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Northern Premier Division
Nottingham Forest are the new leaders of the Northern Premier Division, and the last remaining unbeaten team, following their 7-0 victory over Loughborough Students on Sunday. Forest never looked back after taking a second minute lead through Rosie Axten, with Hayley James, Charlotte Greengrass and Georgia Hewitt adding further goals before half time. After the break, both Axten and Hewitt completed their doubles, with Katie Middleton also getting on the scoresheet.
Derby County are up into second, three points off the pace, after winning 5-1 away to Sheffield FC. Jodie Michalska opened the scoring just before the half hour, with Emily Joyce quickly adding a second, and although Paige Crossman reduced the arrears for Sheffield, Callan Barber restored the two-goal advantage ahead of the break. After the break, Megan Tinsley made it four, and Barber wrapped matters up with her second.
A 4-2 victory over Middlesbrough has taken Huddersfield Town into the top three for the first time this season. Town led at the break through a Kate Mallin double and they added further goals in the second half from Brittany Sanderson and Sarah Danby, with Anna Young and Tyler Dodds replying.
Fylde Women had started the day on top of the table but went down to their first defeat, beaten 3-1 by Sunderland. Grace McCatty put Sunderland ahead after two minutes and after Helen Seed had equalised for the Coasters, goals in the last five minutes from Neve Herron and Holly Manders secured the points for the Wearsiders.
West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City occupy the next two positions after their meeting ended in a 3-2 victory for Stoke. Elizabeth Steele netted twice for Stoke and Alison Hall was also on target, with Albion's replies coming from Trina Greaves and Jessica Davies.
Southern Premier Division
Oxford Utd have gone to the top of the table on goal difference by scoring seven times without reply away to Hounslow Women. Taome Oliver put the U's in front after five minutes, with Carly Johns making it two and Oliver netting her second on the stroke of half time. Emily Allen contributed a second half brace and Oxford added further goals from Kayleigh Hines and Abbie Bensted to round off a fourth straight win.
Watford's winning start to the season was brought to halt when they were beaten 1-0 by Crawley Wasps. Naomi Cole scored the only goal of the game, midway through the second half, to give Crawley a result which takes them into fourth place.
Milton Keynes Dons have got off to a good start and are in third place after running out 5-0 winners over Gillingham. Cherrelle Albert was on target twice for the Dons along with Hannah Barrett, Victoria Barrett and Sasha Newsome.
Portsmouth follow on just behind the leading sides after matching Oxford by also notching up a 7-0 victory, against Plymouth Argyle. Becki Bath led the scoring for Pompey with a hat-trick whilst Jade Widdows and Danielle Rowe both weighed in with doubles.
Yeovil Utd went down to their first defeat of the season, 3-2 to Cardiff City Ladies who made it two wins out of two. Kylie Nolan kept up her good start to the campaign for Cardiff by scoring twice and Cori Williams added the other, whilst the home side's replies came from Kelly Aldridge and Laura Williams.
Keynsham Town also notched up a 3-2 victory away from home, against Chichester & Selsey. Robyn Pinder, Corinne Yorston and Jade Munro scored a goal apiece for Keynsham, with Chi replying through Sharna Capel-Watson and Natasha Wild.
Division One North
Chester-le-Street Town are continuing to set the early pace in the division and stay two points ahead after running out 6-1 victors against Durham Cestria. Nichole Havery netted twice to give the Cestrians a two-goal lead at the break and although Dannika Purdham pulled one back after the restart, Laura Hockaday and Charlotte Proud put them further ahead before Havery added a late double to complete a four-goal haul for the prolific striker.
Brighouse Town are Chester-le-Street's nearest rivals in the table, picking up their third win in four games when scoring four without reply at Chorley. Amy Woodruff led the scoring for Brighouse with a hat-trick and Ellie Dobson was also on target.
Stockport County have moved into third place following their 2-0 victory over Barnsley. Jess Battle was the heroine for County as she gave them an eleventh minute lead and secured the points with her second, twelve minutes from time.
