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Blackburn Rovers picked up the result they needed to win the Northern Division title and match the achievements of their first team. Georgia Stevens netted twice for Blackburn along with Ellie Doggett and Antonia Carta, Demi Pringle bagging a brace in reply.
Stoke City are starting to stretch the pace in the Midland Division, maintaining their four point lead with a 3-0 victory over rivals Leicester City Women. Sophie Taylor was on target twice for Stoke and Emily Curteis added the other. Cardiff City Ladies maintained their challenge by scoring eight times without reply against Sporting Khalsa, Kerry Bartlett hitting a hat-trick along with other goals from Chantelle Chapman (2), Zoe Atkins, Ffion Price and Monet Legall. Emily Gillott (2), Zoe Gretton, Danielle Oxley and Megan Pittman fired Derby County towards a 5-2 win against West Bromwich Albion. Courtney Murphy bagged a hat-trick for Coventry Utd in their 6-0 victory over TNS Ladies, Elizabeth Steele, Sophie Bourton and Lucy Stead joining her on the scoresheet, and Nottingham Forest were 3-2 winners at Loughborough Foxes thanks to Francesca Wilson, Georgia Gladwin and Erin Thompson.
The race is over in the Southern Division though as Tottenham Hotspur sewed up the title with a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace. Ronnell Humes, Amy Makewell and Kelly Smith scored the goals for Spurs who were further boosted by the news that second placed Charlton Athletic had been beaten 1-0 by Lewes, Kim Stenning netting the only goal of the game. Kayleigh Tonks (2), Sophie Phelps and Charmaine True were on the scoresheet as Portsmouth won 4-0 away to Milton Keynes Dons to go second.
Birmingham City stay in second place in the FA WSL Development League Northern Division after they shared a 1-1 draw with Everton, Charlie Wellings scoring for Birmingham. Sunderland and Durham Women also finished level at 1-1, the Wildcats finding the net through Anna Young.
In the Southern Division, Chelsea increased their lead at the top to six points with a 5-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses. Fran Kirby scored a hat-trick for the second week in a row and she was joined on the scoresheet by Miri Taylor and Nicole Douglas.
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