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Posted 25th August 2013, 20:44 in
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Stoke Earn First Premier Point

Stoke City marked their debut at this level with a draw at Newcastle, while a goalfest at Derby saw Wolves beaten 5-3.

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Blackburn Rovers 4-0 Bradford City

Bradford City were stung 4-0 at Blackburn Rovers on their return to the Premier League.

Hannah Forster reacted after a flick on by Keeleigh Savage to slot Rovers' second into the bottom corner.

From a corner, Steph Marsh found the top of the net and it was 3-0 when Katie Anderton slooted home.

When Marsh's free kick was parried, Hannah Forster hit it back into the net to complete the scoring.

Derby County 5-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Three goals away from home were not enough for Wolves, as hosts Derby denied them any points by netting five times.

Laura McQuilkin put Wolves ahead after 2 minutes of her debut but the Rams replied twice through Natalie Reay and Melissa Johnson to turn the game round.

Dani Selmes brought Wanderers back on terms with only 18 minutes played, only for County to again respond twice through Johnson and Reay for a 4-2 half time lead.

Although then denied by the woodwork several times, Derby did eventually get their fifth from Cara Newton before Jordan Timmins-Ray pulled one back for the visitors.

Newcastle United 3-3 Stoke City  highlights

Newcastle looked like they'd denied Stoke a Premier League point at the first attempt with a late third goal but the Potters immediately replied to square the match.

Stoke scored 11 minutes into their debut through a Laura Garside header, with Newcastle having to wait until 2 minutes before the break to equalise, as Beth Gardener found the net.

The visitors regained the lead through Chantelle Gallagher just shy of the hour mark but Jess Foster levelled on 72 minutes.

Dannika Purdham had United in front with only 5 minutes left but Stoke matched their hosts' efforts one more time as Cassie Hyde made it 3-3.

Preston North End 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest put aside their financial worries to bank 3 points at the expense of hosts Preston.

Amber Hughes had a shot deflected onto the post for Forest before Trina Greaves got what proved to be the only goal.

Preston blazed a free kick over the bar in the second half, while Meg Howard was denied when one on one with the home keeper, who tipped the shot over the top.

Vanessa Kinnerly then had to pull off a good save at the other end to maintain the visitors' advantage.

Sporting Club Albion 1-1 Leeds United

Sporting Club Albion came from behind to share the spoils with Leeds United.

Carey Huegett smacked a free kick against the Albion bar in the first half but seconds after the restart, Olivia Thackray found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Ten minutes later, Robyn James tied the match with a powerful 25-yard strike that went in off the bar.

Hannah Campbell went close to a late winner for Leeds but her shot drifted wide of the far post.

Pictured (top) - Amber Hughes on the ball for Nottingham Forest. (Photo: nflfc), (above) - Blackburn score via a Steph Marsh free kick. (Photo: Colin Shorrock)

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