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The battle is on for top spot in the Northern Division and leaders Bradford City completed their fixtures with a 3-0 victory away to Leeds Utd. Melanie Garside-Wright scored a hat-trick to give Bradford a winning finish to their campaign and they must now wait and see whether it will be enough. Nottingham Forest require seven points from their final three games to be sure of overtaking them, following their 2-1 win against Newcastle Utd. Taylor Thompson's first half goal for Forest was cancelled out after the break by Jade Anderson, but Thompson was to have the final say as she scored the winner with three minutes remaining.
Midland Division leaders Cardiff City Ladies saw their winning run halted as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City Women. Robyn Washington did find the net for Leicester but Annie Pritchard's goal keeps Cardiff well on course. Wolverhampton Wanderers are now their nearest rivals after beating Coventry City 2-0, courtesy of second half goals from Louise Price and Jordan Timmins-Ray.
Everton are the new leaders of the FA WSL Development League Northern Division on goal difference following their 7-0 victory against Durham Women. Kerri Welsh and Millie Turner each hit hat-tricks with Marley Forster adding the other goal. Previous leaders Aston Villa were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland whose goal came from Elizabeth McCubbin. Notts County are just one point off the pace after an Emily Roberts brace earned them a 2-1 win against Manchester City, who replied through Chelsea Flanagan. Liverpool meanwhile hit five without reply at Doncaster Rovers Belles, thanks to a goal apiece from Eve Kennerley, Shannon Beckwith, Olivia Wild, Hannah Dale and Beth Donoghue.
Arsenal are now six points clear in the Southern Division following their 3-2 win away to Oxford Utd. Amber Gaylor, Carla Humphrey and Frances Steele scored for the Gunners with Natasha Caswell and Kayleigh Hines responding for the home side. Chelsea and Bristol Academy finished level at 1-1, Karin Muya netting for Chelsea with Academy's reply coming from Gabriella Simmons-Bird. Millwall Lionesses are in third after winning 3-2 at Yeovil Town. Watford and Reading Women battled out a 2-2 draw, Paige Logie and Sarah Wiltshire netting for the Golden Girls while Gemma Sims bagged a brace for the Royals.
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