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National League round-up

League Cup

Brighouse Town stormed into the last eight with a superb 4-1 extra time victory away to Northern Premier Division table toppers Derby County. Leah Embley, Shauna Legge, Danielle Whitham and Imogen Porteous-Williams were all on target for Brighouse, whilst Derby's consolation came from Sophie Domingo.


The other tie also saw something of a surprise result as Liverpool Feds edged past Wolverhampton Wanderers on a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a 3-3 draw. Rosie Kinvig, Erin Slade and Jennifer Rogers all scored for the Feds, with Wolves netting through Kelly Darby, Beth Merrick and Laura Cooper, before the Feds triumphed 3-2 from the spot.


League Plate

Nottingham Forest marched into the quarter finals of the League Plate on the back of a 5-1 win away to Bedworth Utd. Niamh Reynolds, Rachel Brown, Hayley James, Amy West and Sophie Bonser were all on target for Forest, with Milly Miller replying.


Northern Premier Division

Fylde Women moved themselves to within three points of league leaders Derby County by winning 2-0 against Loughborough Lightning. Faye McCoy scored both goals for the Coasters, both from the penalty spot, to keep them firmly in the title race.


Burnley FC Women meanwhile cemented their position in the top half, thanks to a 3-1 victory away to Middlesbrough. Sarah Greenhalgh, Millie Ravening and Elizabeth Hamer all netted a goal apiece, before 'Boro grabbed a late consolation through Jessica Foster.


West Bromwich Albion continue to make their way up the league and are firmly in mid-table following their 1-0 win against Stoke City, given to them by a solitary strike from Shannon Stamps.


Southern Premier Division

Leaders Ipswich Town head the table by six points but were held to a 1-1 draw by Portsmouth. Natasha Thomas was on target for Ipswich but a goal from Evie Gane earned Pompey their best result of the season to date.


Milton Keynes Dons made it two wins on the trot when scoring five times without reply past Hounslow Women. Cherrelle Albert netted a brace for the Dons and she was joined on the scoresheet by Laura Bright, Marianne Taho and Sofia Stovold.


Plymouth Argyle also notched up their second league victory of the season, 5-1 away to Cardiff City Ladies. Gabi Alphous scored a goal in each half along with Zoe Cunningham, Amber Pollock and Emily Eaton, with Cardiff's consolation coming from Kelly Isaac.


Division One North

While leaders Liverpool Feds were in League Cup action, Newcastle Utd took the chance to narrow the gap on them to five points by scoring ten times without reply past FC United of Manchester. Lauren Robson led the scoring with a hat-trick, Katie Barker weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Georgia Gibson, Beth Guy, Rachel Lee and Keira Skelton along with an own goal.


Durham Cestria are up into fourth place following their 3-1 local derby victory over Chester-le-Street Town. Erin Nicholson, Amy Richardson and Jordan Atkinson scored the goals for the Wildcats, with Nichole Havery replying.


Barnsley meanwhile continued their climb away from trouble by winning 2-1 at Norton & Stockton Ancients. Emily Brett's early goal for Barnsley was cancelled out by Victoria Burton, before Emily Pierrepont netted the winner with ten minutes remaining.


Division One Midlands

The withdrawal of Holwell Sports has meant a recalculation of the table and it is Doncaster Rovers Belles who have a lead of four points following their 2-2 draw against fourth placed Boldmere St Michaels. Jessica Price and Lauren Breen scored for the Belles, whilst the Mikes netted through Jessica Lundie and Ella Thompson-Moulding.


Second placed Lincoln City were unable to make up any ground on the Belles as they also drew, 3-3 against Sporting Khalsa. The scoreline does not tell the full story though as Khalsa had raced into a three-goal lead thanks to Chloe Handy, Louisa Anderson and Megan Cann, before Lincoln hit back to earn themselves a share of the spoils with strikes from Toni McHamilton, Jessica Rousseau and Leah Hardy.


