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Northern Premier Division
Fylde Women are back on top of the table again following their 4-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes. Beth Donoghue, Emily Hollinshead, Faye McCoy and Laura Merrin all scored a goal apiece for the Coasters to help them return to the summit on goal difference.
Huddersfield Town are now in second after they won 2-1 away to Sheffield FC, to make it five victories on the trot. Two goals in the opening quarter of the game from Laura Elford gave Town the points, despite Brooke Marsden pulling one back for Sheffield before half time.
Nottingham Forest had started the day as leaders but are back in third place after sharing a 2-2 draw with Hull City, who arrested their run of three straight defeats. However it was nearly so much better for Hull who went two goals ahead early in the second half, courtesy of Emily Smith and Rebecca Beech, before Forest hit back with two late, late goals to salvage a point through Annabel McKechnie and Rosie Axten.
West Bromwich Albion kept themselves three points off the pace, thanks to a 2-1 victory against Sunderland. Hannah Baines and Keeley Davies netted the goals for Albion, whilst the Wearsiders' reply came from Holly Manders.
Derby County bounced back from a 4-1 defeat seven days earlier to record a victory by the same scoreline, away to Middlesbrough. All of the Ewe Rams' goals came in the first half, Sophie Domingo scoring twice inside the opening twelve minutes with Ellie May and Callan Barber adding the others, whilst Rebekah Bass netted a consolation for ‘Boro.
Burnley FC Women and Stoke City meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw which keeps both teams in the mid-table positions. Elizabeth Steele kept up her good form for Stoke by giving them the lead in first half injury time, with Nicola Shirtcliffe equalising for the Clarets five minutes after the restart.
Southern Premier Division
County Cup duties and international call ups reduced the fixture schedule in the division to a single match over the weekend. This saw Portsmouth move up into second place, two points behind leaders Oxford Utd and in front of Watford on goal difference, after they won 2-1 against Gillingham.
The Gills got off to a great start and took the lead through Otesha Charles just three minutes into the game. Pompey hit back to level the scores thanks to leading scorer Becki Bath, midway through the first half, and with four minutes left to play, Ava Rowbotham scored to hand Portsmouth their fourth win in six matches.
Division One North
Chester-le-Street Town notched up another win on Sunday, 3-2 at Barnsley, and this has doubled their lead at the top to four points. The Cestrians had a great first half and went three goals ahead at the interval, Nichole Havery netting a brace and Charlotte Proud the other, before they needed to withstand a Barnsley fightback after the break and although the home side pulled goals back through Madison Foye and Taviah Myles, Chester-le-Street held out for the three points.
Brighouse Town hold on to second place but lost a little ground as their meeting Newcastle Utd finished goalless, a result which takes Newcastle into the top half of the table.
Norton & Stockton Ancients returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success against Bolton Ladies, which moves them back into third place. Bianca Owens and Sian Williams were the markswomen for Norton.
The four matches played on Sunday produced only seven goals on the day, five of which were at Barnsley. A second goalless draw was fought out between Durham Cestria and Chorley, which means that the two teams remain level on points.
On Tuesday night, Bradford City and Leeds Utd shared a 1-1 draw in their local derby match. Rebecca Hunt put Leeds in front from the penalty spot during the first half but Bradford - who had earlier missed a spot kick of their own - hit back with subsitute Harriet Jakeman scoring an equaliser seven minutes from time.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers made it six victories out of six but were given their toughest test so far when winning 3-2 at Lincoln City. The home side went into the game with an unbeaten record and twice battled back to equalise, Anna Price and Jamilla Palmer scoring for Wolves with Lauryn Wilcock and Ellie Gilliatt levelling on each occasion, but it was Wolves who took the points when Lowir Walker netted the winner deep into injury time.
Doncaster Rovers Belles now head the chasing teams, moving up into second place on the back of a 4-0 victory away to Leafield Athletic. Nadia Khan led the scoring for the Belles with a hat-trick and Kirsty Smith added the other goal.
Boldmere St Michaels are the division's other unbeaten team and they are in third following their 10-1 win against Burton Albion. Annie Highway led the scoring for the Mikes with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Amelia Kirk, Jessica Keeling, Hayleigh Sutton, Stephanie Weston, Laura Cooper, Evie Billingsley and an own goal, with Stephanie Eadon replying.
Solihull Moors are back in the top four after they won 5-0 against Bedworth Utd. Leah Seivwright gave Solihull the lead just before half time and in the in-form striker went on to complete a hat-trick after the break, with Kathryn Pagan adding the other two goals late on.
Long Eaton Utd have moved above Sporting Khalsa and into sixth place by winning their meeting 1-0, Lauren Da'Casto scoring the only goal of the game just after the half hour mark.
It was honours even as Wem Town and Holwell Sports battled out a 1-1 draw, which leaves the two teams level on points. Wem took a first half lead thr0ugh a strike from Laura Morris, with Courtney Cropper equalising for Holwell after the break.
Division One South East
Cambridge Utd are in the top half of the table following their 2-0 victory over Kent Football Utd. Samaira Khan scored both goals to earn the U's their second win of the season, which takes them above their opponents.
Norwich City have started the season well and were 3-2 winners against AFC Wimbledon. A win could well have taken the Dons into second place but a brace from Kathryn Stanley, plus an own goal, gave Norwich their second win in three matches. Hannah Billingham and Jess Lewry netted in reply for Wimbledon.
The two teams at the foot of the table at the start of play met each other and it was Cambridge City who recorded their first league victory of the season, beating Stevenage Women 4-1. Grace Stanley was on target twice for City along with Charlotte Gillies and Amie Fullwood, whilst Stevenage's consolation came from Becky Shephard.
Division One South West
Chesham Utd have gone level on points with leaders Southampton FC after recording an extraordinary 9-3 victory away to Exeter City, who had started the day in fourth place. After going behind to a third minute goal from Anthea Kaptein, Chesham ran riot in front of goal to find the net seven times before the interval, Gemma Fraser and Anneka Nuttall each scoring twice along with Kirsty Gladwin, Emma Delves and Riva Casley. Fraser went on to complete her hat-trick during the second half and Natasha Smith also got on the scoresheet, with Steph Beck and Emily Toogood both netting for Exeter.
The other match to survive the weather was at Poole Town, where visitors Cheltenham Town ran out 5-0 winners. Jade Grove was on target twice, with further goals coming from Abby Bevan, Charlotte Criddle and Lauren Kayll to seal Cheltenham's second league win of the season, which takes them into fourth.
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