In the Premier League newbies Badshot Lea got off to a winning start whilst Ascot looked to continue where they left off last season with a good home win over Wycombe. In the South Stoneham did likewise, crushing Rushmoor 9-0 to get their season off to good start. There were plenty of familiar names on the scoresheet in the North. This week also sees the start of the FA Cup for teams in Division One.
Ascot United 4-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Last season's runners-up, Ascot United, started the new season with a bang, firing a first half salvo that sunk Wycombe Wanderers. Goals from Dominque Carrington, Amelia Kimble and Philippa Holden saw the Yellawomen lead 3-0 at the break. Holden added a fourth before Wanderers responded with a late strike from Amy Leach. Read the match report on Ascot United's website.
Badshot Lea 2-0 Winchester City Flyers
The Baggies made a great start to life in the top flight. Three points courtesy of a 2-0 victory with goals from Lucy Cook and Marianne O'Byrne. A clean sheet was an added bonus.
Bournemouth Sports 6-0 Warminster Town (3-0)
Three goals in each half saw Sports race to a 6-0 home win against newcomers Warminster Town. It was a baptism of fire for Town, welcomed to the Southern Region with goals from Becky Miles (2), Sarah Plummer(2), Liane Folkenstern and Jasmine Hughes.
Eastleigh 3-1 Oxford City
Eastleigh gained revenge for last season's defeat at home to City by replicating their Court Place Farm result. Sheree Bell-Jack, Amber O'Reilly and a late Katie Shorter strike helped the Spitfires to a 3-1 victory.
Division One North
After a tight first period where a Ruby Herring goal for United had cancelled out Wycombe's 3rd minute opener, saw the side go in level. However, a second half hat-trick from Mimi Hodges and an Ellie Owen goal, gave Abingdon a 5-2 win. For some great photos and video clips of the action, take a look at Abingdon's Twitter feed (yes, I still call it Twitter) @AbingdonUTDWDev
Beaconsfield 2-8 Penn & Tylers Green
Penn & Tylers Green laid down an early marker scoring eight times even without last season's second top-scorer Sasha Smith, departed for Chesham United in the National League. Rebecca Stopforth grabbed a hat-trick, Henna Hussain notched twice and Ellie Ludgate-Williams, Evie Matthews and Rachael Harnby each scored. Lucy Casey was on the scoresheet twice for newly promoted Beaconsfield.
Caversham United 3-7 Milton United
Two goals from Rosie Page-Smith and a debut strike from Lilly Hall were not enough for the Goats as braces from Mollie Dyer and April England along with strikes from Holly Porter, Abbie Thorne and Kira Ranxha secured a resounding 7-3 win for Milton.
Chesham United Res. 3-5 Long Crendon
Michelle Bailey and Eleanor Lovelock both scored twice as Long Crendon struck five in total to take all three points at Chesham. Crendon took a three goal lead before Chloe Timms and Oana Filip got it back to 3-2. Crendon then scored twice more before a late Sophie Mabbs strike ended the scoring.
Click on the link for some excellent photos of the game from Wings Media.
Kidlington 3-1 Eversley & California
Last season's top scorer, Courtney Sumner, was back in the saddle early on for Kidlington. Further foals from Keira Isaac and Cloe Woodward secured a 3-1 victory for the Greens.
Check out some great photos from Steve Surman Photography (@stevens7200)
Division One South
Selsey Development pushed aside last season's bottom place finish to get the new season off to a good start. Abbey's goals from Lauren Timbrell and Amelie Doherty were not enough for Rangers to return from the coast with any points.
AFC Portchester 3-1 Woking
Portchy captain Eilidh Currie put in a performance worthy of her position, leading from the front with a hat-trick, to give last season's Hampshire County Champions a great start to life in the Southern Region despite a Kaitlin Howard strike for the visitors. The AFC Portchester website has a full match report.
Stoneham 9-0 Rushmoor
The Purples put aside the disappointment of last season's runners-up spot, starting the new campaign with a massive statement of intent. Chloe Melton grabbed four goals, ably assisted by Sophie Lee and Chloe Marshall, as the home side rattled in nine unanswered goals against Rushmoor, who now need to pick themselves up for the visit of newly promoted Bournemouth Sports Dev. on Sunday.
