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Northern Premier Division
Fylde Women have returned to the top of the Northern Premier Division after winning 3-0 at Middlesbrough. Wolverhampton Wanderers had started the day as leaders but did not have a game and the Coasters took full advantage with goals from Jess Holbrook, Amy Hughes and Melanie Bartley.
Derby County have leapfrogged Nottingham Forest into third place after beating them 2-0 in their meeting at the City Ground. In front of a league record attendance of 4,443, it was the Ewe Rams who took the honours on the day with two goals just before half time, scored by Emily Joyce and Ellie Gilliatt.
Burnley FC Women continue to climb the table and are in the top five following their 3-0 victory over Loughborough Lightning. Nicola Worthington netted two of the goals for the Clarets and she was joined on the scoresheet by Evie Priestley.
Huddersfield Town bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to beat Stoke City 5-1 and move back to sixth. Kate Mallin gave Town an early lead and Brittany Sanderson added a quickfire double, before Nuala Miszkiel pulled one back for Stoke. Serena Fletcher restored the three-goal advantage after the break and Mallin rounded off the scoring for Huddersfield with her second, nine minutes from time.
Brighouse Town and improving West Bromwich Albion occupy the mid-table positions after battling out a 1-1 draw. Imogen Porteous-Williams was on target for Brighouse, with Albion scoring through Evie Gallop.
Sheffield FC have moved out of the bottom three, thanks to a 4-0 victory over Hull City. Nicole Kemp spearheaded the win for Sheffield by hitting a hat-trick and Yasmin Mason added the other goal.
Southern Premier Division
Southampton FC Women hold on to top spot in the table after a nine-goal victory against Keynsham Town, the third time that the Saints have scored that number in a game this season. Ella Pusey once more led the scoring with a hat-trick, taking her league tally for the season so far to 12, Laura Rafferty weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Phoebe Williams, Millicent Mott, Sophia Pharoah and Lucia Kendall.
Ipswich Town also stay 100% in second place as they won 3-1 away to London Bees. Zoe Barratt, Sarah Brasero-Carriera and Eloise King all scored for the Tractor Girls but the Bees did become only the second team to score against them this season when Danielle Puddefoot converted from the penalty spot.
Crawley Wasps are back up into third place following their 1-0 victory over Oxford Utd. A tight game was settled midway through the second half when Emma Plewa scored the only goal.
A 3-0 win against Plymouth Argyle has taken Bridgwater Utd into fourth place. Alice Griffiths scored a goal in each half for the Somerset side and and Chloe Gilroy added the third late on.
Gillingham are in an excellent run of form right now and chalked up their third win in succession, 3-0 against Portsmouth who had started the day in third place. Phoebe Leitch gave Gillingham a first half lead and they went on to crown the win with further goals after the break from Melanie Parreno and Kara Fordjour.
Cardiff City Ladies have put themselves within striking distance of the top half after running out 4-0 winners over Hounslow Women. Cori Williams hit a hat-trick for the South Wales side, whose other goal came from Ellie Sargent.
Division One North
Leeds Utd have returned to the top of the table by virtue of having scored more goals after they defeated FC United of Manchester 5-0. Both teams had started the game in the top three but it was Leeds' in-form striker Laura Bartup who scored a hat-trick, whilst Sarah Danby and Abbie Brown accounted for the other goals.
Liverpool Feds actually drop back into second place despite recording a good win themselves, 3-0 against Bradford City. Paige Cole gave the Feds a fourth minute lead which was doubled before half time by Molly Farley, before Cole completed her brace in the opening minute of the second half.
Newcastle Utd meanwhile bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to beat Durham Cestria 4-0 and move themselves back into third place. Kacie Elson was on target twice for the Magpies along with Katie Barker and Bethany Guy.
The points were shared at Norton & Stockton Ancients where the home side battled out a goalless draw with Chorley, but the result means that Chorley hold on to fourth place in the table.
Stockport County are starting to pick up some momentum and are in the top half following their 5-0 success away to Alnwick Town. Jess Battle, Emily Bradshaw, Maria Figueiredo, Kenedy Owen and Abi Cheshworth all scored a goal apiece for County.
The six matches in the league on Sunday saw an unusual occurrence in which none of them saw both teams find the net. Although they stay in the bottom two for now at least, Barnsley celebrated their first league win of the season, 4-0 against Chester-le-Street Town. All of the goals came in the final third of the game, Rebekah Coe opening the scoring before Nat Shaw bagged a brace and Eve Marshall added the other.
Division One Midlands
Lincoln City have edged a further point ahead at the top, thanks to a 4-2 victory away to Leafield Athletic. Leah Hardy hit a hat-trick for the Lady Imps and Jessica Rousseau was also on target, whilst the home side replied through Chloe Barker-Duthie and Katie Johnson.
Boldmere St Michaels moved back into second after getting back to form with a 5-2 win at Peterborough Utd. Steph Weston scored a hat-trick while Evie Billingsley and Amelia Kirk netted the others for the Mikes, Jessica Driscoll and Kier Perkins netting the Posh Ladies' goals.
Long Eaton Utd and Sporting Khalsa meanwhile shared four goals, a third draw this season for both teams. Lucie Johnstone and Cala Thornton were the markswomen for Long Eaton, while Khalsa scored through Gurjit Dulay and Louisa Anderson.
Leek Town received a setback as they were beaten 6-1 by Holwell Sports, who have closed to within two points of them. Chantelle Robinson scored a hat-trick for Holwell, Courtney Cropper contributed a double and an own goal completed the tally, Leek's consolation coming from Katie Gibbons.
Solihull Moors were involved in another high scoring game, this time edging out Burton Albion by the odd goal in nine. Kathryn Pagan and Lois Jefferies each scored twice and Jessica Lundie the other for Moors - whose eight games have yielded 47 goals so far - and Burton replied through a Danielle Oxley brace, Mollie Garner and Ella Ritchie.
Division One South East
Hashtag Utd preserved their three point lead as they defeated Cambridge City 2-0. Sasha Adamson scored a first half brace to hand the Tags a seventh win in eight matches.
Billericay Town stay in second place, with a game in hand, following their 2-1 victory over Norwich City. Jay Blackie and Shannan Drewe netted the goals for Billericay, with Natasha Snelling replying.
Third placed AFC Wimbledon made it three wins on the trot with a 3-0 success away to Kent Football Utd. All of the goals came in the last twenty minutes, Chloe Sampson putting the Dons in front before they sealed the points with a late double from Megan Stow.
Actonians Ladies returned to winning ways by scoring six times without reply against Cambridge Utd. Alessandra Barreca bagged two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Roschelle Shakes, Justine Buckmire, Melia D'Santos and Jessica Drage.
Division One South West
The league leaders met the division's last remaining unbeaten team on Sunday and both records remain intact as AFC Bournemouth and Cheltenham Town battled out a goalless draw. Cheltenham, who stretched their own unbeaten run to seven games, stay three points clear at the top whilst Bournemouth, who are five points off the pace, have two games in hand.
Exeter City have moved into second place, thanks to a 4-2 victory away to Portishead Town. Phoebe Baker scored twice, along with Zoe Watkins and Sarah Stacey, to crown an impressive performance from Exeter whilst Portishead responded with two fine strikes from Lulu Watts and Rosie Hill.
Southampton Women meanwhile ran out six-goal winners over Poole Town, a result which lifts them into the top three. Rachel Okoro bagged a first half brace and after the break, Sian Wylie and Chloe Tucker doubled their lead and they went on to add late goals through Lauren Cheshire and Gracie White.
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