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Northern Division One
Liverpool Marshalls Feds made a swift return to the leadership after they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-0. A goal apiece from Faye Cummins, Levi Wensley and Ali Coleman ensured that the Feds returned to top spot after a week away, and with five games left to play.
This is because Guiseley AFC Vixens went down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of in-form Middlesbrough. After Tanya Rich had given Guiseley an early lead, Bianca Owens netted twice and Becky Hanratty the other to give 'Boro their eighth victory in a row and lift them into fifth place, their highest position of the season to date.
Chester-le-Street cemented themselves in mid-table by beating Sheffield Utd Community 3-0. Nichole Harvey, Rebecca Hopkins and Rachel Kay were on target for the Cestrians who still have an outside chance of a top three place.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women ran out 4-1 winners away to Steel City Wanderers to close the gap to a single point on leaders Loughborough Foxes, who did not play. All of City's goals came in the opening sixteen minutes, Sheryl Gayle opening the scoring before Fiona Worts added a brace and Rosie Axten netted the fourth. Cheryl Mawhood scored what turned out to be a consolation for the Steels, just before half time.
Loughborough Students consolidated themselves in third place by beating Leicester City Ladies 2-1. Teighlor Pengelley and Nicola Russell scored the goals for the students, with Rebekah Preston replying.
Radcliffe Olympic maintained their interest in the title race with a 2-0 victory over Solihull Ladies. Danni Saulter put them ahead on the hour and Christina Brewer wrapped up the points for Radcliffe with the second goal.
FC Reedswood meanwhile recorded one of their best wins of the season, 6-1 against Rotherham Utd. The visitors did take a first half lead through Nat Shaw but Reedswood hit back strongly, Natalie Poole equalising on the half hour mark and Eloise Gerhold putting them ahead before half time. After the break, Kelly Clarke bagged a brace with Tash Hughes and Jaime Duggan also getting on the scoresheet.
Mansfield Town took a huge stride towards safety with a 4-0 success against Curzon Ashton. Suzanne Gelson, Jemma Douglas, Emma Allen and Emily-Jo-Anne Bryan were their markswomen as they extended the gap between themselves and the bottom two to seven points.
South East Division One
C & K Basildon are back on top of the table despite being held to a 3-3 draw by bottom of the table Norwich City. Claire Lacey, Amy Nash and Hannah Porter netted the goals for C & K, who move above Milton Keynes Dons, but Norwich replied through an Ebony Wiseman double and Ellen Swift to pick up their best result of the season so far.
Denham Utd jumped into third place on the back of a 5-0 victory away to Luton Town. Elishia Allen, Lauren Cox, Alissa Down, Holleigh Marsh and Louise McCay were all on target for Denham who have now won four of their last seven league matches.
Crystal Palace slip to fourth in the table and lost a little ground as they were held to a goalless draw by Bedford Ladies, who are out of the bottom three as a result.
South West Division One
One match was played in the division on Sunday but it produced what could be a very significant result in the title race. Leaders Swindon Town battled out a goalless draw away to Shanklin and also they now head the table by two points, second placed Forest Green Rovers now have a game in hand and would clinch the league if they won their last two matches.
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