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East Midlands League
Premier Division leaders Long Eaton Utd are out of the League Cup, beaten 3-2 by Sandiacre Town who are one of five teams to book their place in the quarter finals. There was better news for two of their fellow challengers, Mansfield Town getting past Leicester Fosse with a 5-0 victory and Friar Lane & Epworth also progressing, courtesy of a 4-1 win away to Division One North table toppers Market Warsop. Peterborough Azure came through an awkward tie at OOH Lincoln Development, winning 3-2, whilst Hucknall Town put their league form behind them to run out 5-1 victors away to Hinckley Utd.
In the League Plate, Shepshed Dynamo netted twelve without reply past West Bridgford and Retford Utd defeated Sleaford Town. Steel City Wanderers ousted Premier Division opponents Gedling Town with a 2-1 victory, thanks to Vanessa Wilshaw and Maria Burns.
Eastern Region League
Grace Birchall netted both goals as Hethersett Athletic held on to the Premier Division leadership with a 2-1 win away to Chelmsford City. Brentwood Town meanwhile edged out Arlesey Town 1-0, Sophie Lovell netting the only goal to keep her side one point off the top. Bedford Ladies climbed above Barking into third place by beating them 4-1, thanks to a goal apiece from Zara Carroll, Vicky Vickery, Sarah Saunders and Natasha Fensome. Peterborough were 2-0 winners at Stevenage Borough, Lesley-Ann Seaman and Jade Bell were on target, and Kettering Town continue to move away from the bottom places, Naomi Dwane, Emma Dunmore and Simone Cook earning them a 3-0 victory away to Haringey Borough.
Ipswich Wanderers extended their lead at the top of Division One North to three points despite being held to a 3-3 draw by Great Shelford. Lauren Richardson, Jo Wellham and Leanne Parker were all on the scoresheet for Ipswich, with the home side replying through Alison Wright (2) and Rachel Pearce. Fakenham Town kept up their challenge with a 15-0 win at Cambridge Rangers, including five-goal hauls from Nicola Bray and Shelly Woods. Cambridge Women Res won 3-1 away to Taverham thanks to Kelly-Ann Docwra, Sophie Hopkin and Rebekah Fisk. Stacey Spiers and Penny Everett netted the goals for Haverhill Rovers in their 2-1 victory over Norwich City Res and Whitton Utd were 7-0 winners away to Huntingdon Town, Jenna Liverpool was on target four times along with Sharne Jones (2) and Anita Lawicka.
C & K Basildon made sure of preserving their lead of five points in Division One South, Angela Arnold's double and Carly Eagles giving them a 3-0 victory at Hannakins. Hutton defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 3-0 courtesy of Dannielle Cliffe (2) and Amy Simmons whilst Billericay Town drew 1-1 with Leverstock Green despite a goal from Lisa Silverton, Nicola Hollick replying. Alexandria Moir hit a hat-trick as Whitwell beat Hoddesdon Owls 4-1, Natasha Little adding the other.
London & South East League
Denham Utd have powered further clear at the top of the Premier Division, their 3-1 victory over Maidstone Town stretching their lead to eight points as second placed Littlehampton Town were beaten 4-3 by Crawley Wasps. Tooting & Mitcham Utd also lost some ground in third after sharing six goals with Panthers. Chichester City moved to within one point of Westfield by defeating them 2-1 and Boreham Wood are out of the bottom two after recording their first win of the season, 6-2 at Wandgas. Whitehawk meanwhile won for only the second time, 3-1 against AFC Wimbledon.
Kikk FC got back to winning ways and their 6-2 triumph over Enfield Town Res keeps them top of Division One (London) from Kent Magpies who defeated Brentford 5-0. West Ham Utd Development put a dent in MSA Ladies' unbeaten record, beating them 3-0 whilst Luton Town Res were 8-2 winners at Knaphill Wanderers. Hemel Hempstead suffered a setback to their challenge as they crashed 5-2 to Tower Hamlets, who have lifted themselves off the bottom.
North East League
Barnsley preserved their lead of eight points in the Premier Division with a 3-1 victory over Whitley Bay, Stacey Walstow scoring twice and Rebecca Fevers the other. Hessle Town won 5-1 at Hull City to stay in second place, ahead of Peterlee Town who were held to a 1-1 draw by Guiseley. Huddersfield Town scored six without reply at York City whilst Sheffield Utd Community were 3-2 winners away to Durham City thanks to Tania Marsden (2) and Rachel Ruddach.
In the Northern Division, Lumley defeated Scarborough 4-0 to move themselves level on points with leaders Whitley Bay Res. Brandon Ladies follow on in third after beating Tynedale whilst Norton & Stockton Ancients were 2-0 winners over Redcar Athletic.
