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Liverpool stepped up the pace at the top of the Northern Division with a 2-1 victory over one of their fellow challengers OOH Lincoln.
Katie Williams put the Reds in front midway through the first half and although Stacey Aisthorpe equalised before the break, Cheryl Foster settled matters with the winning goal twenty minutes from time.
Liverpool lead by five points from Leicester City, who climbed into second by beating Curzon Ashton
5-2. Maz Gauntlett set the Foxes on their way with a 12th minute penalty and captain Rachel Stowell increased their lead after keeper Lauren Bracewell saved her first attempt. Curzon came out determined and had a go at City with Amanda Goodwin and Isobella Hayes causing City a few problems but it was the home side that went further in front when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk rounded off a fast sweeping move with the goal of the game in the 70th minute. The visitors reduced the arrears when Shelley James hit home a fierce strike but Curzon suffered a blow when keeper Bracewell had to leave the field with a shoulder injury after a brave save at the feet of Sweetman-Kirk. Outfield player Leanne Smith went between the posts and performed heroics for the team but couldn't prevent Kirsty Robson notching City's fourth. Ashton were not done and Goodwin fired home in the 83rd minute but the home side were awarded a second penalty four minutes later. This time youngster Kirsty Linnett stepped forward and, although her spot kick was brilliantly saved by Smith, Stowell followed up for her second to wrap up the game for City and send them into second.
Manchester City are back in third place after they drew 1-1 away to Sheffield Wednesday, who remain in the bottom two.
Newcastle Utd kept up their good form with a 2-1 victory at luckless Luton Town. The home side took the lead early in the second half with a goal from Laveena Betts and Stacy Crooks equalised before Newcastle took the points through an injury time wonder goal from Rachel Furness.
Leeds City Vixens condemned Aston Villa to their second defeat in successive weeks when beating them 4-2. Ruth Cockerill put Leeds ahead from the penalty spot and Meganne Paul added a double ahead of the half hour. Carly Davies pulled one back before the break and although Natalie Gibson further reduced the arrears for Villa midway through the second half, Sarah Dobby scored a decisive fourth for wrap up the win for Leeds.
Derby County claimed a much needed 3-2 win against Preston North End to help move themselves further away from the bottom two. Emily Jeffery's double ensured that Derby were two goals ahead at half time, with Sam Cadwallader pulling one back for Preston on the hour mark. Jenni Anslow restored the two-goal advantage although Derby had to endure a nervous end to the game after Amy Davidson scored a second for Preston.
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