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Newcastle Utd turned up the heat at the top of the table, opening up a lead of six points through a 7-0 victory over Wakefield. Stacy Crooks netted a hat-trick for the Magpies and further goals came from Megan Pyper, Alice Stroyan, Steph Eadon and Courtney Lock.
Cheadle Heath Nomads moved themselves back into mid-table on the back of a 4-1 win away to Mossley Hill. Jeneyha Webb was on target twice along with Amy Donohue and Tracey Sloane.
Liverpool Feds are within one point of the top three following their 1-0 success against Salford Ladies.
Leicester City stepped up their title challenge with a 2-1 win away to Northampton Town, which takes them to within two points of the leadership. Kim Walton and Erica Kilby scored the goals to take Leicester up to second place behind leaders Stoke.
A win could have taken Copsewood (Coventry) into second but instead they went down 3-2 at home to Loughborough Foxes who are looking well on course for a mid-table finish. Sarah Wentworth netted twice and Row Davies added the decisive goal, while Copsewood's prolific duo of Nicola Foskett and Abiyola Riley replied.
Loughborough Students banished any lingering relegation fears as they defeated Curzon Ashton 2-1, Charlotte Blythe and Aimee Perry scoring their goals.
South East Combination
Lewes kept up the pace at the top of the table as they ran out 4-1 winners away to Cambridge Women. Naomi Cole scored twice with Holly Grogan and Claire Trafford also getting on target to take Lewes seven points clear with six games left to play.
Norwich City remain in second but lost ground on the Rooks as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Old Actonians. Jodie Drake netted for Norwich but Chelsea Berlin's reply for Old Actonians earned her side their first point of the season.
Enfield Town were also left frustrated as they also drew, 2-2 against Ebbsfleet Utd. Sara Sinclair gave Enfield the lead midway through the first half before Kelly Philpott and Lisa Fulgence put Fleet ahead. Emma Thomas replied to secure a share of the points for Enfield who stay third.
Milton Keynes Dons defeated Brentwood Town 3-1 to guarantee their safety whilst their opponents are still locked in a battle for survival. Heather McDonnell gave the Dons an early lead which was cancelled out by Zoe Lipley-Hinton, but McDonnell put her side back in front and Emily Mann secured the points with the third.
South West Combination
It was a good day for Yeovil Town as they stretched their lead at the top to five points with a 2-0 victory over rivals Gloucester City. Jodi Cornwall and Laura Bray scored the goals to keep their side on course for a swift return to the Premier League.
The other two title challengers also met each other and the points were shared as Forest Green Rovers and Havant & Waterlooville battled out a 1-1 draw at Slimbridge. Hawks goalkeeper Yzzy Taylor pulled off two superb saves from Paige Stewart to keep her side on level terms but Forest Green captain Kirsty Richardson looked to have given her side the points when she scored seven minutes from time. Havant were not finished though and Lauren Cheshire netted three minutes later to preserve their unbeaten record this season although they have now drawn five times.
Newquay are up into mid-table following their 2-0 win away to University of Portsmouth, which was secured by goals from Annie Richards and Chloe Richards.
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