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Northern Division One
Liverpool Marshalls Feds made sure of keeping hold of the leadership with a 3-2 victory away to third placed Chorley. Faye Cummins, Levi Wensley and Alex Coleman scored the goals to tip an entertaining match in the Feds' favour, while Ruth Harrison netted twice in reply for the home side.
Guiseley AFC Vixens stay one point behind in second place after also winning 3-2 against Mossley Hill. Caroline Hulme, Becky Kendell and Kerrie Zserdicky were Guiseley's markswomen as they made it eight league wins on the trot, while Kaisha Sohl and Paige Lindsay were on target for Mossley.
Leeds Ladies lost ground on the leaders when they went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of fast improving Stockport County. Steph Ashton-Smith and Grace Campbell were on the scoresheet for Stockport, with Leeds' consolation coming from Emma Bentley.
Middlesbrough have enjoyed a very good week with three successive victories, going into the top half of the table after scoring eight without reply past Sheffield Utd Community. Nyci Thorns had a great day in front of goal, netting five times in total, Bianca Owens weighed in with a brace and Leanne Anderson was also on target for 'Boro.
Morecambe and Norton & Stockton Ancients meanwhile shared the points in an important clash which finished level at 1-1. Jessica Dawson volleyed Norton in front on the half hour with Hannah Paling equalising seven minutes later and neither side could make a breakthrough in a second half which was played in sleet and snow.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes kept hold of their four point lead by running out 4-1 winners away to Solihull Ladies. Melissa Reid led the scoring with a brace along with Vicky Brackenbury and an own goal, while Solihull replied through Jodie Lewis.
Leicester City Women maintained their challenge in second place with a fine 2-1 victory at Radcliffe Olympic. Beth Bailey did give Radcliffe an early lead but a goal in each half from Rebecca Kemp earned Leicester three valuable points.
Loughborough Students continued their good run of form by beating Steel City Wanderers 3-0 and are now up into third place. Siobhan Eastham was on target twice for the students along with Emily Quimby.
Leicester City Ladies returned home from FC Reedswood with a 2-1 win following their mid-table clash. Reedswood took the lead midway through the second half via a strike from Kelly Highman but City hit back strongly, Erica Kilby putting them back on level terms before Rebekah Preston netted a late winner.
South East Division One
Luton Town moved in fourth place, their highest position of the season to date, after they defeated Cambridge Women 4-0. Zara Carroll bagged a brace with Michelle Byrne and Rebecca Wilson-Kane adding the other goals.
Luton climb above Denham Utd who suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Ipswich Town. Molly Hall and Roxanne Small scored the goals as Ipswich picked up their second league win of the season.
South West Division One
It was a bad day to be one of the title chasing teams in this division as none of the three contenders won, meaning that Southampton Saints, who have completed their fixtures, hold onto the leadership for at least another week.
Swindon Town did pick up a point from a 1-1 draw against Chichester City. Michelle Rich gave Swindon a first half lead which was cancelled out by Becky Barron and neither side could break the deadlock during the second half, meaning that Swindon are now one point off the pace.
A win would have taken Forest Green Rovers top of the table but they crashed to a 5-0 defeat away to local rivals Larkhall Athletic. Emily Harrington hit a hat-trick for the Larks whose other goals came from Lizzie Barratt and Adele Hooper.
Exeter City were also unable to take advantage as they also lost, 4-2 against St Nicholas who registered their first league victory of the season. Lola Sanchez gave Exeter a first minute lead but St Nicholas hit back strongly and equalised through Megan Bloomer. After the break, Jade Gamlin scored twice, including one from the penalty spot. but then an unfortunate own goal from Sophie Sweet brought Exeter back into the game with fifteen minutes remaining. However with the last kick of the game, Laura McGlone sealed the points for St Nicholas with a superb 30-yard strike to spark jubilant scenes from her team mates.
Photo - St Nicholas midfielder Rianne Lewis is up against Exeter City duo Carla Staddon and Lola Sanchez.
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