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Liverpool stay one point clear as Northern Division leaders after they ran out 5-1 winners away to newly promoted Leeds City Vixens.
Cheryl Foster kept up her excellent start to the season by giving the Reds a second minute lead but Leeds were back on level terms early in the second half with an equaliser from Emma Lipman. Kelly Jones put Liverpool back in front before the sealed the points with three goals in the final six minutes. Katie Williams netted the third before Alicia Hardacre bagged a late double.
Aston Villa meanwhile held on to second place with a 4-1 victory at Derby County. The home side led at the interval through a goal from Emily Jeffery but Kelly Saggs equalised quickly after the break and Natalie Gibson then put Villa in front. Keeley Lowe added a third with ten minutes remaining and Carly Davies wrapped up the points in the dying minutes.
The six matches in the Northern Division produced a total of 31 goals on the day, seven of which came at Leicester City where the home side defeated Newcastle Utd 4-3 to keep themselves in third. Newcastle took the lead on 33 minutes through Steph Eadon but City's Natasha Meade scored twice in quick succession and Natalie Reay added a third just before half time. Ruth Sutcliffe reduced the arrears early in the second half and Stacy Crooks brought Newcastle level, but Meade had the final say and completed her hat-trick with the winning goal, seven minutes from time.
OOH Lincoln won for the second match in a row when beating Manchester City 1-0. A close game was settled in the final minute when Lady Imps striker Jodie Michalska scored the only goal.
Preston North End returned to winning form by scoring six without reply away to Luton Town. Gemma Watson gave Preston an eleventh minute lead with Sam Cadwallader and Sarah McCrea adding further goals before half time. On the hour mark, Cadwallader netted her second before Lynette Craig bagged a brace in the last ten minutes.
Sheffield Wednesday claimed their first victory of the season when beating Curzon Ashton 4-2. Sarah Danby's first half goal for Wednesday was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Shelley James, with Rachel Skeemer putting the Owls back in front seven minutes after the restart. Laura Windle extended the lead with Beth Gingell adding the fourth, before James scored a late consolation for Curzon.
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