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Norton & Stockton Ancients advanced to the Second Round of the League Cup after they defeated Bedworth Utd 4-2. Bianca Owens was on target twice for the north east side along with Harriet Dryden and Eve Marshall, whilst Bedworth's replies came from Xena Dhillon and Kirsty Farnsworth.
Portsmouth emerged as 3-2 winners from a thrilling tie with Gillingham, after extra time. Charmaine True grabbed the winning goal for Pompey with ten minutes of the extra period remaining, to add to earlier strikes from Laura Ingram and Jade Widdows.
West Bromwich Albion progressed to the last 32 with a 2-1 victory away to Lincoln City. Jade Arber and Natalie Murray scored the goals for Albion, with an own goal turning out to be a consolation for the home side.
Burton Albion meanwhile put their league form behind them to beat Solihull Moors 3-0. Lauren Da Casto netted a goal in each half, with Natasha Rothery joining her on the scoresheet.
Northern Premier Division
Sunderland have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the table after running out 4-1 winners over previous leaders Huddersfield Town. Ellie White put Huddersfield ahead after three minutes, a lead which they held until the break, but in the second half, Bridget Galloway, Grace McCatty, Keira Ramshaw and Katie Barker all scored to give the Wearsiders a big result. Huddersfield are down to second, just ahead of Burnley FC Women who were in County Cup action.
Derby County lifted themselves into the top four on the back of a 3-1 success away to Middlesbrough. Sophie Domingo gave Derby the lead in the first half, with Tyler Dodds equalising just before half time. Hannah Keryakoplis put the Ewe Rams back in front with fifteen minutes left and a late own goal sealed the points.
Stoke City meanwhile recorded their third win of the season at Loughborough Foxes. A close game was settled two minutes into the second half, when Alison Hall scored the only goal.
Southern Premier Division
Leaders Crawley Wasps' winning start was halted as they were beaten 3-1 by Watford. After a goalless first half, Adekite Fatuga-Dada gave Watford the lead on the hour and Anne Meiwald added a second nine minutes later. Ellie Russell gave Crawley hope as she pulled a goal back but Katie O'Leary sealed an excellent win for her side with eight minutes left.
Plymouth Argyle's good burst of form has taken them into second place, the highest position in the club's history. Becky Dandridge and Natasha Knapman each scored twice, with Jessie Jones adding the other, as Argyle ran out 5-1 winners over Yeovil Town, whose late consolation came from Ann Marie Heatherson.
Cardiff City Ladies have also won three matches on the trot and, like Plymouth, are three points off the pace. Grace Horrell and Carrie Jones scored the goals as Cardiff won 2-0 away to Chichester City, who are still looking to get off the mark.
Hounslow Women ended a run of three straight defeats and registered their first point of the season when they held Milton Keynes Dons to a 1-1 draw. Kim Farrow put the Dons in front shortly before half time but after the break, Sydney Hinchcliffe replied to earn Hounslow a share of the spoils.
Division One North
Brighouse Town won 1-0 against Stockport County to take over the leadership from Barnsley, who were not in action. Laura Bartup scored the only goal of the game for Brighouse, during the second half.
Leeds Utd have leapt into the top three places following a 5-1 victory away to previously unbeaten Chester-le-Street Town. Holly Orr put Leeds ahead after three minutes, with Lynsey Longhurst levelling the scores shortly afterwards, but a Rebecca Hunt hat-trick put Leeds firmly in control of the game and they sealed an impressive win when Jodie Hunter scored the fifth with nine minutes left.
Leeds' victory has taken them above Liverpool Feds and Durham Cestria, who occupy the next two positions in the table after their meeting ended in a goalless draw.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers have climbed to the top of the table with a 4-1 victory away to Leafield Athletic. Jamilla Palmer, Sophie Bramford, Shannie Jennings and Lyndsey Glover all netted a goal apiece for Wolves, with the home side's consolation coming from Michelle McCormack.
The New Saints continued their good run of form and it has taken them into second place, thanks to a 6-1 win against Leicester Utd. Laura Morris led the scoring with a hat-trick, Yasmin Evans added a brace and Katie Doster was also on target, with Chantelle Robinson replying.
Long Eaton Utd had started the day as leaders but went down to their first defeat of the season, beaten 3-0 by Sporting Khalsa. Angelique Morley gave Khalsa the lead just before half time and she added a second after the break, before Lauren Walker crowned a fine victory for her side.
Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies returned to form and are in mid-table following their 2-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers Belles. The first half was goalless but Holly Rogers opened the scoring midway through the second half, with Tanya Dickinson sealing the points late on.
Division One South East
Billericay Town have gone three points clear after a 5-0 victory away to Norwich City. Therese Addison and Zoe Rushen each scored twice, with Lindsey Morgan adding the other goal.
Leyton Orient meanwhile won 3-1 at Stevenage Women and this has lifted them up into second place. Otesha Charles netted a goal in each half and Connie Montiel-McCann was also on target, whilst the home side's consolation came from Amy Makewell.
AFC Basildon and AFC Wimbledon both stay in the top half after battling out a 2-2 draw. Basildon went two goals ahead during the first half thanks to Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall but after the break, Wimbledon fought back to earn themselves a share of the spoils with goals from Helen Ogle and Elizabeth Berkeley.
Actonians Ladies leapfrogged Cambridge Utd and into mid-table by beating them 3-1. Caroline Bisson, Alessandra Barreca and an own goal saw Actonians to their second league win of the season, whilst the U's consolation was scored by Kelley Blanchflower.
Division One South West
Southampton FC are the new leaders of the division following their 3-0 victory over Buckland Athletic. Georgie Freeland and Shannon Sievwright put them two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes, before Freeland wrapped up the win with her second goal during the second half.
Southampton Women had started the day on top of the table but were beaten for the first time, 2-0 by Cheltenham Town who move up into second place, level on points with the leaders. Annie Martin gave Cheltenham the lead and Charlotte Criddle - who had played most of the previous match as an emergency goalkeeper - made the points safe with the second.
Maidenhead Utd moved themselves into mid-table with a narrow 2-1 win against Swindon Town. Stephanie Nelson scored a goal in each half for the Berkshire side whilst Swindon scored a late consolation through Meghan Larkin.
The League Cup took centre stage in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League on the weekend, with the latest round of group matches being played.
Cardiff City Women made the long trip north to play Llandudno Ladies and returned with a 7-0 victory under their belts. Kate Jeremiah gave the Bluebirds an early lead which was doubled shortly before the break by Alana Murphy, who scored a second early after the restart. Two goals in a four minute spell just after the hour saw Jeremiah complete her hat-trick, with Jasmine Simpson making it six and Catherine Walsh rounding off the scoring in injury time.
