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Northern Division One
Middlesbrough have gone top of the table after scoring six times without reply against Leeds Ladies. Bianca Owens and Jade Ridley each netted twice for 'Boro, with one apiece from Sammie Leigh and Millie Bell.
Hull City had started the day as leaders but went down to a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Liverpool Marshalls Feds, who are one point behind them in third place. Charlotte Apps hit a hat-trick for the Feds, Emily Douglas weighed in with a brace and there was one each from Amy Seagraves and Levi Wensley. Misty Russell and Stacey Hubbard were both on target for Hull.
Morecambe inched another place up the table, moving into fourth with a 3-1 victory over Mossley Hill. Beth Fisher, Becky Whittingham and Emma Kay were the markswomen for Morecambe, with Mossley's consolation coming from Carla Lee.
Blackpool Wren Rovers maintained their position in the top half of the table as goals from Carly Loughran, Gemma Watson, Abby Pullen and Nikki Berko gave them a 4-0 win against Chester-le-Street.
Five different players got on the scoresheet as Chorley returned to action by beating Norton & Stockton Ancients 5-1. Natalie Parry, Ruth Harrison, Vicky Coope, Sarah Berry and Janet Mitchell a scored a goal apiece for the Lancashire side.
Tranmere Rovers claimed their first victory of the season and are off the bottom of the table after winning 2-1 away to Stockport County. Charlotte Cloy netted both goals for Tranmere, including one from the penalty spot, while Stockport replied through Katherine Jones.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women continue to power away at the top of the table and they made it ten wins out of ten when beating Steel City Wanderers 3-0. Taryn Hearn opened the scoring for the league leaders during the first half and after the break, Helen Busby and Lauren Bartle added further goals.
Radcliffe Olympic continue to head the chasing teams after they defeated Rotherham Utd 6-1. Rania Ramadan was on target twice for Radcliffe along with Natalie Robinson, Ashleigh Evans, Lauren Plummer and an own goal.
Solihull Ladies moved up into the top three following their 2-2 draw with Leicester City Ladies. Aleksandra Janicka and Becky Preston were on target for Leicester, with Solihull replying through Carly Brown and Carly Davies.
The surprise result of the day came at Wolverhampton Wanderers where the home side's 100% record was brought to an end with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Loughborough Students. All of the goals came during the second half, Emily Clements giving Loughborough the lead but Wolves hitting back strongly to go in front through Anna Perks and Laura McQuilkin. Clements levelled matters once again but with a minute to go, Eva Rogers grabbed a late winner which takes her side off the bottom of the table.
Peterborough Northern Star ran out 4-1 winners over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, a result which takes them into mid-table. Vicky Gallagher spearheaded the victory with a hat-trick and Abigail Young added the other goal, with Natalie Courtney replying.
Honours finished even as Leafield Athletic and Sporting Khalsa battled out a 1-1 draw. Gabriella Reid gave Leafield a first half lead with Julie Stirrup equalising after the break.
South East Division One
The top of the table clash went the way of leaders Crystal Palace who went five points clear of nearest rivals Luton Town after beating them 2-1. Mary Robinson and Alma Donohoe netted the goals for Palace, with Luton replying through Zara Carroll.
Gillingham had looked to be on their way towards a win which would have kept them on the heels of Palace but with 52 minutes played, fog intervened whilst they were 3-1 up at Norwich City and the match was abandoned.
Fast improving Cambridge Utd made it back to back wins with a 4-1 success away to Old Actonians, which moves them to within one point of their fifth placed opponents. Paige Logie was on target twice for the U's along with Laura Mills and Isabella Simmons, Actonians' consolation coming from Simone Wan.
Denham Utd staged a good second half comeback to record a 3-1 victory over Lowestoft Town. Hannah Waters gave the visitors a first half lead but after the break, goals from Natalie Murray, Vicky Birkby and Katie Phillipson earned Denham their second league win of the season.
Ipswich Town are out of the bottom two after they scored nine times without reply against Bedford Ladies. Hollie Clement and Jasmine Cox bagged two goals apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Amanda Crump, Molly Hall, Aimee Harrison, Natasha Thomas and Jo Foy.
South West Division One
Larkhall Athletic climbed into top spot after running out 5-2 winners over Southampton Saints. Michelle Munro netted twice for the Larks along with Kate German, Emily Harrington and Lizzie Barratt while the Saints replied through Kathryn Littleboy and Jess Lewry.
Exeter City are in second place on goal difference, thanks to a 2-0 victory against St Nicholas. Kirsty Caunter ensured they led at half time and Paige Longworth-Wakeham sewed up the win with the second goal late on.
Previous leaders Swindon Town are back in third place following their 1-1 draw against Keynsham Town. Leanne Lapham gave Keynsham an early lead which was cancelled out during the second half by Sam Quinn (see match report).
Chichester City are just two points off the pace after they won 2-1 away to Maidenhead Utd. Chloe Dowdell gave Chichester a first half lead which was cancelled out by Natasha Thompson, before Jade Widdows snatched a late winner for the Sussex side deep into injury time.
Shanklin went down to another narrow defeat, this time beaten 1-0 by Cheltenham Town. The only goal of the game came six minutes into the second half when a solitary strike from Katie Wadey gave Cheltenham the points.
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