Blackburn Clinch Northern Division Title

Sunday 26th March 
FA PREMIER LEAGUE
NORTHERN DIVISION

Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Derby County
Fylde 3-0 Newcastle United
Leicester City Women 0-3 Middlesbrough (Att: 43)
Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town (Att: 73)
SOUTHERN DIVISION
Coventry United 1-1 Charlton Athletic (Att: 73)
Lewes 3-0 C&K Basildon (Att: 168)
Portsmouth 1-5 Cardiff City LFC (Att: 66)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Crystal Palace 
MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Birmingham & West Midlands 1-0 Steel City Wanderers (Att: 15)
Rotherham United 0-2 Radcliffe Olympic (Att: 26)
Solihull 2-0 Long Eaton United (Att: 30)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Loughborough Students (Att: 86)
NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Brighouse Town 4-0 Blackpool Wren Rovers (Att: 30)
Chester le Street Town 1-4 Liverpool Marshalls Feds (Att: 20)
Chorley 2-1 Hull City (Att: 60)
Crewe Alexandra 4-2 Guiseley Vixens (Att: 48)
Leeds P-P Morecambe 
SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Actonians 1-1 Cambridge United (Att: 30)
Luton Town 1-1 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 45)
Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Lowestoft Town 
Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town (Att: 40)
Stevenage 4-1 Denham United (Att: 70)
SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Exeter City 2-2 Brislington (Att: 29)
Larkhall Athletic 2-2 Southampton Saints (Att: 20)
Maidenhead United 1-0 Shanklin
Plymouth Argyle 4-1 Basingstoke Town (Att: 50)

Northern Division: Rovers Seal Championship Play-Off Place

Lynda Shepherd converted from the spot after Blackburn’s Ella Toone was brought down in the box but Derby replied before the break with a Leanne De Silva back-post header and Melissa Johnson put them in front 2 minutes after the restart. Saffron Jordan soon levelled and Faye McCoy slotted home a title-winning 83rd-minute goal.

Middlesbrough were 3-0 winners at Leicester, where first-half efforts by Lindsay Halbrook and Emily Scarr were added to by Jess Havelock with 16 minutes to go, as Boro’ strengthened their bid for the runners-up spot.

Stoke are only a point off third place following a 2-0 defeat of Huddersfield. Emily Owen broke the deadlock with a 66th-minute penalty and Kelsey Richardson sealed the victory deep into added time.

Fylde are third after a 3-0 result over Newcastle, who remain adrift at the foot of the table. Danni Young’s 10th-minute effort was the only difference between the sides until very late in the game, when Charlotte Farrell bagged a brace, the first from the spot.

Southern Division: Tottenham Hold Top Spot

Spurs came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 and move three points clear with a game in hand. Gemma Bryan’s early goal was cancelled out on half-time by Bianca Baptiste. The decider came on 78 minutes, Jenna Schillaci’s floated free-kick guided into the bottom corner by Wendy Martin.

Coventry are still a point behind Charlton after a late goal earned them a 1-1 draw. Avilla Bergin latched onto a back pass to round the keeper and slot home, giving the Addicks a 12th-minute lead. United levelled in the dyimg minutes through Jade Formaston and would have won it but for Alex Baker denying Alison Hall.

Cardiff ran in five goals at Portsmouth to go back up to second in the table. Kerry Bartlett got them in front but Laura O’Sullivan had to save a Eilidh Currie penalty to protect it. A stunning Chloe Chivers effort restored the advantage and Laura Williams extended that 10 minutes into the second half. Gemma Hillier hit the bar for the hosts before City netted a fourth. Chivers then scored again and Samantha Quayle got a late consolation.

Lewes rewarded a terrific turnout of 168 fans with a 3-0 win with which they leapfrogged C&K Basildon into sixth. Georgia Bridges headed home on 3 minutes, Sian Heather got the second by the interval and Bridges later bundled in a Rachel Palmer corner.

Midlands Division 1: Neighbourly Loughborough Students

Struggling Loughborough Students frustrated title-chasing Wolves with a late equaliser, to the benefit of leaders Loughborough Foxes. Jade Cross scored on 79 minutes for Wanderers but Alexia Spokes hit back with 2 minutes left for an unlikely point.

Loughborough Students walkout for second-half. (@LSUWFC)

Birmingham & West Midlands sole goal against Steel City lifted them to third, Leah Seivwright on target.

Radcliffe went fifth after scoring both the goals at Rotherham, who slip to tenth.

Solihull went above the Millers into ninth when seeing off Long Eaton 2-0. Georgia Jones and Carly Davies scored in a 17-minute second-half spell.

Northern Division 1: Guiseley Crash To Crewe Defeat

Leaders Guiseley suffered a surprise 4-2 reverse at tenth-placed Crewe. Amanda Fallon scored twice in the first 15 minutes for Alex, teammate Laura Garner scoring in each half, the latter after Charlie Hignett won a spot-kick. Emily Scott netted a penalty to make it 3-1, Alarna Fuller heading the second for Vixens near the end.

Pictured – Crewe Alexandra (Tony Heron)

Hull missed the chance to go top by losing 2-1 at Chorley, despite Katie Thompson putting them ahead. Katherine Bonner and Scarlet Smith turned the game round for the Lancashire side.

Chester le Street are only a point ahead of Liverpool Feds after losing 4-1 at home them. Carina Mendes and Abby Pope scored in the opening 10 minutes. Lyndsey Longhurst and Nat Clark also on the scoresheet as Feds ended their hosts ten-match winning run.

Brighouse’s 4-0 beating of Blackpool Wren Rovers sent them seventh in the table. Jordane Aliison and Jodie Redgrave got one each and Demi Pringle added a couple.

South East Division 1: MK Dons Close Gap On Gills

MK Dons managed only a single Hannah Barrett goal against lowly Lowestoft as they kept up pressure on non-playing leaders Gillingham.

Cambridge stay a point ahead of Actonians with their 1-1 draw. Laura Mills scored for the U’s, Alessandra Barreca levelling with a late penalty.

Luton were held 1-1 by AFC Wimbledon after a late Dons’ leveller. Erica Byron’s 17th-minute effort had the Hatters ahead until deep into stoppage-time.

Norwich edged off the bottom with a 1-1 tie in the East Anglian derby against Ipswich. Kyla Love got the Canaries’ equaliser before half-time, Hollie Clement having got the opener.

Stevenage boosted their survival hopes with a 4-1 win over Denham. United scored first, Donna McGuigan levelled, the visitors then missed a penalty and Rosy O’Connell fired Boro ahead from distance. Kristina O’Connell and a second by McGuigan made sure of the points.

South West Division 1: Pilgrims Progress

Plymouth are ten points behind table-topping Chichester with three games in hand following a 4-1 win at home to Basingstoke. Tash Knapman’s first-half effort was added to by Zoe Cunningham and a quickfire brace by Rebecca Dandridge, Town netting a reply in time added on.

Despite going two goals down and having Molly Booth sent off against Brislington, Exeter banked only their second point off the season, thanks to goals by Charlotte Barnard and Sarah Hill.

Larkhall and Southampton Saints shared four goals, while Maidenhead got the only goal of the game with Shanklin to aid their battle to stay clear of the drop zone, the Isle of Wight side finishing with only nine players.

Pictured top – Northern champions Blackburn. (Colin Shorrock)