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Chorley are now six points clear at the top of the table following their 4-1 victory over Wakefield. Vicky Coope scored a hat-trick for the second week in a row, albeit an unusual one one on this occasion as all three were from the penalty spot. Chelsea Scholes added the other goal to wrap up the points for the Lancashire side.
Bradford City made sure of keeping in touch with the leaders but were made to work hard for their 3-2 win away to Cheadle Heath Nomads. Despite a goal from Bridie Hannon, Bradford needed to come from behind at the interval but claimed a crucial victory thanks to two second half strikes by Mel Garside-Wight.
It was a great week for Stoke City as they took a firm grip on the title race and stormed eight points clear of their nearest rivals.
On Thursday night they picked up a 6-3 victory in their crucial top of the table clash with Leafield Athletic. Chantelle Gallagher and Laura Garside each scored twice along with Meg Bowyer and an own goal.
Stoke followed this up on the weekend by beating Loughborough Foxes 5-1. This time Garside hit a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Dawn Mallett and Becci Knight.
To complete a miserable few days for Leafield, they lost further ground in the title race on Sunday when they were edged out by the odd goal in seven by Loughborough Students who made it four wins in five games.
The honours were shared in the other game but there was plenty of goal action as Curzon Ashton and Copsewood (Coventry) battled out a 4-4 draw. Nikki Daniels, Alison Hindley, Rachel Smith and Leanne Smith ensured that Curzon led 4-1 at the interval but a second half dismissal proved to be a turning point, Copsewood battling back for a point with an injury time equaliser and Curzon goalkeeper Kerry Podmore pulled off a string of excellent saves to help secure a point for her side. Abiyola Riley had scored Copsewood's first half goal and her late strike completed a hat-trick with Sarah Rowles adding the other.
South East Combination
Enfield Town wrapped up their home fixtures for the season with third win in a row, this time 4-0 against Ebbsfleet Utd. Regan Coleman, Holly Brandon, Leanne Mabey and Katie Wilding scored the goals to move their side back into second place while Lauren Holman registered her first clean sheet for the club.
Chichester City put an end to their recent unwanted run of three straight defeats and notched up a 5-2 victory away to Luton Town which takes them back up to fourth. Abbey Shrubb was back amongst the goals once again, bagging a hat-trick while Kirsty Willett and Jade Widdowson were also on target.
South West Combination
One week ahead of their F.A.Women's Cup Fifth Round tie with Everton, Oxford Utd warmed up nicely for their big occasion by scoring nine without reply against Keynsham Development. Lauren Allison spearheaded the win for the U's with a four-goal haul, full back Isi Meade added a brace and the tally was rounded off by Lindsay Pinker, Katie Stanley and Natasha Caswell.
Plymouth Argyle moved back above Swindon Town in the table by beating them 1-0. In a physical, hard fought encounter on a bitterly cold afternoon, Plymouth just edged out their Wiltshire opponents. Sarah Stacey slotted home the Plymouth winner when she rounded the advancing keeper Robyn Levett on the stroke of half time to hoist the Pilgrims back into fourth spot, with games in hand on the top three.
Newquay have all but secured themselves a mid-table finish after they picked up a 1-0 victory away to University of Portsmouth, Becky Atkins grabbing the only goal of the game.
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