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Northern Premier Division
Middlesbrough head a quartet of teams on six points after their 5-0 victory away to Sheffield FC on Sunday. Emma Foster gave 'Boro a third minute lead which was quickly doubled by Ellie Dobson, before Eleanor Dale bagged a brace during the second half and Jasmine McQuade rounded off the scoring in injury time.
Stoke City meanwhile raced to a 6-2 success at Nottingham Forest. Lyndsey Harkin gave Forest an opening minute lead which was cancelled out by Faye McCoy, before Precious Hamilton put Forest back in front. Kelsey Richardson levelled once more three minutes later and McCoy netted her second on the stroke of half time, to put Stoke ahead for the first time. Meg Bowyer and Abby Hunt further increased their lead, with McCoy rounding off the scoring with her hat-trick goal.
Sunderland came away from a tough trip to Fylde Women with a 2-1 win under their belts. Jessica Brown and Bridget Galloway were on target for the Wearsiders, with the Coasters' reply coming from Jodie Redgrave.
Newly promoted Burnley FC Women are the fourth team to have won both of their opening games, as they edged out West Bromwich Albion by the odd goal in five. Jade Arber twice gave Albion the lead during the first half, either side of a reply from Levi Rathburn. Kelly Halligan levelled matters once again ten minutes into the second half and Sarah Greenhalgh scored what proved to be the winner, just after the hour.
Huddersfield Town notched up their first victory when scoring six times without reply past Loughborough Foxes. Laura Elford netted twice and Ella Harris also scored inside the opening twenty minutes, with Katie Nutter adding a fourth just before half time. Lucy Sowerby increased Town's lead after the break and Leah Embley completed the scoring with fifteen minutes remaining.
Derby County bounced back from an opening day defeat by beating Hull City 6-1. An early lead from Hannah Keryakoplis was cancelled out by Emily Smith, meaning the scores were level at half time. Ellie Gilliatt fired the Ewe Rams back in front after the break and an own goal increased their lead. Monique Watson and Emily Owen put them further ahead, with another own goal completing the tally.
Southern Premier Division
Yeovil Town continued their good start to the new campaign with a 3-0 victory over Chichester City, which leaves them on top of the fledgling table. The first half was goalless but Erin Bloomfield gave Yeovil the lead moments after coming on as a substitute and Sarah Wiltshire added a second, before Kelly Aldridge curled home the final goal.
Crawley Wasps made it two wins out of two when beating Hounslow Women 4-0. The Wasps led at the break through a goal from Charlotte Owen, with goals in a ten minute spell from Kemina Webber, Naomi Cole and Rebecca Carter securing the points during the second half.
Milton Keynes Dons complete a trio of clubs on six points as they continued their impressive start by coming from behind to beat newly promoted Keynsham Town 2-1. Justine Lorton put Keynsham ahead on the half hour, with Anya Kinnane heading the Dons level on the stroke of half time. After the break, Keynsham goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes saved a penalty but the Dons made the breakthrough with fifteen minutes remaining, a counter attack from a corner ending with Leah Littlechild setting up Jade Bell to score from close range.
Plymouth Argyle made sure that the long, long journey home from Gillingham would be a happy one as they claimed their first victory of the season. Argyle took the lead in the opening minute through Becky Dandridge and Natasha Knapman secured a 2-0 win, early in the second half.
Division One North
Barnsley occupy the early top spot as they won 4-2 against Stockport County. Melissa Woodhouse netted the only goal of the first half for the Yorkshire side who went on to find the net after the break through Drew Greene, Annie Ward and a Sophie Crosby penalty, with Stockport's replies coming from Chloe Mapp and Hanifa Douglas.
Brighouse Town claimed their second straight victory with a 2-1 success away to Liverpool Feds. After a goalless first half, Laura Bartup and Aimi Beresford gave Brighouse a fine result whilst the Feds' consolation came from Carla Lee.
Chester-le-Street are the third team on maximum points after a goal fifteen minutes from time by Jessica Ellison earned them a 1-0 victory over Bradford City.
Bolton Wanderers follow on in fourth place and are the division's other remaining unbeaten team, following their goalless draw with Durham Cestria who picked up their first point.
