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Northern Division One
Hull City picked up the result they needed to confirm themselves as Champions and promoted to the Northern Division next season. Hope Knight netted twice, with Rachael Ackroyd and Liberty Bott adding the others, as Hull ran out 4-0 winners over Mossley Hill to secure the title.
Brighouse Town moved into second place with a 3-1 victory against Crewe Alexandra. Charlotte Proud netted twice and Jodie Redgrave added the other, with Georgina Stebbings replying.
Brighouse have gone on to clinch the runners-up spot by winning 3-0 away to Chorley in midweek. Annabelle Cass gave them the lead and they went on to net further goals through Emma Dobson and Jodie Redgrave.
Bolton Wanderers will end their first season in the league in a very creditable fourth place following their 3-2 success away to Newcastle Utd. Ruby Howard, Emma Pilling and Safron Newhouse were on target for Bolton, with the home side replying through Megan McKenzie and Steph Ord.
Leeds Utd made sure they will finish outside of the bottom two after they won 2-1 at Barnsley. Shelby Morris netted both goals for Leeds, with Barnsley's consolation coming from Amy Woodruff.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes are one game away from finishing the season unbeaten, following their 6-0 victory over Sporting Khalsa. Vicky Brackenbury, Eva Rogers, Tiana Hicks, Chloe Young, Charlotte Cooper and Laura Steele all scored for Loughborough as they recorded their 20th win of the season.
A win in their final match would confirm Burton Albion as runners-up in their first season in the league after they defeated Solihull Moors 4-1 to go second. After looking out of the running at one stage, Jordan Atkin netted a brace along with Hayleigh Sutton and Charlotte Cresswell, after Samantha White had given Solihull an early lead.
TNS Ladies and Sheffield Utd battled out a 2-2 draw, denting the Blades' chances of finishing in second place. Louisa Anderson and Laura Morris netted the goals for TNS, with United responding through Natalie Froggatt and Tania Marsden.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons have hit top spot for the first time this season following their victory over Haringey Borough on Sunday. Louise Naylor and Heather McDonnell each bagged hat-tricks, Leah Cudone and Leanna Doyle both weighed in with doubles and the tally was completed by Kim Farrow, Alice Hughes, Anna Loftus, Dawn Mallett, Laura Mills and Zoe Boote.
The win took MK above long time leaders AFC Wimbledon on goal difference and three days later, they opened up a lead of three points with one match to play. A late goal from Leah Cudone sealed a 1-0 victory against Stevenage Ladies at Stadium mk, their ninth win in just 35 days.
Ipswich Town will have to settle for third place despite winning 2-1 at Luton Town. The Suffolk side have had a fine season and goals from Natasha Thomas and Miagh Downey gave them another victory, with Luton's consolation coming from Jess McKay.
Leyton Orient's first season in the league has resulted in a top four finish, which they secured with a 2-2 draw against Stevenage Ladies. Sarka Stryhalova and Hannah Porter netted the goals for the O's, with Stevenage scoring through Amy Makewell and Becky Scola.
Norwich City picked up their fourth win of the season when beating Cambridge Utd 3-2. Chelsea Garrett (2) and Aimee Durrant were on target for the Canaries, with Amy Howlett and Mollie Coupar replying.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle returned to the top of the table on Wednesday night after scoring nine times without reply past Cheltenham Town. Zoe Cunningham and Becky Dandridge each netted twice along with Natasha Knapman, Katie Middleton, Dani Barr, Darcey Hepworth and Ebony Dover.
On the weekend, the top two met in their return match and this time the points were shared as Southampton Women and Plymouth Argyle finished level at 2-2. Zoe Cunningham scored a second half equaliser for Argyle to add to Becky Dandridge's earlier strike, whilst Philippa Holden and Laura Vokes were on target for Southampton (see match report).
Keynsham Town sealed a third place finish for themselves after beating Southampton Saints 4-1. Kerry Bartlett's first half strike was cancelled out by Catherine Browning but after the break, a stunning 25-yard strike from Cristina Vega Leandro restored Keynsham's lead and the Spanish midfielder netted her second from the penalty spot, before Bartlett also completed her double late on.
Brislington and Larkhall Athletic met for the second time in a matter of days, the teams battling out a 1-1 draw. Polly Wardle was on target for Brislington, with the Larks' goal coming from Kate German.
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