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With OOH Lincoln and Sunderland on F.A.Women's Cup duty, Newcastle Utd took the chance to catch up ground on the top two in the Northern Division with a 3-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers.
Naomi Robson netted twice in five minutes, just after the half hour, and Melanie Reay wrapped up the win three minutes into the second half.
The game of the day was at Sheffield Wednesday where visitors Leicester City won by the odd goal in seven. A Jade Radburn own goal put Wednesday ahead, before Natalie Reay and Hannah Smith sent Leicester into the lead at the break. Cheryl Mawhood levelled matters two minutes after the restart but Leicester were back in front on the hour as Reay netted her second. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk extended Leicester's lead and, although Nicole Jepson pulled one back for Wednesday, City held on for a 4-3 victory which takes them into fifth place.
Reading FC Women are up into the top half for the first time this season following their 2-0 win against Preston North End. Natasha Caswell netted her 11th goal of the season to give Reading a first half lead, Jen Osmond adding the second with fifteen minutes remaining.
Curzon Ashton's excellent form since the turn of the year continued and they have put daylight between themselves and the bottom two after scoring six without reply past Rotherham Utd. Nicky Maylett opened the scoring after five minutes with Nicky McLeod and a Bridget Booth own goal increasing their tally before half time. McLeod scored her second fifteen minutes from time and Curzon completed their biggest win of the season via late goals from Georgina Stebbings and Emma Gaynon.
One match managed to beat the weather in the Southern Division, Keynsham Town winning 2-0 at Ipswich Town to climb into third place. Captain Ana Bruni gave her side the lead shortly before half time and Hari Sabic sewed up the points for the Somerset side, eleven points from time.
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