Norton & Stockton Ancients got off they mark as they ran out 3-0 winners against Leeds Utd. Bianca Owens, Evie Thompson and Maddy Atkinson were all on target for Norton.
Jessica Foster grabbed the only goal of the game as Newcastle Utd also won for the first time, notching up a 1-0 success against Chorley.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers have taken over the early leadership by running out 11-2 winners against Burton Albion. Jade Cross and Lois Jefferies led the scoring with a hat-trick each and there was one apiece from Lyndsey Glover, Anna Morphet, Shannie Jennings, Andrea Barnett and Jamilla Palmer. Ellie Milsom and Laura McQuilkin replied with consolation goals for Burton.
The two newly promoted sides met each other and it was Leicester Utd who defeated Leafield Athletic 4-1 to make it two wins out of two. Courtney Cropper was on target twice along with Chantelle Robinson and an own goal, with Georgia Harris replying.
Long Eaton Utd kept up their own good start with a 3-1 victory away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Nicola Emery, Ashleigh Evans and Sarah Doyle all scored a goal apiece for Long Eaton, whilst the home side's consolation came from Steph Weston.
Lincoln City picked up their first win of the season, 2-1 against Bedworth Utd. Abigail Murrell netted both goals for Lincoln during the second half, with Jodie McGuckin on target for Bedworth.
Laura Pennington was the heroine for The New Saints as they also recorded their first victory, hitting a hat-trick as they won 3-1 at Sporting Khalsa.
Doncaster Rovers Belles were another team to get off the mark, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Solihull Moors with Abby Watkinson scoring the only goal of the game.
Division One South East
Billericay Town are the only team in the division to have won both of their opening matches, their 3-0 success at Cambridge City giving them a lead of two points. Zoe Rushen netted two of the goals for Billericay, with Jay Blackie adding the other.
Enfield Town and Leyton Orient meanwhile battled out a 1-1 draw which means that both teams still remain unbeaten. Hayley Barton gave Orient the lead with twelve minutes on the clock, with Nuala McKevitt scoring the equaliser shortly before half time.
Ipswich Town picked up their first victory of the season, running out 4-0 winners over Kent Football Utd. Sophie Peskett put Ipswich ahead after four minutes and Amanda Crump netted twice ahead of the interval, before Peskett completed her double during the second half.
Helen Ogle and Sophie Manzi scored first half goals as AFC Wimbledon recorded their first victory of the season, 2-0 against Cambridge Utd.
AFC Basildon put an opening day defeat behind them to win for the first time, 3-2 away to Actonians Ladies. Kelly Wealthall was the heroine for Basildon as she bagged a hat-trick, with the home side replying through Catherine Murphy and Lafe Uche.
Stevenage Ladies got off the mark with a 4-1 success at Norwich City. Amy Makewell netted two of the goals, with one apiece from Jenny Nagle and Charlotte Ryan.
Division One South West
Exeter City's impressive start to life in Division One South West continued with a 7-1 victory over Poole Town, which sees them on top of the fledgling table. Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham and Kathryn Mundy each scored twice along with Anthea Kaptein, Zoe Watkins and Helen Kukor, whilst the Dolphins' consolation came from Danielle Maidment.
Southampton Women sit just behind them following their 7-2 defeat of Swindon Town. Emily Wernham led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Clark, Aine McKeever, Lavinia Nkomo and Lauren Cheshire, whilst Helena Diaz-Butcher hit a brace in reply.
Southampton FC meanwhile netted five times without reply past Brislington. Kelly-Marie Fripp and Georgie Freeland ensured that the Saints led by two at the break, before Ella Pusey hit a second half double and Shannon Sievwright rounded off the scoring in injury time.
Cheltenham Town complete a quartet of teams on maximum points after they won 1-0 away to Buckland Athletic. Sarah King gave Cheltenham a hard earned victory when she scored the only goal of the game, three minutes into the second half.
Larkhall Athletic registered their first points of the season with a six-goal victory over Maidenhead Utd. Carly Bryant and Emily Harrington each bagged braces, with the others coming from Kate German and Maddy Brown.
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