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Northern Division One
Hull City are still stretching the pace at the top of the table and put a halt to Morecambe's recent good run by beating them 2-1. Katie Thompson and Emily Smith netted the goals for Hull, with Hannah Paling replying.
Guiseley Vixens continue to look strong in second though and they made sure of keeping on Hull's heels with a 4-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers. Natalie Brace netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Sarah Danby and Chantelle O'Hara.
The nightmare run goes on however for Chorley as they crashed to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Rosie Kinvig led the scoring for the Feds with a hat-trick and also on target were Carla Lee, Charlotte Gill and Lynsey Longhurst, while Rachel Wood grabbed a consolation for Chorley.
Chester-le-Street Town are closing in on the top three and caught up further ground with a 5-3 success away to Leeds Ladies. Laura Hockaday bagged a hat-trick and the Cestrians' other markswomen were Nichole Goundry-Havery and Chloe Johnson, on the scoresheet for Leeds were Helen Wagstaff, Veatriki Sarri and Arianne Parnham.
It's four wins on the trot now for Brighouse Town and their 4-0 win at Crewe Alexandra means that any lingering relegation fears are now over. Charlotte Proud bagged a brace and there was one apiece from Annabelle Cass and Lauren Doyle.
Mossley Hill continue to battle hard to get out of the bottom two and they gave those hopes a great boost as they defeated Blackpool Wren Rovers 5-3. Megan Brodie scored twice along with Erin Slade, Amy Fisher and Megan Dykes whilst Nikki Berko netted a brace in reply, an own goal completing their tally.
Midlands Division One
Sporting Khalsa are back up into second place after running out 5-1 winners in their local derby against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Lauren Walker (2), Jodie Lewis, Stephanie Speck and Megan Wilton accounted for Khalsa's goals while Charlotte Fisher replied for the visitors.
Wolverhampton Wanderers meanwhile were left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw by Solihull Ladies. The result means that Wolves slip back into third, five points off the pace but with two games in hand, but despite picking up a great point, Solihull have dropped into the bottom two.
This is because Leicester City Ladies gave their survival hopes a huge shot in the arm by winning 4-2 away to Loughborough Students. Sofia Aragosa (2), Katie Bateman and Olivia Cornish all struck to earn Leicester three valuable points, with Alexia Spokes and Grace Stanley were on target for the students.
Long Eaton Utd moved back into the top half on the back of a 3-1 victory over Steel City Wanderers. Cara Newton, Jade Arber and Amy Pashley netted the goals for Long Eaton, the Steels' consolation coming from Zoe Beresford.
South East Division One
The leadership changed hands once again and Gillingham sit on top for the first time this season after they defeated Lowestoft Town 4-0. Fliss Gibbons once again led the scoring with a hat-trick and Jade Keogh was also on target as the unbeaten Gills moved two points in front.
Milton Keynes Dons had started the day on top of the pile but are back in second place after going down 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon, who are now one point behind them. A goal just after the hour mark from Rebecca Sargent settled the match and kept her team's title hopes alive.
Cambridge Utd lost ground though as they were beaten 2-1 by Enfield Town. Nuala McKevitt and Emma Thomas scored the goals for Enfield, Cambridge replying through Dawn Mallett.
Luton Town climbed up to fifth, thanks to a 1-0 success away to Ipswich Town. Amy Summerfield netted the only goal of the game to give Luton their second victory in a row.
South West Division One
Chichester City continue to turn up the heat at the top and further extended their advantage to twelve points, although they were pushed all the way in their 2-1 victory over Larkhall Athletic. An own goal gave Chichester a first half lead with Katy-May O'Hara-Nash equalising for the Larks, before Kally Ambler grabbed a last minute winner to stretch Chi's winning run in the league to eleven matches.
Keynsham Town are up into second place, their highest of the season to date, following their 5-2 win against St Nicholas. Justine Lorton-Radburn and Cristina Vega Leandro both scored twice along with Stephane Nascimento, Jodie Arkell and Kirsten Prior replying for the visitors.
Southampton Saints kept themselves firmly in the running for a top two position by beating Maidenhead Utd 4-2. Becki Bath (2), Sabrina Morriss-Manosalva and Carla Perkins were all on target for the Saints, with Maidenhead's consolations coming from Rachel Panting and Hannah Summers.
The two teams at the foot of the table met each other in a vital clash and it was Shanklin who were 3-2 winners over Exeter City. Gemma Woodford hit a hat-trick to seal the Isle of Wight side's first league victory of the season, with Kate Finch and Amber Guy-Kemp replying.
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