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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students are now seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division after they won
5-0 away to Market Warsop. Friar Lane & Epworth were also 5-0 winners, against Clifton to hold on to second place on goal difference from Gedling Town, who beat Heather St Johns 2-0. Mansfield Town and Sandiacre Town shared six goals whilst at the other end of the table, Corby S & L picked up a crucial 5-3 victory against Shepshed Dynamo.
The top teams were not in action in Division One North and it was OOH Lincoln 'A' who made a move into fifth place as they scored fourteen past West Bridgford. Lenton Athletic are out of the bottom three following a 2-0 success at Allestree and Linby CW claimed only their second win of the season, 4-2 against Sparta Nottingham.
Division One South leaders Hinckley Utd surrendered their unbeaten record, beaten 2-0 at home by third placed Huncote S & SC. However they remain five points clear at the top of the table after second placed Long Eaton Utd went down to a 5-3 defeat at Daventry Town. Nuneaton Town ran out 6-0 winners over Barrowby whilst Sleaford Town kept up their good run by beating Asfordby Amateurs 2-0, a result which takes them into mid-table. Raunds Town are off the bottom of the table following their 5-0 victory over Oadby & Wigston.
Eastern Region League
Hethersett Athletic are just one step away from retaining the League Cup as a solitary goal from Emma Mulley earned them a 1-0 semi final victory over Braintree Town. Their opponents in the Final will be Billericay Town, who were surprise victors over Chelmsford City in the other semi final, winning on penalties after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw. Lisa Silverton and Kelly Stock had netted for Billericay.
In the Premier Division, Barking boosted their title challenge by winning 12-2 away to Taverham. Vicky Bruce was on target seven times, Hayley Piggott and Liane Prior each added doubles and Sian Birleson completed the tally. Bedford Ladies kept their hopes alive with a 3-1 victory at West Lynn, Deborah Styles, Lauren Prior and Sarah Saunders were all on the scoresheet.
Norwich City Res and Kettering Town battled out a 2-2 draw, which means that Kettering need to win one of their two remaining games in order to secure the Division One North title. Sophie Fuller netted both goals for Norwich, with Kettering replying through a Charlotte Penny double. Norwich still head the table but have completed their games, as have Cambridge Rangers who finished up by beating Haverhill Rovers 4-2. Nadine Sillence was on target twice along with Gemma Turner and Jodie Williams.
Hannakins moved to within one point of the leadership in Division One South with a 4-1 victory away to Hoddesdon Owls. Grace Clark (2), Michaela Standing and Michelle Stoneman netted their goals. Kerri Thomas and Carla Rose scored for Brentwood Town as they stepped up their challenge by winning 2-1 at Royston Town. Sawbridgeworth Town defeated AFC Kempston Rovers 2-1 thanks to Rebecca Maybury and Jackie Day and strikes from Joanne Corbett, Chloe Payne, Caroline Penfold and Alexandria Moir earned Whitwell a 4-1 success at Leighton Linslade.
London & South East League
Old Actonians narrowed the gap on Premier Division leaders Panthers to two points, thanks to a 6-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon. Maidstone Town defeated Denham Utd 1-0 to go into third place, just ahead of Littlehampton Town who shared a 1-1 draw with Wingate & Finchley.
Tooting & Mitcham Utd are the new leaders of Division One (London) after they ran out 4-1 winners over Tower Hamlets. West Ham Utd Development moved into a mid-table, courtesy of a 4-1 success at Enfield Town Res.
North East League
It was not a good few days for the leading sides in the Premier Division. In midweek, table toppers Whitley Bay went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Peterlee Town but they remain seven points clear after Barnsley were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Utd, who leapfrog them into second place. A win would have taken Huddersfield Town second but they are in fourth after a 4-2 reverse at Guiseley.
In the Northern Division, Scarborough defeated Teesside Athletic 5-2 to close the gap on leaders Durham City to three points. Lumley's 3-1 victory over Whitley Bay Res has taken them into third place whilst Brandon Ladies were 4-0 winners at Cramlington Juniors.
There was a change of leadership in the Southern Division as Hessle Town went top of the table by beating Wakefield Res 7-0. Wetherby Athletic meanwhile boosted their chances of climbing out of the bottom two with a 2-1 victory against Tadcaster Magnets.
