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Christina Deverdics and Beth Diamond scored the goals as Newcastle Utd were 2-0 winners over Huddersfield Town, a result which confirms Blackburn Rovers as Northern Division Champions. Middlesbrough are currently in second place but they saw their hopes of the runners-up spot take a knock with a 2-1 defeat away to Sheffield Utd, whose goals came from Caitlan Ross-Robinson and Brooke Marsden.
In the Midland Division, Stoke City moved to within two points of leaders Leicester City Women, who did not play, with a victory over Burton Albion. Emily Curteis was on target five times for Stoke along with Ella Pemberton (2), Abbie Iddenden (2), Lucy Ridgway, Sophie Taylor, Freya Tan, Harriett Wellings and Roisin Kivel. West Bromwich Albion are up into third after a Shannon Kelly double and Kathryn Pagan gave them a 3-2 win away to Derby County. Coventry Utd defeated TNS Ladies 6-1 thanks to Jade Mellor (2), Katie Cornish, Marie McGuire, Ellie White and Lauren Garner whilst six different players - Rebecca Knight, Angelique Morley, Stephanie Speck, Brittany Civil, Lauren Walker and Kiera Willdigg - were on the scoresheet for Sporting Khalsa as they won 6-0 against Long Eaton Utd.
Southern Division leaders Charlton Athletic finished off their season with a 6-1 victory over West Ham Utd and they must wait to see if their points tally will be overhauled. Charlotte Lee and Georgia Griffin each netted twice for the Addicks along with Florence Jackson and Georgia Pearch. Portsmouth require four points from their last three games to go past them; they stayed on track by winning 3-1 at C & K Basildon thanks to a Charmaine True brace and Emma-Jane May. Sophie Manzi (2), Meila Rose D'Santos, Allana Francis-Ashmeil and Jodie Weller gave AFC Wimbledon a 5-3 success at Milton Keynes Dons which takes them third, Meghan Cooley and Stef Simmons were on target for Crystal Palace in their 2-1 victory against Lewes and Denham Utd were 3-0 victors away to Queen's Park Rangers, with a goal apiece from Kara Howes, Emma Kern and Lauren Cox.
Liverpool can still mathematically win the FA WSL Development League Northern Division and they kept those hopes alive by beating Sheffield FC 2-0 with goals from Simran Jhamat and Missy Bo Kearns. The Reds are level on points with third placed Doncaster Rovers Belles, who won 2-1 against Birmingham City.
With Arsenal not in action, their two nearest rivals had the opportunity to go above them in the Southern Division table and it is Chelsea who are the new leaders after a Nicole Douglas hat-trick spearheaded their 6-0 win at Yeovil Town. Beth Burgess, Kenni Thompson and Isabella Sibley weighed in with the other goals for Chelsea who lead on goal difference from Millwall Lionesses who also won, 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur thanks to Onyi Echegini, Ellie Mason and Samantha Booker. Reading FC Women were 3-0 winners away to Oxford Utd and Watford defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 5-2 with goals from Anaisa Harney (2), Alana Munro (2) and Linda Afuakwah.
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