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Chorley have quickly regained the leadership after running out 7-2 winners over Liverpool Feds. Vicky Coope led the scoring for Chorley with a hat-trick, Scarlett Smith weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Chelsea Scholes and Natalie Parry.
South Durham & Cestria's tenure on top of the table has been a brief one on this occasion as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Bradford City, who remain unbeaten and handily placed behind the top two with games in hand. Faye Boshell scored a goal in each half to keep Bradford well in the title hunt.
Sheffield Utd Community are back up into fourth following their 1-0 success away to Huddersfield Town. Laura Naylor was United's scorer but it took a late penalty save from Lauren Santoro to assure victory.
Cheadle Heath Nomads claimed an important point from a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough, who scored through Ebony Housam.
Stockport County gave their survival hopes another shot in the arm as they defeated Mossley Hill 2-1 for the second week in a row. Chantelle Parry and substitute Grace Campbell hit second half goals to give Stockport the points after they had trailed at half time.
Wakefield remain at the foot of the table but picked up a valuable point when sharing four goals with Leeds City Vixens. Beth Jennings and Katie Hawkshaw were on target for Wakefield, with Leeds replying through Shauna Messenger and Carla Baxby.
This year's League Cup Final will be contested by the two main protagonists in the title race. Stoke City, beaten finalists last season, have reached that stage again after a 3-2 semi final victory away to Rotherham Utd. Laura Garside, Dawn Mallett and Chantelle Gallager scored for Stoke with Rotherham, who had fought back from two down at one stage, replied with strikes from Amy Pollock and Nat Shaw.
Leafield Athletic meanwhile made it through to the Final for the first time with a 1-0 win over Leicester City. Leigh Dugmore scored the only goal of the game to ensure that Leafield will meet Stoke on Sunday 28th April at Stafford Rangers F.C.
In the league, Radcliffe Olympic narrowed the gap on leaders Stoke to two points by beating Loughborough Foxes 1-0, Sarah Green scoring the only goal of the game.
Loughborough Students and Curzon Ashton both remain around mid-table after the sides battled out a 3-3 draw. Alice Kempski, Nicole Pannifer and Sacha Brinkley were on target for the students while Curzon netted through Jane Sexton, Leanne Turner and Nikki Daniels who scored on her debut after her recent signing from Stockport County.
Leamington Lions and Copsewood (Coventry) also shared six goals, a result which edges Leamington closer to the teams above them. Stacey Doughty scored twice and Sam Morris the other for Leamington.
South East Combination
Chesham Utd are starting to close in on the title after their 2-1 win against Arlesey Town took them thirteen points clear at the top. First half goals from Kate Bowers and Dawne Campbell proved to be enough to give Chesham another victory.
Ipswich Town moved back into second place on the back of a 3-2 victory over Luton Town, given to them by Danni Bitten, Amy Howlett and Amanda Everett.
Norwich City leapfrogged Chichester City into fourth place by beating them 2-1, courtesy of goals from Kyla Love and a Kate Parsons penalty.
Cambridge Women moved to within a point of Milton Keynes Dons in mid-table after defeating them 2-1. Laura Bright gave Cambridge a lead which was cancelled out by Charley Wright, before Natalie Richardson settled matters via a free kick on the stroke of half time.
Lisa Fulgence and Rikki Page were on the scoresheet as Ebbsfleet Utd won 2-0 against Crystal Palace to move themselves closer towards mid-table.
South West Combination
Swindon Town produced one of the results of the day in beating Oxford Utd 4-2 to reach the semi finals of the Ambassador League Cup. Chynna Collings, Kim Reeves, Kirsty Shell and Abbie Picton scored the goals for Swindon to help keep up their good record in the competition.
The only other game to be played on Sunday was in the league where mid-table Exeter City returned from Southampton Saints with a 1-0 victory under their belts, captain Kirsty Caunter netting the only goal of the game.
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