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Northern Division One
Morecambe are having a fine season and have moved back into the top three after running out 8-2 winners over Mossley Hill. Yasmine Swarbrick led the scoring for the Lancashire side with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Melissa Brown, Louise Gibbins, Charlotte Higginson, Hannah Paling and Elizabeth Chapman, with Amy Hughes hitting a double in reply.
Crewe Alexandra made sure that their long journey to Chester-le-Street Town was a fruitful one, returning with a 2-1 victory under their belts which lifts them into fifth place. All of the goals came in the first half, Nichole Goundry-Havery giving the Cestrians a seventh minute lead, before Amanda Fallon levelled the scores and Laura Garner netted the decisive goal just before half time.
Newcastle Utd are out of the bottom three following their 3-2 win against mid-table Barnsley. Megan McKenzie was on target twice for the Magpies along with Steph Ord, with Barnsley replying through Rebecca Fevers and Darcie Kendall-Greene.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes remain as leaders following their 6-0 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Charlotte Cooper netted a first half double, either side of a Vicky Brackenbury strike to put them three ahead at the interval, with Lindsey Tugby adding two after the break and Tiana Hicks rounding off the scoring.
TNS Ladies ensured they stay one point behind Loughborough Foxes after scoring five times without reply past Leicester City Ladies. Emily Ridge, Kim Bebbington, Laura Morris, Charlotte Canlett and Louisa Anderson all scored a goal apiece for TNS to give them their fifth straight league win.
Sheffield Utd complete the top three as they won 5-2 away to Solihull Moors. Abbie Taylor gave the home side the lead in the opening minute, with Tania Marsden equalising straight away and after Sophie Bell had put the Blades ahead for the first time, Georgia Jones ensured the scores were level at half time. After the break, Bell grabbed a quickfire double to complete her hat-trick and Millie Kenyon sealed the win with the final goal.
Sporting Khalsa meanwhile moved themselves closer towards mid-table with a 2-0 success at Rotherham Utd. After a goalless first half, Stephanie Speck gave Khalsa the lead midway through the second half and Jodie Lewis wrapped up the points with ten minutes remaining.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons pepped up their title challenge with a 2-1 victory over second placed Leyton Orient. Charly Clarke and Louise Naylor scored the goals for MK, who trail leaders AFC Wimbledon by six points with a game in hand, while Vanessa Wilson replied for Orient.
Ipswich Town made sure of staying in contention by scoring nine times without reply past Haringey Borough. Sophie Welton led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Amanda Crump weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Cassandra Craddock, Miagh Downey and Natasha Thomas.
Cambridge Utd returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Stevenage Ladies. Amber Cantwell and Amy Howlett were on target for the U's, with Chloe Gunn netting a consolation for Stevenage.
Denham Utd are out of the bottom three places after they defeated Norwich City 3-1. Alissa Down netted twice and Annie Hewitt added the other, with Natasha Snelling replying.
South West Division One
Southampton Women are continuing to set the pace at the top of the table, stretching their winning run to ten games with a 4-0 victory over St Nicholas. Both teams went into the game in good form but it was Southampton who led at the break through a goal from Natasha Angel, before they went on to add further strikes in the second half through Karleen Hellard, Emma Pinner and Sophie Solloway.
Plymouth Argyle also maintained their 100% record but needed to be patient in their 3-0 win away to Larkhall Athletic. The first half was goalless but nine minutes after the restart, Zoe Cunningham curled home a free kick to break the deadlock and the talented midfielder quickly added a second with a solo effort. Ten minutes from time, Cunningham completed her hat-trick when she slid home the rebound after Nicki O'Connell had blocked Natasha Knapman's initial effort.
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