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East Midlands League
Mansfield Town opened up the new season with a 6-0 victory away to Notts County Development. Jemma Douglas was on target twice along with Androulle Kokkinou, Abbey Hawkins, Nikki Flood and Rachael Mullen. Ellistown were beaten in midweek but bounced back on Sunday to win 3-2 against Grimsby Borough, thanks to a goal apiece from Katie Bateman, Sam Clarke and Jody Scott with Abigail Bendall and Lydia Clark replying.
Ollerton Town are the early pacesetters in Division One North, the newly promoted side gaining their second win with a 3-1 success at Cleethorpes Town. Natalie Gibson was on target twice along with Charlotte MacLaren. Sandiacre Town meanwhile got off the mark as Natalie Loughenbury (2) and Hayley Farrar gave them a 3-1 victory over Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
The opening match of the season in Division One South saw Heather St Johns narrowly triumph 1-0 against Corby S & L, courtesy of a strike from Rachael Enser.
Eastern Region League
Cup duties meant that only one match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday, and that was unable to produce any goals. Billericay Town and Colchester Town battled out a goalless draw which means that Billericay stay at the summit following their opening two matches.
Newly promoted Writtle got off to a great start in Division One East, scoring seven times without reply past Little Thurrock Dynamos. Amy Simmons netted a brace and there was one each from Abigail Fry, Kayleigh Peters, Georgina Tricker, Sophie Vale and Charlotte Walker. Tarnya McKew and Kristie Turner both bagged braces, with Claire Turnbull adding the other as Ipswich Wanderers ran out 5-0 winners away to Long Melford.
In Division One West, Emma Best scored the only goal of the game as Sawbridgeworth Town won 1-0 against Offley & Stopsley. Stevenage Ladies Res and Hutton shared eight goals, eight different players getting on the scoresheet in the process. Cara Breckenridge, Bernice Corney, Alex Moir and Leah Littlechild were all on target for Stevenage while Hutton replied through Hayley Critchell, Samantha Kuski, Ebony Moore and Kaitlin Sugg.
London & South East League
In the only match to be played in the league on Sunday, Fulham FC Foundation defeated Camden Town 6-1 to notch up their first points of the new campaign, the result meaning they sit in third place in the fledgling table.
North East League
Barnsley opened up the new season with an 8-0 victory over Scunthorpe & Bottesford in the Premier Division. Darcie Greene led the scoring with a hat-trick, Kathryn Smith weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Rebecca Fevers, Holly Findlay and Drew Greene. Boldon marked their first game in the top division by beating Castleford White Rose 6-0. Sian Bentley, Jade Collier, Jasmine Read, Rebecca Shipp and Shannon Welsh were all on the scoresheet as Hessle Town won 5-1 away to Tynedale, whose consolation came from Christine Murray.
Durham Cestria made a strong start to life in the Northern Division, winning 9-0 against Easingwold Town. Leanne Bates hit a hat-trick and Megan Beel a brace, with the tally being completed by Jessica Ellison, Stephanie Stafford, Emily Thompson and Meg White. Shannon Boddy netted twice, with Ebony Foster and Caitlin Hindmarsh adding the others as BYPC defeated York City Res 4-2.
Lucy Ridley hit a hat-trick with Annalise Carroll, Ellis Ridge and Sophie Eyre also on the scoresheet as Sheffield Wednesday beat Courts City 6-1 in the Southern Division. Handsworth meanwhile ran out 5-0 winners over Rovers Foundation Ladies thanks to KD Roberts, Alicia Wasnidge, Jade Richards, Brooke Chappell and Rachel Crowder. Westella & Willerby opened up with a 4-2 victory against Malet Lambert YC, courtesy of a Fenella Rawson hat-trick and Natasha Linford.
North West League
One match was played in the Premier Division on Sunday and it finished with honours even, Birkenhead and Northwich Vixens battling out a 2-2 draw.
Kendal Town recorded the best result on the opening day in Division One North, running out 4-1 winners over Preston North End. Heather Ramsay and Paula Doyle netted two goals apiece for Kendal, with Jennifer Coupe replying. PNE Development marked their first game in the league with a 2-1 success away to Haslingden whilst Leigh RMI and Bury Girls & Ladies finished level at 2-2.
Ellesmere Port Town have made a good start in Division One South, scoring six times without reply against Liverpool Marshalls Feds Res. Warrington Wolverines meanwhile marked their first game in the league by beating Liverpool City Community 5-0.
South West League
The two newly promoted teams in the Premier Division met each other on the opening day of the new season and it was Bishop's Lydeard who ran out 3-0 winners against Marine Academy Plymouth. Rosie Williams, Kitty Wells and Dawna Dennett scored the goals for Julie Bowker's side. Frome Town also started off with a victory, 3-2 over Middlezoy Rovers thanks to an Elinor Mason brace and Sarah Lewendon.
In the Eastern Division, a 30-yard strike from Agnieszka Ziolek gave Keynsham Town Development a winning start, 1-0 away to Yeovil Town Intermediate. The honours were shared in the other game, Keira Madden was on target as Forest Green Rovers Res drew 1-1 with Oldland Abbotonians, who scored through Jess Morgan.
Dobwalls took the opening day honours in the Western Division with a 5-3 success against Newquay Celtic. Coral Smith led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one each from Aoife Aherne and Sam Blake-Valerio. Amy Hemmingway, Kat Marment and Jodie Shipton netted the goals as Callington Town edged out Alphington 3-2 whilst Charlestown also beat Plympton Ladies by the odd goal in five, thanks to Tori Marks (2) and Amber Hadrill. Chloe Williams was another hat-trick scorer, this time for Launceston in their 3-3 draw with Exeter & Tedburn Rangers.
Southern Region League
The first match of the season was played in the Premier Division and it was Mansfield Road who emerged as 3-0 winners over Newbury Ladies, Lucie Bowden netting twice along with Cecile Deer.
In Division One, Emma Neuberry scored twice along with Christina O'Connor, Alicia Povey and Molly Brooks as Wycombe Wanderers defeated Andover New Street 5-3. Chesham Utd and Tower Hill fought out a 2-2 draw, with Sophie Grimson and Samantha Bevan-Talbot on target for Tower Hill.
West Midlands League
Wrockwardine Wood are the team which are setting the early Premier Division pace after they recorded their second straight win, 7-1 against Leamington Lions. They lead the way on goal difference from Kingshurst Sporting who defeated Walsall 2-0.
Shrewsbury Juniors made a fast start in Division One North by hitting double figures, opening up with a 10-1 victory against Atherstone Ladies.
Worcester Utd sit on top of the opening day Division One South table following their 5-0 victory over Droitwich Spa. Coventry Development ran out 4-0 winners away to Redditch Utd. Wyre Forest Phoenix beat Marston Green 4-2 whilst Solihull Ladies Res edged out Folly Lane 3-2.
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