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Sheffield FC emulated their first team in going top of their table, their 3-1 win away to Sheffield Utd Community seeing them take over the leadership of the Northern Division. Abby Pike, Aimee Johnson and Amy Beanland scored their goals with Hannah Crossley replying. Bradford City are level on points with them in second place, Rosie McDonnell hitting a hat-trick and Rebecca Kendell the other in their 4-2 success at Derby County. Leeds Utd meanwhile claimed their second win in a row, 2-0 against Huddersfield Town thanks to Rachel Stuart and Hannah Fox.
Only one match was played in the Midland Division, Cardiff City Ladies going second by scoring eight without reply past Leicester City Ladies. Zoe Atkins and Cori Williams each bagged a hat-trick and they were joined on the scoresheet by Leah Williams and Nia Jones.
The top of the table clash in the Southern Division ended with honours even, Charlton Athletic and Brighton & Hove Albion battling out a 1-1 draw, Katie Hardaker netting for the Addicks who retain their lead of three points, with Brighton responding through Paige Baker-Carroll. In the other game, Gillingham claimed their first victory when defeating West Ham Utd 4-2, Lauren Phillips scoring twice along with Rhea Vale and Sophie Brown.
In the FA WSL Development League, Aston Villa are the only team with maximum points from their opening games in the Northern Division after they won 3-0 away to Everton. Beth Merrick was on target twice for Villa, with Natasha Baptiste adding the other. They lead the table by two points from Manchester City who shared a goalless draw with Sunderland. Birmingham City began their campaign by winning 4-1 at Doncaster Rovers Belles and Notts County defeated Liverpool 3-1 with goals from Sophie Barker, Holly Crosby and Sophie Haywood.
Arsenal are leading the way in the Southern Division following a 7-0 victory over Yeovil Town. Millwall Lionesses won 3-1 at Oxford Utd to go level on points with the Gunners, Shauni Griffiths, a Sahara Osbourne-Ricketts own goal and Stevie Lamb giving them the victory with Laura Low replying. The other two matches in the division were abandoned, two Francesca Kirby goals had given Reading FC Women a 2-1 lead over London Bees who responded through Megan Goss, whilst the game between Watford and Bristol Academy also fell victim to the weather.
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