Former winners Cyncoed Ladies meanwhile claimed their first win, a 3-1 success away to Briton Ferry Llansawel. Alison Witts gave the Mighty Oaks a seventh minute lead which was quickly cancelled out by Lowri Baker but the day was to belong to Witts, who added a further goal in each half to claim a hat-trick and see her side to the points.
There was a third League Cup tie taking place on Sunday but sadly this did not finish, a serious injury forcing the match between Aberystwyth Town and Cardiff Met Women to be abandoned with the Archers leading 1-0 at the time, Madison Schupbach having scored the goal.
The quarter finals of the SSE Scottish Women's Cup reduced the league programme to just two matches, both of which were played in SWPL 2.
This did, however, produce a change of leadership as Hearts made their return to the top of the table with a fine 4-1 victory away to Partick Thistle. Maddy Brill-Edwards, Danni McGinley, Claire Delworth and Robyn Smith all scored a goal each for Hearts, with Claire Rigden netting Thistle's consolation.
Dundee Utd meanwhile moved themselves level on points with third placed Glasgow Girls, thanks to a crushing 10-1 win against Hutchison Vale. Neve Guthrie and Katie Caine hit a hat-trick apiece for United, Tammy Harkin weighed in with a brace, while Megan Burns and Chloe Robertson also got on the scoresheet.
With Durham Women not having a game, Aston Villa took the opportunity to replace them as leaders of the FA Women's Championship by winning 6-0 away to Crystal Palace.
Melissa Johnson gave Villa the lead with barely a minute on the clock and Emma Follis added a second just before half time via a 20-yard free kick. After the break, Johnson scored twice more in a five minute spell to seal her second hat-trick in four matches but Villa were not finished there, Amy West making it five with a long range strike and Shania Hayles rounding off the scoring with five minutes remaining.
London City Lionesses stay three points ahead off the pace after a 2-0 victory in their local derby clash with Charlton Athletic. After a goalless first half which saw opportunities at either end, the Lionesses took the lead when Flo Fyfe ran on to former Addicks striker Liz Ejupi's pass to score, with Evie Clarke adding the second goal five minutes later.
Lewes are back up into the top four after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Coventry Utd. The home side, who are still looking for their first win at this level, opened the scoring midway through the first half when Chelsea Weston fired home from 20 yards following a corner. However after the break, any hopes of a Coventry win were dashed by a second half fightback from the Rookettes, with Scotland international striker Zoe Ness to the fore. Ness levelled the scores within three minutes of the restart after exchanging passes with Jess King and with the game heading for a draw, Ness popped up to score her second on the day following good work from Emma Jones.
The five matches in the Championship yielded a total of 22 goals including six at Leicester City, where the home side got off the mark when sharing a 3-3 draw with London Bees. Leicester made a good start to the game with Leigh Dugmore giving them an early lead and Lucy Johnson making it two midway through the first half. The turning point of the match came on the stroke of half time, when Lauren Pickett reduced the arrears for the Bees and Nikita Whinnett equalised five minutes into the second half. The comeback looked have been complete when Pickett scored her second with five minutes to go but Leicester hit back for a share of the spoils when Natalie Johnson headed home from a corner.
Blackburn Rovers' frustrations continued as they went down 3-2 at home to Sheffield Utd, who are starting to gather momentum. Saffron Jordan gave Blackburn a first half lead which was quickly cancelled out by Chloe Dixon, before goals in eight second half minutes from Katie Wilkinson and Jade Pennock saw the Blades home, despite Natasha Flint pulling one back for Rovers in injury time.
The second round of matches in the Barclays FA WSL produced six more tight results and not too many goals, and three clubs remain on maximum points.
Everton are the team which sits on top, on alphabetical order, after they won 2-0 against Bristol City. Both goals came just before half time, Chloe Kelly cutting in from the left to drill in the opener from 20 yards and barely a minute later, the ball was laid back for Kelly to fire in an unstoppable 30-yard strike for her second on the day, to keep up her side's perfect start to the season.
Manchester City also have two wins from two, thanks to a 2-0 success at Reading FC Women. Pauline Bremer curled home a shot to put City in front on the half hour and the German striker, fresh from scoring twice against Lugano in the Champions League in midweek, kept up her good form as completed her double, following up to score after Grace Moloney had saved her initial shot.
Arsenal are the third team on six points following their 1-0 victory at Manchester Utd on Monday night. In United's first ever home match in the top flight, they came under increasing pressure as the match wore on but with Mary Earps in superb form in goal, began to look as though they would pick up their first point against the Champions. However in the dying minutes, shortly after Vivianne Miedema had hit the post, Danielle van de Donk kept a cool head during a scramble in the area to find the net from eight yards to finally end United's - and Earps' resistance.
Brighton & Hove Albion were seconds away from recording the result of the weekend but have the consolation of remaining unbeaten following their 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Both teams had chances during the course of the game but the Seagulls looked to have taken the points when Aileen Whelan fired them in front with six minutes remaining. However, what had been a frustrating afternoon for Chelsea did end with them salvaging a point in injury time when a goalmouth scramble led to Adelina Engman who smashed it home from close range.
It was a red letter day for Tottenham Hotspur as they recorded their first ever top flight victory, 1-0 against Liverpool. The only goal of the game came on the stroke of half time, Rachel Furness scoring from the penalty spot after she had been fouled in the area.
West Ham Utd also celebrated their first win of the season, beating Birmingham City 1-0. The Hammers picked up the points through a 28th minute from Adriana Leon, following good work by Martha Thomas. Birmingham almost snatched a point late on when Lucy Staniforth's long range strike was palmed onto the post by Courtney Brosnan.
It has been a very good week for Ipswich Town with three straight wins in eight days, and Sunday's 3-2 victory over Actonians Ladies has taken them level on points with FAWNL Division One South East leaders Billericay Town.
We talked to Ipswich midfielder Blue Wilson, who was understandably pleased with the way the team have started the season and revealed that they are setting their sights on a challenge for the title:
WSS: Well done on what has been a good week with two wins, do you look back on the week with a lot of satisfaction?
BW: Yes, it's always great to win and get three points, now our focus moves onto the next few games.
WSS: First of all you won the ‘Old Farm' derby match against Norwich, do you feel that was a scoreline which reflected the game?
BW: I think the score is probably a fair result, it was a tough game at times but overall we had the quality to win the game comfortably. It was a big match to win, especially in front of so many people, thank you to all the supporters who watched and made the atmosphere great!
WSS: How important then was it to build on that victory when you played on Sunday against Actonians, who are never easy opponents?
BW: Every game is crucial to us as we want promotion, again it was a tight game where it could have gone either way at times. We made it hard for ourselves towards the end but we learn from that and move on with the three points.
WSS: After having been two ahead, was it an anxious last few minutes after Actonians pulled two goals back and Amanda Crump then scored the winner?
