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Northern Premier Division
Huddersfield Town continue to head the way in the Northern Premier Division, leading a trio of teams still level on points after they defeated Stoke City 2-1. Town could hardly have got off to a better start as Lucy Sowerby and Katie Nutter put them two ahead inside the opening eight minutes and although Natasha Tezgel pulled one back for Stoke early in the second half, Huddersfield held on for their third straight win.
Sunderland keep pace with the leaders after a 9-1 victory over Hull City. Bridget Galloway led the scoring for the Wearsiders by netting a hat-trick, Keira Ramshaw and Faye Mullen each weighed in with a brace while Jessica Brown and Charlotte Potts were also on target, Hull's consolation coming from Tillie Oxley.
Burnley FC Women's impressive start continued with a fine 3-2 success away to Middlesbrough. Levi Rathburn gave Burnley a first half lead with Kenedy Owen and Sarah Greenhalgh adding further goals, before 'Boro staged a late rally and Tyler Dodds netted twice, but it was not quite enough.
Derby County's improving form was brought to a halt as they were beaten 1-0 by local rivals Nottingham Forest. Precious Hamilton scored the only goal of the game against her former club, seven minutes from time, to hand Forest a second straight win.
West Bromwich Albion also made it two wins on the trot when scoring five times without reply past Loughborough Foxes. Natalie Murray netted a goal in each half for Albion whilst Keeley Davies and Jade Arber were also on target, with an own goal completing the tally.
Fylde Women meanwhile registered their first league victory of the season as they edged out Sheffield FC by the odd goal in five. Ashleigh Hayes scored twice for the Coasters and Jodie Redgrave added the other, with Sheffield's replies coming from Jennifer Pearson and Emma Johnson.
Southern Premier Division
Although they have only played four games into the new season, Crawley Wasps have opened up a lead of six points at the top of the Southern Premier Division following their 2-1 win away to Yeovil Town. Rebecca Carter gave Crawley the lead on the stroke of half time, with Yeovil fighting back after the break to level through Sarah Wiltshire. A superbly taken free kick by Naomi Cole put the Wasps back in front and they held on for an excellent result which leaves them in a strong position at the top, even at this early stage.
No less than five teams are level on six points, headed by Yeovil and now joined by Plymouth Argyle whose fast improving form saw them run out 6-1 winners over Keynsham Town. Natasha Knapman netted twice for Argyle along with Katie Middleton, Kayley Lane, Jessie Jones and Helen Bleazard whilst Keynsham's consolation came from Fabiana Alborghetti.
Milton Keynes Dons' winning start was brought to a halt as they were beaten 4-2 by Gillingham. Grace Harrison was on target twice along with Jade Keogh and Georgia Pearch, whilst MK replied through Jessica Driscoll and Dominika Netschova.
Cardiff City Ladies returned from Watford with a 2-0 victory under their belts and they join the pack of clubs behind Crawley Wasps. Jasmine Turner gave the South Wales side an eleventh minute lead and Chloe Lloyd secured the points with the second goal, early in the second half.
Oxford Utd belatedly began their season by beating Chichester City 4-0. All of the U's goals were scored in the first half, Daisy McLachlan bagging a double and Georgia Timms was also on target inside the opening twenty minutes, with Emily Allen adding the fourth as half time approached.
Portsmouth notched up their first points as they scored eight times without reply against Hounslow Women. Tamsin De Bunsen, Becki Bath and Charmaine True all netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Jade Bradley and Eilidh Currie.
Division One North
Barnsley ran out 5-0 winners at Bradford City and lead the table by two points as a result. Sophie Bell was on target twice for Barnsley along with Darcie Greene, Melissa Woodhouse and Rebecca Hornsey.
Second placed Brighouse Town drew for the second time in succession, sharing four goals with Norton & Stockton Ancients. Laura Bartup and Chloe Wild netted the goals for Brighouse, with Norton replying through Bianca Owens and an own goal.
Durham Cestria won 5-0 away to Stockport County and this moves them up into third place. Erin Nelson, Dannika Purdham, Lily Crosthwaite, Chloe Ryan and Lauren Robson were all on the scoresheet for Durham against their fellow newly promoted side.
Liverpool Feds climbed into the top half of the table on the back of a 4-0 success against Newcastle Utd. Amelia Panayi ensured that the Feds were ahead at half time and they went on to crown the win with further goals after the break from Carla Lee, Jodie Mortimer and Paige Cole.
Leeds Utd are also on six points following a 2-1 victory over Chorley, who are still seeking their first points. Rebecca Hunt and Holly Findlay scored the goals for Leeds, with Beth Donoghue replying for Chorley during the second half.
Division One Midlands
Long Eaton Utd have taken over the leadership after recording their fourth straight victory, 2-0 over Leafield Athletic. Kirsty Allen and Nicola Emery scored the goals which see Long Eaton open up a lead of three points at the top of the table.
