FOREST TOP AFTER EJUPI STRIKE
IT was all change as Nottingham Forest knocked Derby County off top spot in WPL North and Cardiff City took Brighton’s place at the summit in the South.
Forest came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 and now hold a one-point advantage over second placed Derby.
Saffron Jordan’s neat finish after 35 minutes gave Rovers the advantage at the break.
But Annabel Mckechnie’s clever lob eluded the Rovers keeper eight minutes after the re-start and Elizabeta Ejupi was on hand to tap in the winner four minutes from time.
Former leaders Derby suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Stoke. It was the Potters’ first victory since September.
They took the lead after 35 minutes when Faye McCoy’s cross was met by a towering header from Ashleigh Hayes.
Ten minutes from time, Laura Garside added a second, before McCoy played a perfect through ball to Abby Hunt, who finished well for a convincing win.
Preston secured a second successive away win as they edged out Loughborough Foxes 2-1. Charlotte Farrell’s double was enough to secure victory, despite Vicky Brackenbury heading a late consolation.
Sporting Club Albion edged a five-goal thriller at struggling Nuneaton, while Newcastle secured a 3-1 victory against Bradford.
Jessica Havelock scored a penalty three minutes from the break. With 20 minutes remaining, the Bantams were level when Hannah Campbell’s cross was met by Sarah Danby, but after 84 minutes Jessica Foster struck superbly from 20 yards to give the Magpies the lead again. Ellie Dobson wrapped up the points soon after, halting Bradford’s six match winning streak.
Guiseley recorded their first win of the season at Huddersfield 2-0, thanks to a Shelley James finish and an own goal.
In the Southern Division, new leaders Cardiff City inflicted a second 2-1 defeat in a row on Brighton, who slipped to third.
The Welsh side took the lead after 28 minutes when Kelly Isaac bundled home a free-kick. The Seagulls fought back and two minutes after the break were rewarded when Charley Boswell’s good work on the right set Sophie Perry on her way and she rifled home off the post.
A penalty was to decide the match and Kerry Bartlett made no mistake after 67 minutes.
Charlton won their fourth game on the bounce, 2-1 against Portsmouth. Gemma Shepherd scored her 16th goal of the season from the spot after half an hour, before Portsmouth equalised through Ini Umotong. Charlton hit the winner with 15 minutes to go when Shepherd played in Kit Graham and she finished coolly.
QPR recorded a second win on the bounce as they despatched Forest Green 4-1 with substitute Elly Maggs scoring twice in four minutes.
Improving Lewes triumphed 3-2 over C& K Basildon, while Coventry United and Tottenham played out a 0-0 draw.
West Ham’s visit to Plymouth was postponed.