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Northern Division One
Guiseley Vixens bounced back from their first defeat of the season seven days earlier to win 2-0 away to Mossley Hill and take an even firmer grip on the title race. First half goals from Olivia Thackray and Olivia Da Costa earned Guiseley the victory and they require seven points from their final six matches to make sure of finishing on top.
Second placed Hull City lost ground when they were beaten 5-3 by Chester-le-Street Town who move up behind them in the table. Hayley English was on target twice for the Cestrians along with Laura Hockaday, Chloe Johnson and Nichole Goundry-Havery, while Hull replied through Ellice Jackman, Eden Pedersen and Emily Smith.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds continue to catch up ground on the teams above them and they ran out 3-0 winners over Tranmere Rovers. After a goalless first half, Helen Griffiths opened the scoring midway through the second half and they went on to crown the win with further goals from Laura Bartup and Abby Pope.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes have gone seven points clear at the top of the table after a narrow 1-0 win against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Chloe Young scored the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining to keep the Foxes' title challenge on course.
After two successive draws, Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3-2 against Radcliffe Olympic and this has returned them into second place, with two games in hand on the leaders. Mia Butler, Jade Cross and Amber Quick scored the goals for Wolves, with Radcliffe replying through Ashleigh Evans and Brogan Jones.
TNS Ladies boosted their chances of a top half finish in their first season in the league as they edged out Rotherham Utd by the odd goal in seven. Charlotte Canlett was on target twice for TNS along with Emily Ridge and Laura Morris, while Rotherham responded with a Nat Shaw double and Amy Pollock.
Steel City Wanderers meanwhile were also 4-3 winners against Solihull Ladies, whose recent revival was brought to a halt. Paige Unwin (2), Lucy Smith and Millie Kenyon were the Steels' markswomen, with Victoria Gutteridge (2) and Carly Davies scoring for Solihull.
South East Division One
Gillingham moved themselves into an even stronger position as they won 5-1 against Stevenage Ladies. Charlotte Gurr hit a hat-trick with Rosie Kmita and an own goal completing the scoring for the Gills, who now head the table by five points, whilst Emma Slater grabbed a consolation for Stevenage.
Third placed AFC Wimbledon battled out a 1-1 draw with Actonians Ladies, Jess Trimnell scoring a second half equaliser for the Dons to cancel out Jessica Byrne's earlier strike.
Cambridge Utd kept their title hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over Ipswich Town. Sarah Wiltshire, on her way back following a recent pregnancy, led the scoring for the U's with a hat-trick and Laura Bright was also on target, with Amy Howlett replying.
Denham Utd look set to finish in mid-table following their 2-0 win away to Norwich City, who remain entrenched in the bottom two. Lauren Cox and Clarice Gould were both on target for Denham.
South West Division One
The top two did not play on Sunday and Keynsham Town consolidated themselves in third by winning 5-0 away to Exeter City. On a day of few goals in the division, Katie Cook was on target twice for Keynsham along with Justine Lorton-Radburn, Jade Lorton-Radburn and full back Danielle Beazer, who scored her first goal for over four years.
Southampton Saints' hopes of a top two place took a knock as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Maidenhead Utd. Tina Brett netted the goal for Maidenhead with Saints equalising late on through Becki Bath.
Larkhall Athletic were made to work hard before finally registering a 1-0 victory over Basingstoke Town. The Hampshire side defended stoutly for what looked like being a hard earned point until seven minutes from time, when Kate German scored the only goal of the game.
Brislington and St Nicholas occupy the mid-table positions after their meeting ended in a goalless draw. In a match which had an end of season feel, Brislington - who were playing their fourth game in eleven days - had the better of the chances but found St Nicholas goalkeeper Abigail Evans in fine form, before Polly Wardle struck the bar with a fierce strike late on.
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