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Sheffield Wednesday preserved their two point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory away to Stockport County. Laura Naylor, Beth England and Jess Tait netted the goals for Wednesday.
Newcastle Utd continue to head the chasing teams, keeping up their challenge by winning 4-3 against Mossley Hill to put a halt to the home side's recent good run. Jess Havelock, Megan Pyper, Stacy Crooks and Alice Teasdale were on target for Newcastle, with Mossley Hill replying through a Carla Lee double and Sophie Perry.
Bradford City made a quick return to winning ways and their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Caroline Omboyi, has taken them back into the top three.
South Durham & Cestria suffered a huge blow to their hopes as they crashed to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Wakefield, who have climbed out of the bottom two as a result. Debbie Hastings-Long had a great day for the Yorkshire side as she bagged a five-goal haul, with Shauna Hill and Natalie Dean adding the others.
Huddersfield Town's nine match unbeaten run was brought to an end when they were beaten 6-3 by Liverpool Feds.
Cheadle Heath Nomads moved a place back up the table following their 4-1 success away to Salford Ladies, thanks to doubles from Caroline Price and Jeneyha Webb.
Curzon Ashton remain as leaders despite going down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Leafield Athletic, who are now back in third. Amber Hughes netted twice for Leafield and she was joined on the scoresheet by Hollie Hearnden.
Curzon did not suffer too much damage as their two nearest rivals going into Sunday's matches, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, battled out a very tightly contested goalless draw.
Copsewood (Coventry) resumed their recent good form and cemented themselves into the top half of the table by running out 5-0 winners over TNS Ladies. Nicola Foskett, Stacey Christie, Abiyola Riley, Pindy Shoker and Amanda Whalley all scored a goal apiece for Copsewood.
Loughborough Students defeated Dudley Utd 6-0 to take themselves up towards the mid-table positions, Laura Williams hitting a hat-trick along with Rebecca Kemp, Emma Pilling and Adele Sale.
Amber Wildgust and Aileen Whelan were on the scoresheet as Radcliffe Olympic lifted themselves up the table on the back of a 2-1 victory against Northampton Town.
South East Combination
Lewes have now opened up a lead of eight points after they won 3-0 away to one of their main title rivals Enfield Town, Naomi Cole netting twice with Joanne Gardiner adding the other (see match report).
Enfield did bounce back from their defeat to beat Old Actonians 5-0 on Wednesday night to take them above Norwich City into second place.
Cambridge Women and Ebbsfleet Utd battled out a 2-2 draw which keeps both teams just below the top three places. Cambridge found the net through Natalie Richardson and Hannah Goodchild while Sharon Odofin and Kelly Philpott scored the goals for Ebbsfleet.
Crystal Palace consolidated themselves in mid-table, thanks to a 7-2 victory over Old Actonians. Josie Elliott and Valentine Ibe each bagged a hat-trick, with Kayleigh Lecomber also on target.
Ipswich Town and Luton Town battled out a 3-3 draw which leaves both sides where they were in the table. Michelle Byrne (2) and Laura Day netted for Luton.
Milton Keynes Dons put an end to their recent run of defeats with a morale boosting 4-1 win away to Brentwood Town. Heather McDonnell, Emily Mann, Lauren Goodier and an own goal ensured that the Dons put a ten point gap between themselves and the bottom two.
South West Combination
Gloucester City are back on top of the table after a week away, following a 3-2 victory over Southampton Saints, which was earned by a hat-trick from Ann Marie Heatherson.
Havant & Waterlooville had started the day as leaders but they once again swapped places with Gloucester after being held to a 1-1 draw by Newquay. Kaylee Schumann-Edwards did put the Hawks in front shortly before half time with Newquay hitting back through an equaliser midway through the second half from Chloe Richards.
After three successive defeats, Swindon Town rediscovered their winning form by defeating Keynsham Town Development 8-1. Kirsty Shell, Kim Reeves and Georgia Walters all netted twice for the Wiltshire side whose other goals came from Catherine Reid and Emma Skinner.
The First Round ties of the Ambassador League Cup were played on Sunday and two of the high fliers came face to face with Forest Green Rovers beating Yeovil Town 3-2. Rovers captain Kirsty Richardson scored the winner for her side from the penalty spot to add to earlier strikes from Paige Stewart and Charlotte King.
University of Portsmouth also progressed to the quarter finals, thanks to a 2-1 victory away to Chesham Utd.
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