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Northern Division One
With the top two not in action, Brighouse Town took the opportunity to take over the leadership with a 3-1 victory over Leeds Utd. Jodie Redgrave hit a first half hat-trick to secure a seventh win in eight games for Brighouse, with Carey Huegett netting a second half consolation for Leeds.
Bolton Wanderers remain in fifth place after they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Chester-le-Street Town, who climb up into mid-table. Katie Ellison grabbed the only goal of the game for the Cestrians on the hour.
Chorley continued their return to form by winning 4-1 against Crewe Alexandra, a result which lifts them up into the top half. An own goal gave Crewe the lead with nine minutes on the clock but the Lancashire side hit back strongly, Karis Harrison equalising before the interval and second half goals from Madeline Cullin, Laura Walker and Scarlett Smith wrapped up the points.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes recorded their ninth victory in ten games and stay four points clear after beating Rotherham Utd 5-0. Chloe Young and an own goal gave the Foxes a two-goal lead going into half time and after the break, Laura Dexter and Charlotte Cooper also got on the scoresheet before Young rounded off the scoring with her second.
TNS Ladies remain on the Foxes' heels in second place, but only after coming through a remarkable match against Steel City Wanderers with a 6-5 victory. Laura Morris hit a hat-trick for TNS, including the winner four minutes from time, while Charlotte Canlett (2) and Kim Bebbington added the others. Hannah Wright was on target twice in reply for the Steels along with Cheryl Mawhood, Sarah Middleton and Abby Pike.
Sheffield Utd complete the top three after being held to a 2-2 draw by Sporting Khalsa. Jodie Hartley and Tania Marsden were on target for United, with Khalsa replying through Lyndsey Glover and Jodie Lewis.
Burton Albion meanwhile moved themselves to within a single point of Solihull Moors after winning their meeting 2-0, courtesy of a second half brace from Yasmin Harris.
Radcliffe Olympic claimed their fifth win in six league matches when beating Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies 2-0. Beth Bailey gave Radcliffe the lead during the first half, before Georgia Gladwin sealed the points with the second goal after the break.
Long Eaton Utd continued their climb away from the bottom places with a 4-0 victory over Leicester City Ladies. Cara Newton netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Amy Pashley and Viki Adam.
South East Division One
Leaders AFC Wimbledon saw their eight match winning run brought to a halt as they were beaten 3-2 by Stevenage Ladies. Nicole Emmings, Chloe Gunn and Ellie Searle were all on target for Stevenage, with Wimbledon replying through Ingrid Asplund and Sian Wylie.
Milton Keynes Dons are now just one point off the pace following their 1-0 success away to Norwich City, a solitary strike from Amelia Hazard giving them an eighth victory in nine matches.
Leyton Orient meanwhile follow on in third after first half goals from Belen Ripoli Douton and Sophie Le Marchard saw them to a 2-0 victory at Denham Utd.
Ipswich Town are continuing to have a good season and their 2-1 win away to Actonians Ladies keeps them in touch with the leading sides. Zoe Cossey netted both goals for the Tractor Girls, with the home side's consolation coming from Sinead Friel.
In what was a good day for visiting sides, Luton Town became the only home team in the division to pick up a point on Sunday when their meeting with Enfield Town finished goalless.
The fifth away winners on the day were Cambridge Utd who defeated Haringey Borough 7-0. Emma Jenkins and Lauren Gibson each bagged doubles for the U's along with Laura Baker, Lauren Cartwright and Nuala Wayne.
South West Division One
Keynsham Town remain on top of the table but it was Plymouth Argyle who won the top of the table clash 5-2 to narrow the gap on the leaders to three points. Plymouth twice took the lead through Kayley Lane and Katie Middleton, with Katie Cook and Kerry Bartlett equalising on each occasion, but goals in last twenty minutes from Phoebe Baker, Natasha Knapman and Lane again saw Plymouth take the honours.
Southampton Women maintained their own winning run but only just, with a 3-2 success away to a luckless St Nicholas side. Despite being reduced to ten players during the course of the game through injury and illness, the home side led 2-1 going into the dying minutes thanks to a Rhian Robbins double, with Chelsie Hay replying. With central defenders Kirsten Rendall and Kirsten Prior in outstanding form, St Nicholas held on but their resistance was broken when Emma Pinner equalised late on and then, in the seventh minute of injury time, the home defence could not clear a corner and Kellie Warren was on hand to fire home from eight yards and give her side what could yet be a precious win.
Southampton Saints meanwhile got back on course by winning 3-1 at Maidenhead Utd. All of the goals came in the second half, Libby O'Dell and Emma King putting the Saints two ahead and although Tina Brett reduced the arrears for Maidenhead, Alisha Buckingham secured the points ten minutes from time.
Larkhall Athletic made it three league wins on the trot with a 3-1 success over Poole Town. Kate German was on target twice for the Larks along with Katy-May O'Hara-Nash, whilst Jemma Tewkesbury grabbed a consolation for Poole.
Brislington are back in mid-table following their 4-1 victory against Cheltenham Town. Jodie Arkell and Chelsea Heal both scored a goal in each half, while Louise Fensome replying.
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