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Mossley Hill took the opening day honours in the Northern Combination as they ran out 4-1 winners away to Wakefield.
Despite going a goal behind, the North West League Champions got off to the perfect start, Carla Lee scoring twice with others from Steph Southart and Kimberley Cahill.
To complete a great day for the newly promoted clubs, Sheffield FC sit in second place in the fledgling table after beating local rivals Sheffield Wednesday 3-1. Liz Gomersall (2) and Kayleigh Mitchell put them three ahead at the break, with Steph Spence netting a second half consolation for Wednesday.
Last season's runners-up Middlesbrough have started well this time around, with a 3-2 victory over Liverpool Feds. Nicky Duckling was on target twice for 'Boro, with Katie Kinman adding the other.
South Durham RA will be aiming to build on their achievements of last season - finishing in third place - and they also opened up with a victory, 1-0 against Scunthorpe Utd.
Bradford City and Stockport County battled out a 2-2 draw. Clare Fawcett and Charlotte Stuart were on target for Bradford.
South East Combination
Carla Williams scored twice and Natalie Arbuckle grabbed the other as Old Actonians made a spectacular entry into the South East Combination with a 3-1 victory away to Crystal Palace, which sees them as the opening day leaders.
Milton Keynes Dons sit in second place after they defeated Ebbsfleet Utd 2-0. Hannah Barrett and Lauren Goodier scored the goals to send the Dons off on a winning start.
Enfield Town went close to winning the league last season and they opened up with a victory, beating Cambridge Women 3-2. Kerrie Marlborough and Miranda Hall gave Enfield a two-goal advantage at the break before Sara Sinclair extended it to three. Cambridge then set up a tense finish as Nat Richardson and Samara Nche pulled goals back but Enfield held on for the points.
Ipswich Town pulled off one of the results of the day, a 1-0 win against Lewes thanks to a goal from Christy Turner.
The other newly promoted team, Braintree Town picked up a point in their first appearance, sharing four goals with Luton Town. Laveena Betts and Rebecca Kane were on target for Luton with Braintree replying through Zoe Rushen and Ella Tooley (see match report).
Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur both did well in the league last season and there was little to choose between them this time around as their clash ended goalless.
The South West Combination begins its season this coming Sunday but the Midland Combination does not commence its fixtures until 5th September.
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