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Watford moved to within three points of the top with a 6-2 victory over National Division leaders Bristol Academy.
Kerry Bartlett gave Academy an early lead but Watford hit back with a five-goal first half salvo. Lisa Burrows equalised and Ashlee Hincks put them in front from the penalty spot before Helen Lander, Ellen Maggs and Hincks all struck before half time. Lander completed her double after the break with Nicky Watts grabbing a late consolation goal for Academy.
Blackburn Rovers staged a great comeback to snatch a 4-4 draw away to Leeds Utd although the result means they slip back into third place. Jess Clarke gave Leeds a third minute lead and Amanda Barr scored twice, either side of a goal from Katie Anderton. Sue Smith increased their advantage on the hour but after Natalie Preston pulled a goal back, Anderton scored her second and Preston completed the fightback with a late equaliser to salvage a point against her old club.
Cardiff City picked up three valuable points with a 4-0 win away to Charlton Athletic. Terri Beddows and Natasha Harding gave the South Wales side a two goal lead at the interval and they went on to secure victory with further goals from Loren Dykes and Lauren Townsend.
Doncaster Rovers Belles registered their first victory of the season, beating Birmingham City 2-0. Emily Heckler gave the Belles an early lead but it wasn't until six minutes from time that the match was settled, substitute Carla Cantrell netting their second goal.
Chelsea gained an important 4-1 success over Liverpool to kick start their season. The Blues never looked back after Ellen White gave them a second minute lead which they increased with goals either side of half time from Eniola Aluko and Dunia Susi. Cheryl Foster reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but Katie Owen rounded off the win for Chelsea with their fourth goal.
Photo - Watford goal ace Helen Lander turns away from Bristol Academy's Corinne Yorston.
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