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Nottingham Forest are through to the quarter finals of the League Plate after running out 3-0 winners against Leeds Utd. Both teams went into the match in good form, with their managers having won their respective Manager of the Month awards, but it was Forest who were a little too strong on the day. Laura Dexter gave Forest the lead just before half time and Precious Hamilton netted a quickfire double in the opening six minutes of the second half, to seal the victory for her side.
Northern Premier Division
In the only match to be played on Sunday, Derby County leapt back into the top half of the table as they scored seven times without reply past Sheffield FC. A Hannah Keryakoplis double put Derby two ahead during the first half, with Amy Sims netting the third just before the interval. After the break, Keryakoplis netted twice more to take her personal tally to four on the day, scoring either side of a Callan Barber goal and Ellie May completed the total late on.
Southern Premier Division
Two games survived the weather in the division but both provided exciting matches with plenty of goals. None moreso than the match at Home Park where two teams with title ambitions met and it was visitors Watford who went home with a 5-4 victory over Plymouth Argyle under their belts, to open up a lead of three points at the top of the table. Andrea Carid scored the winning goal for Watford to add to earlier strikes from Emma Beckett (2), Ocean Rolandsen and Helen Ward, whilst Argyle replied with a goal apiece from Bow Jackson, Zoe Cunningham, Becky Dandridge and Helen Bleazard.
Oxford Utd meanwhile triumphed by the odd goal in seven against Yeovil Town, to put a dent in their opponents' hopes. This did not tell the whole story however as Yeovil led 3-1 midway through the second half, thanks to a Laura Williams double and Kelly Aldridge, before Oxford - who had earlier scored through Gemma Sims - staged a dramatic comeback to take the points with a goal each from Emily Allen, Georgia Timms and Kayleigh Hines, who grabbed the winner with ten minutes remaining.
Division One North
With their two nearest rivals involved in Cup action, Barnsley seized the opportunity to extend their lead at the top to six points with a 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers. First half goals from Kathryn Smith and Sophie Bell turned out to be enough to give Barnsley the points, despite Rebecca Foster reducing the arrears for Bolton during the second half.
Newcastle Utd meanwhile moved above Stockport County in the table after winning their meeting 4-0. The Magpies were playing their first league match in over a month against their improving opponents, but a goal apiece from Jessica Foster, Megan McKenzie, Brianna Westrup and Steph Ord saw Newcastle notch up their biggest win of the season so far.
Division One Midlands
League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers were in County Cup action on Sunday and saw their advantage cut to four points, with Bedworth Utd's superb run of form taking them up into second. without a win in their opening five games, Bedworth have now won six on the trot after scoring nine times without reply past Burton Albion. Jodi Hunter led the scoring with a four-goal haul and Sophie Wilson contributed a brace, with Kirsty Farnsworth, Antonia Kingscott and Xena Dhillon also getting on the scoresheet.
A victory would have taken The New Saints into the top two but they sit in third after being held to a 3-3 draw by Doncaster Rovers Belles. Kim Bebbington, Taylor Davis and Laura Morris were all on target for TNS, with the Belles replying through Nadia Khan, Emily Burgin and an own goal.
Leafield Athletic moved back into mid-table on the back of a 3-1 victory over Sporting Khalsa, who had started the day just in front of them. Ella Bridges, Daisy-Mai Clements and Sofi Liperis scored a goal apiece for Leafield, with Khalsa netting a second half consolation through Molly Wright.
Division One South East
Ipswich Town have opened up a lead of four points at the top after they defeated Cambridge Utd 5-0. Natasha Thomas netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Anna Grey, Amanda Crump and Sophie Peskett.
AFC Wimbledon meanwhile moved up into second place with a 3-0 victory away to Kent Football Utd. Katie Stanley gave Wimbledon a sixteenth minute lead and added a second on the stroke of half time, before Georgia Heasman wrapped up the win with the third goal late on.
Enfield Town made up ground on the top four by beating Norwich City 7-1. Katherine Long led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Kosky, Claire Ford, Tyra Mills and Danielle Smith, whilst Norwich's consolation came from Reeanna Cook.
AFC Basildon follow on after winning a high scoring affair 6-4 against Stevenage Women. Kelly Wealthall hit a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Alex Bailess, Holly Turner and Jodie Osborne, whilst Amy Makewell netted twice in reply for Stevenage, along with Ashleigh Deacon and Erin Pope.
Actonians Ladies took their good Cup form into the league with a 2-0 victory over Cambridge City, Justine Buckmire scoring both goals in a six minute spell early in the second half.
Division One South West
Southampton Women narrowed the gap on leaders Southampton FC to two points after they won 4-0 away to Maidenhead Utd. Emma-Jane May gave them a first half lead and after half time, Laura Vokes netted a brace and Hannah Samuels was also on target.
Larkhall Athletic are up into fourth place, their highest position of the season so far, following their 3-1 victory against Poole Town. All of the goals came during the first half, after Kate German had missed an early penalty for the Larks, Lauren Kelly gave Poole the lead but two minutes later, Adele Hooper equalised from the penalty spot. Maddy Brown then put Larkhall in front and Hooper sealed the points when she scored her second goal.
Buckland Athletic's upsurge in league form continued as they defeated Swindon Town 4-2. Sarah Stacey scored a hat-trick for Buckland and Leah Brooks was also on the scoresheet, with Swindon's replies coming from Ellie Olds and Helena Diaz-Butcher.
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