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The Northern Division table is incredibly close at present, the top five teams are level on points following Sunday's matches. Despite not having a game, Newcastle Utd held on to the leadership on goal difference from Nottingham Forest, who battled out a goalless draw with Sheffield FC, another of the teams on seven points. Derby County join them after running out 7-2 winners away to Huddersfield Town. Ella Ritchie led the scoring for Derby with a hat-trick, Stephanie Middleton weighed in with a brace and there was one each from Cecilia Webb and Amber-Leigh Denny. The other team to join the leading pack were Bradford City, who beat Sheffield Utd Community 4-0 thanks to Dominique Hoad (2), Melanie Garside-Wright and Caroline Cropp.
Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to set the early pace in the Midland Division, maintaining their lead of three points with a 3-0 success at Leicester City Women. Chloe Dodd gave Wolves the lead on the hour and they added further goals through Aimee Higgins and Samantha Berry. Meanwhile Rachael Ball bagged a hat-trick and Kelly Elkes the other as second place Stoke City defeated Loughborough Students 4-1.
No change at the top of the Southern Division where Charlton Athletic beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 to stay three points ahead. Eliz Ibrahim scored twice for the Addicks with Alice Singyard and Isabel Hunter also on target. Brighton & Hove Albion went second with a 2-1 victory over Gillingham, given to them by Amy Potkins and Paige Baker-Carroll.
The newly formed FA WSL Development League got under way on Sunday and the early leaders of the Northern Division are Manchester City, who won 7-0 against Notts County. Caroline Ward netted a hat-trick along with doubles from Chelsea Flanagan and Alice Hey. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah scored twice and Emily Hollinshead the other as Everton won 3-1 at Durham WFC and Aston Villa also recorded a 3-1 victory against Sunderland thanks to Sarah Mayling, Beth Merrick and Natasha Baptiste. Liverpool completed a trio against 3-1 wins, at the expense of Doncaster Rovers Belles with goals from Claudia Walker (2) and Ashley Hodson.
In the Southern Division, Reading FC Women lead following their 8-1 victory over Watford. Francesca Kirby netted four times, Kirsty McGee adding a brace along with Cheryl Williams and Lauren Bruton. Millwall Lionesses meanwhile netted seven without reply past Yeovil Town, Ciara Sherwood hitting a hat-trick and Emma Plewa a brace, with Nicole Pepper and Meghan McKeag completing the tally. Arsenal defeated Oxford Utd 7-1 thanks to hat-tricks from Carla Humphrey and Caroline Weir with Molly Bartrip adding the other, whilst Millie Farrow hit a treble along with Laura Coombs and Karin Muya for Chelsea in their 5-1 success at Bristol Academy.
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