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It was a good day for Sheffield FC whose title challenge was boosted without them kicking a ball, as both of their main rivals dropped points.
Sheffield Wednesday could only trim the gap on their local rivals to four points after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Liverpool Feds. However it could have been worse for Wednesday as they fell two behind after missing an early penalty, Gemma Perischine netting twice for the Feds. Rachel Skeemer pulled one back for Wednesday and Katie Nutter salvaged a point for her side when she lobbed home the equaliser.
Middlesbrough were also dealt a blow to their hopes as they went down to a 3-1 defeat away to Stockport County. Bet Langford was on target twice for Stockport, with Nikki Daniels adding the other goal.
Jade White bagged a double and Vicky Wray was also on the scoresheet for South Durham RA who consolidated themselves in fourth place, thanks to a 3-1 success at Salford Ladies.
Rotherham Utd resumed their league fixtures with another victory, a 2-0 success at in-form Leicester City which sees them go nine points clear at the top of the table. Nat Shaw and Zuzana Pramukova were on target for Rotherham, both goals coming in the first half.
A win would have taken Radcliffe Olympic second but instead they are level on points with Wolverhampton Wanderers after they drew 1-1 away to Northampton Town. Kate Swanson found the net for Northampton, with Radcliffe replying through an own goal.
Two teams with important F.A.Women's Cup ties this week came face to face and it was Sporting Club Albion who kept their challenge going with a narrow 2-1 victory over Loughborough Students, thanks to goals from Ashleigh Neville and Hayley Phillipowski.
Leafield Athletic moved back into the top half on the back of a 4-1 win at TNS Ladies. Leigh Dugmore netted a brace, with Amber Hughes and Katie Fellows adding the other goals.
South East Combination
Tottenham Hotspur were 4-1 winners over Enfield Town in the top of the table clash on Sunday and they have regained the leadership on goal difference, with two games in hand.
Milton Keynes Dons could have gone level on points with the top two had they notched up a victory at home to Lewes but they were beaten 3-0 by the Sussex side. Claire Trafford, Kirstie Spice and Charlotte Bennett all scored for Lewes who stay in fourth.
Norwich City can still get back in the hunt if they win their games in hand and, after having lost the previous week, bounced back with a 7-2 win away to Old Actonians. Chelsea Garrett helped herself to a four-goal haul, Paige Shorten contributed a double and Jodie Drake completed the scoring.
Rebecca Kane and Jess McKay scored the goals as Luton Town cemented themselves in sixth place in the table as they won 2-1 away to the team immediately below them, Cambridge Women.
Ebbsfleet Utd got back to winning ways as they defeated Braintree Town 4-0.
Crystal Palace made it two victories in a row and they are off the bottom of the table after winning 3-1 at Ipswich Town.
South West Combination
Plymouth Argyle are back on top of the table after they ran out 6-1 victors away to Gloucester City. Laura Perrett and Tash Knapman each netted twice, with one apiece from Emily Mousley and Laura Gough to give Argyle a two point lead and with three games in hand.
There was even better news for Plymouth as previous leaders Chesham Utd suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Forest Green Rovers. Katie Cook scored the only goal of the game for the Gloucestershire side.
Southampton Saints lifted themselves off the bottom of the table at the expense of Oxford City by beating them 7-1. The improving Saints netted five second half goals with Kerri Why and Gemma Simmonds both bagging doubles, with the others coming from Kirsty Garner, Chelsea Owton and Krystal Whyte.
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