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Midlands/North Division One
Blackburn Rovers are starting to stretch the pace at the top of Midlands/North Division One, extending their lead to three points with a 2-0 victory in their top of the table clash away to Manchester City, given to them by first half goals from Danielle Whitham and Stephanie Marsh. Reigning Champions Everton returned into second place by scoring seven without reply past Coventry City whilst Sunderland ran out 4-1 winners away to Nottingham Forest. Laura Hockaday was on target twice for the Wearsiders along with Jordan Atkinson and Abbey Joice. There were plenty of goals at Liverpool where the home side won 5-3 against Leicester City, Holly Yates bagging a brace with Alicia Hardacre, Gaynor Collins and Yasmine Swarbrick also on the scoresheet while Lottie Tattam, Summer Pratt and Millie Bailey replied.
Midlands/North Division Two
This division also saw a meeting between the top two teams in the table and it was Doncaster Rovers Belles who emerged as 4-2 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers, opening up a lead of three points in the process. Katie Waddell, Leah Hardy, Ellie Chandler and Nicola Emery all netted a goal apiece for the Belles. Lincoln Ladies remain in third place despite going down to a 5-4 defeat at home to Leeds Utd for whom Erin White bagged a brace along with Annabelle Cass, Erika Ziemiecki and Abbie McIver. Lydia Clark hit a hat-trick for the Lady Imps but still finished on the losing side, Paige Wright adding the other. Georgina Benjamin was another player to score a hat-trick, for Sheffield FC as they won 5-0 away to Derby County and she was joined on the scoresheet by Ashton Crouch and Georgina Williams. Stoke City meanwhile lifted themselves off the bottom of the table by picking up their first victory, 3-2 against Newcastle Utd.
Southern Division One
Charlton Athletic took over as the new leaders of Southern Division One at the expense of Chelsea by defeating them 2-1, thanks to goals from Kristina Manktelow and Katie Hardaker. The top four teams in the table are covered by just a single point now, after West Ham Utd caught up ground on the top three with a 3-0 victory over Gillingham. Francesca Tye and Danielle Cliffe put the Hammers two up at the break, with Anelle Massey adding the third early in the second half.
Southern Division Two
There was also a change of leadership in Southern Division Two with Watford ascending to the top by defeating Portsmouth 2-1. Pompey had led through a goal from Cally Beaumont but strikes in the last five minutes by Katie Knell and Kelly Gallagher gave Watford victory. Reading FC Women had started the day as leaders but they were beaten 7-1 by Queen's Park Rangers for whom Kasha Petit hit a hat-trick, Lauren Harris a double with the others coming from Katie O'Leary and Kimberley Meadows. Abigail Locke (2) and Colette Martin were on the scoresheet as Yeovil Town won for the first time, 3-1 against Millwall Lionesses.
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