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Salford Ladies continue to set the pace during the early stages and goals from Rosie Havelin and Elisha Cain gave them a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe Utd which keeps them one point clear.
Sheffield FC have, along with Salford, opened up a small gap on the teams below them and the second placed side ran out 4-1 winners over Mossley Hill. Carla Ward scored twice along with Kayleigh Mitchell and Lisa Giampalma.
Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile received a setback as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Stockport County, for whom Celeste Garner and Chloe Spencer were on target.
South Durham RA and Wakefield battled out a 2-2 draw, Rachel McKnight and an own goal finding the net for South Durham.
Clare Fawcett netted a goal in each half as Bradford City claimed their first victory of the season, 2-0 away to Liverpool Feds to lift themselves into a mid-table position.
Radcliffe Olympic have opened up an early lead of two points following their 2-1 victory over Leafield Athletic, thanks to goals from Sarah Green and Aileen Whelan.
Loughborough Students have started well following promotion and their 5-2 success away to TNS Ladies has lifted them into second place. Adele Sale was on target twice for the Students along with Laura Williams, Amy Perry and Rowena Davies.
Rotherham Utd have the same record as Loughborough as they also won 5-2 against Copsewood (Coventry). Nat Shaw and Sophie Barker each bagged doubles with Zuzana Pramukova also on target.
Stoke City came away with a 2-1 victory from last season's runners-up Sporting Club Albion, a result which takes them into fourth place. Amber Lawrence and Cathy Hyde netted the goals for the Potters.
Helen Rudkin, Sarah Marshall, Jody White, Kim Walton and Linda Scott were all on the scoresheet as Leicester City began their campaign with a 5-1 win away to opening day leaders Stratford Town.
Wolverhampton Wanderers notched up their first success of the season, 2-1 against Northampton Town. Wolves welcomed back former players the Hall twins - Natalie and Becky - to their side and took the lead just before half time through a Dani Selmes penalty. Lisa Porter levelled for the Cobblers early in the second half, also from the penalty spot, before Becky Hall marked her return by grabbing the winning goal.
South East Combination
The League Cup commenced for the new season with the First Round of matches and the holders are out of this season's competition as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Norwich City 2-1 in the tie of the round.
Lewes marched confidently into the quarter finals with a 5-0 victory away to Crystal Palace. Kirstie Spice was on target twice along with Kerry Tagg, Charlotte Bennett and Michel Sarson.
Ipswich Town picked up a fine 3-2 win away to Milton Keynes Dons to take their place in the last eight. Amanda Everett, Kristie Turner and Jade Skillen grabbed their goals including two in the last six minutes, while Jo Brandon and Kelly Bingham replied for the home side.
South West Combination
League leaders Plymouth Argyle are through to the quarter finals of the Ambassador League Cup but needed penalties before knocking out Newquay following a 1-1 draw. Hayley Stroud had put Argyle in front with Newquay equalising five minutes from time through Danni Salt, before goalkeeper Michaela Phillips emerged as Plymouth's hero from the penalty shootout.
Oxford City also progressed to the last eight via a fine 4-1 win away to Chesham Utd.
In the league, Havant & Waterlooville took over as the new leaders by winning 5-0 away to Cullompton Rangers. Charley Wilson bagged a hat-trick for the Hawks, with one apiece from Chloe Ranger and Stacie Murray.
Gloucester City defeated Southampton Saints for the second week in succession as Leanne Godwin, Kelly Aldridge and Nicky Glanville gave them a 3-1 victory.
Swindon Town and Forest Green Rovers battled out a 2-2 draw, Georgia Walters and Natasha Durson finding the net for Swindon with Forest Green replying through Phil Helliwell and an own goal.
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