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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes stay on top of the Premier Division despite going down to their first defeat of the season, 2-1 to Mansfield Town for whom Laura Furmidge netted a double. Friar Lane & Epworth narrowed the gap in third place as a Carly Pegg brace earned them a 2-1 victory over Retford Utd. Shepshed Dynamo kept up their challenge for a top two place by winning 5-2 at Peterborough Azure. At the other end of the table, Heather St Johns defeated Gedling Town 3-2 thanks to Jody Scott (2) and Sarah Harnett whilst Joanne Ross scored the only goal of the game as Corby S & L picked up a vital
1-0 success against Sandiacre Town.
In Division One North, Market Warsop went into second place by winning 1-0 away to Arnold Town. Nettleham and Hucknall Town battled out a 1-1 draw and Sparta Nottingham edged out West Bridgford 1-0, thanks to a goal from Nina Best.
Hinckley Utd find themselves four points clear at the top of Division One South after Hannah Spencer and Katy Farmer both hit hat-tricks in their 10-0 victory over Kingsthorpe. Mairead O'Hara, Lucy Allsop, Kirstie Deacon and Michelle Norton all weighed in with a goal apiece. Daventry Town moved into second on the back of a huge 21-0 win against Oadby & Wigston, which included an eleven-goal haul from Kerry Luckett. Kayleigh Hillier netted twice, with Katie Elliott and Sarah Burbidge adding the others as Oadby Owls defeated Leicester Fosse 4-0.
Eastern Region League
Premier Division table toppers Bedford Ladies drew 1-1 with second placed Arlesey Town to stay three points ahead of their opponents. Dani Borelli netted for Bedford, with Arlesey replying through Kirsty Cooper. Two of the other title contenders also shared the points, Sophie Lovell and Lucy Faraday scored for Brentwood Town as they drew 2-2 with Barking, who found the net through Karen Stepanou and Liane Prior. Emma Ridings scored the only goal of the game as Chelmsford City beat Haringey Borough 1-0 and Woodbridge Town won 2-1 at Stevenage Borough thanks to Jemma Yarnton and Michelle Allum. Cambridge University are out of the bottom two after they defeated Kettering Town 5-0, Leesa Haydock hitting a hat-trick along with Bethany McGhee and Emma Eldridge.
Thorpe Utd maintained their six point lead in Division One North after Charlotte Groves and Rebekah Lake gave them a 2-0 victory over Norwich City Res. Claire Turnball netted twice, with Rachel Gwilliam and Kayleigh Harwood also on the scoresheet as Ipswich Wanderers won 4-0 at Cambridge Rangers whilst Fakenham Town kept up their challenge by beating Huntingdon Town 8-0. Francesca Walder and Shelly Woods each bagged hat-tricks, with the others coming from Beth Bygrave and Nicola Bray. Sarah Gee scored a hat-trick along with doubles by Becky Taylor and Rachel Pearce as Great Shelford defeated Cambridge Women Res 7-1, while Haverhill Rovers netted six without reply past Taverham thanks to Laura McAllister (2), Penny Everett, Rachel Mann, Stacey Roper and an own goal.
C & K Basildon have gone eight points clear at the top of Division One South as a Carly Eagles double and Angela Arnold goal gave them a 3-0 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town. Lisa Silverton and Hayley Spallin both netted braces, with Marie Barker and Lisa Robins completing a 6-1 win for Billericay Town at Hoddesdon Owls. Giselle Subryan scored a hat-trick for Leverstock Green as they shared a 3-3 draw with Royston Town, who replied through a Jenny Probert double and Hannah Mardell.
London & South East League
Tooting & Mitcham Utd ran out 4-1 winners at Maidstone Town to preserve their ten point lead at the top of the Premier Division from Denham Utd, who came away from Littlehampton Town with a 3-0 victory. Chichester City climbed into third place by beating Panthers 1-0.
One match was played in Division One (London), MSA Ladies and Brentford battling out a goalless draw.
North East League
Barnsley went even further ahead at the top of the Premier Division as Stacey Walstow and Mel Cole gave them a 2-0 win at Hull City. Huddersfield Town, who did not play, are fourteen points behind in second place and Hessle Town crashed 4-1 to improving York City. Sheffield Utd Community suffered a huge blow to their title ambitions when they went down 3-2 to St Francis 2000. Whitley Bay meanwhile leapfrogged Peterlee Town into fifth place by beating them 5-1. Durham City celebrated their first league victory of the season, 2-0 against Guiseley.
Lumley are the new leaders of the Northern Division on goal difference following their 3-2 win against Norton & Stockton Ancients. Third placed Brandon Ladies went down to a 10-0 reverse away to Redcar Athletic, who are now one place behind them.
Southern Division leaders Sheffield Utd Junior Blades saw their lead trimmed to a single point after they drew 1-1 with Rothwell Town. However it could have been much worse for the Blades as Katie Weymouth salvaged a point with an injury time equaliser. Castleford White Rose narrowed the gap with a 13-0 success at Bradford City A and Beverley Town kept up their challenge by beating Wetherby Athletic 3-1. Leeds City Vixens Res ran out 9-1 winners over Ossett Albion and Wakefield Res defeated Goole Town 3-0 to climb out of the bottom two.
