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Blackburn Rovers stay as leaders of the Northern Division after running out 8-1 winners away to Sheffield Utd. Georgia Stevens and Corie Mather each hit hat-tricks while Hannah Walsh and Ria Montgomery were also on target. Blackburn remain ahead on goal difference from Middlesbrough, who defeated Hull City 3-0 thanks to Beth McIlvenny, Jasmine Pearson and Holly Wells. Huddersfield Town are five points off the pace in third following their 2-2 draw against Bradford City, Rose Priestley and Tara Duce netting their goals with Keavy Smith bagging a brace in reply. At the other end of the table, Leeds Ladies ran out 5-0 winners away to Guiseley Vixens to notch up their first victory of the season.
Coventry Utd remain on top of the Midland Division despite going down to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Loughborough Foxes, who go into the top half of the table as a result. Gracie Burrows (2), Rebecca Linsley and Maisie Eagling netted the goals as Long Eaton Utd defeated Burton Albion 4-0 and Sporting Khalsa were 3-1 winners over Nottingham Forest thanks to a Chloe Coldicott brace and Angelique Morley.
Crystal Palace are up into second, three points behind Southern Division leaders Portsmouth, after beating them 2-1 with goals from Sandra Martin and Liberty Morrice-Bartlett. Lewes meanwhile made up ground as a Victoria Carleton double and Paige Walder gave them a 3-0 victory at Queen's Park Rangers in the other game.
In the Reserve Section League Cup, Bolton Wanderers progressed to the Third Round with a 6-1 victory at Newcastle Utd. C & K Basildon are also through, they defeated West Ham Utd 5-3 courtesy of Jodie Osborne (2), Katie Whitehead (2) and Tilly Deacon.
Doncaster Rovers Belles have taken over as the new leaders of the Northern Division in the FA WSL Development League after they won 3-2 away to Aston Villa with Emily Simpkins, Izzy Whittle and Eleanor Cieselski on target. A win would have taken Sunderland top but instead they were beaten 3-1 by Birmingham City for whom Heidi Logan (2) and Shania Hayles scored. Sheffield FC meanwhile defeated Durham Women 4-1 thanks to Millee Clarke, Ellie Hawcroft, Kenedy Owen and Georgia Willson.
Millwall Lionesses did not play in the Southern Division over the weekend and this has allowed Arsenal to regain the leadership from them, after scoring seven times without reply past Tottenham Hotspur. Anne-Marie Filbey led the scoring with a hat-trick, Lauren James added a double and there was one apiece from Gabriella Ravenscroft and Jessica Ngunga. Bristol City meanwhile defeated Reading FC Women 5-2 to stay level on points with the Gunners in second, Olivia Fergusson hitting a hat-trick along with Chloe Gilroy and Holly Reed. Nicole Douglas was another hat-trick scorer for Chelsea in their 5-0 victory over London Bees, Megan Mackey and Olivia Smith joining her on the scoresheet. Watford cemented their position in the top half by beating Oxford Utd 4-1, goals coming from Olivia Syson, Alana Munro, Anaisa Harney and Andie Dickens.
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