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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students sewed up the Premier Division title with a 2-0 victory away to Clifton on Sunday, putting themselves beyond the reach of Friar Lane & Epworth who must settle for second place. Sandiacre Town's hopes of a top three finish took a knock as they were beaten 3-1 by Corby S & L, who have finished the season in excellent form. The other two clubs, along with Corby, who are battling to finish outside the bottom two also picked up important wins, Shepshed Dynamo running out
6-1 winners over Market Warsop whilst Rolls Royce Leisure defeated Peterborough Azure 3-1.
Retford Utd put themselves on the verge of the Division One North title as they won 3-2 away to Rise Park. They now need to avoid defeat in their last game of the season against second placed Steel City Wanderers in order to make sure. At the other end of the table, Linby CW claimed only their third victory of the season when beating OOH Lincoln A 2-1.
Second place still remains in the balance in Division One South after Huncote S & SC netted five without reply against Daventry Town. Champions Long Eaton Utd ended their successful campaign by winning 3-2 away to Nuneaton Town. Sleaford Town defeated Kingsthorpe 4-2 and Barrowby leapfrogged Raunds Town out of the bottom two by beating them 4-2.
Eastern Region League
Hethersett Athletic kept up their dominance of the League Cup and they lifted the trophy for the third season in a row with a 5-1 victory over Billericay Town at Soham. Emily Coates and Emma Mulley each netted twice for Hethersett, with Grace Birchall adding the other.
The Division One Representative Game went the way of Sawbridgeworth Town who defeated Ipswich Wanderers 4-0, thanks to doubles from Victoria Silvester and Jackie Stott.
Braintree Town chalked up a huge victory over Taverham to step up their Premier Division title challenge. Zoe Rushen led the scoring with a seven-goal haul, Lynsey Bowman weighed in with five, Laken Duchar-Clark added four while Toni-Anne Wayne and Ella Tooley each contributed hat-tricks. Braintree were further boosted by the news that rivals Chelmsford City were held to a 2-2 draw by Stevenage Borough, for whom Hayley Kemp and Amy Josland netted with Claire Pavett bagging a double for Chelmsford. Barking's hopes are fading but they kept them alive by defeating Woodbridge Town 7-1, Liane Prior hitting four goals with others from Vicky Bruce, Rosie Carter and Ashleigh Beale.
London & South East League
A huge turnaround on the last full day of the season resulted in a dramatic change in the Premier Division title race. Maidstone Town went into their game with Littlehampton Town needing a point to effectively confirm themselves as Champions, however they went down to a 5-2 defeat which confirmed Littlehampton as finishing in third place. This allowed Old Actonians the chance to pip Maidstone to the title with a win and they accepted it with both hands, beating Wingate & Finchley 3-1. Elsewhere, Denham Utd won 3-1 against Crawley Wasps whilst Wandgas and AFC Wimbledon shared four goals.
Tooting & Mitcham Utd have extended their lead at the top of Division One (London) to three points following their goalless draw with Surbiton Town. However Westfield are closing in fast and their 2-0 win at Luton Town Res leaves them seven points off the pace, with three games in hand. Brentford meanwhile picked up a welcome 3-2 win at Tring Athletic, which takes them away from the bottom two places.
North East League
The Premier Division title race continues to look more condensed by the week and Whitley Bay saw their lead cut to two points after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Barnsley, who have dragged themselves back into the race. Sheffield Utd Community closed the gap in second place as Tania Marsden, Annie Ward and Paige Unwin gave them a 3-0 victory over York City and Sheffield FC defeated Guiseley by the same scoreline, thanks to second half goals from Lisa Giampalma, Nicolle Jepson and Steph Spence. Peterlee Town meanwhile beat Hull City 6-4 in a high scoring affair to move out of the bottom three.
Durham City secured the Northern Division title with a 3-1 win away to Lumley. Birtley Town need to avoid defeat in their final game in order to finish as runners-up after they beat Whitley Bay Res 5-1 and Scarborough ran out 5-0 winners at Cramlington Juniors.
Castleford White Rose returned to the top of the Southern Division on goal difference after they won
5-1 at AFC Preston. Bradford City A edged out Keighley by the odd goal in seven to put themselves in with a shout of a top half place.
