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East Midlands League
Sandiacre Town took third place in the Premier Division as they ended their campaign with a 3-1 victory over runners-up Friar Lane & Epworth. Clifton shared a 2-2 draw with Peterborough Azure, meaning that Shepshed Dynamo will finish in the top half after they defeated Mansfield Town 3-2. Rolls Royce Leisure require a point from their final game against Champions Loughborough Students to climb out of the bottom two, after they drew 1-1 with Corby S & L.
Retford Utd clinched the Division One North title in midweek after rivals Steel City Wanderers were beaten by Grimsby Town. The Steels took some form of revenge on Sunday by beating Retford 5-2 in their final game, which sewed up the runners-up position for them for the second year in a row. Dawn Cripps scored twice along with Sarah Smith, Maria Burns and Laurie Millington. Grimsby will have to settle for third place despite a 5-0 victory over Allestree.
In Division One South, Huncote S & SC won 4-1 away to Raunds Town to claim the runners-up spot. Daventry Town edged out Asfordby Amateurs by the odd goal in seven, Nuneaton Town were 4-2 victors over Kingsthorpe and Barrowby defeated Oadby & Wigston 3-0.
Eastern Region League
The Premier Division title race is still to be decided but leaders Braintree Town saw their position strengthened despite not having a game. Second placed Chelmsford City received a huge setback as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Woodbridge Town, for whom Melissa Stickland and Charlene Roach scored, and they trail Braintree by four points with a game in hand. Barking's hopes are over following their 2-2 draw with Bedford Ladies, who now only have a slim chance. Natasha Fensome and Sophie Smith netted for Bedford, with Barking replying through Claire Brooks and Ashleigh Beale. Likewise, Cambridge University can no longer win the league after they drew 1-1 Hethersett Athletic, Leesa Haydock scoring their goal with Emma Mulley on target for Hethersett.
Arlesey Town are promoted from Division One South after their 2-1 victory away to Billericay Town. Michelle Whitehead and Sophia Pidgeon netted the goals for Arlesey, with Kelly Stock replying. Brentwood Town took the second promotion place as Carla Rose (2), Danielle Butler and Lucy Faraday gave them a 4-1 win at Hannakins and the two teams battle it out for the title this Sunday.
London & South East League
The final game of the season was played in the Premier Division on Sunday and it resulted in a 6-0 win for Horley Town over AFC Wimbledon, meaning that Horley will finish in fifth place.
Tooting & Mitcham Utd completed their season in Division One (London) with a 2-0 win away to Luton Town Res and they must now wait and see if they will finish as Champions. Westfield still have three games to play and require seven points to overhaul them, and they stayed on course by winning 4-0 at Enfield Town Res. Surbiton Town follow on in fourth following their 7-1 victory over Tower Hamlets.
North East League
What has been arguably the closest fought league at this level has virtually been decided and only a bizarre set of results can now prevent Sheffield FC from landing the Premier Division title. They followed up a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Sunday, Clare Holmes, Nicolle Jepson, Steph Spence and Kerry Parkin scoring, by beating Barnsley 3-2 on Tuesday night and only a huge defeat against Hull City this week, matched by a large victory for Whitley Bay in their final game, would make that happen. Stacey Walstow gave Barnsley an early lead, but Sheffield hit back quickly to level through Lisa Giampalma. Sheffield had much the better of the first half, creating enough chances to have had the game settled by half time, but their only further score was by Spence which was also their 50th goal in the league this season. Walstow levelled just before the break, but Sheffield regained the advantage straight after half time and then came through a tense last 5-10 minutes as Barnsley sought the goal which would have kept them in with a chance of the title. The defeat means the end of Barnsley's hopes, just two days after they had put fellow challengers Sheffield Utd Community out of the race with a 1-0 victory. Peterlee Town meanwhile continue to climb the table and they leapfrogged Guiseley after defeating them 5-1. St Francis 2000 picked up only their third victory of the season, 7-2 against Ossett Albion.
Scarborough will finish as runners-up in the Northern Division, even though they had already finished their fixtures. Birtley Town went into the final match of the season needing a point to take second place but they crashed 5-0 away to Brandon Ladies and will have to settle for third.
Hessle Town clinched the Southern Division title on Sunday in style, with a 7-0 victory over Keighley. Castleford White Rose and Sheffield Utd Junior Blades battled out a 1-1 draw and the result means that White Rose will finish second. Beverley Town defeated Wetherby Athletic 6-0 to lift themselves into third place. AFC Preston moved up the table by beating Wakefield Res 3-1, as did Bradford City A with a
2-1 success at Tadcaster Magnets.
South West League
Premier Division runners-up Saltash Utd rounded off their campaign with a 5-1 victory over Cheltenham Town, thanks to a goal apiece from Corinne Potts, Sam Drewery, Steph Warren, Coral Smith and Julie Hewitt. Chippenham Town meanwhile finished off in style by crushing Poole Town 10-1, '---- ----' hitting four goals and Emma Boulter a double. Chenise Austin, Hannah Way, Vicky Elliott and Nichola Craig all added a goal each.
The final game of the season in the Eastern Division produced a surprise result, Forest Green Rovers Res being denied the chance to take a top three place as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Downend Flyers, whose goals came from Laura Baker and Katie Michaels.
Falmouth Town clinched the Western Division title as they narrowly won 4-3 against Newquay Res. Katie Barker scored twice, with Kerry-Ann Moxham and Sasha Sparkes also on target. Marjons Old Suttonians ran out 5-0 winners away to Totnes & Dartington but will have to settle for runners-up.
Southern Region League
Newly crowned Champions Southampton Saints edged closer towards an unbeaten season as they ran out 3-0 winners over Wycombe Wanderers. They continue to lead the table by nine points from Maidenhead Utd who defeated Launton 4-1. Oxford Utd moved back into third place after they drew 1-1 away to Shanklin, whilst Bracknell Town completed their fixtures with a 3-1 win at Slough. Aldershot Town still have the chance of a top three finish and they remain in contention following their 4-0 victory against MK Wanderers.
In Division One, leaders Woodley Saints completed their season with a 2-2 draw against Basingstoke Town, a result which guarantees them at least a top two finish. However it is University of Portsmouth who look likely to take the title after they followed up a midweek win at Southampton Women by scoring six without reply past Chesham Utd Res, meaning they require one point from their final two matches.
West Midlands League
Worcester City are on the verge of winning the Premier Division title after they ended the hopes of Stratford Town with a 3-1 victory. They need to avoid defeat against Lichfield Diamonds this Sunday in order to put themselves beyond the reach of Solihull Ladies, the only team which can now catch them. Allscott and Lichfield fought out a 1-1 draw and Hereford Phoenix rounded off their season by beating Kidsgrove 5-3 but they cannot climb out of the bottom two.
Willenhall Town made sure of taking the title in Division One North in midweek and Coseley Town's chances of finishing in second place took a knock as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at Bedworth Utd. Wyrley Juniors still have outside hopes, which they kept alive by winning 3-0 at Cottage Farm Rangers.
An 8-0 victory at Redditch Utd keeps Dudley Utd six points clear at the top of Division One South and four points from their final two games should be enough to see them crowned as Champions. Birmingham Athletic went back into second place by winning 1-0 at Leamington Lions but they can no longer catch the leaders. Only Coventry City Development can harbour any remaining title hopes after they netted five without reply against Marston Green.
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