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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students further tightened their grip on the Premier Division title race with a 2-0 victory away to Heather St Johns. The result means that the students have stretched their lead to seven points as Gedling Town went down to a 4-2 defeat at home to Sandiacre Town. Friar Lane & Epworth therefore move into second place on goal difference, thanks to a 4-0 win over Corby S & L. Clifton got back on course with a 5-1 success at Market Warsop and Peterborough Azure climbed back into the top half by beating Mansfield Town 4-2.
Retford Utd kept up the pace at the top of Division One North by winning 2-0 against Rise Park, whilst second placed Steel City Wanderers netted eight without reply past Linby CW. Dawn Cripps led the scoring for Wanderers with a five-goal haul and there was one apiece from Laurie Marris, Kayleigh Gerritty and Sarah Smith. Grimsby Town maintained their hopes of a top two finish as they edged out Sparta Nottingham by the odd goal in seven. OOH Lincoln A are virtually assured of a top half place following their 3-1 victory over Allestree.
With Division One South leaders Hinckley Utd not playing, Long Eaton Utd took the opportunity to close the gap on them to two points with a 1-0 win against third placed Huncote S & SC. Daventry Town stay in fourth after they shared eight goals with Nuneaton Town. Honours were even in the division's other two games, the mid-table clash between Kingsthorpe and Sleaford Town finishing level at 2-2 whilst Raunds Town and Barrowby drew 1-1.
Eastern Region League
Ashley Winslow and Amanda Wainwright were on target as Cambridge University defeated Woodbridge Town to remain three points clear at the top of the Premier Division. Barking stay hard on their heels following a huge victory over Taverham, including a nine-goal blast from Vicky Bruce while Samantha Chase weighed in with five goals and Harriet Sim bagged a hat-trick. Natasha Fensome scored twice along with Vicky Vickery and Zara Carroll as Bedford Ladies won 4-2 at Peterborough to stay in contention whilst Stevenage Borough beat Hethersett Athletic 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from Hayley Kemp.
Only a disastrous defeat in their last match of the season can deny Kettering Town the Division One title. A win on Sunday against Ipswich Wanderers would have secured the crown but the resulting goalless draw means they must wait for one more match, whilst Ipswich's remaining hopes are over.
Arlesey Town have gone four points clear at the top of Division One South after Michelle Whitehead (2), Kirsty Cooper, Lisa Brown and Libby Pennant gave them a 5-1 victory over Royston Town. Wendy Rankin and Hayley Graham each netted doubles as Sawbridgeworth Town won 6-0 at Leighton Linslade, the other goals coming from Joanne Gregory and Jackie Day.
London & South East League
Premier Division table toppers Panthers hold on to the leadership although they were beaten for the second week in succession, 2-0 by Wingate & Finchley. Littlehampton Town meanwhile won 4-3 at Old Actonians to go into third, one point off the pace. Wandgas remain on course for a top half place after beating Garston 6-2.
The three title contenders in Division One (London) did not have a game over the weekend. Hemel Hempstead were narrow 3-2 winners over Tring Athletic and on Easter Monday, West Ham Utd Development climbed into fifth place as Lucy Wyatt gave them a 1-0 victory against Brentford in a match played at Griffin Park following the Bees' Coca Cola League One match against Exeter City.
North East League
The Premier Division title race hotted up at the weekend after the top four teams in the table all recorded victories. Whitley Bay stay four points ahead following their hard earned 3-2 win against Hull City, Julie Twaddle, Mel Carr and Nikki Smith netting the goals. Marie Widerman, Lisa Giampalma and Nicole Jepson were on target as Sheffield FC defeated Ossett Albion 3-0 to stay second on goal difference from Barnsley, who won 4-0 against Huddersfield Town. Sheffield Utd Community kept their hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over Peterlee Town, Cheryl Mawhood netting twice along with Laura Naylor and Becky Kendell.
No change at the top of the Northern Division where Durham City won 9-1 at Cramlington Juniors to remain two points ahead of Scarborough, who edged out Birtley Town 1-0. Lumley were 4-2 victors away to Brandon Ladies and Teesside Athletic beat Whitley Bay Res by the only goal of the game.
The top two teams came face to face in the Southern Division and it was Hessle Town who emerged as 3-0 winners over Castleford White Rose to open up a lead of three points, with a game in hand. Beverley Town meanwhile defeated Wakefield Res 2-1 to go back into third place.
North West League
Two of the title contenders in the Premier Division met each other and it was Fletcher Moss Rangers who were 3-0 winners over second placed Chester City, who remain eight points behind leaders Mossley Hill with three games left to play. Chorley's title challenge might also be over after they were held to a 3-3 draw by Bolton Wanderers in midweek.
In Division One North, Brazil were unable to take a chance to go back to the top of the table as they were beaten 5-3 by Blackpool Wren Rovers Res. Wigan Athletic meanwhile kept their hopes alive with a 2-0 success at Bolton Lads & Girls, followed by a midweek victory over Burscough. Burnley Borrowdale boosted their chances of climbing off the bottom by beating Warrington Town 2-0.
One match was played in Division One South, Macclesfield Town running out 7-1 winners over Airbus UK.
South West League
Stoke Lane Athletic and Cheltenham Town each remain in mid-table after they battled out a 2-2 draw in the only Premier Division match to be played. Lucy Sparkes and Faye Slade were on target for Stoke Lane, with Cheltenham replying through Cherie Rutherford and Hazel Adams.
In the Eastern Division, Keynsham Town Development stepped up their title challenge by winning 2-0 away to Nailsea Utd, goals coming from Aimee Clark and Hari Sabic.
Newquay Res moved to within four points of the leadership in the Western Division, with two games in hand, thanks to a 6-2 victory at Bude Town.
Southern Region League
Only one match was played in the league on Sunday and it saw Oxford Utd keep up their recent good form with a 2-1 victory away to second placed Maidenhead Utd. The result means that Southampton Saints need to win three of their remaining eight games in order to be confirmed as Premier Division Champions.
West Midlands League
Stratford Town returned to the top of the Premier Division, thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Hereford Phoenix. Coleshill Town meanwhile strengthened their claims for a top four finish as they defeated Kidderminster Harriers 3-1.
Willenhall Town continue to power away in Division One North, maintaining their lead of seven points with a 4-1 success at Cottage Farm Rangers. Stafford Town defeated Bridgnorth Spartans 7-3 to stay in second, just ahead of Coseley Town who scored five without reply away to Wyrley Juniors. Rugeley Ladies picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with FC Reedswood.
Dudley Utd are now eight points clear in Division One South, extending their lead with a 2-0 win away to Ferndale. Redditch Utd are still at the bottom but enjoyed a 6-0 victory over Knowle.
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