Sheffield FC Ladies champions for third year running

Celebration time again for Sheffield FC Ladies - they now face a play off for a place in The FA Women's Super League 2
Celebration time again for Sheffield FC Ladies - they now face a play off for a place in The FA Women's Super League 2
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Sheffield FC Ladies are FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division champions.

The confirmation came on Wednesday when Coventry City, who had been docked six points for fielding an ineligible player in two matches which they won in April, announced that they would not appeal the decision.

Jodie Michalska scored yet another hat-trick for Sheffield in their 3-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers and she scored the first two in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sporting Club Albion. Emma Johnson converted a late penalty as Sheffield completed their home fixtures with a 100% record, the only team in the six-division strong FAWPL to not drop a home point.

Sheffield, who conclude their regular season on Sunday when they visit Albion in the return fixture, will meet Southern Division champions Portsmouth on Sunday May 24 in a one-off challenge match for a place in WSL 2.It is the third season running that Sheffield have finished Northern Division champions, but because of the expansion of the FAWSL and re-shaping of the FAWPL, they were unable to climb higher.

Portsmouth’s W-D-L record from their 22 league games is 18-2-2 with a goals record of 62-25. Sheffield’s is currently 18-2-1 and 73-19.

It is first v second in FA Women’s Super League 2 tomorrow when Doncaster Rovers Belles host Reading at the Keepmoat (6.30pm).

Both recorded home wins last Saturday so Belles maintained their three-point advantage thanks to a 5-1 victory over London Bees.

Belles went ahead through Bethany England only to be pegged back by a stunning strike from Ashleigh Goddard.

But Belles made a strong start to the second half thanks to goals from Emily Roberts, Sue Smith and England. Roberts netted her second in the last 10 minutes.

With Reading boasting England striker Fran Kirby, who scored six times against Belles last season, Belles’ defending will need to be more watertight than against Bees, who caused a few anxious moments.

Reading ended Everton’s unbeaten start and are now three points clear of the third-placed Merseysiders.

Midlands Division One safety is all but assured for Steel Wanderers following their 2-1 win at Leicester City Ladies through.

Lucy Smith and Maria Burns goals keep Steels ahead of Mansfield on goal difference.

Only a 14 goal defeat at home to Reedswood on Sunday would condemn Steels to relegation.

Rotherham concluded their season with a 4-1 defeat at Leafield Athletic, Bradie Wild scoring.