The points were shared at Bradford City where the home side battled out a 2-2 draw with Norton & Stockton Ancients. Keegan Lambert and Katy Woodcock were on the scoresheet for Bradford, with Norton responding through Bianca Owens and Shannon Reed.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers have started the new season in outstanding form and have powered five points clear already, keeping up their winning run with a 6-0 success away to Wem Town. Anna Price and Alisha Miller put Wolves two ahead inside the opening four minutes and Lowri Walker added a third before the interval. Jade Cross netted a quickfire double during the second half and the striker went on to complete her hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Lincoln City remain unbeaten in second place and maintained this record by winning 3-1 away to Bedworth Utd. All of Lincoln's goals came in a twelve minute spell in the second half, scored by Amy Kay, Jessica Rousseau and Ellie Gilliatt, whilst Bedworth's consolation came from Kirsty Farnsworth.
Doncaster Rovers Belles have made an encouraging start to the season and they complete the top three following their 3-0 victory over Long Eaton Utd. Hannah McWilliams netted two of the goals for the Belles and Nadia Khan was also on target.
Solihull Moors and Sporting Khalsa occupy the next two positions after their meeting finished in a 1-1 draw. Leah Seivwright put Solihull in front early in the second half, with Rebecca Gill-Parsons grabbing a late equaliser for Khalsa.
Boldmere St Michaels meanwhile recorded their first win, 2-1 away to Holwell Sports. Evie Billingsley and Tanya Dickinson netted the goals for the Mikes, with Holwell's reply coming from Courtney Cropper.
Burton Albion are off the bottom of the table after they defeated Leafield Athletic 3-2. Hanaiya Azhar, Emmalee Hornsby and Chloe Maitland all scored to give Burton their first win of the season, whilst Grace Harris and Laura Broadbent were on target for Leafield.
Division One South East
Ipswich Town are looking strong once again this season and on Sunday they scored ten times without reply past Cambridge Utd to retain their lead of two points at the top of the table. Natasha Thomas led the scoring with a hat-trick and Sophie Peskett weighed in with a brace, whilst Anna Grey, Paige Peake, Amy-Leigh Abrehart and Zoe Barratt also got on the scoresheet along with an own goal.
Actonians Ladies moved up into second place following their 2-1 victory away to previously unbeaten AFC Wimbledon. Sharon Odofin and Minori Ono netted both goals for Actonians during the first half, before Jess Lewry pulled one back for the Dons after the interval.
Hashtag Utd complete the top three after their 3-2 success at Cambridge City. Kelly Wealthall bagged a brace and Holly Turner added the other, whilst City's replies came from Amie Fullwood and Freya Standing.
Enfield Town follow on in the table as they shared a 1-1 draw with Kent Football Utd. Beau Parker scored for Enfield, with Emma Squirrell replying to earn Kent their third draw in five matches.
Leyton Orient meanwhile claimed their first league victory of the season, 3-0 away to Stevenage Women. After a goalless first half, Hayley Barton put the O's in front on the hour and they went on to seal the points with further strikes from Katherine Long and Scarlett Smith.
Division One South West
Southampton FC made it four wins out of four at the top of the table and have a lead of three points following their 3-0 victory against Exeter City. Lucia Kendall gave the Saints a first half lead and they went on to add further goals after the break through Rachel Panting and an own goal.
Swindon Town have made an impressive start to the season and notched up their third win in a row, 3-0 at Brislington, to take them level on points with second placed Chesham Utd. Megan Attenborough put the Wiltshire side in front after six minutes and Jessica Graham added the second after the interval, before Ellie Olds produced a neat finish to complete the scoring.
Maidenhead Utd meanwhile claimed their first league win of the season, 2-1 away to Cheltenham Town. Nicole Barrett and Sarah Thompson scored the goals for Maidenhead whilst Cheltenham's consolation came from Jade Grove.
Southampton Women also won for the first time, scoring seven times without reply past Poole Town. Sian Wylie, Philippa Holden and Meg Vella put them three ahead going into half time and after the break, Emma-Jane May netted a second half break along with further goals from Lucy Mear and Hannah Samuels.
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