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For the second week running, the FA Women's Championship produced tight results but two teams have maximum points from their opening two matches.
Newly promoted Sunderland are the team in top spot following their 2-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of Light. The Wearsiders took the lead through a Neve Herron header on seven minutes and Emily Scarr sealed the points with the second goal shortly afterwards.
London City Lionesses join Sunderland on six points after they won their derby match 2-1 over Crystal Palace. Lizzie Waldie gave Palace an early lead but the Lionesses were quickly back on level terms when Rianna Jarrett scored from the penalty spot. Jamie-Lee Napier scored what proved to be the winner for Melissa Phillips' side just before half time.
The next seven teams in the table are all on three points, headed by Charlton Athletic who opened their campaign by beating Coventry Utd 3-1. Ella Rutherford gave them the perfect start with a goal after 58 seconds, with Coventry hitting back to equalise through Mollie Green. Beth Roe restored the Addicks' lead just before the hour and Rutherford wrapped up the win when she completed her double.
Bristol City bounced back from an opening day defeat to record their first win, coming from behind to defeat Lewes 2-1. The Rookettes led at half time through a goal from Ini Umotong but a 30-yard strike from Abi Harrison brought City level after the break and Simran Jhamat slotted home the winner from the penalty spot against her former club.
The only team to win away from home over the weekend were Liverpool, who were 3-2 victors at Watford on Saturday. The Reds stormed into a three-goal first half lead at Vicarage Road, Missy Bo Kearns scoring direct from a corner and Rianna Dean added a brace, before Watford rallied after the break and pulled goals back through Anne Meiwald and Helen Ward.
Sheffield Utd were a third team to notch up their first win after a loss when they defeated Durham Women 3-1. Lucy Watson fired the Blades in front with a powerful seventh minute free kick and Jess Clarke quickly made it two. After the break, Clarke touched in a Sophie Bradley-Auckland header for her second goal, before Iris Achterhof grabbed a consolation for the Wildcats.
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