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The top two were not in action on Sunday and this allowed Salford Sports to catch up ground in third place, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Morley Spurs with Chelsea Scholes scoring the only goal of the game.
Following their F.A.Women's Cup heroics, Middlesbrough returned to league action but they received a setback in their title challenge as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool Wren Rovers, who netted through Fiona Dransfield. Kate Foster was on target for 'Boro.
Scunthorpe Utd lifted themselves out of the bottom three, thanks to a 3-0 success away to Stockport County.
Coventry City returned to the top of the table following their 3-1 win against Crewe Alexandra. The Sky Blues scored all of their goals in the first half through Nicole Tinto, Helen Dermody (pictured) and Emily Hanson with Anne-Marie Atherton netting a second half consolation for Crewe.
Derby County moved into second place on goal difference, a single point behind Coventry, after they scored eight without reply away to Leicester City. Jemma Douglas opened the scoring for the Rams with Emily Jeffery (2), Amy Pashley and Sinead Morgan also finding the net before half time. An own goal added to their tally on the hour mark before Douglas grabbed her second and Sam Griffiths completed Derby's tally.
TNS & Shrewsbury Town had started the day as league leaders but they are now in third place after they drew 2-2 away to Copsewood (Coventry), whose goalscorers were Nicola Foskett and Jodie McGuckin.
West Bromwich Albion kept their challenge alive, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Kayleigh Steele, Jemma Connor-Iommi and Hayley Phillipowsky were all on target for Albion along with an own goal.
Leafield Athletic leapfrogged Radcliffe Olympic into a mid-table position by defeating them 2-1 thanks to Leigh Dugmore and Fay Birch.
South East Combination
One match managed to beat the weather on Sunday, Welwyn Garden City taking themselves to within one point of the leadership with a 3-1 victory away to Northampton Town. Laveena Betts, Sophie Thompson and Naomi Lyon were all on target for Welwyn.
South West Combination
Two of the league's leading markswomen came face to face on Sunday as Team Bath met Weston St Johns and neither managed to disappoint by scoring both of their side's goals as the match finished level at 2-2. Toni Hemmings twice gave Team Bath the lead with Laura Bray equalising on both occasions and both strikers could have completed hat-tricks late on but were denied by fine saves.
Oxford City recorded their biggest victory of the season so far, netting seven without reply away to Reading Royals. Steph Kubat and Steph Mobbs each netted a hat-trick for Oxford whose other goal came from Lisa Channon.
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