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Northern Division One
Chorley have drawn level on points with leaders Guiseley Vixens after picking up a hard fought 6-4 victory away to improving Mossley Hill. Rachel Wood scored twice for Chorley inside the opening ten minutes and went on to complete her hat-trick after the break, with Charlotte Higginson, Scarlet Smith and Vicky Coope joining her on the scoresheet. Caroline Charlton netted twice in reply for Mossley along with Amy Hughes and Kirstie Pickin.
Hull City meanwhile kept up their challenge by winning 2-1 at Brighouse Town. All of the goals came during the first half, Misty Russell and Jo Symington netting for Hull, with Brighouse's consolation coming from Emma Dobson.
Blackpool Wren Rovers continue to climb the table and are in fourth place following their 3-2 success against Morecambe. Rachel Warren scored twice and Abby Pullen the other for Wren Rovers, with Megan Doherty on target twice for Morecambe.
Crewe Alexandra meanwhile picked up three important points from a 3-2 victory over Leeds Ladies. The visitors led at the break through Megan Maxted but Crewe hit back in the second half to lead, thanks to Beth Grice and Amanda Fallon. Arianne Parnham levelled matters once more before Fallon netted her second with three minutes remaining, to seal the points for Crew.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes have gone nine points clear at the top of the table after scoring nine times without reply against Solihull Ladies. Becky Matlock led the scoring with a hat-trick, Chloe Young weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Shauna Chambers, Charlotte Cooper, Emma Pilling and Nicola Russell.
Second placed Sporting Khalsa lost ground on the leaders as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Long Eaton Utd. Cara Newton netted a first half brace and Precious Hamilton added the third early in the second half, for a result which sees Long Eaton make up ground on the top five.
Steel City Wanderers follow on after they ran out 6-1 winners over Loughborough Students. Zoe Beresford and Paige Unwin each netted twice, with Millie Kenyon and Hannah Wright also on target, while the students' consolation came from Rosanna Frith-Salem.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies completed a good day for the home clubs as they defeated Rotherham Utd 5-1. Annie Pritchard gave them a first half lead which was cancelled out by Bradie Wild, but Leah Seivwright restored B&WM's advantage before half time. Maimee Morris put them further ahead in the opening minute of the second half, with Jodie McDonagh and Justine Buckmire going on to add further goals.
South East Division One
Cambridge Utd got back to winning ways at the top of the table and their 5-0 success at Ipswich Town sees them open up a lead of four points. Dawn Mallett and Nicole Perschky both netted twice for the U's and they were joined on the scoresheet by Danielle Puddefoot.
AFC Wimbledon remain in second place following their 1-1 draw with Norwich City. After a goalless first half, Rebecca Sargent put the Dons in front after the restart before Norwich hit back and earned themselves a share of the spoils through a Paige Shorten equaliser, nine minutes from time.
Milton Keynes Dons are a single point behind in third place after winning 6-2 at Lowestoft Town. Charly Clarke and Leah Cudone both netted twice along with Vicky Holland and Charlotte Matthews, with Molly Hall and Hannah Waters replying.
Gillingham remain well in touch with the leaders and are up to fourth, following their 9-0 victory over Denham Utd. Fliss Gibbons bagged a hat-trick for the Gills, April Bowers and Charlotte Gurr both netting doubles with Jay Blackie and an own goal rounding off the scoring.
South West Division One
For the second week in a row, the only match in the division to survive the weather was at Yate, where St Nicholas and Exeter City battled out a 2-2 draw. The home side twice took the lead through Kirsten Rendall and Adele Hooper, with Exeter battling back on each occasion with equalisers from Sarah Hill and Kate Finch.
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