Rothwell Town are the new leaders of the Southern Division following their 4-0 win away to Bradford City A, with Sheffield Utd Junior Blades beating Beverley Town 3-1 to go second on goal difference. Tara Madeley, Lucy Ridley and Kath Mudge netted the goals to end Beverley's unbeaten record. Castleford White Rose had started the day on top but are back in third after they lost 1-0 to Ossett Albion. Leeds City Vixens Res won 6-3 at Doncaster Rovers Belles A whilst AFC Preston and Wetherby Athletic picked up important victories against Wakefield Res and Goole Town respectively.
North West League
Chorley moved to within one point of Premier Division leaders Crewe Alexandra with a 6-0 victory over Wigan Ladies. A 4-2 win at AFC Urmston Meadowside has seen Wigan Athletic catch up ground on the top four whilst Bolton Wanderers won 5-1 against Preston North End and Denton Town beat Bury Girls & Ladies 2-0.
Morecambe held on to the leadership of Division One North with a 5-3 win away to Bolton Lads & Girls. Blackpool scored eight without reply past Warrington Town to go second, just ahead of Brazil who defeated Leigh RMI 12-0. Blackpool Wren Rovers stepped up their challenge by beating Springfields (Preston) 4-0 and Carlisle were 5-0 winners over Whitehaven.
Northwich Vixens are still setting the pace in Division One South, going three points clear with a 9-2 success at AFC Liverpool. Manchester Stingers maintained their interest in third place after they won
3-2 at Birkenhead. Mossley Hill Res came away from Airbus UK with a 5-1 victory and Glossop North End won for the first time, 1-0 against Liverpool Feds Res.
South West League
Larkhall Athletic went down to their second defeat in as many weeks but remain as Premier Division leaders on goal difference. A seventh minute goal from Amy Davies earned Keynsham Town Development a 1-0 victory but they needed to hold on under late pressure, Larkhall striker Kate German hitting the post just before the end. Kerry-Ann Moxom hit a hat-trick and Emma Pritchard the other as Falmouth Town won 4-2 at Weymouth, for whom Phillippa Holden netted twice. Frome Town defeated Taunton Town 3-1 with Megan Brown, Andrea Chludilova and Alison Hudd on target.
Salisbury City stretched their lead in Eastern Division One to three points with a 4-1 win away to Bishop's Lydeard thanks to a Nikki Barnes hat-trick and Adi Ranachan. Swindon Supermarine were held to a 1-1 draw by Nailsea Utd, for whom Kate Liddington netted in reply to Michelle Brown's goal. Forest Green Rovers Res ran out 7-1 winners over Poole Town and Ilminster Town defeated Cirencester Town 5-1, Alice Charlton bagging a hat-trick along with Emma Male and Lesley Spearing.
In Western Division One, Exeter City narrowed the gap on leaders Plymouth Argyle Res to nine points with a 7-1 victory over Torpoint Athletic. Bude Town and Charlestown battled out a 4-4 draw, Sarah Hawken netting all four goals for Charlestown as they recorded only their second point of the season.
Southern Region League
Woodley Saints are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup - but only just, beating Bracknell Town on penalties following a goalless draw. Shanklin returned from Henley Town with a 3-1 victory and Oxford Utd also progressed by beating Beaconsfield SYCOB 5-1. Aldershot Town were 3-1 winners at Boscombe Town and Reading Town beat Chesham Utd Res 2-1, whilst Launton edged out Newbury Ladies & Girls by the odd goal in five. Two Division One teams remain in the last eight, Andover New Street eased to a 5-0 win over Southampton Saints Res and Basingstoke Town defeated Mansfield Road 4-2.
One match was played in the Premier Division, University of Portsmouth catching up ground on the leading sides with a 5-2 victory over Maidenhead Utd, who stay in fourth place.
In Division One, Southampton Women recorded an emphatic victory over Reading Ladies to climb into third place, six points off the pace and with a game in hand.
West Midlands League
League leaders Dudley Utd did not play and their advantage was cut to six points by Allscott, who won 2-1 away to Kingshurst Sporting. Solihull Ladies are a further three points adrift after netting eleven without reply against Bradwell Belles. Hereford Phoenix beat Wednesfield Town 4-1 to go fourth, just ahead of Cannock who shared four goals with Lichfield Diamonds. Hereford Pegasus claimed only their second point in a 1-1 draw with Kidderminster Harriers.
Division One leaders Cottage Farm Rangers surrendered their unbeaten record when losing 2-1 to Kidsgrove and their advantage has been trimmed to two points. Bedworth Utd won 13-0 at Withymoor to stay second on goal difference from Stafford Town, 6-2 victors over Chasetown. Coseley Town moved level on points with Prees Raiders after beating them 2-1.
Leamington Lions defeated Walsall 3-0 to stay two points clear in Division One South, from Coventry City Development who scored six without reply at Rugby Town. Fairfield Villa's 3-2 victory away to Redditch Utd keeps them in third, ahead of Marston Green who drew 2-2 with Ferndale and Birmingham Athletic, 2-0 winners over Southam Utd. Malvern Town and Knowle are still seeking their first league victories of the season after their meeting ended 3-3.
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