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East Midlands League
Loughborough Foxes missed out on the League and Cup 'double' on Sunday by the narrowest of margins, losing to Mansfield Town in a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw.
Things were more clear cut in the League Plate Final as Rise Park did manage to pick up their second trophy of the season, the Division One North title winners running out 6-0 winners against Retford Utd.
Eastern Region League
Brentwood Town ensured that the Premier Division title race will go to the last match after they won 2-1 away to leaders Bedford Ladies to go level on points with their opponents. Sophie Lovell netted a late winner from the penalty spot to add to Nikita Whinnett's earlier strike, Bedford replying through Natasha Fensome. The teams will meet again this Sunday with Brentwood needing to win in order to finish on top, a win or a draw would suit Bedford. Arlesey Town will have to wait and see if they will finish third after they were beaten 4-2 by Woodbridge Town, for whom Annalise Ryan hit a hat-trick and Jemma Yarnton the other. Lauren Bailey, Megan Todd and Emma Mulley netted the goals as Hethersett Athletic won 3-2 away to Stevenage Borough.
Honours were even in the only Division One North to be played, third placed Fakenham Town sharing a 1-1 draw with Haverhill Rovers. Sonya Doherty was on target for Fakenham, with Haverhill's reply coming from Katie Schulz.
London & South East League
Premier Division title winners Tooting & Mitcham Utd's hopes of completing an unbeaten season came to an end with one match remaining as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Crawley Wasps. It was not a good day for second placed Denham Utd either as they were also beaten 1-0 by Westfield. The result means that a win in their last match could well hand the runners-up spot to Chichester City unless Westfield can complete their season with two large victories. Panthers' slim hopes of a top two finish disappeared when they shared four goals with Maidstone Town.
North East League
Huddersfield Town continue to win their games in hand and their 3-2 victory over Hull City means that they now trail Barnsley by six points, having played three matches left. Sheffield Utd Community's chances were curtailed by a 2-1 defeat away to Peterlee Town, meaning they must win all of their last five games to stand any chance of winning the league. Durham City meanwhile picked up a rare point when sharing a 1-1 draw with Guiseley.
In the Southern Division, third placed Beverley Town netted five times without reply against Ossett Albion whilst in the other game, Rothwell Town defeated Leeds City Vixens Res 4-2.
North West League
The Premier Division title race took another twist this week, firstly when Chorley went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Crewe Alexandra and this allowed Fletcher Moss Rangers to go back on top of the table by defeating Wigan Ladies 5-0, a result which means they need a point from their final match to be confirmed as Champions. Burnley Girls & Ladies hold on to third place after winning 4-2 away to Denton Town. Wigan Athletic ran out 6-1 winners over AFC Urmston Meadowside and Chester City netted nine without reply against Bury Girls & Ladies.
Blackpool have been secured the Division One North title after Blackpool Wren Rovers were held to a
1-1 draw by Morecambe in midweek. Morecambe sit in third place having recorded an emphatic victory over Springfields (Preston) a few days earlier. Penrith AFC meanwhile still have an outside chance of second place, which they kept up with a Sunday win over Bolton Ambassdors and followed up by beating Whitehaven 3-2. Brazil edged out Carlisle 2-1 and Bolton Lads & Girls ran out 7-1 winners over Whitehaven.
In Division One South, Greater Manchester Police kept up their challenge for the runners-up position with a 2-0 win away to Winsford. Macclesfield Town inched themselves towards mid-table with a good
2-1 victory over Birkenhead.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic have returned to the top of the Premier Division but the Bath-based side are now running out of fixtures. The Larks, who play second placed Marine Academy (Plymouth) this Sunday, ran out 5-0 winners away to Cheltenham Town, Kate German leading the scoring with a double, others coming from Kelly Cripps, Emily Harrington and Cheryl Baber.
Downend Flyers continue to move their way up the table in Easter Division One and they are closing in on top half finish following their 4-1 victory over Cirencester Town.
Southern Region League
University of Portsmouth celebrated winning the Premier Division in style as they defeated Oxford Utd
4-1, a result which confirmed Woodley Saints as runners-up. The two teams at the foot of the table met each other and honours finished even as Reading Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB battled out a 4-4 draw.
Andover New Street have returned to the top of Division One with a 2-0 win away to Basingstoke Town and need to avoid defeat in their final match against Southampton Women in order to secure the title.
West Midlands League
Only one match was played in the league on Sunday but it managed to produce a very significant result. Kingshurst Spoting defeated Solihull Ladies 4-2, ending Solihull's chances of winning the title and confirming Dudley Utd as League Champions.
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