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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes are on the verge of clinching the Premier Division title for the second time in three years after they won 6-1 away to Gedling Town. Joanne Hearne led the scoring with a hat-trick, Jo Keatley weighed in with a double and Gemma Gillman was also on target. Friar Lane & Epworth climbed into second as Claire Harrison and Carly Pegg gave them a 2-0 victory over Sandiacre Town. Mansfield Town can still realistically claim the runners-up spot after beating Peterborough Azure 5-2, Gemma Hodgkinson netting twice along with Paige Batey and Kayleigh Campbell. Heather St Johns are out of the bottom two after beating Retford Utd 1-0.
Newly crowned Division One North Champions Rise Park were held to a 2-2 draw by Hucknall Town, whose goals came from Jessica Thompson and Stevie Gough. Grimsby Town meanwhile ran out 13-2 winners over West Bridgford, led by five-goal hauls from Emily Mumby and Gemma Hopkin with Charlotte Townsend (2) and Sophie Madsen adding the others.
Daventry Town sewed up the Division One South title with a 7-4 victory over Oadby Owls. Kerry Luckett bagged a hat-trick with Jessica Holley, Sarah Muttitt and Charlotte Copland also on the scoresheet. Laura Reed and Donna Norman both hit hat-tricks as Raunds Town netted eight without reply past Oadby & Wigston.
Eastern Region League
Natasha Fensome, Zara Carroll, Sarah Saunders and Sophie Smith scored the goals as Bedford Ladies went five points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-2 victory over Kettering Town. Barking's hopes received a huge blow as they were beaten by Stevenage Borough, for whom Hayley Kemp and Josie North were on target. Brentwood Town kept up their challenge by beating Haringey Borough 3-0 thanks to Danielle Butler, Lucy Faraday and Sophie Lovell.
Despite a goal from Hannah Wiesser, Ipswich Wanderers' Division One North title hopes are over after being held to a 1-1 draw by Haverhill Rovers, who replied through Laura McAllister. Rebecca Walters and Maria Rudd were on target as Norwich City Res defeated Great Shelford 2-1 whilst Huntingdon Town still have a chance of climbing out of the bottom two after Sophie Curtis, Helen Jenner and Chloe Houston gave them a 3-2 victory over Taverham.
C & K Basildon need three points from two games in order to win the Division One South title. They moved closer with a 4-1 win at Royston Town in which Stacy Whitehead, Kirsty Thain, Carly Eagles and Martina Lindsay all scored. Hoddesdon Owls picked up a rare point when sharing four goals with draw experts Hutton, Becky Scola and Sophie West netting their goals with Toni Harvey and Lucy Hudson replying. Natasha Little, Joanne Corbett and Alexandra Moir were on target for Whitwell in their 3-2 success away to Hannakins.
London & South East League
Denham Utd ensured they kept up the pressure on Premier Division leaders Tooting & Mitcham Utd with a 2-0 win away to Wandgas, which reduces their lead to four points. Westfield are finishing the season in fine form and have climbed above Littlehampton Town into fourth place by beating them 5-1. Maidstone Town can also still take a top three place and stay in contention after they defeated AFC Wimbledon 5-0.
In Division One (London), West Ham Utd Development were only able to trim Kikk FC's lead to four points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Knaphill Wanderers. MSA Ladies can still finish in the top two after they defeated Luton Town Res 2-0.
North East League
Premier Division leaders Barnsley were shocked by a 3-2 defeat at home to Guiseley which has given hope to the chasing pack which is led by Huddersfield Town, who scored five without reply away to St Francis 2000. Cheryl Mawhood scored both goals as Sheffield Utd Community came from behind to beat York City 2-1 and boost their own challenge. Peterlee Town look set for a top half finish after they won 3-2 at Hessle Town.
Whitley Bay Res are a point ahead in the Northern Division following their 2-2 draw against Norton & Stockton Ancients. Whitley need to win one of their remaining three games to secure the title after second place Lumley were beaten 4-3 by Brandon Utd.
Castleford White Rose are back on top of the Southern Division after they won 5-2 against Wakefield Res. Beverley Town meanwhile continue to close in on the leaders and they kept up their challenge with a 4-3 success at Goole Town. Leeds City Vixens Res defeated Bradford City A 4-1 to stay in fourth, ahead of Rothwell Town who were 3-0 winners over AFC Preston.
