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Newcastle Utd have gone six points clear at the top of the Northern Division after they won 3-0 away to Guiseley AFC Vixens, Siobhan Jones scoring twice and Ellen Turnbull adding the other. Huddersfield Town meanwhile lifted themselves off the bottom as Alarna Fuller, Emily Ginley, Megan Mirfield and Francesca Wild gave them a 4-1 success at Mansfield Town.
In the Midland Division, Coventry City went second by beating Leicester City Women 3-0, courtesy of an Alison Forbes brace and Jade Ogle. Emily Curteis netted twice for Stoke City in their 2-2 draw with Derby County, who pegged them back through late strikes from Emily Gillott and Dayna Randall. Sophie Rock scored the only goal of the game as Loughborough Students defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0.
The top of the table clash in the Southern Division ended with honours even as Charlton Athletic and Brighton & Hove Albion shared a 2-2 draw. Sophie Blowers and Olivia Cole netted for the Addicks while Paige Baker-Carroll and Orla Dimond were on target for Brighton who hold onto the leadership on goal difference. A win would have returned West Ham Utd to the top but they also drew, 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur, Abbie Solly netting their goal with Leah Rawle replying. Crystal Palace and Portsmouth occupy the next two positions after they also drew. Rian Humphreys and Malgorzata Mazur scored for Palace and Pompey's markswomen were Megan Gratton and Katie James. Zemeka Clarke hit a hat-trick, Charmaine Benhem added a double and there was one apiece from Rachel O'Regan, Mariko Engels and Carrie-Anne Leyton as Queen's Park Rangers beat Bedford Ladies 8-2 whilst Paidamoyo Debza scored the only goal for C & K Basildon in their victory over Lewes. Chichester City and Gillingham fought out a fourth draw in the division as their match ended goalless.
Liverpool made it eight wins in a row when beating Birmingham City 3-1 in the FA WSL Development League Northern Division. Claudia Walker (2) and Ashley Hodson scored their goals with Sian Johnson replying. Grace Vella, Chloe Adams, Francesca Sullivan and Issy Hayes gave second placed Manchester City a 4-1 victory over Sunderland whilst Everton defeated Doncaster Rovers Belles 3-0, courtesy of a Mia Walters double and Ella Hartley.
Chelsea remain on top of the Southern Division following their 2-2 draw with second placed Arsenal, for whom Evie Clarke netted both goals. On a day when all four matches finished in draws, London Bees and Reading FC Women ended goalless whilst Grace McCatty scored for Bristol Academy against Watford, who replied through Amy Makewell. Yeovil Town and Oxford Utd meanwhile drew 1-1 with goals from Terri Trowbridge and Nicole Barrett respectively.
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