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Northern Premier Division
The battle to finish in second place behind Champions Blackburn Rovers will go to the final day of the season, with three teams still in with a chance. Due to a much superior goal difference, a win ought to be enough for Sunderland but Derby County have moved level on points with them after beating Sheffield FC 1-0. Cara Newton scored the only goal of the game with fourteen minutes remaining, to keep Derby in the hunt.
Huddersfield Town are a further point behind in fourth, following their 5-2 victory over Guiseley Vixens. Lucy Sowerby led the scoring for Town with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Laura Elford and Kate Mallin, with Guiseley's replies coming from Monika Estere Stube and Charlotte Gill.
Fylde Ladies meanwhile won 3-2 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles, a result which means the home side look likely to finish in the bottom two. Georgia Stevens scored an injury time winner for the Coasters, to add to earlier strikes from Georgia Payton and Sadie Mitchell, whilst on target for the Belles were Izzy Whittle and Abby Watkinson.
* On Wednesday night, Blackburn Rovers returned to league action with a 9-1 victory away to Bradford City. Natasha Flint bagged a hat-trick, taking her tally for the season to 40 in all competitions, Lagan Makin and Sophie Charlton each netted twice and there was one apiece from Natasha Fenton and Carra Jones.
Southern Premier Division
Title winners Coventry Utd made the long trip to Plymouth Argyle and returned with a 5-2 victory under their belts. Amber Hughes gave Coventry a first half lead which was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Katie Middleton. Amy Wathan put Coventry back in front and Hughes netted her second, and although Helen Bleazard pulled one back for Argyle, Rosie McDonnell restored the two-goal advantage and Hughes completed her hat-trick in injury time.
Cardiff City Ladies will finish in second place - their highest ever position - after winning 2-1 away to Milton Keynes Dons. The home side led through a goal from Charly Clarke on the half hour but Nadia Lawrence levelled just after half time and Jordan Guard scored what proved to be the winner for Cardiff.
Chichester City are another team which will achieve the highest finishing place in their history, guaranteeing themselves a top three spot with a 3-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers. Lauren Cheshire, Natasha Stephens and Tammy Waine were all on target for the Sussex side.
Oxford Utd were 2-0 winners away to Portsmouth and this means that they will finish in the top four. Both goals came during the first half, Georgia Timms putting the U's in front on the half hour and Emily Allen adding the second on the stroke of half time.
Watford moved back up into fifth place after they defeated C & K Basildon 3-1. Second half goals from Alysha Stojko-Down, Leanne Bell and Adekite Fatuga-Dada gave Watford the points, with Sophie Kelly replying.
Loughborough Foxes scored five times without reply past Gillingham and this keeps them in with a chance of taking a top half place. Eva Rogers, Becky McGrother and Rebecca Knight put Loughborough three ahead inside the opening seventeen minutes, with Knight and Katie McLoughlin adding further goals during the second half.
Division One North
Burnley FC Women keep on winning and have a lead of eleven points after they beat Newcastle Utd 2-1 on Sunday. Evie Priestley and Elizabeth Hamer put the title winning Clarets two ahead at the interval, with Steph Ord replying for Newcastle during the second half.
Chester-le-Street Town registered another important point with a 2-2 draw away to Liverpool Feds, and this leaves them in the driving seat for the runners-up spot with one match left to play. The Feds led at half time through a goal from Jodie Mortimer, with Lucy Jackman and Kacie Elson both scoring to put the Cestrians ahead after the break. Emily Douglas scored with fifteen minutes remaining to earn the Feds a share of the spoils and leave them certain of a top half place.
Barnsley's hopes of a top two finish came to an end as they battled out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium. After Kathryn Smith had given Barnsley a first half lead, Bolton hit back through Rosie Havelin and a superb strike from Nicola Worthington, before Darcie Greene earned Barnsley a point with ten minutes remaining.
Chorley meanwhile resumed their good end to the season by running out 4-0 winners at Crewe Alexandra. Ellie Mills and Beth Donoghue put the Lancashire side two ahead at half time, before Katy Morris increased their lead on the hour and Donoghue netted her second.
What a game between Norton & Stockton Ancients and Morecambe, which ended with the teams sharing a remarkable twelve goals between them! Nyci Thorns scored five times for Norton but still did not end up on the winning side, with Bianca Owens adding their other goal. Jess Tait meanwhile replied with a hat-trick for Morecambe, Natalie Broad weighed in with a brace and Melissa Brown was also on target.
Division One Midlands
West Bromwich Albion are just one game away from completing a perfect league season, taking their record to 19 wins in 19 matches with a 6-0 success away to Burton Albion. Francesca Orthodoxou and Keeley Davies each scored twice for Albion, along with Harriet James and Jessica Davies.
Albion's opponents in their final game will be runners-up Wolverhampton Wanderers, who also scored six times without reply away from home, this time against Nettleham. Wolves led at the break through a goal from Anna Price, with Jess Jennings adding a second after the hour. Jade Cross, not long on as a substitute, then hit a quickfire hat-trick and Billie Haynes rounded off the scoring late on.
The New Saints completed a trio of away victories by winning 4-0 at Solihull Moors. Emily Ridge was on target twice along with Jodie Bragan and Kim Bebbington.
Division One South East
Billericay Town won a high scoring affair, 6-3 against Actonians Ladies as second took on third. Zoe Rushen hit a hat-trick for Billericay along with Jay Blackie, Danica Dougal and Freya Fuller whilst Actonians replied through a Mariko Engels brace and Melissa Jung.
Enfield Town rekindled their chances of finishing in the top three, thanks to a 3-0 victory away to Cambridge Utd. Nuala McKevitt gave them the lead just before half time, with Claire Ford adding the second just after half time and Molly Peters completing the scoring late on.
Natasha Thomas scored a second half hat-trick, after coming on as a substitute at the break, to help Ipswich Town to a 5-2 victory over Luton Town, who are now certain to finish in the bottom two. Charlotte Kellett and Paige Wakefield added Ipswich's other goals, whilst Luton's replies came from Remi Bains and Jess McKay.
Stevenage Ladies meanwhile edged out Norwich City by the odd goal in five. Ashleigh Deacon netted twice and Amy Makewell the other for Stevenage, with Aimee Durrant and Natasha Snelling replying.
* On Tuesday night, Denham Utd picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw with Crawley Wasps, to keep alive their survival hopes. Denham led for much of the game through a Lauren Cox goal, before Kemina Webber equalised for Crawley with eight minutes remaining.
Division One South West
Keynsham Town saw their season come to an end with a 1-1 draw away to Chesham Utd. The Clarets took the lead early on through Gemma Fraser and they held on until two minutes from time, when substitute Ellison Roberts struck to ensure that Keynsham end their title winning season with only one defeat against their name.
Cheltenham Town attracted a club record crowd to their clash with Swindon Town at the Jonny Rocks Stadium but had to settle for a 2-2 draw against their improving opponents. Cerys Dolloway opened the scoring for Cheltenham in the third minute but Swindon were soon back on level terms through Alice Telling and Milly Colford then put the Wiltshire side in front just before half time. Georgia Brown salvaged a point for Cheltenham via a late penalty but the draw brings an end to their remaining hopes of finishing as runners-up.
Buckland Athletic have moved themselves to within two points of third placed Cheltenham after beating Maidenhead Utd 3-0. Sarah Stacey hit a hat-trick to ensure that Buckland will finish at least in the top four in their first season in the league.
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