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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes remain well in contention for a League and Cup 'double' after they booked their place in the League Cup Final with a 2-0 victory at Friar Lane & Epworth. Jo Keatly and Laura Steele scored the goals for the Foxes whose opponents will be Mansfield Town, who defeated Nettleham on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Rise Park are also on the hunt for two trophies and their 7-0 League Plate semi final victory over Arnold Town was spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Stephanie Smith. Gemma Douglas weighed in with a double and Rebecca Johnson completed the scoring. Retford Utd also progressed to the Final by beating Steel City Wanderers 1-0.
In the Premier Division, Long Eaton Utd moved into second place with a 4-1 win over Peterborough Azure, thanks to a Kimberley Harford double, Aimee Brammam and Hayley Armstrong. Shepshed Dynamo also kept their hopes alive by defeating Corby S & L 4-2, Katie Bateman hitting a hat-trick with Terry Want also on target.
Market Warsop went down to a 7-2 defeat away to Hucknall Town, which confirms Rise Park as Division One North Champions. West Bridgford meanwhile remain in the bottom two after they were beaten 4-1 by Grimsby Town.
Daventry Town ascended to the top of Division One South following a huge victory against Oadby & Wigston, Kerry Luckett bagging six goals and Kelly Worthington adding four. Barrowby meanwhile ensured they will not finish in the bottom two after they defeated Leicester Fosse 2-0.
Eastern Region League
Five extra time goals saw Kettering Town go through to the League Cup Final, helping them to a 7-3 victory over Brentwood Town. Emma Dunmore scored a hat-trick, Kelly Rust added a double with one each from Kirsty Linnell and Kylie Evans. Their opponents will be Stevenage Borough, who won 2-0 at Woodbridge Town with Jay Madden netting both goals.
Layla Little grabbed the only goal of the game as Hannakins won their League Plate semi final 1-0 against Royston Town. In the Final they will face C & K Basildon, who beat Great Shelford 1-0 via an own goal.
There was another change of leadership in the Premier Division with Bedford Ladies returning to the summit with a 5-1 victory over Hethersett Athletic. Natasha Fensome netted twice with Zara Carroll, Sarah Saunders and Sophie Smith also on the scoresheet. Previous leaders Arlesey Town drew 1-1 at Peterborough, Sarah Tayler scoring their goal with Jade Bell replying. Kim Jeffrey grabbed the only goal of the game as Chelmsford City beat Haringey Borough 1-0.
Thorpe Utd maintained their six point lead in Division One North as doubles from Rebekah Lake, Charlotte Groves and Laura Wiseman gave them a 6-0 victory over Cambridge Rangers. Their two nearest rivals met each other with Ipswich Wanderers beating Fakenham Town 2-1 thanks to Emma Goldsmith and an own goal. Norwich City Res ran out 4-0 winners over Huntingdon Town with goals from Nicola Sheldrake (2), Leanne Grey and Rebecca Waters.
One match was played in Division One South and it produced no goals, fellow promotion contenders Hutton and Billericay Town battling out a 0-0 draw.
London & South East League
Tooting & Mitcham Utd's Premier Division title challenge was boosted without kick a ball, as second placed Denham Utd were beaten 1-0 by Panthers. Chichester City won 4-1 at AFC Wimbledon to cement themselves in third place, ahead of Littlehampton Town who suffered a 4-0 reverse at Boreham Wood. Westfield still have an outside chance of the runners-up spot and kept their hopes alive by defeating Crawley Wasps 3-1.
A 3-1 victory over Hemel Hempstead has seen Kikk FC open up a lead of five points at the top of Division One (London). At the other end of the table, Knaphill Wanderers climbed out of the bottom two and above Enfield Town Res by beating them 3-1.
North East League
Holders Sheffield Utd Community are through to the semi finals of the League Cup after beating Leeds City Vixens Res 3-1 thanks to a Cheryl Mawhood double and Tania Marsden. Their opponents will be Huddersfield Town who won 7-0 against Wakefield Res. Sarah Coleman scored twice, with Janine Fagan and Amy O'Brien adding the others as Whitley Bay won 4-2 at Peterlee Town and they will face familiar opponents in the last four - Whitley Bay Res! They netted ten without reply past Scarborough, Nic Gray hitting a hat-trick along with Charlie Gorman (2), Laura Darmody (2), Sarah Burn (2) and Kim Pye.
In the Premier Division, Hessle Town are back in third place following their 1-1 draw with Guiseley whilst York City were 1-0 victors at Durham City.
Lumley were unable to take an opportunity to go back to the top of the Northern Division when they were defeated 4-0 by Redcar Athletic. The win takes Redcar into fourth place, just behind Brandon Utd who shared four goals with Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Beverley Town kept themselves in the Southern Division title race, thanks to a 3-1 victory away to AFC Preston.
