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Oxford Utd are the early leaders of WSL 2 following their 3-1 victory away to Watford.
The U's got off to a fast start with Hannah Short giving them the lead from close range and Kayleigh Hines curled home a free kick for the second. Sarah Jones brought Watford back into the game shortly afterwards but Oxford went on to seal the points through Emily Allen with nine minutes remaining.
Oxford head the table on goal difference from Brighton & Hove Albion who join them on six points after beating Durham Women 3-2. The Seagulls took the lead with eight minutes on the clock with a goal from Fliss Gibbons and Ini Umotong added a second midway through the first half. Beth Hepple reduced the arrears for the Wildcats on the stroke of half time and after the break, Hepple scored from a free kick to bring Durham level again. However with eight minutes remaining, Gibbons was brought down in the area by Caroline Dixon and Danielle Buet stepped up slot home the resulting penalty to give Brighton victory.
Doncaster Rovers Belles and Millwall Lionesses occupy the next two places after the sides shared four goals - the first draw in either division of the WSL this season. The Belles had raced into a two-goal lead by the half hour, Rebecca Rayner giving them the lead and Rhiannon Roberts adding the second, with Charlotte Devlin pulling one back just before the interval. Both teams had chances to score during the second half but with four minutes left, Ashlee Hincks broke through and produced a cool finish to earn her side a share of the spoils.
It was a red letter day for Tottenham Hotspur as they recorded their first ever WSL victory, 2-0 against Aston Villa. Bianca Baptiste gave Spurs the lead after having had a goal ruled out for offside earlier on and after Beth Merrick hit the woodwork at the other end, Tottenham scored a decisive second with nineteen minutes remaining when Coral Haines slotted home after a good run and cross from Sarah Wiltshire.
Sheffield FC were another team to get off the mark when they defeated London Bees 3-1. Katie Anderson put Sheffield ahead on the quarter hour, before the Bees got back on level terms with an equaliser from Paula Howells. Sheffield went back in front on 32 minutes, Anderson turning provider this time when she set up Jenna Dear to score, and Melissa Johnson sewed up the points for her side by netting the third after the break.
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