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Sheffield FC went straight back to the top of the league, courtesy of a 6-0 victory over Bradford City. Carla Ward opened the scoring on five minutes before Nicolle Jepson and Kerry Parkin struck from outside the area for a fully deserved three-goal half time lead. City's one real chance to get back in the game came early in the second half, but Caz Whiteman saved and soon afterwards it was 4-0, Jepson netting her second. Mel Garside made two fine saves to deny Jepson a hat trick but in the closing minutes, Mel Cook hammered home goal number five before Jepson rounded off proceedings to complete her treble in stoppage time.
Previous leaders Sheffield Wednesday are back in second place after they went down to a 1-0 defeat away to Scunthorpe Utd, who are up into the top half.
South Durham RA lost a little ground in third place as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Mossley Hill, despite a goal from Kim Wilde.
Salford Ladies also drew, their match with Liverpool Feds finishing goalless. Salford remain in fourth whilst the fast improving Feds have now edged themselves out of the bottom two.
Middlesbrough kept up their challenge via a 2-1 victory away to Tranmere Rovers. Sarah Manning and Katie Kinlan netted the goals for 'Boro who lie in fifth, with games in hand.
Becky Davis scored both goals as Wakefield moved up towards mid-table on the back of a 2-0 win against Stockport County, who are now just one place above the Yorkshire side.
Rotherham Utd are now nine points ahead at the top after scoring twelve without reply against Stratford Town. Kirsty Richardson scored four times, Nat Shaw and Zuzana Pramukova each weighed in with doubles and one apiece from Rachel Rutherford and Nicola Stray along with two own goals. However the win was marred for Rotherham as winger Hayley Wood suffered a broken leg.
Loughborough Students moved themselves back into second place by winning 4-2 at Stoke City, to avenge their defeat seven days earlier. Laura Williams, Tania Bickington, Amy Perry and an own goal secured the points for the Students.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are in third place following their 4-1 victory away to Copsewood (Coventry). Becky Hall's first half strike for Wolves was cancelled out by Nicola Foskett, before Anna Perks put Wolves back in front early in the second half. Becky Hall then netted her second and Rebecca Large rounded off the win with the final goal.
Radcliffe Olympic defeated TNS Ladies 3-2 and are up to fourth. Rania Ramadan netted two of the goals for Radcliffe, with Kim Hide also on target.
Sporting Club Albion are in the top half of the table for the first time this season after they came away from Northampton Town with a 2-0 victory.
Leicester City are lying just below mid-table following a 3-1 win against Leafield Athletic. After trailing at the interval, Leicester took the points with second half goals from Erica Preston, Gemma Ball and Kim Walton.
South East Combination
League leaders Tottenham Hotspur did not play and this allowed Enfield Town to go level on points with them by winning 3-2 at Cambridge Women. Sara Sinclair, Cally Browne and Miranda Hall scored for Enfield with Sophie Thompson and Jordan Holland replying for the hosts.
Milton Keynes Dons moved to within three points of the leadership after scoring seven without reply against Braintree Town. Nikki Tarrant, Hannah Barrett and Kelly Bingham all netted twice for the Dons, with Emily Mann completing the tally.
Norwich City received a huge setback to their title challenge as they were beaten 5-0 by Lewes. Mel Routledge and Charlotte Bennett both bagged doubles for the improving Sussex side, whose other goal came from Kirsty Tagg.
Luton Town moved into fifth place, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Ipswich Town.
Ebbsfleet Utd continue to improve and they now have their sights on the top half after they defeated Old Actonians 7-0. Lisa Fulgence scored a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jay Blackie, Kit Lawrence, Kelly Philpott and Mel Bishop.
* On Wednesday, Enfield Town took over the leadership as Sara Sinclair (2), Miranda Hall (2) and Claire Gooch gave them a 5-1 win over Braintree Town. Lewes meanwhile were 2-0 victors away to Old Actonians, Kia Chapman and Kelly Newton scoring.
South West Combination
League leaders Plymouth Argyle were not in action but their position at the top was strengthened as their two nearest rivals, Havant & Waterlooville and Chesham Utd, battled out a 2-2 draw. Tash Sandells and Shantelle Woodward twice put Chesham in front but the Hawks fought back on each occasion to earn a point thanks to Lizzie Laws and Kaylee Schumann-Edwards.
Gloucester City stay in fourth place after their match away to Oxford City ended in a goalless draw.
Honours were also shared in the other game on Sunday, Swindon Town being held to 2-2 by Southampton Saints. Georgia Walters and Kirsty Shell scored the goals for Swindon, Louise Castle netting twice in reply for the Saints.
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