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Newcastle Utd received a massive boost to their title challenge without kicking a ball on Sunday. Second placed Sheffield Wednesday were held to a 1-1 draw by improving Mossley Hill, Emily Scott netted for Wednesday but Holly Parkinson's strike for Mossley means that Newcastle will clinch the title if they can win their last two games.
Bradford City needed nothing less than a victory to keep their slim hopes alive and they duly ran out 7-2 winners. Kerrie Zserdicky bagged a hat-trick for Bradford along with Jasna Kozlicic, Bridie Hannon, Kirsty Russell and an own goal but the win was marred as Bradford's Abby Parkin was taken to hospital with a suspected serious knee injury.
South Durham & Cestria leapfrogged Liverpool Feds into fourth place by beating them 1-0, Kim O'Connor scoring the only goal of the game.
Huddersfield Town now look certain of a top half finish in their first season at this level following their 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, who edged a point further away from the bottom two.
The other team in their first Combination season are now a place below Huddersfield, Cheadle Heath Nomads having defeated Salford Ladies 4-0 thanks to a Liz Chapman double, Hanifa Douglas and Laura Cheetham.
Stoke City had a good day on Sunday, going ten points clear at the top with a 6-1 victory over Copsewood (Coventry). Emma Sanders led the scoring with a brace and there was a goal apiece from Nic Hudson, Louise Roberts, Rebecca Knight and Lucy Ridgeway.
Wolverhampton Wanderers meanwhile went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Curzon Ashton. Alison Hindley's early headed goal dealt a big blow to Wolves' title challenge although they can still overhaul Stoke by winning all of their games in hand.
Leafield Athletic joined Wolves and Leicester City on points after they defeated Radcliffe Olympic 4-0. Hayley Phillipowsky was on target twice along with Danni Peckover and Hollie Hearnden.
Loughborough Students are up into a mid-table position following their 8-1 win away to TNS Ladies, who look destined to finish at the bottom.
South East Combination
Lewes have won the South East Combination and are promoted to ther Premier League following Enfield Town's 2-1 defeat away to Crystal Palace. The Sussex side were confirmed as Champions without kicking a ball as Enfield, who needed at least a point to keep the title race alive, fell two goals behind as Valentine Ibe and Josie Elliott scored for Palace. Sara Sinclair pulled one back for Enfield but they could not find the net again and the result puts Lewes beyond the reach of all their rivals.
Ipswich Town are finishing the season in excellent form and are now on course for a top three finish after beating Norwich City 4-0. Kat Parnell, Jade Skillen, Michelle Allum and Amanda Everett were all on the scoresheet for the Sussex side.
Likewise, Milton Keynes Dons are also going well in recent weeks and they kept this up by beating Ebbsfleet Utd 2-1. Lil Stanton scored a second half clincher for the Dons to add to Heather McDonnell's earlier strike.
Cambridge Women meanwhile booked their place in the League Cup Final with a 2-1 semi final victory over Luton Town. After trailing at half time, Nat Richardson levelled the scores early after the restart and Laura Bright scored the winner midway through the second half.
South West Combination
Yeovil Town are moving ever closer towards the Championship and require four more points to be absolutely sure after winning 2-0 away to Newquay. Laura Wensley and Laura Bray scored the goals to see the Glovers open up a huge lead of twelve points at the top.
Havant & Waterlooville meanwhile moved through to the semi finals of the Ambassador League Cup with a 4-1 success away to University of Portsmouth. Tamsin Pibworth gave the Hawks the lead after just 43 seconds but Louisa Cambridge hit back almost immediately from the penalty spot. Pibworth put Havant back in front early in the second half and they went on to add further goals through Vinny Nkomo and Lauren Cheshire.
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