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Bradford City narrowed the gap on Northern Division leaders Newcastle Utd to six points with a 5-1 victory over Huddersfield Town. Chloe Pennisi, Zoe Roberts, Abigail Lee, Abigail Barker and Victoria Rich all scored a goal apiece. Sheffield FC remain one point behind in third after beating Guiseley AFC Vixens 4-1.
Nottingham Forest are confirmed as the winners of the Midland Division after Derby County, the only remaining team which could have caught them, were beaten 2-1 by Stoke City. All of the goals came in the opening quarter of the game, Lucy Ridgway giving Stoke an early lead which was cancelled out by Hannah Jones, before Emily Curteis netted what turned out to be the winner.
Southern Division leaders Charlton Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur, Kylie Manktelow netting their goal with Chloe Bassett replying. The Addicks now lead by four points from West Ham Utd, who went second by beating Chichester City 1-0 with a goal from Katie Bottom. Brighton & Hove Albion's chance took a knock as they were defeated 8-3 by Bedford Ladies. Natasha Fensome led the scoring with a six-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Chloe Scott and Eden Washington. Rebecca Bell netted twice and Elizabeth O'Callaghan the other for Portsmouth in their 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace and Lewes meanwhile registered their first league victory of the season, 2-1 against Queen's Park Rangers thanks to Georgia Tibble and Eleanor Ramsauer.
FA WSL Development League Northern Division table toppers Liverpool were beaten for the first time this season, 1-0 by Birmingham City who repeated the feat of their first team with a goal from Iszora Rageh. Sunderland stormed to a 10-3 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles in which Shannon Etherington hit a hat-trick along with further goals from Madelaine Hill (2), Elizabeth McCubbin, Rhiannon Gray, Tyler Dodds, Chloe Johnson and Laura Hockaday. Jess Clark netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jordon Atkinson and Courtney Corrie as Durham Women won 4-2 at Aston Villa.
Chelsea maintained their five point lead at the top of the Southern Division after Mahlah Catline, Laura Rafferty and Rosella Ayane gave them a 3-1 victory against Reading FC Women. Second placed Arsenal defeated Watford 3-1 and Millwall Lionesses ran out 5-0 winners over Bristol Academy. Elle-Louise Butcher and Olesha Charles each netted twice along with Josie Elliott.
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