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Northern Division One
Leaders Liverpool Marshalls Feds were dealt a blow as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough. Bianca Owens netted a goal in each half to earn 'Boro a result which takes them out of the bottom two.
Chorley are now only four points off the pace once again following their 1-0 success away to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Ruth Harrison scored the only goal of the game for the Lancashire side during the second half.
Stockport County continued their climb up into mid-table with an 8-3 victory over Sheffield Utd Community. Steph Ashton-Smith, Georgia France and Katherine Jones all netted twice for County and the scoring was rounded off by Beth Langford and an own goal.
Morecambe also picked up a vital win, 3-2 against Mossley Hill. Stacey McMahon headed Mossley into a first half lead which was cancelled out by Becky Whittingham, before Sophie Fish and Laura Callis added further goals for Morecambe before the break. Paige Lindsay reduced the arrears with fifteen minutes remaining but Morecambe held out to secure three important points.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes lead the table by four points after battling out a goalless draw in their local derby with in-form Loughborough Students on Sunday.
Leicester City WFC meanwhile took the chance to trim the Foxes' lead by winning 6-2 away to Rotherham Utd. Sheryl Gayle's ninth minute strike for Leicester was quickly cancelled out by Amy Pollock, with Lauren Bartle and Rosie Axten adding further goals for City before half time. Gayle scored a second after the break before Rebecca Kemp increased their advantage and despite Hollie Barker pulling one back for Rotherham, Kemp finished off an impressive result for her side with her second goal.
Solihull Ladies are back in the top half of the table following their 2-1 success at Curzon Ashton. First half goals from Hayley Wilford and Tanya Dickinson sewed up the points for Solihull, with Curzon grabbing a late consolation through Emma Lambourne.
South West Division One
One match managed to survive the severe weather on Sunday but it provided plenty of entertainment as Southampton Saints went top of the table via a 6-4 victory at Cheltenham Town.
Southampton, who were playing their final league game of the season, had also been hampered by a bus breakdown on the day but ended on a winning note as Jemma Tewkesbury bagged a hat-trick along with Becki Bath, Jess Lewry and an own goal. Cheltenham hit back with goals from Rhona Donaldson, Emily Skipp, Lauren Wyatt and Catherine Reilly but it was the visitors who returned home with the points.
Photo - Cheltenham Town striker Catherine Reilly gets past Southampton Saints goalkeeper Hannah Haughton and defender Leah Shave to score their fourth goal.
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