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Leeds United put their summer problems behind them to open up the new National Division campaign with a 2-1 win away to Millwall Lionesses.
Carey Huegett was the hero for Leeds as she netted both goals in the first half of a well contested game. Millwall came out strongly after the break and pressed hard but Leeds held out until six minutes from time, when Emma Beckett reduced the arrears with a firm header. However Millwall could not force an equaliser and Leeds were able to celebrate victory in the first match since nearly folding at the end of last season.
Nottingham Forest came from behind to record a fine 2-1 success away to Sunderland. The home side struck the woodwork early on and took a 20th minute lead through a 30-yard strike from Demi Stokes. However after the break, Suzanne Davies bundled home an equaliser after a free kick had not been cleared and with fifteen minutes remaining, Forest grabbed a winner from another scramble, this time Beth Bailey finding the net following a corner.
The two newly promoted sides met each other and it was Reading FC Women who came away with a 2-1 victory from Barnet. Natasha Caswell put Reading ahead after six minutes via a free kick just outside the area and the lead was doubled three minutes before the break after Gemma Rudman was adjudged to have fouled Danielle Puddefoot in the area, Caswell slotting home the resulting penalty. Stacey Sowden pulled a goal back early in the second half from close range and Barnet sought an equaliser but Reading stood firm with Amy Shaw commanding in defence and goalkeeper Michelle Beazley in fine form.
A clean sweep of away victories was prevented as Blackburn Rovers scored a late equaliser through Nikki Twohig to complete a thrilling 4-4 draw with Watford. Danielle Sheen, Charlotte Heyes and Nicole Emmanuel had earlier found the net for Blackburn and on target for Watford were Charlotte Young, Cori Daniels, Cally Rowell and Sarah Wiltshire.
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