On the final day of the FA Women’s Premier League season both champions were crowned and there were still places to be decided at the bottom of the table.
Blackburn came from behind to defeat Middlesbrough away from home and celebrate their WPL North title in style, as Wolves beat Nottingham Forest to move off the bottom.
While in the South Division, Charlton finished their emphatic campaign with a triumph over Chichester and head to a Championship play-off with Blackburn next week on a high. Here’s a round-up of the action for the last time this season.
Champions Blackburn capped off their season in the perfect style by coming from behind to triumph 3-2 at Middlesbrough.
Emma Foster opened the scoring within ten minutes for the hosts with a thumping header.
Boro then doubled their lead just before the break, as Emma Kelly put a great ball through to Tyler Dodds and the midfielder slotted home.
But Blackburn proved why they are top of the league with a stunning comeback in the second half, as Tash Fenton got one back after the Boro keeper failed to deal with her cross.
After a penalty claim for Blackburn was denied, Natasha Flint found the net for the visitors to equalise with a fine header at the back post.
Less than five minutes later, Rovers completed the comeback as Lagan Makin made a sparkling run down the left and Saffron Jordan finished off the move with a clean strike.
Jordan said: “Second half we turned it on, it was excellent from the girls, everyone pulled through and it was just good to get the win. We never doubted ourselves at all, we’re all in it together as a team and it’s the most impressive team that I’ve seen and played with.”
Wolves moved off the bottom of the table with an impressive 5-0 victory at Nottingham Forest, extending their unbeaten run to five matches, as captain Anna Price, Billie Haynes, Jade Cross, Williams and Charlotte Criddle got on the scoresheet.
Leicester confirmed second place in the table with a 4-1 victory at Bradford City, with Rosie Axten bagging a hat-trick, all from the penalty spot.
Another away win came in the match between Derby and Stoke, as the visitors hit four with no response, including two goals from Ashleigh Hayes in eight minutes.
Elsewhere, Fylde beat West Brom 2-1 which means the Baggies finish bottom of the Northern Division, and Guiseley Vixens were victorious over Huddersfield by the same scoreline.
Only three games took place today in the South Division, as Charlton’s triumph over Chichester City saw them celebrate the title they had secured last week.
It was the Kit Graham show yet again as the striker scored two and set one up in a 4-1 romp.
She assisted Charlton’s first of the day, teeing up Charlotte Gurr to open the scoring after a quarter of an hour.
Graham then got her first after half-time when her shot was blocked and the rebound fell perfectly at her feet.
After a scrappy goal that was claimed by Gurr, Graham put the icing on the cake and earned the golden boot for the season by turning home a free-kick to seal the victory.
Coventry moved up a place into fourth with a 2-1 win over Lewes, coming from a goal down at home.
Having gone 1-0 down in the first half, Coventry responded with strikes from Jade Formaston and Lois Jefferies to snatch a win on the final day.
It was goals galore in London as West Ham notched up seven against QPR at home, including a hat-trick from Player of the Year Ellie Zoepfl, with the visitors only managing one in reply.
GAME OF THE WEEK
An eight goal-thriller at Rush Green was the highlight this week, as West Ham swept aside QPR 7-1.
Hammers captain Rosie Kmita, picking the ball up in a wide right position, cut-back onto her stronger left foot and whipped the ball in for the first, then Kelly Wealthall doubled the lead before half time.
In the second half, the hosts put three goals past the R’s in five minutes, effectively ending the game, with Jasmine August the first to strike before Zoepfl bagged two in quick succession then her third not long after.
Helen Ogle grabbed a consolation strike for the Hoops, but there was time for one final celebration of the season as Rebecca Dunning, on as a substitute, smashed into the net from the penalty spot.
MANAGER OF THE WEEK
This accolade has to go to the Wolves manager Daniel McNamara after their brilliant win away against Nottingham Forest.
Starting the day at the bottom of the FA Women’s Premier Northern Division, his team continued their good recent form – ending the campaign on a five-match unbeaten run – by notching five goals away from home to jump off the foot of the table.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Ella Pemberton’s wonderful strike for Stoke against Derby gave them a comfortable 3-0 lead before half-time.
Derby couldn’t find a response and that third goal proved vital in sealing the game.