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Nottingham Forest closed the gap on the top two in the Northern Division to six points with a 2-1 win away to local rivals Derby County. Amber-Leigh Denny did put Derby in front during the first half but Chantelle Robinson equalised on the stroke of half time and Christina Freestone grabbed the winner during the second half. Leeds Utd meanwhile ran out 4-0 winners away to Sheffield Utd Community, thanks to a Rachel Stuart brace plus other strikes from Shelbey Morris and Emily Owens. Newcastle Utd went one better as they scored five without reply against Huddersfield Town.
Cardiff City Ladies continue to stretch the pace in the Midland Division after scoring ten times against Leicester City Ladies. Kierra Deeks, Charlotte Preen and Cori Williams each scored twice and there was one apiece from Zoe Atkins, Hannah Daley, Hannah Mills and Leah Williams. Cardiff's position at the top was further strengthened with the news that their two nearest rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City, battled out a goalless draw which leaves the South Wales side five points clear. Stoke City and Loughborough Students finished level at 1-1 with goals from Rachael Ball and Grace Blackburn respectively.
Brighton & Hove Albion need to avoid defeat in their final game in order to clinch the Southern Division title after Holly Talbut-Smith scored twice along with Ellie Lock and Isabelle Burt to give them a 4-0 victory over Gillingham. Charlton Athletic stay level on points with the Seagulls but have completed their fixtures following their 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in which Katie Hardaker, Ellie Searle and Isabel Hunter were on target.
In the FA WSL Development League Cup, Reading Women stay in second place in Group One following their 1-1 draw with Millwall Lionesses. Shauni Griffiths gave Millwall a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Rebecca Dandridge. Meanwhile Lucy Loomes, Katherine Huggins and an own goal earned London Bees their first victory, 3-1 against Watford.
Everton have taken over at the top of Group Two after they defeated Durham Women 4-1. Kerri Welsh (2), Emily Hollinshead and Millie Shaw were on the scoresheet for Everton with Kate Bradley replying. Sunderland meanwhile returned from Manchester City with a 2-0 win under their belts, given to them by Shannon Etherington and Bianca Owens.
One match was played in the Northern Division, Notts County winning 1-0 at Birmingham City to move to within four points of the leadership, Kyla Love scoring the only goal of the game.
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