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Blackburn Rovers head the recalculated Northern Division table, following the withdrawal of Leeds Ladies, on goal difference after running out 6-0 winners over Guiseley Vixens. Ellie Doggett netted twice for Rovers along with Alice Adams, Abby Bennett, Kerry Hope and Ria Marie Montgomery. Huddersfield Town kept pace with them by beating Hull City 4-0 thanks to Robyn Harris (2), Jade Talbot and Laura Windle. Fylde Ladies are in third after winning 2-1 away to Newcastle Utd with goals from Leah Foster and Sophie Hawkins and Bradford City were 1-0 victors over Brighouse Town, Kirstie Hunt grabbing the only goal of the game.
The top two did not play in the Midland Division and West Bromwich Albion are in third place after Danielle Kingston and Aimee Taylor gave them a 2-0 win away to TNS Ladies. Derby County could have gone joint top with a victory but instead they were beaten 2-0 by Cardiff City Ladies for whom Ella Powell and Jasmine Turner scored. Rebecca Knight (2) and Rehanne Mellor netted the goals for Sporting Khalsa in their 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest and a Paris Kiernan goal earned Loughborough Foxes their first point of the season, drawing 1-1 with Coventry Utd who replied through Amber Downs.
Southern Division leaders Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 2-2 draw by Queen's Park Rangers. Khyla Brangman and Amy Makewell netted the goals for Spurs, whilst Catherine Butts bagged a brace in reply. Spurs' lead has been trimmed to six points by Charlton Athletic who defeated Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 thanks to Catharine Krystecki and Emily Ashcroft. Rachel Harney scored the only goal of the game for Crystal Palace against Denham Utd and they are in third. Lewes ran out 5-0 winners over Southampton Saints with a goal apiece from Eleanor Ramsauer, Sadie Ashby, Georgia Bowen, Gabby Baldock and Ellie Smith, and West Ham Utd won 1-0 at C & K Basildon with a strike from Eva Carvalho.
In the FA WSL Development League, Liverpool will go into the mid-season break with a seven point lead at the top of the Northern Division following their 4-0 success away to Sunderland. Birmingham City meanwhile defeated Sheffield FC 7-1 to go into second place, doubles coming from Laura Davies, Shania Hayles and Emily Joyce with Antonia Smith adding the other. Manchester City shared a 2-2 draw with Everton, who scored through Freya Tan and Faye Bryson, whilst Kamariah Scott and Tanisha Smith gave Aston Villa a 2-1 win away to Durham Women. Notts County meanwhile claimed their first points of the season as they also won 2-1 against Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Southern Division leaders Brighton & Hove Albion shared a 4-4 draw with London Bees and have a lead of three points. Annie Rolf hit a hat-trick for the Seagulls, with Sara Tubby also on target. Chelsea caught up ground in second after a four-goal haul from Alessia Russo spearheaded a 7-0 victory over Bristol City. Nicole Douglas added two and Lois Joel completed the tally. Arsenal continue to catch up ground and were 4-0 winners over Yeovil Town, Rianna Dean netting twice along with Taylor Hinds and Tinaya Alexander. Reading FC Women also won 4-0 against Oxford Utd and Millwall Lionesses defeated Watford 3-1 thanks to a Beth Harford brace and Samantha Booker.
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