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Blackburn Rovers will need to win their last game of the season in order to emulate their first team and finish on top of the league, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bradford City on Sunday. Blackburn had led through a goal from Georgia Stevens but an equaliser from Charlotte Stuart means that Rovers need to take all three points from their match with Brighouse Town this Sunday in order to pip Huddersfield Town to the title.
Stoke City have opened up a lead of four points in the Midland Division following their 3-0 success away to Derby County. Courtney Jones gave them a first half lead and they completed the win with late goals from Jasmin Limb and Emily Curteis. Cardiff City Ladies are up into second place after scoring seven times without reply past Nottingham Forest. Michelle Venton led the scoring with a hat-trick while Zoe Atkins and Daisy Evan-Watkins both weighed in with braces. Chloe May Coldicott and Natalie Morris netted the goals for Sporting Khalsa as they shared a 2-2 draw with Coventry Utd, who replied through Jaymee Dudley and Elizabeth Steele.
Southern Division leaders Tottenham Hotspur went down to their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic. Emily Ashcroft scored both goals for the Addicks who have moved back into second, seven points behind Spurs. Olivia Thompson, Sophie Gardiner and Neethu Haridas were on the scoresheet as Queen's Park Rangers defeated Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 and Lewes also won 3-1 against C & K Basildon, thanks to a Mia Hyland brace and Kellie Larkin.
Charlie Wellings (2), Keeley Davies and Emily Joyce scored the goals as FA WSL Development League leaders Birmingham City won 4-1 away to Sunderland. They remain one point ahead of Liverpool who were 4-2 winners over Aston Villa. Manchester City follow on in third following their 1-1 draw with Durham Women, Brenna McPartlan netting their goal with Molly Holder replying. Everton were 3-2 victors at Sheffield FC thanks to Faye Bryson, Sophie Charlton and Alice Thompson whilst Notts County beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 1-0.
Fran Kirby marked her return from a long term injury by scoring a hat-trick as Southern Division leaders Chelsea won 8-0 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Lauren Pickett added a double and there was one apiece from Isabella Sibley, Molly Pike and Gilly Flaherty. Reading FC Women move into second after Melanie Parreno Espinosa (2) and Hannah Knapton gave them a 3-2 victory over Yeovil Town. London Bees and Arsenal fought out a 4-4 draw and Millwall Lionesses were 4-2 winners away to Watford, courtesy of a Beth Harford hat-trick and Freya Glen.
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