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Nottingham Forest hold on to the early leadership of the Northern Division after they defeated Bradford City 4-2. Taylor Thompson had a great day in front of goal for Forest, netting all four goals while Rebecca Kendell and Kerry Playle hit Bradford's replies. Newcastle Utd meanwhile scored seven without reply past Huddersfield Town to lift themselves into second place, spearheaded by a second half hat-trick from Laureen Driver. Siobhan Jones was on target twice for the Magpies whose tally was completed by Rachel Vassallo and Jade Anderson. Derby County join Newcastle on four points following their 4-1 success away to Sheffield Utd Community. Ella Ritchie gave Derby an early lead before Dayna Randall contributed a brace just before the half hour. Portia Badach added the fourth during the second half with Mollie Lambert grabbing a consolation for United, five minutes from time. Jess Heald scored twice and Lois Spreckley added the other as Sheffield FC won for the first time, 3-1 against Leeds Utd whose reply came from Rachel Ackroyd.
In the Midland Division, Loughborough Students opened up their campaign with a midweek 3-1 victory away to Leicester City Ladies. Jordane Allison, Teighlor Pengelly and Lorna Wilkinson were all on the scoresheet for the students. Loughborough's spell at the head of the table lasted only on Sunday though, Wolverhampton Wanderers moving themselves into pole position by running out 5-0 winners over Stoke City. Jade Cross gave Wolves the lead during the first half and they were three goals ahead on the hour mark, thanks to a double from Chloe Dodd. Natalie Morris netted the fourth and Emma Cross - twin sister of Jade - rounded off the scoring with seven minutes remaining.
West Ham Utd lead the way in the fledgling Southern Division table following their 3-3 draw with Gillingham. Megan Carroll scored twice and Emma Michelmore the other for the Gills, whilst the Hammers replied with strikes from Lindsey Morgan, Zoe Lipley-Hinton and Nadine Basson. Charlton Athletic meanwhile commenced their season with a 6-0 victory at Portsmouth. Isabel Hunter opened the scoring for the Addicks before Olivia Cole and Francesca Tye both bagged a goal in each half, with Louise Duffy joining them on the scoresheet.
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