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Northern Division One
Hull City made a quick return to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over previous leaders Brighouse Town. A first half goal from Natasha Cooke gave Hull the points and brought an end to Brighouse's fifteen match unbeaten run.
Crewe Alexandra are still unbeaten in their opening three games and notched up their first victory on Sunday, a late goal by Laura Garner giving them a 1-0 success away to Mossley Hill and lifting them up to fifth place.
Barnsley meanwhile completed a good day for away teams as they edged out Leeds Utd by the odd goal in seven. Drew Greene netted twice for Barnsley along with Darcie Greene and Danielle Lowe, while Leeds replied through Rebecca Hunt, Carey Huegett and Liuli Dyson.
Midlands Division One
Solihull Moors have made an excellent start to the new season and their fourth straight win has taken them to the top for the very first time. Victoria Grieve, Lois Jefferies, Samantha White and Abbie Taylor all scored a goal apiece as Solihull ran out 4-1 winners over Leicester City Ladies, whose consolation came from Carmelina Colangelo.
Loughborough Foxes move up into second after beating Radcliffe Olympic 4-1. Charlotte Cooper bagged a brace for Loughborough with Becky Matlock and Lindsey Tugby adding the others, Rania Ramadan replying.
Steel City Wanderers made it two wins on the trot when they defeated Sporting Khalsa 2-0, courtesy of a goal in each half from Lucy Ridley.
Sheffield Utd recorded their first Premier League victory when scoring eleven times without reply past Rotherham Utd. Kim Brown led the scoring with a hat-trick, Tania Marsden weighed in with a double and the tally was completed by Jodie Hartley, Sophie Bell, Nat Shaw, Evie Robinson, Alex Hickerman and Jennifer Pearson.
Birmingham & West Midlands were 1-0 winners away to Long Eaton Utd to get themselves off the mark for the season. Valene Izon settled matters with the only goal of the game, during the first half.
South East Division One
Actonians Ladies have regained the leadership with a 7-2 victory over Norwich City. Alessandra Barreca, Mariko Engels and Carla Williams each netted twice and Katrina Marshalleck was also on target, with Chelsea Garrett and Aimee Durrant replying.
Luton Town had opened the day as leaders but are back in second place after suffering a 4-1 reverse at the hands of AFC Wimbledon, who join them and Actonians on nine points. Caroline Bisson (2), Katie Stanley and Kelly-Jade Whelan were the markswomen to hand Wimbledon their third victory on the troy, while Luton's consolation came from Zara Carroll.
Leyton Orient moved into the top four by winning 2-0 away to previously unbeaten Ipswich Town. Both goals came during the first half, Lisa Holmbeck putting the O's in front and Chanel Richards adding the second just after the half hour.
Milton Keynes Dons are another team returning to form and they were 3-1 winners at Enfield Town. Amelia Hazard netted twice for the Dons, with Charly Wright adding the other.
Stevenage Ladies continued their improvement as they finished level at 1-1 with Cambridge Utd, who drew for the third time in four matches. Cara Breckenridge was on target for Stevenage, while Cambridge replied through Emma Jenkins.
Denham Utd climbed up into mid table with a 5-2 success away to Haringey Borough. Sophie Cheadle bagged a brace and there was one apiece from Jenny Banfield, Chontele Lawrence and Annie Hewitt.
South West Division One
Plymouth Argyle maintained their position as leaders on goal difference when they won 4-0 away to Maidenhead Utd. Katie Middleton put Argyle ahead midway through the first half and Natasha Knapman added a quickfire brace, before Zoe Cunningham added the fourth after the break.
Southampton Saints also made it four wins from four matches with a 1-0 success at Cheltenham Town. Libby O'Dell scored the only goal of the game shortly before half time, and Saints wrapped up the win by keeping their fourth successive clean sheet.
Keynsham Town remain three points behind after they defeated Poole Town 5-1. Kerry Bartlett, Michelle Munro, Justine Lorton, Katie Cook and Nadine Grogan all scored a goal apiece for Keynsham, whose goalkeeper Hannah Christer also saved a penalty, while Poole's consolation came from Samantha Gubb.
Basingstoke Town got off the mark for the season when sharing a 2-2 draw with Brislington. Polly Wardle gave Brislington a first half lead but after the break, Helen Ogle and Lizzie Laws looked to have given Basingstoke the points until Amy Jefferies grabbed a late equaliser.
St Nicholas and Larkhall Athletic each registered their first point of the campaign as they also shared four goals. The Larks raced into a two-goal first half lead, thanks to a double from Lizzie Barratt, before St Nicholas hit back after the break and two Rhian Robbins goals earned them a share of the spoils.
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