North West League
Chorley made a swift return to the top of the Premier Division on goal difference as they beat Bolton Wanderers 4-2 and previous leaders Fletcher Moss Rangers drew 1-1 with one of the other contenders, Burnley Girls & Ladies. Crewe Alexandra also stay in the hunt after beating Wigan Athletic 3-1. Denton Town won 2-1 against Wigan Ladies to go fifth whilst Preston North End and Chester City finished level at 1-1. AFC Urmston Meadowside won for the second successive week, 4-3 over Bury Girls & Ladies to renew their hopes of climbing out of the bottom two.
Blackpool continue to stretch the pace in Division One North and have gone twelve points clear following their 6-0 victory over Carlisle. Blackpool Wren Rovers won 2-1 at Penrith AFC to go second, ahead of Brazil who were beaten 4-1 by Morecambe. Leigh RMI picked up a vital 3-2 win against Warrington Town at the other end, whilst Bolton Ambassadors shared four goals with Whitehaven. Springfields (Preston) picked up only their third point, from a 4-4 draw against Bolton Lads & Girls.
Northwich Vixens are only one game away from a perfect season in Division One South after they defeated Winsford 3-0. Greater Manchester Police can still finish second and kept those hopes alive by beating AFC Liverpool 6-0. Birkenhead won a high scoring affair, 7-4 against Glossop North End, whilst Mossley Hill Res ran out 5-1 winners over Macclesfield Town.
South West League
Marine Academy (Plymouth) maintained their lead at the top of the Premier Division by beating Frome Town 3-2 but it took a late winner from Coral Smith, which completed her hat-trick. Kirsty Whitton netted both goals for Frome. Aimee Clark had a good week for Keynsham Town Development, firstly netting the only goal in a hard fought 1-0 win over Larkhall Athletic and then scoring the winner in a 1-0 midweek success at Stoke Lane Athletic. Cheltenham Town drew 1-1 with Falmouth Town, goals coming from Charlie Griffin and Sasha Sparkes respectively. Faye Slade was on target as Stoke Lane Athletic won 1-0 at Weymouth and the battle at the bottom ended with honours even, '---- ----' netted for Chippenham Town as they drew 1-1 with Oldland Abbotonians, who replied through Vicky Mundy.
Bishop's Lydeard look set for third place in Eastern Division One after a Natasha Stephens brace gave them a 2-0 victory over Downend Flyers. Lizzie Barratt, Natasha Crew, Alice Cook and Nicki Hoare were all on the scoresheet as Cleeve West Town won 4-0 away to Swindon Spitfires while Nailsea Utd and Ilminster Town finished level at 1-1, thanks to an own goal and Alice Charlton respectively.
Western Division One title winners Plymouth Argyle Res completed their successful league season in style with a 7-1 victory over Roche. Sophie Drake hit a hat-trick with Kat Marment (2), Julie O'Keefe and Faye Hankinson also on target. Runners-up Exeter City also won handsomely, 6-0 against Launceston.
Southern Region League
University of Portsmouth still require one more point to be confirmed as Champions after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Woodley Saints, who are the only team that can still catch them. Oxford Utd continue to finish the season strongly and ran out 4-0 winners away to Beaconsfield SYCOB. Launton picked up a useful point when sharing a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.
In the only match played in Division One, Andover New Street continued their task of catching up ground on the leading sides and helped their cause with a huge victory over Reading Ladies, which lifts them into fourth.
Maidenhead Utd booked their place in the Chairman's Cup Final with a 3-0 win against Boscombe Albion. Their opponents in the Final will be Southampton Women.
West Midlands League
The three League Cup Finals were played at Bedworth on Sunday and all three went the way of the current leaders in each division. Dudley Utd captured the Premier Division Cup with a 7-0 victory over Hereford Pegasus, Stafford Town defeated Bedworth Utd 2-1 to lift the Division One North Cup and the Division One South Cup was won by Leamington Lions, who beat Southam Utd 2-1.
The top teams did not play in the Premier Division, Lichfield Diamonds climbing into fifth with a 4-0 win against Hereford Phoenix. Wednesfield Town and Bradwell Belles shared four goals and Kingshurst Sporting are out of the bottom two after beating Kidderminster Harriers 6-1.
In Division One North, Wyrley Ladies are in second place following their 4-2 victory over FC Reedswood. Kidsgrove leapt into fifth place on the back of a 5-1 win against Bridgnorth Spartans.
Coventry City Development ensured that the Division One South title race will last for at least another week after beating Malvern Town 6-1, whilst Fairfield Villa did likewise with a 1-0 victory over Redditch Utd. Knowle kept up their climb away from danger, thanks to a 3-2 success at Rugby Town.
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