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Coventry City claimed their ninth win in ten matches but had to work hard for their 1-0 success away to improving Nottingham Forest.
The only goal of the game came in the sixteenth minute when Helen Dermody headed in a cross by Amber Hughes but the Sky Blues were unable to get a second and it took a good late save from Sue Wood to preserve her side's three point lead at the top.
Sheffield FC kept up the chase after Coventry but they too were narrow winners, edging out Bradford City by the odd goal in five. Helen Mitchell's side got off to a flying start with Jodie Michalska giving them the lead in the opening minute and Rebecca Lee adding a second, with Charlotte Stuart reducing the arrears just after the half hour. Suzanne Davies made it three early in the second half but Bradford came back again and Sheffield needed to close out the game for three precious points after Molly-Mae Sharpe had pulled a goal back late on.
Blackburn Rovers made a swift return to form following a defeat seven days earlier to run out 4-1 winners over Stoke City. Meg Bowyer did put Stoke in front with just a minute on the clock but strikes from Amie Fleming, Karen Boyle and Jess Holbrook ensured that Blackburn were in front at the break. Danielle Sheen rounded off the scoring after the restart to keep her side in third place, six points off the pace but with a game in hand.
Huddersfield Town and Sporting Club Albion remain around the mid-table places after battling out a 1-1 draw. Albion did lead at half time through a goal from Leanne Robinson but Huddersfield hit back five minutes into the second half, leading scorer Debbie Hastings earning her side a share of the spoils.
Preston North End claimed their second league victory of the season, 6-2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers who remain adrift at the foot of the table. Jade Parker and Jenna Carroll sent the Lancashire side into a two-goal lead at the break and two Chelsea Flanagan strikes early in the second half doubled their advantage. Wolves tried to get back into the game with Dani Selmes netting twice, including one from the penalty spot, but Yasmine Swarbrick replied immediately and Alice Forshaw scored the sixth in injury time.
Newcastle Utd meanwhile moved out of the bottom three places following a 4-0 victory over Derby County. Beth Gardener had a great day in front of goal as she bagged a hat-trick for the Magpies, whose other goal came from substitute Ellen Turnbull.
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