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Plymouth setting fast pace
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 South West News - 30 Aug 2017
Northern Division One
Hull City came from two goals behind to win 4-2 at Chorley and keep hold of top position in the fledgling table. Jennifer King and Rachel Wood ensured that Hull were two up at half time but after the break, Katie Thompson netted twice along with Rachael Ackroyd and Joanne Symington to turn matters around in Hull's favour.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds were also narrow winners away from home, edging out newly promoted Barnsley by the odd goal in five. Nicole Johnston, Chantelle Thompson and Roisin Havelin were all on target for the Feds, with the home side replying through Demi Pringle and Amy Woodruff.
Brighouse Town meanwhile beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3 to take their own record to six points from their opening two matches. Jodie Redgrave bagged a brace along with Charlotte Proud and Becky Kendell to put Brighouse 4-1 ahead at half time before Bolton, who had replied through Michelle Saunders, fought back in the second half with goals from Saffron Newhouse and Michelle Kirkman-Ryan.
Leeds Utd claimed their first points of the season when they defeated Chester-le-Street Town 1-0 in their meeting at Elland Road. Liuli Dyson scored the only goal of the game to settle a tight contest and get her side off the mark.
Crewe Alexandra and Morecambe each played their first match of the season and both registered their first point as they battled out a 2-2 draw. Crewe led 2-1 at the break through Beth Ragdale and an own goal but a goal in each half from Becky Whitingham earned Morecambe a share of the spoils.
Midlands Division One
TNS Ladies' strong start to the new season continued as they ran out 5-0 winners over Long Eaton Utd. Madison Jones and Emily Ridge put TNS two ahead at the break and they went on to add further goals through a Sophie Davies brace and Taylor Davis.
Solihull Moors won a well fought match 4-3 against Radcliffe Olympic to join TNS on six points. Phillippa Harmison was on target twice for Solihull along with Lois Jefferies and Jessica Howard, with Brogan Jones (2) and Alex Saulter replying for Radcliffe.
Burton Albion are the third team in the division with maximum points from two matches and their impressive start continued with a 2-1 success away to Sporting Khalsa. Jordan Atkin gave Burton a first half lead and after Khalsa equalised through Sophie Richards with eighteen minutes remaining, Charlotte Worth scored an injury time winner to preserve Burton's good start.
Newly promoted Sheffield Utd registered their first point with a 1-1 draw against last season's runners-up Loughborough Foxes. Eva Rogers gave the Foxes a first half lead, with Millie Kenyon equalising for United fifteen minutes from time.
South East Division One
Alessandra Barreca netted twice along with Jessica Byrne, Sinthukah Sooriyakumar and Katrina Duncan-Marshalleck as Actonians Ladies defeated Leyton Orient 5-1 to continue setting the early pace. Egle Trezzi replied with a second half consolation for the O's (see match report).
Luton Town were 2-1 winners away to Enfield Town to keep themselves in second place. All of the goals came in the first half, Dionne Manning and Joanne Rutherford scoring for Luton with Nuala McKevitt responding.
Ipswich Town join Actonians and Luton on six points after a solitary strike from Lindsey Cooper gave them a 1-0 victory over Stevenage Ladies.
Cambridge Utd picked up their first win of the season, a 3-1 success away to Denham Utd. Nuala Wayne was on target twice for the U's along with Emma Whitter, while Denham's consolation came from Jenny Banfield.
Chelsea Garrett led the scoring with a hat-trick as Norwich City ran out 7-0 winners over Haringey Borough. Aimee Durrant weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Charlotte Broad and Natasha Snelling.
AFC Wimbledon defeated Milton Keynes Dons 4-2 to notch up their own first victory. Kelly-Jade Whelan scored a goal in each half to add to further strikes from Caroline Bisson and Rebecca Sargent, while MK replied through Charly Clarke and Charly Wright.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle continued their good start with a 4-0 victory over Brislington. The two teams recorded the highest wins on the opening day and the game was goalless until first half injury time, when Kayley Lane gave Argyle the lead. Early in the second half, Zoe Cunningham finished off the second from Ezme Wells' cross, before two predatory strikes from Natasha Knapman rounded things off for an impressive Plymouth side who also struck the woodwork twice and were denied by a number of good saves from Vicky Powell.
Poole Town have adapted to life in the Premier League very well so far and they sit in second place after beating St Nicholas 6-0 in their first home match. Sam Gubb and Rachel Anderson each scored twice for the Dorset side, whose other goals came from Charlotte Eastman and Jessica Fowell.
Southampton Saints can also be satisfied with their start, moving onto six points with a 4-0 win against Maidenhead Utd. Libby O'Dell, Krystal Whyte, Emma King and Gemma Woodford all scored a goal apiece for the Saints.
Keynsham Town belatedly started their season on a winning note, 4-0 away to Cheltenham Town. Kerry Bartlett marked her debut for the club with a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Katie Cook and Justine Lorton.


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