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The top of the table clash in the Northern Division went the way of Blackburn Rovers, who defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 to extend their lead to nine points. Both of the goals came in the opening quarter of the game, Corie Mather giving Blackburn the lead and Sarah Agger adding the second. Newcastle Utd went level on points with third place after beating Leeds Utd 4-1, Jessica Ellsion hitting a hat-trick and Becca Hanson the other. Katie Thompson and Liberty Bott were on target as Hull City won 2-0 at Sheffield Utd and Bolton Wanderers were 3-1 winners over Guiseley Vixens thanks to Emma Pilling (2) and Sophie Jones.
Coventry Utd narrowed the gap on Midland Division leaders Leicester City Women to five points when a Lois Jefferies double gave them a 2-1 win away to Long Eaton Utd. Megan Richards, Seanna McCann-Lloyd, Shannon Stamps, Courtney Reynolds and Lily Eustace were all on the scoresheet as West Bromwich Albion beat Nottingham Forest 5-1 to go third, and Sporting Khalsa defeated TNS Ladies 2-0, Angelique Morley netting both.
Charlton Athletic are the new leaders of the Southern Division following their 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Olivia Hembrough gave them a first half lead, with Lauren Parsons netting a double after the break to seal a result which sees them take over from Portsmouth at the top. In the other game, Becky Reed was on target for Lewes in their 1-1 draw with Queen's Park Rangers, for whom Pauline Adeyemo found the net to earn their second point of the season.
The FA WSL Development League returned with a full programme in the Northern Division, Manchester City opening up a lead of four points after beating Doncaster Rovers Belles 1-0. Sheffield FC took the opportunity to replace the Belles in second place with a 4-0 win away to Aston Villa in which Niamh Cashin (2), Millee Clarke and Ellie Russell all scored. Faye Mullen and Georgia Gibson netted the goals for Sunderland as they won 2-0 at Durham Women to go fourth, just ahead of Liverpool who drew 1-1 with Birmingham City, whose goalscorer was Shania Hayles.
There was a change of leadership in the Southern Division, Millwall Lionesses taking over at the top after Onyi Echegini and an own goal gave them a 2-1 success away to Bristol City. Anaisa Harvey was on target for Watford in their 1-1 draw with Reading FC Women and Tottenham Hotspur defeated London Bees 5-0 thanks to a Rea Laudat double, Lauren George, Barbara Holmark and Ronnell Humes.
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