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After going down to defeat the previous Sunday, Middlesbrough bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe Utd which takes them into second place, their highest of the season to date. Danni Scarr and Susan Badger netted the goals for 'Boro.
Wakefield meanwhile claimed an important 3-2 win against Salford Ladies, which lifts them away from the bottom two places and into mid-table. Lisa Deakin gave Wakefield a first half lead which the visitors overturned ahead of the break. However in the second half, Caz Hulme levelled matters again before Wakefield captain Bridie Hannon headed in a Jen Jennings corner to give her side the points.
Rotherham Utd maintained their nine point lead as they chalked up their tenth win in eleven matches,
2-0 away to TNS Ladies. Kirsty Richardson and Paige Crossman were on target for Rotherham whose defence recorded a very impressive sixth successive clean sheet in the league.
Radcliffe Olympic are back in second place following their 1-0 success against Copsewood (Coventry).
Wolverhampton Wanderers saw a blow to their challenge as they were held to a 1-1 draw by improving Northampton Town. Wolves took the lead ten minutes into the second half when Becky Hall was brought down in the area and Dani Selmes converted the resulting penalty, but the Cobblers hit back and earned themselves a share of the spoils when Kate Swanson grabbed an equaliser.
A 2-0 victory over Leicester City has taken Leafield Athletic up into fourth place. Amber Hughes and Stacey Davies were both on target to settle matters in Leafield's favour.
* On Wednesday night, Rotherham Utd's hopes of a League and Cup 'double' were brought to an end when they were beaten 3-2 by Leicester City in the quarter finals of the League Cup. Kim Walton netted twice and Carmelina Colangelo the other to bring Leicester a surprise victory. Sporting Club Albion also progressed to the last four with a 6-0 victory away to Stratford Town.
South East Combination
The top three were not in league action this week and this gave fourth placed Lewes the opportunity to catch up ground, which they took by winning 4-1 away to Ebbsfleet Utd. Mel Routledge netted twice for the Rooks, with Claire Trafford and Kelly Newton adding the other goals.
Norwich City defeated Braintree Town 5-0 and the result has taken them to within five points of the leadership. Paige Shorten was on the scoresheet twice for the Canaries, whose other goals came from Hayley Peverley, Jodie Drake and Chelsea Garrett.
Ipswich Town picked up a vital 4-1 victory away to Crystal Palace which puts them six points ahead of their opponents. Amanda Everitt netted twice, with one apiece from Sasha Diston and Dani Bitten.
South West Combination
Havant & Waterlooville moved into second place in the table, one point behind leaders Plymouth Argyle but having played three games more. The Hawks kept their hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over Oxford City, Charley Wilson giving them the lead just before half time and Rebecca Bath sewing up the points late on with the second goal.
Forest Green Rovers maintained their good form of late by beating Newquay 3-2, cementing themselves in the top half of the table. Charlotte King and Ella Hitchcox were both on target for Rovers along with an own goal.
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