Bournemouth Sports Dev. 0-3 Havant & Waterlooville
Megan Gratton, with two, and Rosie Willis put the visitors three up by the break. However, a much improved Sports performance on the second period saw them prevent an avalanche of goals.
Fleet Town 0-0 Eastleigh Res.
No goals for these two newcomers. However, looking at the positives, both start the season with a clean sheet. Fleet have a break for the cup next weekend whilst Eastleigh face a massive, very local, derby against Stoneham.
**Please let me know if there are other sources of match reports and/or photos that I can include in this weekly review. **
Sunday 10th September Fixtures (2pm KO unless stated)
Warminster Town v Eastleigh
Contrasting starts for these two. Whilst Warminster were getting a baptism of fire at Bournemouth, Eastleigh began the season by beating Oxford City 3-1. Warminster won two and drew one of their last three league games last season, so will be hoping they can continue this home form in the new campaign
Weymouth Street, Warminster BA12 9NS
Winchester City Flyers v Bournemouth Sports
Another two sides who started the season in contrasting styles. Bournemouth top the early table after a 6-0 win, whilst Flyers went down 2-0 at newly promoted Badshot Lea. Sports did the double over Winchester last season with three of their seven goals being scored by Becky Miles. The Sports striker cored twice in the opening game, so Flyers will need to be on their guard this Sunday.
The Anstey Park Enclosure, Anstey Park, Anstey Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 2NB
Woodley United v Badshot Lea
United finally get their season under way after their opening game was cancelled due to Abingdon Town pulling out of the league. This is the battle of last season's Division 1 title winners. The Baggies got off to a great start by beating Winchester City 2-0 last Sunday.
UofR Bulmershe Pavilion, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading, Berks RG5 3HE
Wycombe Wanderers v Oxford City
Both sides started the season with defeat and will be looking to get back on track this weekend. Last season's meetings were certainly full of goals, both ended in 4-3 wins for the away team. Katie Riddington scored four of Wycombe's seven goals over the two games.
1878 Stadium, Wymers Wood Road, Burnham SL1 8JG
Ascot United Reserves v Abingdon Utd Development
The development sides are the two teams who battled out the Premier League title last season. Abingdon got off to a great start last weekend when they saw off a young Wycombe Wanderers U23 team by 5-2 thanks largely to a Mimi Hodges second half hat-trick. In a league with an odd number of teams, Ascot were the team to get a rest week last Sunday.
Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7LJ
Beaconsfield v Wycombe Wanderers U23
Two sides who began the season with defeat will be looking to kickstart their campaigns this Sunday. Both were Thames Valley teams last season, finishing third and second respectively. Wanderers held sway in the head to heads, completing the double with a 2-0 home win and crushing 7-2 victory back at Beaconsfield.
Holloways Park, Windsor Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2SE
Kidlington v Chesham Utd Dev
The Greens got off to a great start last weekend, beating Eversley & California 3-1, with last season's top scorer Courtney Sumner getting off the mark early. Chesham, who came up from the Thames Valley Division 3, found out that life in this league can be difficult, going down 5-3 at home to Long Crendon. The good news is that they managed three goals and spread them across the team, showing that they are a threat.
Exeter Park, Crown Road, Kidlington OX5 1AB
Long Crendon v Eversley & California
Crendon made a good start with doubles from Michelle Bailey and Eleanor Lovelock helping them to a 5-3 win at Chesham. Eversley fell to defeat at Kidlington but will be buoyed by the knowledge of a 3-3 draw in this fixture last season.
Long Crendon Recreation Ground, 9 Chearsley Road, Long Crendon HP18 9BS
Women's FA Cup
Caversham United v Camden & Islington United
A welcome distraction for the Goats after going down to Milton United in the opening league game. Caversham have been known to love a cup run, so this tie against the side currently bottom of London & South East Division One North, could be the kickstart they require. Their opponents are yet to score in two games, conceding four at Hackney and six at Denham United last weekend.
