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Northern Premier Division
Burnley FC Women are the only team to have won both of their opening games in the division and they have a lead of two points following their 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town. The first half was goalless but a double after the break from Katie Thomas kept up her good start to the season and ensured a second straight win for the Clarets, despite Brittany Sanderson pulling a goal back for Town.
West Bromwich Albion head the teams in early pursuit of Burnley after they ran out 5-0 winners away to Sheffield FC. Jade Arber netted a goal in each half for Albion and she was joined on the scoresheet by Shannon Stamps, Leigh Dugmore and Natalie Murray.
Fylde Women also notched up their first win, 3-0 against Middlesbrough. Hannah Forster, Emily Hollinshead and Sasha Rowe all scored a goal apiece to take the Coasters into third place in the fledgling table.
The East Midlands derby match went the way of Nottingham Forest who defeated Derby County 2-0. Charlotte Steggles opened the scoring with six minutes on the clock and Rosie Axten sealed the points for Forest with the second goal late on.
Hull City became the second team in a row to inflict a defeat on Sunderland, winning their meeting 2-1. The two teams were at the opposite ends of the table when last season was annulled but Hull turned that on its head to keep up their impressive start, Katie Thompson putting them ahead midway through the first half and Florence Pegrum added the second, before Keira Ramshaw netted a consolation from the penalty spot.
The points were shared as Loughborough Foxes and Stoke City battled out a 2-2 draw. Rebecca Knight and Laura Steele scored the goals for Loughborough, who have drawn both of their opening matces, whilst Stoke netted through Amy Hughes and Meesha Dudley-Jones.
Southern Premier Division
Watford head the table by two points after registering their second win in a row, 2-1 against Oxford Utd. Molly Peters got Oxford off to a flying start by giving them a fifth minute lead but Sarah Wiltshire maintained her good early season form with an equaliser midway through the half and Helen Ward scored what turned out to be the winner, ten minutes before the interval.
Portsmouth occupy second spot in the table after they won 2-1 away to Keynsham Town. Pompey netted both goals in the opening quarter of the game through Becki Bath and Rosie McDonnell, with Kerry Bartlett on target for the home side.
Yeovil Utd meanwhile claimed their first victory of the season, a 1-0 success at Chichester & Selsey. Ann Marie Heatherson settled matters with five minutes remaining when she scored the only goal of the game.
Cardiff City Ladies started their campaign a week late but made it worth the wait as they scored seven times without reply past Plymouth Argyle. Kylie Nolan led the scoring with a hat-trick, Jasmine Turner weighed in with a double and they were joined on the scoresheet by Kelly Isaac and Libby Piggott.
Perhaps the result of the day in the division was produced by Milton Keynes Dons, who won 1-0 away to Crawley Wasps, given to them by a goal from Mollie Coupar.
Gillingham meanwhile notched up their first victory of the season, 4-0 away to Hounslow Women. Maddison Chamney-Farrand, Ellie Jeffkins, Millie Waud and Amy Haynes all scored a goal apiece for the Gills.
Division One North
Norton & Stockton Ancients and Chester-le-Street Town continue to occupy the top two positions after their meeting finished in a 2-2 draw. Bianca Owens and Shannon Reed scored the goals for Norton, who stay as the early season leaders, whilst the Cestrians replied through Nichole Havery and Anna Collin.
Barnsley bounced back from an opening day defeat to run out 7-2 winners over Bolton Wanderers. Emily Pierrepont led the scoring for the Yorkshire side with a hat-trick, Kathryn Smith adding a further two along with Darcie Kendall-Greene and Millie Kenyon. Safron Newhouse and Michelle Saunders replied for Bolton.
Stockport County meanwhile began their campaign with a fine 3-1 victory over Brighouse Town. Maria Figueiredo, Sophie Charlton and Hanifa Douglas all scored a goal apiece for Stockport, with Brighouse's consolation coming from Amy Woodruff.
