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Two first half goals ensured that WFC Fulham stayed two points clear at the top of the Southern Division with a 2-1 victory at Colchester Utd.
Tammy Scrivens and Jessica Trimnell gave Fulham a two-goal lead within the opening 25 minutes and, despite Kate Longhurst pulling one back for Colchester with ten minutes remaining, the Whites went on to record their eighth win in a row.
Barnet hold on to second place, courtesy of a stunning 6-1 victory away to Newquay. Katie O'Leary gave the Bees a fourth minute lead before adding her second on the half hour, and Gemma Shepherd netted either side of half time. Stacey Sowden then weighed in with a double, Leanne Griffiths scoring a late consolation for the Cornish side.
Portsmouth scored ten without reply against Reading Royals, to stay close at hand in third place. Pompey netted five times in the opening fifteen minutes with Cassie Thorp going on to score a hat-trick and Zoe Nash a brace. Lizzie Laws, Laura Froggatt, Leeta Rutherford, Natalie Banister and Jennifer Osmond all joined them on the scoresheet.
West Ham Utd ended their run of three consecutive league defeats with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Lindsey Morgan scored the only goal of the game for the Hammers, midway through the first half.
Brighton & Hove Albion climbed above AFC Team Bath and out of the bottom two by beating them 3-2 in an eventful match. The Seagulls led 2-1 at the interval, Tammy Waine and Katie Baker on target, with Carly Bryant replying. With eight minutes remaining, Holly Miles levelled matters from the penalty spot but Waine headed a vital winning goal for Brighton in the dying minutes.
Photo - AFC Team Bath captain Kirsty Richardson gets in a shot against Brighton & Hove Albion.
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