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FA Women’s National League round-up

Northern Premier Division

The leadership changed hands once again in the division on Sunday with Derby County returning to the top after beating Hull City 3-1. Ellie Gilliatt netted a first half brace for the Ewe Rams and after Helen Lynskey had reduced the arrears, midway through the second half, Megan Tinsley sealed the points for Derby with four minutes remaining.

Derby therefore head the table on goal difference from Wolverhampton Wanderers - who have played three games less. Wolves stepped up their challenge with a 3-0 victory away to Nottingham Forest, Laura Cooper and Helen Dermody putting them two ahead at the break and Anna Morphet adding the third during the second half.

Huddersfield Town made up ground on the top three, thanks to a 2-1 win at Stoke City. Brittany Sanderson and Paige Crossman scored the goals for Town, whilst Stoke's reply came via a Callan Barber penalty.

Brighouse Town bounced back from a midweek League Cup defeat to run out 5-0 winners away to Middlesbrough, who remain in the bottom three. Leah Embley and Drew Greene each scored twice for Brighouse, with Lucy Sowerby adding the other goal.

Southern Premier Division

With title rivals Ipswich Town and Southampton FC Women meeting each other in the Vitality Women's FA Cup, Oxford Utd enhanced their title hopes by winning 3-1 against Crawley Wasps. Carly Johns, Beth Lumsden and Daisy McLachlan all scored a goal apiece for the U's, whilst Crawley's consolation came from Tash Stephens.

Gillingham remain in fourth place after their meeting with Portsmouth finished in a goalless draw, which extends the Gills' unbeaten run in the league to eight matches.

Bridgwater Utd meanwhile moved back up the table, climbing above London Bees after winning their meeting 3-0. Ellie Strippel opened the scoring for Bridgwater just after the hour mark, before they went on to crown the victory with late strikes from Meesha Dudley-Jones and Jenna Markham.

Milton Keynes Dons are out of the bottom four following their 2-1 victory against Chichester & Selsey. Nicole Pepper and Lucy Wood were on target for the Dons, with Chi replying through Natasha Wild.

Plymouth Argyle defeated Keynsham Town 5-0, a result which leaves the teams level on points. Kayley Lane gave Argyle the lead just before half time and they went on to add further goals from Zoe Cunningham, Natasha Knapman and a late Mari Ward brace.

Division One North

Liverpool Feds have opened up a lead of five points at the top of the table following their 3-2 success away to Chester-le-Street Town. Amy Seagraves scored what proved to be the winner for the Feds to add to earlier goals from Chantelle Thompson and Beth Donoghue, whilst Nichole Havery netted both for the Cestrians.

Stockport County meanwhile continued their improving form with a 7-1 victory over Alnwick Town. Maria Figueiredo led the scoring for County with a five-goal haul and the others came from Jess Battle and Olivia Dixon, with Lucy Bowman replying.

The result takes Stockport above Chorley who drew for the sixth time in eleven matches, sharing a 1-1 scoreline with FC United of Manchester. Olivia Smith gave FC United the lead in the opening minute of the match, whilst Ellie Cleary netted the equaliser for the Magpies.

Division One Midlands

Boldmere St Michaels went three points clear at the top after beating Long Eaton Utd 3-2. Lois Jefferies scored twice and Alex Liddiard netted the winner to hand the Mikes a sixth straight league victory and put a huge dent in the hopes of their opponents.

Lincoln City moved back above Long Eaton and into third place by running out 9-1 winners over Bedworth Utd. Chantelle Robinson and Toni McHamilton led the scoring as they bagged a hat-trick apiece whilst the others came from Sophie Williams, Leah Hardy and Jessica Rousseau, with Milly Miller replying.

Wem Town and Leafield Athletic remain four points apart after their meeting finished in a 1-1 draw. Daisy-Mai Clements was on target for Leafield, with Kathryn Pagan replying.

Division One South East

Malika Apindia Gille led the scoring with a hat-trick as Hashtag Utd maintained their lead of four points at the top with a 5-1 victory over Queen's Park Rangers. Gemma Abela and Kelly Wealthall weighed in with the other goals for the Tags, whilst Joanna Blodgett netted a consolation for Rangers.

Billericay Town kept up the chase in second place by winning 4-0 at Harlow Town. Zoe Rushen netted a brace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Shannan Drewe and Karissa Rodney.

London Seaward made it back-to-back victories and held on to sixth place when they won 1-0 against Stevenage Women, courtesy of a goal from Rea Laudat.

Cambridge Utd were also 1-0 victors against Norwich City to stay one point behind Seaward, Alysha Stojko-Down grabbing the only goal of the game for the U's.

