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Nottingham Forest moved seven points clear at the top of the Northern Division following their 5-1 victory away to Sheffield Wednesday.
Catherine Lawson and Natalie Clarke put Forest two ahead inside the opening ten minutes, with Lawson completing her double before half time. Sarah Smith gave Wednesday renewed hope by pulling a goal back after the break but goals in quick succession from Andi Bell and Clarke wrapped up the points for Forest.
Second placed Lincoln City lost ground as they were beaten 3-2 at Preston North End. After Sarah McCrea gave Preston a second minute lead, Jodie Snelson equalised and Stacey Aisthorpe put the Lady Imps ahead on the quarter hour. Lincoln looked to be on their way to an important win but late goals from McCrea and Sam Cadwallader turned the game the way of Preston, who are now just one point behind their opponents.
Sunderland came away from Aston Villa with a 4-2 victory which keeps them in fourth place. Lucy Bronze scored an early goal for Sunderland which was added to by Steph O'Brien, with Donna Arrowsmith reducing the arrears for Villa just before half time. Rachel Lee netted a third before Arrowsmith again replied for the home side, with O'Brien completing the win for Sunderland with her second goal.
Manchester City were 2-0 winners over Stockport County in their local derby. Laura Gligan headed them into a tenth minute lead from a Danni Young cross and, with Lindsay Savage influential in the centre of midfield, City secured a well earned win when Young lobbed home the second goal from a centre by Shelly James.
Tranmere Rovers picked up three important points by beating Rotherham Utd 3-0. Kate Hooley sent the Birkenhead side into a half time lead by netting on the quarter hour and Sue Kenwright added two further goals in the second half.
Newcastle Utd won 5-3 away to Crewe Alexandra in a match which saw a dramatic last few minutes. Ruth Sutcliffe gave Newcastle a first half lead which was cancelled out before the break by Beth Ragdale. Stacy Crooks restored Newcastle's advantage which was increased on the hour by Melanie Reay. The last six minutes yielded four goals, Kim Hine netted for Crewe before Reay struck twice to complete her hat-trick, with Amanda Goodwin bagging a late consolation for Crewe.
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