With the FA Women’s Super League postponed until April 4th it was the FA Women’s National League that took centre stage on Sunday afternoon.
Sunderland Ladies extended their lead at the top of the table to 11 points after a 4-2 victory over Stoke City.
Bridget Galloway continued her sensational season scoring a hat-trick and Keira Ramshaw scored a header to give the Black Cats the victory and also keep their unbeaten run in the League up.
Sunderland took the lead when Neve Herron saw a header blocked on the line and Galloway reacted quickest to prod into the net.
The Potters did level the score when Alison Hall’s long range shot beat Claudia Moan.
Melanie Reay’s side responded quickly though and Galloway put the North East club ahead when her cross crept into the net at the far post.
Galloway completed her hat-trick two minutes into the second half when she reacted quickly to round Charlotte Clarke in the Stoke goal and slot into the net.
With 13 minutes left it was 4-1 as Ramshaw who recently made her 200th appearance for the Black Cats headed in after a cross from Louise Griffiths.
Nicola Hudson then pulled a late consolation goal back as her free-kick beat everybody including the unsighted Moan.
West Bromwich Albion defeated Huddersfield Town 4-2.
Tash Tezgel and Shannon Stamps scored their first goals for the Club, whilst Nat Murray and Leigh Dugmore both scored second half headers to give the Baggies all three points.
Vicky Abbott and Lucy Sowerby goals had put Huddersfield 2-1 at the break but a second half own goal and goals from Murray and Stamps turned the game around.
Albion closed the gap on Huddersfield to 1 point who sit above them in 6th place.
3rd placed side Nottingham Forest secured another win thanks to a 48th minute Precious Hamilton strike away at Fylde.
The striker did very well to hold of the defenders before curling a shot into the top left-hand corner of goal beyond Fylde stopper Beth Powney.
Ashleigh Hayes was shown a straight red late on for the Coasters.
In Division 1 North Leeds United beat Durham Cestria 2-0.
United made the perfect start to the second period when Holly Findlay headed home Olivia Smart’s corner, just seconds after the break.
The Whites then doubled their lead almost immediately, and this time it was Bridie Hannon who fired in after a scramble inside the box following another corner.
Chester le Street scored two first-half goals to see off Bolton Wanderers, while Chorley got out of the relegation zone replacing Stockport County as they defeated Norton 3-1.
Birmingham & West Midlands won 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers Belles in Division 1 Midlands, Rhiannon Travers put them ahead in the first half before Tanya Dickenson added the second .
TNS came from behind win the three points from Sporting Khalsa 4-2, Jess Jennings, Laura Pennington, Zoe Griffiths and Katie Doster all scoring for the Saints.
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