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Northern Division One
Bolton Wanderers moved into the top half of the table with a 3-1 victory away to Barnsley. Ruby Howard, Saffron Newhouse and Emily Hockenhull netted the goals for Bolton, with Barnsley's consolation coming from Danielle Lowe.
Leeds Utd meanwhile narrowly got the better of Newcastle Utd in a seven-goal thriller. Arianne Parnham was on target twice for the Yorkshire side along with Charlotte Adams and Matina Petrova, with Steph Ord (2) and Emma Hewett replying for Newcastle.
Chester-le-Street Town completed a good week for themselves by picking up a second straight win, 2-0 away to Mossley Hill. An own goal gave the Cestrians a first half lead and they went on to seal the victory when Elisha Jones scored, four minutes from time.
Midlands Division One
With Solihull Moors not having a game, Loughborough Foxes took the chance to replace them at the top with a 5-0 victory away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Lindsey Tugby netted the only goal of the first half but after the break, Chloe Young, Siobhan Eastham and Charlotte Cooper all scored in quick succession with Simran Singh rounding off the scoring late on.
It has been an excellent week for Sheffield Utd, who claimed their third victory in five days and this has taken them up to fifth place. Tania Marsden netted twice and Nat Shaw the other as the Blades won 3-1 at Sporting Khalsa, whose consolation came from Megan Wilton.
Radcliffe Olympic are starting to find their form and they now occupy sixth place after a 3-0 success away to Long Eaton Utd. Linnea Kremer netted a goal in each half for Radcliffe and Ellie Readman was also on the scoresheet.
South East Division One
Leyton Orient made it three victories in a row on Sunday and this has taken them into second place, one point behind leaders AFC Wimbledon. Sarka Stryhalova was on target twice for the O's along with Sophie Le Marchand and Chanel Richards.
A win would have taken Ipswich Town back to top spot but instead they were beaten 3-2 by Enfield Town, who move out of the bottom two places as a result. Indeed, Enfield rushed into a three-goal lead at half time thanks to Alena Beganovic, Lisa Kline and Regan Coleman and although Jacqueline Ball and Natasha Thomas pulled goals back after the break, they held on for three important points.
Cambridge Utd were held to a draw for the fourth time in six matches, this time sharing four goals with Denham Utd. Laura Bright and Lauren Gibson netted the goals for Cambridge, with Denham replying through Sophie Cheadle and Annie Hewitt.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle kept hold of the leadership once again with a 5-0 victory at Cheltenham Town. Natasha Knapman continued her superb form in front of goal as she found the net four times - twice in each half - and Ezme Wells added the other to make it five wins on the trot for the Devon side.
Keynsham Town are keeping pace with Plymouth in second place; they also recorded their fifth straight victory, a 2-1 success away to Maidenhead Utd. Emily Plummer and Kerry Bartlett scored the goals to hand the points to an injury-hit Keynsham side.
Premier League Cup
Leicester City Women came through a difficult tie away to TNS Ladies with a 5-2 victory. Leigh Dugmore and Natalie Johnson gave Leicester a two-goal lead going into the break and Olivia Mitcham added a third, before TNS came roaring back with strikes from Kim Bebbington and Charlotte Canlett. Johnson then netted her second and Sophie Domingo grabbed a late fifth to seal the win for Leicester.
Southampton Women and Actonians Ladies are both doing well in their respective divisions so unsurprisingly, their meeting turned out to be a close affair with extra time needed to decide the outcome. The game was goalless after ninety minutes but an own goal broke the deadlock during the extra period and Jane Yeates also found the net to seal a 2-0 win for Southampton.
Crystal Palace swept through to the First Round by scoring eight times without reply at Poole Town. Palace led by five goals at the break, all scored by Gemma Bryan, before Nikita Whinnett, Ellie Stenning and Sandra Martin all joined her on the scoresheet during the second half.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds progressed by beating Steel City Wanderers 3-1. Sasha Rowe and Chantelle Thompson put the Feds two ahead at half time and although Lucy Ridley pulled one back for the Steels early in the second half, Roisin Havelin secured the win with five minutes remaining.
Premier League Plate
St Nicholas emerged as 4-2 victors over Basingstoke Town from a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 2-2 draw after extra time. St Nicholas took a first half lead through Rhian Robbins, before Basingstoke hit back after the break and a Helen Ogle double put them in front until injury time, when Kirsten Rendall equalised to take the game into the extra period.
A goal in each half meanwhile took Chorley to a 2-1 victory over Rotherham Utd. Madeline Cullin was on target for the Lancashire side in the first half with Catherine McDuff replying, before Laura Walker settled matters with the winning goal midway through the second half.
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