represented in the Final of the Argyle Sports Plate, thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Blackpool. Stockport County Blues rounded off a good day for their club as they won 2-1 at Workington Reds after extra time.
Fleetwood Town Wrens moved back into the top five in the Premier Division, courtesy of a 5-1 victory over Penrith AFC. Sir Tom Finney meanwhile continued their improving run of form and they have opened up a gap between themselves and the bottom two after beating Accrington Girls & Ladies 4-1.
With Blackpool involved on Plate duty, Bury FC Women took the opportunity to replace them at the top of Division One North and they have opened up a five point lead after picking up two victories from a double header with Cammell Laird 1907. Carlisle Utd ran out 12-1 winners over Leigh RMI and are only one further point adrift in third. Penwortham Town came away from Morecambe Res with a 3-2 victory under their belts and Preston North End won 1-0 against Burscough Dynamo to increase the gap between themselves and the bottom two.
Warrington Wolverines have moved to within a single point of Altrincham in the Division One South table after winning their meeting 3-1. Northwich Vixens crushed City of Liverpool 11-1 whilst Wythenshawe Amateurs defeated Didsbury Ladies 5-0, a result which takes them out of the bottom two at the expense of their opponents.
South West League
Exeter City need to avoid defeat this Sunday in order to be confirmed as Champions, having moved themselves closer with a 5-1 victory away to Marine Academy Plymouth. Sophie Gillies hit a hat-trick for Exeter, with Ella-Mae Miller and Kelsie Miller adding the other goals. Keynsham Town Development did all they could to keep on Exeter's heels and have guaranteed themselves a top two place after beating Forest Green Rovers 5-0. Leilah King, Emily Plummer, Hannah Sims, Lucy Bidgood and Megan Wiltshire all scored for Keynsham who complete their campaign against Exeter this week and need a win to stand any chance of beating them to the title. Callington Town stay third despite going down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Portishead Town, who scored through Emily Lindsey and an own goal. Lucy Pitman scored for Ilminster Town in their 1-1 draw with Torquay Utd, whose reply came from Dani Harper.
The Eastern Division title race might yet have taken another twist as leaders Wootton Bassett Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Cheltenham Town Development. Bassett netted through an own goal, whilst Jessica Wadey scored for Cheltenham and this has allowed Frampton Rangers to go level on points with the table toppers after beating Oldland Abbotonians 7-2. Abi Todd was on target four times for Frampton, Maddy Brown added two and Libby Bell was also on target. Bassett have a much superior goal difference should clinch the title if they beat Swindon Town Development whilst Frampton take on Laverstock & Ford. Almondsbury rounded off their campaign on a winning note, beating Swindon Town Development 3-1 with a Sophie Mitchell double and Jamie Leigh Worlock. Mia Blazey netted twice and Rebecca Snelling the other as Trowbridge Town also won 3-1 against Laverstock & Ford.
Plympton Ladies will need to win their last match of the season if they are to pip Bideford to the runners-up spot in the Western Division. On Sunday, they drew 4-4 with Feniton, Dionne Igalawuye (2), Billie Swan and Shannon Workman scoring for Plympton whilst Feniton replied through a Brittany Harris brace, Stef Churchill-Matthews and Nia Owen. Alphington meanwhile netted ten times past Exeter & Tedburn Rangers, Catherine Wright and Helen Kukor hitting four and three respectively, with Josie Cox, Molly Dineen and Jodie Millett completing their tally.
Southern Region League
AFC Bournemouth CST kept hold of the leadership by winning 4-0 away to Oxford City. Chloe Tape netted a goal in each half, with Rosie Eden and Maisy Smith also getting on the scoresheet. Southampton FC Ladies stay level on points with them after scoring nine times without reply past Ascot Utd. Georgie Freeland, Ella Pusey and Emily Wernham all bagged doubles along with Ellie Chaffe, Chloe Newton and Shannon Sievwright. Rosie Page-Smith hit a hat-trick for Woodley Utd as they won 3-2 at Warsash Wasps, whilst Barton Rovers climbed off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 victory over Winchester City Flyers.
The top three in Division One are on the same number of points with Moneyfields, whose match was postponed, holding on to top spot on goal difference. Abingdon Utd move above Wycombe Wanderers into second following an eight-goal victory at Shanklin in which Sadie Timbs and Molly Lygo-Jackson each netted twice along with Kiera Isaac, Katie Totton, Charlotte Deeley and an own goal. Eastleigh are up into fourth after a Samantha Hide brace gave them a 2-0 win against Wokingham & Emmbrook.
West Midlands League
The top three teams in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday, with Redditch Utd the highest placed team in action and they ran out 5-2 winners away to Coventry Sphinx. Crusaders remain two points behind them following their 5-1 victory over Worcester Utd. Goldenhill Wanderers netted six times without reply past Knowle and Stockingford AA Pavilion were 2-0 victors at Lye Town.
In Division One North, Stoke City Development enhanced their chances of the runners-up spot when they defeated Port Vale 6-0. The result takes them level on points with second placed Shifnal Town, with a game in hand.
Solihull Utd have restored their nine point advantage in Division One South with a five-goal blast against Droitwich Spa, they now require one point from their final two matches in order to land the title.
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