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Leeds Utd maintained their lead of three points at the top of the National Division as they returned from Aston Villa with a 4-1 victory.
Leeds took a seventh minute lead when Millie Bright converted a cross from Leah Galton but Villa were back on terms before the break when Natalie Gibson buried a 25-yard shot. After the break, Villa goalkeeper Naomi Bruton saved a penalty from Clare Sykes but substitute Carey Huegett soon put Leeds back in front. Jess Holbrook scored from a free kick for the third and Emma Johnson completed the scoring.
Sunderland returned to action with a 1-0 win away to Reading FC Women which keeps them within three points of the leadership. Beth Mead scored the only goal of the game to help set up this coming Sunday's vital clash between Sunderland and Leeds (see match report).
The battle for the title is now realistically down to a two-horse race after third placed Coventry City went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to rejuvenated Watford, who won for the second successive week. Star winger Sarah Wiltshire had rediscovered her scoring form for the Golden Girls and she gave them the lead direct from a corner, with Megan Wynne adding a second moments later. Katy Ward pulled a goal back for Coventry with fifteen minutes left but Wiltshire had the final say, netting her second to seal the points and keep Watford's survival hopes alive.
After three successive defeats, Barnet got back to winning ways when they defeated Nottingham Forest 4-2. Cheryl Williams and Danielle Murphy both netted for Barnet before Stacey Sowden bagged a second half double. Rebecca Anderson and Suzanne Davies replied for Forest who remain in the bottom two.
Charlton Athletic are back in the top half of the table following their 2-0 win against Cardiff City. Gemma Bryan put the Addicks ahead on the quarter hour and Sinead Boyer clinched the points midway through the second half. The result leaves Cardiff one point above the relegation zone but the South Wales side still possess several games in hand.
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