BW: Yes, we bounced back quickly from Actonians scoring two goals and scored from the kick off. As a team, we learnt the importance of putting chances away to kill a game off and will take this forward into the rest of the season.
WSS: Overall though, the Actonians win takes you level on points with leaders and favourites Billericay, you must be delighted with that?
BW: Yes it's good to be at the top but our main focus is everyone doing their job in each individual game over the remainder of the season to achieve promotion.
WSS: Is it a little frustrating that this week you are playing in the County Cup, and have to wait another seven days before your next league match at Stevenage?
BW: A few players play in the U21 Academy team, who have a game against Manchester United on the 18th September, so regular games aren't a problem. Overall it gives us more time as a team to ensure we perform well in the next game.
WSS: After finishing in mid-table last season, do you think that you can keep up your good start this time around and keep yourselves in with the leading teams?
BW: Our aim is to win the league and get promoted. Coaches and players have changed from last year and therefore our expectations are a lot higher.
WSS: The top two teams ran away from the rest in the league last season, but do you think the league will be closer this time?
BW: I think the league will be close this year, there are a lot of tricky teams to play. Consistent quality of our performances is key and hopefully we can execute this to finish top!
Our thanks to Blue!
The knockout stages of the UEFA Women's Champions League got underway this week with four British clubs in action, and three picked up victories to move themselves closer towards the last sixteen.
The two Scottish teams were in action on Wednesday night, starting with Glasgow City who had made the long trip to Moscow to face WFC Chertanovo. Scott Booth's side got off to a fantastic start with Hayley Lauder giving them an early lead, which they protected for the remainder of the game to take a 1-0 lead into the return leg at Petershill Park in two weeks time.
Hibernian meanwhile played host to SK Slavia Praha at Easter Road and they, too, could not have started better with Siobhan Hunter firing them ahead from a Rachael Boyle corner after just two minutes. However, they found themselves up against vastly experienced Champions League opponents and Slavia went on to put the early setback behind them and wrest firm control of the tie with a 4-1 victory. Tereza Kozarova netted twice before the break and the striker went on to complete her hat-trick during the second half. Andrea Jarchovska also got on the scoresheet, leaving Hibs with much to do when the teams meet again in Prague.
Arsenal made their eagerly anticipated return to the competition after five years away, returning from Fiorentina with a 4-0 victory under their belts. The Gunners took a first half lead through Vivianne Miedema, which was doubled just after the half hour by Kim Little. Six minutes into the second half, Miedema netted her second and Lisa Evans rounded off the scoring with the fourth shortly afterwards.
Manchester City travelled to Switzerland to take on FF Lugano, determined not to repeat their surprise exit at this stage a year ago. The Swiss side may well have caught the backlash as a six-goal second half blast took Nick Cushing's side to a 7-1 win. Georgia Stanway put City ahead midway through the first half, with Lugano hitting back to level the scores just ahead of half time through Kaela Dickerman. Aoife Mannion restored City's lead three minutes after the restart and they steamrollered the home side from this point. Pauline Bremer led the second half rout with a double and Caroline Weir also scored twice, either side of a goal from Janine Beckie to put the seal on a good week of away matches for the British teams.
Elsewhere, holders and favourites Olympique Lyonnais made an ominous start to their campaign by scoring nine times without reply away to Ryazan-VDV, including a hat-trick from Ada Hegerberg. Meanwhile Barcelona, beaten finalists last time around, travelled to Juventus in the most eye catching tie of the round and took control of the tie with a 2-0 victory. VfL Wolfsburg notched up the biggest winning margin of the week with ten goals away to Mitrovica, whilst Bayern Munich came through a tough first leg away to FC Goteborg with a 2-1 success.
In all, it was a good week to be on the road as only two of the sixteen ties resulted in home victories. FC Minsk were 1-0 winners against FC Zurich Frauen, whilst Icelandic champions Breidabik beat last season's quarter finalists AC Sparta Praha 3-2. RSC Anderlecht and BIIK-Kazygurt battled out a 1-1 draw, but all of the other matches resulted in away wins.
The second legs of the Round of 32 ties will be played on 25th and 26th September, with the draw for the last sixteen being held at UEFA headquarters four days later.
Woking Ladies 7 Buckingham Athletic 0
Woking Ladies started their Thames Valley Counties League Division One season in great form, recording a 7-0 home victory over Buckingham Athletic at Frimley Green F.C.
Promoted as Division Two East Champions, Woking dominated from start to finish against a hard working Buckingham team, with five of their goals coming before the break.
The hosts had already created chances before the 12th minute opener when a Jade Barclay right side corner was headed in powerfully at the far post by Chelsea Goulter. A second soon followed when Ella Chandler was played in behind the defence to finish past Buckingham goalkeeper Dani Roberts.
Another pair of goals just before the half hour stretched the home advantage to four. A superb solo effort from Kaitlin Howard driving forward from her own half before finishing in style was followed by an unfortunate own goal from a dangerous low cross by Chandler from the right on 27 minutes.
Shelly Hankins added a fifth from Hannah Cooper's pass on 35 minutes to complete a dominant half for Woking.
Buckingham were forced to reshuffle at the break with no substitutes and Niki Ryan injured, but their ten players battled really well throughout the second half. Goalkeeper Roberts, who had a fine match, skipper Jade Copas and the other defenders repelled nearly everything that Woking threw at them.
Goulter scored her second with a fine half volley finish again from a corner for the sixth on 55 minutes but Buckingham never let their heads drop. kept competing all over the pitch and nearly notched a consolation with a fine curling effort in the 89th minute from Chelsea Markwell which flew inches wide of Roz Markham's goal.
Woking had the final word in dying seconds with another excellent goal, Barclay striking a 30-yard effort beyond Roberts to cap a fine performance from the whole team which must give the league newcomers a lot of confidence for the season ahead.
Roz Markham, Kate Davies, Kaitlin Howard, Allie Gilbert, Jade Barclay, Hannah Cooper, Chelsea Goulter, Ella Chandler, Louise Withers, Shelley Hankins, Sian Hardaker.
Dani Roberts, Jade Copas, Chelsea Markwell, Sam Jolley, Courtney Crawley, Kym Gillard, Ellie Jenkins-Scott, Stacey Carter, Niki Ryan, Lucy Ellis, Lottie Scarr.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Courtney Crawley is tackled by Jade Barclay
(bottom) Kaitlin Howard wins a header against Courtney Crawley
East Midlands League
Ollerton Town recorded the biggest victory of the opening day of the new season in the Premier Division, scoring nine times without reply past Woodlands Ladies. Rachael Bell bagged herself a four-goal haul, Sophie Davies weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Sarah Roberts, Shanice Etherington and Emma White. Rotherham Utd meanwhile got off to a good start, winning 3-0 at Leicester City thanks to a Bradie Wild brace and Lucy Ridley. Becky Shaw scored the only goal of the game for Oughtibridge WMSC in their victory over Northampton Town, whilst Monica Bowley and Zoe Meynick were on target for Mansfield Town in their 2-2 draw with Peterborough Utd, who replied through Amy Challis and Megan Parrett.
