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Leeds City Vixens continue to stretch the pace at the top of the table following their 3-1 victory away to Middlesbrough. Goals from Stacey Daniel, Megan Paul and Michelle Walsh ensured that Leeds preserved their lead of three points, with a game in hand.
Rochdale ensured that they stayed hard on Leeds' heels, thanks to a 4-0 win at Peterlee Town. Anna Rankin and Liz Paul each bagged braces for the Lancashire side.
One other match beat the weather on Sunday and it provided an entertaining 3-3 draw between Blackpool Wren Rovers and Morley Spurs. Fiona Dransfield netted twice and Sam Fleck the other for Blackpool.
Coventry City stay three points clear at the top but were given a scare during their 3-2 victory away to Radcliffe Olympic. Jade Formaston put them ahead early on, before Sarah Green netted twice to put Radcliffe in front. However, the Sky Blues hit back for three precious points as Helen Dermody bagged a double in the last twenty minutes.
Derby County are still looking strong in second place and still possess two games in hand on Coventry. They maintained their challenge by beating Leafield Athletic 4-0, Lauren Steadman giving them a second minute lead with the first of her double and further goals came from Emily Jeffery and Jemma Douglas.
Wolverhampton Wanderers drew for the sixth time in twelve matches as they shared four goals with Copsewood (Coventry). Leona McCook and Leanne McKenna sent Copsewood into a two-goal first half lead before Wolves hit back to earn a share of the spoils via a Nicole Ledgister double, including an injury time equaliser.
West Bromwich Albion stay in fourth place despite being held to a goalless draw by Crewe Alexandra, for whom the point was a vital one in their attempts to get away from the relegation position.
However Crewe are now at the foot of the table after Leicester City claimed a valuable win of their own, 1-0 away to Loughborough Students who are just two points above them. Annie Rudkin scored the all-important goal for Leicester.
South East Combination
With league leaders Enfield Town not having a game, it gave an opportunity for their title rivals to catch up some ground and Welwyn Garden City head the chasing teams following their 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to goals from Jody Lapish, Sophie Thompson and Laveena Betts.
Luton Town ensured that they kept their title challenge on course by winning 4-0 away to Cambridge City. Candice Davies netted twice for the Hatters along with Rebecca Kane and Nicky Livingstone.
Lewes meanwhile lost a little ground as they were held to a 3-3 draw by much improved Norwich City. Kelly Gray was on target twice for Norwich along with Nicola Bray while Lewes replied through a H Whitton brace and Juliette Denny.
Gillingham are out of the bottom two after they won 1-0 at fifth placed Wellingborough Diamonds. Gina Payne scored the only goal of the game, ten minutes from time, to give the new-look Gills side a vital win in which goalkeeper Laura Halfpenny had an outstanding match.
South West Combination
The resignation of AFC Bournemouth has forced a re-calculation of the league table but Queen's Park Rangers are still nine points clear at the top following their 2-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers.
Swindon Town meanwhile claimed an important 2-1 success away to Team Bath which takes them out of the bottom two places. Michelle Rich and Rachel Wheatman were on target for Swindon, with Cheryl Baber netting from a free kick for the home side.
Chesham Utd have their sights set on the top half after they defeated Weston St Johns 6-2. Amy Fisher (2), Tash Sandalls, Sian Williams, Kate Bowers and Katie Milton scored the goals for the Clarets, Weston replying through Laura Bray and Leighanna Slocombe.
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