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Blackburn Rovers won 6-1 away to Newcastle Utd to reach the Final of the Reserve Section League Cup. Megan Hornby and Carra Jones each scored twice along with Ria Montgomery and Eve Clarkson, Beth Gardener netting in reply. Blackburn's opponents in the Final will be Charlton Athletic who were 3-0 victors at Leicester City in the other semi final. Melanie Parreno Espinosa gave Charlton the lead midway through the first half and the Addicks went on to secure the win with further goals after the break from Shamoy Campbell and Georgia Pearch.
In Northern Division One, Sheffield Utd took the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Blackburn Rovers to two points by winning 4-0 away to Hull City. Brooke Marsden netted twice with Jorden Spurr and Nat Shaw also on the scoresheet.
Brighouse Town rekindled their title hopes in Northern Division Two with a 3-1 victory over Leeds Utd, which takes them back level on points with leaders Chorley. Stacey Buxton bagged a brace and Cara Mahoney added the other, whilst Leeds' consolation goal came from Emily Sykes.
Stoke City increased the pressure at the top of the Midland Division by scoring ten times without reply past Long Eaton Utd, to open up a lead of eight points. Olivia Dixon led the scoring with a hat-trick and Jessica Richardson contributed a double, whilst a goal apiece from Lexie Harrison, Esme Moran, Roisin Kivel, Jodie Foxhall and Tasia Brough completed the tally. Derby County are back in third following their 6-0 victory over Burton Albion in which Millie Drinkhall (2), Ella Ritchie (2), Danielle Oxley and Amber-Leigh Denny all scored. Georgia Gladwin grabbed the only goal of the game as Nottingham Forest won 1-0 at Loughborough Foxes in their mid-table clash.
A victory over Norwich City has returned Tottenham Hotspur to the top of the South/South East Division ahead of Charlton Athletic, who were in League Cup semi final action. Therese Addison bagged a four-goal haul and Elisha Soula hit a hat-trick, with Rea Laudat (2), Florence Gamby, Ronnell Humes, Tyra Mills, Renea Jarrett and Tyra Poole also getting on the scoresheet. Chloe Smith scored the only goal of the game as Cambridge Utd won 1-0 against Milton Keynes Dons.
Crystal Palace have gone five points clear in the South/South West Division following their 6-2 victory over Chichester City. AFC Wimbledon meanwhile defeated Southampton Women 5-2 to go second, Justine Buckmire was on target four times and Claudia Kelly added the other. Lewes meanwhile ran out 4-1 winners over Queen's Park Rangers, courtesy of a goal apiece from Ella Newman, Kellie Larkin, Hayley Bridge and Charlotte Owen.
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