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With Sheffield Wednesday on F.A.Women's Cup duty, Newcastle Utd took the opportunity to replace them at the top of the table with a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. Jess Foster, Alice Stroyan and Jade Blackburn scored the goals which saw the Magpies open up a lead of three points.
Stockport County meanwhile lifted themselves into a mid-table position, courtesy of a 3-2 win against Salford Ladies in which Angela Ashioti, Bet Langford and Nikki Daniels were all on target.
In the only match to be played in the league on Sunday, Copsewood (Coventry) ran out 4-0 winners over Radcliffe Olympic. Pindy Shoker gave them the lead with the only strike of the first half and Amanda Whalley doubled their advantage from the penalty spot early in the second half. Nicola Foskett then got in on the act, adding the other two goals to take her tally for the season to 21. The result takes Copsewood into fifth place, just five points off the pace.
South East Combination
The top two did not play on Sunday because of Cup commitments but Norwich City ensured that they stay in the race with a 2-1 victory away to Crystal Palace.
Cambridge Women moved themselves up into fourth place, thanks to a 3-0 success away to Brentwood Town. Natalie Richardson sent Cambridge into a sixth minute lead with Hannah Goodchild adding the second just after the hour, before Sophie Thompson also netted to clinch the points for her side.
Luton Town kept up their improved form with a 6-1 win at Old Actonians which keeps them just below mid-table. After the home side led at the break, Michelle Byrne and Jess McKay both scored twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Nicola Henman and Lydia Radley.
Ipswich Town will also have their sights on a midway finish after they defeated Milton Keynes Dons 4-2. The Dons did lead at one stage through Charly Wright but a four-goal haul from Michelle Allum proved decisive for Ipswich, despite Lauren Goodier scoring a late consolation for the visitors.
South West Combination
Yeovil Town continue to stretch the pace at the top of the table, taking their winning run to eight matches as they triumphed 3-1 away to Southampton Saints. Stacey Pearson, Laura Bray and Justine Lorton scored the goals which mean that Yeovil now head the table by two points.
Gloucester City got their challenge back on track as they won 3-0 at Chesham Utd, lifting themselves back into second place in the process. Charley Griffin was on target twice for City along with Leanne Godwin.
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