Lincoln United win away to East Midlands Premier Division title rivals

East Midlands league leaders, Lincoln United
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Lincoln United look headed for the FA Women’s National League after a big win over second-placed Chesterfield Ladies in the East Midlands Premier Division. 

EASTERN – Dunstable boost survival hopes

Premier – AFC Dunstable’s hopes of escaping relegation were given a boost with an excellent win at third-placed Royston Town in midweek, Sian Morris and Haile Richards scoring in a 2-1 win. Real Bedford’s 4-1 result against Wroxham was their fifteenth straight win, Stevenage drew 2-2 with Luton Town in front of 125 fans, with the Hatters finally down to their last ten league games.

1 North – Newmarket Town went fourth as Katie Hayes scored both goals at Fakenham Town, Thetford Town leapfrogged Mulbarton Wanderers into sixth spot when beating them 3-0 away.

EAST MIDLANDS – Lincoln United hit title challengers for six

Premier – Lincoln United are looking odds on for the title, after a 6-1 result at title rivals Chesterfield Ladies made it 13 wins in a row. Mansfield Town closed in on fourth-placed Ilkeston Town when beating them 4-0, Grimsby Town scored five second-half goals in a 6-1 win at Long Eaton United, while Dunton & Broughton United beat Basford United 4-1. Chesterfield Ladies play Dunton at Staveley Miners Welfare Club on Wednesday, when Lincoln United and Stamford meet at Boston United FC in the Lincs Cup Final.

1 Central – Asfordby Amateurs are up to fourth after pulling off a 3-1 win at leaders Nottingham Trent University with a Sarah Brown treble. Sherwood went seventh with a 2-0 defeat of Sandiacre Town in which Katie Fish got both goals.

1 North – SJR Worksop’s 4-1 victory at Skegness Town put them third, Sleaford edged Grimsby Borough by the only goal.

1 South – Thrapston Town’s Amelia Boddington got the game’s sole goal at Kettering Town, to move the leaders five points clear of their hosts. Nuneaton Borough had Mollie Goodman sent off for a second caution in a 6-1 home defeat to Leicester City LFC, Stamford AFC and Newport Pagnell Town drew their midtable match 2-2.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST – Second plays third in crucial midweek clash

Premier – Saltdean United sank fourth-placed Ebbsfleet United 5-1 to go level on points with them and with a game in hand. Dulwich Hamlet will take top spot from Dartford, should they win at home to third-placed Fulham on Wednesday.

1 North – Brentford’s Nikki Woods netted twice in a 3-0 win away at Denham United, as the Bees went third on goal-difference. Wednesday sees Ashmount Leigh take on Whyteleafe at Dorking Wanderers FC.

1 South – Also on Wednesday, Montpelier Villa meet Bognor Regis Town at the Sussex County FA Ground in Lancing.

NORTH EAST – No games at Easter.

NORTH WEST – Wythenshawe push clear of Poulton

Premier – Blackburn CSC beat West Didsbury & Chorlton 4-0 to go seven points ahead of them from two games more in the race for second place. Fleetwood Town Wrens moved up two places to eighth with a notable 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers in third, as Emily Slater sealed the points with her second goal on 86 minutes.

1 North – Champions Mancunian Unity made it 19 wins on the spin with an 8-1 midweek result at Fleetwood Town Wrens Reserves, who also went down 5-3 at Penwortham Town on Sunday despite Ruby Farrell’s hat-trick. Carlisle United’s relegation fears worsened with a 2-1 home defeat by Preston North End, Workington Reds beat Bolton Wanderers to go above them into sixth position. Fifth plays third on Wednesday, when Radcliffe take on Accrington Stanley at Stainton Park.

1 South – Wythenshawe won the top-of-the-table clash at Poulton Vics to go five points clear and with a game in hand. Mossley Hill Athletic held FC St. Helens 2-2, Runcorn Linnets ran out 4-2 winners at Hindley, Northwich Vixens narrowly missed a chance to get off the bottom with a 5-4 home reverse to Ellesmere Port Town.

Hindley v Runcorn Linnets, North West Women's League
Runcorn Linnets on the attack during a 4-2 win at Hindley. (Photo: Neil Thornton)

SOUTHERN – Midweek Trophy tie

Abbey Rangers entertain Penn & Tylers Green at Addlestone Moor, in the Combined Counties Trophy on Thursday.

SOUTH WEST – Ilminster back in pole position

1 West – Ilminster Town went top in midweek, with seven different scorers in their 11-0 win at Middlezoy that lifted them above Helston Athletic. Saltash United were back within three points of the leaders on Sunday, beating Bideford 8-1 aided by a four-goal haul from Nicola Symons.

WEST MIDLANDS – Hereford derby in County Cup semi-final

Hereford FC Women host Hereford Pegasus at Edgar Street at 7.45pm, for a place in the Herefordshire County Cup Final.

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