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There was a change of leadership on Sunday with Sheffield Wednesday taking over at the top on goal difference following their 3-0 victory over Salford Ladies. Nicole Dale, Laura Naylor and Katie Nutter netted the goals for the new leaders.
Newcastle Utd made it six wins from seven games and their 2-0 win away to Liverpool Feds, courtesy of a brace from Stacy Crooks, has lifted them into second place.
Bradford City had started the day as leaders but they are back in third after going down 1-0 at home to South Durham & Cestria, for whom Kerry Denham scored the only goal of the game.
Huddersfield Town were also 1-0 winners, away to Mossley Hill to move themselves within three points of the leadership. A strike from Emily Heckler separated the two sides on the day.
Cheadle Heath Nomads notched up their biggest win of the season so far, 7-2 against Wakefield. Jeneyha Webb led the scoring with a hat-trick, Caroline Price weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Tracy Sloane and Elizabeth Chapman.
Middlesbrough continue to improve and they moved out of the bottom two places with a 2-1 success at Stockport County thanks to Ashleigh Leighton and Sarah Manning.
Curzon Ashton saw their lead reduced to one point following their 1-1 draw away to unbeaten Wolverhampton Wanderers. Becky Hall gave Wolves an early lead with Jodie Redgrave hitting back to earn Curzon a share of the spoils.
Stoke City narrowed the gap in second place, thanks to a 5-2 victory over Loughborough Foxes. Becky Knight had a day to remember for Stoke as she netted all five goals.
Leafield Athletic remain in third but received a setback as they were beaten 2-1 by Loughborough Students, for whom Adele Sale and Laura Williams were on target.
Gemma Ball and Katie Bateman scored the goals as Leicester City moved themselves into the top half of the table on the back of a 2-0 win against Northampton Town.
Radcliffe Olympic netted six times without reply past TNS Ladies and are now in mid-table. In-form striker Aileen Whelan was another player to score five times, with Tania Vere adding the other goal.
Copsewood (Coventry) were involved in yet another close, high scoring affair but this time they were on the receiving end of a 5-4 result away to Dudley Utd. Donna Arrowsmith netted the winner for Dudley, who trailed 3-1 at one stage, to add to earlier strikes from Laura Smith, Iola Jarrett, Lilli-Beth Bown and an own goal. Nicola Foskett netted a hat-trick and Abby Hadlum the other in reply for Copsewood.
South East Combination
A midweek victory took Enfield Town to the top of the table and they held on to pole position on Sunday by scoring eight without reply away to Tooting & Mitcham Utd. Beth Lovell gave Enfield the lead on the stroke of half time before Lizzie Kent added two after the break along with one apiece from Semma Halil, Katie Wilding, Regan Coleman, Leanne Mabey and Holly Brandon.
Free scoring Lewes are one point behind in second place as they stormed to a 13-1 success against Old Actonians. Holly Grogan netted four times and Charlotte Bennett a hat-trick, Veiga and Naomi Cole weighed in with doubles and the tally was completed by Jo Gardiner and an own goal.
Norwich City remained well in touch, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Luton Town. Nicola Bray, Kate Parsons and Kirstie Kindred scored the goals which keep Norwich in third, a single point off the pace.
There is now an eight point gap between the top three and fourth place, which is occupied by Cambridge Women after they won 1-0 at Ipswich Town. Natalie Richardson scored the only goal of the game for Cambridge but it took a stunning late double save from goalkeeper Verity Crook and goalline clearance from Lucy Du Plooy to secure the points.
Crystal Palace moved back into the top half of the table following their 5-2 win against Brentwood Town. Sherrelle Walters, Josie Elliott, Valentine Ibe, Amy Merricks and Najina Campous were on the scoresheet for Palace, with Brentwood replying through Dannielle Robertson and Leah Cowan.
South West Combination
Havant & Waterlooville stay on top of the table despite dropping their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw with University of Portsmouth. After Sarah Stubbs had given Uni a first half lead, Lauren Cheshire quickly equalised and Becki Bath then put the Hawks in front on the hour. Louisa Cambridge netted eighteen minutes from time to secure the students' first point of the season.
The two teams immediately below the Hawks met each other and honours were even as Swindon Town and Gloucester City battled out a 1-1 draw. Georgia Walters was on target for Swindon with Laura Stephens replying for Gloucester, who remain level on points with Havant and the two teams are set to meet this Sunday.
Yeovil Town are just outside the top three after they won 4-2 away to Chesham Utd. Laura Bray once again had a great day for Yeovil, the prolific striker bagging a four-goal haul for the second time in three matches.
Forest Green Rovers made it two wins on the trot and they moved into the top half as they edged out Newquay by the odd goal in five. Charlotte King, Kirsty Richardson and Katie Cook were all on the scoresheet for Forest Green.
Southampton Saints meanwhile registered their first points of the season by running out 4-1 winners over Keynsham Town Development.
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