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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town were unable to take an opportunity to close in on the leaders in the Premier Division on Sunday. A win would have left them three points off the pace but they went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to mid-table Gedling Town. Corby S & L also lifted themselves up the table, courtesy of a 3-2 success away to Retford Utd.
Market Warsop have taken over at the top of Division One North following their 2-1 victory at Grimsby Town. Previous leaders Steel City Wanderers are back in second place after they were beaten 1-0 by West Bridgford. Rise Park replaced Arnold Town in third by defeating them 4-0 while OOH Lincoln Development were held to a 1-1 draw by Nettleham. Sparta Nottingham remain at the foot of the table but made up ground with a 2-1 victory over Hucknall Town.
The top of the table clash in Division One South went the way of second placed Daventry Town, who beat leaders Radcliffe Olympic Res 2-0 to narrow the gap at the summit to three points. Barrowby meanwhile moved further away from the bottom places, thanks to a 5-3 win against Kingsthorpe.
Eastern Region League
Peterborough are in third place in the Premier Division after goals from Anna Faux and Jade Bell gave them a 2-0 victory away to Cambridge University. Stevenage Borough meanwhile drew for the sixth time in ten matches, Hayley Kemp netting their goal in the 1-1 scoreline with Kettering Town, who replied through Kylie Evans.
A 2-2 draw with Taverham has taken Thorpe Utd to the top of Division One North. Charlotte Groves bagged both goals for Thorpe while on target for Taverham were Rachael Howes and Kayleigh Holloway. Bridie Hipperson's hat-trick earned Norwich City Res a 3-0 victory over Cambridge Rangers and Huntingdon Town recorded their first points of the season when beating Cambridge Women Res
3-2, thanks to a goal apiece from Sian Gamble, Chloe Houston and Olivia Pettit.
London & South East League
Only one match was played in the league over the weekend and it took place in Division One (London). West Ham Utd Development lifted themselves into fourth place, three points off the pace, thanks to a
4-2 victory over Brentford.
North East League
Barnsley extended their Premier Division lead even further on Sunday, going seven points clear with a 5-1 win against Peterlee Town. Jess Burton, Stacy Walstow, Nicola Coxhead, Gaby Norton and Melissa Cole were all on target. Huddersfield Town scored seven without reply past Durham City to go fifth, just ahead of Sheffield Utd Community who defeated Hull City 5-2 thanks to Cheryl Mawhood (2), Tania Marsden (2) and Zoe Beresford.
No change at the top in the Northern Division where Whitley Bay Res opened up a lead of three points by beating Brandon Ladies 2-1. Lumley replace Brandon in second place after storming to a 9-2 success at Norton & Stockton Ancients. Birtley Town meanwhile won 2-1 away to Teesside Sport, to move within touching distance of the leading sides.
Southern Division leaders Beverley Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds City Vixens Res and their advantage was cut to a single point by Castleford White Rose, 5-3 winners at Doncaster Rovers Belles A. Sheffield Utd Junior Belles' 2-0 victory over Wetherby Athletic has taken them into third. Ossett Albion moved up the table with a 2-1 win against AFC Preston as did Rothwell Town, who beat Wakefield Res 4-1. Bradford City A won 2-1 away to Goole Town to lift themselves towards a mid-table place.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra have taken a five point lead in the Premier Division as they won 2-0 at Wigan Athletic whilst their two nearest rivals, Burnley Girls & Ladies and Chorley, shared a 3-3 draw. A win would have lifted Chester City into third but instead they shared four goals with Bury Girls & Ladies. Denton Town ran out 10-2 victors over AFC Urmston Meadowside and Preston North End defeated Wigan Ladies
Division One North leaders Blackpool did not play and saw their advantage trimmed to a single point by Penrith AFC, who beat Warrington Town 5-0. Bolton Lads & Girls won 1-0 at Brazil and are just two points off the top whilst Whitehaven moved into the top half by defeating Leigh RMI 3-1. Carlisle are on the tail of the leading sides following their 4-2 victory over Bolton Ambassadors.
Northwich Vixens continue to stretch the pace in Division One South, their 7-3 success at Manchester Stingers keeping them three points ahead of Greater Manchester Police who beat Birkenhead 6-1. Liverpool Feds Res caught up ground on the teams above them with a 6-1 win away to Airbus UK. Mossley Hill Res defeated Winsford 3-1 and Macclesfield Town picked up their first point in a 1-1 draw with AFC Liverpool.
South West League
Keynsham Town Development made up ground on the leading sides in the Premier Division by scoring six without reply against Chippenham Town. Hari Sabic led the scoring with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Amy Davis and Cassie Wilkins. Frankie Stone meanwhile bagged a hat-trick as Bristol Ladies Union defeated Stoke Lane Athletic 3-0.
There was a change of leadership in Eastern Division One with Salisbury City going top for the first time, thanks to a 7-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers Res. Poole Town are out of the bottom three after beating Swindon Spitfires 2-1. Hannah Martin scored the winner for Poole with five minutes remaining, to add to Bev Symes' earlier strike.
Plymouth Argyle Res recorded their ninth straight win, 5-0 against Marjons Old Suttonians, to stay twelve points ahead in Western Division One. Exeter City defeated Roche 9-1 to remain in second and Launceston went into third by beating Charlestown 5-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Victoria Pett, Lucy Bounsall, Jill Haines, Fiona Stevenson and Margaret Brimacombe. Bude Town won for only the second time, netting ten without reply past Torpoint Athletic 10-0. Katie Horstman was on target for times for Bude along with Danielle Salt, Leanne Stanbury, Leona Marsh, Sarah Badham, Leanne Clayton and Bryonie Lapham.
Southern Region League
Woodley Saints ran out 6-0 winners away to Launton to keep themselves three points clear at the top of the Premier Division from Shanklin, who won 2-1 at University of Portsmouth. Maidenhead Utd were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Bracknell Town who replace them in third while Aldershot Town edged out Wycombe Wanderers 3-2.
In Division One, Basingstoke Town defeated Boscombe Albion 5-1 to close the gap on leaders Andover New Street to five points. Mansfield Road won 2-1 against Southampton Women to go third, ahead of Southampton Saints Res who suffered a 3-0 reverse to Chesham Utd Res. Newbury Ladies & Girls eased to a 6-0 success at Reading Ladies to move into mid-table.
West Midlands League
Premier Division table toppers Dudley Utd's winning start was halted by Solihull Ladies, who also conceded their first points in the 1-1 draw. Dudley's lead was trimmed to six points by Allscott who beat Bradwell Belles 2-1. Lichfield Diamonds won 4-2 at Cannock and Hereford Phoenix were 2-1 victors over Kidderminster Harriers.
Cottage Farm Rangers notched up an 11-0 victory over Bridgnorth Town to stay four points clear in Division One North from Stafford Town, who were 4-1 winners at Prees Raiders.
One match was played in Division One South and it saw Walsall draw for the fifth time in six matches, their game with Coventry City Development ending goalless.
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