Leeds Utd are off the mark following their 1-0 success against Durham Cestria. Laura Bartup scored the only goal of the game on the quarter hour.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers notched up a second straight convincing victory when they defeated Solihull Moors 8-1. Alisha Miller and Lyndsey Glover were on target twice along with Kate Evans, Jade Cross, Lowri Walker and Anna Morphet, with Leah Seivwright replying.
Sporting Khalsa are the only team keeping pace with Wolves after the opening two matches, following their 3-0 victory away to Burton Albion. Laura McQuilkin, Megan Cann and Beth Woolley were the scorers for Khalsa.
Lincoln City won for the first time this season, 6-3 against Holwell Sports. Ellie Gilliatt bagged a hat-trick for the Lady Imps and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauryn Wilcock, Mary Cooper and Emily Atkinson whilst Kira Fitzpatrick, Megan Kenney and Courtney Cropper all netted for Holwell.
Doncaster Rovers Belles maintained their promising start by beating Bedworth Utd 4-1. Kirsty Smith and Jasmine Saxton put the Belles two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes and although Kirsty Farnsworth pulled one back for Bedworth, Hannah McWilliams and Nadia Khan sealed the points with further goals after the break.
Wem Town came from behind to win 2-1 against Leafield Athletic and get themselves off the mark for the season. Daisy-Mai Clements gave Leafield a fifteenth minute lead, which they held at half time, but goals after the break from Kim Bebbington and Laura Morris turned the match around in Wem's favour.
Division One South East
AFC Wimbledon lead the way after the opening two minutes, following their 5-0 victory at Stevenage Women. Katie Stanley netted a brace for the second match in a row, with the others coming from Elizabeth Berkeley, Rebecca Carter and Jess Lewry.
Actonians Ladies continued their good start by defeating Kent Football Utd 2-1. Catherine Murphy gave Actonians the lead just before the break and after Charlie Goad had levelled the scores midway through the second half, Sharon Odofin grabbed the winning goal.
Ipswich Town are the third team in the division with maximum points after they won 3-0 at Billericay Town. Paige Peake, Sophie Peskett and Maddie Biggs were the markswomen for the Tractor Girls.
Enfield Town got off the mark with a 3-1 victory against Leyton Orient. Beau Parker gave Enfield a first half lead which was cancelled out by Nyara Denny, before Jodie Bellinger and Courtney Cook wrapped up the win with goals after the break.
Hashtag Utd were another team to bounce back from an opening day defeat when they beat Cambridge Utd 3-1. Samaira Khan put Cambridge in front on the half hour but Hashtag turned matters around before the interval with goals from Poppy Binding and Maddie Thomas, before Binding completed her double in the second half.
It was also a first win for Norwich City as they defeated Cambridge City 3-1. The Canaries led at half time through a goal from Natasha Snelling and Jodie Drake added a second half brace, with Charlotte Gillies replying.
Division One South West
Ella Pusey scored a hat-trick as Southampton FC kept up their flying start with a 5-1 victory over Buckland Athletic. Alisha Ware and Lucia Kendall weighed in with the other goals, whilst Sarah Stacey netted a consolation for the Bucks.
Exeter City commenced their campaign by winning 4-2 against Poole Town and this has propelled them into second place in the table. However they needed to withstand a great start from the Dolphins, for whom Danielle Maidment netted twice in the opening fourteen minutes, but Ella-Mae Miller reduced the arrears ten minutes later and Esme Kilburn-Thompson scored either side of half time, before Megan Robinson wrapped up the win six minutes from time.
Swindon Town meanwhile notched up their first points as they raced to a 5-2 success against Larkhall Athletic. Ellie Olds hit a hat-trick for the Wiltshire side and she was joined on the scoresheet late on by Megan Attenborough and Rianne Lewis, while the Larks' replies came from Kate German and Adele Hooper.
Cheltenham Town made a winning start to their season, edging out Chesham Utd 1-0. Jade Grove settled the game when she scored the only goal, shortly before half time.
Photo - Portsmouth's Jade Widdows tries to get away from Jade Munro of Keynsham Town.
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