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West Bromwich Albion kept their hopes of a league and cup 'double' firmly alive with a 1-0 victory at Barnsley, which takes them into the semi finals.
Hannah George scored the only goal of the game for the Division One Midlands table toppers.
Liverpool Feds are just one game away from playing in a major Final as they defeated higher division Middlesbrough 2-0. Both goals came in a five minute spell during the first half, Jodie Mortimer putting the Feds in front on the half hour and Carla Lee adding the second shortly afterwards.
Gillingham are also through to the semi finals after winning 4-0 away to Stevenage Ladies. Grace Seely was on target twice for the Gills along with Breon Grant and Millie Waud.
Northern Premier Division
A narrow 2-1 victory over Sunderland means that Blackburn Rovers have gone nine points clear at the top of the Northern Premier Division. Natasha Flint scored both goals for Blackburn during the first half, with Keira Ramshaw replying.
Fylde Ladies are getting matters back on track and are only two points off third place following their 3-1 success away to Guiseley Vixens. Sasha Rowe gave the Coasters a tenth minute lead which was doubled just before the break by Olivia Fuller and Georgia Stevens wrapped up the win with the third goal, before Maria Ledezma-Viso grabbed a consolation for Guiseley.
Derby County follow on after running out 7-2 winners over Hull City. Monique Watson, Amy Sims and Andi Bell all scored for Derby inside the opening ten minutes and Bell netted a second ahead of half time. Cara Newton netted a second half double and Stephanie Smith completed the scoring for Derby late on, with Hull replying through Harley Skinner and Ellie Tanser.
Nottingham Forest moved further away from the bottom places with a 2-0 victory away to Bradford City. Ashleigh Edwards settled matters in Forest's favour by scoring both goals during the second half.
Southern Premier Division
League leaders Chichester City suffered a setback to their title challenge when they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Oxford Utd. A win would have taken Chichester eight points clear but it was Oxford who took the points, thanks to a goal midway through the second half from Georgia Timms.
Watford moved back into third place after winning a nine-goal thriller, 5-4 against Portsmouth. After Katie James looked to have salvaged a point for Pompey during injury time, Watford hit back a minute later and Helen Ward scored the winner, which also completed her hat-trick on the day. Leanne Bell was also on target for Watford, along with an own goal, whilst Shannon Albuery, Rachel Panting and Becki Bath added the other goals for Portsmouth.
Division One North
Chester-le-Street Town are the team now in second place, twelve points behind runaway leaders Burnley FC Women, after they won 3-1 away to Leeds Utd. Holly Findlay got Leeds off to a great start when she put them ahead after ten minutes but the game was turned on its head early in the second half when Kacie Elson equalised. The Cestrians took the lead for the first time through Nichole Havery, just after the hour mark, and Elson completed a fine win for her side when she netted her second.
Brighouse Town are in third, level on points with Chester-le-Street Town, following their 3-0 success at Norton & Stockton Ancients. Charlotte Proud spearheaded the win for Brighouse by hitting a hat-trick.
Bolton Wanderers' hopes of catching up ground on the top sides received a setback but opponents Crewe Alexandra would have been delighted with their first point of the season, the goalless draw ending an unwanted run of thirteen straight defeats.
Division One Midlands
Even though they were in League Plate action on Sunday, leaders West Bromwich Albion actually saw their position at the top strengthened as second placed Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten 3-1 by Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Emily Painter gave BWM a second minute lead which was cancelled out shortly afterwards by Charlotte Wilkie but Painter put her back in front after half time and Evangeline Gallop sealed a fine win for her side nine minutes from time, which took them above Wolves and into second.
Long Eaton Utd got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Solihull Moors, which puts them up to fifth. Jade Arber was on target twice for Long Eaton along with Viktoria Adam and Laura Sears, with Abbie Taylor replying.
Burton Albion moved back into a mid-table position on the back of a 4-1 win against Steel City Wanderers. In a flying start to the game, Burton were three ahead with just eleven minutes on the clock, Jordan Atkin hitting a brace and Louisa Anderson adding the third. Mia Ransom pulled a goal back for the Steels, before Hannah Baker rounded off the scoring for Burton late on.
Division One South East
Second placed Billericay Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Enfield Town, which leaves them four points behind leaders Crawley Wasps. Eliza Diaz and Leyla Yahioglu were on target for Enfield, whilst Billericay netted through Jay Blackie and Lindsey Morgan.
Denham Utd gave their hopes of climbing out of the bottom two a boost by winning 2-0 away to Leyton Orient. After a goalless first half, goals after the break through Meila Rose D'Santos and Emma Kern scored the goals to hand Denham their second league win of the season.
Division One South West
Southampton Women overcame a bad start to win 4-2 against Brislington and open up a lead of six points at the top of the table. Brislington were two goals up inside the opening seven minutes thanks to Paige Sawyer and Polly Wardle but Roxanne Lee-Stewart got Southampton back into the game six minutes before half time and an own goal levelled matters at the interval. In the second half, Emma Pinner and Natalie Bavister both scored to give their side a much needed victory.
Buckland Athletic gave their chances of a top three place a huge boost with a 5-0 victory away to Poole Town. Sarah Stacey netted twice and Laura Gough the other to put Buckland three ahead at the break and in the second half, Alex Sheppard put them further ahead before Gough rounded off the scoring with her second goal.
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