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Northern Premier Division
Derby County moved themselves closer towards the leading sides in the division when they won 2-1 against Stoke City on Sunday. Stoke would have moved into the top three had they avoided defeat but first half goals from Ellie Gilliatt and Sophie Domingo gave the Ewe Rams the points, despite Abby Hunt pulling a goal back for Stoke with fifteen minutes remaining.
Southern Premier Division
One match went ahead in the division on Sunday, the bottom of the table clash between Chichester City and Hounslow Women. The teams battled out a goalless draw which means that Hounslow keep their one point advantage over Chichester, and possess a game in hand.
Division One North
The top three were not in action on Sunday and this allowed Liverpool Feds a chance to narrow the gap on them, which they accepted with a 1-0 victory over Chorley. The only goal of the game came during the early stages, Nicola James scoring after four minutes.
The mid-table clash between Bolton Wanderers and Chester-le-Street Town ended with honours even as they shared a 2-2 draw, which keeps the Cestrians just ahead on goal difference. Rachel Hindle gave Bolton an early lead but Chester-le-Street hit back to go in front with a goal in each half from Nichole Havery, before Nicole Johnston salvaged a point for Bolton with a late equaliser.
Norton & Stockton Ancients meanwhile drew for the fourth time in eight matches when their meeting with Newcastle Utd finished level at 1-1. Bianca Owens was on target for Norton, with Newcastle scoring through Beth Gardener.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers restored their five point lead by winning 2-0 against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies in their top of the table clash. Jade Cross gave Wolves the lead just after the half hour and Anna Morphet wrapped up the win with the second goal from the penalty spot, seven minutes into the second half.
Lincoln City kept up their excellent run of form by recording their sixth successive league win, 6-2 against Leafield Athletic. Abigail Murrell spearheaded the win for third placed Lincoln with a hat-trick along with Toni McHamilton, Amy Hunt and an own goal, while Daisy-Mai Clements and Michelle McCormack replied for Leafield.
Division One South West
This division saw its first action for almost a month and whilst the top two were each having a great day in the Women's FA Cup, Exeter City lifted themselves up into third place by winning 3-1 away to Swindon Town. Suze Berry did give Swindon the lead just before half time but three minutes after the break, Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham brought Exeter level. Hope Suominen put them ahead for the first time and Megan Robinson secured the victory with seven minutes remaining.
Chesham Utd now follow on in fourth after beating Poole Town 3-1. The Clarets also had to come from behind after Sacha Paynter had given the Dolphins an eleventh minute lead but Emma Delves quickly equalised and Gemma Fraser ensured Chesham led at the break, before Becky Bloor netted the third after the break.
Brislington made it three games unbeaten in the league and are out of the bottom three after running out 5-1 winners away to Maidenhead Utd. The first half was goalless but Brislington took control of the game after Adele Brown gave them the lead, full back Chelsea Heal netting twice along with further strikes from Kim Maggs and Anusia Rourke, Sarah Thompson replying for the home side.
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