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Northern Division One
Crewe Alexandra recorded one of the surprise results of the season in the Premier League and greatly boosted their survival hopes when they defeated Guiseley Vixens 4-2. On what turned out to be a bad day for the top three, leaders Guiseley went into the game with an unbeaten record but Crewe raced into a three-goal lead at the break, courtesy of an Amanda Fallon brace and Laura Garner. Guiseley hit back with strikes from Alarna Fuller and Emily Scott but a second goal from Garner sealed a terrific result for Crewe, who are now four points ahead of the bottom two.
Hull City therefore had an opportunity to regain the leadership but they were also beaten, 2-1 by Chorley who put an end to their nightmare run of five straight defeats. Katherine Bonner and Scarlet Smith netted the goals for Chorley, with Hull replying through Katie Thompson.
Chorley move back up into third place, ahead of Chester-le-Street who went down to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Carina Mendes, Abby Pope, Lynsey Longhurst and Natalie Clark were all on the scoresheet for the Feds, Laura Hockaday grabbing a consolation for the Cestrians.
Brighouse Town claimed their fifth victory in a row, 4-0 against Blackpool Wren Rovers to boost their chances of finishing in a top half position. Demi Pringle netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Jordane Allison and Jodie Redgrave.
Midlands Division One
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies are back in the top three following their 1-0 win against Steel City Wanderers. Leah Seivwright scored the only goal of the game to get their side back on track after two defeats.
Wolverhampton Wanderers meanwhile received a setback to their title hopes when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Loughborough Students. Wolves took the lead with eleven minutes remaining when Jade Cross scored but the students were to hit back afterwards and Grace Pearson netted the goal which ended their run of sixteen straight defeats.
Radcliffe Olympic follow on after winning 2-0 away to Rotherham Utd. After a goalless first half, Laura Turner put Radcliffe in front ten minutes after the restart and Rania Ramadan secured the points for her side when she scored the second goal.
Solihull Ladies' survival quest gathered further momentum as they made it seven points out of nine with a 2-0 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Georgia Jones gave Solihull the lead early in the second half and Carly Davies clinched the win with eighteen minutes remaining.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons trimmed leaders Gillingham's advantage to two points with a 1-0 victory over Lowestoft Town. Hannah Barrett scored the only goal of the game to keep the Dons' promotion challenge alive.
AFC Wimbledon remain in third place but lost ground after battling out a 1-1 draw with Luton Town. Erica Byron gave a second half lead to Luton, who have now gone five games unbeaten, and they looked to be on course for victory until the fifth minute of injury time, when Kelly-Jade Whelan salvaged a point for Wimbledon with an equaliser.
Actonians Ladies and Cambridge Utd occupy the next two places after their meeting also ended 1-1. Alessandra Barreca was on target for Actonians, with the U's replying through Laura Mills.
Stevenage Ladies took a huge stride towards safety when they defeated Denham Utd 4-1. Donna McGuigan netted twice for Stevenage along with Kristina O'Connell and Rosy Woodhams, while Denham's consolation came from Alissa Down.
The East Anglian derby match between Norwich City and Ipswich Town was a third match to produce a 1-1 scoreline on the day. Kyla Love scored for Norwich, who picked up an important point in their chase to climb out of the bottom two, and Hollie Clement netted Ipswich's goal.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle reduced Chichester City's lead to ten points with a 4-1 victory over Basingstoke Town. Rebecca Dandridge was on target twice for Argyle along with Natasha Knapman and Zoe Cunningham, Michelle Kimber replying for Basingstoke.
Larkhall Athletic and Southampton Saints battled out a 2-2 draw which leaves the sides in fifth and fourth respectively. Michelle Munro was on target twice for the Larks, with Becki Bath netting a brace in reply.
Maidenhead Utd picked up a much needed 1-0 win against Shanklin, which increased the gap between the two sides to six points. Hannah Summers scored the only goal of the game to bring an end to the Berkshire side's unwanted run of eight straight league defeats.
Exeter City claimed only their second point of the season when sharing four goals with Brislington, who remain in sixth place. Brislington twice took the lead through Kim Maggs and Georgia Vandries, with Exeter hitting back on each occasion with goals from Charlotte Barnard and Sarah Hill.
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