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Only one game managed to survive the weather in the Northern Division and it saw Huddersfield Town climb four places up the table, thanks to a 5-2 victory over Hull City. Kate Mallin led the scoring for Town with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Katie Lockwood and Emily Heckler, with Evie Hepworth and Shannon Tate replying for the visitors.
Things remain tight at the top of the Midland Division after three of the challengers recorded victories. Nottingham Forest are still the leaders after they defeated one of their rivals, Stoke City, 2-0 with Georgia Gladwin netting both goals. Coventry Utd meanwhile ensured that they stay one point behind in second place, courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Loughborough Students in which Kelly Worthington, Jade Mellor and Ellie White all scored. Cardiff City Ladies are a further point adrift after beating Sporting Khalsa 4-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Chantelle Chapman, Alicia Cox, Hannah Mills and Laura Murray.
In the South Division, Portsmouth ended Tottenham Hotspur's 100% record by holding the league leaders to a 1-1 draw, Rebecca Bell scoring for Pompey. Spurs' advantage at the top has been trimmed to a single point by Brighton & Hove Albion, who were crushing 13-1 winners over West Ham Utd. Kim Stenning was on target four times for the Seagulls, Ellie Dorey and Megan Fox weighed in with braces, and there was one apiece from Lisa Fulgence, Annie Rolf, Natalie Taylor, Valentine Pursey and an own goal. Charlotte Lee (2), Victoria Campbell and Kylie Manktelow netted the goals as third placed Charlton Athletic defeated Southampton Saints 4-0 whilst Queen's Park Rangers leapfrogged Crystal Palace into fourth place after beating them 3-2, Fern Colepio, Cherrelle Albert and Zemeka Clarke were their markswomen.
The last match in the FA WSL Development League before the mid-season break was played, in the Southern Division where Reading FC Women won 4-2 away to Watford to move themselves level on points with leaders Arsenal. Zoe Cunningham bagged a brace for the Royals along with Stacey Wiggins and Charlie Estcourt, with the home side's replies coming from Renee Hector and an own goal.
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