In Division One North, Notts County Development scored six times without reply past Cleethorpes Town, Melissa East netted five and Ellie Sims added the other. Beth Smyth (2), Ami Buzzeo, Gina Camfield and Kelly Fidler accounted for the goals as newly promoted Chesterfield defeated Sleaford Town 5-0. Arnold Town meanwhile edged out local rivals Arnold Eagles by the odd goal in seven. Thea Duncan, Georgianne Herring, Rachel Mee and Stacey Pearce netted the goals for Town, whilst the Eagles replied through Natasha Leach, Demi-Leigh Crofts and Jenna Stocks. Lydia Clark and Scarlet Woods were the markswomen for Grimsby Borough as they won 2-1 against Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Beaumont Park were 3-0 winners away to Corby Town and they head the opening day table in Division One South from Notts County, who beat Derby County Community 3-1 thanks to Bella Reed, Nya Chambers and an own goal. Ilkeston Town picked up the other three points on offer when defeating Oadby & Wigston 2-1.
Eastern Region League
Luton Town head the Premier Division by two points after notching up their third straight win, 2-1 against Bedford Ladies. Jess McKay scored both goals for Luton, with Maya Sidhu grabbing Bedford's consolation. Harlow Town now head the chasing teams as Chloe Bassett, Lucy Edmeades, Olivia Steele and Abbey Dell gave them a 4-1 victory at Wroxham. Leah Cudone and Evie Driscoll-King were on target for Peterborough Northern Star as they became the first team to take points off Colney Heath when holding them to a 2-2 draw, Adrienne Milton and Charlene Moreton replying. Royston Town follow on after Rebecca Vass and Joanne Rutherford gave them a 2-1 success at St Ives Town, whilst Megan Harley (2), Donna Fletcher, Danni Jennings and Ebony Moore ensured that Bowers & Pitsea defeated AFC Dunstable 5-1. Wymondham Town picked up their first win when scoring twelve without reply against Haringey Borough, spearheaded by a Freya Symonds hat-trick along with Chelsea Clarke (2), Hannah Waters (2), Mia Etheridge, Katie Knights, Mollie O'Callaghan, Jorja Patterson and Sarah Payne.
The remainder of the league was involved in the League Cup, which is being played in group stages this season. Newmarket Town head Group A following a thirteen-goal blast against Bishop's Stortford, Katie Webb scoring four times along with Annabel Cuthbert (2), Holly Dryland, Antonia Smith, Brooke Wickens, Jodie Woodfield, Jess Linger, Laura Bailey and Lauren Deller. Stevenage Women Development meanwhile won 3-1 at East Bergholt Utd thanks to Chloe Gunn (2) and Emily Schofield. In Group B, Cambridge City Development defeated Lawford 6-0 with hat-tricks from Isabella Simmons and Carla Penny, while Molly Hawkins (2) and Shannan Drewe gave Millwall Lionesses a 3-1 win at AFC Sudbury. Needham Market have started well in Group C, beating Hoddesdon Town Owls 9-1 courtesy of an Annie Northwood hat-trick, Amber Sparkes double, Gemma Moore, Lina Nagib, Francesca Rainbird and Megan Stock. Abigail Bell (2), Melissa Anderson, Hannah Croft and Hayley Muir were on the scoresheet as Gorleston won 5-1 away to Wodson Park. Hutton have started confidently in Group D, beating Leigh Ramblers 7-1 whilst goals from Tiffany Forshaw, Rachel Skinner and Katie Ward steered King's Lynn Town to a 3-1 success at Histon.
London & South East League
The group stages of the League Cup got underway on Sunday and an Olivia Walker hat-trick gave Saltdean Utd a 3-2 win away to Aylesford, whose replies came from Rebecca Barr and Lisa Fulgence. Eastbourne Town meanwhile defeated Whyteleafe 2-1 thanks to Molly Hill and Danielle Parfitt. In Group B, Anna Maria Dzyadyk netted the only goal of the game for Queen's Park Rangers as they won 1-0 against Dulwich Hamlet.
One match was played in the league, Dartford taking over at the top of the table after beating Ashford Town (Middx) 5-2. Danielle Harrison netted twice along with Shauni Griffiths, Megan Mansfield and Isabelle Michalski, whilst Phoebe Head bagged a brace in reply for Ashford.
North East League
Hartlepool Utd's strong start to the season continued as they won their first league game 8-0 against York City. Justine Robinson hit a hat-trick and there were doubles from Rebecca Hanratty and Jade Pye, with Lucy Hammond-Garrington also on target. Redcar Town meanwhile defeated Tynedale 7-1 thanks to Kenzie Parkes (2), Robina Todd (2), Jenny Dixon, Suzanne Fox and Jess Round. Adele Jackson and Chelsea Pilmer scored for Farsley Celtic as they won 2-1 at Harrogate Town, who replied through Lindsey Whitton, whilst a Molly Turnbull brace ensured that Wallsend Boys Club beat Ossett Utd by the same scoreline.
In the Northern Division, Norton & Stockton Ancients Res were the victors in a high scoring affair against Boro Rangers. Anna Mawston and Sacha Millward each netted twice along with Libby Waller and Sian Williams as Norton won 6-4, with Rangers responding through a Jessica Ralph double, Larissa Burkinshaw and Alys Beadle.
Altofts Ladies took the honours in the Southern Division with a 5-1 victory over Bradford Park Avenue. Rachael Murrell, Nadine Bates, Nicola Smith, Olivia Ratcliffe and Grace Wilkinson scored the goals for Altofts. York RI meanwhile won 5-2 against Hepworth Utd courtesy of a Tamryn Dunlop hat-trick and Jodie Langstaff brace. Amy Ward netted twice and Josie Groves the other as Bridlington Rovers notched up a 3-2 win at Wakefield Trinity and Sheffield Wednesday beat Harrogate Railway 3-2 with goals from Jessica Morrison (2) and Demi West.
North West League
Four teams currently sport 100% records from their opening two matches in the Premier Division, played over the week. The quartet is headed by Tranmere Rovers, who were 3-0 winners away to Fleetwood Town Wrens, whilst Morecambe defeated Wigan Athletic 3-2. Last season's runners-up FC United of Manchester have started off well again this time around, beating West Didsbury & Chorlton 3-1 to move on to six points. Mossley Hill are the fourth team on maximum points after their 2-1 victory away to Merseyrail Ladies. Manchester Stingers meanwhile got themselves off the mark, thanks to a 3-2 win against Sir Tom Finney.
