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Two of the main title contenders came face to face on Sunday and the honours were shared as leaders Sheffield Wednesday and third placed Bradford City battled out a goalless draw.
This result allowed Newcastle Utd to go level on points with table toppers Wednesday, courtesy of a
3-2 win away to Stockport County. Megan Pyper scored the winner for Newcastle fifteen minutes from time, to add to two earlier strikes from Stacy Crooks.
Huddersfield Town made a swift return to winning ways and leapfrogged South Durham & Cestria into fourth place by beating them 4-1 thanks to Emily Heckler, Joanne Symington, Kate Mallin and an own goal.
Middlesbrough picked up a valuable point from a 2-2 draw against mid-table Cheadle Heath Nomads. Caroline Price and Lauren Digby were on target for Cheadle Heath, with 'Boro replying through Rachel McKnight and an own goal.
After eleven straight defeats, Salford Ladies claimed their first point of the season when sharing a 1-1 draw with Mossley Hill. Sophie Woods netted the all-important goal for Salford while Mossley Hill's strike came from Steph Lockhart.
Stoke City are back on top of the table after they won 1-0 away to Northampton Town. Becky Knight scored the only goal of the game to take Stoke one point ahead as leaders.
Curzon Ashton's mini-dip in form continued as they were beaten for the second week in a row, 3-1 by Leicester City who are forcing their way into the title race. Kayleigh Hillier scored twice and Kyleigh Brant the other for Leicester.
Leafield Athletic remain in touch with the leading sides but were held to a 2-2 draw by mid-table Copsewood (Coventry). Leafield had gone into a two-goal lead through Hayley Phillipowsky and Hayley Packer, before Copsewood hit back with Becky Knight and Nicola Foskett earning them a share of the spoils.
Roschelle Shakes scored both goals as Loughborough Foxes picked up a crucial 2-1 victory over Loughborough Students which has taken them out of the bottom two places.
After suffering ten defeats in their opening eleven games, TNS Ladies celebrated their first win of the season, a 2-0 success against Radcliffe Olympic.
South East Combination
With neither of their nearest rivals in action, Lewes took the chance to power further clear at the top of the table with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Kirstie Spice, Stacey Arrowsmith and Naomi Cole scored the goals which taken the Rooks a whopping eleven points clear.
However it was Brentwood Town who claimed arguably the best result of the day when they recorded their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw against fourth placed Ebbsfleet Utd. An own goal had given Brentwood the lead with Claire Williams equalising in the second half.
Cambridge Women would have gone fourth with a victory but instead they went down to a 4-2 defeat away to Luton Town, for whom Nicola Henman bagged a hat-trick and Amy Summerfield the other.
Ipswich Town moved themselves closer towards a top half place by running out 4-0 winners at Milton Keynes Dons. Lauren Cartwright and Jade Skillen each netted doubles for the Suffolk side.
South West Combination
Bad weather and tragic circumstances meant that only two of the scheduled five fixtures went ahead on Sunday.
Forest Green Rovers received a setback to their title challenge as they suffered a 3-0 reverse at Swindon Town, who climb above them into fourth place. Lisa Coe, Kirsty Jones and Georgia Walters netted the goals for the Wiltshire side.
University of Portsmouth maintained their upturn in form and they are out of the bottom two after beating Southampton Saints 3-1. Louisa Cambridge was on target twice for the students along with Kirstie White.
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