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Rochdale have edged three points clear at the top of the Northern Combination following a hard fought 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough. Rachael Wood kept up her recent good form for Dale by scoring a goal in each half, with Steph Bell also on target.
South Durham Royals were beaten for only the second time this season, 3-0 by Liverpool Feds whose good run has taken them into fifth.
Bradford City climbed into third by scoring eleven without reply against Darlington RA. Clare Fawcett and Whitney Taiwo bagged four goals apiece, Chelsey Faulkner weighed in with a double and Charlotte Stuart completed the tally.
Salford Ladies returned to form with a 6-0 win away to Scunthorpe Utd. Abbie Wynn bagged a hat-trick with one apiece from Sarah Howden, Caroline Price and Isha Mundell.
Stockport County claimed their second win in successive weeks, 2-1 over Wakefield. Chloe Spencer scored the winner for County with only three minutes remaining, to add to an earlier strike from Kate Halle.
Coventry City chalked up their sixth win in a row but they were given a scare on their way towards beating Rotherham Utd 4-3. The Sky Blues raced into a three-goal lead inside twenty minutes, courtesy of Robyn James, Helen Dermody and an own goal, with Rachel Rutherford reducing the arrears just before half time. Hayley Wood and Sara Thickett looked to have completed the comeback Rotherham but Cherelle Archibald kept Coventry five points clear by scoring the winning goal, deep into injury time.
Sporting Club Albion held on to second place, courtesy of a 3-1 win away to Crewe Alexandra. Hayley Phillipowsky was on target twice, along with Lucy Goffe.
Radcliffe Olympic also remain in the hunt after they came away from Leicester City with a 2-1 victory.
Wolverhampton Wanderers extended their unbeaten run and are up into fourth after beating Stoke City 4-2. Dani Selmes netted twice along with Lynsey Longhurst and an own goal, with Stoke replying through Emma Sanders and Meg Bowyer.
Jodie McGuckin was on target twice, with Nicola Foskett adding the other, as Copsewood (Coventry) edged out Leafield Athletic by the odd goal in five to go back into the top half of the table.
Five different players were on the scoresheet as TNS Ladies registered their first league victory of the season when scoring five without reply past Loughborough Foxes. Sian Skelton, Alisha Robinson, Stacey Davis, Abbie Francis and Kate Doster all scored a goal each.
South East Combination
The resignation of Dagenham & Redbridge during the past week has meant a re-calculation of the league table with only ten teams now competing.
Milton Keynes Dons hold on to the leadership despite going down to a 4-1 defeat away to Norwich City.
Gillingham are one point behind in second place, with three games in hand following their 4-0 victory over Northampton Town. Natalie Crinean led the scoring with a hat-trick and Ashlee Hincks was also on target.
Enfield Town kept up their recent good form by winning 3-2 at Ebbsfleet Utd, a result which lifts them into third place.
Ipswich Town won 3-2 against Cambridge Women, thanks to a goal apiece from Amy Howlett, Laura Cartwright and Danielle Bitten.
South West Combination
Yeovil Town head a now congested title race once again after they ran out 6-1 winners over Somerset rivals Winscombe. Jemma Tewksbury scored twice, with one apiece from Anusia Rourke, Kayleigh Nardiello, Lyndsey Roe and Amy Wild to put themselves top of a trio of clubs on goal difference.
Yeovil lead from Newquay and Plymouth Argyle, who were beaten 3-2 at home by Forest Green Rovers. Plymouth had gone into the interval with a two-goal lead but Forest Green hit back in the second half to take the points with goals in the last quarter hour from Charlotte King, Kirsty Richardson and Natalie Holbrook, who grabbed the winner in the third minute of injury time. Forest Green stay in fourth but are just one point off the pace.
Havant & Waterlooville meanwhile stepped up their challenge by winning 2-1 away to Cullompton Rangers. Sabrina Morriss and Charley Wilson gave the Hawks a two-goal lead in the first half and they held on to take the points despite Josie Copp reducing the arrears after the break.
Chesham Utd are only just behind, with games in hand, following their 7-1 victory over Swindon Town. Anneka Nuttall bagged a hat-trick for Chesham with the other goals coming from Dawne Campbell (2), Shantell Woodward and Kat Bowers.
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