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East Midlands League
Peterborough Azure will meet Retford Utd in this season's League Plate Final after the sides came through their respective semi finals on Sunday. Peterborough defeated fellow Premier Division side Mansfield Town 4-1 whilst Retford ran out 5-3 winners away to Barrowby.
In the Premier Division, Friar Lane & Epworth closed the gap on leaders Loughborough Students to four points with a 2-0 victory over Rolls Royce Leisure. Sandiacre Town still have a chance of a top three finish after scoring six without reply away to Shepshed Dynamo. Corby S & L meanwhile raised their hopes of climbing out of the bottom two by beating Market Warsop 3-1.
Steel City Wanderers closed the gap on Division One North leaders Retford Utd to five points after scoring eight for the second week in succession. Laurie Maris bagged a hat-trick along with Dawn Cripps (2), Danni Fletcher, Lucy Smith and Sarah Smith as Wanderers defeated Arnold Town 8-0. Grimsby Town remain hard on their heels in third after a huge victory over Linby CW. Rise Park and Allestree finished goalless and West Bridgford leapfrogged Lenton Athletic and out of the bottom two by beating them 2-1.
Division One South leaders Hinckley Utd received a setback to their challenge as they were held to a
1-1 draw by Daventry Town. Hinckley hold onto the leadership on goal difference from Long Eaton Utd, who defeated Nuneaton Town 2-1. Third placed Huncote S & SC kept their slim hopes alive by scoring twelve without reply away to Asfordby Amateurs. Oadby & Wigston are closing in on a top half place following their 4-1 victory over Sleaford Town.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division leaders Cambridge University battled out a goalless draw with fellow title hopefuls Chelmsford City in the first match of their double header, before a Stacey Turner goal saw Chelmsford to a 1-0 win in the second. Uni's advantage was trimmed to a single point by Braintree Town, who beat Barking 1-0 thanks to Toni-Anne Wayne. Bedford Ladies are a further point adrift in third place after Natasha Fensome (2), Zara Carroll and Christie Turner gave them a 4-2 win at Haringey Borough. Hayley Kemp and Josie North were on target as Stevenage Borough won 2-1 away to West Lynn and Woodbridge Town beat Hethersett Athletic 4-1, Charlene Roach netting twice along with Amy Parker and Nikki Wigg.
In Division One North, Ipswich Wanderers completed their season with a 2-0 victory, both goals coming from Kayleigh Harwood.
Arlesey Town stay on top of Division One South despite going down to a 2-1 defeat away to Brentwood Town, who trail the table toppers by two points and have a game in hand. Sophie Lovell grabbed both goals for Brentwood. Billericay Town's hopes were jolted by a goalless draw against Sawbridgeworth Town and AFC Kempston Rovers came away from Royston Town with a 4-1 victory, Nina Brown hitting two goals with others from Suzanne Albon and Donna Coombes.
London & South East League
Maidstone Town have gone top of the Premier Division and have matters in their hands after they won 5-2 away to previous leaders Panthers, whose title challenge might be over. Littlehampton Town moved into second, level on points with Maidstone, but have played a game more following their 4-0 success at Crawley Wasps whilst Old Actonians won 2-0 against Garston and are a point off the pace in third. Horley Town meanwhile are heading towards mid-table after beating Wandgas 1-0.
Tooting & Mitcham Utd have opened up a lead of four points at the top of Division One (London) with a 2-1 win against Tring Athletic. Kent Magpies won 3-0 at Tower Hamlets to go level on points with second placed Surbiton Town, who did not play. West Ham Utd Development and Luton Town Res shared six goals and Hemel Hempstead were 4-1 victors away to Enfield Town Res.
North East League
Sheffield Utd Community stepped up their title challenge with two victories in a week. On Sunday, Zoe Beresford and Becky Kendell gave them a 2-0 win over leaders Whitley Bay - who lost a league match by more than one goal for the first time since their formation - and followed it up in midweek by beating Ossett Albion 3-0 thanks to Cheryl Mawhood, Tania Marsden and Beresford to take themselves into second place, two points behind Whitley. Sheffield FC remain in contention despite being held to a goalless draw by Peterlee Town. Huddersfield Town are looking good for a fifth place finish after they defeated Hull City 6-1, whilst mid-table Guiseley won 7-2 against St Francis 2000.
In the Northern Division, Scarborough were unable to take a chance to go top of the table as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Brandon Ladies. Lumley ran out 13-2 winners over Cramlington Juniors and have gone third on goal difference from Birtley Town, who won 3-2 over Teesside Athletic.
The top teams in the Southern Division table were not in action on Sunday but AFC Preston's 1-1 draw at Keighley keeps them in fifth place, just ahead of Wakefield Res who won 6-1 at Harrogate Railway.
North West League
Mossley Hill took another huge stride towards the Premier Division title in midweek, their 2-1 win at Bolton Wanderers means that only Fletcher Moss Rangers can now catch them. Rangers, who stay in fourth, kept their hopes alive by scoring ten without reply past AFC Urmston Meadowside. Chester City's hopes are over despite a 3-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers, while Chorley can still take the runners-up spot and kept on course by winning 3-0 away to Preston North End. Burnley Girls are virtually certain of a top half place following their 5-2 success over Wigan Ladies. Leigh RMI's 4-0 victory against Windscale has taken them off the bottom of the table, after Windscale were beaten 7-0 by Wigan in midweek.
