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Northern Premier Division
Sunderland strengthened their position at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Loughborough Foxes, which as seen them extend their lead to seven points. Neve Herron and Bridget Galloway put the Wearsiders two goals ahead at the interval and Galloway added the third early in the second half, before the Foxes grabbed a consolation through Eva Rogers.
Stoke City are now in second place after they defeated Fylde Women 3-0. Roisin Kivel gave Stoke a seventh minute lead which was doubled by Faye McCoy, before Abby Hunt netted the final goal late on.
Burnley FC Women had started the day in second but went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by in-form Nottingham Forest who leap above them and into the top three. Precious Hamilton is having a magnificent season for Forest and she made another valuable contribution as she scored the only goal of the game, to hand them their sixth win in seven matches.
Middlesbrough continued their upturn in form as they won 6-3 away to Hull City, a result which has catapulted them back into mid-table. Eleanor Dale and Tyler Dodds each netted twice for 'Boro, with Emma Brown and Emily Scarr also on target, whilst Hull replied through Katie Thompson, Helen Lynskey and an own goal.
Southern Premier Division
Another week, and the top two teams in the table swapped places once again! This time, Watford were not in action and this allowed Crawley Wasps the opportunity to regain the leadership, which they duly accepted with a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth. Emma Plewa netted twice for Crawley and Natasha Stephens was also on target, with Pompey's consolation coming from Jade Widdows.
Plymouth Argyle continue to look strong in third place and kept themselves well in contention by running out 5-0 winners over Chichester City. Goals either side of half time from Amber Pollock and Mollie Taylor put Argyle in control of the game and Katie Middleton netted the third, before Natasha Knapman added a late double to put the seal on her side's seventh successive league win.
Yeovil Town are back in the top four following their 2-1 victory against Milton Keynes Dons on Jamie Sherwood's return to the club as manager. An own goal gave Yeovil a first half lead and Meesha Dudley-Jones doubled their advantage early in the second half. A late own goal by Katie Jones set up an uncomfortable finish for Yeovil but they held out to make it three league wins in a row.
Keynsham Town maintained their climb away from danger with their second victory in three matches, this time with a 1-0 success away to Oxford Utd. Justine Lorton scored the only goal of the game with sixteen minutes on the clock and a stoic defensive performance, with Charlotte Haynes outstanding in goal, saw them hold on for three valuable points.
Division One North
Whilst the top two were involved in the Women's FA Cup on Sunday, Leeds Utd took the chance to narrow the gap with a 5-3 victory away to Stockport County, which takes them into third place. Stockport did lead 2-1 at the break, Chloe Mapp and Hanifa Douglas scoring the goals, whilst Leeds, who had earlier replied through Millie Kenyon, levelled once again with a goal from Catherine Hamill. Chaneece Reeves then put Stockport ahead for a third time but three goals in a ten minute spell turned the game firmly in Leeds' favour. Rebecca Hunt equalised and they went in front for the first time thanks to Holly Findlay, and Kenyon sealed the points with her second goal.
Bolton Wanderers meanwhile lifted themselves into the top half of the table on the back of a 3-0 win against Bradford City, courtesy of a goal apiece from Jess Battle, Emma Lysons and Safron Newhouse.
Division One Midlands
Only one game went ahead in the division on the weekend, Bedworth Utd moving themselves into fifth place in the table by winning 4-0 away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Kirsty Farnsworth, Jodie McGuckin, Milly Miller and Amanda Whalley all scored a goal apiece to see Bedworth to their fourth straight league win.
Division One South East
Cambridge City lifted themselves out of the bottom two as they picked up a useful point from a 2-2 draw with Stevenage Women. Sofia Castiglione and Laura Mills scored the goals for City, with Stevenage responding through Ashleigh Deacon and Erin Pope.
On Wednesday night, Leyton Orient returned into the top three as they won 3-2 away to Kent Football Utd. Kim Stenning, Egle Trezzi and Francesca Ali scored the goals for the O's whilst Kent, who went down by the odd goal again, responded with strikes from Amy Russ and Lydia Wills.
Division One South West
Buckland Athletic brought an end to a run of five league games without a win with a 4-1 success away to Poole Town. The home side did take a first half lead through Emma King but Buckland levelled fifteen minutes later with a goal from Natalie Warman. After the break, Courtney Butt put the Devon side in front for the first time and they went on to crown the win with further goals from Alex Hugh and Sarah Stacey.
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