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East Midlands League
Long Eaton Utd increased their lead at the top of the Premier Division to four points after being held to a 2-2 draw by Corby S & L. Loughborough Foxes stay in third but have several games in hand, they kept in touch by winning 5-0 at Peterborough Azure. Mansfield Town ran out 6-1 victors at Retford Utd and are in fourth, just ahead of Friar Lane & Epworth who beat Heather St Johns 3-0. Gedling Town further cemented themselves in the top six as they defeated Sandiacre Town 4-1.
Division One North table toppers Steel City Wanderers were held to a 4-4 draw by Hucknall Town, despite goals from Danielle Harrison, Grace Adams, Maria Burns and Dawn Cripps, and saw their lead trimmed to two points by Rise Park, who were 1-0 winners over Market Warsop to replace them in second. Nettleham follow on after beating Sparta Nottingham 4-1, they climb above Arnold Town who went down to a 4-3 reverse away to OOH Lincoln Development.
Radcliffe Olympic Res raced to an 11-2 victory away to Oadby & Wigston which keeps them three points ahead in Division One South, from Hinckley Utd who scored seven without reply against Leicester Fosse. Third placed Daventry Town got back to winning ways, 6-0 over Oadby Owls, and this allowed Raunds Town to climb into fourth by beating Barrowby 7-2.
Eastern Region League
Holders Hethersett Athletic are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup after Emma Mulley and Megan Todd gave them a 2-0 win away to Chelmsford City. Carly Copplestone scored twice, with Liane Prior, Karen Stepanou and Sian Birleson adding the others as Barking defeated Haringey Borough
5-0. Kettering Town won 2-0 at Cambridge University thanks to Simone Cook and Emma Dunmore whilst Samantha Jones, Kristie Turner and Eloise Stephenson gave Woodbridge Town a 3-1 victory over Whitwell. Norwich City Res are the only team so far from outside the top flight to progress to the last eight after they beat Fakenham Town 2-1, Claire Rennie and Rebecca Burton were on target. Brentwood Town meanwhile won their delayed Third Round tie 4-2 against Peterborough, Nicola Whinnett bagging a double alongside Carla Rose and Leah Cowan.
Arlesey Town ensured that five teams are now level on points at the top of the Premier Division. Kirsty Cooper, Katerina Hamplova and Becky Charter scored the goals which earned them a 3-2 win at Stevenage Borough and sees them take over the leadership on goal difference.
Division One North leaders Ipswich Wanderers went down to a 4-1 defeat at home to Thorpe Utd, who move to within one point of them. Rebekah Lake (2), Charlotte Groves and Rebecca Russell were on the scoresheet for Thorpe. Becky Taylor netted twice and Sophie Lanham the other for Great Shelford as they defeated Huntingdon Town 3-1 and Haverhill Rovers came away from Cambridge Rangers with a 2-1 victory thanks to Helen Cryer and Stacey Spiers. Taverham picked up a welcome victory as Kayleigh Holloway, Melissa Rudd, Pul Fung Chung and an own goal gave them a 4-0 success at Whitton Utd.
In Division One South, C & K Basildon opened up a lead of five points with a 4-1 victory over Royston Town, Carly Eagles, Jennifer Brown-Wealls, Angela Arnold and Martina Lindsay all finding the net. Giselle Subryan was on target for Leverstock Green in their 5-3 win at Hannakins with Kelly Randall, Nicola Hollick and Rebecca Fearns adding the others. Sawbridgeworth Town are in mid-table following their 3-2 success against Hoddesdon Owls, goals coming from Wendy Rankin, Emma Hastings and Jackie Stott.
London & South East League
Tooting & Mitcham Utd's 4-1 win away to Boreham Wood has taken them to within three points of Premier Division leaders Denham Utd, who did not play. Panthers ran out 3-0 winners at AFC Wimbledon and this takes them into third, ahead of Littlehampton Town who were held to a 3-3 draw by Whitehawk. Wandgas picked up a valuable point as they shared four goals with Crawley Wasps.
In Division One (London), Kent Magpies came away from Enfield Town Res with an 8-1 victory and this closes the gap on leaders West Ham Utd Development to a single point. Luton Town Res beat Knaphill Wanderers by the odd goal in seven to keep up their challenge as did Hemel Hempstead Town with a
3-2 win against Brentford.
North East League
Barnsley's eight match winning run came to a sudden end at Sheffield Utd Community who defeated them 4-1. Zoe Beresford (2), Cheryl Mawhood and Laura Naylor netted the goals for United with Nicola Coxhead replying. Hessle Town defeated York City to move to within five points of the leadership, with Huddersfield Town just behind them in third following their 7-1 victory over Guiseley. Whitley Bay also maintained their interest with a 2-0 triumph at St Francis 2000. Durham City meanwhile picked up their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Hull City.
Whitley Bay Res made it six wins from six in the Northern Division, the 3-1 result at Tynedale taking them to one point behind leaders Brandon Ladies. Lumley are also one point off the top after they won 3-1 away to Teesside Sport Ladies and Redcar Athletic were 6-1 victors against Birtley Town.
