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East Midlands League
Clifton hold on to the leadership of the Premier Division and increased the gap to two points after battling out a 2-2 draw with Heather St Johns. Friar Lane & Epworth leapfrogged Mansfield Town into second place by beating them 3-1. Sandiacre Town won 4-1 away to Market Warsop and they go into the top half as do Peterborough Azure who claimed their second victory in a row, 3-2 against Shepshed Dynamo. Rolls Royce Leisure meanwhile won for the first time, 5-1 over Corby S & L.
Retford Utd march on at the top of Division One North, their 5-0 success away to West Bridgford keeps them seven points clear from Arnold Town, who defeated Lenton Athletic 5-2. Grace Adams (2), Sarah Smith (2), Maria Burns, Laurie Millington and Laurie Marris netted the goals as Steel City Wanderers won 7-1 at Allestree to stay in third, just ahead of Grimsby Town who were 4-0 winners over Sparta Nottingham. Rise Park climbed into the top half, thanks to a 5-2 victory over OOH Lincoln A.
The top four teams in the Division One South table were not in action on Sunday and this allowed Nuneaton Town to catch up some ground by beating Asfordby Amateurs 3-0. Oadby & Wigston claimed an important 4-1 victory against Barrowby and Sleaford Town won for the first time, 2-1 over Raunds Town.
Eastern Region League
Peterborough continue to set the pace at the top of the Premier Division and they have edged three points clear following their 4-0 victory over second placed Hethersett Athletic, Lesley-Ann Seaman bagging all four goals. Braintree Town could have joined them at the top but they were beaten 5-1 by Cambridge University for whom Romy Trigg-Smith netted twice along with Leesa Haydock, Kate Robinson and Ashley Winslow. Chelmsford City bounced back from their midweek defeat at the hands of Barking to run out 5-0 winners over West Lynn thanks to Grainne McLaughlin (2), Jasmine Wheeler, Emma Ridings and Rachel Armstrong. Stevenage Borough meanwhile scored seven without reply away to Taverham, Cara Breckenridge and Nicole Perschsky each scoring twice with one apiece from Josie North, Alex North and Hayley Keene.
In Division One North, table toppers Cambridge Rangers' goalless draw with second placed Norwich City Res means they stay five points ahead, with Ipswich Wanderers a further point adrift after they won 2-1 at Haverhill Rovers with goals from Lauren Richardson and Kayleigh Harwood. Histon Hornets continue to improve and they pipped Cambridge Women Res by the odd goal in seven. Hollie Dare, Sophie Hopkin, Laura Spaxman and Hannah Smith all netted a goal apiece for Histon.
A win would have taken them top but Billericay Town are now one point behind Division One South leaders Hannakins after they shared a 1-1 draw with Brentwood Town. Danielle Butler was on target for Brentwood, with Billericay replying through Paris Smith. Arlesey Town stepped up their challenge in third place by winning 3-0 away to AFC Kempston Rovers with goals from Lisa Brown, Sarah Tayler and Mandy Cain. Hoddesdon Owls defeated Leighton Linslade 3-1 whilst the match between Whitwell and Royston Town finished goalless.
London & South East League
The top of the table clash in the Premier Division went the way of Panthers, who opened up a lead of five points with their 1-0 victory over Denham Utd. In the other game, fast improving Garston continued their climb up the table by beating Crawley Wasps 4-0.
Surbiton Town won 3-0 away to Tower Hamlets to keep their one point lead at the top of Division One (London), from Kent Magpies who beat Luton Town Res 1-0. Tooting & Mitcham Utd remain a further point behind in third place after they triumphed 3-0 at Brentford. Westfield are just adrift of the leading teams following their 3-1 victory over Manford Way. Enfield Town Res scored thirteen without reply against Tring Athletic whilst West Ham Utd Development won for the second successive game, 5-2 over Hemel Hempstead.
North East League
Stacey Walstow hit a hat-trick and Katherine Smith the other as Barnsley returned to the top of the Premier Division, courtesy of a 4-2 victory away to York City. In the other game to be played, Guiseley leapt into fourth place after winning 4-1 against St Francis 2000.
In the Northern Division, Teesside Athletic moved into the top half of the table with a 7-2 victory over Brandon Ladies. Cramlington Juniors are still searching for their first points after they were beaten
5-1 by Scarborough.
