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Chester-le-Street have got off to a great start in their first season after having won the North East League title in the last campaign. They have won their opening three games, including a 6-1 victory over last season's runners-up Chorley on Sunday.
Nicole Goundrey led the scoring for the Cestrians with a hat-trick and there was a goal apiece from Rae Taylor, who netted from the penalty spot, Rachel Winchester and Haley English.
Stockport County's form in the second half of last season suggests that they could be among the front runners this time around, and they notched up their second win when beating Leeds City Vixens 6-2. Hanifa Douglas, Beth Langford and Jade O'Connor all found the net for County before Geo France bagged a second half hat-trick.
Huddersfield Town's winning start to the new campaign was halted when they went down to a 4-2 defeat at home to Mossley Hill. Carla Lee led the scoring for the Merseysiders by hitting a hat-trick, with an own goal completing the tally.
Liverpool Feds meanwhile claimed their first win of the new season, a 5-1 success at home to Cheadle Heath Nomads. Levi Wensley scored twice along with Aimee Hand, Amy Seagraves and Rosie Havelin.
Middlesbrough and Sheffield Utd Community meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw. Dani Scarr netted both goals for 'Boro, who had trailed by two goals at half time to a Chloe Dixon brace.
The other newly promoted team, Tranmere Rovers claimed their first victory of the season, 3-1 away to Wakefield. Kate McDonnell, Denise Campbell and Lynn Carter were all on target for Rovers.
* In midweek, goals from Jade O'Connor, Bet Langford, Hanifa Douglas and Jeneyah Webb saw Stockport County record their third straight win, 5-1 against Cheadle Heath Nomads. Tranmere Rovers meanwhile won for the second match in a row as Lindsey Smith, Beth Woolley and Denise Campbell gave them a 3-2 local derby victory over Liverpool Feds.
Rotherham Utd's strong start to the new season continued with a 6-1 victory over Radcliffe Olympic, which sees them assume the leadership of the fledgling league table.
Amy Pollock netted twice for Rotherham in the last third of the first half, but the interval lead was halved within a minute of the restart, Precious Hamilton chipping Charlie Whitely from the edge of the area. However, just as against Leafield in their previous match, Rotherham struck four times in the second half. Nat Shaw, Jade Rabjohn and Kirsty Richardson were all on the mark with Pollock completing her hat-trick.
The only other team to have won both of their opening games is Copsewood (Coventry) who defeated Loughborough Foxes 4-1. Copsewood gave debuts to recent signings Kirstie Deacon and Nicole Tinto and needed to bounce back from conceding an early goal before claiming the points through a goal apiece from Melissa Young, Hannah Jones, Rebecca Knight and Abiyola Riley.
Leicester City Women meanwhile were held to a 1-1 draw by Solihull Ladies, who have drawn both of their opening matches following promotion. Solihull's goal came from captain Joanna Pointon.
The other league newcomers, Mansfield Town opened up their campaign a week late and did so by sharing a 2-2 scoreline against last season's runners-up Leicester City Ladies. Charlotte Montgomery and Gemma Hodgkinson were on target for Mansfield, with Sam Clarke and Kayleigh Hillier replying for City.
Loughborough Students claimed their first win and points of the season when beating Leafield Athletic 2-1, thanks to a brace of goals from Laura Williams.
South East Combination
After the first two rounds of fixtures at the start of the season, no team has managed to win both of their opening games and four teams sit at the top of the table with four points under their belts.
These teams are headed by Cambridge Women, who followed up an emphatic opening day victory with a 1-1 draw against Queen's Park Rangers, who occupy second position. Nuala Wayne gave Cambridge a first half lead, with Elly Maggs equalising for Rangers after the break.
Newly promoted Denham Utd have also got off to a good start, they shared a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town. Denham's goal came from Vicky Elliott while Rosi Webb scored in reply for Ipswich.
Milton Keynes Dons complete the quartet of leading sides after they also drew, 1-1 against Enfield Town. Emma Thomas was on target for Enfield.
Norwich City were the only team to record a victory in the league on Sunday when they defeated Ebbsfleet Utd 2-1 thanks to strikes from Natasha Snelling and Ellie Smith.
* The South West Combination season starts on Sunday 1st September
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