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Northern Premier Division
Fylde Women's impressive start to the new season continued with a third straight win, beating Burnley FC Women 2-0 to hold on to the early leadership. Faye McCoy gave the Coasters the lead just before half time, with substitute Amy Hughes adding the second the other side of the interval.
Fylde stay top on goal difference from Wolverhampton Wanderers who are also still going well, they also won 2-0 in their Black Country derby match against West Bromwich Albion. Tammi George put Wolves in front just after the hour and Amber Hughes sealed the points in injury time.
Nottingham Forest stay two points behind in third place following their 3-1 victory over Sheffield FC. Rosie Axten and Georgia Hewitt put Forest two ahead at half time and after Yasmin Mason pulled one back for Sheffield early in the second half, Mai Moncaster made the game safe with five minutes remaining.
Derby County meanwhile bounced back from defeat a few days earlier to win 3-2 away to Stoke City. Amy Sims and Sophie Domingo put Derby two up early on, with Kira Rai scoring the winner during the second half, despite Stoke fighting back with goals from Beth Roberts and a Callan Barber penalty.
The points were shared as Huddersfield Town and Brighouse Town battled out a 1-1 draw. After a goalless first half, Brittany Sanderson opened the scoring midway through the second half for Huddersfield, who remain unbeaten, but they were pegged back late on when Brighouse equalised through Drew Greene.
Southern Premier Division
Paige Peake, Sophie Peskett and Natasha Thomas were all on the scoresheet as early leaders Ipswich Town ran out 3-0 winners away to Gillingham.
Southampton FC Women made sure of keeping pace with Ipswich, thanks to a 2-0 success at Chichester & Selsey. Ella Pusey settled matters in the Saints' favour on the night by scoring both goals, one in each half.
Four teams lie three points behind the leading pair, headed by Oxford Utd after they defeated Milton Keynes Dons 5-1. Beth Lumsden was on target twice for the U's along with Lauren Haynes, Daisy McLachlan and Carly Johns, whilst the Dons' consolation came from Amy McLean.
Crawley Wasps inflicted a first defeat of the season on Portsmouth, edging them by the odd goal in five. Emma Plewa was on target twice for Crawley along with Naomi Cole, Cherelle Khassal netting both goals in reply for Pompey.
London Bees meanwhile made it two victories on the trot with a 1-0 success away to Hounslow Women. Nicole Jancey scored the only goal of the game for the Bees, with eleven minutes remaining.
Cardiff City Ladies got off the mark with a 2-0 victory at Keynsham Town on Thursday night. Olivia Thompson put them in front just before half time and the midfielder wrapped up the points her second goal, midway through the second half.
Division One North
Although they were held to a 3-3 draw by Stockport County on Thursday night, Chorley have become the new leaders of the fledgling table. Laura Walker, Bethany Worth and Katie Matthews were all on target for Chorley, while Olivia Dixon netted a double and Maria Figueiredo added the other to earn Stockport their first point of the season.
Newcastle Utd moved up into second place, one point off the pace, with their second straight win, 7-1 over Alnwick Town. Katie Barker bagged a four-goal haul and Kacie Elson hit a hat-trick to help Newcastle maintain their impressive start to the new campaign.
Norton & Stockton Ancients had gone into the week as table toppers but are now in third place after being beaten for the first time, 3-1 by Durham Cestria. Erin Nicholson, Amy Hargrave and Grace Ayre all scored to hand Durham a second successive victory, before Lily Patrick netted a late consolation for Norton.
FC United of Manchester recorded their first ever National League victory when they defeated Bradford City 3-1. Ella Hartley scored twice and Kirsty Chambers added the other, with Bradford replying through a Zoe Roberts free kick.
Division One Midlands
Boldmere St Michaels are now the early pacesetters in the division, replacing Solihull Moors at the top after beating them 3-1. Evie Billingsley, Cheyanne Jarvis and an own goal gave the Mikes the points, with Jessica Lundie responding for the home side. The midweek results have left Boldmere St Michaels as the division's last remaining unbeaten team.
It was a bad week for the top three going into the matches, with Long Eaton Utd going down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Burton Albion. Ella Ritchie was on target twice for Burton along with Millie Drinkhall, to give them their first win of the season.
Doncaster Rovers Belles were beaten 5-2 at home by Lincoln City, who become the fourth team on six points. Leah Hardy and Lauryn Wilcock each netted twice for the Lady Imps, with Amy Blinkhorn also on the scoresheet, whilst Nadia Khan and Jessica Price replied for the Belles.
Peterborough Utd lost for the first time, 1-0 to Holwell Sports. Chantelle Robinson scored the only goal of the game for Holwell who are off the mark for the season.
Wem Town meanwhile won a high scoring affair, 5-4 against Leek Town. Kim Bebbington was on target twice for Wem along with Zoe Griffiths, Francesca Waltho and Katie Doster, whilst Cassie Hyde, Katie Gibbons, Paris O'Connor and Chantelle Gallagher all scored for Leek.
Daisy Clements was the heroine for Leafield Athletic as they recorded their first win of the season, 3-2 against Bedworth Utd. The striker hit a hat-trick as Leafield won a well contested match despite Bedworth replying through Kirsty Farnsworth and Jodi Hunter.
Division One South East
Billericay Town head of trio of clubs level on points at the top of the table, including opponents Hashtag Utd after their meeting finished in a 1-1 draw. Zoe Rushen was on target for Billericay, after the Tags had taken a first half lead through Maddie Thomas.
London Seaward are the other team on seven points, following their 3-1 win away to AFC Wimbledon. Kate Bradley, Katherine Long and Kayleigh Xidhas all scored first half goals for Seaward, before Ashlee Hincks netted a second half consolation for the Dons.
Actonians Ladies have joined Queen's Park Rangers on six points and ended their unbeaten start when Greta Humphries scored the only goal of the game in their 1-0 win (see match report).
Cambridge City meanwhile made it two wins on the trot when beating Stevenage Women 4-0. Grace Stanley, Karly Tolentino, Lauren Tomlinson and Amy Reed all got on the scoresheet for City.
Enfield Town and Harlow Town are still seeking their first victory of the season after battling out a 1-1 draw. An own goal gave Enfield the lead on the quarter hour, with Harlow hitting back seven minutes later with an equaliser from Chloe Bassett.
Division One South West
Chesham Utd have got off to an impressive start and head the early table after recording their second successive win, 1-0 against Maidenhead Utd. The prolific Gemma Fraser was once again on target for the Clarets, scoring the only goal after eighteen minutes.
AFC Bournemouth move up into second place following their 4-0 victory over Southampton Women. Becki Bath netted twice, along with further goals from Molly Clark and Maisy Smith, to earn the Cherries a fine first win in the league.
Portishead Town also recorded their first ever National League victory with a 1-0 success away to Larkhall Athletic. The only goal of the match came with eighteen minutes remaining, Keiana Jones latching on to a fine clipped pass from Rosie Hill and firing home a powerful left foot shot.
Swindon Town are fast becoming the league's draw experts, having shared the points for the third successive match. This time the goals came early in the match, after Lucy-Jai Liggett had given Cheltenham Town a fourth minute lead, Swindon hit back for a third 1-1 draw in a row when Annabelle Colston equalised just after the quarter hour.
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