North West League
Mossley Hill were confirmed as Premier Division Champions after Fletcher Moss Rangers, the only team left to catch them, were held to a 2-2 draw in midweek by Bolton Wanderers. Fletcher Moss did finish off with a 4-0 victory at Wigan Ladies but they will have to settle for third place after Chorley defeated Windscale 7-0 to take the runners-up spot on goal difference. Chester City have had a good season and finish fourth after beating Burnley Girls 3-1. Bolton Wanderers took a top half place after beating Bury Girls & Ladies 5-0 and Preston North End were 2-1 winners at AFC Urmston Meadowside.
Wigan Athletic completed an astonishing second half of the season, coming from a long way behind to take the Division One North title after winning all of their last ten matches. They finished off with a 2-0 victory over Brazil who will end the season in fourth. Morecambe tried their best by crushing Burnley Borrowdale 16-0 but end up as runners-up, despite scoring 133 goals in the campaign. The other game turned out to be an entertaining affair as Warrington Town and Bolton Ambassadors battled out a 5-5 draw.
Division One South title winners Denton Town rounded off their season with a victory, 5-0 against Macclesfield Town. Manchester Stingers defeated Birkenhead 4-3 while Winsford and AFC Liverpool finished level at 1-1.
South West League
Newly crowned Champions Gloucester City rounded off their successful season in style, with an 8-1 victory away to Stoke Lane Athletic. Leanne Godwin netted twice with one apiece from Jasmine Morris, Kim Drage, Nicky Glanville, Kath Savage, Helen Wood and Charlotte Benson-Wilson. Saltash Utd claimed the runners-up by running out 7-1 winners over Chippenham Town, Julie Hewitt hitting a hat-trick with other goals from Kim Eke (2), Corinne Potts and Coral Smith. Larkhall Athletic will finish in third place after they scored nine without reply against Poole Town. Tash Miller scored a hat-trick and Nicki O'Connell a double and the tally was completed by Emily Harrington, Kelly Cripps, Carly Symons and Amy Scrivens.
Keynsham Town Development completed their title winning campaign in the Eastern Division with another win, 4-2 against Forest Green Rovers Res. Hari Sabic bagged a brace along with Aimee Clark and Luciana Silva.
The Western Division title race has gone to the wire after the two contenders picked up maximum points. On Sunday, Katie Barker hit a hat-trick, with further goals from Sasha Sparkes and Helena Calfe as Falmouth Town defeated Yeovil Town Res 5-0 whilst Marjons Old Suttonians were 3-0 victors over Launceston. Marjons followed up by winning 3-1 at Newquay Res and Falmouth then netted five without reply at Launceston, which leaves them needing to win their final game to make sure. Plymouth Argyle Res ended their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Newquay Res.
Southern Region League
After dominating the league all season, Southampton Saints secured the Premier Division title on Sunday and have started their climb back up the pyramid following their 6-1 win away to MK Wanderers. Shanklin meanwhile moved back into the top six, courtesy of picking up maximum points from a double header with Launton.
Woodley Saints are back on top of Division One on goal difference following their 2-2 draw with University of Portsmouth, who still have matters in their hands in third place. Newbury Ladies & Girls rounded off their season in style with an emphatic 13-0 victory away to Banbury Utd.
West Midlands League
Things remain tight at the top of the Premier Division after Solihull Ladies and Worcester City battled out a goalless draw but Worcester will clinch the title if they pick up four points from their final two games. Coleshill Town defeated Lichfield Diamonds 2-1 and can finish fourth although Bradwell Belles, 3-1 winners over Hereford Phoenix, could still overtake them. Kidsgrove won for only the third time this season, a 7-3 success against Kidderminster Harriers.
Willenhall Town's 9-1 victory over Rugeley Ladies has taken them to the verge of the Division One North title after second placed Coseley Town went down to a 1-0 defeat at Cottage Farm Rangers. Bridgnorth Spartans came away from FC Reedswood with a 3-0 success whilst Wyrley Juniors ran out 10-2 winners over Withymoor.
Dudley Utd remain in control of the Division One South title race despite being held to a 3-3 draw by bottom of the table Marston Green. Leamington Lions' challenge received a setback as they shared six goals with Fairfield Villa and Coventry City Development also drew, 1-1 with Ferndale. Rea Valley were the division's only winners on the day, 2-1 against Walsall.
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