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With league leaders Bradford City not in action on Sunday, Sheffield Wednesday took the opportunity to cut their advantage to two points with a 1-0 victory over Stockport County, thanks to an early goal from Nicole Dale.
Newcastle Utd moved up into third place courtesy of a 2-1 win away to local rivals South Durham & Cestria. Stacy Crooks netted two late goals to give Newcastle the points after they had trailed to a first half strike.
Middlesbrough and Cheadle Heath Nomads meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw in which Jess Close and Ashleigh Leighton were on target for 'Boro.
Curzon Ashton took over at the top of the table with a 2-0 victory over Northampton Town, Chloe Starling netting a goal in each half for the Lancashire side.
Dudley Utd meanwhile claimed their first points of the season as they ran out 4-1 winners against Loughborough Students, the result lifting them out of the bottom three places.
In the League Cup, Stoke City moved into the quarter finals by winning a closely fought affair 2-1 against Copsewood (Coventry). Emma Sanders and Chantelle Gallagher netted their goals, with Copsewood replying via a 25-yard strike from Pindy Shoker.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are also in the last eight but only after getting through on penalties following a 3-3 draw with Leicester City. Jordan Timmins-Ray, Jamillah Palmer and Amber Quick were on the scoresheet for Wolves with Leicester replying through a Kim Walton double and Linda Scott. Wolves goalkeeper Natalie Hall pulled off a save during the resulting penalty shootout and Layla Salter stepped up to slot home the decisive spot kick.
Roschelle Shakes marked her debut for Loughborough Foxes by scoring a hat-trick as they progressed with a 5-2 victory over TNS Ladies. Gemma Gillman added the other two goals to seal the win for the Foxes.
Radcliffe Olympic complete the quarter final line up after they defeated Leafield Athletic 2-0, thanks to a brace from Aileen Whelan, tally her tally to six goals in four games.
South East Combination
Lewes made it six wins out of six when beating Ebbsfleet Utd 5-0 at the Dripping Pan. Charlotte Bennett scored twice, with other goals from Lel Smith, Steph O'Reilly and Tammy Waine to keep the Sussex side top on goal difference.
Second placed Norwich City made sure of keeping pace with Lewes, thanks to a 5-3 success away to Brentwood Town. Jodie Drake was on target twice along with Charlotte Branch, Paige Shorten and Kate Parsons.
Enfield Town remain just two points behind the leading duo after they defeated Luton Town 2-0 with second half goals from Semma Halil and Katie Wilding.
The spoils were shared as Milton Keynes Dons battled out a 2-2 draw with fourth placed Cambridge Women. Samara Nche and Kelly Docwra had put Cambridge two goals ahead before the home side fought back to earn themselves a point with goals from Mikaela Welford and Hannah Barrett.
Ipswich Town moved themselves towards a mid-table position as they came away from Old Actonians with a 5-2 victory, thanks to an Amanda Everett brace, Jade Skillen, Lauren Cartwright and Vicki Stephens.
South West Combination
The top two remain neck and neck at the top of the table after recording victories on Sunday. Havant & Waterlooville held on to the leadership with a 2-1 victory over local rivals Southampton Saints. First half goals from Vinny Nkomo and Kaylee Schumann-Edwards gave the Hawks the points, with Catherine Browning replying after the break for the Saints.
Gloucester City also made it three wins from three games with a 2-1 success at Newquay thanks to goals from Laura Stevens and Lilian Godwin.
Swindon Town kept up their own good start to the season by running out 5-0 winners away to University of Portsmouth. Hayley Huckin led the scoring by bagging a hat-trick, with the others coming from Catherine Reid and Kim Reeves.
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