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Northern Premier Division
Middlesbrough's return to form continued with another victory, this time running out 6-1 winners over Doncaster Rovers Belles. 'Boro led at half time through a goal just before the interval from Eve Marshall, before Tyler Dodds added a second ten minutes into the second half. Emily Brett pulled one back for the Belles but Marshall quickly restored the two-goal advantage, then Dodds netted twice more to complete her hat-trick and Emily Scarr rounded off the scoring late on.
The win lifts Middlesbrough up into fifth place, ahead on goal difference from Derby County after they scored ten times without reply past Bradford City. Nicole Ledgister, Monique Watson and Camilla Newton ensured that Derby were three ahead at half time, with Moriah McIntosh and Lauren Cresswell both netting in quick succession after the restart. Emily Joyce further increased their lead on the hour and Cara Newton also got on the scoresheet, before Watson completed her double and Andi Bell netted a brace late on.
Southern Premier Division
Watford received another setback to their hopes of challenging for the title when they were beaten 3-2 by Plymouth Argyle. After Adekite Fatuga-Dada had given Watford an early lead, Argyle hit back to go in front ahead of the break thanks to Katie Middleton and Mollie Taylor. Jessie Jones scored what proved to be a decisive third for Plymouth just before the hour, despite Leanne Bell pulling one back for the Golden Girls late on.
Oxford Utd consolidated themselves in the top half of the table with a 7-1 victory over Queen's Park Rangers. Emily Allen led the scoring for the U's with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Ellie Noble, Evie Gane, Flo Fyfe and Madeleine Robertson, with Stephanie Anes netting a consolation for Rangers.
Division One North
The only match to be played in the division over the weekend ended with honours even as the Lancashire derby match between Chorley and Bolton Wanderers ended in a 1-1 draw. Bolton went ahead during the first half through Safron Newhouse but Chorley hit back after the break and an own goal brought them a welcome point and ended their run of seven straight defeats in all competitions.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers narrowed the gap on leaders West Bromwich Albion to three points with a 3-0 victory away to Solihull Moors. Jade Cross put Wolves ahead after three minutes, with Tammi George adding a second just ahead of half time. Cross then netted her second to seal the win and set her side up well before the top two clash this coming Sunday.
Bedworth Utd meanwhile received a huge setback to their challenge as they were beaten 3-1 by The New Saints, who recorded their best result of the season to date. Emily Ridge put TNS ahead in the opening minute of the match and Laura Pennington added a second from the penalty spot. Kirsty Farnsworth brought Bedworth back into the game when she scored just after the hour but TNS held on and secured a fine win with seven minutes remaining, when Katie Doster netted their third goal.
Division One South East
Actonians Ladies are back in the top three following their 5-0 victory away to Ipswich Town. Carla Williams put them ahead with ten minutes on the clock and she doubled their lead midway through the second half. Alessandra Barreca crowned the win by scoring a hat-trick in the final quarter of the match, to take her tally to 18 goals for the season to date.
Norwich City were another team to have a happy journey home after they recorded a 2-1 success at Denham Utd. Aimee Durrant and Rosie George scored the goals either side of half time to take Norwich closer towards mid-table, with Lauren Cox netting a late consolation for the home side.
Division One South West
One match was played in the division on Sunday, Cheltenham Town receiving a blow to their title hopes as they went down to a 3-2 defeat away to Buckland Athletic, who move up to fifth place. Cheltenham went in front during the first half through Annie Martin but Buckland hit back to level the scores on half time, thanks to Jana Richards. Rose Knuckey restored Cheltenham's lead just after the hour before Buckland responded once again with Sarah Stacey equalising and the Devon side took the points when Laura Gough netted the winner with four minutes remaining.
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