Blackburn Community are in top spot in Division One North after beating Workington Reds 6-0, on goals scored from Penrith AFC who won 1-0 at Leigh RMI. Blackpool also have two wins out of two following their 3-0 success away to Preston North End. Penwortham Town defeated Carlisle Utd by the only goal to get their campaign up and running, whilst Accrington Sports Club emerged as 7-1 victors from their local derby against newly promoted Accrington Stanley.
In Division One South, Chester FC Ladies bounced back from a midweek defeat to win 6-2 against Wythenshawe Amateurs and this sees them take the leadership of the fledgling table. They lead on goal difference from Curzon Ashton who scored six without reply past West Kirby. Warrington Wolverines returned from Didsbury Ladies with a 4-1 victory under their belts and this lifts them up to third, just ahead of Salford City Lionesses who defeated Liverpool Feds Res 9-3.
South West League
The opening day of the season in the Premier Division saw Callington Town record the largest victory when scoring nine times past Torquay Utd. Gabi Alphous, Keri-Ann Moxom and Ezme Wells all scored twice, along with Jodie Smith, Dani Harper and Sam Kotlinska. Wootton Bassett Town also started strongly, running out 5-0 winners at Marine Academy Plymouth thanks to Lauren Kayll, Hannah Gulliver, Aly Lyons and two own goals. Bishop's Lydeard staged a great second half comeback, coming from two behind to beat Bideford 4-2. Sam Ayres and Emma Stoneman put the Devon side two ahead at the break, before Lydeard fought back to take the points with doubles from Nicola Brown and Amber Guy-Kemp. Keynsham Town Development, runners-up last season, got off to a winning start when a Yazmin Laver double gave them a 2-0 victory over Middlezoy Rovers.
Almondsbury took the honours in the newly formed Northern Division when they defeated AEK Boco 3-0. Maddie Wood netted twice for the Almonds, and Samantha Kodola was also on target. Ashleigh Richards and Vicky Wilson each bagged braces as Weston-super-Mare won 4-2 against Downend Flyers, whose replies came from Danielle Cervaise-Brazier. Saffy Dagg (2) and Ella Stokes were the markswomen for Frampton Rangers who were 3-1 winners away to Chipping Sodbury Town. Ellie Preece scored both goals for Bristol Ladies Union as they shared a 2-2 draw with Weston Mendip, whose strikes came from Sherise Binns and Natasha Crew. Cheltenham Town Development and Oldland Abbotonians also finished level at 2-2, Leonie Gough and Jessica Wadey were on target for Cheltenham whilst Oldland responded through Beth Dale and Chloe Tape.
Sherborne Town are set to be formidable opponents in the Eastern Division and started powerfully, scoring eight times without reply against Swindon Supermarine. Jemma Tewkesbury spearheaded the win with a five-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jodi Cornwall, Hannah Eglon and Olivia Watts. Frome Town's return to the league following promotion ended in a narrow 2-1 victory against Forest Green Rovers, courtesy of a goal apiece from Hannah Christer and Enna Christmas. Poppy Spratt was on target for Trowbridge Town as they battled out a 1-1 draw with Laverstock & Ford.
Mollie Dring was on target five times as St Agnes began the season in the Western Division with an eleven-goal blast against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers. Beth Willshaw contributed a brace and also on the scoresheet were Zoe Arundell-Lethbridge, Amy Brooks, Laura Hockett and Megan Pearce. Helen Kukor hit a hat-trick as Alphington won 3-2 against Plymouth Argyle Development, whose replies came from Steph Beck and Nelinha Barros, and Feniton were also 3-2 victors at Plympton Ladies, thanks to a Stef Churchill-Matthews hat-trick. Sam Metters and Shannon Workman replied for the home side.
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd have started well in the Premier Division, the newly promoted side running out 6-1 winners away to Warsash Wasps. Kiera Isaac led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Nell Boxall, Molly Lygo-Jackson and Katie Totton. Rebecca Miles, Maisy Smith and Meg Vella gave AFC Bournemouth a 3-1 victory over Woodley Utd and Moneyfields triumphed 2-0 at Wycombe Wanderers. Oxford City meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw with Newbury Ladies, for whom Gabriely Tavares da Silva netted both goals.
In Division One, Abbey Rangers made an impact in their first match in the league, Laura Hobbs bagging a hat-trick and Megan McGarvey the other as they beat Wycombe Wanderers Development 4-1. New Milton Town also won 4-1 against Tilehurst Panthers thanks to doubles from Emma Fletcher and Lucy Slater. Southampton Women Res were the other winners on the day, Jennifer King (2), Charlotte Webb and Fay Roberts giving them a 4-2 victory at Alton Ladies. Justine Mosley netted a brace for Bournemouth Sports against AFC Bournemouth Development, who battled back to claim a 2-2 draw thanks to Ayuma Asira and Ellie-Jai Stephens. Leah Shave was on target for Eastleigh as they shared a 1-1 draw with Abingdon Town, whose goal came from Taya McCalmon.
West Midlands League
Solihull Ladies Utd blazed their way into the Premier Division, scoring twelve times without reply past Knowle. Catherine Harris and Hayley Wilford netted five each, with Laura Smith and Demi Walker also getting on target. The other newly promoted team, Leek Town, also started well with a 5-1 success against Redditch Utd, thanks to Michaela Lockett (2), Alana Copeland, Rhian Morris and Paris O'Connor. Neve Platt bagged a brace along with Kyra Dawes and Ashleigh Simms as Coventry Sphinx won 4-1 at Coundon Court and a Mica-Marie Taylor hat-trick guided Stockingford AA Pavilion to a 3-2 victory over Kidsgrove Athletic. Melissa Hinton and Leannah Rayment were on target as Worcester City defeated Lye Town 2-1 whilst Sutton Coldfield Town and Crusaders finished level at 1-1.
Sandwell Ladies claimed the biggest win of the day in Division One North when they defeated Kewford Eagles 9-1. A five-goal second half blast saw Stoke City Development on their way to a 7-2 victory over Solihull Sporting. Manuela Delle, Megan Hunt and Emma Henderson all scored twice, with Jessica Richardson adding the other. Olivia Minshall (2) and Lauren Jones steered Shrewsbury Town to a 3-0 success against Sutton Coldfield Town Royals and AFC Telford Utd were 4-2 winners away to Port Vale. Rebecca-Lee Bown netted both goals for Shifnal Town in their 2-2 draw with Wyrley Ladies, for whom Rachel Cumberledge hit a brace in reply.
Stourbridge have made a fast start in Division One South with an eight-goal victory over Kingfisher. They head the opening day table with Rugby Town in second place after Andie Coupland (2), Chloe Debaes (2) and Kelly Worthington saw them to a 5-2 win at Leamington Lions. Newly promoted Cookley Sports defeated Droitwich Spa by the only goal of the game whilst Lauryn Clarke was on target for Coventry City in their 1-1 draw with Sedgley & Gornal Utd, who replied through Katie Perry.
