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Northern Division One
Liverpool Marshalls Feds were agonisingly close to winning the division last season and have already shown early signs that they are set to be up amongst the leaders again after crushing Norton & Stockton Ancients 10-1. Charlotte Apps led the scoring with a six-goal haul and there was one apiece from Chantelle Thompson, Carina Mendes, Charlotte Gill and Rosie Havelin.
Middlesbrough have also made a strong start, beating Tranmere Rovers 5-1. Bianca Owens was on target twice for 'Boro along with Simone Laverick, Emma Foster and Sarah Manning.
Sophie Perry was another player to bag a double, for Mossley Hill in their 4-2 win away to Stockport County. Carla Lee and Megan Brodie added the other goals, with Chloe Mapp and Carmen Troiano replying for Stockport.
On a goal laden day in the division, there were nine more at Chorley where the home side edged out Lancashire rivals Morecambe 5-4. Vicky Cooper and Katherine Bonner scored two goals each for Chorley with Ruth Harrison joining them on the scoresheet, while Emma Kay (2), Emily Hutton and Danielle Cross were on target for Morecambe.
Newly promoted Hull City made it a winning start in their new league, beating Chester-le-Street 4-3. Becky Beech was on target twice along with Tanya Storr and Katie Thompson.
Emma Bentley scored both goals as Leeds Ladies won 2-1 against the other newcomers Blackpool Wren Rovers, all of the goals coming in the first half.
Midlands Division One
Rebecca Kemp, Lauren Bartle and Fiona Worts each scored twice with Becky Carnelly and Alice Smith also getting on the scoresheet as Leicester City Women powered to an 8-0 opening day victory over Steel City Wanderers.
Dani Saulter went one better for Radcliffe Olympic, bagging a hat-trick in their 4-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Alex Saulter rounded off the win with the other goal, after the students had led at the break through a Teighlor Pengelley strike.
Rotherham Utd were also 4-1 winners away to Leicester City Ladies, courtesy of a goal each from Laura Naylor, Rachel Charles, Nat Shaw and Amy Pollock.
Wolverhampton Wanderers emerged as 5-3 victors from a high scoring local derby against Solihull Ladies. Jade Cross gave Wolves a first minute lead which was cancelled out by Hayley Wilford, but Cross went on to complete a hat-trick inside the opening 32 minutes and Amber Quick added a fourth before half time. Solihull staged a comeback after the break with both Tanya Dickinson and Danielle Kingston reducing the arrears but any Wolves nerves were settled four minutes from time when Jade Sailsman made the game safe.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies got their first ever campaign in the league off to a terrific start with a 3-2 win over Leafield Athletic. Emily Painter (2) and Charlotte Fisher scored their goals, with Charlotte Hughes and Natalie Walsh replying.
Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile picked up a point on their league debut, sharing a 1-1 draw with Sporting Khalsa. Rikki Page was on target for Khalsa, cancelling out an earlier goal for Northern Star through Sofia Aragosa.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons were another team to go close last season and start well this time, scoring six times without reply against Bedford Ladies.
The two newcomers to the league met each other on the opening day and it was Old Actonians who celebrated 4-1 victory away to Lowestoft Town. Jessica Byrne, Natasha Cree, Catherine Murphy and Melissa Conway all scored a goal apiece for Actonians.
Alex Elson, Sarah Jones and Abi Igbavboa were all on the scoresheet as Crystal Palace also started off well, with an impressive 3-0 win against Denham Utd.
New signing Natasha Fensome made a great impact on her debut for Luton Town as they defeated Enfield Town 3-0. The striker was on target twice, with Jo Rutherford adding the other, to hand Luton a flying start.
Norwich City got their campaign off to a promising start, beating Cambridge Utd 3-1. Anna Larkins, Chelsea Garrett and Jordan Arnoup all netted a goal apiece for the Canaries, with Laura Mills replying.
South West Division One
Swindon Town are the opening day leaders following their 5-1 victory over Southampton Saints. After Ellie Maynard and Meg Vella had put the Wiltshire side two ahead inside the opening fifteen minutes, Alex Hurst added a brace either side of half time. Abby Picton completed a good day for Swindon before Becki Bath grabbed a late consolation for the Saints.
Keynsham Town made a good start to their quest to regain their Southern Division, winning 4-1 against Exeter City. Aimee Clark, Justine Lorton-Radburn, Leanne Lapham and Cristina Vega, with Exeter's reply coming from Vicky Barter.
Larkhall Athletic made it an uncomfortable start for newly promoted Maidenhead Utd. Carly Bryant, Emily Harrington, Michelle Munro and Kate German were all on the scoresheet as the Larks ran out 4-1 winners.
It was not a great day for the newcomers to the division, with Gloucester City also losing 4-1 at home to St Nicholas. Amy Jefferies was on target twice for St Nicks along with Amber Roberts and Jade Gamlin, before Natasha Lawrence grabbed a late consolation for the home side.
Chichester City were the fourth team in the division to record a three-goal victory, they won 3-0 against Shanklin. Jade Widdows put them in front with fifteen minutes on the clock and after the break, Shannon Albuery and Amy Found added further goals to secure the points.
Cheltenham Town made it a winning start, 2-1 against Swindon Spitfires. Rhona Donaldson and Charlie Griffin netted the goals for Cheltenham, with the Spitfires replying through Emily Sparkes.
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