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Rochdale picked up a narrow but important 3-2 win away to Stockport County to keep themselves five points clear at the top of the table. New signing Chantelle Parry netted twice on her debut for Dale, whose other goal came via a Susie Wells penalty.
Middlesbrough ensured that they stayed on Rochdale's heels, thanks to a 7-1 victory over Scunthorpe Utd. Nicky Duckling and Sarah Manning each scored twice as well as Kate Kinlan, Steph Turnbull and an own goal.
Liverpool Feds also had a good day, running out 6-1 winners over Wakefield to keep themselves in fourth place.
Bradford City moved into fifth place with a 1-0 success away to Tranmere Rovers, Whitney Taiwo scoring the only goal of the game on the hour mark.
At the other end of the table, Blackpool Wren Rovers moved out of the bottom two by scoring eight without reply against Darlington RA.
League leaders Coventry City did not play on Sunday and saw their advantage cut to seven points by second placed Sporting Club Albion, who ran out 4-0 winners at Loughborough Foxes. Hayley Phillipowsky, Ashleigh Neville, Natasha Baptiste and Jess Lippiatt scored Albion's goals.
Radcliffe Olympic moved themselves closer towards a top three finish, thanks to a 6-2 victory away to Crewe Alexandra. Sarah Green and Emma Clarke both netted doubles along with Rania Ramadan and Michelle Smith.
Rotherham Utd maintained their good form with a 3-1 win at Leicester City thanks to Helen Lynskey, Zuzana Pramukova and Kate Sneddon.
Stoke City boosted their hopes of finishing in the top half of the table by beating Copsewood (Coventry) 1-0.
Leafield Athletic claimed a vital three points which lifted them off the foot of the table and out of the bottom two as Amber Hughes scored a late penalty to give them a 1-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, to avenge their County Cup semi defeat by Wolves seven days earlier.
South East Combination
Gillingham have reached the League Cup Final for the first time in eight years after defeating Enfield Town 4-1 in their semi final. Vicky Ashton-Jones gave the Gills an early lead which was cancelled out by Emma Thomas, but Ashlee Hincks put Gillingham back in front and they went on to claim victory through further goals from Ashton-Jones and Danni Farmer.
Their opponents in the Final will be Norwich City who were 3-0 winners over Milton Keynes Dons thanks to Jodie Drake, Nicola Bray and Rebecca Burton.
Claire Trafford scored a hat-trick as Lewes moved back into third place by beating Ipswich Town 5-0. Emma Millington and Helen Whitton, from the penalty spot, added the other goals for the Sussex side.
Tottenham Hotspur kept up their great form of recent weeks and are now fourth, their highest position of the season to date, following their 3-0 victory against Northampton Town.
Ebbsfleet Utd meanwhile claimed their second win in successive weeks, 3-1 away to Cambridge Women, to give themselves a chance of moving off the bottom of the table.
South West Combination
Havant & Waterlooville have taken over at the top of the table for the first time this season with a 4-2 victory over Plymouth Argyle. After Aoife Aherne had given Argyle an early lead, Charley Wilson and Leeta Rutherford put the Hawks in front before Laura Perrett levelled matters once again. However Wilson and Rutherford both struck again to give the Hampshire side three important points.
Two of the main title challengers met each other and it was Yeovil Town who emerged victorious, 4-1 against Chesham Utd thanks to doubles from Lindsey Roe and Jemma Tewkesbury.
Newquay's title challenge received a setback as they went down to a 2-0 defeat away to Oxford City.
Cullompton Rangers moved back into a mid-table position by beating Swindon Town 1-0. Angie Pope marked her return from a year out with an injury by scoring the only goal of the game for the Devon side.
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