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Bradford City's perfect start to the season gathered further pace and they maintained their lead at the top of the Northern Combination with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Utd. A second half strike from Claire Fawcett proved to be enough to hand Bradford their third win in a row and no goals conceded to date.
Sheffield Wednesday made sure of keeping pace with Bradford as they also won 1-0 against Cheadle Heath Nomads. Jess Tait scored the only goal of the game to ensure that Wednesday also sport a 100% record after three matches.
South Durham & Cestria are in third place following their second straight victory. Nicky Duckling scored twice and Jenni Duffy the other as they defeated Wakefield 3-1 to settle themselves in third place.
Middlesbrough bounced back from their defeat on the opening day to beat Mossley Hill 2-0 thanks to goals from Lindsey Stephenson and Jess Close.
Huddersfield Town had been given a tough baptism in Combination football following their promotion at the end of last season but following two defeats, they scored six without reply past Salford Ladies to record their first success. Emily Heckler led the scoring for Huddersfield with a hat-trick and also on target were Joanne Symington, Raegan Cartledge and Shauna Messenger.
* In midweek, Newcastle Utd inflicted a first defeat of the season on South Durham & Cestria when beating them 1-0. Stockport County recorded their second straight victory, 4-2 over Cheadle Heath Nomads.
Two matches were played on Sunday to open up the league fixtures for the new campaign.
Stoke City got themselves off to a good start, running out 5-1 winners over newly promoted Loughborough Foxes. Kate Asher and Chantelle Gallagher each netted twice, with Dawn Mallett also on target.
Leafield Athletic meanwhile picked up the points with a narrow 2-1 success against Curzon Ashton, goals coming from Hollie Hearnden and Lyndsey Breynton.
South East Combination
Lewes kept up their blistering start to the new season by scoring eight without reply against Old Actonians to remain as the early leaders. Holly Grogan bagged a hat-trick, Claire Trafford weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Tammy Waine, Andreia Veiga and Mel Routledge.
Norwich City meanwhile won at Ebbsfleet Utd by the odd goal in five to stay in second place.
Enfield Town also made it two wins in a row when beating Milton Keynes Dons 3-1. Fran Boggi netted twice along with a debut goal from Holly Brandon for the hosts while Heather McDonnell replied from the spot for Dons.
Luton Town complete a quartet of clubs on six points after they defeated Crystal Palace 1-0, Nicola Henman scoring the only goal of the game.
After a defeat in their opening game, Cambridge Women bounced back to win 1-0 against Ipswich Town Samara Nche was on target to hand Cambridge their first points of the season.
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