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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes kept up their quest for a potential League and Cup 'double' as they swept into the semi finals of the League Cup by winning a potentially tricky tie 5-1 against Daventry Town. Friar Lane & Epworth are also in the last four after they came away from Sandiacre Town with a 3-0 victory. Nettleham will be the only side from outside the top division in the semis following their 2-1 win over Hucknall Town.
Retford Utd are the only Premier Division team left in the League Plate, booking their place in the semi finals via a 4-2 success away to Sparta Nottingham. Danni Fletcher and Rachael Aikman, from the penalty spot, netted the goals as Division One North table toppers Steel City Wanderers progressed by beating Oadby Owls 2-0 and second placed Rise Park also went through with the result of the round, a 1-0 victory against Premier high fliers Shepshed Dynamo. Arnold Town completed a good day for Division One North as they ran out 3-0 winners over Barrowby.
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, Corby S & L moving even further away from the bottom places with a 4-2 victory over mid-table Gedling Town.
The two teams at the top of Division One South met each other and it was leaders Radcliffe Olympic Res who emerged as 3-0 victors, taking themselves three points ahead of Hinckley Utd. Leicester Fosse meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two places by crushing Oadby & Wigston 10-1.
Eastern Region League
Barking maintained their three point lead at the top of the Premier Division as a Carly Copplestone double gave them a 2-0 victory away to Kettering Town. Arlesey Town head the chasing pack following their 6-1 success at Hethersett Athletic, who they replace in second place. Sarah Taylor bagged a four-goal haul for Arlesey, with Sophia Pidgeon adding a brace. Natasha Fensome scored a hat-trick with Vicky Vickery and Shelbee Clarke also on target for Bedford Ladies who went third by beating Woodbridge Town 5-3. Brentwood Town's hopes took a knock as they went down 1-0 to Peterborough, for whom Jade Bell scored the only goal. Stevenage Borough defeated Haringey Borough 3-0 thanks to Carla Breckenridge, Hayley Kemp and Nicole Pieschky and Cambridge University were 4-1 winners over Chelmsford City, Leesa Haydock hitting a hat-trick with Amanda Wainwright netting the other.
The withdrawal of Whitton Utd has meant a re-calculation of the Division One North table and it is Thorpe Utd who lead the way by three points following their 2-1 victory over Haverhill Rovers, Lauren Kett scoring both goals. Fakenham Town are well placed in third after Nicola Bray bagged a hat-trick and Shelly Woods a brace in their 8-1 success at Norwich City Res. Kirsty Scott, Chloe Riches and Leanne Sheen were also on the scoresheet. Claire Hall, Lucy Goddard, Victoria Stevens and Naomi Weir netted the goals as Cambridge Rangers picked up an important 4-2 win against Cambridge Women Res and the match between Taverham and Huntingdon Town finished level at 2-2, Harriet Husbands and Kayleigh Holloway on target for Taverham with Claire Knox and Amanda Godfrey replying.
Carly Eagles scored the only goal of the game as C & K Basildon beat Hannakins 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of Division One South to seven points from Hutton, who were held to a goalless draw by Royston Town. Leverstock Green and Billericay Town battled out a 1-1 draw, Nicola Hollick netting for Leverstock with Billericay responding through Lisa Silverton, whilst goals from Fiona Harris and Alex Moir gave Whitwell a 2-1 victory at Hoddesdon Owls.
London & South East League
Tooting & Mitcham Utd have opened up a lead of three points in the Premier Division with a 1-0 victory over Chichester City. Littlehampton Town consolidated themselves in third by winning 4-1 at Wandgas. Panthers were held to a 1-1 draw by improving Boreham Wood while Maidstone Town and Westfield also finished level at 1-1.
There was a change of leadership in Division One (London) with Kent Magpies taking over at the top on goal difference following a goalless draw with Hemel Hempstead Town. Previous leaders West Ham Utd Development were beaten 1-0 by Kikk FC who are now a single point behind the top two. This turned out to be the only goal scored in the division on Sunday as the other match between Brentford and Enfield Town Res was also goalless.
North East League
The only match to go ahead in the Premier Division was the top of the table clash and it was Hessle Town who were 1-0 winners over leaders Barnsley, reducing their advantage to four points in the process.
In the Northern Division, the solitary match played saw Redcar Athletic come away from Birtley Town with a 3-1 victory in their mid-table clash.
Castleford White Rose climbed back to the summit in the Southern Division after scoring six without reply past AFC Preston. At the other end of the table, Goole Town picked up three valuable points in a 3-2 win against Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Fletcher Moss Rangers have finished as runners-up in the Premier Division in each of the last two seasons and, after a slow start, their challenge is rapidly gathering momentum. Their 5-0 victory over Wigan Athletic has taken them into third place, just five points off the pace.