Leicester Utd had started the day as leaders but crashed to their first defeat of the season, beaten 8-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jade Cross and Alice Keitley led the scoring with a hat-trick apiece, whilst Lyndsey Glover and Sophie Bramford joined them on the scoresheet to round off a result which takes Wolves up into second place.
The New Saints made it three wins on the trot and complete the top three after they defeated Bedworth Utd 4-2. Katie Doster was on target twice, with Kim Bebbington and Laura Morris their other markswomen whilst Bedworth's replies came from Kirsty Farnsworth and Milly Miller.
Lincoln City are up into the top half of the early table with a 3-0 win against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Abi Murrell gave the Lady Imps the lead just after the half hour, with Amy Blinkhorn striking late on along with an own goal to seal the points.
Doncaster Rovers Belles occupy a mid-table position following their 3-1 victory over Sporting Khalsa. Emily Burgin, Jasmine Saxton and Kaziar Walby accounted for the Belles' goals, whilst Brittany Civil netted a consolation for Khalsa.
Solihull Moors and Burton Albion went into their meeting with both teams looking to get off the mark for the season and it was Solihull who ended as the happier side, thanks to a 6-1 victory. Eboni Fowkes led the scoring for Solihull with a hat-trick, Kathryn Pagan contributed a double and Corinna Williams was also on target, with Nina Warrington replying.
Division One South East
Billericay Town remain on top of the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw by third placed Enfield Town. Karissa Rodney was on target for Billericay, with Beth Lumsden scoring for Enfield who keep hold of their unbeaten record.
Ipswich Town took the opportunity to go level on points with Billericay with a 3-2 victory over Actonians Ladies. Sophie Peskett gave Ipswich the lead after six minutes and Natasha Thomas added a second after the break, before Actonians fought back to level the scores thanks to Jennifer Laidlaw and Caroline Bisson. Barely a minute later though, captain Amanda Crump put the Tractor Girls back in front to seal their third league victory on the trot.
Leyton Orient got back on the winning track by scoring five times without reply past Norwich City. Sophie Le Marchand led the scoring for the unbeaten O's with a hat-trick, and Hayley Barton weighed in with the other two goals.
AFC Wimbledon are the division's other unbeaten team following their 4-2 success against Stevenage Women. Katie Stanley scored either side of half time, with Helen Ogle and Sophie Manzi joining her on the scoresheet. Amy Makewell and Louise Godden netted the goals for Stevenage.
AFC Basildon claimed their second away win of the season when beating Cambridge City 4-0. Jodie Osborne, Holly Turner, Kelly Wealthall and Nicole Learner all grabbed a goal apiece for mid-table Basildon.
Both of the newly promoted sides are finding life a little tougher at the higher level so far, Kent Football Utd going down to a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Cambridge Utd. Kelley Blanchflower, Kayleigh-Anne Burt and Mollie Coupar accounted for the U's goals, whilst Kent's consolation was scored by Megan Burrows.
Division One South West
After their derby match ended goalless in midweek, the two Southampton sides have returned to the top two positions. Southampton Women regained the leadership with a stunning 8-2 victory over previous table toppers Exeter City. The Devon side had won all of their opening three games but were blown away by a Jane Yeates double, Lauren Clark, Emily Wernham, Kayleigh Tonks, Emma-Jane May, Tia Hooper and Kellie Warren. Megan Robinson and Abbie Britton replied for Exeter who are now back in fourth.
Southampton FC sit in second place following their 4-0 success away to Swindon Town. The first half was goalless but Swindon's resistance was broken after the interval when Shannon Albuery gave the Saints the lead. Caitlin Morris and Albuery added goals in quick succession, before Georgie Freeland netted the fourth with ten minutes remaining.
Cheltenham Town conceded their first points of the season when being held to a 1-1 draw by Larkhall Athletic. However this does not tell the whole story as Cheltenham were reduced to ten players after just six minutes when goalkeeper Alyta Norman was sent off but in an end-to-end affair at Plain Ham, but took the lead on the hour mark via a thumping finish from Ella Hitchcox. Larkhall hit back to equalise two minutes later through Emily Harrington and although both teams went close after that point, neither could make another breakthrough and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Chesham Utd meanwhile picked up their first league victory of the season, winning 7-3 away to Brislington. Rebecca Bloor, Gemma Fraser and Eden Kibrom each bagged doubles for the Clarets, whose other goal came from Jaqueline Hanson, whilst Brislington's strikes came from Chelsea Heal, Kim Maggs and Paige Sawyer.
Maidenhead Utd are also off the mark after they defeated Poole Town 2-0. Simone O'Brien sealed the win by scoring both goals, one each side of half time.
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