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Northern Division One
The leadership changed hands once again on Sunday and it is Middlesbrough who now head the table after winning 3-0 away to Blackpool Wren Rovers. All of the goals came in the last eighteen minutes, Becky Hanratty netting either side of a Bianca Owens goal to see 'Boro go top on goal difference.
Leeds Ladies had started the day on top but they went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to fast improving Stockport County. Hanifa Douglas gave Stockport the lead midway through the second half and although Emma Bentley equalised from the penalty spot, Grace Campbell scored an injury time winner to earn Stockport their second win in a row.
A win would have returned Hull City to the top of the table but they stay third after being held to a 1-1 draw by Morecambe. Ellie Jackman headed Hull in front during the first half but Morecambe hit back after the break and earned themselves a share of the spoils when Jo Norris scored from a free kick.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds lie just behind the leading teams following their 5-1 success away to Chester-le-Street. Emily Douglas netted two first half goals for the Feds and they added further strikes after the break through a Levi Wensley brace and Charlotte Apps.
Mossley Hill kept themselves in touch by scoring six times without reply past Norton & Stockton Ancients. Lauren Oatley grabbed the only goal of the first half and went on to complete her double after the break with Sophie Perry, Kayleigh McDonald, Kaisha Sohl and Aimee Cleaver adding the others.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women made it six wins in a row and are six points clear following their 5-2 victory over Peterborough Northern Star. Chantelle Robinson and Becky Knight each scored twice and Lauren Bartle was also on the scoresheet.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are up into second place after a solitary strike from Laura McQuilkin earned them a 1-0 win away to Loughborough Students, which preserves their own 100% record.
Radcliffe Olympic moved back into the top three by beating Leafield Athletic 6-1. Dani Saulter and Rania Ramadan both netted braces for Radcliffe along with Natalie Robinson and Ashleigh Evans, with Leafield's consolation coming from Alice Bowles.
Steel City Wanderers and Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies occupy the two mid-table positions after their meeting ended in a goalless draw.
Sporting Khalsa lifted themselves out of the bottom two places as they recorded their first victory of the season, 1-0 against Leicester City Ladies with Steph Speck scoring the only goal of the game.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace had another good day as they defeated Enfield Town 1-0 and extended their lead at the top to four points in the process. Abigail Igbavboa netted the only goal of the game after fifteen minutes to extend Palace's winning run to six matches.
Milton Keynes Dons and second placed Luton Town meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw. The Dons took the lead in the first half through Sophie Watson but Luton hit back after the break and Natasha Fensome scored an equalising goal to preserve her side's unbeaten start to the campaign.
Gillingham have gone third after winning 3-0 away to Old Actonians. Shannon Redhouse, Kallie Balfour and Rachel Ahern scored the goals to hand the Gills their fourth win in five matches and inflict a first defeat of the season on the home side.
Norwich City are back up into the top half following their 3-1 success at Cambridge Utd. Ebony Wiseman scored twice and Anna Larkin the other for the Canaries, with Cambridge's consolation coming from Laura Mills.
Things remain very tight at this stage in the bottom half of the table with just two points covering the six times. These include Denham Utd and Ipswich Town who battled out a goalless draw in their meeting.
The match between Lowestoft Town and Bedford Ladies also ended 0-0, giving each side a point which moves them up a place and above Cambridge.
South West Division One
Swindon Town staged a late fightback to win 2-1 away to Exeter City and double their lead to six points. The first half ended goalless but two minutes after the restart, Exeter were in front thanks to Helen Kukor. Meg Vella levelled the scores and with six minutes remaining, substitute Megan Attenborough scored the winner to ensure the Wiltshire side preserved their 100% record.
Second placed Keynsham Town meanwhile surrendered their unbeaten start as they were beaten 2-1 by Cheltenham Town. Rosie Herbert and Charlie Griffin netted second half goals to give Cheltenham a fine win, with Aimee Clark replying for the home side.
Larkhall Athletic maintained their own winning start with a 3-2 success at Maidenhead Utd despite a late scare. Kate German scored twice and Lizzie Barratt the other as the Larks took a three-goal lead and although Maidenhead grabbed two late goals, they held on to take the points.
Southampton Saints lifted themselves up the table by scoring five times without reply past Shanklin. Catherine Browning was on target twice for the Saints along with Rebecca Bath, Krystal Whyte and Emma Whitlock.
The two teams who had started the day at the foot of the table met each other and it was St Nicholas who emerged as 2-1 winners over Swindon Spitfires. All of the goals came during a seven minute spell during the first half, Sarah Stacy scoring both goals for St Nicholas either side of a strike from Cara Costello.
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