Middlesbrough opened up the season in Northern Division One with a 4-1 victory over Bradford City. Chorley meanwhile won 3-0 away to Durham Women, thanks to Emily Norcross, Rebecca Lord and Holly Styles, and a second half strike from Tara Duce gave Huddersfield Town the points against Brighouse Town.
Jennifer Randall scored twice, with Holly Johnson-Collier and Annabell Banks adding the others, as Hull City won 4-1 away to Burnley FC Women in Northern Division Two. Ruby Dunne-Simon was on target as Liverpool Feds won 1-0 against Sheffield FC and goals from Emily Sykes and Stacey Buxton earned Leeds Utd a 2-2 draw with Stockport County.
Derby County are the opening day leaders in Midland Division One after running out 4-1 winners at West Bromwich Albion, courtesy of a Naomi Lawrence double, Taviah Myles and an own goal. Leicester City defeated Stoke City 2-0 whilst Claire Goater and Annabel McKechnie were on target for Nottingham Forest in their 2-2 draw against Loughborough Foxes, who replied through Sarah Brown and Joanna Butler-Williams.
In Midland Division Two, Wolverhampton Wanderers opened up by beating Bedworth Utd 4-1. Chantelle Teare (2), Phoebe Hobbs and Katie Johnson netted their goals, with Shanice Walsh replying. Sporting Khalsa were 3-0 victors at Cardiff City Ladies thanks to Molly Thompson, Katie Nardone and Ashleigh Miles. Grace Duckworth hit a hat-trick along with Shanice Finbow and Rebecca Garner as Crewe Alexandra won 5-3 against Lincoln City, whose replies came from Elise Keyworth, Jodie Steadman and Toni McHamilton.
Crystal Palace also triumphed 4-1 against Gillingham and this means they top the opening day table in the South Division. Lewes meanwhile defeated Chichester City 2-0 thanks to Ella Powell and Jaime Quinn, and the match between Southampton FC and Charlton Athletic finished level at 3-3. Rachel Panting hit a hat-trick for Southampton, whilst the Addicks' goals came via Melanie Parreno Espinosa (2) and Georgia Griffin.
Tammi George bagged a hat-trick along with Renea Jarrett, Portia Walker and Claudia Azhui as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Norwich City 6-0 in the South East Division. Watford won by the same scoreline at Cambridge Utd, with a goal apiece from Jennifer Hughes, Eshe Davis, Lucy Webster, Petra Kos, Hannah Coote and Danielle Maloney. London City Lionesses were 2-0 winners at Billericay Town and an Amy McLean brace earned Milton Keynes Dons a 2-1 victory away to AFC Basildon, whose reply came from Amy Jacobs.
England forward Beth Mead believes playing Germany at Wembley is the perfect opportunity to capitalise on the women's football upsurge following the summer's World Cup.
The Lionesses, who finished fourth in France, will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 2014 when they take on Germany on November 9th.
Phil Neville's side captivated the nation in their march to the last four of the World Cup, with their dramatic semi-final against the USA attracting the highest live TV audience of 2019 so far with 11.7million viewers.
A record crowd of 45,619 watched the Lionesses' first stand-alone game against Germany at Wembley five years ago and with November's friendly set to break the record with almost 60,000 tickets already sold, Mead is relishing the opportunity of boosting the profile of the women's game.
"We're thrilled to see so many people coming, but we always want more," said the Whitby-born Arsenal forward. "The World Cup was a life-changing experience for us. The travel, the matches, the training, the media - everything behind the tournament was amazing and I really enjoyed it. Now we want to find a way of keeping people hooked on women's football.
"We are hoping to see a fantastic turnout and we want to put on a good show for those fans who do come out and watch."
The Lionesses' last match at Wembley may have ended in a 3-0 defeat to November's opponents - double World Cup winners Germany - but Mead knows her nation have taken major steps in that time.
"It's going to be a tough test, but we're so excited to compete against them in an amazing stadium," added Mead. "We didn't play Germany in the summer, but we watched their matches in France and we know they are a very good team - they have been for years.
"We will do a lot of work around how they play and how individual talents like Dzsenifer Marozsán and Alexandra Popp play.
"A lot of us know their players and they know ours - sometimes it's a matter of who does it right on the day.
"You can talk tactics as much as you like but if one player turns up you can't do much about it. We need to make sure we are the ones on the front foot."
The impact the Lionesses have made on the British public surpassed expectation - with nearly 63,000 people attending matches on the opening weekend of the FA Women's Super League season.
Big fixtures are still to come, including the inaugural Women's Football Weekend in which Arsenal will play their North London rivals at their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November.
Mead - who scored a stunner in her side's opening day victory over West Ham - is confident international and domestic demand will continue to go hand-in-hand over the coming months.
"The next step for women's football is making the conversion from country to club," she added.
"The Women's Super League is full time professional now which makes it very competitive.
"We're all excited at Arsenal about the prospect of playing full time outfits like Tottenham this season - who doesn't love a derby?
"There will be a lot of quality football on show and it promises to be a very exciting year for all involved."
England Women host Germany at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 9th November, kick off 5.30pm. Tickets available from £10/£1 at www.thefa.com/tickets
by Ella Jerman, Sportsbeat
Following a record-breaking opening weekend in the 2019-20 Barclays FA Women's Super League, the FA has this week announced plans for the first ever Women's Football Weekend, with 16-17 November set to be another landmark moment in the growing popularity of the women's game.
With the men's international weekend creating a pause in the English Premier League and EFL calendars, the FA are calling on supporters to capitalise on the opportunity to back Women's Football Weekend and to attend a women's match at any level in the pyramid on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November.
The announcement of the weekend that will become an annual event follows just days after a momentous 24 hours in the Barclays FA Women's Super League, as more than 62,000 supporters attended opening day fixtures.
The weekend sees the Barclays FA Women's Super League play host to another mouthwatering line up of fixtures. Amongst the highlights is the North London derby, as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur. The weekend also sees Liverpool and Everton battle it out for bragging rights in the Merseyside derby and Chelsea play Manchester United.
The FA Women's Championship promises to be equally exciting with an all-London affair with London City Lionesses travelling to Crystal Palace and early pace setters Durham facing London Bees. There will also be a full League and Cup fixture schedule across the rest of the football pyramid.
Kelly Simmons, the FA's Women's Professional Game Director said: "We are excited to announce the first ever Women's Football Weekend, for what is sure to be another great moment in a year that has seen huge momentum behind the growth in popularity of women's football.
"Following on from a record breaking FIFA Women's World Cup and opening Barclays FA Women's Super League weekend, there has never been a better time to visit your local team, and we encourage all supporters to get involved at all levels of the pyramid on 16-17 November."