Mapledurham Recreation Ground, Upper Woodcote Road, Mapledurham, Reading RG4 7LD
New Bradwell St Peter v Milton Utd
Newly promoted New Bradwell St Peter lost their first East Midlands Region Division 1 South game 4-0 at Kettering Town. It's a tough cup draw for them, up against a buoyant Milton United side who hit the ground running at the weekend with a resounding 7-3 win at Caversham United.
New Bradwell Recreation Ground, Bradwell Road, Milton Keynes, MK13 7AD
Watford Dev. v Penn & Tylers Green (16:30 kick off)
Both of these sides had great starts to their respective league campaigns. Whilst Penn were winning 8-2 at Beaconsfield aided by a Rebecca Stopforth hat-trick, Watford's Dev. team were thrashing Maidenhead United Dev. 5-1 with great help from an Isabella Sturmey three goal haul. These sides met in last season's competition at the same stage with Penn coming out 1-0 winners thanks to a Henna Hussain strike in the 80th minute.
Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, WD4 8BS
Eastleigh Reserves v AFC Stoneham
One of the most local of local derbies (if you go by club location). The respective grounds are not only on the same road, but are only a matter of a few hundred yards apart, although separated by the M27. Having said that, Eastleigh's reserve side don't play at the main stadium. In stead they are based 8 miles away in Southampton.
Eastleigh kept a clean sheet in their opening goalless draw at Fleet but will be put to the
Oasis Academy Mayfield, Ashley Crescent, Southampton SO19 9NA
Rushmoor v Bournemouth Sports Reserves
Unfortunate Rushmoor drew the short straw on the opening day, feeling the full force of a rampant Stoneham side who rattled in nine goals. Two seasons ago, these two were in the same Hampshire County Division. Rushmoor did the double that season, on their way to promotion, winning 1-0 at home through a Gemma Bennett strike, and clocking up a 3-2 victory in Dorset.
Southwood Pavilion, Grasmere Road, Farnborough GU14 0LE
Women's FA Cup
Bemerton Heath Harlequins v AFC Portchester
Newly formed Harlequins, who ply their trade in the Wiltshire Ladies premier League, got off to a great league start when they beat another new side, Bath Athena, by six goals to nil. Striker Imogen Brady stepped up with a hat-trick. Portchester also had a successful debut game, winning their Southern Region opener with Woking by 3-1.
Western Way, Salisbury, SP2 9DR
Fleet Town v Shanklin
Fleet's opening league game saw them draw 0-0 with Eastleigh Reserves. Hampshire County Division 1 side Shanklin lost their opening league encounter 2-0 at QK Southampton. These sides shared a division last season with Shanklin finishing two places and 19 points ahead of Fleet. The Isle of Wight team also held sway in the head to heads, winning both by a goal to nil.
Crookham Road, Fleet, GU51 5FA
Richmond & Kew v Abbey Rangers
Both of these teams lost their opening league games. Abbey went down 4-2 at Selsey Development whilst, in the Greater London Premier Division, Richmond & Kew were beaten 2-0 at Leyton Orient. As far as I can see, this is Richmond & Kew's debut in the FA Cup. Abbey went out on penalties to Steyning Town at this stage last season.
Ham Fields, Richmond, Greater London Authority, TW10 7RX
Shaftesbury v Havant & Waterlooville
Shaftesbury, of the South West Regional Eastern Division, have not yet played a league game after their opening match with Frome Town was postponed. Meanwhile, Havant & Waterlooville opened up with a good 3-0 win at Bournemouth Sports Reserves.
Venue: Shaftesbury Ladies
Woking v Leatherhead
South East Counties Surrey Premier side Leatherhead make the short journey over to Woking. IN their opening league game, Leatherhead scored twice in each half to see off Epsom & Ewell. Meanwhile, Woking were going down 3-1 at AFC Portchester. Woking went out of the FA Cup at home to Dartford last season in the round after this one.
Eastwood Leisure Centre, Albert Drive, Sheerwater, Woking GU22 5RF