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Northern Division One
Middlesbrough still have matters in their own hands after they defeated Chorley 5-1 to stay eight points clear at the top of the table. Jess Havelock hit a hat-trick for 'Boro with Bianca Owens and Millie Bell adding the others, while Rachel Wood replied for Chorley.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds are not giving up the fight in second place and they won 3-1 away to Leeds Ladies to stay firmly in the hunt. Emma Bentley gave Leeds an early lead but the Feds equalised through Charlotte Gill on the stroke of half time and an early second half double from Roisin Havelin secured the points.
Tranmere Rovers picked up a precious point from a 1-1 draw with third placed Hull City. Kate Horne was on target for Tranmere, while Hull replied through Rachel Cooke.
Morecambe still have an opportunity for a top half finish, which they kept up with a 3-1 victory over Chester-le-Street. Emma Kay netted twice and Emily Hutton the other, with the Cestrians' consolation coming from Laura Hockaday.
Blackpool Wren Rovers were involved in another high scoring affair but this time they were on the winning side. Abby Pullen hit a hat-trick, with Louise Gibbins and Carly Loughran joining her on the scoresheet as Wren Rovers won 5-2 against Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Midlands Division One
It's twenty out of twenty for Leicester City Women who extended their perfect record by winning 4-0 against Sporting Khalsa. Helen Busby had a great day for the newly crowned Champions as she bagged all four goals.
Despite a hat-trick from Dani Saulter, second placed Radcliffe Olympic were held to a 3-3 draw by Leicester City Ladies. Aleksandra Janicka, Carly Pegg and Erica Kilby netted the goals in reply for Leicester.
Wolverhampton Wanderers also received a setback to their hopes of the runners-up position as they went down 3-2 at home to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Gemma Mooney netted twice and Justine Buckmire the other for BWM, who consolidated themselves in fourth place, with Jade Cross hitting a double for Wolves.
Solihull Ladies gave their chances of a top three place a boost with a 1-0 victory over Rotherham Utd, Tanya Dickinson scoring the only goal of the game.
Steel City Wanderers continue to finish the season well and a solitary strike from Cheryl Mawhood earned them a 1-0 success against Peterborough Northern Star.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace power on at the top of the table but were pushed hard by Denham Utd before emerging as 3-2 winners. Francesca Ali netted twice and Gemma Bryan the other for Palace, while Denham's goals came from Elishia Allen and Alissa Down.
Gillingham are continuing to chase after the leaders and pepped up their challenge by scoring six without reply against Lowestoft Town. Paige Baker-Carroll was on target twice and there was one apiece from Megan Maslak, Kallie Balfour, Jade Keogh and Lauren Davis.
Luton Town look to be on course for a top four place following their 2-1 victory over Cambridge Utd. Natasha Fensome and Nicola Henman netted the goals for Luton, with Laura Bright replying for the U's.
Norwich City and Enfield Town met for the second week in a row and produced another tight contest after their goalless draw seven days earlier. This time it was Enfield who were narrow 1-0 winners, courtesy of a goal from Nuala McKevitt.
South West Division One
Larkhall Athletic hold on to the leadership after Swindon Town went down to their first league defeat of the season, beaten 2-0 by Keynsham Town who stepped up their own challenge. Justine Lorton-Radburn gave Keynsham the lead just after the quarter hour and Leanne Lapham added the second goal early in the second half.
Chichester City are also close in attendance after winning 4-0 away to Cheltenham Town. Shannon Albuery, Lauren Cheshire, Chloe Dowdell and Amy Found were all on target for Chi, who have moved above Swindon into second place on goal difference.
Helen Kukor bagged a hat-trick and Vicky Barter added a further two as Exeter City completed their league campaign with a 5-2 victory at St Nicholas, who replied through a brace from Megan Bloomer.
Photo - Keynsham Town's Jess Osborne clears away from Swindon Town winger Beth Westlake.
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