Hat-trick hero El­lie the best bar Nun

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Chris Bai­ley

A DE­BUT hat-trick for El­lie Dob­son helped New­cas­tle United thump Nuneaton Town and lay down a marker in their quest for pro­mo­tion into the Women’s Su­per League.

The 6-1 vic­tory sent New­cas­tle straight to the top of the North­ern Premier League and was sparked by Kate Brooks’ sev­enth-minute header.

Dob­son then ap­plied two poacher’s fin­ishes be­fore a won­der­ful scis­sor-kick brought up her third just be­fore half-time.

Another debu­tant, El­iz­a­beth Camp­bell, was also among the goals for the Lady Mags.

Derby County also got their sea­son off to a fine start with a 2-1 vic­tory over Guise­ley Vix­ens, although they were run close by the newly-pro­moted side.

County were cruis­ing at the break thanks to goals from Kate Low­der and Melissa John­son, but vis­it­ing cap­tain Aimi Beres­ford pulled one back to set up a nervy fin­ish.

Lough­bor­ough Foxes were another pro­moted side to fall, this time at the hands of Black­burn as Lynda Shep­herd’s half-volley clinched another tight game.

Leigh Dug­more’s first-half dou­ble inspired a 3-2 win for Sport­ing Club Al­bion, de­spite Brad­ford

City threat­en­ing a late come­back. Emily Heck­ler starred for Hud­der­s­field by hit­ting a sec­ond-half hat-trick to se­cure a 3-3 draw with Stoke City, while Not­ting­ham For­est also fought back from be­hind in a 2-2 draw at Pre­ston.

Coven­try United merged with Coven­try City over the sum­mer and their new era in the South­ern Premier League kicked off with a bang with a 5-0 vic­tory over West Ham.

Nikki Miles struck early on but the Ham­mers re­fused to crum­ble un­til the last 15 min­utes when Maz Gauntlett, He­len Der­mody, Amanda Whal­ley and Miles again all got on the score­sheet.

Brighton & Hove Al­bion were al­most as im­pres

sive in a 4-0 vic­tory against For­est Green Rovers, with Jay Blackie the spear­head.

She scored one and cre­ated one for Lucy Somes, ei­ther side of a Deanna Cooper strike, be­fore Kirsty Bar­ton rounded off the scor­ing.

Al­bion’s lo­cal ri­vals Lewes had to wait un­til the sec­ond half be­fore they tore apart Ply­mouth

Ar­gyle in a 4-1 vic­tory. Kelly New­ton and Sarah Carter net­ted shortly af­ter the break be­fore Cherelle Khas­sal popped up with two goals in nine min­utes to add the gloss for Lewes.

Portsmouth lost out to Sheffield in the race for WSL 2 pro­mo­tion last year but showed no hang­over in their open­ing-day tri­umph over Cardiff – Shan­non Sievwright with the only goal of the game.

Else­where, Tot­ten­ham cel­e­brated vic­tory at their new base in Cheshunt over Queens Park Rangers, while pro­moted C&K Basil­don held Charl­ton to a 1-1 draw.

DREAM DE­BUT: El­lie Dob­son bagged three goals

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