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Northern Division One
Newly crowned Champions Middlesbrough finished off their season in style, with a 5-0 victory away to Chorley. The prolific Bianca Owens once again led the scoring with a four-goal haul and also on target was Emma Foster.
Leeds Ladies are back up into the top half once again after they defeated Tranmere Rovers 1-0. Bryony Chapman scored the only goal of the game with eleven minutes on the clock.
Norton & Stockton Ancients meanwhile picked up only their second league victory of the season, 2-1 against Stockport County. Rebecca Davison gave Norton a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Hanifa Douglas, before Sian Williams netted the winner with twenty minutes remaining.
Midlands Division One
Wolverhampton Wanderers stepped up their quest to finish as runners-up with a 2-0 victory away to Solihull Ladies, who are set to end up in fourth. Amber Quick scored both goals for Wolves to take them level on points with second placed Radcliffe Olympic, who they were due to meet on Thursday night.
Leafield Athletic meanwhile boosted their relegation hopes with a 2-1 win against Birmingham & West Midlands. Samantha White and Shona Baldwin netted the goals to keep Leafield outside of the bottom two, with Natasha Merritt replying.
Peterborough Northern Star ensured that they kept themselves one point behind Leafield by beating Loughborough Students 5-0. Cassie Steward was on target twice for Northern Star along with Vicky Gallagher, Georgia Coulson and Rachael Mumford.
To complete a good day for the bottom three, Sporting Khalsa won 3-2 away to Rotherham Utd to keep alive their hopes of climbing out of the bottom two. Leanne Carter netted both goals for Rotherham while Jodie Bragan, Stephanie Speck and Jodie Lewis were all on target for Sporting.
South East Division One
Title winners Crystal Palace moved closer towards an unbeaten season when they beat fifth placed Cambridge Utd 3-0. Gemma Bryan netted two of the goals and Abigail Igbavboa was also on the scoresheet.
Gillingham are closing in on second place, moving themselves into the top three with a 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town. Lauren Davis, Kallie Balfour and Lydia Wills netted the goals for the Gills, while Ipswich replied through Amanda Crump and Olivia Dixon.
Old Actonians banished any lingering relegation fears when they won 3-2 against Norwich City. Carla Williams bagged a brace for Actonians and Hannah Pearson was also on target, with Norwich's goals coming from an Ebony Wiseman double.
South West Division One
One more point from their final game will do for Swindon Town to capture the title following their 3-1 victory over St Nicholas. Alice Smith gave Swindon a first half lead which was cancelled out before the break by Jade Gamlin, but goals in a five minute spell after the break from Meg Vella and Chyna Collings settled matters in the Wiltshire side's favour.
Keynsham Town's remaining title hopes are over after battling out a 3-3 draw with local rivals Larkhall Athletic. Carly Bryant and Kate German gave the Larks a two-goal lead with a thunderous strike from Katie Cook reducing the arrears after the break. Lizzie Barratt then lobbed home Larkhall's third goal before Rachel Cullen pulled one back for the home side and Cook completed the fightback with her second, ten minutes from time.
Southampton Saints will be hoping to end the season in sixth place after completing their fixtures with a 3-0 win against Cheltenham Town. Krystal Whyte and Catherine Browning netted either side of half time and an own goal completed the scoring late on.
Shanklin made sure they would not finish bottom of the table with a welcome 3-2 victory over Maidenhead Utd. Shannon Kilcullen, Danielle Merryfield and Gemma Woodford scored their goals with Alex Dover and Jessica Perkins replying.
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