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Northern Division One
It was a strange day in Northern Division One on Sunday as all of the three title challengers suffered defeats. This included table toppers Hull City whose seventeen match unbeaten league run was brought to an end when losing 2-1 to Crewe Alexandra. Hull had taken a first half lead through Jo Symington but second half strikes from Michelle Saunders and Georgina Stebbings gave Crewe a fine result which keeps them on course for a top half finish.
Hull's lead remains at five points though as second placed Liverpool Marshalls Feds went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers. After Sasha Rowe had given the Feds an early lead. Bolton hit back to take the points thanks to Emma Pilling and Safron Newhouse.
Brighouse Town meanwhile were also on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline, at home to fourth placed Morecambe. As with the two teams above them, it was Brighouse who scored first, going ahead midway through the second half with a goal from Aimi Beresford but a late Morecambe rally saw Charlotte Higginson and Yasmine Swarbrick both score in the last nine minutes for an excellent victory for their side.
Chester-le-Street Town got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Chorley. Nichole Goundry-Havery and Kacie Elson netted the goals to give the in-form Cestrians their fourth victory in five games, with Scarlett Smith replying late on for the Lancashire side.
Chorley bounced back from this defeat to win 3-1 against Newcastle Utd on Wednesday night and move up to eighth in the table. Rachel Wood, Scarlett Smith and Melissa Ball were all on target, with Newcastle's consolation coming from Megan McKenzie.
It had not been a good few days for Newcastle as on the weekend, they were beaten 3-2 by Mossley Hill whose remarkable upturn in form has taken them out of the bottom two. Amy Hughes, Caroline Charlton and Nikki James all scored Mossley's goals, with Brooke Cochrane and Jess Foster on target for Newcastle.
Midlands Division One
Newly crowned Champions Loughborough Foxes continue to finish the season in fine form, running out 3-0 winners over second placed Sheffield Utd, whose seventeen match unbeaten run came to an end. All of the goals came during the second half, Chloe Young netting twice in a seven minute spell either side of the hour mark, with Charlotte Cooper adding the third with ten minutes remaining.
Just one point covers the next three teams behind Loughborough, United holding on to second spot but only but a single point from TNS Ladies and Burton Albion, who won 3-2 when the two sides met on Sunday. Jemma Grimadell and Jordan Atkin put the Lady Brewers two ahead inside the opening fourteen minutes and although TNS battled to get back on level terms by half time, thanks to Kim Bebbington and Emily Ridge, Atkin netted her second early after half time to settle a tightly contested match in Burton's favour.
Solihull Moors and Sporting Khalsa continue to occupy the two mid-tables places after their meeting finished in a goalless draw.
Long Eaton Utd made it four wins in five matches with a 2-1 success away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Anya-Mae Cresswell and Viki Adam scored the goals as Long Eaton continued their fine end of season form, whilst the home side replied through Charlotte Fisher.
Leicester City Ladies meanwhile celebrated their first league victory of the season, winning 3-1 at Steel City Wanderers. Maria Burns did put the Steels in front but goals from Katie Connor, Dahlia Davis-Folwell and Bayleigh Newby ensured that Leicester's unwanted run of eighteen league games without a win was over.
South East Division One
Ipswich Town kept themselves in the running for second place with a 2-1 victory against Luton Town. Cassandra Craddock and Natasha Thomas scored the goals for Ipswich, who now trail leaders AFC Wimbledon by seven points, with Funmi Babalola netted Luton's reply.
Actonians Ladies notched up their fourth win in five matches, thanks to a 1-0 success away to Norwich City. Sara Lopez Ezzahiri netted the only goal of the game to boost Actonians' chances of finishing in the top half.
South West Division One
Leaders Southampton Women did not play on Sunday and saw their advantage trimmed to six points by Plymouth Argyle, who defeated Brislington 9-1. Kayley Lane and Becky Dandridge netted two apiece for Argyle, with one apiece from Natasha Knapman, Amber Pollock, Katie Middleton, Kayleigh Brown and Rebecca Atkins. Brislington's consolation goal came from Zoe Gunter.
Southampton Saints held on to third place after they defeated Larkhall Athletic 3-0. Emma Eldridge ensured that Saints led at the interval, before they added second half goals through Roxanne Lee-Stewart and Catherine Browning.
Keynsham Town returned to winning ways when scoring nine times without reply past Cheltenham Town. Kerry Bartlett led the scoring with a hat-trick, Justine Lorton and Cristina Vega Leandro each bagged doubles and the tally was completed by Jade Radburn and Ellie Curson.
Poole Town came from behind to win 2-1 at St Nicholas and they look set to finish in a creditable fifth place in their first season in the league. Cheryl Baber gave St Nicholas an early lead but after weathering pressure from the home side, Rebecca Miles levelled the scores when she curled home a free kick on the stroke of half time and Jessica Fowell sealed the win for Poole with their second goal, just after the hour.
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