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Northern Division One
Leaders Brighouse Town had their match postponed on Sunday and could only look on as their two nearest rivals narrowed the gap on them to two points.
Hull City stay in second place after they defeated Chester-le-Street Town 2-1. Ellie Tanser and Katie Thompson netted the goals for Hull, with the Cestrians replying through Nichole Goundry-Havery.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile also stepped up their challenge by beating Newcastle Utd 3-0. Nicole Johnston opened the scoring for them just before half time and two goals in two minutes during the second half from Abby Pope and Sasha Rowe secured the points.
Crewe Alexandra returned themselves into the top half of the table with a 3-1 victory over Barnsley. Michelle Saunders' first half goal for Crewe was cancelled out by Anna Cairns but strikes in the last fifteen minutes from Laura Garner and Emma Lambourne earned the Alex a result which takes them up to fifth.
Midlands Division One
There was a change of leadership in Midlands Division One as TNS Ladies returned to the top of the table ahead of an inactive Loughborough Foxes, following a hard earned 3-2 win away to Long Eaton Utd. Indeed, the new leaders had to show their full powers of recovery as Long Eaton went into a two-goal lead during the first half through Elle Rowson and Laura Sears, with Laura Morris reducing the arrears just before half time. Charlotte Canlett equalised in the opening minute of the second half and she went on to score the winning goal midway through the half.
Burton Albion remain handily placed in third after notching a 2-1 win away to Radcliffe Olympic. Hayleigh Sutton gave Burton a first half lead which was cancelled out after the interval by Alex Saulter, before Jordan Atkin grabbed the winner with three minutes remaining.
Steel City Wanderers emerged as 3-1 winners over Solihull Moors in their mid-table clash. Cheryl Mawhood put the Steels in front before Paris Wagstaff added a brace, with Amelia Kirk replying.
Sporting Khalsa continued their improving form with a 3-0 success at Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, moving above their opponents on goal difference in the process. Lyndsey Glover, Megan Wilton and Kyrie Ball to give Khalsa their third win in five matches.
Things are looking a lot brighter for Rotherham Utd as they made it two victories in three matches when winning 3-2 away to Leicester City Ladies. Samantha Hale, Phoebe Hallam and Catherine McDuff-Viau were the markswomen for Rotherham, whilst Carmelina Colange bagged a brace for the home side.
South East Division One
AFC Wimbledon have a lead of two points at the top of the table following their 1-0 victory against Denham Utd. Katie Stanley scored the only goal of the game, ten minutes into the second half, to earn her side their ninth win in ten matches.
Leyton Orient meanwhile moved into second after winning 2-0 away to Stevenage Ladies. Both goals came during the second half, Danielle Griffiths opening the scoring just after the hour mark and Sarka Stryhalova adding the second late on.
Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town battled out a 2-2 draw which leaves both sides still well in contention and in third and fifth respectively. Charly Clarke and Amelia Hazard were on target for MK, with Ipswich replying through Sophie Welton and Jade Henry.
Luton Town claimed their third win in a row in all competitions and occupy fourth place following their 8-2 win against Norwich City. Seven different players got on the scoresheet for Luton, Nicola Henman netting twice along with Zara Carroll, Jess McKay, Lisa Nixon, Amy Summerfield, Natasha Fensome and Jo Rutherford, whilst Natasha Snelling and Millie Davies responded for Norwich.
The mid-table clash between Actonians Ladies and Cambridge Utd culminated in a goalless draw, the fifth occasion that Cambridge have shared the points in a league match so far this season.
Enfield Town are out of the bottom three following their 3-1 success away to Haringey Borough. Regan Coleman bagged a brace and Danielle Smith was also on target, with Jonea Peter netting the home side's consolation.
South West Division One
Two of the top three met each other in a vital clash on Sunday and it was Southampton Women who narrowly emerged as 1-0 winners over Keynsham Town, who stay on top of the table despite the defeat. A tight game was settled with fifteen minutes remaining, when Jane Yeates scored the only goal of the game.
Southampton Saints are now five points off the pace following a hard earned 2-0 victory away to St Nicholas. After a goalless first half, Libby O'Dell opened the scoring for the Saints just after the hour mark and Chloe Melton secured the points with the second goal late on.
Cheltenham Town meanwhile moved themselves up the table with a narrow 1-0 win against Larkhall Athletic. Substitute Holly Rogers grabbed the game's solitary goal with ten minutes remaining.
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