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Middlesbrough stay eight points clear at the top of the Northern Division despite going down to a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
Ashleigh Hayes and Faye McCoy each netted twice for Stoke along with Cassie Hyde and Hannah Keryakoplis to condem 'Boro to a second successive defeat, the leaders replying through Emily Scarr, Bianca Owens and Eleanor Dale.
Blackburn Rovers received a setback to their challenge as they were beaten 2-1 by Leicester City Women, who kept their title hopes alive. Rovers led at the break through a Lynda Shepherd goal but Leicester hit back strongly after the break and a Sophie Domingo double, including a late winner, gave them three precious points.
Blackburn bounced back from this defeat two days later though, scoring seven times without reply past Bradford City and they move back into second place. Lagan Makin was on target twice for Blackburn along with Lynda Shepherd, Natasha Flint, Jess Holbrook, Saffron Jordan and Hannah Walsh.
Four teams are level on points in the pursuit of Middlesbrough - Blackburn, Leicester and Stoke being joined by Huddersfield Town who were held to a 2-2 draw by Nottingham Forest. Katie Nutter and Brittany Sanderson twice gave Huddersfield the lead, with Forest equalising on each occasion through Hazzana Parnell and Leanne Robinson.
Fylde Ladies moved back into the top half of the table after battling out a goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, who picked up their sixth point of the season as a result.
Guiseley Vixens are trying hard to break out of the bottom two and they gave those hopes a boost when they defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-2. Ellie Olds and Natalie Brace twice gave Guiseley the lead, with Jennifer Kikomeko equalising each time, before Nikki Berko scored the winner for Guiseley with fifteen minutes remaining, narrowing the gap between the two teams to four points.
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