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Northern Division One
Newly crowned Champions Guiseley Vixens were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool Marshalls Feds, who picked up an important point in their quest to finish second. Chantelle O'Hara was on target for Guiseley, with the Feds grabbing a late goal through Laura Bartup.
Chorley climbed back up into fourth place with a 5-1 victory over Leeds Ladies. Veatriki Sarri got Leeds off to a great start by giving them a first minute lead but Chorley hit back strongly with strikes from Kerry Nickson, Katherine Bonner and Vicky Coope. Ruth Harrison netted a second half brace to round off the victory for the Lancashire side.
Brighouse Town's seven-match winning run was brought to a halt by Crewe Alexandra, who inched a point closer towards safety with a 2-2 draw. Kayleigh Bamforth and Charlotte Proud scored for Brighouse, with Laura Garner and Georgina Stebbings replying for Crewe who are out of the bottom three.
Mossley Hill meanwhile gave their survival hopes a huge boost by winning 4-2 away to Blackpool Wren Rovers. Eleanor Doyle netted twice for Mossley along with Nikki James and an own goal, while Nikki Berko was on target twice for the home side who are two points ahead of their opponents, both teams having one match left to play.
Midlands Division One
Wolverhampton Wanderers have enjoyed a good week and they trail Loughborough Foxes by a single point after following up their midweek victory over the leaders with a 2-0 success away to Radcliffe Olympic. Esme Moran gave Wolves the lead with eight minutes remaining and Jade Cross sealed the points with the second.
TNS Ladies can still claim a highly creditable third place finish in their first season in the league and they kept those hopes on course by running out 4-1 winners away to Rotherham Utd, courtesy of two goals apiece from Emily Ridge and Chloe Wilkinson.
Any lingering fears that Solihull Ladies would finish in the bottom two were firmly brought to an end as they also won 4-1 against Loughborough Students. Phillippa Harmison was on target twice along with Carly Davies and Donna Hawkins, Zoe Parker netting a consolation for the students.
South East Division One
Gillingham's charge towards the title finally brought its reward on Sunday as they clinched the Championship by scoring thirteen times without reply against Norwich City. Fliss Gibbons and Charlotte Gurr netted four goals apiece, Jenny Newman weighed in with a brace and the total was completed by April Bowers, Beth Nugent and an own goal (see match report).
AFC Wimbledon also had a prolific day in front of goal and their 10-0 victory over Lowestoft Town lifts them back into second place. Laura Low and Katie Stanley each hit hat-tricks, with Jess Trimnell (2), Becky Sargent and Caroline Bisson rounding off the scoring.
Cambridge Utd still have matters in their own hands for the runners-up spot, despite going down to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Luton Town. Asia Brown, Erica Bryan, Jo Rutherford and Jodie Bellinger all scored for sixth placed Luton as they recorded one of their best results of the season, the U's replying through Evangeline Gallop and Emma Jenkins.
South West Division One
Chichester City need one more win to be confirmed as Champions following their 13-0 win against Exeter City on Sunday. Charley Wilson-Blakely led the scoring with a hat-trick, Chloe Dowdell added a brace and there was one apiece from Becky Barron, Laura Ingram, Cherelle Khassal, Jess Lewry, Loulou Robson, Kerrie Ryan and Lucie Challen.
Plymouth Argyle are on the verge of landing the runners-up spot, thanks to a 7-1 victory over Larkhall Athletic. Natasha Knapman hit a hat-trick for Argyle and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amber Pollock (2), Rebecca Dandridge and Zoe Cunningham.
Keynsham Town remain on course for a top three finish after they defeated Basingstoke Town 6-1, with Katie Cook, Justine Lorton and Jade Radburn all scoring twice.
Southampton Saints still have a chance of the top three and maintained their challenge by scoring ten times without reply past St Nicholas. Becki Bath was on target four times, Alisha Buckingham contributed a hat-trick, Emma Whitlock weighed in with a brace and Carla Perkins completed the scoring.
Shanklin remain at the foot of the table after they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Maidenhead Utd. Rachel Panting netted both for the Berkshire side, with Shanklin replying through Gemma Woodford.
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