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.
The opening day of the league season produced a defeat for reigning Champions Cardiff Met Women, who went down 1-0 at the hands of Swansea City.
The Archers went unbeaten throughout the last campaign but a goal midway through the second half by Stacey John-Davis gave the Swans a superb start to the season.
Cardiff City Women are the opening day leaders after recording a good result of their own, winning 3-0 away to Abergavenny Women. Danielle Green opened the scoring for the Bluebirds shortly before half time and Siobhan Walsh made it two midway through the second half, before Alana Murs rounded off the scoring with five minutes remaining.
The first goal of the new season was scored by Beth McGowan, who gave Port Talbot Town the lead against Cyncoed Ladies after five minutes. This turned out to be the only goal of the game as Port Talbot claimed the three points.
Three of the four league games played on Sunday ended with 1-0 scorelines, with Llandudno Ladies returning from Briton Ferry Llansawel with a victory. This was given to them by a goal from Jordanne Greenough, scored five minutes before half time.
The SBS Scottish Women's Premier League returned to action after the international break and SWPL 1 leaders Glasgow City picked up where they had left off, by winning 4-0 away to Rangers.
All of the goals came during the first half with two from midfielder Leanne Crichton in the opening twenty minutes putting them well in the driving seat, before further strikes from Kirsty Howat and Hayley Sinclair followed.
Celtic remain five points behind in second place after scoring seven times without reply past Forfar Farmington. Sarah Ewens gave them an eleventh minute lead, with Chloe Craig adding a second from the penalty spot. After the break, Kathleen McGovern netted eiher side of a double from Josephine Giard, and Cheryl McCulloch rounded off the scoring in injury time.
Hibernian kept themselves in touch with the top two with a 4-0 victory away to local rivals Spartans. After a goalless first half, Rachael Boyle broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart and Siobhan Hunter added a brace, before Lauren Davidson netted the fourth.
Motherwell further increased the gap between themselves and the bottom two places by beating Stirling University 2-1. Chelsea McEachran and Kerry Montgomery netted the goals for Motherwell, with Claire Petersen replying for Stirling during the second half.
The top of the table clash in SWPL 2 ended with honours even and the points being shared as Hamilton Academical and Hearts finished level at 2-2.
The Accies led at the interval through a goal from Marie Gardiner, with Danni McGinley equalising for Hearts two minutes after the restart. Nichola Sturrock restored Hamilton's lead just ahead of the hour mark, before Madelaine Edwards earned Hearts a point when she levelled matters ten minutes later.
Glasgow Girls replace Partick Thistle in third place after winning their meeting 2-0. Lauren Kerr bagged a first half brace to condemn Thistle to only their third defeat of the season.
FC Kilmarnock meanwhile stepped up their challenge for a top three place with a 7-2 victory away to Hutchison Vale. The home side did triple their output of goals for the season through Lisa Wilson and Angyl Learmonth, and taking the lead early on, but Laura Neil equalised four minutes later and Killie led at the break after a Clare Docherty double and Dana Baird goal. Lisa Swanson went on to score twice during the second half and Kim Murphy also got on the scoresheet.
St Johnstone face an uphill task to climb out of the bottom two places after they were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Dundee Utd, increasing the gap between the two teams to twelve points. Tammy-Lee Harkin gave United a second minute lead and Laurie Ross made it two on the hour, before Rachel Todd netted twice in an eight minute spell to bring St Johnstone back on level terms. However three minutes later, Harkin completed her double to give her side an important victory.
Durham Women hold on to the early leadership of the FA Women's Championship after making it three wins out of the three when beating Charlton Athletic 2-0.
Both goals came during the first half, Durham taking the lead just before the half hour when Molly Sharpe finished off from a cross by Ellie Christon. Lisa Robertson scored the second just before half time with a shot from just outside the area.
The Wildcats continue to head the table on goal difference from Aston Villa, who preserved their own 100% record with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers. Melissa Johnson scored from close range to give Villa a first half lead which was doubled after the break by Marisa Ewers. Alex Taylor pulled a goal back for Blackburn straight away but they could not get back on level terms and Villa held out for a third straight win.
London City Lionesses defeated Leicester City 3-1 and this result has taken them into the top three. Ylenia Priest put the Lionesses in front midway through the first half and within three minutes of the restart, they were two ahead thanks to Leanne Cowan. Evie Clarke wrapped up the win with the third goal, five minutes from time, before Libby Smith netted a consolation for Leicester in injury time.
London Bees are also on six points following their 2-1 win against Coventry Utd. The Bees took the lead in the eighteenth minute when Taylor O'Leary headed in from a Megan Alexander cross, but Coventry fought back and levelled just after the half hour through a neat finish from Amber Hughes. Lauren Pickett restored the Bees' advantage before half time with what proved to be the winning goal, despite Nikita Whinnett having a second half penalty saved by Sue Wood.
Lewes remain unbeaten but had to settle for a share of the spoils as they and Crystal Palace battled out a 1-1 draw. In an entertaining affair at the Dripping Pan, both sides had chances during the first half but the scoreline was goalless at half time. Midway through the second half, Palace took the lead when Ashleigh Goddard bundled home following a cross by Ella Rutherford but their joy lasted for barely a minute, the Rookettes hitting back straight away as Jess King fired in the equaliser.
After a week of much publicity, anticipation and expectation, the FA WSL finally got underway with a record breaking weekend, although only seven goals were scored in the six matches.
This included the attendance record being beaten in the opening match with 31,213 watching Manchester City winning 1-0 against newly promoted Manchester Utd at the Etihad Stadium. Both sides had chances in an open first half, with Jane Ross going closest for United when bringing out a save from Ellie Roebuck, but the match was settled three minutes into the second half with a brilliant 25-yard strike from Caroline Weir.
Bristol City meanwhile took on Brighton & Hove Albion at Ashton Gate and the Seagulls had the best chance of the match in the first half when Victoria Williams' penalty was saved by Sophie Baggaley. The Vixens goalkeeper made a couple more good saves to keep her side on terms but City almost snatched it in injury time when Ebony Salmon's 25-yard strike came back off the bar.
The next match saw Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in front of nearly 25,000. The game got off to a spectacular start with a superb Beth England goal from 20 yards with only four minutes on the clock. Surprisingly, this was the only goal of the game with Becky Spencer pulling off a string of good saves in the Spurs goal and the visitors going close on more than one occasion at the other end.
Champions Arsenal began their title defence with a 2-1 win against West Ham Utd. Both of the Gunners' goals came in the first half, Beth Mead firing them in front after exchanging passes with Lisa Evans and the England striker turned provider for the second, teeing up Jill Roord to fire home on her debut. The Hammers fought back after the break and gave themselves hope when Martha Thomas reduced the arrears with a header. Arsenal needed to withstand late West Ham pressure to finally make sure of a winning start.
