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Norton & Stockton Ancients advanced to the Second Round of the League Cup after they defeated Bedworth Utd 4-2. Bianca Owens was on target twice for the north east side along with Harriet Dryden and Eve Marshall, whilst Bedworth's replies came from Xena Dhillon and Kirsty Farnsworth.
Portsmouth emerged as 3-2 winners from a thrilling tie with Gillingham, after extra time. Charmaine True grabbed the winning goal for Pompey with ten minutes of the extra period remaining, to add to earlier strikes from Laura Ingram and Jade Widdows.
West Bromwich Albion progressed to the last 32 with a 2-1 victory away to Lincoln City. Jade Arber and Natalie Murray scored the goals for Albion, with an own goal turning out to be a consolation for the home side.
Burton Albion meanwhile put their league form behind them to beat Solihull Moors 3-0. Lauren Da Casto netted a goal in each half, with Natasha Rothery joining her on the scoresheet.
Northern Premier Division
Sunderland have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the table after running out 4-1 winners over previous leaders Huddersfield Town. Ellie White put Huddersfield ahead after three minutes, a lead which they held until the break, but in the second half, Bridget Galloway, Grace McCatty, Keira Ramshaw and Katie Barker all scored to give the Wearsiders a big result. Huddersfield are down to second, just ahead of Burnley FC Women who were in County Cup action.
Derby County lifted themselves into the top four on the back of a 3-1 success away to Middlesbrough. Sophie Domingo gave Derby the lead in the first half, with Tyler Dodds equalising just before half time. Hannah Keryakoplis put the Ewe Rams back in front with fifteen minutes left and a late own goal sealed the points.
Stoke City meanwhile recorded their third win of the season at Loughborough Foxes. A close game was settled two minutes into the second half, when Alison Hall scored the only goal.
Southern Premier Division
Leaders Crawley Wasps' winning start was halted as they were beaten 3-1 by Watford. After a goalless first half, Adekite Fatuga-Dada gave Watford the lead on the hour and Anne Meiwald added a second nine minutes later. Ellie Russell gave Crawley hope as she pulled a goal back but Katie O'Leary sealed an excellent win for her side with eight minutes left.
Plymouth Argyle's good burst of form has taken them into second place, the highest position in the club's history. Becky Dandridge and Natasha Knapman each scored twice, with Jessie Jones adding the other, as Argyle ran out 5-1 winners over Yeovil Town, whose late consolation came from Ann Marie Heatherson.
Cardiff City Ladies have also won three matches on the trot and, like Plymouth, are three points off the pace. Grace Horrell and Carrie Jones scored the goals as Cardiff won 2-0 away to Chichester City, who are still looking to get off the mark.
Hounslow Women ended a run of three straight defeats and registered their first point of the season when they held Milton Keynes Dons to a 1-1 draw. Kim Farrow put the Dons in front shortly before half time but after the break, Sydney Hinchcliffe replied to earn Hounslow a share of the spoils.
Division One North
Brighouse Town won 1-0 against Stockport County to take over the leadership from Barnsley, who were not in action. Laura Bartup scored the only goal of the game for Brighouse, during the second half.
Leeds Utd have leapt into the top three places following a 5-1 victory away to previously unbeaten Chester-le-Street Town. Holly Orr put Leeds ahead after three minutes, with Lynsey Longhurst levelling the scores shortly afterwards, but a Rebecca Hunt hat-trick put Leeds firmly in control of the game and they sealed an impressive win when Jodie Hunter scored the fifth with nine minutes left.
Leeds' victory has taken them above Liverpool Feds and Durham Cestria, who occupy the next two positions in the table after their meeting ended in a goalless draw.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers have climbed to the top of the table with a 4-1 victory away to Leafield Athletic. Jamilla Palmer, Sophie Bramford, Shannie Jennings and Lyndsey Glover all netted a goal apiece for Wolves, with the home side's consolation coming from Michelle McCormack.
The New Saints continued their good run of form and it has taken them into second place, thanks to a 6-1 win against Leicester Utd. Laura Morris led the scoring with a hat-trick, Yasmin Evans added a brace and Katie Doster was also on target, with Chantelle Robinson replying.
Long Eaton Utd had started the day as leaders but went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-0 by Sporting Khalsa. Angelique Morley gave Khalsa the lead just before half time and she added a second after the break, before Lauren Walker crowned a fine victory for her side.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies returned to form and are in mid-table following their 2-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers Belles. The first half was goalless but Holly Rogers opened the scoring midway through the second half, with Tanya Dickinson sealing the points late on.
Division One South East
Billericay Town have gone three points clear after a 5-0 victory away to Norwich City. Therese Addison and Zoe Rushen each scored twice, with Lindsey Morgan adding the other goal.
Leyton Orient meanwhile won 3-1 at Stevenage Women and this has lifted them up into second place. Otesha Charles netted a goal in each half and Connie Montiel-McCann was also on target, whilst the home side's consolation came from Amy Makewell.
AFC Basildon and AFC Wimbledon both stay in the top half after battling out a 2-2 draw. Basildon went two goals ahead during the first half thanks to Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall but after the break, Wimbledon fought back to earn themselves a share of the spoils with goals from Helen Ogle and Elizabeth Berkeley.
Actonians Ladies leapfrogged Cambridge Utd and into mid-table by beating them 3-1. Caroline Bisson, Alessandra Barreca and an own goal saw Actonians to their second league win of the season, whilst the U's consolation was scored by Kelley Blanchflower.
Division One South West
Southampton FC are the new leaders of the division following their 3-0 victory over Buckland Athletic. Georgie Freeland and Shannon Sievwright put them two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes, before Freeland wrapped up the win with her second goal during the second half.
Southampton Women had started the day on top of the table but were beaten for the first time, 2-0 by Cheltenham Town who move up into second place, level on points with the leaders. Annie Martin gave Cheltenham the lead and Charlotte Criddle - who had played most of the previous match as an emergency goalkeeper - made the points safe with the second.
Maidenhead Utd moved themselves into mid-table with a narrow 2-1 win against Swindon Town. Stephanie Nelson scored a goal in each half for the Berkshire side whilst Swindon scored a late consolation through Meghan Larkin.
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