Leek Town moved themselves back into the top five as they defeated third placed Long Eaton Utd 4-0. All of the goals came in the second half, Mollie Garner opening the scoring for Leek before they went on to add further goals through Paris O'Connor, Cassie Hyde and Katie Maya.


Division One South East

League leaders Hashtag Utd went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by third placed Actonians Ladies. Sharon Odofin gave Actonians the points with the only goal of the game during the first half (see match report).


Hashtag were able to hang on to the leadership by a single point as second placed Billericay Town were held to a goalless draw by AFC Wimbledon.


London Seaward moved into fourth place in the table after drawing for the seventh time this season, 2-2 against Norwich City. Natasha Snelling and Freya Fuller were on target for Norwich, while Seaward replied through Abbey Dell and Maisie Cannon.


Cambridge City went back into a mid-table position, courtesy of a 5-3 victory against Harlow Town. Karly Tolentino netted two of the goals for City along with Zynia Delglyn, Grace Stanley and Ellie Cullum.


Division One South West

In the one match to go ahead on Sunday, Portishead Town won 3-2 away to Swindon Town to move themselves into fourth place. Emily Lindsey's early strike for Portishead was cancelled out by Megan Attenborough, with Lindsey netting a second to restore her side's lead at half time. Attenborough levelled things up once again after the break but it was Portishead who were to have the final say, Shannon Holloway scoring the winner with eight minutes remaining.


Reserve Section round-up...

Huddersfield Town are back on top of the Northern Division after they won 4-1 away to Liverpool Feds. Macy Ellis, Kayley Hird, Sian Gibrill-Keating and Laura Hulme all scored a goal each to take their side back above Middlesbrough. Durham Cestria meanwhile defeated Hull City 6-1 thanks to strikes from Rebecca Henderson, Rebecca Bell, Anna Vince and Beth Enguita as well as two own goals. Hannah Markey netted both goals for Bradford City as they shared a 2-2 draw with Stockport County, who responded with a brace from Megan Bradley.


Wolverhampton Wanderers extended their Midland Division lead to seven points by winning 4-1 away to third placed Loughborough Lightning. Nottingham Forest meanwhile lost ground in second as their match with West Bromwich Albion finished goalless. Chantelle Teare scored twice along with Amy Hare and Hannah Sparkes, with Millie Quaintance replying. Ava Suckley hit a hat-trick for Stoke City in their 5-2 victory at Solihull Moors, Lauren Wilshaw and Alicia Hatton adding the others. Doncaster Rovers Belles continue to improve, Jessica Woods netting twice in their 2-2 draw against Leicester City, for whom Duclibella Binns scored both.


South East Division leaders Hashtag Utd went down to only their second defeat of the season, beaten 3-2 by Norwich City. Katie Walker bagged a brace for Norwich and Holly Williams added the other, whilst the Tags' replies came from Molly Bowness and Lily Wolstenholme. Cambridge City lifted themselves up into third place with a 4-0 success away to Cambridge Utd in their local derby. Ruby Austin was on target twice for City along with Rosanna Mead and Shannon Shaw.


The only match played in the South Central Division was a clash between two of the top three teams, with Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic battling out a 2-2 draw. Tiffany Balfour, along with an own goal, gave the Addicks a result which means they have gone five points clear at the top, whilst Palace scored through Ella-Mai Coutts and Rhianna Major.


Kaylee Buckingham led the scoring with a four-goal haul as Southampton FC Women won emphatically against Chichester & Selsey. Sky Bedwell (2), Emilie Castagna (2), Caitlin Morris, Millicent Mott and Shannon Sievwright added the others for the Saints who now head the South West Division by nine points. Summer Kilby, Jenna Markham, Niamh Nicholls and Leah Webster scored for Bridgwater Utd as they beat Lewes Development 4-1 to go second. Keynsham Town meanwhile claimed their first victory, winning 2-1 away to Portsmouth.

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