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Sheffield FC's good start to the season continues and their second successive victory sees them as joint leaders following the opening two games. A last minute goal from Carla Ward ensured a 1-0 win over Scunthorpe Utd and maximum points for the newcomers.
South Durham RA sit alongside Sheffield at the top of the table after running out 3-1 victors away to Wakefield. Tracey Swales, Kirsty Lincoln and Kerry Denham were all on target for South Durham.
Salford Ladies complete a trio of clubs level on six points despite not starting their season the previous Sunday, they followed up a midweek win over Stockport County by beating Middlesbrough 3-2 with goals from Isha Mundall, Alicia Cain and Nicol Meredith.
Mossley Hill remain unbeaten after sharing a 1-1 draw with Stockport County, who bounced back from their midweek defeat. Stockport found the net through Nikki Daniels and Carla Lee was on target for Mossley Hill.
Tranmere Rovers belatedly began their campaign with an impressive 2-0 win against Liverpool Feds. Mel Evason gave them the lead from the penalty spot and substitute Steph Holmes added the second goal.
Honours were shared in the Yorkshire derby match as Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City battled out a 1-1 draw. Rachel Skeemer gave Wednesday a first half lead before Clare Fawcett netted an equaliser for Bradford with ten minutes remaining.
South East Combination
Only two matches played and there are already indications that this league will be a tight one, due to the fact that no team has recorded two straight wins.
Tottenham Hotspur are the new occupiers of top spot following their 4-1 victory away to Ipswich Town. Bianca Baptiste bagged a double for Spurs and she was joined on the scoresheet by Emma Kayser and Rosie Webb.
The two newly promoted sides met each other and it was Braintree Town who emerged as 3-1 winners over Old Actonians, a result which takes them into second place. Sindy Godbold, Ella Tooley and Beth Irwin netted the goals for Braintree.
Luton Town also recorded a good win on their travels, 3-1 away to Enfield Town to give themselves an identical record to second placed Braintree. Laveena Betts, Kate Davis and Candy Davies all grabbed a goal apiece to seal the points.
Norwich City complete a quartet of clubs level on points at the top after they defeated Milton Keynes Dons 2-0, thanks to a brace of goals from Chelsea Garrett.
Cambridge Women recorded their first victory of the season, scoring seven without reply past Crystal Palace.
Lewes bounced back from their opening day defeat to run out 6-1 winners over Ebbsfleet Utd. Claire Trafford led the scoring with a hat-trick, Kirstie Spice weighed in with a double and Mel Routledge, making her debut after signing from Canada, completed the tally.
South West Combination
Plymouth Argyle recorded the biggest victory on the opening day of the season, scoring six without reply against Swindon Town. Laura Gough led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Katie Middleton, Laura Perrett and Tash Knapman.
Last season's runners-up Chesham Utd also got off to a good start, beating newly promoted Southampton Saints 4-0. Kat Bowers was on target twice, with the others coming from Tash Sandalls and Anneka Nuttall.
Angie Pope netted both goals as Cullompton Rangers opened the season well, defeating Newquay 2-1.
Havant & Waterlooville won a closely contested game 2-1 away to Forest Green Rovers. After the first half finished goalless, Laura Oakes put the Hawks in front three minutes after the restart and Charley Wilson added a second. Phil Helliwell pulled a goal back for Forest Green but Havant went on to pick up the points.
The other league newcomers, Gloucester City, also suffered a defeat in their opening match as they went down 1-0 at home to Oxford City. Steph Mobbs settled matters with the only goal of the game in the second half.
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