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Northern Division One
Middlesbrough are continuing to stretch the pace at the top and remain five points clear after beating Hull City 4-1. The prolific Bianca Owens led the scoring for 'Boro with a hat-trick and Emily Scarr added the other, with Emily Smith responding for Hull, whose title hopes look to be over.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds, who have two games in hand, made sure of keeping pace with the leaders by winning 1-0 away to Norton & Stockton Ancients, Levi Wensley scoring the only goal of the game.
Chorley's chances received a setback as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chester-le-Street. Kerry Bergin was on target for the Lancashire side, with the Cestrians' reply coming from Vicky Ryder.
Leeds Ladies got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success away to Blackpool Wren Rovers. Jasmine Saxton's goal settled matters in favour of Leeds, taking them back up into fifth place.
Megan Brodie bagged a brace and Sophie Perry was also on the scoresheet for Mossley Hill in their 3-1 victory over Stockport County, whose consolation came from Chloe Mapp.
Morecambe cemented themselves in mid-table, thanks to a 2-1 win against Tranmere Rovers. Rebecca Whittingham and Josephine Norris netted the goals for Morecambe, with Danielle Sheen replying for Tranmere.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women are one win away from the title after they won 3-2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Lauren Impey gave Leicester a fifth minute lead but Wolves hit back strongly to lead through Natalie Widdal and Anna Perks, before Rosie Axten equalised on the stroke of half time. Chantelle Robinson's goal early in the second half turned out to be just enough to give Leicester their eighteenth win in a row and on the verge of the title.
Solihull Ladies remain in third despite going down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Loughborough Students. Carly Davies put Solihull in front in the first half but Amelia Cruwys equalised just ahead of the break and in the second half, Hayley James and Alice Kempski both scored to seal a win which returns Loughborough into the top half.
Rotherham Utd defeated Leafield Athletic 3-1 and still have a chance of a top half place. Hollie Barker, Natalie Shaw and an own goal clinched victory for Rotherham, with Sade Alaka replying.
Peterborough Northern Star gave their survival hopes a huge shot in the arm with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Both of Northern Star's goals came in the first half, Vicky Gallagher and Jodie Bartle putting them two goals ahead before Carmelina Colangelo pulled one back with fifteen minutes remaining.
South East Division One
A 5-0 win away to Old Actonians keeps Crystal Palace one point ahead at the top of the table. Gemma Bryan netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Freya Holdaway, Pam McRoberts and Alma Donohoe.
Milton Keynes Dons maintained second place by beating Denham Utd 2-1. Hannah Barrett and Andie Dickens were on target for the Dons, with Denham replying through Helen Capewell.
Gillingham climbed above Luton Town and into third place after they defeated them 4-0. Goals from Kallie Balfour (2), Lauren Davis and Lauren Williams kept the Gills firmly in the title hunt.
The East Anglian derby turned out to be a seven-goal thriller which went the way of Norwich City, by the odd goal against Ipswich Town. Chelsea Garrett hit a hat-trick for the Canaries and Kate Parsons added the other, while Molly Hall (2) and Amanda Crump scored for the home side.
Enfield Town took their superb Cup form into the league with a 5-2 victory over Lowestoft Town. Alena Beganovic netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Holly Brandon, Vicky Lewis and Ayse Mustafa. Gemma Moore and Abbie Everson were the markswomen for Lowestoft.
South West Division One
Two goals in the last five minutes gave leaders Larkhall Athletic a vital 2-1 win away to Shanklin and extended their advantage to eight points. Shanklin had been leading going into the latter stages thanks to Gemma Woodford but late strikes from Hayley Huckin and Kate German turned the game around in the Larks' favour.
Swindon Town are appearing to be the biggest threat to Larkhall after they defeated Chichester City 1-0, going level on points with Chi but with two games in hand. Alex Hurst scored the only goal of the game for the Wiltshire side.
Keynsham Town ensured that they stayed firmly in the running, thanks to a 4-1 success at Exeter City. Leanne Lapham, Katie Cook and Cristina Vega Leandro gave Keynsham a three-goal lead and although Courtney Butt reduced the arrears, Justine Lorton-Radburn wrapped up the win with the final goal.
The honours were shared in the other game, Rebecca Bath scoring for Southampton Saints as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Maidenhead Utd.
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