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Northern Division One
Hull City are just one victory away from winning the title after beating one of their main rivals, Brighouse Town, 2-0. Katie Thompson and Natalie Bell scored the goals to put Hull on the verge of success, with three matches left to play.
On Wednesday night, Liverpool Marshalls Feds kept their hopes alive with a 1-0 success away to Crewe Alexandra but they are starting to run out of games. Carla Lee scored the only goal of the game to keep the Feds in second but they trail Hull by five points, with two games remaining.
Bolton Wanderers hold on to fifth place after sharing a 2-2 draw with Barnsley, who picked up a vital point in their quest to climb off the bottom thanks to a double from Alayna Millard.
Chester-le-Street Town made it five wins in six games and have their sights set on a top half finish following their 3-0 victory over Leeds Utd. The Cestrians led at half time through a Laura Hockaday goal and second half strikes from Nichole Goundry-Havery and Kacie Elson sealed the points.
Newcastle Utd are virtually assured of finishing outside of the bottom two, thanks to a 2-0 win away to Crewe Alexandra on Sunday. Both of Newcastle's goals came during the first half, Rhiannon Gray and Steph Ord both finding the net.
Chorley can also breathe a little easier after they won 2-1 at Mossley Hill on Wednesday night, courtesy of late goals from Vicky Coope and Melissa Ball.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes continued their dominance at the top of the table with a 4-1 victory away to TNS Ladies, which keeps their lead of sixteen points. Olivia Bramley netted twice along with Charlotte Cooper and Laura Steele for the title winners, with Charlotte Canlett replying for TNS whose hopes of second place took a blow.
Sheffield Utd remain in the driving seat for the runners-up spot after they defeated Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies 5-1. Nat Shaw led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Hollie Barker and Jordan Spurr, the home side's consolation coming from Charlotte Fisher.
Burton Albion kept their chances of second place alive as they scored seven times without reply past Rotherham Utd. Jordan Atkin netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Hannah Baines, Paris O'Connor, Amelia Robb and Lily Cocking along with an own goal.
Radcliffe Olympic also ran out 7-0 winners away to Steel City Wanderers, courtesy of a Beth Bailey hat-trick, Christina Brewer, Honor Cantrell, Rania Ramadan and Dannielle Saulter.
Long Eaton Utd continue to finish off the season in great form, notching up a 3-0 victory at Leicester City Ladies with a goal apiece from Jade Arber, Rebecca Linsley and Viki Adam.
On Wednesday night, Long Eaton made it six wins in seven matches when beating Solihull Moors 3-1 and this result takes them above their opponents and into the top half of the table. Viki Adam and Jade Arber were again on target for Stuart Wilson's side, along with an own goal.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons returned to action on Sunday by winning 6-2 at Leyton Orient to leapfrog above the home side into third place. Heather McDonnell scored twice along with Vicky Holland, Laura Mills, Louise Naylor and Anna Loftus, the O's replying through Sophie Le Marchand and Lisa Holmback.
MK followed this up on Wednesday night with a 2-0 success away to Stevenage Ladies to continue their title push. Kim Farrow and Heather McDonnell netted the goals to give MK a result which leaves them six points behind leaders AFC Wimbledon, but with three games in hand.
Ipswich Town stay inbetween them in second place and still have a mathematical chance of the title themselves. Natasha Thomas was on target four times as Ipswich had ended Stevenage's recent good run of form by beating them 7-2, she was joined on the scoresheet by Zoe Cossey, Miagh Downey and Roxanne Small. Kristi Burling and Nicole Emmings netted consolation strikes for Stevenage.
The defeats for Stevenage mean that Actonians Ladies climb above them into fifth place after scoring ten times without reply past Haringey Borough. Alessandra Barreca and Carla Williams netted four goals apiece for in-form Actonians, with Sara Lopez Ezzahiri contributing the other two.
Cambridge Utd meanwhile continued their upturn in form with a 1-0 victory over Enfield Town, courtesy of a second half goal from Laura Baker.
South West Division One
Only one match went ahead in the division on Sunday and it saw Keynsham Town return to third place in the table with a 6-1 victory away to Poole Town. Kerry Bartlett and Cristina Vega Leandro netted two goals apiece with Justine Lorton and Michelle Munro adding the others, whilst Poole's reply came from Jemma Tewkesbury (see match report).
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