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Northern Division One
Guiseley Vixens require four more points from their final five games in order to be crowned as Champions after they beat Chester-le-Street Town 1-0 an opened up a six point lead. Olivia Thackray scored the only goal of the game to keep Guiseley's title challenge well on course.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds stepped up their quest for the runners-up spot with a 4-0 victory away to Morecambe. Abby Pope gave them the lead after nine minutes, which they held until the break, before second half goals from Carina Mendes, Nicole Johnston and Nadia Trampnow their fifth successive victory.
Brighouse Town have gone one better, recording their sixth win in a row and this has taken them into the top six for the first time this season. Charlotte Proud was on the scoresheet as Brighouse won 1-0 against Tranmere Rovers.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes continued to stretch the pace at the top with a 9-1 victory away to Rotherham Utd. Charlotte Cooper led the scoring with a hat-trick, Rebecca-Jane Knight contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Chloe Young, Becky Matlock, Laura Steele and Siobhan Eastham to keep their side seven points clear.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are refusing to give up the chase and their 1-0 win over Long Eaton Utd keeps them in second place. Jen Anslow scored the only goal of the game from a first half free kick to keep Wolves in the hunt.
Sporting Khalsa remain on course for a top three place following their 2-1 success away to Solihull Ladies. Jodie Lewis and Stephanie Speck were on target for Khalsa, with Solihull replying through Samantha White.
Steel City Wanderers were 4-2 winners over Leicester City Ladies, who stay in the bottom two places. Millie Kenyon netted twice for the Steels and there was one apiece from Zoe Beresford and Sarah Middleton, with Leicester scoring through a brace from Carmelina Colange.
South East Division One
Gillingham appear to be marching towards the title and lead the way by seven points following their 2-1 win away to Milton Keynes Dons. The teams occupied the top two positions going into the game but goals from Fliss Gibbons and Vanisha Patel greatly boosted the Gills's hopes whilst inflicting a huge blow to those of MK Dons, whose consolation came from Heather McDonnell.
AFC Wimbledon have slipped into second place on the back of a 4-0 victory over Enfield Town, although they can no longer mathematically catch Gillingham. Katie Stanley netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Kelly-Jade Whelan and Rebecca Sargent for Wimbledon who, nevertheless, have had a great first season back in the league.
Cambridge Utd may well be the biggest remaining threat to the Gills and they kept their hopes alive by winning 2-0 away to Lowestoft Town. Emma Jenkins and Sarah Wiltshire scored the goals for the U's who, although they are ten points off the pace, still have six games left to play.
Actonians Ladies are virtually certain of at least a top half finish after they triumphed 3-1 away to Luton Town. Alessandra Barreca bagged a brace along with Melissa Jung, Amy Summerfield replying for the home side.
Norwich City and Stevenage Ladies met in an important clash at the other end of the table and the resulting goalless draw means that Stevenage remain outside of the bottom two, six points ahead of Norwich who have played five games less.
South West Division One
Chichester City are firmly in pole position after they won 3-0 against title rivals Plymouth Argyle on Sunday. Goals from Cherelle Khassal, Charley Wilson-Blakeley and Chloe Dowdell mean that Chichester the table by thirteen points from Argyle, who have three games in hand (see match report).
Keynsham Town stay in third place after their derby clash with Larkhall Athletic ended in a 1-1 draw. Keynsham took the lead shortly before half time through Alys Hinchcliffe but a well taken goal fifteen minutes from time by Katy-May O'Hara-Nash earned the Larks a share of the spoils.
Southampton Saints meanwhile retrieved their chances of the runners-up spot as they ran out 5-0 winners over Shanklin. Becki Bath scored a hat-trick for Southampton and she was joined on the scoresheet by Kelly-Marie Fripp and Krystal Whyte.
St Nicholas have been on a good run in recent weeks but this was halted by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Maidenhead Utd. Rachel Panting and Lucy Smith scored the goals for the Berkshire side, with Jenny Gray replying.
Exeter City picked up a precious point from a 2-2 draw against Cheltenham Town. Kate Finch and Sarah Hill were on target for Exeter, with Cheltenham responding through Ella Hitchcox and Sally Butterfield.
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