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Watford booked their place in the Final when they won 2-0 away to Middlesbrough on Sunday. The first half was goalless but Anne Meiwald broke the deadlock in Watford's favour with seventeen minutes remaining and Megan Chandler sealed the win in injury time to earn her side a meeting with holders West Bromwich Albion.
Northern Premier Division
Sunderland have gone further clear at the top, extending their lead to eight points with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield FC. Keira Ramshaw gave them a first half lead and they went on to wrap up the win after the break with further goals from Bridget Galloway and Faye Mullen.
Second placed Derby County lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fylde Women. Danielle Young put the Coasters ahead shortly before half time, with the Ewe Rams hitting back to earn themselves a share of the spoils when Callan Barber equalised.
The points were also shared between Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest in another game which finished level at 1-1. Town got off to a great start and took the lead in the opening minute through Lucy Sowerby, with Precious Hamilton salvaging a draw for Forest midway through the second half.
Burnley FC Women returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Loughborough Foxes. Both goals came during the second half, Olivia Greenhalgh opening the scoring at the midway point and an own goal late on securing the points.
West Bromwich Albion meanwhile built on their League Plate semi final win seven days previously by beating Hull City 4-2. Keeley Davies, Harriet James, Leigh Dugmore and Evangeline Gallop all scored a goal apiece for Albion, with Hull replying through Emily Smith and Harley Skinner.
On Wednesday night, Stoke City moved themselves up into third place with a 4-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion. Faye McCoy led the scoring for Stoke with a hat-trick and Amy Hughes added the other goal.
Southern Premier Division
Oxford Utd lifted themselves up to third when they defeated Portsmouth 2-1. Kayleigh Hines gave Oxford the lead midway through the first half, with Pompey equalising ten minutes later through Hayley Bridge. Daisy McLachlan settled matters when she grabbed the winner against her former club, fifteen minutes from time.
Plymouth Argyle kept themselves level on points with Oxford as they won 2-1 against Hounslow Women. Lydia Huntley and Ebony Dover put Argyle two goals ahead at the interval and although Sue Kumaning reduced the arrears early in the second half, the London side could not bring themselves level for what would have been a precious point.
Division One North
League leaders Barnsley were held to a 2-2 draw by Durham Cestria. Sophie Bell netted twice for Barnsley, whilst Jennifer Knowles and Erin Nelson replied as Durham became only the second team to take points off the leaders this season.
The two teams immediately below Barnsley met each other and it was Brighouse Town who kept their title hopes alive by beating Leeds Utd 1-0. Charlotte Proud scored the only goal of the game for Brighouse who remain unbeaten but are ten points off the pace.
Liverpool Feds consolidated themselves in fourth place with a 3-0 victory against Bradford City. Caroline Charlton gave the Feds a fourteenth minute lead and they went on to seal the win with second half strikes from Jodie Mortimer and Jennifer Rogers.
Newcastle Utd maintained their recent improved form as they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-0. Rhiannon Gray was on target twice for Newcastle along with Imogen Longcake and Anna Soulsby.
Norton & Stockton Ancients increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two places when they won 2-1 against Stockport County. Taylor Hebb netted for Norton along with an own goal, whilst County's reply came from Jess Battle.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers now head the table by a huge margin of twelve points after they won 1-0 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Sophie Bramford scored the only goal of the game for Wolves on the stroke of half time.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies are back in second place following their 2-1 victory against Sporting Khalsa. All of the goals came in the second half, Steph Weston putting BWM ahead on the hour and after Khalsa had equalised through Laura McQuilkin, Jessica Lundie grabbed the winning goal deep into injury time.
Bedworth Utd had started the day in second but crashed to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of fast improving Leicester Utd. Chantelle Robinson was on target twice for Leicester along with Lauren Heria, Megan Kenney and Courtney Cropper whilst Jade Formaston and Sophie Wilson both scored for Bedworth.
The New Saints bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to beat Long Eaton Utd 1-0 and consolidate themselves in fourth. Lia Lewis grabbed the game's only goal for TNS during the second half.
Lincoln City scored six times without reply past Solihull Moors and are back up into fifth place. Amy Blinkhorn hit a hat-trick for the Lady Imps, Amy Hunt weighed in with a brace and Abigail Murrell also got on the scoresheet.
Leafield Athletic are out of the bottom three following their 5-2 victory against Burton Albion. Daisy-Mai Clements and Grace Harris each scored twice and Alice Rogers added the other, whilst Burton's replies came from Hanaiya Azhar and Ella Doocey.
Division One South East
A 4-2 victory away to Enfield Town has taken AFC Wimbledon to within a single point of leaders Ipswich Town. Enfield had beaten Ipswich seven days earlier and they scored through Nuala McKevitt and Beth Lumsden but goals from Sarah Wentworth, Elizabeth Berkeley, Rosie Russell and Helen Ogle gave Wimbledon a victory to greatly boost their title challenge.
AFC Basildon also kept up the challenge in third place with a 2-0 win against Leyton Orient. Holly Turner gave Basildon the lead and an own goal wrapped up the points.
Billericay Town stay in contention after scoring five times without reply past Actonians Ladies. Zoe Rushen and Hannah Porter both bagged doubles, with Therese Addison adding the other goal.
Cambridge Utd maintained their recent good form with a 2-1 victory over Stevenage Women, which takes them further away from danger. Kelley Blanchflower and Faith Hewitt scored the goals for the U's, whilst Stevenage's consolation came from Amy Josland.
Cambridge City meanwhile gave their survival chances a shot in the arm as they beat Norwich City 3-1. Charlotte Gillies netted twice and Karly Tolentino the other as City picked up only their second league win of the season, Chelsea Garrett was on target for Norwich.
Division One South West
Southampton Women are just two points off the pace after they won 2-1 against third placed Exeter City. Laura Vokes gave Southampton an early lead which was cancelled out by Daniella Tyson, before Kellie Warren netted a second half winner (see match report).
Cheltenham Town have gone level on points with Exeter following their 3-1 success away to Maidenhead Utd. Ella Hitchcox scored a goal in each half and Annie Martin added the other, whilst the home side's consolation came from Kate La Cumbre.
Chesham Utd moved up to fifth on the back of a 4-1 victory over Swindon Town. Gemma Fraser and Eden Kibrom put the Clarets two goals up and although Lauren Kayll quickly reduced the arrears, Aaliyah Charles restored the two-goal advantage before half time and Fraser rounded off the scoring with her second, five minutes from time.
Buckland Athletic and Brislington battled out a 3-3 draw in which the visitors came from two goals behind to salvage a point. Sarah Stacey and Abigail Meyer put Buckland two up at half time and after Zoe Gunter reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, Alex Hugh netted a third for the Devon side. Georgia Vandries pulled another goal back on the hour and Kim Maggs completed the comeback when she scored the equaliser via another penalty.
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