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Liverpool went to the top of the Northern Division with a 3-2 victory away to Preston North End on Wednesday night.
Sarah McCrea opened the scoring for Preston on the quarter hour from a Hannah Bailey cross but the lead lasted just minutes, Kelly Jones levelling the scores for Liverpool. Cheryl Foster then put the Reds in front with a deflected effort just after the half hour. Foster netted her second to extend the lead early in the second half but Liverpool needed to hold on in the final fifteen minutes after Alison Taberner reduced the arrears from a free kick.
Liverpool head the table by a point from Aston Villa, who lifted themselves into second place as goals from Louise Fellows and Dani Petrovic gave them a 2-0 win against Luton Town.
Leicester City and Derby County battled out a 2-2 draw in a thrilling local derby played in adverse conditions. A 35-yard thunderbolt from Jenni Anslow gave Derby a first half lead and the second half continued in the same vein with no quarters given. Leicester pulled level via a fine strike by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and they nosed in front with three minutes remaining when Sweetman-Kirk smashed home a 25-yard free kick for her second goal. Derby weren't finished a grabbed a share of the spoils in injury time through an equaliser from Maria Wayne.
Newcastle Utd won for the first time, 6-2 away to Leeds City Vixens. Rachel Furness struck the post early on for Newcastle but they went ahead through Steph O'Brien and Kelly Ridley added a second from the penalty spot. Stacy Crooks netted either side of half time before Stacey Daniel pulled a goal back for Leeds and Crooks duly completed her hat-trick. O'Brien bagged her second before Ruth Cockerill scored a late consolation for Leeds via a long range free kick.
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