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Bradford City continue to blaze a trail in the Northern Division and they maintained their four point lead with a 5-2 victory at Huddersfield Town. Ellie Swinhoe netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Abigail Garland, Melanie Garside-Wright and an own goal. Sheffield FC are up into second place after beating Newcastle Utd 5-3, moving above Nottingham Forest who drew 1-1 with Derby County, goals coming from Isabel Sullivan and Cecilia Webb respectively. Leeds Utd meanwhile edged out Sheffield Utd Community by the odd goal in nine, Emma Bentley and Rachel Stuart each hitting doubles with Shannon Beal adding the other.
Zoe Atkins scored a hat-trick, Annie Pritchard weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Cori Williams and Leah Williams as Cardiff City Ladies went top of the Midland Division with a 7-1 win away to Loughborough Students. Natasha Tezgel was another hat-trick scorer as Stoke went even higher, netting ten times without reply against Leicester City Ladies. Jodie Foxhall (2), Sydney Hinchcliffe (2), Rachael Ball, Amy Whieldon and Gemma Turner completed Stoke's tally. Katie Lowder meanwhile scored both goals for Leicester City Women in their 2-1 success at Coventry City.
Charlton Athletic have extended their Southern Division lead to six points after a second half strike from Francesca Tye earned them a 1-0 win over Gillingham. Brighton & Hove Albion, who shared a goalless draw with West Ham Utd, stay in second place just above Portsmouth who also drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur, Shannon Sievwright netting Pompey's goal with Roseanne Shafier replying for Spurs.
Reading FC Women have taken over the leadership of Group One in the FA WSL Development League Cup following their 6-0 victory over Watford. Lois Roche was on target four times along with Kirsty McGee and Leigh Nicol. Reading lead on goal difference from Arsenal who kept pace with them by beating Millwall Lionesses 3-0 with goals from Caroline Weir (2) and Amber Gaylor. The other group match between London Bees and Chelsea finished goalless.
In Group Two, Liverpool made it three wins on the trot with a 2-0 success at Sunderland, given to them by Katie Zelem and Ashley Hodson. Everton are two points behind in second after battling out a goalless draw with Manchester City. Durham WFC meanwhile defeated Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-1, Rebecca Hanratty scoring both goals.
There was a change of leadership in Group Three, Aston Villa ascending to the top after Beth Merrick and Maddy Cusack were on target in their 2-0 win at Bristol Academy. Notts County are level on points with Villa following their 3-0 victory over Oxford Utd in which Sophie Haywood netted twice and Kyla Love the other. Yeovil Town meanwhile won 2-1 away to Birmingham City thanks to Jodi Cornwall and Polly Wardle.
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