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The two teams at the top of the East Midlands League Premier Division met each other on Sunday in what was practically a title decider and it was Steel City Wanderers who are the Champions after beating Nettleham 5-2.
Nettleham went into their last league game of the season as leaders and buoyed by having beaten the Steels 6-2 in the League Cup final just a fortnight earlier. However, if that 6-2 was an unexpected score, then so, too, was this in favour of Steels who were out of the traps like the proverbial greyhound, going ahead through Hollie Barker in the third minute as she netted from near the right corner flag. Cheryl Mawhood made it 2-0 from a spot kick after Beth Gingell was impeded and then Laura Naylor fired in from the right angle of the area to leave Nettleham reeling.
To their credit Nettleham fought back and goals from Sophie Barker and Holly Newman narrowed the score to 3-2. A clash of heads between Steels captain Leanne Duke and Nettleham striker Zuzana Pramukova resulted in a lengthy stoppage late in the first half, but both players, bandaged up, were able to continue, albeit that Pramukova missed the closing stages before the interval.
Mawhood's second six minutes into the second half virtually decided the game and the title race and she later completed a hat-trick. It was her sixth hat-trick or better in the league this season and confirmed her as top scorer, though she could have been overtaken by Pramukova who was just three goals behind at start of play.
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