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Northern Division One
Hull City have extended their lead to four points after running out 4-1 winners over Chorley. Rachael Ackroyd led the scoring for Hull with a hat-trick and Hope Knight added the other, while Chorley's consolation came from Demi Devereaux.
Second placed Liverpool Marshalls Feds received a huge setback to their challenge as they were beaten 3-1 by Morecambe. Charlotte Higginson was on target twice for Morecambe along with Megan Doherty, with Sasha Rowe replying for the Feds.
Brighouse Town kept themselves firmly in contention by defeating Chester-le-Street Town 4-2. Aimi Beresford and Charlotte Proud each scored twice for Brighouse, who remain third but have narrowed the gap on the top two, the Cestrians netting through Nichole Goundry-Havery and Maddy Atkinson.
Bolton Wanderers brought Mossley Hill's recent revival to a halt as they beat them 3-1. Saffron Newhouse hit a hat-trick for Bolton, who are looking good for a top half finish in their first season in the league, with Amy Hughes on target for Mossley.
Leeds Utd leapt three places into mid-table following their 1-0 victory over Newcastle Utd, Carey Huegett grabbing the only goal of the game.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes further extended their lead at the top to eleven points with a 3-1 win against Solihull Moors. Chloe Young gave Loughborough a first half advantage which was quickly cancelled out by Georgia Jones, before second half strikes from Charlotte Cooper and Eva Rogers sealed the points. The Foxes now require five points from their final five games to make sure of the title.
Sheffield Utd stay second but their remaining title chances may have been dealt a fatal blow as they were held to a goalless draw by Long Eaton Utd. Leah Kellogg had a great game in goal for Long Eaton as she kept a third successive clean sheet for her side.
TNS Ladies also drew, 1-1 against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, and they also realistically look as if they are in a battle for the runners-up spot. Charlotte Fisher was on target for BWMLFC, while TNS replied through Laura Morris.
Sporting Khalsa got back on the winning track with a 2-1 success against Radcliffe Olympic. Gurjit Dulay and Lyndsey Glover netted the goals for Khalsa, with Radcliffe's consolation coming from Ellie Readman.
Steel City Wanderers ended a run of four straight defeats by beating Rotherham Utd 4-0. Lucy Ridley, Paige Unwin, Claire Attrill and Abby Pike were the Steels' markswomen.
South East Division One
Runaway leaders AFC Wimbledon's eight match winning run was brought to a halt as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Milton Keynes Dons. Kim Farrow scored the only goal of the game for MK who are fifteen points behind Wimbledon but have five games in hand.
Leyton Orient remain in second place after beating Norwich City 4-1. Sophie Le Marchand hit a first half hat-trick to spearhead the victory for the O's and after Norwich had pulled one back through Millie Daviss, Hayley Barton added a fourth for Orient.
Cambridge Utd leapfrogged Luton Town into fifth place as they won their meeting 1-0, courtesy of a single strike from Amber Cantwell.
Stevenage Ladies boosted their chances of a top half position with a 10-2 victory away to Haringey Borough. Leah Littlechild led the scoring for Stevenage with a hat-trick, Donna McGuigan weighed in with a brace and the tally was completed by Chloe Gunn, Amy Josland, Amy Makewell and an own goal. Shanice Nourrice and Jonea Peter accounted for Haringey's goals.
Alessandra Barreca was another hat-trick scorer, guiding Actonians Ladies to a 3-0 win against Denham Utd which moves them back towards mid-table.
South West Division One
Southampton Women made it a perfect dozen victories from their twelve matches as they defeated Brislington 6-0 to go nine points clear at the top. Sheree Bell-Jack netted twice and there was one each from Natasha Angel and Chelsie Hay, with two own goals making up the tally.
Plymouth Argyle meanwhile replaced Southampton Saints in second after beating them 6-0, maintaining their own 100% record. Natasha Knapman once again led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amber Pollock, Zoe Cunningham and Rebecca Dandridge.
Keynsham Town hit double figures for the third time this season, scoring eleven times without reply past Maidenhead Utd, and they climb back into the top three. Ellie Curson scored a hat-trick on her first start for the club, Justine Lorton, Cristina Vega Leandro and Kerry Bartlett each netted doubles and the others came from Clarice White and Carly Bryant.
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