It was an encouraging start for Everton as they beat Birmingham City for the first time in seven years. A tight first half saw few chances but a minute after half time, Kerys Harrop deflected a Hannah Cain cross into her own net for the only goal. Chloe Arthur hit the woodwork at the other end late on but Everton defended in determined fashion to take the three points.
Reading FC Women also began on a winning note with a 1-0 success at Liverpool. The only goal of the game was a worthy winner; three minutes before half time, Fara Williams returning to haunt her former club as she planted a free kick from 30 yards into the top corner.
Long Eaton Utd have got off to a great start to the new season, winning all of their opening matches to leave themselves amongst the early pacesetters in FAWNL Division One Midlands after victories over Birmingham & West Midlands and Doncaster Rovers Belles.
We talked to Long Eaton striker Laura Sears, who described Sunday's win as ‘fantastic' and talked of her side's determination to build on their promising start:
WSS: Well done on a very good win on Sunday, how pleasing was it for you to win against tough opponents?
LS: It was a fantastic win for us, to get three points away from home against a strong side who are sure to be contenders at the top of the league this year was huge. The girls really demonstrated what we're about and how we aim to deliver ourselves this season. We were all pleased with our performance especially away from home.
WSS: Seeing as it was also your first away game, would you say it was the best result you have picked up so far?
LS: It was definitely a great result and we all battled hard for the win, it gave us really good momentum going into the Doncaster Belles game midweek, but to get three points against Doncaster Belles at home in midweek in front of a home crowd...well it doesn't really get much better than that does it?
WSS: Three wins out of three for you, given that you finished last season well, has the team approached the new season full of confidence?
LS: 100%, there has been some great additions to the squad during the summer along with retaining the backbone of our squad from last year, it's a dream start for us and we are really excited to see where we can go this season.
WSS: Have there been many changes or new arrivals at the club during the summer?
LS: As I've just mentioned, there has been some great additions this summer. We've added quality all over the pitch, bringing in a number of experienced players, all with Premier League quality, which has only added to an already ambitious squad. We've worked hard in preseason getting to know each other and I think that really shows on how we've started the season and our performances on the pitch
WSS: This Sunday you have a home game with newly promoted Leafield Athletic, will they be largely unknown opponents to you?
LS: Obviously as you mention they are league newcomers, however we will certainly not be taking our opponents lightly; they've picked up some results so far and we have only heard good things, so it will inevitably be another great clash down at Grange Park
WSS: Looking at the longer term, do you feel that the team is capable of building on this good start and staying amongst the leading teams during the season?
LS: Everyone is buzzing around the club from management right through the squad, all of us have the same ethos this season which is obviously to achieve. We are taking one game at a time,making no big bold statements but there is certainly a desire to retain a top spot going forward...
WSS: Overall, who do you think that the main title challengers will be this season in Division One Midlands?
LS: Erm, I think that's difficult to say at this point, obviously Wolves are always a favourite and Lincoln with their new club status will definitely be up there I think, but the league is highly competitive and at this stage anything could happen!
Our thanks to Laura!
Huddersfield Town are the new leaders of the Northern Premier Division on goal difference after beating Hull City 6-2.
Lucy Sowerby (2), Kate Mallin, Charlotte Newsham, Sarah Danby and Ellie White scored their goals. Middlesbrough and Sunderland occupy the next two places after battling out a 1-1 draw, Rebekah Bass on target for ‘Boro. Burnley FC Women are a fourth team on seven points following a goalless draw with Fylde Women. Derby County moved up with a 5-0 victory over Loughborough Foxes and Nottingham Forest defeated Sheffield FC by the same scoreline. West Bromwich Albion meanwhile picked up their first win, 2-0 away to Stoke City.
Just two midweek matches were played in the Southern Premier Division but have produced a change of leadership, Crawley Wasps going top by beating Chichester City 7-1. Rebecca Carter and Charlotte Owen netted twice along with Ellie Russell, Faye Rabson and Rachel Palmer. Cardiff City Ladies meanwhile won for the first time, a late strike from Kylie Nolan giving them the points against Keynsham Town.
The early top of the table clash in Division One North ended with honours even, Barnsley and Brighouse Town drawing 2-2 to keep their first and second respectively. Barnsley scored through Sophie Crosby and an own goal, with Laura Bartup and Annabelle Cass replying for Brighouse. Bolton Wanderers join them on seven points after beating Chorley 2-1. Jordan Atkinson (2), Erin Nelson (2), Georgia Richardson and Sophie Hodgson accounted for the goals as Durham Cestria won for the first time, 6-1 against Newcastle Utd, and Liverpool Feds got off the mark by winning 3-1 at Stockport County with goals from Jodie Mortimer, Demi Devereaux and Carla Lee. Bradford City's match with Leeds Utd was abandoned after a sickening clash of heads between Chelsea Sandford and Molly Havard, with Leeds 2-0 ahead at the time. We wish both player a speedy recovery.
Leicester Utd are the leaders of Division One Midlands following their 3-2 victory over Lincoln City, ahead on goal difference from Long Eaton Utd who beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-0 thanks to Laura Sears and Kirsty Allen. The New Saints meanwhile inflicted a first defeat on Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning 3-2 with goals from Kim Bebbington (2) and Laura Morris. Leafield Athletic lie inbetween the two sides in fourth after beating Solihull Moors 7-1. Xena Dhillon and Kirsty Farnsworth scored for Bedworth Utd as they drew 2-2 with Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies, who replied through Jessica Lundie and Steph Weston, and Sporting Khalsa ran out 5-0 winners over Burton Albion.
Billericay Town continue to power ahead in Division One South East, staying two points in front after defeating AFC Basildon 4-0. Ipswich Town won 4-1 against Norwich City and have gone second, ahead of Enfield Town who were 5-1 winners at Stevenage Women thanks to a Beth Lumsden hat-trick, Nuala McKevitt and Katherine Long. The derby match between Cambridge City and Cambridge Utd finished in a 2-2 draw, Megan Tonks and Mollie Coupar hitting doubles for each side respectively.
Exeter City are still setting the pace at the top of Division One South West, making it three straight wins when beating Buckland Athletic 3-2 with goals from Kathryn Mundy, Abbie Britton and Ella-Mae Miller. Cheltenham Town are level on points in second following their 3-1 win over Brislington, whilst Southampton FC and Southampton Women battled out a goalless draw. Larkhall Athletic follow on after winning 4-2 at Swindon Town. Jessie Osborne, Lizzie Barratt, Emily Harrington and Carly Bryant were on target for the Larks, with Helena Diaz-Butcher and Sophie Morgan replying.
The League Cup Determining Round tie between Actonians Ladies and AFC Wimbledon was played, Actonians winning 2-0 with goals from Rhiannon Ishmael and Alessandra Barreca.
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