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Northern Division One
Hull City narrowly missed out on a top two place last season and have started well this time around with a 6-1 victory over newly promoted Barnsley. Hope Knight led the scoring for the Tigresses with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Rebecca Beech and Ellie Harding, with Nikki Hogg replying.
Also 6-1 winners on the opening day were Chorley, at the expense of Mossley Hill. Scarlet Smith and Kerry Nickson put the Lancashire side two ahead inside the opening six minutes and Smith went on to complete her double, with Rachel Wood (2) and Lisa Topping also getting on the scoresheet. Ceri Ogdon netted a first half consolation for Mossley.
Last season's runners-up Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile started strongly by beating Chester-le-Street Town 4-0. Carla Lee had a great day for the Feds as she scored a first half hat-trick, with Carina Mendes adding the fourth after the break.
Brighouse Town had a very good second half to the last campaign and they have carried this into the new season, returning home from Newcastle Utd with a 5-3 victory under their belts. Substitute Aimi Beresford netted twice in the last ten minutes to seal the points for her side, to add to earlier strikes from Charlotte Proud, Bridie Hannon and Jodie Redgrave. Annece Legg, Steph Lyons and Megan McKenzie were all on target in reply for Newcastle.
The other newcomers to the division, Bolton Wanderers, had a much happier start to Premier League life and an impressive 3-1 win against Leeds Utd. All of Bolton's goals came in the opening 21 minutes from Michelle Kirkman-Ryan, Safron Newhouse and Emma Pilling, before Carly Hoyle responded for Leeds just before half time.
Midlands Division One
Emily Ridge led the scoring with a hat-trick as TNS Ladies opened up the new campaign with an 8-1 victory over Steel City Wanderers. Emma Roden and Sophie Davies both bagged doubles and Kim Bebbington rounded off the scoring for TNS, with the Steels' consolation coming from Lucy Ridley.
Loughborough Foxes were agonisingly close to promotion last time around and have started well this time around, winning 3-0 against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. All of the goals came in the second half, Charlotte Cooper was on target twice for the Foxes along with Lindsey Tugby.
Solihull Moors were 4-2 winners away to newly promoted Sheffield Utd. The two teams shared four first half goals, Jennifer Pearson and Tania Marsden on target for United with Lois Jefferies netting twice in reply. After the break, Jefferies went on to complete her hat-trick and restore Solihull's lead, before Abbie Taylor clinched the points with the fourth.
Burton Albion meanwhile recorded a 1-0 victory over Leicester City Ladies in their first ever Premier League game. The Brewers had announced Jack White as their new manager on Friday and he saw his team make a winning start, thanks to a solitary goal just before half time from Jordan Atkin.
South East Division One
Actonians Ladies are the opening day leaders after scoring thirteen times without reply against newcomers Haringey Borough. Alessandra Barreca led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Katrina Marshalleck and Sinthujah Sooriyakumar each netted doubles and there was one apiece from Caterina Kensbock, Catherine Murphy, Lafa Uche and Mariko Engels.
Luton Town meanwhile won 5-2 against Stevenage Ladies, Zara Carroll and Nicola Henman bagging two goals apiece and Jess McKay adding the other, with Amy Josland and Donna McGuigan replying.
Enfield Town made sure their trip to Norfolk was a fruitful one as they came from two goals behind to beat Norwich City 4-2. Aimee Durrant gave Norwich a first half lead and Chelsea Garrett added a second eight minutes after the interval, but then two goals in a four minute spell from Lisa Kline brought the scores level and further strikes from Robyn Brown and Amira Martin completed the comeback for Enfield.
Ipswich Town got off to a good start by winning 3-1 away to AFC Wimbledon. Natasha Thomas scored twice and Lindsey Cooper the other for the Suffolk side, while the Dons responded through Kelly-Jade Whelan.
The spoils were shared at Milton Keynes Dons where the home side battled out a 1-1 draw with Denham Utd. Kerry Newman was on target for the Dons, with Denham replying via an Alissa Down goal.
The meeting Cambridge Utd and newly promoted Leyton Orient culminated in a goalless draw, a well contested game ending with both sides satisfied by the outcome.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle finished in second place in this division last season and served notice that they are set to be amongst the main challengers this time around as they won 8-0 away to St Nicholas. Natasha Knapman hit a first half hat-trick and went on to score five times in total, Ezme Wells weighed in with a second half brace and Kayley Lane joined them on the scoresheet.
Brislington meanwhile commenced their second season in the league on a winning note, beating Basingstoke Town 3-0. Jodie Arkell marked her debut for the club by giving them a first half lead, before Kim Maggs and Chelsea Heal added further goals within eight minutes of the restart.
A goal in each half took Southampton Saints to a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town. Gemma Woodford put the Saints in front nine minutes before half time, with stalwart Krystal Whyte sealing the points with the second, midway through the second half.
Poole Town produced a great result in their first ever match in the league, winning 1-0 at Maidenhead Utd. Sam Gubb marked a fine day for the Dorset club by netting the only goal of the game, seven minutes into the second half.
Photo - Jodie Arkell gives Brislington the lead against Basingstoke Town.
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