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Things remain tight at the top in the Northern Division where leaders Fylde Ladies have been joined on points by Newcastle Utd, who beat Middlesbrough 3-2 with goals from Emily Tait, Siobhan Jones and Jessica Ellison. Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town occupy the next two places after sharing a 1-1 draw, Georgia Stevens netting for Rovers with Raegen Cartledge replying. Hull City and Bradford City also finished 1-1, goals coming from Misty Russell and Sinead Ord respectively, whilst Guiseley Vixens ran out 6-2 winners over Brighouse Town. Sarah Danby netted twice and there was one apiece from Keegan Lambert, Demi Wisher, Olivia Thackray and Alarna Fuller.
Leicester City Women have restored their lead of five points after they defeated TNS Ladies 4-1. Rosie Axten netted twice along with Simran Singh and Sarah Voce to move their side further ahead West Bromwich Albion, who were beaten 2-1 by Stoke City. Sophie Taylor and Courtney Jones scored the goals for Stoke who replace Albion in second place on goal difference. Alana Crawford was on target for Nottingham Forest as they drew 1-1 with Cardiff City Ladies, who replied through Ffion Price.
Tottenham Hotspur extended their Southern Division lead to seven points with a 4-2 win away to Lewes, Ronnell Humes netting twice along with Abbie Benstead and Cheryl Williams. Charlton Athletic lost ground as they were beaten 3-1 by Portsmouth, who scored through Melissa Lawrence, Kayleigh Tonks and Charmaine True. Jennifer Banfield bagged a brace for Denham Utd in their 2-2 draw with Queen's Park Rangers, for whom Sara Ezzahiri and Laura Hennessey replied, meanwhile West Ham Utd ran out 5-0 winners over Southampton Saints thanks to a Stephaney Bent hat-trick, Molly Peters and Chelsea Hinz.
FA WSL Development League Cup holders Arsenal are through to the semi finals once again, but only after being taken to extra time by Reading FC Women. Rianna Dean and Jessica Ngunga each scored twice along with Anne-Marie Filbey as Arsenal emerged as 5-3 winners, with Tasmin de Bunsen (2) and Beth Burgess replying. Bristol City had an even closer call in their win over Oxford Utd, going through on a penalty shootout after Holly Chandler had scored their goal in the 1-1 draw. Ali Johnson grabbed an extra time winner to give Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Manchester City and Sunderland were the only team to win in normal time, 3-1 against Aston Villa courtesy of Poppy Pattinson, Georgia Gibson and Mollie Lambert.
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