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Just two weeks into the new season and already the Northern Division is indicating it is going to be a close one, as so far no team has won their opening two matches, and also a high scoring one with a total of 24 goals in the five games played on Sunday.
Blackburn Rovers continue to lead the fledgling table after coming closest to a second win, drawing 2-2 with Wolverhampton Wanderers having led by two goals at one stage. Blackburn took the lead just before the half hour when Danni Young slotted home from close range and on the stroke of half time, Young netted her second to double the lead. Wolves grew in confidence after the break and pulled a goal back when Dominique Luke scored with a long range strike and with sixteen minutes remaining, Dani Selmes completed the comeback and earned her side a share of the spoils.
Leeds Utd recorded their first victory of the season, winning a high scoring affair 5-3 against Derby County, whose two games have yielded 16 goals. Carey Huegett gave Leeds the lead from the penalty spot in the fourth minute and Sarah Lawn added a second shortly afterwards. Cara Newton reduced the arrears with a header for Derby just before half time but early in the second half, Olivia Thackray restored the two-goal advantage. Mel Johnson quickly pulled one back for the Rams, before Huegett netted her second and Abbie McIver - making her comeback following several months out through injury - added a fifth. Derby kept going and Nicole Ledgister scored a consolation late on but Leeds, who lost most of their team during the summer, took the points and occupy second place.
Nottingham Forest complete a trio of clubs on four points after they battled out a 3-3 draw with Sporting Club Albion, who have shared both of their opening matches. Andi Bell put Forest in front with twelve minutes on the clock and although Jemma Connor-Iommi equalised from the penalty spot, Emma Hollingsworth restored Forest's lead within a minute. Jamie Fowler brought Albion level in the opening minute of the second half and then scored her second from long range to put them ahead for the first time. Forest hit back though to ensure that the game finished all square when substitute Reanne Thomas set up Amber Hughes to finish with a neat chip.
The only team in the division to have a 100% record is last season's title winners Sheffield FC, who began their campaign a week late but with a 3-0 win away to Bradford City. All of Sheffield's goals came in the first half, Jodie Michalska opening the scoring on the half hour and Suzanne Davies added a second, before the prolific Michalska completed her double just before half time.
Preston North End bounced back from an opening day defeat to notch up their first win of the new season, 2-1 away to Stoke City who remain the only one of the four newly promoted teams to have a point to their name. Becky Grocott and Gemma Watson netted the goals for the Lancashire side, with Stoke replying through Hannah Keryakoplis.
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