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Salford Ladies took top position in midweek and held on to the leadership despite being held to a goalless draw by Wakefield, who recorded their first point of the season.
Sheffield FC are high on Salford's heels in second place, they maintained their good start by winning
3-2 away to fellow newly promoted side Mossley Hill. Lisa Giampalma, Mel Cook and Carla Ward netted the goals to give the Yorkshire side the points.
Sheffield Wednesday leapfrogged South Durham RA into third by beating them 4-0 with a goal apiece from Beth Gingell, Laura Windle, Rachel Skeemer and Shelley James.
After two successive defeats, Middlesbrough got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success at Bradford City. Sarah Thompson and Nicky Duckling were on target for 'Boro.
Tranmere Rovers shared four goals with Stockport County, who drew for the third time in five matches. Mel Addison and Jasmin Dutton found the net for Tranmere while Stockport replied through Sarah Stones and an own goal.
Scunthorpe Utd got themselves off the mark, thanks to a 2-0 victory away to Liverpool Feds which takes them into a mid-table position.
Stratford Town were given a late promotion into the league following the sudden demise of Worcester City and they have adapted to their new surroundings well, running out 4-1 winners over Northampton Town in their opening match. Lisa Slowther was on target twice, along with Melissa Curnock and Sarah Giles.
The other winners on the first day of the league season were Radcliffe Olympic who recorded a fine
4-2 success at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rania Ramadan bagged a double with Chantelle Lewis and Aileen Whelan adding the others for Radcliffe, while Dani Selmes replied twice for the home side,
Leafield Athletic and Stoke City battled out a 2-2 draw with Leafield's goals coming from Gabby Reid and Donna Hawkins.
Honours were also even at Loughborough Students where the home side, back in the league following a successful year in the East Midlands League, drew 1-1 with Rotherham Utd. Nat Shaw scored an equaliser for Rotherham.
South East Combination
Tottenham Hotspur returned to the top of the table and are a point ahead after scoring seven without reply against Old Actonians.
Free scoring Cambridge Women scored six past Braintree Town for the second week running and the result takes them into second place. Emma Jenkins, Laura Bright, Sophie Thompson, Almundera Soria Sancho, Jordan Holland and Laura Baker all netted a goal apiece for Cambridge.
On a high scoring day in the league, third placed Milton Keynes Dons ran out 8-1 winners away to Crystal Palace. Kelly Bingham netted twice for the Dons along with Jo Brandon, Caroline Moran, Lisa Burrows, Kelly Robinson, Lauren Goodier and Mikaela Welford.
Enfield Town moved into fourth, just a point off the pace, following their 3-0 victory over Ebbsfleet Utd. Katie Wilding put Enfield ahead from the penalty spot and they added further goals through Sheree Oliver and Sara Sinclair.
Norwich City are one of two sides still unbeaten and their impressive 4-0 win at Luton Town leaves them handily placed behind the early pacesetters.
Lewes moved up into a mid-table place after beating Ipswich Town 2-0 with goals from Helen Whitton, via a penalty, and Claire Trafford.
South West Combination
Plymouth Argyle maintained their fine start to the new season and they have a lead of two points following their 4-1 victory over Oxford City. After the visitors took an early lead, Leah Brooks and Becky Rose ensured that Plymouth led at half time and they sealed the win with a second half double from Laura Gough.
Havant & Waterlooville hold on to second place but were held to a 2-2 draw by Newquay, who claimed their first point of the season. Chloe Richards twice gave Newquay the lead with a goal in each half but the Hawks hit back to earn a share of the spoils with equalisers from Jess Lewry and Charley Wilson.
Chesham Utd are another team to have made a strong start and their 3-1 win against Forest Green Rovers takes them into the top three. Natalie Adams was on target twice for Chesham, whose other goal came from Kate Bowers.
Cullompton Rangers bounced back from their defeat the previous Sunday to run out 4-1 winners over Swindon Town couresty of a goal each from Lola Sanchez, Emma Redwood, Cath Wright and Angie Pope.
The two newly promoted sides met each other and it was Gloucester City who registered their first points of the season in a 2-0 victory over Southampton Saints, Kelly Aldridge and Helen Wood netting their goals.
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