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Northern Division One
Guiseley AFC Vixens ensured that the title race will go the final matches of the season after they defeated Stockport County 6-1. A defeat for the Yorkshire side would have confirmed Liverpool Marshalls Feds as Champions but a four-goal haul from Tanya Rich, with Shelley James and Louise Stringer joining her on the scoresheet, keeps Guiseley in the running.
One more win would mean that Leeds Ladies would finish in a highly creditable third place following last summer's troubles. Bridie Hannon, Emma Bentley and Carey Huegett made sure they moved closer to their goal with a 3-2 success at Chester-le-Street, who replied through Nichole Harvey and Rae Taylor.
Chorley are one point behind Leeds in fourth after they scored seven times without reply past Norton & Stockton Ancients. Vicky Coope led the scoring for Leeds with a hat-trick, Scarlett Smith weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Charlotte Coates and Charlotte Higginson.
Morecambe sit on the verge of safety following their 7-1 victory over Sheffield Utd Community. Sophie Fish gave them an early lead before debutant Emma Kay and Megan Doherty both bagged hat-tricks, with Kimberley Brown replying for United.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes require one more point from their final game of the season to clinch the title after running out 4-0 winners away to FC Reedswood on Sunday. Paige Crossman netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Vicky Brackenbury and Lauren Struszczak.
Leicester City Women kept their hopes alive by winning 2-0 away to Mansfield Town. Rebecca-Jane Knight gave them the lead just after the half hour mark and Alicia Schwarzenbach wrapped up the win with eleven minutes remaining.
Leafield Athletic can also still catch Loughborough Foxes' current points tally by winning all of their remaining games, after a 5-4 victory over Radcliffe Olympic, whose own challenge came to an end. Sade Alaka netted twice for Leafield with Harriet Houghton, Sam White and Leigh Dugmore adding the others while Natalie Robinson (2), Brogan Jones and Kim Harford all replied for Radcliffe.
Nat Shaw was on target four times as Rotherham Utd notched up a 7-1 victory away to Curzon Ashton. Jess Birtles weighed in with a brace and Amy Pollock completed the tally, while Emma Lambourne grabbed a consolation for Curzon.
Steel City Wanderers continue to battle for survival and picked up another useful point from a 3-3 draw with Solihull Ladies. Cheryl Mawhood (2) and Jennifer Pearson netted the goals for the Steels, with Solihull replying through Tanya Dickinson, Hayley Wilford and Carly Brown.
South East Division One
C & K Basildon took a huge stride towards securing the title after beating Milton Keynes Dons 5-0 in their top of the table clash. Sara Sinclair led the scoring for C & K with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Amy Nash and Zoe Rushen, meaning that C & K now require two more points from their final two matches.
Luton Town will finish the season in fourth place, thanks to a 4-0 victory away to Norwich City in their final match. Rebecca Wilson-Kane was on target twice for Luton along with Erica Byron and Lydia Radley.
South West Division One
The final two matches of the season in the division were played on Sunday and Shanklin made sure of finishing on a winning note. Katy Rawlinson, Gemma Woodford and Kayleigh Tayler scored the goals to give the Isle of Wight side a 3-2 victory away to Larkhall Athletic, who replied through Emily Harrington and an own goal.
In the other game, Cheltenham Town were narrow 2-1 winners over St Nicholas. Rhona Donaldson and Emily Skipp netted their goals, with the home side's consolation coming from Megan Bloomer.
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