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Arsenal kept up their goal-packed start to the new season and are still stretching the pace at the top of the National Division after their 6-1 win away to Leeds Carnegie.
In an eventful match, Kelly Smith netted twice inside the opening five minutes, Jade Moore reduced the deficit and Karen Carney added a third before Smith and Leeds full back Alex Culvin were each sent off following a clash midway through the first half. Gemma Davison extended the advantage shortly before half time and Karen Carney netted her second from the penalty spot early after the restart. With fifteen minutes remaining, Katie Chapman netted her first goal since returning from giving birth to her second child during the summer.
Everton are now the only team currently keeping pace with Arsenal and they recorded their fourth straight win when beating Watford 3-1. Jill Scott netted the only goal of the first half but Watford fought back after the break and levelled the scores through Helen Lander. Natasha Dowie put Everton back in front fifteen minutes from time and Fara Williams added the third goal.
Chelsea looked to be on their way to another victory before a second half fightback from Birmingham City pegged them back to a 3-3 draw. Chelsea got off to a flying start with Eniola Aluko and Lianne Sanderson giving them a two goal lead and, although Maz Gauntlett pulled one back, Danielle Buet restored the advantage on the stroke of half time. Heather Scheuber brought Birmingham back into the game five minutes after the restart and substitute Keeley Lowe completed the comeback with the equalising goal.
It has been a good week for Doncaster Rovers Belles as they notched up their third win, scoring fifteen goals in the process. Vicky Exley set them on their way to a 7-0 victory over WFC Fulham with the opening goal while Rachel Williams, Precious Hamilton and Liz Hanson all netted a goal in each half.
Bristol Academy lifted themselves into the top half after scoring six without reply against Liverpool, who remain at the foot of the table. Stef Curtis sent them ahead with a powerful strike and Gwennan Harries raced through to add the second on the half hour. In the second half, Curtis drilled home her second from 25 yards, Kerry Bartlett curled in the fourth and Curtis took her own tally to four with two close range strikes.
The six National Division matches yielded a total of 31 goals on the day, with only one being scored in the remaining game. However it proved to be a vital one for Blackburn Rovers as it gave them a 1-0 win away to Nottingham Forest, who are still looking for their first points. Natalie Preston settled matters with the game's solitary goal in the 26th minute.
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