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Northern Division One
Chorley lead the way after two matches, taking over the early leadership on goal difference after beating Tranmere Rovers 4-0, Vicky Coope and Charlotte Higginson netting two goals apiece.
Leeds Ladies moved into second place, courtesy of a fine 3-0 success away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Leeds led at the break through a goal from Rachel Ackroyd and after the break, goals in a five minute spell from Emily Starkie and Ackroyd sealed the points.
The two newly promoted teams met each other and it was Hull City who became the third team to win both of their opening games, beating Blackpool Wren Rovers 2-1 with goals from Katie Thompson and Emily Smith.
Chester-le-Street made sure that the long journey to Stockport County was a successful one, recording a 3-1 victory thanks to Haley English, Laura Hockaday and an own goal.
After having conceded double figures in their opening match, Norton & Stockton Ancients bounced back in the best possible way by winning 3-1 away to Morecambe, courtesy of a goal apiece from Caitlin Bates, Jess Dawson and Brogan McHugh.
Midlands Division One
Leicester City Women have made a blistering start to the new season and they recorded another emphatic victory, 7-1 against Loughborough Students. Fiona Worts had a great day in front of goal, netting four times in all, Helen Busby weighed in with a brace and Alicia Schwarzenbach completed the tally, with Naomi Cooper replying.
Radcliffe Olympic are keeping pace with the leaders as they also made it two wins out of two, beating Leafield Athletic 2-0. Christina Brewer gave Radcliffe the lead and Rania Ramadan wrapped up the win with the second goal.
Rotherham Utd occupy third place in the table after they battled out a goalless draw with Peterborough Northern Star, who have two points from their opening two games.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies follow on after sharing four goals with Leicester City Ladies. Emily Painter netted both goals for B & WM, while Leicseter replied through Sylwia Gorbacewicz and Kyleigh Brant.
Solihull Ladies claimed their first points of the season when goals from Tanya Dickinson and Sophie Hull earned them a 2-1 victory over Steel City Wanderers.
South East Division One
Milton Keynes Dons head a quartet of teams on six points after strikes from Andie Dickens and Charley Clarke ensured they won 2-1 against Norwich City.
Luton Town meanwhile kept up their good start by winning 3-1 away to Lowestoft Town, goals coming from Erica Byron, Michelle Byrne and Natasha Fensome.
A 2-0 victory at Enfield Town means that Crystal Palace maintained their 100% start. Both goals came during the second half, Nicha Dyett giving Palace the lead and Georgie O'Halloran adding the second goal.
Old Actonians are the fourth team to have won both of their opening games, a solitary strike from Melissa Conway earning them a 1-0 success against Denham Utd.
Gillingham started their season a week late but appear to be making up for lost time, scoring nine times without reply against Bedford Ladies. Kallie Balfour led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Shannon Redhouse weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Emma Tune, Chelsea Wallace and Madison North.
Ipswich Town also made a belated start and opened up with a victory, 2-1 away to Cambridge Utd. Olivia Dixon and Molly Hall netted the Ipswich goals after Nuala Wayne had given Cambridge an early lead.
South West Division One
Larkhall Athletic are the early pacesetters after running out 8-1 winners over Gloucester City. Adele Hooper led the scoring for the Larks with a hat-trick, Kate German and Lizzie Barratt both added braces and Carly Symons was also on target, with Natasha Lawrence replying.
Swindon Town were given a tough match by St Nicholas but eventually emerged as 3-2 victors. Abby Picton gave Swindon a first half lead which was cancelled out by Amber Roberts and then Amy Jefferies put the home side in front after the break. Swindon were to hit back with Beth Thompson equalising and then substitute Sarah Uzzell grabbing a late winning goal.
Keynsham Town meanwhile staged a great comeback for their second straight win, 3-2 against Southampton Saints. Catherine Browning netted twice during the first half to put the Saints into a two-goal lead but a strike either side of half time by Pilar Garcia brought things level, before Justine Lorton-Radburn grabbed the winner with three minutes remaining.
Maidenhead Utd claimed their first ever victory in the Premier League, winning 2-0 against Swindon Spitfires in the meeting of two of the newly promoted teams.
Exeter City were another team to bounce back from an opening day, beating Shanklin 2-1. Vicky Barter and Kirsty Caunter scored their goals, with Gemma Woodford replying.
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