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Middlesbrough took the opening day honours in the Northern Combination and they lead the fledgling table following a 6-1 victory away to newly promoted Darlington RA. Prolific striker Nicky Duckling led the way with a hat-trick along with a goal apiece from Abby Lyle, Katie Kallan and Nyci Thorns.
Tranmere Rovers' quest for a quick return to the Premier League got off to a good start as they scored five without reply against Scunthorpe Utd, spearheaded by a Sue Kenwright hat-trick. Mel Everson and Lindsay Smith were also on the scoresheet.
Last season's runners-up Rochdale are another team which has begun well. Steph Bell led the scoring with a hat-trick while Anna Renken and Rachael Davis were also on target as Dale notched up a 5-2 win over Wakefield (formerly Morley Spurs).
Stockport County were the other side to begin the season with a victory, 1-0 away to South Durham Royals (formerly West Auckland Town) with Kate Halle scoring the only goal of the game.
The other newly promoted team fared a little better as Liverpool Feds came away from Blackpool Wren Rovers with a 1-1 draw, Carly Loughran finding the net for the home side.
Honours were shared in the other game as Salford Ladies and Bradford City battled out a 1-1 draw. Kirsty Russell gave Bradford a first half lead with Caroline Price earning Salford a share of the spoils via a second half strike.
South East Combination
Norwich City have made a flying start to the brand new campaign and they are the early leaders following their 8-1 victory over newly promoted Dagenham & Redbridge. Sophie Fuller bagged a hat-trick for the Canaries and she was joined on the scoresheet by Chelsea Garrett (2), Nicola Bray, Jodie Drake and Kate Parsons.
The other league newcomers, Ebbsfleet Utd experienced far better fortunes as they opened up with a 7-0 success away to Welwyn Garden City. Lisa Fulgence led the scoring for Fleet with a four-goal haul, Mel Bishop weighed in with a double and Kelly Campbell was also on target.
To complete a good day for the Kent clubs, Gillingham sit in third place following their 6-0 win against Cambridge Women. Ashlee Hincks bagged a brace for the Gills and there was one apiece from Natalie Crinean, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Danielle Farmer and Jade Johnson.
Enfield Town, who came so close to winning the league last season, have started off well this time around with a 2-0 victory away to Northampton Town. After the first half ended goalless, Robyn Downie opened the scoring for Enfield who completed the victory with a strike from new signing Kelly Hughes.
Milton Keynes Dons won their first ever match under their new name, 2-0 away to Lewes at the Dripping Pan. Caroline Moran headed the Dons in front early in the second half and Mikaela Welford sealed the points on the hour mark.
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Karen Hills saw her side open up with a 2-1 victory at Ipswich Town with goals from Vanessa Shorey and Emma Kayser.
South West Combination
Newquay returned to Mount Wise with a 10-0 win against Reading Town (formerly Reading Royals) to see themselves on top of the table. Sarah Mansfield and Vicky Barter each netted twice and there was a goal apiece from Rebecca McMullin, Becky Atkins, Jess Longworth, Corinne Potts, Annie Richards and Dani Salt.
Chesham Utd inflicted a first league defeat in three seasons on Havant & Waterlooville and sit in second place. Anneka Nuttall opened the scoring for the Clarets who went on to add further goals through Dawne Campbell and Amy Fisher.
Forest Green Rovers follow on after they came away from Winscombe (formerly Weston St Johns) with a 4-2 victory. Kirsty Richardson bagged a double and the other goals came from Charlotte Cooney and Charlotte King, with Laura Bray netting twice in reply.
It was not a good day for the newly promoted sides as Cullompton Rangers also went down to defeat,
2-0 away to Swindon Town. Hayley Huckin converted a Laura Morgan cross to give Swindon the lead midway through the first half and Rachael Wheatman secured the victory with seven minutes remaining.
Plymouth Argyle's task to go one better this season after finishing as runners-up in each of the last three campaigns has started well as they won 2-1 at Yeovil Town with goals from Laura Perrett and Becky Rose.
* The Midland Combination fixtures do not begin until Sunday 6th September.
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