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Huddersfield Town are the new leaders of the Northern Premier Division on goal difference after beating Hull City 6-2.
Lucy Sowerby (2), Kate Mallin, Charlotte Newsham, Sarah Danby and Ellie White scored their goals. Middlesbrough and Sunderland occupy the next two places after battling out a 1-1 draw, Rebekah Bass on target for ‘Boro. Burnley FC Women are a fourth team on seven points following a goalless draw with Fylde Women. Derby County moved up with a 5-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes and Nottingham Forest defeated Sheffield FC by the same scoreline. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile picked up their first win, 2-0 away to Stoke City.
Just two midweek matches were played in the Southern Premier Division but have produced a change of leadership, Crawley Wasps going top by beating Chichester City 7-1. Rebecca Carter and Charlotte Owen netted twice along with Ellie Russell, Faye Rabson and Rachel Palmer. Cardiff City Ladies meanwhile won for the first time, a late strike from Kylie Nolan giving them the points against Keynsham Town.
The early top of the table clash in Division One North ended with honours even, Barnsley and Brighouse Town drawing 2-2 to keep their first and second respectively. Barnsley scored through Sophie Crosby and an own goal, with Laura Bartup and Annabelle Cass replying for Brighouse. Bolton Wanderers join them on seven points after beating Chorley 2-1. Jordan Atkinson (2), Erin Nelson (2), Georgia Richardson and Sophie Hodgson accounted for the goals as Durham Cestria won for the first time, 6-1 against Newcastle Utd, and Liverpool Feds got off the mark by winning 3-1 at Stockport County with goals from Jodie Mortimer, Demi Devereaux and Carla Lee. Bradford City's match with Leeds Utd was abandoned after a sickening clash of heads between Chelsea Sandford and Molly Havard, with Leeds 2-0 ahead at the time. We wish both player a speedy recovery.
Leicester Utd are the leaders of Division One Midlands following their 3-2 victory over Lincoln City, ahead on goal difference from Long Eaton Utd who beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-0 thanks to Laura Sears and Kirsty Allen. The New Saints meanwhile inflicted a first defeat on Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning 3-2 with goals from Kim Bebbington (2) and Laura Morris. Leafield Athletic lie inbetween the two sides in fourth after beating Solihull Moors 7-1. Xena Dhillon and Kirsty Farnsworth scored for Bedworth Utd as they drew 2-2 with Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, who replied through Jessica Lundie and Steph Weston, and Sporting Khalsa ran out 5-0 winners over Burton Albion.
Billericay Town continue to power ahead in Division One South East, staying two points in front after defeating AFC Basildon 4-0. Ipswich Town won 4-1 against Norwich City and have gone second, ahead of Enfield Town who were 5-1 winners at Stevenage Women thanks to a Beth Lumsden hat-trick, Nuala McKevitt and Katherine Long. The derby match between Cambridge City and Cambridge Utd finished in a 2-2 draw, Megan Tonks and Mollie Coupar hitting doubles for each side respectively.
Exeter City are still setting the pace at the top of Division One South West, making it three straight wins when beating Buckland Athletic 3-2 with goals from Kathryn Mundy, Abbie Britton and Ella-Mae Miller. Cheltenham Town are level on points in second following their 3-1 win over Brislington, whilst Southampton FC and Southampton Women battled out a goalless draw. Larkhall Athletic follow on after winning 4-2 at Swindon Town. Jessie Osborne, Lizzie Barratt, Emily Harrington and Carly Bryant were on target for the Larks, with Helena Diaz-Butcher and Sophie Morgan replying.
The League Cup Determining Round tie between Actonians Ladies and AFC Wimbledon was played, Actonians winning 2-0 with goals from Rhiannon Ishmael and Alessandra Barreca.
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