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One win in their remaining two games will effectively clinch the Northern Combination title for Rochdale after they recorded a huge win over Darlington RA on Sunday. Anna Renken was on target seven times and Chantelle Parry added six, Rachael Wood contributed a hat-trick and the others came from Steph Bell (2), Clare Sykes (2), Holly Newman (2), Sarah Buffel and Jennie Cummins.
Middlesbrough can no longer mathematically win the league but they remain in the hunt for second place following a 7-1 success away to Tranmere Rovers. Nicky Duckling netted twice, with one apiece from Kate Foster, Sarah Manning, Steph Turnbull, Lindsey Stephenson and Rachie Hines.
South Durham Royals suffered a setback to their lingering title hopes as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wakefield, who picked up another important point in their battle to keep out of the bottom two. Tracey Swailes was on the scoresheet for the Royals.
Liverpool Feds got back to winning ways and moved up to fourth place with a 2-0 win away to Scunthorpe Utd, both goals coming from Jenny Perischine.
Chelsea Scholes and Fay Abrehart, via the penalty spot, were on target as Salford Ladies boosted their chances of a top half finish by winning 2-1 at Bradford City.
Coventry City are one game away from completing their successful season with an unbeaten record but on Sunday they conceded points for only the second time in the campaign, being held to a goalless draw by Leafield Athletic who have now edged closer to safety.
Sporting Club Albion remain in line for the runners-up spot but they went down to a 3-2 defeat at home to Stoke City, who still have their eyes on a top half place. Kate Asher netted twice for Stoke, with Emma Sanders adding the other goal.
Leona McCook, Amanda Walley and Jodie McGuckin were all on the scoresheet as Copsewood (Coventry) consolidated themselves in fifth place with a 3-2 victory away to Crewe Alexandra.
Hayley Packer was the hero for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they won 3-1 at Loughborough Foxes, the striker bagging a hat-trick to steer her side to the three points.
South East Combination
One more win will suffice for Gillingham to be crowned as Champions after they moved ever closer with a 3-1 success at Ipswich Town. Deanna Cooper, Charlotte Abbott and an own goal earned the points for the Gills and completed a successful week for the club.
Norwich City made sure that they still retain hopes of catching the Gills, keeping their title challenge alive by winning 4-1 away to Milton Keynes Dons. Aileen Whelan put the Dons ahead on the half hour, before Norwich hit back with a double from Beth Bygrave, with Paige Shorten and Nicola Bray also on the scoresheet.
South West Combination
The top two teams in the table met each other on Sunday and it was Chesham Utd who emerged as 2-1 winners over Havant & Waterlooville, to see themselves assume the leadership for the first time this season. Shan Woodward netted both goals for Chesham, including the winner via a second half penalty.
Newquay kept their hopes alive with a narrow 1-0 victory over Oxford City, avenging their defeat at the hands of City last month.
Plymouth Argyle lifted themselves into fourth place, thanks to a 6-0 win away to Cullompton Rangers. Laura Perrett was on target twice, along with Charlie Carter, Natasha Knapman, Rachael Javan and Rebekah Rose.
It has been a long season for Reading Town and things are not getting much better, being on the receiving end of two huge defeats in a double header against Forest Green Rovers in which the home side netted double figures in each fixture.
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