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Northern Division One
Chorley made it an uncomfortable first day back in the Premier League for Crewe Alexandra as they won 4-0 against the newly promoted side. A brace from Charlotte Higginson put Chorley two ahead at the interval and they wrapped up the win in the second half thanks to Vicky Coope and Rachel Hindle.
Chester-le-Street Town have also got off to a good start, running out 4-1 winners over Blackpool Wren Rovers. Laura Hockaday, Amy Kelly, Rae Taylor and Nyci Thorns all scored a goal apiece for the Cestrians.
Brighouse Town also made an unfortunate start in their first match following promotion, going down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Morecambe. Substitute Megan Doherty netted two second half goals for the Lancashire side, to add to Becky Whittingham's earlier strike.
Leeds Ladies meanwhile won an entertaining affair 5-3 at Tranmere Rovers. Arianne Parnham netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Hannah Poulter, Jodie Hunter and Jasmine Saxton, with the home side replying via a Rachel Rigby brace and Charlotte Cloy.
Guiseley Vixens emerged as 3-1 winners in their clash with last season's runners-up Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Guiseley, looking to regain their Northern Division status at the first attempt, scored through Olivia Thackray, Chantelle O'Hara and Sarah Danby, whilst the home side's consolation came from Levi Wensley.
Midlands Division One
Loughborough Foxes are back in the division following relegation at the end of last season but they appear to making up for lost time after beating Sporting Khalsa 5-1 in their opener. Emma Pilling was on target twice for the Foxes along with Audrey Moore, Charlotte Cooper and Millie Seaton.
Rotherham Utd sit jointly at the head of the opening day table as they also won 5-1 against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Nat Shaw and Amy Pollock each bagged doubles for Rotherham and they were joined on the scoresheet by Bianca Ross, with Jade Lang replying late on.
The two league newcomers met each other in their first games and it was TNS Ladies who were 5-2 victors against Long Eaton Utd. Charlotte Budd netted twice for TNS with the others coming from Laura Morris, Lia Lewis and Louisa Anderson, while Long Eaton responded through Cara Newton and an own goal.
Radcliffe Olympic picked up the points with a 1-0 success over Steel City Wanderers.
South East Division One
Ellen Swift led the scoring with a brace as Norwich City defeated East Anglian rivals Lowestoft Town to record the division's largest win. Chelsea Garrett, Ebony Wiseman and Millie Bales added the other goals for the Canaries, while the home side's consolation came from Hannah Waters.
Milton Keynes Dons are hoping to be among the challengers once again and they also started well, recording a 3-0 victory away to Denham Utd courtesy of a goal apiece from Leah Cudone, Kerry Newman and Charly Wright.
AFC Wimbledon made their return to Premier League football after a number of years away and it ended on a winning note, edging out Ipswich Town by the odd goal in seven. Jess Trimnell netted twice along with Laura Low and Sian Wylie for the Dons, while Ipswich replied through Hollie Clement, Natasha Thomas and Samantha Walker (see match report).
Actonians Ladies meanwhile claimed a fine 2-1 win away to Cambridge Utd. Jessica Byrne and Carla Williams scored their goals, while Cambridge found the net through Becky Taylor.
Enfield Town gave new manager Marc Nurse a winning start as they defeated newly promoted Stevenage Ladies 2-1. Lizzie Kent and Ellie Taladiana were on target for Enfield, before Becky Scola grabbed a late consolation for Stevenage.
Luton Town and Gillingham had to settle for a share of the spoils after battling out a 1-1 draw. Both goals came during the first half, Dionne Manning netting Luton's goal with the Gills replying through Fliss Gibbons.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle enjoyed their trip to the Isle of Wight to play Shanklin, opening the campaign with a 6-1 victory which sees them as the opening day leaders. Ezme Wells scored two of the goals along with Lucy Olde, Rebecca Atkins, Amber Guy-Kemp and Darcey Hepworth while the home side's consolation was netted by Kim Arnold.
Larkhall Athletic meanwhile started their season impressively by winning 5-1 away to Keynsham Town. Lizzie Barratt netted a goal in each half for the Larks along with two long range free kicks from Michelle Munro and a debut goal from Stacey Pearson. Justine Lorton-Radburn finished off a good move for Keynsham's solitary strike.
Last season's runners-up Chichester City opened up with a 4-0 victory over Cheltenham Town, thanks to a goal apiece from Lauren Cheshire, Chloe Dowdell, Cherelle Khassal and Jade Widdows.
Brislington made their first ever appearance in the league following promotion and a late goal saw them take a point away from a 2-2 draw against Southampton Saints. After Becki Bath had fired them in front during the first half, Brislington quickly equalised through Kim Maggs but Leanne Lapham ensured that Saints regained their lead before the interval. The visitors held their lead until injury time when substitute Leigha Milkins levelled the scores once again.
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