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Kelly Smith kept up her stunning early season form as Arsenal crushed Liverpool 11-2 to take over top spot in the National Division.
The England star bagged a hat-trick inside the opening fifteen minutes and went on to net five in all, taking her tally to eight in two games. Karen Carney and Danni Bird weighed in with doubles and the tally was completed by Gemma Davison and Jayne Ludlow. Cheryl Foster netted twice in reply for the Reds who are still seeking their first points.
Chelsea sit in second place following their 2-1 success away to Blackburn Rovers. Eniola Aluko sent the Blues into a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Karen Burke, but Lianne Sanderson struck to ensure Chelsea kept up their winning start.
Everton follow on after they ran out 4-1 winners against WFC Fulham, whose side was depleted by injuries and unavailabilities. Fara Williams gave Everton an early lead which was cancelled out by Lou Lloyd, but the England midfielder went on to complete a hat-trick with strikes either side of the interval. Emily Westwood completed the scoring late on following good work by Jill Scott.
Birmingham City complete a quartet of clubs on maximum points, thanks to a fine 3-2 victory over Leeds Carnegie. Early goals from Becky Hall and Amy McCann gave Birmingham a flying start but Leeds were back on level terms by half time, thanks to Jess Clarke and Steph Houghton. The game was settled ten minutes after the break when Maz Gauntlett grabbed the winning goal for the Blues.
There were also early goals at Doncaster Rovers Belles where the home side defeated Bristol Academy 4-0. Precious Hamilton netted twice inside the opening seven minutes before second half goals from Liz Hanson and Suzanne Davies sealed the points.
Nottingham Forest claimed their first ever top flight victory, 2-1 away to Watford. Dani Duffy put Forest in front on the half hour mark, Helen Lander levelling for Watford two minutes later before Sam Griffiths netted the winner shortly before half time.
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