North West League
The top of the table clash went the way of Fletcher Moss Rangers, who went top of the Premier Division for the first time this season by beating previous leaders Chorley 2-0. Burnley Girls & Ladies won 3-0 at Chester City to go third, ahead of Crewe Alexandra who drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers. Denton Town scored seven without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies, whilst Wigan Ladies are off the bottom after winning for only the second time, 7-3 at AFC Urmston Meadowside.
Blackpool are keeping up the pace at the top of Division One North, beating Bolton Ambassadors 9-1 to preserve their ten point lead from Brazil who edged out Morecambe 3-2. Penrith AFC defeated Leigh RMI 11-1 and are up into third. Bolton Lads & Girls and Carlisle shared a 2-2 draw in their mid-table clash whilst Springfields (Preston) and Warrington Town also finished level at 2-2.
Manchester Stingers continued their charge towards the runners-up spot in Division One South with a 7-0 victory over Airbus UK but Greater Manchester Police remain in contention after they triumphed
3-2 away to Mossley Hill Res. Macclesfield Town meanwhile returned from Winsford with a 3-0 win.
South West League
Former winners Plymouth Argyle Res are through to the Bristol Soccerworld Cup Final but were pushed hard by an injury depleted Salisbury City side. A second half goal from Kat Marment gave Argyle a
1-0 victory and they will now face Exeter City, who edged past Downend Flyers 2-1 thanks to Helen Kukor and Kirsty Caunter.
Marine Academy (Plymouth) continue to stretch the pace in the Premier Division after a Stacey Arthur double, Sam Drewery and an own goal gave them a 4-0 victory at Cheltenham Town. Larkhall Athletic stay two points behind in second place with a 4-0 win over Taunton Town, thanks to a goal apiece from Jodie Whaley, Katie Ransome, Cheryl Baber and Sophie Hamer. Hari Sabic bagged a hat-trick and Laura Exton the other as Keynsham Town Development maintained their challenge with a 4-2 success at Falmouth Town and Bristol Ladies Union defeated Weymouth with goals from goalkeeper Danielle Beckerle - who netted two penalties - Alicia Bravo and an own goal. At the other end of the table, Chippenham Town lifted themselves off the bottom as Madeline Elliot and Rebecca Scott gave them a
2-1 victory away to Oldland Abbotonians.
Swindon Supermarine are back on top of Eastern Division One after a 3-1 local derby win against Swindon Spitfires with Sam Quinn, Alice Smith and Mel Bristow on target. Bishop's Lydeard hold on to third place with a goalless draw against Nailsea Utd. Kerry Valet and Sam Gubb scored the goals as Poole Town won 2-1 away to Ilminster Town.
In Western Division One, Marjons Old Suttonians were 3-1 victors at Charlestown thanks to Lauren Wallinger, Danielle Krac and Lauren Hewings. Launceston can still finish in the top three following their 5-1 success away to Torpoint Athletic in which Victoria Pett, Amelia Lovegrove, Fiona Stevenson, Jill Haines and Ria Tilley were all on the scoresheet. Roche picked up a 2-1 win over Bude Town with goals from Charlotte Hobbs and Charlotte Baines.
Southern Region League
University of Portsmouth need four points from four matches to clinch the Premier Division title after they defeated second placed Bracknell Town 1-0 in their top of the table clash. Shanklin's challenge is also over following their 2-0 defeat away to Wycombe Wanderers. Oxford Utd continue to finish the season well and their 1-0 victory over Aldershot Town keeps them in with a chance of a top three finish, whilst Reading Town picked up a rare point in a 2-2 draw with Launton.
Southampton Women returned to the top of Division One, courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Chesham Utd Res. Mansfield Road can no longer win the division but they inflicted a huge blow to Andover New Street's challenge by beating them 3-0.
West Midlands League
It's as you were in the Premier Division as the two title rivals both picked up victories on Sunday. Dudley Utd won 5-1 at Hereford Pegasus to maintain their eleven point lead over Solihull Ladies, who scored twelve without reply past Kidderminster Harriers and still have four games in hand. Allscott look destined to finish in third following their 3-3 draw with Wednesfield Town. Cannock defeated Hereford Phoenix 5-3 while Kingshurst Sporting claimed an important point in a 1-1 draw with Lichfield Diamonds.
Stafford Town are still setting a hot pace in Division One North, maintaining their eleven point lead with a 14-0 victory over Withymoor. Cottage Farm Rangers climbed above Bedworth Utd into second place by beating them 4-2 and Wyrley Ladies are now third following their 2-1 win away to Chasetown. FC Reedswood were 3-1 winners over Prees Raiders and Bridgnorth Spartans picked up a vital 4-3 win against Kidsgrove.
Leamington Lions took themselves to within two points of the Division One South title with a 6-2 win against Southam Utd. Coventry City Development remain favourites to take second place and strengthened their claims by beating Malvern Town 3-1. Marston Green were beaten 2-1 at home by Redditch Utd whilst Walsall got back to winning ways, defeating Rugby Town 4-0. Knowle meanwhile picked up another important point when sharing eight goals away to Birmingham Athletic.
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