North West League
Chorley beat Denton Town 2-1 to stay one point clear in the Premier Division from Fletcher Moss Rangers who were 2-0 winners against Chester City. Crewe Alexandra, who won 3-1 away to Wigan Ladies, and Burnley Girls & Ladies, emphatic victors over AFC Urmston Meadowside, both stayed well in contention. Bolton Wanderers meanwhile defeated Wigan Athletic 3-1 to leapfrog them into fifth and Preston North End kept up their good run of form with a 3-0 victory over Bury Girls & Ladies.
Blackpool are now twelve points clear in Division One North after they crushed Bolton Lads & Girls
10-1. Blackpool Wren Rovers continue to win their games, netting twelve without reply away to Leigh RMI, but Morecambe lost ground as they were held to a goalless draw by Carlisle.
Northwich Vixens clinched the Division One South title in style with a 4-0 victory away to Greater Manchester Police, who are one of the teams contending the runners-up spot. These are headed by Manchester Stingers, 6-1 winners at Winsford, while Birkenhead stayed in contention by beating Liverpool Feds Res 1-0. AFC Liverpool eased to a 5-0 win against Airbus UK and Macclesfield Town won 3-1 against Mossley Hill Res.
South West League
Plymouth Argyle Res moved a step closer to a potential League and Cup 'double' as they reached the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup with a 7-0 victory over Poole Town. Sophie Drake netted a hat-trick with the others from Kat Marment, Aoife Aherne, Faye Hankinson and an own goal. Also through to the last four are Downend Flyers who won 3-0 at Launceston thanks to a Laura Baker double and Carley Corcoran.
Premier Division leaders Marine Academy (Plymouth) were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow contenders Keynsham Town Development. Amy Gray was on target for Marine with Keynsham's reply coming direct from a corner by Aimee Clarke. Larkhall Athletic leapt back into second place with a 3-0 success at Stoke Lane Athletic, Anna Walby putting them in front before captain Sophie Hamer scored her first goal of the season and Cheryl Baber netted the third. Frankie Stone and Katie Corkhill were on the scoresheet as Bristol Ladies Union kept up their challenge by winning 2-1 away to Frome Town but Cheltenham Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Weymouth despite taking a two-goal lead through Hannah Robson and Katy Adams, before Rosie Sharp and Philippa Holden brought them level. Claire Boyd, Helena Calfe and Naomi Blight grabbed the goals as Falmouth Town beat Chippenham Town 3-2, whilst Taunton Town and Oldland Abbotonians shared a 1-1 draw, Amy Walkman and Sarah Price the respective scorers.
Salisbury City returned to the top of Eastern Division One as a Hayley Ranachan double and Rebecca Davies gave them a 3-0 victory away to Forest Green Rovers Res. Previous leaders Swindon Supermarine were beaten 4-1 by Cleeve West Town, for whom Natasha Crew bagged a hat-trick and Lizzie Barratt the other. Bishop's Lydeard held on to third place by beating Ilminster Town 9-1, Holly Miller netting four times along with a Tash Stephens hat-trick and Rosie Harper brace. Kate Liddington and Charlotte Savage scored the goals as Nailsea Utd picked up an important 2-1 win over Cirencester Town.
One match was played in Western Division One, Grace Liddicoat and Sarah Hawken giving Charlestown a 2-0 victory against Bude Town.
Southern Region League
Premier Division leaders Shanklin were beaten 3-1 at Aldershot Town and Woodley Saints also lost,
1-0 to form team Oxford Utd. The Isle of Wight side hold on to the leadership but University of Portsmouth are looking favourites after their 7-0 victory over Reading Town took them into third, with several games in hand. Maidenhead Utd and Wycombe Wanderers finished level at 2-2 whilst Launton picked up an important 1-0 win away to Beaconsfield SYCOB.
In Division One, Mansfield Road lifted themselves back into third place on the back of a 4-2 victory over Henley Town.
Southampton Women have reached the Final of the Chairman's Cup, courtesy of a 1-0 win away to Chesham Utd Res in the semi finals.
West Midlands League
The two main title contenders met each other on Sunday and honours were even as Dudley Utd and Solihull Ladies shared a 2-2 draw. Dudley are therefore eleven points ahead of third placed Solihull, who have four games in hand. Hereford Phoenix follow on in fourth after they won 2-1 at Kingshurst Sporting. Lichfield Diamonds defeated Hereford Pegasus 4-1 whilst Kidderminster Harriers returned from Wednesfield Town with a 2-1 victory.
Bedworth Utd won 6-1 against Bridgnorth Spartans to keep their Division One North title hopes alive. Coseley Town were 4-0 victors at Withymoor and FC Reedswood defeated Prees Raiders 2-0.
Leamington Lions' seemingly unstoppable march towards the Division One South title continued smoothly as they won 2-1 at Redditch Utd whilst second placed Coventry City Development were beaten 3-2 by Birmingham Athletic. Fairfield Villa defeated Southam Utd 1-0 to stay in third, ahead of Marston Green who drew 1-1 with Knowle. Walsall ran out 4-0 winners over Malvern Town while Ferndale triumphed 6-1 at Rugby Town.
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