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OOH Lincoln trimmed Sunderland's lead at the top of the Northern Division to four points as they ran out 5-1 winners over Aston Villa.
Amanda Barr gave the Lady Imps a first half lead which was cancelled out by Carly Davies a minute later, leaving the scores level at half time. After the break, Barr netted her second goal, Stacey Aisthorpe and Jodie Michalska added further strikes before Barr completed her hat-trick in the dying minutes.
Newcastle Utd meanwhile lost a little ground as they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Reading FC Women. Rachel Furness put the Magpies in front midway through the first half with Melanie Reay adding a second a minute later, Jen Osmond pulling one back for Reading on the stroke of the interval. Newcastle looked to be on their way to an important win but Reading were to have the final say, Danielle Puddefoot earning her side a point with a late equaliser.
Leicester City maintained their interest as they defeated Curzon Ashton 4-1. Destiney Toussaint gave them a tenth minute lead which was doubled before half time by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. Hannah Smith bagged a second half brace to wrap up the points before Nicky Maylett scored a last minute consolation for Curzon.
Preston North End kept up their return to form with a 4-0 victory over Rotherham Utd, which takes towards mid-table. Gemma Watson netted a seventh minute opener from the penalty spot before Anisha Bateman and Hannah Bailey also go on the scoresheet ahead of the break, Bateman grabbing her second goal five minutes from time.
One match went ahead in the Southern Division, Cardiff City and Portsmouth battling out a 2-2 draw which leaves the sides in second and third respectively.
Rebecca Miles scored the only goal of the first half for Pompey but two goals in a five minute spell from Sam Jones and Laurie Harries turned things around in Cardiff's favour. Pompey hit back to earn themselves a share of the spoils ten minutes from time through an equaliser by Amy Swallow.
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