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Bolton Wanderers are having a magnificent League Cup run and it has taken them into the semi finals after claiming a third successive higher division scalp.
After knocking out Derby County and Hull City in previous rounds, this time Bolton beat Stoke City on a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw. Stoke had looked to be on their way into the last four after leading through an Ashleigh Hayes goal but Rosie Havelin equalised late on to take the game into extra time, before Bolton triumphed 5-3 from the spot.
Loughborough Foxes also booked their place in the last four with a 3-0 victory against AFC Wimbledon. Charlotte Cooper gave them the lead six minutes before half time and after the break, Rebecca McGrother netted twice to seal the win for her side.
Northern Premier Division
Blackburn Rovers are now a whopping thirteen points clear at the top after they defeated Middlesbrough 5-0. Jess Holbrook gave Rovers an early lead which was doubled before the break by Saffron Jordan, before Alex Taylor hit a hat-trick in four second half minutes.
With Huddersfield Town on SSE Women's FA Cup duty, Sunderland took the chance to move back above them into second place by beating Hull City 6-2. In-form striker Keira Ramshaw led the scoring for the Wearsiders with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Maria Farrugia, Bridget Galloway and Katie Barker, whilst Hull replied through Hope Knight and Amy Kay.
Fylde Ladies replaced Derby County in fourth after winning their meeting 1-0. Georgia Stevens scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute to move the Coasters above Derby on goal difference, with both teams just three points off second place.
Sheffield FC meanwhile climbed out of the bottom two on the back of a 5-0 victory away to Bradford City. Holly Housley, Milly Wortley and Jennifer Pearson ensured that Sheffield were three goals ahead at the break, before Lisa Giampalma added the fourth and Housley completed her double to round off the scoring.
The win takes Sheffield back above Doncaster Rovers Belles despite them picking up a useful point from a 1-1 draw with Guiseley Vixens. Olivia Cook was on target for the Belles, with Guiseley replying through Alarna Fuller.
Southern Premier Division
In the only match to be played in the division on Sunday, Cardiff City Ladies lifted themselves into the top three by winning 2-0 away to Gillingham. Leading scorer Kylie Nolan was on target for the South Wales side along with Emma Jones.
Division One North
Barnsley are back in second place following their 2-1 victory against Liverpool Feds. Drew Greene gave Barnsley a first half lead which was cancelled out by Carla Lee, but Shannon Durkin grabbed the winning goal with seven minutes remaining.
Morecambe are making a good fight of trying to climb out of the bottom two, recording their second victory in four days when beating Newcastle Utd 2-1. Jessica Tait and Becky Whittingham were on target for Morecambe, with Newcastle's consolation coming from Rebecca Olley.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers bounced back from two successive defeats by scoring eight times without reply past Burton Albion, who may well have caught the backlash. Jade Cross hit a first half hat-trick and completed a four-goal haul after the break, whilst Jess Jennings added a brace and there was one apiece from Chloe Williams and Billie Haynes, to take their team back into second place in the table.
Sporting Khalsa are in mid-table following their 6-2 victory over Solihull Moors. Angelique Morley, Julie Stirrup, Natalie Morris and Bethan Woolley all scored for Khalsa before Paige Kavanagh hit a late brace, with Marianna Redmond-Lyon netting both goals in reply for Solihull.
Division One South East
Crawley Wasps took advantage of their rivals not having a game by beating Stevenage Ladies 7-0 in the only match to be played, extending their lead to seven points in the process. Kemina Webber and Naomi Cole were both on target twice, along with Amy Woollard, Megan Stow and Charlotte Young.
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