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Northern Premier Division
Sunderland stepped up their challenge for the runners-up spot by running out 6-0 winners away to Nottingham Forest. Keira Ramshaw and Niamh McLaughlin were each on target twice along with Katie Barker and Bridget Galloway, to keep the Wearsiders in second place.
Middlesbrough meanwhile notched up their third straight win and this has taken them up into the top three. Eleanor Dale led the scoring with a hat-trick as 'Boro defeated Stoke City 4-2, Tyler Dodds adding their other goal with Roisin Kivel hitting a late double in reply for Stoke.
Derby County returned into the top half of the table after beating Bradford City 2-1. Faone Sumalli gave Bradford the lead midway through the first half and although Stephanie Smith equalised five minutes after the break, Bradford looked to be on their way towards their first point of the season until Grace Harrison broke their hearts by scoring the winner for Derby, three minutes into injury time.
Southern Premier Division
Coventry Utd have opened up a lead of four points at the top after scoring six times without reply away to C & K Basildon. Chenise Austin was on target twice along with Amy Wathan, Shannon O'Brien, Beth Merrick and an own goal.
Coventry were further boosted by the news that second placed Chichester City went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Loughborough Foxes. Rebecca Knight, Laura Steele and Chloe Young scored the goals for Loughborough, whilst Jess Lewry netted a consolation for Chichester whose nightmare run continued with a third straight defeat.
Cardiff City Ladies moved to within a single point of Chichester by winning 3-2 away to Plymouth Argyle. Late goals from Cori Williams and Kylie Nolan sealed the victory for Cardiff, adding to Kelly Isaac's earlier goal, with Argyle replying through Jessie Jones and an own goal.
Portsmouth returned to form with a 4-0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons. Katie James and Jade Widdows ensured that Pompey led by two goals at half time, before Alex Collighan and Rachel Panting wrapped up the win with further strikes during the second half.
Division One North
One match went ahead in the division on Sunday, Liverpool Feds winning 2-1 away to Leeds Utd. Jennifer Rogers gave the Feds a first half lead which was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Holly Findlay, but a goal early in the second half from Demi Devereaux gave the sixth placed visitors the victory and moved them to within one point of their opponents.
Division One Midlands
West Bromwich Albion extended their lead to twelve points as they ran out 5-0 winners over Sporting Khalsa. The visitors had gone into the game in good form but Albion stormed to a fifteenth successive victory, Hannah Baines hitting a hat-trick and being joined on the scoresheet by Keeley Davies and Natalie Murray.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies were unable to take an opportunity to move into second place as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Long Eaton Utd. Jade Arber's double for Long Eaton was cancelled out by Evie Gallop and an own goal.
Bedworth Utd are a further point adrift in fourth following their 7-1 success away to Burton Albion. Sophie Wilson bagged a hat-trick and there was a goal apiece from Kirstie Deacon, Xena Dhillon, Kirsty Farnsworth and Jodie McGuckin.
Division One South East
The two games played in the division on Sunday actually produced no goals, but the end of a superb winning run stretching back to the start of the season. Crawley Wasps conceded points for the first time in the campaign when they were held to a goalless draw by Cambridge Utd who became the first team - with the exception of Arsenal - to avoid defeat against the leaders.
At the other end of the table, Denham Utd picked up an important point in their battle to climb out of the bottom two, when their meeting with AFC Wimbledon also ended goalless.
Division One South West
Keynsham Town have made what might turn out to be a decisive move in the title race, running out 5-1 winners over leaders Southampton Women in their top of the table clash. Kerry Bartlett and Ellie Curson each netted twice following Laura Williams' opener, with Jane Yeates replying for the home side (see match report).
Chesham Utd meanwhile consolidated themselves in third place by beating Brislington 3-0. Gemma Fraser netted twice inside the opening twenty minutes, before Niamh Euman added the third on the hour mark.
Cheltenham Town got back to winning ways and their 6-2 victory against Poole Town keeps them firmly in the running for a top three spot. Georgia Brown gave the Robins the lead after six minutes in what turned out to be a great day as she scored four times in all, with Abby Bevan and Ella Hitchcox joining her on the scoresheet. Sam Gubb and Sacha Paynter replied for Poole, who are still trying to move clear of the bottom place.
Southampton Saints leapfrogged Larkhall Athletic in the table after winning their meeting 1-0. Rhianne Parsons scored the only goal of the game for the Saints, ten minutes before half time.
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