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Gabriella Foulkes, Imogen Hunt, Jess Seaton and Shannon Henson scored the goals as Leicester City Women won 4-3 away to Derby County to preserve their lead of three points in the Midland Division. Loughborough Foxes hold on to second place after Joanna Butler-Williams, Audrey Moore, Helen Sugarman and Paige Gunn gave them a 4-1 victory over TNS Ladies. West Bromwich Albion won 9-0 against Burton Albion to remain third, Shannon Kelly hitting a hat-trick along with further strikes from Kathryn Pagan (2), Rebecca Gompertz, Abby Bevan, Courtney Reynolds and Indiana Totty. Stoke City remain menacingly poised just behind the leading sides, with several games in hand, and kept up their challenge by scoring thirteen times without reply past Nottingham Forest. Emily Curteis, Abbie Iddenden and Roisin Kivel all scored hat-tricks, whilst Rachael Ball and Freya Tan each weighed in with a brace.
Charlton Athletic stay three points clear at the top of the Southern Division after winning 3-2 at Milton Keynes Dons, Beth Weller (2) and Lauren Parsons netting their goals. Rebecca Bell hit a hat-trick, with Emma-Jane May and Charmaine True adding the others, as second placed Portsmouth beat Denham Utd 5-1. Lewes and AFC Wimbledon occupy the next two positions after sharing a 2-2 draw, Felicity Love and Hayley Bridge scoring for the Rookettes, with Sophie Manzi and Bernice Tully replying. Katie Whitehead and Sophie Rhodes each netted twice as C & K Basildon triumphed 4-1 away to West Ham Utd, meanwhile it was a really good day for Queen's Park Rangers as they won for the first time, 3-2 against Crystal Palace thanks to Amanda Chimbima, Dominika Netschova and Natalie Skiverton.
Former winners Birmingham City are through to the FA WSL Development League Cup Final after an extra time goal from Georgia Popple gave them a 1-0 win over Reading FC Women. The Blues' opponents in the Final will be Northern Division leaders Manchester City, who won 2-0 against Chelsea in the other semi final.
In the Northern Division, an Annabel Blanchard double and Simran Jhamat added the other as Liverpool won 3-1 against local rivals Everton to close the gap on the top three.
The top two in the Southern Division did not play in the league on Sunday and this gave third placed Millwall Lionesses the chance to close the gap on them, which they duly took with a 4-2 success away to Brighton & Hove Albion. Lucy Fitzgerald was on target twice along with Onyi Echegini and Jessica Carpanini. Linda Afuakwah and Asanteni Charles scored the goals as Watford won 2-1 against London Bees, who replied through Holly Greenwood, Bristol City beat Yeovil Town 2-1 thanks to Millie Farrow and an own goal, and Tottenham Hotspur were 4-1 winners over Oxford Utd.
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