North West League
Chorley continue to catch up ground on the top two in the Premier Division and kept their title hopes alive by beating Wigan Ladies 8-0. Fletcher Moss Rangers also ensured that they stayed in contention as they also won 8-0 against Bury Girls & Ladies. AFC Urmston Meadowside came away from Windscale with a 7-2 victory whilst Bolton Wanderers lifted themselves out of the bottom three, thanks to a 5-3 win over Preston North End.
Penrith AFC have taken over at the top of Division One North, going one point clear after winning 1-0 at Wigan Athletic. Morecambe meanwhile kept their challenge up in third place by scoring twelve without reply past Springfields (Preston). Blackpool Wren Rovers Res were 5-1 victors at Warrington Town while Bolton Ambassadors lifted themselves off the bottom of the table as they defeated Burnley Borrowdale 5-2.
Things could not be any tighter in Division One South, where the top three teams are now level on points. Greater Manchester Police are the new leaders, they moved to the top by winning 5-0 at Macclesfield Town whilst their two rivals, Denton Town and Liverpool Feds Res, battled out a 2-2 draw. Manchester Stingers follow on in fourth after beating Buxton 5-2. Birkenhead won at Winsford by the only goal and in the meeting of the two teams at the bottom, Glossop North End emerged as 4-1 victors over Airbus UK.
South West League
Gloucester City opened up a two point lead at the top of the Premier Division following their 3-1 win away to Larkhall Athletic. Kelly Aldridge scored twice and Helen Wood the other for Gloucester, with Nicki O'Connell replying. Frome Town stay in second but their challenge appears to be over after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Oldland Abbotonians, for whom Jess Cole netted, but Saltash Utd look to be Gloucester's main rivals, the Cornish side running out 3-0 winners at Stoke Lane Athletic through Corinne Potts, Emma Pemberton and Steph Warren.
In the Eastern Division, Cleeve West Town completed their campaign with Natasha Hale giving them a 1-0 victory away to Bishop's Lydeard, a result which sees them move into third place. Nailsea Utd continue to edge away from the bottom positions and helped their cause by drawing 1-1 with Swindon Spitfires, Kate Liddington scoring their goal with Mel Bristow replying.
Marjons Old Suttonians kept their title challenge alive in the Western Division with an emphatic 13-1 win over Totnes & Dartington. Launceston meanwhile picked up an important 2-1 success against Bude Town to boost their chances of climbing out of the bottom two.
Southern Region League
University of Portsmouth took their place in the last eight of the League Cup, thanks to a 3-0 victory away to MK Wanderers.
Southampton Saints defeated Aldershot Town 3-0 to stretch their lead in the Premier Division to nine points as their nearest rivals, Oxford Utd and Maidenhead Utd, finished level at 1-1 in their meeting. Wycombe Wanderers follow on in fourth after beating Bracknell Town 3-0 and Slough were also 3-0 winners over Launton.
In Division One, Chesham Utd Res are in third place following their 3-0 victory against Reading Girls. Southampton Saints Res meanwhile defeated Banbury Utd 6-2, a result which keeps Banbury in the bottom two.
West Midlands League
Worcester City hold on to the Premier Division leadership despite not being in action on Sunday. Solihull Ladies were held to a 2-2 draw by Allscott whilst Stratford Town went down to a 2-1 defeat at Coleshill Town to complete a good day for the table toppers. Bradwell Belles hold on to fourth following their 3-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers. Cannock were 2-0 winners at Hereford Phoenix and Lichfield Diamonds also picked up an important win, 3-0 against Kidsgrove.
In Division One North, Willenhall Town defeated Cottage Farm Rangers 5-0 to stay four points ahead of Stafford Town, who won 3-2 at Bedworth Utd. Bridgnorth Spartans' 1-0 victory at Wyrley takes them into third, ahead of Coseley Town who were beaten 2-1 at Withymoor. Rugeley Ladies picked up a rare point when sharing six goals with Tamworth Lionesses.
Dudley Utd scored seven without reply at Rea Valley to open up a lead of five points in Division One South, as second placed Birmingham Athletic lost 1-0 to Walsall. Leamington Lions recorded an 8-0 victory over Knowle to maintain their challenge as did Coventry City Development with a 2-0 win at Redditch Utd. Marston Green boosted their hopes of moving out of the bottom two by beating Fairfield Villa 2-1.
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