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Rose Priestley and Laura Walker scored the goals as third placed Huddersfield Town shared a 2-2 draw with Bradford City in the Northern Division. Lucy Preston replied with both for Bradford. Newcastle Utd moved to within one point of Huddersfield after Beth Gardener, Imogen Longcake and Amy Hargrave gave them a 3-2 success away to Leeds Utd, who replied through Jodie Steadman and Matina Petrova.
West Bromwich Albion are back on top of the Midland Division after Shannon Stamps, Seanna McCann-Lloyd and Kathryn Pagan all scored in their 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. They replace Leicester City Women who were beaten 3-1 by Stoke City, who stepped up their own title challenge with goals from Emily Curteis (2) and Abbie Iddenden. Loughborough Foxes hang on to fourth place as they scored seven times without reply past TNS Ladies, Nicola Russell hitting a hat-trick along with Lucy Coppin, Simran Singh, Libbie-Mae Taylor and Natasha Walker. Jade Mellor and Katie Cornish accounted for the goals as Coventry Utd won 2-0 away to Derby County.
C & K Basildon boosted their Southern Division title hopes by winning 5-4 against Denham Utd, thanks to a goal apiece from Sasha Kelly, Sophie Rhodes, Ashleigh Searle and Katie Whitehead plus an own goal. A win would have taken Portsmouth to the top of the table but they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham Utd, Kayleigh Tonks scoring for Pompey.
The title race is over though in the FA WSL Development League Northern Division, Manchester City defeating Durham Women 6-1 to confirm themselves as Champions. Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners over Sunderland and are in the driving seat for second place, but Doncaster Rovers Belles' hopes were ended by a 2-1 defeat to Everton. Hannah Kenny, Shania Hayles, Heidi Logan, Mia Cooke and Emily Joyce were on the scoresheet as Birmingham City won 5-2 away to Aston Villa.
Chelsea hold on to the leadership of the Southern Division following their 7-1 victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion. Nicole Douglas hit a hat-trick along with Olivia Smith (2), Megan Mackey and Isabella Sibley for Chelsea who head the table by five points from Arsenal, who won 4-3 against Reading FC Women thanks to a Gabriella Ravenscroft hat-trick and Paige Bailey-Gayle. Millwall Lionesses consolidated themselves in third after Lucy Fitzgerald, Onyi Echegini and Freya Bailes gave them a 3-0 success at London Bees. Bristol City were 5-1 winners away to Yeovil Town and Tottenham Hotspur beat Oxford Utd 2-0.
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