Brazil are back on top of Division One North, they won 6-0 against Springfields (Preston) whilst previous leaders Penrith AFC were beaten 2-1 by Bolton Lads & Girls. Morecambe kept in touch by winning 1-0 at Warrington Town whilst Wigan Athletic are coming up on the rails following 3-0 victories over Blackpool Wren Rovers Res and Bolton Lads & Girls. Bolton Ambassadors kept up their improving form with a 2-0 success at Burnley Borrowdale, who were defeated 3-1 by Springfields in midweek.
Denton Town narrowly hold on to the leadership in Division One South, beating Winsford 5-1 to stay top on goal difference from Liverpool Feds Res, who were 4-1 winners over Macclesfield Town. Greater Manchester Police's 9-0 victory against Buxton keeps them one point behind the top two. Manchester Stingers were beaten 2-1 by improving AFC Liverpool before bouncing back to defeat Macclesfield 2-1 in midweek, whilst Birkenhead were 8-0 victors at Airbus UK.
South West League
Gloucester City require two victories from their final three games to secure the Premier Division title and moved themselves closer with an 8-0 victory over Stoke Lane Athletic. Helen Wood spearheaded the win with a four-goal haul, with Laura Stephens, Leanne Godwin, Kelly Aldridge and an own goal completing the scoring. Saltash Utd are now their only realistic challengers after they defeated Poole Town 6-0, Sami Platts leading the scoring with a hat-trick with further goals from Kim Eke (2) and Coral Smith. Frome Town and Larkhall Athletic finished level at 3-3, Frome finding the net through Mel Sartain, Kate German and an own goal while Jodie Whaley, Carly Symons and an own goal replied for Larkhall. Charley Griffin and Nicole Robinson each netted doubles, with Cherie Rutherford adding the other as Cheltenham Town were 5-2 winners over Weymouth while Bristol Ladies Union's excellent finish to the season continued with a 4-1 success at Oldland Abbotonians. Chippenham Town, who can still finish in mid-table, netted nine without reply away to Taunton Town. Emma Boulter and Lucy Bailey each netted twice along with Vicky Elliott, Julie Baker, Hannah Way and '---- ----'.
In the Eastern Division, Keynsham Town Development moved into third place by winning 6-1 away to Winscombe Res. Aimee Clark and Hari Sabic each netted doubles, with one each from Lorna Gover and Brianna Oeser. Bishop's Lydeard follow on after beating Nailsea Utd 4-0 with Colette Phillips (2), Susan Daw and Rosie Harper on target. Swindon Spitfires and Downend Flyers meanwhile finished level at 2-2. Mel Bristow and Dennika Bretti netted for Swindon, with Downend replying through Laura Baker and Charlie Lanahan.
Falmouth Town still head the way in the Western Division after a Katy Barker hat-trick, Becky Hall and Keri-Ann Moxom gave them a 5-0 victory at Bude Town. Newquay Res remain well in the hunt in second place following their 5-1 success at Torpoint Athletic. A Lauren Hewings hat-trick meanwhile earned Marjons Old Suttonians a 3-1 win away to Yeovil Town Res. Plymouth Argyle Res completed a good day for the away teams, winning 4-3 at Roche with goals from Emily Mousley (2), Kat Marment and Danii Moody.
Southern Region League
Last season's beaten finalists Southampton Saints are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after winning 5-1 away to Basingstoke Town. Maidenhead Utd progressed via a 2-1 success at Wycombe Wanderers and Shanklin beat Southampton Women 2-1, whilst Aldershot Town complete a quartet of Premier Division clubs in the last four following their 2-1 victory over University of Portsmouth.
In the Premier Division, Oxford Utd had an opportunity to move into second place but were surprised by a 1-0 defeat at Launton, who boosted their chances of climbing off the bottom. Slough meanwhile beat MK Wanderers 2-1 to go into fifth.
Woodley Saints stepped up their title challenge in Division One by scoring eleven without reply past Reading Girls to close the gap on leaders Southampton Women to a single point. In the other game, Newbury Ladies & Girls ran out 5-0 winners away to Reading Ladies.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Stratford Town went down to a 3-2 defeat away to Cannock but hold on to top spot after Worcester City were also beaten, 1-0 by Hereford Pegasus. Solihull Ladies took advantage of their rivals' misfortunes to win 3-0 at Kidderminster Harriers and step up their challenge. Coleshill Town look likely to finish fourth after they defeated Kidsgrove 2-0 and Bradwell Belles lost 5-2 at Allscott. Lichfield Diamonds meanwhile were 1-0 winners away to Hereford Phoenix.
Division One North table toppers Willenhall Town were beaten 2-1 at home by Coseley Town, who moved into second place, six points behind their opponents. Bedworth Utd defeated Tamworth Lionesses 5-2 to go into fourth, above FC Reedswood who lost 4-1 at Withymoor. Wyrley Juniors won 6-1 at Rugeley Ladies to keep alive their faint hopes of a top three finish.
To complete a bad day for the divisional leaders, Dudley Utd also suffered defeat, 3-2 at third placed Leamington Lions. Birmingham Athletic hold on to second place despite going down to a 2-1 reverse away to Walsall. Coventry City Development won 2-1 against Redditch Utd to maintain their chances and Fairfield Villa beat Rea Valley by the odd goal in five.
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