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Northern Premier Division
It was a disastrous day for the three of the teams who had been leading the chase for the runners-up spot as all three suffered defeats. Second placed Sunderland were not in action but remain there after Fylde Ladies were beaten 3-0 by fast improving Sheffield FC. Rhema Lord-Mears opened the scoring during the first half and after the break, goals in quick succession from Milly Wortly and Lord-Mears gave Sheffield one of their best results of the season and seven points out of their last nine, putting a four point gap between themselves and the bottom two.
Hull City were another team to pick up a much needed win and a fine result it was too, beating Huddersfield Town 2-1. Hope Barrett and Misty Russell were on target for Hull whilst Huddersfield - who would have gone second with a win - netted a consolation through Kate Mallin.
Stoke City also received a setback to their hopes of a top two place as they lost 2-1 to Guiseley Vixens. Olivia Auker's first half strike for Guiseley was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Amy Hughes, but just before the hour. Charlotte Gill scored a decisive second for the Vixens to keep them well in contention for a top half position.
Middlesbrough made the climb up into fifth place on the back of a 2-1 win away to Nottingham Forest. Trina Greaves did give Forest the lead shortly before half time but after the break, Leonie Hutchinson and Ellie Dobson both scored to ensure that 'Boro were the only team in the top half of the table to win on Sunday, and they are now just two points off second place.
* On Tuesday night, Guiseley Vixens made it four wins in six matches when scoring nine times without reply against Bradford City. Charlotte Gill, Olivia Auker and Maria Ledezma-Viso all bagged braces, with Jodie Hunter, Alarna Fuller and an own goal rounding off a result which moves Guiseley to within five points of second placed Sunderland.
Southern Premier Division
Coventry Utd ran out 4-0 winners over Portsmouth to return themselves to the top of the table, ahead of Chichester City whose match was postponed. Amy Wathan and Shannon O'Brien put Coventry two goals in front at the break, with Wathan and Lois Jefferies adding further goals during the second half.
The other match to be played in the division was at C & K Basildon, where Plymouth Argyle made the long journey from Devon and returned home with a 2-0 victory under their belts. Helen Bleazard got Argyle, who gave first team debuts during the game to Nicola Champion and Kelly Vinnicombe, off to a flying start by giving them the lead with two minutes on the clock and Kayley Lane added the second just before half time.
Division One North
Brighouse Town replaced Chester-le-Street Town in second place after winning their meeting 3-0 on Sunday. Annabelle Cass, Lavinia Nkomo and Charlotte Proud scored the goals which saw Brighouse move above the Cestrians on goal difference, but both teams still trail runaway leaders Burnley FC Women by eleven points.
The other match on Sunday saw Chorley and Newcastle Utd produce a goalless draw between them, meaning that Chorley have increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two to three points.
* On Tuesday night, Newcastle Utd won 1-0 against Norton & Stockton Ancients to increase their chances of a top half finish. Jayden Maxwell scored the only goal of the game for the Magpies.
Division One Midlands
Sporting Khalsa had seen their winning run brought to a halt by Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, but they bounced back to get on track on the weekend as they won 3-2 away to Nettleham. The teams had started the day level on points but Angelique Morley netted twice for Khalsa and Paige Kavanagh added the other to take their team up to fifth place, despite Abigail Murrell scoring a second half brace for the home side.
Long Eaton Utd are also three points behind Sporting Khalsa following their 4-0 victory at Burton Albion. Amy Pashley was on target twice for Long Eaton along with Shannon Parkes and Laura Sears.
Division One South East
Crawley Wasps were involved in the League Cup on Sunday but their lead remains at four points after Billericay Town went down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon. Megan Kowalski and Hannah Baptiste scored the goals for the Dons, with Lucy Jones replying.
A win would have taken Leyton Orient into the top three but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich Town. After a goalless first half, Paige Wakefield headed Ipswich in front early in the second half, before Sophie Le Marchand earned Orient a share of the spoils with fifteen minutes remaining.
Cambridge Utd moved up into mid-table following their 2-1 success away to Denham Utd. Kelley Blanchflower and Becky Shephard were on target for the U's, with Denham's consolation coming from Rachel Keightley.
Stevenage Ladies meanwhile put a gap of seven points between themselves and the bottom two after a goal from Erin Pope gave them a 1-0 win against Luton Town.
* On Wednesday night, Katherine Long scored the only goal of the game as Enfield Town climbed up to fourth in the table by beating Stevenage Ladies 1-0.
Division One South West
Only one of the scheduled fixtures managed to beat the weather on Sunday and it saw Keynsham Town make up ground on leaders Southampton Women with a 6-2 victory over third placed Cheltenham Town. Kelly Aldridge opened the scoring for Keynsham on the quarter hour and Kerry Bartlett then hit a hat-trick ahead of half time. Bartlett went on to add a fourth during the second half and Laura Williams also got on the scoresheet, whilst Cheltenham replied through a Georgia Brown penalty and Ella Hitchcox header.
* On Tuesday night, Southampton Saints notched up their fourth win of the season when beating Poole Town 4-1. Krystal Whyte netted twice along with Libby O'Dell and Alisha Buckingham, with Katie Marshallsay replying.
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