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Rochdale moved back to the top of the Northern Combination, thanks to an 8-1 victory away to Bradford City.
Rachael Davies gave Rochdale an early lead and they quickly added further goals through Rachael Wood and Lizzie Paul, who went on to complete a hat-trick ahead of half time. Holly Newman netted the sixth after the break before Wood scored her second and Susie Wells rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot.
Scunthorpe Utd kept up their improving form by winning for the second match in succession, 5-0 against Darlington RA. Donna Smithson scored a hat-trick for the Irons and Sue Hunsley added the other two.
Radcliffe Olympic continue to lead the way after notching up their third successive victory, 3-1 away to Stoke City with goals from Chantelle Lewis, Sarah Green and Angie Smith.
Coventry City made sure of keeping pace with Radcliffe by maintaining their own 100% record, beating Crewe Alexandra 1-0 thanks to a first half strike from Robyn James.
Sporting Club Albion got back to winning ways with a 6-3 success away to Copsewood (Coventry) which takes them into third place. Jodie McGuckin gave Copsewood an early lead which was quickly cancelled out by Ashley Neville, but Nicola Foskett ensured the Coventry side were back in front by the interval. Jordan Ray then scored twice in a minute to put Albion ahead for the first time and Hayley Phillipowsky bagged a double. Neville netted her own second and Albion's sixth, with McGuckin scoring a late consolation for the home side.
Helen Lynskey, Sarah Thickett and an own goal gave Rotherham Utd a 3-1 victory against TNS Ladies which lifts them into fourth, three points off the pace.
Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed their first victory of the season in some style, 5-1 over Leafield Athletic. Sophie Walker gave them an early lead and, although, Leafield equalised ahead of half time, Anna Perks put Wolves back in front and they went on to seal the points with further strikes from Dani Selmes (2) and Rebecca Large.
South East Combination
The resignation of Welwyn Garden City during the past seven days has forced a re-calculation of the league table but Milton Keynes Dons continue as leaders and stretched their advantage to four points with a 6-4 success away to Cambridge Women. Lauren Goodier scored a hat-trick for the Dons, with further goals coming from Leanna Doyle, Aileen Whelan and Vicky Gallagher.
Gillingham bounced back from their defeat the previous Sunday to beat Ipswich Town 5-1 and move into second place. Natalie Crinean led the scoring with a hat-trick while Ashlee Hincks added the other two.
Lizzie Clarke was the hero for Northampton Town as she netted both goals in their 2-1 victory against in-form Lewes, ending the Sussex side's run of four straight wins.
Enfield Town moved up into fourth place, courtesy of a 6-2 win against Dagenham & Redbridge. Bianca Baptiste grabbed a hat-trick with Emma Thomas (2) and Robyn Downie also on target, Sara Sinclair and Nicola Carty replying for the Daggers.
Norwich City kept up their good start to the season and they remain just off the pace following their narrow 1-0 success over Ebbsfleet Utd with Jody Drake grabbing the only goal of the game.
South West Combination
Newquay are back on top of the South West Combination following a 2-0 win away to Forest Green Rovers.
Plymouth Argyle got back to winning ways, a 2-0 victory over Oxford City taking them back into second place. After a goalless first half, Laura Gough netted twice in the second half to give Argyle caretaker manager Rhys Sullivan a successful start.
Havant & Waterlooville pushed themselves into third place, thanks to a 3-0 win against Swindon Town. Sam Stone put the Hawks ahead in the second minute, with Chantelle Clark doubling their lead just after the half hour and Stacie Murray completing the win with the final goal late in the second half.
Winscombe continue to improve and their 2-0 win away to Reading Town has taken them into a mid-table position. Toni Hemmings netted both goals for the Somerset side.
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