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Barnet continue to set the pace at the top of the Southern Division following a narrow 1-0 win away to Charlton Athletic.
Claire Thomas netted the only goal of the game, midway through the second half, to give Barnet their fourth straight win and condemn the Addicks to their third successive odd-goal defeat.
Reading FC Women needed to come from behind to beat Keynsham Town 4-3 and keep themselves in second place, level on points with Barnet. Melissa Fletcher gave Reading a fifth minute lead which was quickly cancelled out by Katarzyna Rusek and Leanne Lapham then put Keynsham in front. Natasha Caswell equalised for Reading just before half time but Keynsham were back in front again soon after the restart, Rusek scoring her second goal. Francesca Kirby levelled matters once again before Danielle Puddefoot grabbed the winner for Reading with twenty minutes remaining.
Portsmouth are up into third place, thanks to a 2-1 win away to WFC Fulham. Sarah Staples gave Fulham the lead ten minutes before half time but Pompey turned matters around after the break and took the points with goals from Zoe Nash and Justine Lorton.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Queen's Park Rangers follow on after the sides battled out a 2-2 draw. Beth Curtis put Rangers ahead after six minutes with Vicky Vickery levelling for Brighton on the quarter hour. Tammy Scrivens ensured that the R's were back in front going into the break but an own goal from the unfortunate Nicola Crump meant that Brighton earned a share of the spoils.
After four successive draws, West Ham Utd recorded their first victory of the season in some style, beating Crystal Palace 5-1. Zoe Marshall opened the scoring for the Hammers with Rebecca Merritt ensuring the scores were level at half time. Tracey Duxbury restored West Ham's lead two minutes after the restart before Gemma Shepherd netted twice in a minute, midway through the half, and Kayleigh Xidhas completed the scoring in injury time.
For the second time in a week, Colchester Utd were involved in a goalless draw, this time against Cardiff City who have now shared the points in three of their four matches.
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