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Northern Division One
Emily Douglas scored both goals as Liverpool Marshalls Feds defeated Sheffield Utd Community 2-0 to preserve their one point lead at the top of the table.
Guiseley AFC Vixens got back to winning ways and ensured they remained hard on the heels of the Feds in what is now realistically a two horse race. Tanya Rich was on target twice as they won 5-0 away to Chester-le-Street and she was joined on the scoresheet by Caroline Hulme, Louise Stringer and Bianca Ross.
Chorley remain in third but their title hopes came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by Mossley Hill. Carla Lee and Megan Brodie scored to put Mossley two goals ahead at the break and although Kerry Bergin pulled one back for Chorley, Mossley Hill held on for their ninth win of the season.
In-form Middlesbrough made it nine wins on the trot and are up into fourth place after Becky Hanratty and Leanne Anderson gave them a 2-1 victory over Leeds Ladies, who replied through Emma Bentley.
Stockport County ran out 4-1 winners over Norton & Stockton Ancients, who are still in the bottom two, thanks to Grace Campbell, Chloe Mapp, Jeneyah Webb and an own goal.
Tranmere Rovers picked up an important three points to increase the gap between themselves and the bottom two teams after Bethan Woolley scored the only goal of the game in their 1-0 victory at Morecambe.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women have gone top of the table following their 6-1 victory away to Curzon Ashton. Rebecca-Jane Knight and Fiona Worts each bagged braces and there was one apiece from Sheryl Gayle and Katy Ward, while Masa Butler netted Curzon's consolation.
Long term leader Loughborough Foxes suffered only their second defeat of the season, 1-0 at the hands of Radcliffe Olympic. Natalie Robinson scored the only goal of the game for Radcliffe who would be in charge of their own destiny if they can win their games in hand.
Emma Allen grabbed the goal as Mansfield Town took another large stride towards safety with a 1-0 victory over Loughborough Students.
Rotherham Utd completed a trio of 1-0 wins on the day when they defeated FC Reedswood, thanks to a solitary strike from Amy Pollock.
The win takes Rotherham above Leafield Athletic whose clash with Leicester City Ladies culminated in a goalless draw.
The points were also shared between Solihull Ladies and Steel City Wanderers, who battled out a 2-2 draw. Hayley Wilford and Jodie Lewis netted the goals for Solihull while the Steels responded with a brace from Cheryl Mawhood.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons regained the leadership with a 1-0 win against Ipswich Town. Lauren Goodier scored the only goal of the game to see the Dons go one point ahead at the top.
C & K Basildon had started the day as leaders but are back in second place after being held to a draw for the second successive week. Claire Gooch and Phoebe Eshen were the markswomen for Enfield Town as the sides battled out a 2-2 draw, Sara Sinclair netting both goals for C & K.
Crystal Palace are back in third place following their 3-1 victory over Denham Utd. Charlotte Cavanagh was on target twice along with Angie Kiobel for Palace, while Denham's consolation came via an own goal.
Luton Town are just one point behind Palace as they bounced back to form and beat Norwich City 2-1, thanks to goals from Zara Carroll and Rebecca Wilson-Kane.
South West Division One
Swindon Town will have to play a waiting game if they are to finish up as Champions but their hopes took an enormous blow on Sunday when they were beaten 3-1 by Exeter City. Vicky Barter, Courtney Butt and Natasha Knapman scored the goals for Exeter who need to win their two remaining games to stand any chance of winning the title but second placed Forest Green Rovers require four points from their final two games and are now in the driving seat.
The mid-table clash between Chichester City and Larkhall Athletic ended in a 1-1 draw. The Larks had led from the opening minute of the game when Kate German scored but Chichester hit back to earn a share of the spoils, thanks to a late equaliser from Kally Ambler.
Shanklin notched up their third league win of the season, 2-1 against St Nicholas. All of the goals came in the first half, Chloe Parkes and Katy Rawlinson netting for Shanklin with Jade Gamlin replying.
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