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The Midland Division title race continued on Sunday and it is advantage Stoke City despite them not having a game. This is because Leicester City Women, the only team which can still catch them, went down to a 4-3 defeat away to second placed Cardiff City Ladies. Jasmine Turner hit a hat-trick and Zoe Atkins the other for Cardiff, while Kayleigh Hillier (2) and Summer Pratt replied for Leicester who must win all of their three remaining games to stand any chance of lifting the title. Anna Jowle and Danielle Oxley were on target for Derby County in their 2-2 draw with TNS Ladies, who responded through Kim Bebbington and Charlotte Budd. Nottingham Forest meanwhile defeated West Bromwich Albion 4-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Alana Crawford, Sophia Bonser, Olivia Smith and Georgia Gladwin.
Crystal Palace kept their slim hopes alive of runners-up in the Southern Division alive as they won 3-1 away to Milton Keynes Dons, courtesy of a goal apiece from Lauren Armstrong, Meadow Barton and Olivia Woolacott. Lewes meanwhile netted six times without reply past Southampton Saints, Hayley Bridge bagging two along with Henna Butcher, Gabby Baldock, Kim Stenning and Ellie Smith.
FA WSL Development League Northern Division leaders Birmingham City received a setback to their title hopes as they were beaten 3-2 by local rivals Aston Villa. Ebony Salmon netted twice for Villa along with an own goal, with Keeley Davies and Emily Joyce replying. Third placed Manchester City also lost a little ground as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Durham Women, Lucy Ashworth-Clifford and Keeley-Shaye Goodwin were on target with Shannon Reed netting twice in reply. Everton were 4-0 winners over Sheffield FC and Doncaster Rovers Belles defeated Sunderland 4-2 to improve their chances of climbing off the bottom.
Chelsea need to win one of their remaining two games to be confirmed as Southern Division Champions following their 8-0 victory over London Bees in which Lauren Pickett and Molly Pike both hit hat-tricks, with Beth Lumsden and Katherine Turner adding the others. Only Arsenal can still catch them and they were held to a 2-2 draw by Reading FC Women, for whom Hannah Knapton scored twice. Brighton & Hove Albion meanwhile climbed back into second place after Sara Tubby and Natalie Taylor gave them a 2-0 win away to Watford. Flo Allen and Paige Sawyer were on target for Bristol City in their 2-2 draw with Millwall Lionesses, whose goals came from Onyi Echegini and Michelle Young.
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