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South Durham Royals have taken over the leadership following a 3-1 victory away to previously unbeaten Rochdale. Julie-Ann Wightman, Jade White and Chloe McKay scored the goals to lift their side to the top of the table.
Tranmere Rovers got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success against Liverpool Feds, which takes them into second. Gemma Drury and Molly McCann were on target for the Birkenhead side.
Bradford City are now the only unbeaten side left in the league after they ran out 8-2 winners over Scunthorpe Utd. Mel Garside kept up her good start to the season by bagging a hat-trick and the other goals came from Clare Fawcett, Kirsty Russell, Sarah Dickens, Alice Thackray and Amy Parker.
Salford Ladies had started the day as leaders but are back in fourth place following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough, for whom Katie Kinlam and Ashleigh Leighton were on the scoresheet.
After three successive defeats, Darlington RA claimed their first win of the season, 3-1 against Wakefield which lifts them off the bottom of the table.
The new league campaign opened up on Sunday and two teams sit jointly at the top of the table following the first round of fixtures.
Radcliffe Olympic got off to a good start with a 5-1 victory against Leafield Athletic which sees the Nottinghamshire side in pole position.
Sporting Club Albion, formerly West Bromwich Albion, were also 5-1 winners at the expense of Leicester City. The prolific Hayley Phillipowsky grabbed a hat-trick and the other goals came from Amy Rippington and Hannah Goss.
There were plenty of goals on offer at Copsewood (Coventry) where the home side edged out Rotherham Utd 4-3. Nicola Foskett led the scoring with a double, with one apiece from Jodie McGuckin and Natashak White.
Coventry City's hopes of another title challenge were boosted by a 1-0 win against newly promoted Loughborough Foxes. Sky Blues captain Natasha Lynch scored the only goal of the game with a long range strike.
The other league newcomers, Stoke City, fared better in their first match as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0. Chantelle Gallagher settled a closely fought match by netting the only goal on the half hour mark.
South East Combination
Gillingham's winning start to the season continued as they took a break from league action and booked their places in the quarter finals of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to goals from Vicky Ashton-Jones and Ashlee Hincks.
Enfield Town earned themselves a trip to Northampton Town in the last eight by winning 4-0 away to Lewes thanks to Emma Thomas, Shannon Moloney, Rebecca Laporte and an own goal.
Norwich City also recorded a 4-0 victory on their travels, at Dagenham & Redbridge. Nicola Bray bagged a double along with Rebecca Burton and Paige Shorten.
The other quarter final tie between Cambridge Women and Ebbsfleet Utd went all the way to a penalty shootout, with Cambridge emerging as winners after the match had finished 2-2 after extra time.
One match was played in the league and it resulted in a change of leadership, with Milton Keynes Dons taking over at the top following their 3-3 draw with Ipswich Town. Emma Ford gave the Dons an early lead before Ipswich hit back with strikes from Amy Howlett, Hannah Wiese and Lauren Cartwright. However the Dons recovered well with Charly Wright and Aileen Whelan restoring partity before the interval.
South West Combination
Newquay returned to the top of the table following their narrow 3-2 victory against Cullompton Rangers. Vicky Barter was on target twice for the Cornish side along with Sarah Mansfield, who netted the late winner.
Previous leaders Forest Green Rovers went down to a 2-1 defeat away to Yeovil Town, who move above them into second place. Jemma Tewksbury netted both goals for Yeovil to seal their third win in succession.
Plymouth Argyle bounced back from their defeat the previous Sunday to win 2-1 at Chesham Utd and they are also one point off the pace. Laura Gough netted both goals for Argyle, with Chesham replying through a Chantell Woodward penalty.
Havant & Waterlooville are up into the top half after recording their second victory in succession, 3-2 against Winscombe. Laura Bray's early penalty for Winscombe was cancelled out by Chloe Ranger who then put the Hawks ahead early in the second half. Bray netted her second but Havant took the points when Tiff Taylor netted the winner with five minutes remaining.
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