The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

WITH for­mer WPL South lead­ers Cardiff not in ac­tion, Brighton took full ad­van­tage and leapfrogged their ti­tle ri­vals.

The Seag­ulls de­feated West Ham 1-0, thanks to a Jay Blackie fin­ish 15 min­utes from time. How­ever, the break­through came in slightly for­tu­nate fash­ion.

Deanna Cooper hit a hope­ful cross from 40 yards and, with a slight touch from Blackie, it found its way in to the net.

Charl­ton re­main just three points be­hind top spot in third af­ter a hard fought 2-1 win over strug­glers QPR. The Val­ley was the venue for this one and the Ad­dicks took the lead just be­fore the break. Stef Simmons played in a per­fect cross that was met by Kit Gra­ham. They dou­bled their ad­van­tage three min­utes into the sec­ond half when Charley Clifford’s sublime fin­ish from 20 yards put them firmly in the as­cen­dancy.

Im­prov­ing QPR bat­tled back when Danielle Pud­de­foot’s un­stop­pable free-kick halved the deficit, but it was only to be a con­so­la­tion.

Portsmouth bagged their first win in five matches as they dis­patched

Tot­ten­ham 4-0. They raced to a 3-0 lead be­fore the break, scor­ing their first af­ter seven min­utes. Lucy Quinn net­ted af­ter a neat short-cor­ner rou­tine and added a sec­ond af­ter half an hour. Spurs had a golden op­por­tu­nity when they won a penalty on 39 min­utes. But Court­ney Trodd de­nied Jenna Schillaci.

To add in­sult to in­jury, Imi Umotong added a third on the stroke of half-time.

Spurs had chances to get back in the game in the sec­ond half but Umotong sealed the points five min­utes from time.

Coven­try United also had a com­fort­able af­ter­noon as they beat mid-ta­ble Lewes 4-0.

Ash­leigh Neville was on tar­get af­ter 11 min­utes and Natasha Lynch dou­bled the ad­van­tage be­fore the break.

Just be­fore the hour, He­len Der­mody added a third, be­fore Lynch smashed home her sec­ond from a free-kick.

In the WPL North, La­gan Makin scored a hat-trick in an em­phatic 6-0 win for Pre­ston at home to Hud­der­s­field.

Natasha Flint, Gemma Watson and Char­lotte Far­rell were also on tar­get seal­ing a fifth straight win for them in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Stoke City showed their ti­tle cre­den­tials by despatch­ing third-placed Derby 5-1, their sec­ond win over the Rams in a month.

Katie Low­der opened the scor­ing for Derby, but Laura Gard­side lev­elled and added a sec­ond be­fore the break.

Abby Hunt con­tin­ued the turn­around af­ter half-time scor­ing twice in ten min­utes be­fore Gard­side se­cured her hat-trick.

In-form Stoke now sit a point be­hind lead­ers Not­ting­ham For­est, hav­ing scored 14 goals in their last four league games.

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