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On Wednesday night, Sporting Club Albion narrowed the gap on Northern Division leaders Stoke City to a single point by beating them 3-1 in their top of the table clash at Halesowen.
Paige Crossman gave Albion a first half lead which was cancelled out by Jamilla Palmer but in the last seventeen minutes, goals from Abi Cottam and Kelly Darby meant that Stoke went down to their first defeat of the season after five straight victories.
Brighton & Hove Albion meanwhile went five points clear at the top of the Southern Division with a 2-0 victory away to Lewes. Both of the Seagulls' goals came in the first half, Deanna Cooper giving them the lead after seven minutes and Charlotte Gurr adding the second on the stroke of half time. Meanwhile, West Ham Utd registered their first points of the season when they defeated C & K Basildon 3-2. Emma Sherwood scored twice, including the winner from the penalty spot, and Giulia Ferrandi added the other with Maegen Doyle and Amy Nash replying in a game which saw four red cards shown.
Hull City are back on top of Northern Division One following their 4-1 win against Leeds Ladies. Becky Beech, Emily Smith, Emma Smith and Katie Thompson scored their goals with Zoe Doherty replying. Previous leaders Middlesbrough were held to a 2-2 draw by Norton & Stockton Ancients, Becky Hanratty and Nyci Thorns scoring for 'Boro with Anna Mawston netting both in reply. Sophie Perry, Sheree Thompson and Kaisha Sohl were on target for Mossley Hill as they went third by beating Chorley 3-2, Charlotte Higginson responding. Emily Hutton scored twice and Jo Norris the other as Morecambe defeated Blackpool Wren Rovers 3-0.
In Midlands Division One, Radcliffe Olympic closed the gap on leaders Leicester City WFC to three points with a 3-0 win away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, Ashleigh Evans (2) and Brogan Jones scoring. Wolverhampton Wanderers meanwhile made it five wins from five, 2-0 against Sporting Khalsa thanks to Jade Cross and Kimberley Ratcliffe. Hayley Wilford and Danielle Kingston were on target as Solihull Ladies went fourth by beating Leafield Athletic 2-0 and Steel City Wanderers were 1-0 winners over Rotherham Utd, Sarah Smith grabbing the only goal of the game to take the Steels into the top half.
Milton Keynes Dons are back in the top three of South East Division One after they defeated Cambridge Utd 2-1. Anna Larkin and Bryony Radley were on target for Norwich City as they battled out a 2-2 draw with Lowestoft Town, who hit back from two goals down through Chelsea Clarke and Natasha Thomas.
Swindon Town have further stretched their lead at the top of South West Division One to nine points with a 9-2 victory over local rivals Swindon Spitfires. Beth Westlake hit a hat-trick and Abby Picton a brace with Sarah Uzzell, Alice Smith, Megan Attenborough and Ellie Maynard also getting on the scoresheet. Katie Wadey and Beth Turner replied for the Spitfires who are still after their first points.
Photo - Sporting Club Albion striker Abi Cottam jumps with Stoke City defender Cassie Hyde.
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