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Sunderland continued their excellent season by winning 4-0 against Derby County, in order to book their place in the last four of a competition they last won in 2012. The sides went into the game occupying the top two places in the Northern Premier Division, with Derby in good form in recent weeks, and after a goalless first half, Jessica Brown opened the scoring for the Wearsiders six minutes after the restart. Keira Ramshaw increased their lead with sixteen minutes remaining and after Maria Farrugia made it three, Ramshaw rounded off the scoring with her second goal.
Stoke City are also through to the semi finals after a fine 3-1 victory away to Huddersfield Town. Natasha Baptiste gave Stoke a first half lead which was cancelled out by Lucy Sowerby and after the break, Amy Hughes put the visitors back in front and Baptiste sealed the win with her second.
On Wednesday night, Southampton FC completed the quarter final line up with a 2-0 success at local rivals Portsmouth. The home side were playing their first match for exactly a month and it was to end in defeat, a first half double from Ella Pusey taking the Saints to within one match of emulating Crawley Wasps' feat of reaching the Final as a Division One side.
Northern Premier Division
Middlesbrough built on a good win in the League Plate seven days earlier with a 1-0 win over Fylde Women, which brought an end to a run of three league defeats. Tyler Dodds scored the only goal of the game to give 'Boro a result which takes them back into a mid-table position.
Southern Premier Division
Crawley Wasps have doubled their lead at the top of the table to six points after scoring five times without reply away to Hounslow Women. Sian Heather gave Crawley a first half lead and went on to hit a hat-trick, and she was joined on the scoresheet by Charlotte Owen and Kemina Webber.
Cardiff City Ladies hold on to third place following their 2-0 victory over Keynsham Town. Carrie Jones put Cardiff in front with seventeen minutes on the clock and Kylie Nolan finished off a good move for the second, midway through the second half.
Plymouth Argyle follow on in fourth after they also won 2-0 against Gillingham. Both of Argyle's goals came in the opening half hour, Katie Middleton opening the scoring and Helen Bleazard adding the second.
Division One North
Barnsley preserved their lead of five points with a hard earned 3-2 victory away to Stockport County. Sophie Bell, Drew Greene and Laura Bartup all scored a goal apiece for the leaders, whilst Stockport replied through Jodie Hancock and Chloe Mapp.
Leeds Utd made sure of keeping on Barnsley's heels in second place by beating Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-1. Rebecca Hunt scored a late winner for Leeds to add to Olivia Smart's early strike, whilst Eve Marshall was on target for Norton.
Newcastle Utd meanwhile returned from a long trip to Chorley with a 1-0 victory under their belts, which takes them into the top half of the table. Anna Soulsby netted the only goal of the game to earn Newcastle their fourth win in six league matches.
Bradford City brought a run of nine successive league defeats to an end and picked up a valuable point when sharing a 2-2 draw with Chester-le-Street Town. However it was nearly even better for Bradford as they took a two-goal lead at one stage through Monika Stube and Amelia Hunt but the Cestrians battled back and two penalties in the last ten minutes from Nichole Havery earned them a share of the spoils.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers now head the table by ten points after a fifteen-goal blast against Burton Albion. Jade Cross led the scoring for Wolves with a four-goal haul and Billie Haynes bagged a hat-trick, whilst Courtney Jones and Alice Keitley each netted twice. Lowri Walker, Jamilla Palmer and Natalie Widdal all added one apiece, with an own goal completing the total.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies won a hard fought 1-0 victory away to Long Eaton Utd and this takes them back into second place, ahead of The New Saints whose match was postponed. Indeed, Laura Cooper settled matters when she scored the only goal from the penalty spot, deep into injury time.
Bedworth Utd are up to third after running out 4-1 winners over Lincoln City. Kirsty Farnsworth, Lydia Hackney, Jodi Hunter and Abbie Taylor all scored a goal each for Bedworth, with Lincoln's consolation coming from Tia Johnson.
Leafield Athletic and Leicester Utd remain level on points with each other after their meeting finished in a 3-3 draw. Alice Rogers scored twice and Georgia Conway the other for Leafield, whilst Leicester responded through a Chantelle Robinson double and Natalie Hurst.
Doncaster Rovers Belles recorded back-to-back victories and are out of the bottom three places after they defeated Solihull Moors 5-0. Jasmine Sexton netted twice for the Belles and she was joined on the scoresheet by Hannah McWilliams, Chloe Starling and Emily Burgin.
Division One South East
Ipswich Town returned to league action following their Women's FA Cup heroics last week and have reclaimed the leadership straight away, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Kent Football Utd. The visitors had not played a league match since 8th December, Ipswich playing only once in the meantime, but with AFC Wimbledon not playing, goals from Zoe Cossey, Anna Grey, Eloise King and Blue Wilson saw Ipswich home.
Billericay Town meanwhile kept up their challenge by beating Cambridge City 2-0. Remarkably, Billericay were playing in the league for the first time since 9th October and returned with a win, goals from Lucy Jones and Zoe Rushen taking their side back into third place.
Norwich City leapfrogged Stevenage Women in the table after winning their meeting 6-3. Chelsea Garrett spearheaded the win for Norwich with a four-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jodie Drake and Aimee Durrant, whilst Stevenage - another team who had not played a league game for almost two months - replied with strikes from Gemma Biggadike, Nicole Emmings and Erin Pope.
Division One South West
Cheltenham Town made a quick return to the top three as they won 1-0 against Buckland Athletic. Abby Bevan settled matters for Cheltenham when she scored the only goal of the game, just after the half hour mark.
Larkhall Athletic meanwhile climbed up into fifth place on the back of a 2-0 success away to Maidenhead Utd. Adele Hooper gave the Larks the lead and she turned provider for the second when her cross was headed in by Carly Bryant.
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