Hessle Town continue to stretch the pace in the Southern Division, preserving their lead of four points with a 5-3 success at Keighley. Castleford White Rose are chasing hard in second place after they scored nine without reply past Tadcaster Magnets. Beverley Town triumphed 7-3 against Wetherby Athletic and to complete a good day for the top four, Sheffield Utd Junior Blades defeated Harrogate Railway 4-0.
North West League
In the only match to be played in the Premier Division, Fletcher Moss Rangers caught up ground on the leading teams and moved into fourth place with a 10-0 victory over Leigh RMI.
Two matches took place in Division One North, Penrith AFC beating Bolton Lads & Girls 5-0 to take over at the top of the table, with Morecambe moving into second place following their 11-1 win against Bolton Ambassadors.
Chester City won their all-Premier Division tie 6-0 against Windscale to move into the Second Round of the Regional Cup. Also through are St Domingo's who defeated Buxton 5-1 and Burnley Borrowdale, narrow 2-1 winners over Birkenhead.
South West League
Emily Harrington and Kelly Cripps scored the goals which keep Larkhall Athletic on top of the Premier Division, giving them a 2-0 victory over Taunton Town. Gloucester City remain two points behind in second place, with two games in hand, after Jodie Hennessey's double plus Kelly Aldridge and Helen Wood secured a 4-1 win against Oldland Abbotonians, who replied through Gemma Summers. Frome Town consolidated themselves in third by winning 6-1 away to Cheltenham Town, Kate German netted four times with Mel Sartain and Steph Isaacson adding the others. Weymouth meanwhile scored six without reply against Poole Town, goals coming from Rosie Sharpe (2), Bianca Randall, Jody Urwin, Ellen Cuddy and Emma Chaffey.
In the Eastern Division, Forest Green Rovers Res moved level on points with leaders Cirencester Town by beating Nailsea Utd 4-0. Hayley Appleby led the scoring with a hat-trick, Leanne Turner adding the other. Keynsham Town Development caught up ground on the leading teams with a 3-2 victory over Cleeve West Town thanks to Vanessa Baptista, Hari Sabic and Aimee Clark. Downend Flyers recorded their second win of the season as Kate Michaels, Sarah Dean, Laura Baker and Karina Cockell gave them a 4-0 success away to Winscombe Res.
Southern Region League
Southampton Saints won 1-0 away to Wycombe Wanderers to further extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division to eight points. Aldershot Town inched up into third place following their goalless draw away to Oxford Utd whilst Slough lost ground when beaten 2-1 by Henley Town. MK Wanderers are off the bottom of the table after they picked up their first win of the season, climbing above Launton by defeating them 5-3.
In Division One, Basingstoke Town won 3-0 away to Southampton Saints Res and stay one point ahead at the top from Southampton Women, who beat Newbury Ladies & Girls 2-0. Woodley Saints stepped up their challenge with a 7-2 victory away to Banbury Utd, as did University of Portsmouth, 4-0 winners at Berinsfield. At the other end of the table, Reading Girls defeated Chesham Utd Res 2-0 to climb out of the bottom two places.
West Midlands League
The Premier Division top of the table clash between Solihull Ladies and Stratford Town ended in a 1-1 draw, ensuring that Solihull stay three points ahead of their rivals and Worcester City who also drew,
1-1 against Coleshill Town. Lichfield Diamonds are in fourth place following their 4-1 victory over Allscott. Kidderminster Harriers defeated Kidsgrove 5-3 to go back into the top half and there were plenty of goals on offer at Hereford Phoenix where the home side shared a 5-5 draw with Bradwell Belles. Cannock moved away from the bottom two with an important 5-1 success over Hereford Pegasus.
Division One North leaders Willenhall Town were pushed all the way by Bedworth Utd before ending up as 6-5 winners, extending their advantage to eight points in the process. Cottage Farm Rangers are in second place following their 2-0 win at Rugeley Ladies, on goal difference from in-form Bridgnorth Spartans who won for the fourth time in a row, 4-1 against Tamworth Lionesses. Stafford Town and unbeaten Coseley Town follow on after the sides battled out a 1-1 draw and the spoils were also shared between Withymoor and Wyrley Juniors.
A 3-2 victory away to Marston Green keeps Birmingham Athletic one point ahead in Division One South, from Coventry City Development who crushed Leominster Town 16-1, and Fairfield Villa, 3-0 winners at Knowle. Rea Valley continue to climb the table and are in fifth following their 6-1 victory over Redditch Utd whilst Ferndale defeated Walsall 3-0.
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