On the whole it was a good day for home side with four victories in the five matches played, rounded off by Cambridge City who beat Enfield Town 2-1. The day started with the teams level on points but it was City who took the spoils thanks to Freya Goddard and Grace Stanley, with Brionne Fowle replying.

Division One South West

AFC Bournemouth were unable to take an opportunity to replace Cheltenham Town at the top of the table when they were held to a goalless draw by Maidenhead Utd. The result means that the Cherries are a single point behind leaders Cheltenham, with both teams having five games left to play.

Exeter City can still have a say in the title race but need to win all of their games in hand in order to keep themselves in with a chance. They made a good start in this quest on Sunday by beating Swindon Town 4-1. Connie Pengelly, Mollie Taylor, Sarah Stacey and Zoe Watkins all scored for Exeter, whilst the visitors' consolation came from Victoria Taylor.

Larkhall Athletic brought an end to their run of eight league matches without a win by scoring six times without reply past Poole Town. Rhian Robbins led the scoring for the Larks but hitting a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Macy Fox, Lydia Newton and Charlotte Robbins.

Midweek round-up...

Oxford Utd went to the top of the Southern Premier Division for the first time this season when they defeated Hounslow Women 7-0 on Tuesday night. Carly Johns and Beth Lumsden each scored twice inside the opening quarter of the game and Emily Wallace added another goal before half time. The U's were to round off the scoring in the second half with two further goals, as Johns and Lumsden both completed their respective hat-tricks, which takes Lumsden to the top of the goalscoring charts in the division.

Milton Keynes Dons picked up another valuable point in their fight for safety when they drew 1-1 with London Bees on Wednesday. Cherrelle Albert was on target to give the Dons a share of the spoils, whilst Jo Wilson scored for the Bees. Bridgwater Utd meanwhile won 2-0 away to Keynsham Town, thanks to goals from Sydney Hinchcliffe and Daisy Ackerman.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have regained the leadership of the Northern Premier Division following their 5-0 victory over Stoke City. Jade Cross and Beth Merrick put Wolves two ahead during the first half and after the break, Amber Hughes bagged a double and Ellie Butler netted the fifth goal.

Gianna Mitchell scored the only goal of the game as fourth placed Nottingham Forest won 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion. The result means that Forest stay just ahead of Huddersfield Town who defeated Sheffield FC 2-0 thanks to late goals from Brittany Sanderson and Ria Montgomery.  

Reserve Section round-up...

West Bromwich Albion are in the Reserves Cup Final after beating Enfield Town 1-0 in their semi final on Sunday. Both teams had been reinstated in the competition and a solitary goal from substitute Rameyah Farquharson gave Albion the victory, to take them through to the Final where they will meet Southampton FC Women.

Chorley have gone three points clear in the Northern Division following their 3-0 win against Liverpool Feds. Taylor Howarth gave them a first half lead, before Grace Foy clinched the points by adding two further goals. Leeds Utd meanwhile scored six times without reply past Hull City, Mia Moorhouse and Katie Astle each netting twice along with Emily Sykes and Abbie Langstaff. Oumou Donzo netted four of the goals as Durham Cestria leapfrogged Brighouse Town in the table by winning their meeting 6-1.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are closing in on the Midland Division title after their 2-1 victory over second placed Nottingham Forest, which has taken them eleven points clear. Summa Betts did give Forest a first half lead from the penalty spot but after the break, Beth Grady and Chantelle Teare both scored to give Wolves the three points. Loughborough Lightning stayed in the running for second place, courtesy of a 4-2 win against Lincoln City in which Emily Gunn, Anna Renken, Doris Greenwood and Frederika Ntumba were all on target. Eliza Bedford (2) and Sidni Simmons accounted for the goals as Doncaster Rovers Belles defeated Stoke City 3-1.

South East Division leaders Hashtag Utd went down to their third defeat of the season, beaten 2-1 by Cambridge City. Hashtag had taken a first half lead through Amber Le Beau but after the break, a double from Shannon Shaw turned the match in City's favour. Stevenage Women meanwhile defeated Norwich City 3-0, courtesy of a hat-trick from Ciara Purdue.

In the South Central Division, AFC Wimbledon went level on points with third placed London Bees after beating them 2-1. London Seaward also won 2-1 against Billericay Town to notch up their first points of the season. Seren Ahmet and Sasha Wade scored the goals for Seaward, with Bo Payne replying.

London City Lionesses have moved up to second place in the South West Division after an Alisha Brayer brace and Jessica Lewis earned them a 3-2 victory away to Lewes. Portsmouth meanwhile won for the first time, 1-0 against Chichester & Selsey thanks to a goal from Macey-Nikiah Walters.