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Northern Premier Division
Blackburn Rovers made it nineteen wins in twenty matches with a 5-2 success away to Nottingham Forest. The Champions now have a lead of fifteen points; however they found themselves two behind at half time after Katie Middleton and Precious Hamilton both scored in a four minute spell. Saffron Jordan pulled one back after the break and Lynda Shepherd equalised on the hour, before Natasha Flint completed the turnaround four minutes later. Jordan then scored her second and Sophie Charlton rounded off the scoring for Rovers in injury time.
Two of the teams in the running for the runners-up spot met each other and it was Huddersfield Town who greatly boosted their chances with a 2-1 win away to Sunderland. Brittany Sanderson and Lucy Sowerby scored the goals for Town, with the home side replying through Niamh McLaughlin.
Derby County remain firmly amongst the challengers for second place but may well have dealt a fatal blow to Middlesbrough's hopes by beating them 2-0. After a goalless first half, Monique Watson opened the scoring for Derby just before the hour and Jodie Redgrave wrapped up the win with the second, nine minutes from time.
Stoke City and Fylde Ladies remain in sixth and seventh respectively after their meeting culminated in a 2-2 draw. Danielle Young gave the Coasters a third minute lead, with Emily Owen equalising soon afterwards. Owen completed her double early in the second half to put Stoke in front for the first time, before Emily Hollinshead earned Fylde a share of the spoils, twenty minutes from time.
Southern Premier Division
League leaders Coventry Utd were held to a 1-1 draw by Queen's Park Rangers, who picked up another valuable point in their quest to avoid finishing at the bottom. Nikki Miles had given Coventry the lead on the half hour but midway through the second half, Kasha Petit scored to give Rangers their best result of the season so far.
Plymouth Argyle have leapt up into fifth place on the back of a 3-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons. Natasha Knapman's early goal for Argyle was cancelled out two minutes later by Amy Gooderham, but Jessie Jones ensured that Plymouth were back in front before half time. Knapman went on to seal the points for her second when she scored her second goal after the break.
Portsmouth meanwhile made it four wins in a row in all competitions with a 2-0 success away to Gillingham. Katie James and Eilidh Currie scored second half goals to earn Pompey a result which puts a ten point gap between the two teams.
Division One North
Burnley FC Women are just one point away from being crowned as Champions following their 3-2 win away to Morecambe. Sarah Greenhalgh was on target twice for the Clarets along with Elizabeth Hamer, whilst Morecambe replied through Yasmine Swarbrick and Jessica Tait.
Brighouse Town scored five times without reply past Crewe Alexandra and this has taken them to within one point of second placed Chester-le-Street Town, who did not play. Lavinia Nkomo netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Brown, Annabelle Cass and Charlotte Proud.
Liverpool Feds warmed up for this week's League Plate Final by winning 3-0 at Newcastle Utd. Rosie Kinvig gave the Feds a first half lead, before Nicola James and Amy Seagraves added further goals in the final ten minutes to seal a win which takes them fourth.
Barnsley still have an outside chance of a top two finish, which they kept alive with a 5-1 victory over Chorley. They raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening twenty minutes, thanks to a Drew Greene brace and Sophie Bell, and although Katy Morris pulled one back for Chorley, Barnsley went on to crown the win iwth further goals from Melissa Woodhouse and Shannon Durkin.
Leeds Utd are in mid-table after battling out a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers, who have now gone seven league games since their last victory - which came against Champions elect Burnley.
Division One Midlands
West Bromwich Albion are also just a solitary point away from clinching the title - and an immediate return to the top flight - after they won 5-0 against fourth placed Bedworth Utd. The league's last remaining unbeaten team scored through a Hannah George brace, Natalie Murray, Gabriella Reid and Lauren Price.
Nettleham look likely to end their first season in the league in mid-table following their 3-0 victory over Burton Albion. Ella Thompson-Moulding gave Nettleham the lead just after the half hour mark and they went on to add further goals in the second half from Heather Pettit and Olivia Leslie.
Solihull Moors won for only the second time this season and completed a double over Steel City Wanderers when beating them 2-1. Hannah Vincent and Amelia Kirk scored late goals to earn Solihull the points, whilst the Steels' consolation came from Lucy Ridley.
Division One South East
After going down to their first defeat of the season seven days earlier, Crawley Wasps made a swift return to winning ways with a 6-1 success against Cambridge Utd, which means they need to win one of their remaining four games to be sure of the title. Amy Green and Darcey James put Crawley two ahead at half time, before Megan Stow netted a second half double along with further strikes from Kemina Webber and Rachel Palmer, whilst Mollie Coupar replied for Cambridge.
Actonians Ladies have moved back into the top three, seven points behind Billericay Town, following their 3-0 win at Luton Town who now looked destined to finish in the bottom two. The first half was goalless but Alesssandra Barreca put Actonians in front within a minute of the restart, with Carla Williams and Jennifer Laidlaw going on to add further goals.
The win takes Actonians above Leyton Orient who were beaten 4-0 by Enfield Town. Molly Peters scored a goal in each half, with Claire Ford and Lily Bruno also on target to help keep Enfield firmly in the running for a top three finish.
AFC Wimbledon put a gap of five points between themselves and Ipswich Town after winning their meeting 2-0. Georgia Heasman opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half, with Sophie Manzi scoring the second goal another ten minutes later.
Division One South West
Keynsham Town made sure of lifting the title as they ran out 5-0 winners away to Southampton Saints. After Laura Williams had given them an eighth minute lead, Kerry Bartlett then hit a first half hat-trick and went on to add a fourth after the break to round off a result which confirms they will be returning to the top flight.
Cheltenham Town drew to within one point of second placed Southampton Women, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Chesham Utd. Annie Martin bagged a hat-trick and Abby Bevan added the other goal to boost Cheltenham's challenge for the runners-up spot.
Buckland Athletic maintained their own chase for a top two place by beating Brislington 6-1. Sarah Stacey kept up her good form in front of goal by hitting a hat-trick and Thierry-Jo Gauvain weighed in with a brace, whilst Abigail Meyer adding the other for the Bucks before Shannon Osman grabbed an injury time consolation for the home side.
Larkhall Athletic made it seven points from their last three games when they scored seven times without reply past Poole Town. Adele Hooper and Emily Harrington each scored twice for the Larks along with Lizzie Barratt, Carly Bryant and Kate German.
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