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Northern Division One
Hull City maintained their lead of five points with a 1-0 success away to Bolton Wanderers. Hope Knight scored the only goal of the game to put her side in a strong position with six matches left to play.
Hull were handed another boost on Wednesday night when Liverpool Marshalls Feds beat Brighouse Town 3-1 in the meeting between the two teams immediately below them. Brighouse had led at half time through a Jodie Redgrave goal but second half goals from Laura Bartup (2) and Chantelle Thompson kept the Feds in second place and gave Brighouse's title hopes a huge setback.
Chester-le-Street Town completed a great week for themselves by recording a third win, 3-1 against Mossley Hill. Nichole Goundry-Havery scored twice and Kacie Elson the other for the Cestrians, who are now in a mid-table position, after Mossley had taken a first half lead through Amy Hughes.
Barnsley also picked up a very handy point when sharing a 1-1 draw with sixth placed Crewe Alexandra. Barnsley had led through a goal just before half time from Kristie Ward, with Crewe replying after the break through Beth Ragdale.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes are now just two points away from winning the title, getting closer to their target with a 6-1 victory away to Steel City Wanderers. Chloe Young netted twice along with Laura Steele, Becky Matlock, Rebecca McGrother and Rebecca Knight, the home side's consolation coming from Sarah Middleton.
Sheffield Utd hold on to second place following their 1-1 draw against Burton Albion but despite extending their unbeaten run in the league to seventeen matches, they are no longer able to win the league. Both goals came during the first half, Hollie Barker giving United the lead and Jordan Atkin equalising four minutes later.
TNS Ladies are now the only remaining team which can mathematically catch Loughborough Foxes, keeping their remaining hopes alive after scoring twelve times without reply past Leicester City Ladies. Sarah Jackson bagged a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Katherine Huntbach, Phoebe Davies, Stacey Garnham, Kim Bebbington, Laura Morris, Lia Lewis, Hannah Yates and Sara Bengtsson, with an own goal completing the tally.
Radcliffe Olympic and Solihull Moors complete the line up in the top six after their meeting ended in a 3-3 draw. Beth Bailey netted twice and Brogan Jones the other for Radcliffe, with Solihull replying through Abbie Taylor, Phillippa Harmison and Carly Davies.
Jade Arber and Viki Adam both netted hat-tricks as Long Eaton Utd recorded their biggest victory of the season, winning 6-0 away to Rotherham Utd.
South East Division One
After two defeats on the trot, Luton Town got back to winning ways in style when scoring fourteen times without reply past Haringey Borough. Natasha Fensome was on target five times and Jess McKay weighed in with a further four, Nicola Henman contributed a brace and also on target were Zara Carroll, Dionne Manning and Funmi Babalola.
Actonians Ladies made it two victories on the trot when winning 2-0 away to Cambridge Utd. Katrina Duncan and Carla Williams scored the goals for Actonians who have only been beaten once in their last six matches.
On Wednesday night, Milton Keynes Dons moved into second place after beating Enfield Town 5-1. Heather McDonnell netted twice along with Kim Farrow, Alice Hughes and Charly Wright for MK who trail leaders AFC Wimbledon by twelve points, but have four matches in hand.
South West Division One
Emma Pinner was on target four times and Chelsie Hay weighed in with a hat-trick as leaders Southampton Women scored ten times without reply away to Maidenhead Utd. Lavinia Nkomo netted a brace and Philippa Holden completed the tally for Southampton who preserved their lead of nine points.
Plymouth Argyle overcame an early setback away to Keynsham Town to win 6-1 and maintain their own 100% record. Keynsham went into the game with an unbeaten home record and took an early lead through Kerry Bartlett but goals in quick succession from Natasha Knapman and Amber Pollock turned the match around in Plymouth's favour, with Knapman netting twice more to complete her hat-trick by half time. Knapman scored her fourth ten minutes into the second half and Katie Middleton added the final goal from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining.
Southampton Saints were 3-0 winners away to Larkhall Athletic, a result which has taken them back into third place. Libby O'Dell and Sabrina Morriss-Manosalva put the Saints two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes, with Alisha Buckingham adding the third midway through the second half.
St Nicholas are off the bottom of the table following their 3-1 victory over Brislington. Rhian Robbins gave St Nicholas a first half lead which was cancelled out before the break by Amy Jefferies but after the break, Adele Hooper put St Nicholas back in front from the penalty spot and Robbins secured the points with her second goal.
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