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Blackburn Rovers have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the Northern Division following a 2-0 win away to third placed Huddersfield Town. Hannah Walsh gave them the lead on the quarter hour and Georgia Stevens wrapped up the win with the second goal, midway through the second half. Bradford City meanwhile entered the top four after beating Leeds Utd 3-0, Keavy Smith netting twice with Lucy Preston also on target.
In the Midland Division, Loughborough Foxes lifted themselves up to third with a 6-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Libbie-Mae Taylor and Natasha Walker each scored twice, with one apiece from Simran Singh and Paige Gunn. Sporting Khalsa netted eight times without reply past TNS Ladies, Chloe Coldicott leading the scoring with a four-goal haul while Rebecca Knight, Rehanne Mellor, Angelique Morley and Ellie Walker added the others.
Portsmouth extended their Southern Division lead to six points by winning 4-0 away to Milton Keynes Dons. Zoe Ridley bagged a brace while Emma-Jane May and Kayleigh Tonks accounted for the other goals. C & K Basildon are in second following their 6-0 success at Denham Utd with Sophie Rhodes (2), Sarah Wilson (2), Macy Diaz and Paige Wakefield all on the scoresheet. Lisa Fulgence and Paige Walder scored the goals as Lewes defeated Charlton Athletic 2-1 and AFC Wimbledon were 6-1 winners over Queen's Park Rangers thanks to Jennie Brereton (2), Hannah Baptiste, Sophie Manzi, Megan Saunders and Megan Smith.
Stoke City were 4-3 winners in the delayed Reserve Section League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion. Sophie Taylor was on target twice, including the second half winner, along with Emily Curteis and Abbie Iddenden whilst Shannon Kelly hit a hat-trick in reply.
Manchester City ensured that Doncaster Rovers Belles' tenure at the top of the FA WSL Development League Northern Division was a short one as they won their meeting 2-0 to return to the top of the table. Sheffield FC re-entered the top three following their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, Shannon Durkin and Ruth Likara netting their goals with Phoebe Warner and Hannah George replying. Simran Jhamat and an own goal gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory over Durham Women.
In the Southern Division, the top of the table clash firmly went the way of Arsenal as they defeated Bristol City 5-1 to open up a lead of three points. Anne-Marie Filbey, Jessica Ngunga, Lachante Paul, Gabriella Ravenscroft and Tamsyn Sibanda were all on target for the Gunners. Watford have moved into the top three on the back of a 3-2 success away to Brighton & Hove Albion, Linda Afuakwah netted twice with Emily Hill adding the other goal. Reading FC Women meanwhile won an extraordinary match against London Bees by a scoreline of 13-5! Brogan Moore led the scoring for Reading with a five-goal haul, Lauryn Abery added two and there was one apiece from Georgia Clifford, Melissa Fletcher, Tamsin de Bunsen and Katherine Cunningham. Bolu Fisher (2), Connie Forman, Aylsha Stojko-Down and Holly Greenwood all replied for the Bees.
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