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Sunderland have reached the Final after a hard fought 1-0 victory against Southampton FC on Sunday. The Division One South West leaders gave a good account of themselves but a header, eleven minutes into the second half, from Charlotte Potts sent the former winners into their first Final, against Stoke City, since returning to the league and move them closer towards a potential League and Cup 'double'.
Watford booked themselves a long trip to Middlesbrough in the semi finals after running out 4-0 winners away to Chichester City. Emma Beckett and Helen Ward put the Golden Girls two ahead inside the opening ten minutes and they went on to crown the win with further goals from Megan Chandler and Danielle Scanlon.
Bolton Wanderers' hopes of emulating their feat of reaching the League Cup semi finals came to an end at the last hurdle as they were beaten 4-1 by West Bromwich Albion. Leigh Dugmore netted twice along with Jade Arber and Harriet James, whilst Bolton's consolation came from Rachel Hindle. Albion are now away to Plymouth Argyle in the last four, completing a strong looking semi final line up.
Northern Premier Division
With league leaders Sunderland in League Cup semi final action, Derby County took the opportunity to narrow the gap on them to three points by scoring seven times without reply past Middlesbrough. Ellie Gilliatt had a great day in front of goal as she netted four times in total, Rosie Axten scored on her debut and they were joined on the scoresheet by Amy Sims and Hannah Keryakoplis.
Nottingham Forest continue to chase hard in third and kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over Fylde Women, their fifth league win in a row. Helena Constantinou grabbed an injury time winner which means that Forest are seven points off the pace, adding to Rebecca Rayner's earlier strike whilst Laura Merrin netted a consolation for the Coasters.
Stoke City and Huddersfield Town produced another closely fought match and this time the points were shared as they finished level at 1-1. Kate Mallin gave Town the lead midway through the first half, with Ella Pemberton earning Stoke a share of the spoils with the equaliser, seventeen minutes from time.
Southern Premier Division
Crawley Wasps opened up a nine point lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory over Chichester City on Wednesday night. A hard fought Sussex derby match was decided just before half time, when Kemina Webber scored the only goal of the game.
Yeovil Town moved themselves to within a single point of fourth placed Plymouth Argyle after winning their meeting 3-0. Ann Marie Heatherson gave Yeovil the lead just before half time and they went on to seal the points after half time, thanks to further goals from Sarah Wiltshire and Jenna Markham.
Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile continued their resurgence with a 4-0 success away to Hounslow Women, a result which takes them up into mid-table. Jessica Driscoll was on target twice for MK along with Mollie Coupar and Leah Littlechild.
Division One North
In the only match to be played in the division on the weekend, leaders Barnsley restored their five point advantage by winning 3-2 at Liverpool Feds. The first half was goalless but the Feds were in front within a minute of the restart, thanks to Emily Curteis. Melissa Woodhouse and Laura Bartup both netted in a five minute spell to turn the match around in Barnsley's favour and they sealed the points with a third goal from Amy Woodruff, despite a late reply from Jennifer Rogers.
Division One South East
Ipswich Town have opened up a lead of four points after scoring seven times without reply against Stevenage Women. The Tractor Girls took their tally to seventeen goals in two matches in a matter of days as Amy-Leigh Abrehart led the scoring with a hat-trick, Eloise King weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Lindsey Cooper and Molly Sutherland.
AFC Basildon kept up their recent fine run of form by beating Kent Football Utd 6-2 to narrow the gap on second place. Holly Turner bagged a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Gemma Abela, Kelly Wealthall and Cerys Adams, while the visitors replied through Charley MacNeil and Amy Russ.
Billericay Town got back to winning ways and revived their challenge with a 4-1 victory over Norwich City. Karissa Rodney was on target twice along with Therese Addison and Lucy Jones, whilst Aimee Durrant netted a consolation for Norwich.
Division One South West
In the only match to go ahead, Chesham Utd and third placed Exeter City battled out a 2-2 draw. Megan Robinson gave Exeter an eleventh minute lead but two goals in a three minute spell during the second half turned matters around in Chesham's favour. Anthea Kaptein salvaged a point for Exeter when she equalised with four minutes remaining.
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