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Sunderland became the sixth different club to lead the National Division this season after they ran out 4-1 winners over Watford in the only top flight match to be played.
However the Wearsiders needed to come from behind after Katie Owen burst through to put Watford ahead in the 19th minute. Watford held the lead until the half hour mark, when Demi Stokes slotted home from an acute angle after rounding goalkeeper Marie Hourihan.
Watford were unlucky not to go back in front as a long range effort from Kelly Bingham struck the bar, but Sunderland went ahead for the first time moments before the break with a goal from Sophie Williams.
In the second half, Watford pressed in search of an equaliser but Sunderland were strike a vital blow, Natailie Gutteridge extending their lead by forcing home a cross from Stokes. With fifteen minutes remaining, Sunderland captain Steph Bannon clinched the win which took her team top of the league for the first time in its history when she scored from a free kick taken by Lucy Staniforth.
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