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Northern Premier Division
Three matches went ahead in the division over the weekend, which resulted in good results for the top three. These are still headed by Sunderland, who made it five wins in six matches after beating Nottingham Forest 3-1. Katie Barker, Bridget Galloway and Grace McCatty were all on target for the Wearsiders, with the home side's consolation coming from Precious Hamilton.
Stoke City made sure of remaining a single point behind Sunderland in second place as they also recorded a 3-1 victory away to Middlesbrough. Stoke led for most of the game through an early strike from Kelsey Richardson, before late strikes by Hollie Gibson and Richardson secured the points despite a reply from Emily Scarr.
Huddersfield Town meanwhile made sure of keeping in touch with the leaders by defeating Derby County 5-2. Ellie Gilliatt opened the scoring for Derby early on, with Huddersfield hitting back to lead at half time thanks to Ellie White and Laura Elford. After the break, Kate Mallin hit a hat-trick to wrap up an important win for Town, with Monique Watson netting a consolation for Derby.
Southern Premier Division
Crawley Wasps are continuing to stretch the pace in the division and maintained their three point advantage with a 3-1 victory over Oxford Utd. Second half goals from Naomi Cole, Faye Rabson and Darcey James saw Crawley to a sixth win of the season and ended the division's last remaining unbeaten record, despite the U's scoring through Gemma Sims.
Free scoring Plymouth Argyle produced another strong display to and made it five wins on the trot when running out 5-1 winners away to Milton Keynes Dons. Becky Dandridge, Natasha Knapman, Helen Bleazard, Jessie Jones and Kayley Lane all scored a goal apiece for Argyle, with the Dons' consolation coming from Kim Farrow.
The points were shared at Yeovil Town where the home side battled out a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City Ladies, bringing a halt to Cardiff's four match winning streak. Cardiff did take a first half lead through Gwennan Davies, before Yeovil hit back after the break and Katie Jones equalised with sixteen minutes left to play.
Division One North
Barnsley have taken over at the top of the table after winning 3-0 away to Durham Cestria. Drew Greene gave Barnsley the lead on the half hour and they secured the win after the break through a double from Kathryn Smith.
Brighouse Town had started the day as leaders but were held to a 1-1 draw by third placed Leeds Utd. Abigail Housecroft scored for Brighouse, with Leeds replying through a late equaliser by Rebecca Hunt.
Chorley meanwhile put an end to their unwanted run of five straight defeats and their 3-0 victory at Chester-le-Street Town has taken them off the bottom of the table. Sophie Rotheram was the heroine for the Magpies as she scored a second half hat-trick to spearhead the win.
Stockport County picked up another important point as they shared a thrilling 4-4 draw with Norton & Stockton Ancients. Six of the eight goals came during the first half with Sophie John, Imogen Porteous-Williams and Masa Butler all scoring for Stockport, and Norton replying through Victoria Burton, Shannon Reed and Evie Thompson. Eve Marshall put Norton back in front just before the hour and it looked as though this would give Norton victory, until Chloe Mapp salvaged a point for County with an injury time leveller.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers have edged two points clear at the top after their 7-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles. Jamilla Palmer, Jade Cross and Alice Keitley all bagged doubles for Wolves and Lowri Walker was also on target, with Emily Burgin and Nadia Khan replying for the Belles.
Long Eaton Utd and The New Saints started their meeting in second and third place respectively and the three point gap between the two teams remains as they battled out a 1-1 draw. TNS led at the break through a goal from Laura Pennington, before Long Eaton fought back after the break for a share of the spoils when Kirsty Allen equalised.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies narrowly got the better of Sporting Khalsa in a seven-goal thriller and this has moved them into the top three. Lauren Walker scored twice and Macey Turvey the other as Khalsa led 3-2 at the break, Nadia Bacciochi and Alex Liddiard replying, but Katherine Wilson levelled matters once again within a minute of the restart and a Steph Weston goal with four minutes remaining handed BWM a third straight victory.
A win would have taken Leicester Utd up to third but instead they went down to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bedworth Utd, who registered their first league win of the season. Kirsty Farnsworth, Lydia Hackney and Sophie Wilson were all on target for Bedworth, with the home side's consolation coming from Courtney Cropper.
Leafield Athletic ended a run of three losses in a row by running out 4-1 winners away to Burton Albion. Daisy-Mai Clements netted two of the goals along with Georgia Harris and Alice Rogers, with Natasha Rothery replying.
The other match between Lincoln City and Solihull Moors was abandoned during the second half after heavy rain made the pitch waterlogged and unplayable. Lincoln were leading 4-1 at the time.
Division One South East
The top three teams in the table could hardly be any closer! Billericay Town do still occupy top spot but only on alphabetical order from Ipswich Town who won their top of the table clash 2-1, inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Essex side in the process. All of the goals came in the first half, Natasha Thomas giving Ipswich a lead which was cancelled out by Therese Addison, with Paige Peake netting the decisive second five minutes before half time.
Leyton Orient meanwhile defeated AFC Basildon 3-0 and therefore have the same number of points and goal difference as the top two, but have scored two goals less. All three of the O's goals came in the last eighteen minutes, Sophie Le Marchand giving them the lead before she was joined on the scoresheet by Paige Anderson-James and Otesha Charles.
AFC Wimbledon won 3-1 against Enfield Town to move above them into fourth. Both teams went into the match with unbeaten record and all four goals came inside the opening 26 minutes, Katie Stanley netting twice and Helen Ogle the other as the Dons took the points, with Beth Lumsden replying for Enfield.
Stevenage Women brought an end to a run of four straight defeats, beating Cambridge Utd 4-0 courtesy of braces from Gemma Biggadike and Amy Makewell.
Cambridge City recorded their first National League win as they defeated Norwich City by the odd goal in seven. Hannah Bodily, Laura Mills, Karly Tolentino and Shannon Shaw scored the goals for City, with the Canaries replying through a Natasha Snelling double and Chelsea Garrett.
Division One South West
Leaders Southampton FC saw their match fall victim to the weather on Sunday and their two nearest rivals took advantage to move level on points with them.
Southampton Women ran out 5-0 winners over Poole Town and this leaves them with a goal difference which is currently one less than that of their local rivals. Jennifer King gave Southampton a first half lead and after the break, Kayleigh Tonks hit a hat-trick and Hannah Samuels weighed in with the final goal in injury time.
Cheltenham Town meanwhile came from behind to beat Maidenhead Utd 3-2 to complete a trio of clubs on sixteen points. The Berkshire side twice went ahead through Stephanie Nelson and Annika Striepecke and after Annie Martin had equalised on the first occasion, the match was turned on its head in three second half minutes around the hour mark as first, Ella Hitchcox brought the scores level once again and Louise Fensome scored what proved to be a hard earned winner.
Chesham Utd bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to win 5-0 away to Swindon Town and make up ground on the top five. The Clarets have not found goals hard to come by so far this season and Gemma Fraser scored in each half, with Rebecca Bloor, Natasha Smith and Eden Kibrom also getting themselves on target.
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