Castleford White Rose scored eight without reply against Goole Town and this has taken them into second place, just behind Southern Division table toppers Sheffield Utd Junior Blades. Beverley Town kept in touch with a 2-0 success at Ossett Albion but Doncaster Rovers Belles A lost ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Crewe Alexandra defeated AFC Urmston Meadowside 5-1 to keep their one point lead from Chorley, who scored six without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies. Burnley Girls & Ladies beat Chester City 3-1 to step up their challenge as did Fletcher Moss Rangers with a 6-0 victory against Preston North End. Denton Town leapfrogged Wigan Athletic into fifth place by beating them 2-1. Wigan Ladies meanwhile enjoyed their first league win of the season, 1-0 away to Bolton Wanderers.
Blackpool preserved their four point lead at the top of Division One North with an 8-1 victory over Leigh RMI. Brazil crushed Bolton Ambassadors 11-1 to remain in second place on goal difference from Penrith AFC who were 4-0 winners at Warrington Town.
Division One South leaders Northwich Vixens returned to action with a 5-0 victory away to Glossop North End and this takes them three points clear. Greater Manchester Police netted fourteen times against Airbus UK and this keeps them in touch in third place while Liverpool Feds Res were 3-1 winners over AFC Liverpool.
South West League
The top three in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday and this allowed Cheltenham Town to make up ground with a 3-2 success at Stoke Lane Athletic. However the Robins cut it very fine, Faye Slade and Kelly Hall twice giving the home side the lead before hitting back through Natalie Potter and an own goal. Charlie Griffin then grabbed a winning goal for Cheltenham with virtually the last kick of the game to lift her side into fourth, ahead of Keynsham Town Development who battled out a goalless draw at Weymouth. Frome Town ran out 6-2 winners over Chippenham Town, Andrea Chludilova scoring twice along with Carla Travis, Mel Sartain, Tara Taylor and Kirsty Whitton.
Kate Lee and Hayley Ranachan netted doubles and Charlotte Easman the other as Salisbury City notched up a 5-1 victory at Ilminster Town to stay top of Eastern Division One on goal difference from Swindon Supermarine who won 1-0 against Poole Town, Claire Moreton scoring the only goal. Bishop's Lydeard won 3-0 against Downend Flyers courtesy of a Holly Miller hat-trick to stay in third, just ahead of Cleeve West Town, 3-1 victors at Nailsea Utd thanks to Alice Cook and Nicola Hoare. Cirencester Town gave themselves hope of climbing off the bottom by beating Swindon Spitfires 3-2, Ellie Maynard netting twice along with Katrina Fisher.
In Western Division One, Marjons Old Suttonians recorded a 3-2 victory over Bude Town thanks to a goal apiece from Jodie Nicholls, Clare Thomas and Lauren Hewings.
Southern Region League
Launton are through to the semi finals of the League Cup, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Reading Town. Their opponents in the last four will be Andover New Street who were 3-1 midweek winners against Aldershot Town.
In the Chairman's Cup, University of Portsmouth edged out Bracknell Town 3-2 to set up an interesting quarter final tie with Maidenhead Utd.
The top sides in the Premier Division did not have a game and it gave Maidenhead Utd the chance to catch up ground, which they did with a 3-0 victory over Beaconsfield SYCOB. They move into fourth, ahead of Wycombe Wanderers who drew 2-2 away to Oxford Utd.
The top of the table clash in Division One went the way of Southampton Women, who replaced Basingstoke Town as leaders by beating them 3-0. Mansfield Road won 4-2 at Newbury Ladies & Girls to keep in touch as did Henley Town with a 3-2 success away to Southampton Saints Res.
West Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Dudley Utd went down to their first defeat of the season, a 3-0 reverse away to Wednesfield Town. Their advantage has been trimmed to four points by Allscott, 6-2 winners over Kidderminster Harriers, with Solihull Ladies well placed in third following their 3-1 victory against Lichfield Diamonds. Hereford Phoenix defeated Bradwell Belles by the odd goal in five and Hereford Pegasus picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Cannock.
With table toppers Stafford Town involved in League Cup action, booking their place in the semi finals by winning 5-1 at Coseley Town, Bedworth Utd moved into second place, three points off the pace, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Kidsgrove. A win could have taken Cottage Farm Rangers top but instead they crashed to a surprise 5-1 defeat at improving Chasetown. Withymoor are still seeking their first points after they were beaten 6-1 at home by mid-table Prees Raiders.
Leamington Lions have taken a firm grip on the Division One South title race, going five points clear at the top after they defeated nearest rivals Coventry City Development 2-0. Fairfield Villa follow on in third as they beat Knowle 2-0. Marston Green were 1-0 winners at Southam Utd and Birmingham Athletic recorded a 3-0 victory over Malvern Town, whilst Walsall drew for the seventh time in ten matches, sharing six goals with Ferndale. Rugby Town won for the first time and are off the bottom, thanks to a
1-0 success away to Redditch Utd.
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