Penrith AFC moved into second in Division One North, four points behind leaders Blackpool, after they defeated Springfields (Preston) 5-0. Whitehaven meanwhile ran out 4-1 winners over Warrington Town to go into the top half.
In Division One South, Greater Manchester Police's title challenge received a setback as they went down to a 3-2 defeat at Birkenhead. Glossop North End won for only the second time this season, netting seven without reply past Airbus UK.
South West League
Former winners Plymouth Argyle Res are through to the quarter finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup, a solitary goal from Aoife Aherne giving them a 1-0 victory over Bishop's Lydeard. Last season's beaten finalists Marjons Old Suttonians went out of the competition after going down 2-1 at home to Swindon Supermarine, for whom Mel Bristow and Michelle Rich were on target. Poole Town ran out 5-1 winners over Torpoint Athletic, Bev Symes and Faye Hawkins netting doubles with Charlie Lanahan adding the other. Salisbury City were pushed hard by Roche before emerging as 3-2 victors, thanks to a Hayley Ranachan brace and Jannite Von Thaden.
Keynsham Town Development have taken over at the top of the Premier Division, courtesy of a 7-1 success at Oldland Abbotonians. Hari Sabic was on target five times, with Kayleigh Sage adding the other two. Despite a goal from Kelly Cripps, Larkhall Athletic are back in second place after drawing
1-1 with Weymouth who replied through Rosie Sharpe. Bristol Ladies Union won a tight match 3-2 against Frome Town thanks to Sarah White (2) and Sarah Lever, with Ali Hudd and Alex Gwyther replying. Grace O'Leary and Sam Drewery were on the scoresheet as Marine Academy (Plymouth) beat Chippenham Town 2-1 to step up their challenge as did Cheltenham Town with a 3-0 win at Taunton Town, Charlie Griffin, Cherie Rutherford and Katy Adams scoring. Stoke Lane Athletic produced one of their best results of the season, a 4-0 success at Falmouth Town with Jess Morgan hitting a hat-trick and Anastacia Hnatiw adding the other.
Cleeve West Town caught up ground on the top two in Eastern Division One by winning 2-1 away to Downend Flyers, thanks to Tash Crew and an own goal. Rosie Dimery, Lucy Martin, Jenna Lepore and Grace Bunker all bagged a goal each as Forest Green Rovers Res triumphed 4-0 at Swindon Spitfires whilst Cirencester Town kept up their improved form by beating Nailsea Utd 1-0, Katrina Fisher netting the only goal of the game.
In Western Division One, Exeter City narrowed the gap on leaders Plymouth Argyle Res to nine points as Helen Kukor and Josie Copp gave them a 2-0 victory at Charlestown.
Southern Region League
Honours were even in the Premier Division top of the table clash, Woodley Saints and Shanklin sharing a 3-3 draw which keeps the Isle of Wight side a point clear. Third placed Bracknell Town were unable to make up ground as they were held to a goalless draw by Aldershot Town. University of Portsmouth kept up their challenge with a 3-0 victory over Launton. Oxford Utd picked up an excellent 5-1 success at Wycombe Wanderers and Beaconsfield SYCOB ended their 13-match run of defeats with their first win, 3-0 against Reading Town.
Basingstoke Town kept up their good run and now head Division One by four points following their 6-2 victory over Newbury Ladies & Girls. Henley Town won 4-0 away to Chesham Utd Res, a result which takes them into second place.
West Midlands League
Dudley Utd maintained their lead of seven points with an 8-0 win against Hereford Phoenix, from Allscott who defeated Lichfield Diamonds 2-0. Cannock also scored eight times, past Kidderminster Harriers to take themselves into mid-table. Bradwell Belles and Kingshurst Sporting shared four goals while Wednesfield Town and Hereford Pegasus also finished level at 1-1.
Stafford Town further stretched their lead in Division One North to eight points, thanks to a 5-1 victory over Wyrley Ladies. Chasetown made it four wins on the trot and are now in mid-table following their
2-1 win against Kidsgrove. Bridgnorth Spartans picked up three precious points in a 2-1 success over Prees Raiders whilst Coseley Town and FC Reedswood ended goalless.
Leamington Lions are still showing no signs of slowing down in Division One South and their 7-1 win at Ferndale keeps them eight points clear of Coventry City Development who beat Marston Green 3-0. Fairfield Villa won 5-0 against Malvern Town to cement themselves in third place with Walsall following on after they defeated Knowle 3-1. Redditch Utd were 2-1 victors over Birmingham Athletic in their mid-table clash and Southam Utd won 2-0 against Rugby Town.
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