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Holders West Bromwich Albion are through to the Final once again following a 2-1 extra time victory away to Plymouth Argyle. Natalie Murray gave Albion a first half lead and after Vanessa Kinnerley kept them in front by saving a penalty, Helen Bleazard levelled the scores on the stroke of half time. The second half could not produce a winner but with minutes of extra time remaining, Nicole Nymoen grabbed a winner to take her team into the Final and one step away from being the first team to retain the trophy.
Albion must wait to discover who their opponents in the Final will be as the other semi final between Middlesbrough and Watford was postponed.
Northern Premier Division
Sunderland have restored their lead of six points at the top of the table following a 4-0 victory away to Hull City. Georgia Gibson, Keira Ramshaw and Grace McCatty put the Wearsiders three ahead at the interval, before Neve Herron rounded off the scoring late on.
Stoke City put a gap between themselves and Burnley FC Women in fourth and fifth place after winning their meeting 3-0. Natasha Baptiste netted either side of half time to put Stoke two in front, with Faye McCoy adding the third midway through the second half.
Southern Premier Division
Yeovil Town are back in the top three after making their long journey to Gillingham a successful one, returning home with a 2-1 victory under their belts. Sarah Wiltshire gave Yeovil a first half lead and Chloe Lloyd netted the winner with twenty minutes remaining, with Alice Bussey on target for the Gills.
Portsmouth in playing a game shock! Pompey played only their eighth league game of the season but made up for lost time by running out 4-0 winners away to Milton Keynes Dons. Jade Widdows gave Portsmouth the lead five minutes before half time and after the break, Katie James and Rosie McDonnell both scored in a four minute spell and Widdows rounded off the scoring with her second, eight minutes from time.
On Tuesday night, Oxford Utd lifted themselves up into fifth place by beating Milton Keynes Dons 2-1. Cheryl Williams scored a goal in each half to hand the U's their eighth league victory of the season whilst the Dons, who were playing their second match in three days, replied through Mollie Coupar.
Division One North
League leaders Barnsley did not play on Sunday and their advantage was trimmed to two points by Leeds Utd, who were 1-0 winners away to Chorley. Emily Cassidy scored the only goal of the game, seven minutes into the second half, to earn in-form Leeds their seventh win in eight matches.
Brighouse Town received a setback to their title challenge as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle Utd. Beth Gardener was on target for Newcastle, whilst Brighouse scored through Emma Dobson.
Stockport County meanwhile produced a fine result, winning 2-1 away to Liverpool Feds and this has lifted them out of the bottom two. Molly Farley netted the goal for the Feds but strikes from Jess Battle and Ellise Newby gave Stockport only their third league win of the campaign.
Bradford City gave their own survival hopes a huge shot in the arm with a 3-2 success at Norton & Stockton Ancients. Katy Woodcock grabbed a late winner for Bradford to add to earlier goals from Elanna Prothero and Charlotte Stuart, whilst the home side's replies came from Eve Marshall and Bianca Owens.
Division One Midlands
Bedworth Utd moved back into second place with a 2-1 victory over The New Saints. A win would have taken TNS level on points with their opponents but a brace of goals from Kirsty Farnsworth gave Bedworth an important win, whilst Katie Doster hit a consolation for the visitors.
Long Eaton Utd meanwhile put an end to their run of five straight league defeats by beating Lincoln City 2-1, taking themselves above their opponents in the table. Nicola Emery was on target twice for Long Eaton, with Lincoln replying through Emily Atkinson.
Doncaster Rovers Belles' mini revival of three straight wins was halted at Sporting Khalsa, who completed a hat-trick of 2-1 wins for home sides on the day. The Belles did take a sixth minute lead through Eva Madarang but an own goal brought the teams level just before half time and Molly Wright netted the winner with eighteen minutes remaining, sealing a result which takes Khalsa back above the Belles on goal difference.
Division One South East
Leaders Ipswich Town were halted in their tracks as they were beaten 2-0 by Enfield Town. The Tractor Girls had been in fine form in front of goal in recent weeks but after Tyra Mills had given Enfield the lead in first half injury time, Beth Lumsden wrapped up an excellent result for her side with eleven minutes remaining.
Leyton Orient played their first league game for eight weeks and returned to action with a victory, defeating Stevenage Women 3-2. Sophie Le Marchand, Otesha Charles and Francesca Ali all scored a goal apiece for the O's, with Stevenage replying through Ashleigh Deacon and Amy Makewell.
Cambridge Utd are out of the bottom three after winning 1-0 away to Kent Football Utd, who remain at the foot of the table. Emma Jenkins scored the only goal of the game to take the U's closer towards a mid-table position.
Division One South West
Southampton FC have gone five points clear at the top of the table after scoring seven times without reply past Maidenhead Utd. Alisha Ware hit a second half hat-trick after coming on as a substitute, Shannon Albuery contributed a brace whilst Shannon Sievwright and Georgie Freeland added a goal apiece.
Exeter City moved themselves to within a single point of second place as they ran out 5-2 winners over Chesham Utd. The teams had met seven days earlier, sharing the points on that occasion, but this time a Sophie Gillies double, Abbie Britton, Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham and Hope Suominen gave Exeter victory, with the Clarets replying through two Gemma Fraser goals.
Cheltenham Town kept themselves in the hunt with a 1-0 victory over Swindon Town. Georgia Brown scored the only goal of the game as Cheltenham recorded their fourth successive league win.
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