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Northern Premier Division
Nottingham Forest have climbed back into second place after they defeated Middlesbrough 1-0. The only goal of the game came via an own goal midway through the second half, to give Forest - who were actually playing their first league match for two months - a fourth straight league win.
Derby County also kept up their good form, making it three wins on the trot when beating Burnley FC Women 1-0. Burnley had started the day in second place but a sixteenth minute goal from Hannah Keryakoplis earned Derby the points and took them above the Clarets and into the top three.
Loughborough Foxes were 3-2 winners over Hull City and are back in mid-table as a result. Tiana Hicks gave Loughborough a first half lead which was cancelled out by Helen Lynskey, but two goals ahead of half time from Rebecca Knight secured a fourth league victory of the season for the Foxes, despite Katie Thompson pulling one back for Hull late on.
Southern Premier Division
A 1-0 win away to Plymouth Argyle has taken Crawley Wasps level on points with leaders Watford, whose match was postponed. Watford hold on to top spot on goal difference but a goal ten minutes from time by Rachel Palmer earned Crawley a vital victory to keep up their challenge.
Cardiff City Ladies are back in the top three following their 5-0 victory at Gillingham. A brace from Cori Williams put them two ahead at half time and after the break, Carrie Jones and Nadia Lawrence added further goals before Williams rounded off the scoring by completing her hat-trick late on.
Oxford Utd produced a strong second half display to win 6-1 away to Keynsham Town and leave themselves just one point off a top three place. Cheryl Williams' early strike for the U's was cancelled out just before half time by Ellie Curson, but Stephaney Bent restored Oxford's lead straight after the break and they quickly added further goals through Brogan Moore and Williams. Georgia Clifford made it five and Carly Johns wrapped up the win with the final goal.
The five matches played in the division on Sunday yielded a total of 23 goals, with Yeovil Town the highest scorers as they bagged a nine-goal haul against Hounslow Women. Sarah Wiltshire led the scoring as she found the net four times and there was one apiece from Meesha Dudley-Jones, Ann Marie Heatherson, Ellie Strippel and Megan Wood with an own goal completing the tally.
Milton Keynes Dons ended a run of eight league games without a win by beating Chichester City 2-0. Jade Bell and Jessica Driscoll scored the goals to take their side away from the bottom three, whilst Chi still remain one point adrift.
Division One North
Leaders Barnsley were in league action for the first time in five weeks but made up for lost time with a 4-0 victory away to Newcastle Utd. Amy Woodruff and Laura Bartup both scored a goal in each half as Barnsley extended their lead at the top to five points.
Second placed Leeds Utd battled out a 1-1 draw away to Liverpool Feds. Nicola James put the Feds in front two minutes before half time, with Leeds hitting back to equalise midway through the second half through Emily Cassidy.
Durham Cestria played their first league match for two months and it resulted in a 7-0 victory against Bradford City. Jordan Atkinson, Lily Crosthwaite, Megan Elliott, Dannika Purdham, Grace Ayre and Lauren Robson were all on target for the Wildcats along with an own goal.
Chester-le-Street ran out 4-1 winners over Stockport County to keep themselves in the top half of the table. Stockport did take a twentieth minute lead through Chloe Mapp but the Cestrians were back on terms by the break, thanks to Jessica Ellison, and they went on to take the points during the second half with further strikes from Katie Ellison, Lynsey Longhurst and Nichole Havery.
Norton & Stockton Ancients meanwhile kept up their improving form by beating Bolton Wanderers 4-2, to take themselves towards mid-table. Bianca Owens netted twice for Norton along with Eve Marshall and Maddy Atkinson, whilst Bolton's replies came from Rebecca Foster and Erin Slade.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers came through a tough test on Sunday against Lincoln City and notched up a 2-0 win which takes them seven points clear at the top. Lincoln had gone into the game on the back of six successive league wins but Shannie Jennings gave Wolves the lead two minutes before half time, and Jade Cross sewed up the win with the second, shortly after the hour mark.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies hold on to second place despite being held to a 2-2 draw by The New Saints, who stay two points behind them in fifth. Laura Cooper and Holly Rogers scored the goals for BWM, with TNS responding via a double from Katie Doster.
Bedworth Utd returned to action with a 3-2 victory away to Sporting Khalsa, to take themselves back into the top three. Kirsty Farnsworth scored twice and Kirstie Deacon added the other for Bedworth, to give them a seventh straight win in the league, whilst Khalsa replied through a brace from Angelique Morley.
Division One South East
AFC Wimbledon were 2-1 winners following a dramatic late comeback in the top of the table clash against previously unbeaten leaders Ipswich Town, to narrow the gap on them to a single point. Eloise King had given Ipswich a third minute lead, which looked like being enough to give them three more points but Georgia Heasman levelled the scores late on and Lily Steven grabbed a winner for Wimbledon, deep into injury time.
Leyton Orient are a further two points adrift in third place, following their 2-1 success away to Cambridge City.Otesha Charles and Ellie Stenning both scored first half goals for the O's with the home side replying through Isabella Simmons.
Enfield Town stepped up their own challenge by beating Cambridge Utd 3-0. After a goalless first half, Beth Lumsden put Enfield ahead three minutes after the restart and they added further goals through Nuala McKevitt and Tyra Mills.
AFC Basildon are back up to fifth after winning an astonishing match 8-4 against Norwich City. Holly Turner hit a hat-trick for Basildon, with Kelly Wealthall and Courtney Clarke each adding braces and an own goal completing the tally. Chelsea Garrett replied with a brace for Norwich, whose other goals came from Reeanna Cook and Aimee Durrant.
Division One South West
Southampton FC played a league match for the first team since early November but did enough to hold onto the leadership, thanks to an 8-2 victory over Chesham Utd. Shannon Albuery scored twice for the Saints along with Georgia Freeland, Ella Morris, Rachel Panting, Shannon Sievwright, Sophia Pharoah and Ella Pusey, whilst Gemma Fraser and Dawne Campbell were the markswomen for Chesham.
Southampton Women stay two points behind their local rivals after winning a much closer affair, 2-1 against Brislington. Erin Bloomfield and Jane Yeates were both on target for Southampton, with an own goal bringing Brislington back into the game on the stroke of half time.
Cheltenham Town came away from Poole Town with a 2-1 victory under their belts, which returns them into third place. Georgia Brown and Abby Bevan put Cheltenham two ahead inside the opening fourteen minutes, before Faye Hawkins reduced the arrears for the Dolphins on the hour.
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