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Midlands/North Division One
There was a change of leadership in Midlands/North Division One with Blackburn Rovers assuming top spot after defeating Sunderland 2-1. Danielle Whitham gave Blackburn a first half lead which was cancelled out three minutes after the break by Abbey Joice, but Ainsley Strickland secured three vital points with the winning goal, two minutes from time. Manchester City are a single point behind in second place following their 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the other game, given to them by Alice Hey and Lindsay Savage.
Midlands/North Division Two
Leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles did not play on Sunday and Wolverhampton Wanderers went level on points with them, thanks to a 3-2 success away to Newcastle Utd. Kelly Fowell, Jordan Timmins-Ray and Samantha Berry scored the goals for Wolves with Sarah Eadon and Stephanie Shaw replying. Lincoln Ladies are one point behind in third place after running out 7-1 winners over Sheffield FC. Emily Roberts, Lydia Clark and Martha Harris each netted twice and Holly Crosby added the other for the Lady Imps. Leeds Utd and Derby County battled out a 1-1 draw in the other game, Annabelle Cass was on target for Leeds.
Southern Division One
Table toppers Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 2-0 to West Ham Utd for whom Emma Harrison and Amber Matthews were on target. This allowed Arsenal to narrow the gap on them to a single point with a 3-1 victory over Bristol Academy, to avenge their penalty shootout defeat seven days earlier. Academy had led through a first half goal from Ellie Leek but Magda Mosengo equalised and Freda Ayisi sewed up the points with a late double. Gemma Bryan meanwhile hit a hat-trick as Charlton Athletic won 3-0 away to Colchester Utd to keep their place in the top three.
No matches were played in Southern Division Two on Sunday as all scheduled games fell victim to the weather.
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