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Charlton Athletic's eight match winning run in the Southern Division was brought to a halt when they were beaten 3-1 by West Ham Utd.
Paige Anderson-James gave the Hammers the lead just after the half hour and Molly Peters added a second just before the interval. Kit Graham renewed hopes for Charlton when she pulled one back early in the second half but Peters went on to seal a fine victory for her side when she netted her second on the hour.
Charlton remain seven points clear though as second placed Lewes were also beaten, 3-0 by Crystal Palace. Leading scorer Gemma Bryan got back to goalscoring form by netting a goal in each half and Ellie Bailes joined her on the scoresheet to crown a result which takes them to within one point of the Rookettes. C & K Basildon stay level on points with Palace following their 3-0 victory over Gillingham, given to them by a goal apiece from Angela Addison, April Bowers and Hayley West. Chichester City meanwhile leapfrogged Portsmouth into fifth after beating them 3-2 in their South Coast derby meeting. Jess Lewry and Cherelle Khassal put Chi two ahead, with Samantha Quayle pulling one back for Pompey. Jenna Fowlie restored the two-goal advantage after the break and this proved to be decisive, despite Shannon Albuery scoring for Portsmouth in injury time.
Only one match was played in the Northern Division in midweek but it saw Leicester City Women move into second place in the table on the back of a 4-0 victory over Derby County. Sophie Domingo was on target twice and there was one apiece from Leigh Dugmore and Kim Farrow.
Hull City remain one point clear at the top of Northern Division One after a goal from Jo Symington gave them a 1-0 win away to Leeds Utd. They stay ahead of Brighouse Town who defeated Barnsley 3-1 with strikes from Becky Kendell, Hannah Poulter and Jodie Redgrave with Demi Pringle replying. Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile got back to winning ways in the league with a 3-0 local derby success against Mossley Hill, Roisin Havelin (2) and Carla Lee were on target. Morecambe continue to impress in fourth place, they beat Chorley 3-1 thanks to Emma Kay, Yasmine Swarbrick and Louise Gibbins whilst the visitors' consolation came from Vicky Coope. Meanwhile, the North East derby match produced a six-goal thriller with Newcastle Utd and Chester-le-Street Town drawing 3-3. Jess Foster netted twice and Siobhan Jones the other for Newcastle, with Cestrians replying through Katie Ellison, Rachel Mellor and Brogan Prudhoe.
All teams were in action in Midlands Division One and it was a good few days for Loughborough Foxes, who extended their lead to six points when beating Leicester City Ladies 7-0. Chloe Young led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Laura Dexter, Laura Steele, Becky Matlock and Francesca Wilson. Solihull Moors' 2-2 draw with Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies leaves them in second place, Chloe Bickley and Victoria Grieve netting their goals with Annie Collins and Kwahjay-Tabia Mapp replying. The Sheffield derby match between Steel City Wanderers and Sheffield Utd also ended with honours even, Cheryl Mawhood were on target for the Steels with Jennifer Pearson and Sophie Bell securing a 2-2 draw for the Blades, which takes them up to third. Despite a brace from Emily Ridge putting them two ahead early on, TNS Ladies surrendered their 100% record when going down to a surprise 5-2 defeat at the hands of Sporting Khalsa, who picked up their first points of the season. Burton Albion meanwhile returned to winning ways when Jemma Grimadell netted the only goal of the game against Long Eaton Utd. Radcliffe Olympic continue to improve and they complete the top half of the table following their 3-1 success at Rotherham Utd, Rania Ramadan, Beth Bailey and an own goal giving them the points with Libby Hallam replying.
AFC Wimbledon are back on top of South East Division One after Kelly-Jade Whelan and Becky Sargent scored in their 2-1 win away to Actonians Ladies, who replied through Alessandra Barreca. Ipswich Town meanwhile defeated Norwich City 8-1 and are third, Zoe Cossey hitting a hat-trick along with Lindsey Cooper, Amanda Crump, Miagh Downey, Roxanne Small and Sophie Welton, Sasha Diston netting Norwich's consolation. The Tractor Girls are just two points off the pace, as are Milton Keynes Dons following their 2-0 success at Cambridge Utd in which Alice Hughes and Laura Mills were on target. In the other game, Enfield Town and Stevenage Ladies battled out a 1-1 draw, Danielle Smith giving Enfield a first half lead and Chloe Gunn equalising after the break.
For the first time this season, Plymouth Argyle are not top of South West Division One, being replaced by Keynsham Town who took over as leaders with a 4-0 local derby victory over Brislington on Thursday night. Kerry Bartlett and Katie Cook gave them a two-goal lead after the break and in the second half, Bartlett netted twice more to complete her hat-trick. Southampton Women remain the third team still with a 100% record and they have moved up to third after an Emma Pinner brace and Jane Yeates took them to a 3-1 win against Poole Town, who had taken an early lead through an own goal. Olivia Buzaglo was on target four times and Hannah Summers added the other as Maidenhead Utd ran out 5-2 winners at Basingstoke Town, who replied through a Helen Ogle double, and Cheltenham Town defeated St Nicholas 3-0 with goals from Louise Fensome (2) and Jennifer Brown-Wealls.
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