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Northern Division One
Leeds Ladies are the new leaders of the division following their 4-2 win against Morecambe. Emma Bentley was on target twice along with Rachel Ackroyd and Zoe Doherty, with Hannah Paling and Emma Kay replying.
Chorley sit in second place after winning an astonishing match 6-5 over Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Vicky Coope led the scoring for Chorley with a five-goal haul and Charlotte Higginson added the other, while Charlotte Apps netted four times for the Feds but still finished on the losing side, with Lynsey Longhurst also on target.
Hull City had started the day on top of the table but are back in third place after being beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Blackpool Wren Rovers. In the meeting between two promoted sides, Gemma Watson and Nikki Berko netted the goals for Rovers, whilst Hull's consolation came from Misty Russell.
Middlesbrough moved themselves up into the top four as they scored six times without reply against Chester-le-Street. Becky Hanratty and Nyci Thorns each scored twice for 'Boro along with Bianca Owens and Sarah Manning.
Mossley Hill staged a late comeback to win 2-1 away to Tranmere Rovers in their local derby. Tranmere had taken an eleventh minute lead through Lindsey Smith and they stayed in front until the last sixteen minutes, when Sheree Thompson and Megan Brodie scored to turn the match in Mossley's favour.
After defeats in each of their first three games, Stockport County moved themselves off the bottom of the table when a solitary strike from Jo Blodgett gave them their first victory of the season against Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women extended their lead at the top to five points after they recorded their fifth win in a row, 2-1 away to Radcliffe Olympic. Becky Knight gave Leicester an early lead with Beth Bailey equalising just after the half hour. In injury time, Lauren Bartle settled matters in Leicester's favour when she scored from a free kick.
Only one of the six matches in the division resulted in a home win, at Rotherham Utd where the home team defeated Peterborough Northern Star 6-2 to move back into second place. Bradie Wild and Nat Shaw each scored twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Maria Burns and Samantha Brooks.
Wolverhampton Wanderers leapt up into third place, thanks to a 4-1 victory away to Leafield Athletic. Jenni Anslow gave Wolves a first half lead which was cancelled out by Leila Hopkins, with Laura McQuilkin putting them back in front before half time. After the break, Wolves went on to seal the win with further goals from Anna Perks and Natalie Widdal.
Ashlea Hargreaves and Danielle Kingston scored the goals as Solihull Ladies inflicted a first defeat of the season on Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, a result which takes them into fifth.
Steel City Wanderers are in mid-table following their second win in succession, 2-1 away to Sporting Khalsa. Cheryl Mawhood netted a goal in each half for the Steels, with Rikki Page replying for the home side.
Leicester City Ladies won for the first time, 6-2 against Loughborough Students. Sylwia Gorbacewicz led the scoring with a four-goal haul while Aleksandra Janicka and Hollie Gunn were also on target.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace continue to stretch the early pace and remain two points ahead after beating Bedford Ladies 7-0. Roschelle Shakes netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Leanne Bell, Alma Donohoe, Freya Holdaway, Nicha Dyett and Gemma Bryan.
Luton Town continue to head the chasing teams following their 2-0 victory over Lowestoft Town. Rachel Carter gave Luton the lead and Michelle Byrne sealed the win by heading in the second goal.
Lauren Goodier, Charly Wright and Leah Cudone were all on the scoresheet as third placed Milton Keynes Dons got back to winning ways with a 3-0 success away to Ipswich Town.
Gillingham made it three wins out of four when beating Norwich City 4-1. Rachel Ahern bagged a hat-trick and Jade Keogh the other for the Gills, with Norwich replying through Natasha Snelling.
Enfield Town and Old Actonians occupy the next two places after sharing a 1-1 draw. Nuala McKevitt was on target for Enfield, with Actonians replying through Carla Williams.
Cambridge Utd are off the bottom of the table following their goalless draw with Denham Utd, a result which means the bottom five teams are all level on three points.
South West Division One
On a day when the top four pulled further away from the rest, Swindon Town took over the leadership with a 4-1 victory away to Southampton Saints. Beth Westlake netted two of the goals for Swindon and there was one apiece from Serena Smith and Ellie Maynard, Jessica Lewry netting a consolation for the home side.
Keynsham Town went second after winning 11-1 at Swindon Spitfires. Cristina Vega had a great day in front of goal, netting five times in total, and Leanne Lapham weighed in with a hat-trick. Justine Lorton-Radburn contributed a brace and the tally was completed by Pilar Garcia.
Chichester City maintained their own 100% record by beating St Nicholas 3-0. Chi took the lead with a first half goal from Tammy Waine but were unable to round off the win until the last fifteen minutes, when Jade Widdows netted twice.
Catherine Butts, Lucy Smith and Natasha Thompson were all on the scoresheet as Maidenhead Utd won 3-2 away to Cheltenham Town, a result which takes them into the top half of the table.
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