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Northern Division One
Middlesbrough are the Northern Division One Champions following their 6-0 victory away to Mossley Hill on Sunday. Millie Bell and Ellie Dobson put 'Boro two ahead inside the opening ten minutes and after the break, Bianca Owens added a brace with Emma Foster and Becky Hanratty also getting on the scoresheet.
Middlesbrough's day was complete with the news that second placed Liverpool Marshalls Feds were beaten 4-0 at home by Chester-le-Street, putting the table toppers in an unassailable position. Haley English, Laura Hockaday, Nicola Goundry Havery and Maddie Atkinson scored the goals which saw the Cestrians continue their fine run of form.
Hull City are looking likely to finish in the top three despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Tranmere Rovers who picked up another important point in their fight to climb out of the bottom two. Emily Smith netted Hull's goal, while Charlotte Cloy was on target for Tranmere.
Leeds Ladies are back in the top four after they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-0. Jasmine Saxton gave Leeds a first half lead, with Emma Bentley adding the second on the hour mark.
Chorley and Stockport County meanwhile shared six goals in an entertaining meeting. All of Chorley's goals came in the opening half hour, Natalie Parry netting twice along with Vicky Coope, but they were pegged back as Stockport replied through a Hanifa Douglas brace and Beth Langford.
Midlands Division One
Radcliffe Olympic received a setback to their hopes of claiming the runners-up spot when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Steel City Wanderers, who have moved into the top half of the table. Rania Ramadan netted Radcliffe's goal, while the Steels replied through Jennifer Pearson.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies continue to finish the season well and they made it four wins out of five to move themselves in third place. Annie Pritchard and Gemma Mooney netted the goals as they won 2-1 away to Leicester City Ladies, whose consolation came from Carmelina Colangelo.
Wolverhampton Wanderers still have matters in their hands in the race for second place and they have gone fourth after winning 2-1 at Peterborough Northern Star. Jade Cross scored both goals for Wolves, including the winner deep into injury time, while Northern Star replied through Cassie Steward.
Rotherham Utd returned to winning ways with a 4-0 success against Leafield Athletic. All of the goals came during the first half, Nat Shaw leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Amy Pollock adding the other.
Sporting Khalsa kept their survival hopes alive, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Jodie Lewis gave Sporting a first half lead and they added further goals after the break through Stephanie Speck and Kyrie Ball, before Nicola Russell grabbed a late consolation for the students.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace require five more points from their final four games to secure the title after they ran out 5-0 winners over Norwich City. Gemma Bryan netted two of the goals for Palace and there was one apiece from Francesca Ali, Alma Donohoe and Pam McRoberts.
Gillingham were dealt a huge blow to their title challenge as they were beaten 2-1 by Milton Keynes Dons, who strengthened their position in second. Jade Keogh gave the Gills an early lead but the Dons hit back to take the points thanks to Charley Clarke and Leah Cudone and they remain in the running for runners-up, which is realistically their best chance.
Luton Town moved above the Gills and back into the top three, courtesy of a 1-0 success away to Enfield Town which was settled by an own goal.
Paige Logie led the scoring with a hat-trick as Cambridge Utd netted eleven times without reply past Bedford Ladies. Laura Mills and Becky Taylor each added doubles and there was one apiece from Laura Bright, Kayleigh-Anne Burt, Isabella Simmons and Faith Hewitt.
Ipswich Town are in the top half of the table following their 2-1 win away to Old Actonians. Aimee Harrison and Roxanne Small were their markswomen, while Sharon Odofin replied for the home side.
Denham Utd were the fifth team to record an away win when beating Lowestoft Town 3-1. Helen Capewell, Lauren Cox and an own goal saw Denham to the points, with Lowestoft's consolation coming from Aimee Durrant.
South West Division One
Things could hardly be tighter between the four title challengers with three of them level on points and the other just three points behind. Chichester City are the new leaders following their 3-0 victory away to Shanklin. Shannon Albuery, Chloe Dowdell and Chloe Parkes netted the goals to take their side top of the table on goal difference.
Larkhall Athletic and Keynsham Town battled out a 1-1 draw in their local derby which did neither team any favours. Keynsham had the better of the first half and took the lead on the half hour through Katie Cook but after the break, the Larks battled back and earned themselves a share of the spoils when Kate German headed in the equaliser with ten minutes remaining.
St Nicholas recorded their second league victory of the season when beating Cheltenham Town 3-1. Jade Gamlin was the heroine for John Seymour's side as she hit a hat-trick, with Cheltenham's consolation coming from Libbie Herbert.
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