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Morecambe made a stunning start to life in the Premier League as they defeated Liverpool Marshalls Feds 6-1.
Megan Doherty bagged a hat-trick for Morecambe, Hannah Paling weighed in with a brace and Georgia Lupton was also on target to see their side as the opening day leaders in Northern Division One.
Mossley Hill have also begun the season well, running out 4-0 winners away to Middlesbrough. Carmen Troiano bagged a brace for the Merseysiders, who went close to winning the Northern Combination last season, and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sophie Perry and Shelley James.
Two of the other newcomers to the league met each other at Norton & Stockton Ancients but it was visitors Guiseley AFC Vixens who emerged as 4-1 victors.
After a difficult few months, Leeds Ladies were able to put their problems behind them as the season began and record a 4-2 win against Stockport County. Sophie Varley scored twice for Leeds, Emma Bentley added another from the penalty spot and Erin White also got on the scoresheet late in the second half.
Chorley also opened up the new campaign with a victory, 3-1 over Chester-le-Street. Gabriella Difalco netted twice for the Lancashire side along with Scarlett Smith.
Tranmere Rovers meanwhile gave themselves a winning start as they edged out Sheffield Utd Community 2-1.
Midlands Division One
Leafield Athletic made it a baptism of fire for newly promoted Steel City Wanderers as they beat them 5-1. Rachael Smith, Donna Hawkins, Leigh Dugmore, Charlotte Hughes and Hannah Boxley.all scored a goal apiece to give Dan Hearnden's side a great first result.
Rotherham Utd also made a smart start to the season, running out 4-1 winners over Curzon Ashton courtesy of doubles from Natalie Shaw and Amy Pollock.
Loughborough Foxes started well with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City Women. Jodie White settled matters with the only goal of the game via a header from a corner.
Solihull Ladies were also narrow 1-0 winners against newcomers FC Reedswood, given to them courtesy of a free kick by Jodie Lewis.
The spoils were shared in the other game between Leicester City Ladies and Mansfield Town, the sides finishing level at 1-1, Becky Preston was on target for City.
South East Division One
Norwich City won a thrilling East Anglian local derby 5-3 against Ipswich Town. Natasha Snelling had a great day in front of goal for the Canaries by netting four times and Jordan Arnoup was also on target, despite Ipswich having pulled back from three goals down at one stage thanks to an Amanda Crump brace and Jasmine Cox.
Crystal Palace ensured that their return to Premier League football was a successful one as they won 2-0 away to Denham Utd. Roschelle Shakes opened the scoring for Palace after being set up by Mary Onianwa, who added the second before the break through a fine individual goal.
Enfield Town have also started well with a win on their travels, 2-0 at Cambridge Women thanks to goals from Regan Coleman and Lisa Kline.
C & K Basildon edged out Bedford Ladies by the odd goal in five. Hannah Porter, Zoe Rushen and an own goal earn last season's South East Combination runners-up the points from a well fought contest.
Milton Keynes Dons and Luton Town battled out a 1-1 draw, Jess McKay scoring for Luton.
South West Division One
Forest Green Rovers have got off to a good start and they are the opening day leaders after they defeated Gosport Borough 6-2. Sophie Okey led the scoring for Rovers with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Naomi Marshall, Rosie Bidder and Hayley Kent.
Swindon Town meanwhile opened up with a 5-1 victory over St Nicholas. Sarah Uzzell marked her league debut for Swindon by giving them the lead just ahead of the interval and Beth Thompson added a second straight after the restart. Thompson netted her second and Town went on to add further goals through Chynna Collings and Ellie Maynard, before Jess Wilson scored a late consolation for the visitors.
To complete a bad day for the newly promoted teams in the division, Cheltenham Town also went down 4-1 at home to Chichester City. Lauren Cheshire gave Chichester the lead from the penalty spot early in the second half and they quickly extended their lead through Lucie Challen and Becky Baron. Catherine Reilly gave Cheltenham hope when she pulled a goal back but Emma Alexandre sewed up the points for Chi with the fourth goal.
Shanklin meanwhile won 2-1 against Exeter City. Gemma Woodford and Chloe Parkes grabbed the goals to earn the Isle of Wight side victory from a good competitive game.
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