Coventry lead the way as rivals embark on long road to glory

Action from Coventry United v West Ham United, August 16 2015 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Coventry United gave West Ham a tough day with a late rally (Photo: Clive Jones)

Big wins and an impressive draw against one of the title favourites ensured an impressive start to another Premier League season, with Sussex rivals Brighton and Lewes each hitting four and Coventry United scoring five in their first game back in the southern division.

Champions Portsmouth began the defence of their title with a hard-fought win at Cardiff, but highly-rated C&K Basildon, fresh up from South East Division 1, took no time in announcing their arrival with an impressive draw at home to Charlton Athletic, who are one of the top fancies to win the league.

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Brighton breezy start

Brighton 4-0 Forest Green Rovers
Blackie
D Cooper
Somes
Barton

Last season’s runners-up off to a flyer as they give their newly promoted opponents a taste of life at a higher level – but plenty of positives for Forest Green to build on.

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Basildon announce their intentions

C&K Basildon 1-1 Charlton Athletic
Sinclair                                    Shepherd

Title hopefuls Charlton need an equaliser just before half-time to salvage a draw at Basildon, who make an immediate impact following their promotion.

Both sides had plenty of chances to take all three points throughout but a combination of off-target finishing and brilliant goalkeeping meant they had to share the spoils – Charlton Athletic match report

What hangover?

Cardiff City 0-1 Portsmouth
                                   Sievwright

Super-sub Shannon Sievwright’s goal with her first touch earns Pompey their second victory in Cardiff in four months and lays to rest the ghost of their Super League play-off heartache – and exacts revenge for their opening-day defeat by the same team last season.

Girls had to dig deep again today but found the right result – Portsmouth manager Perry Northeast (Twitter)

After pre-season you don’t really know where you are at, and I saw enough today to feel we will be in and around the challenging teams. It was a close game and on another day it may well have been a different result – Cardiff head coach Gary Green (club website)

Hammers hammered

Coventry United celebrate a goal against West Ham United, August 16 2015 (Photo: Clive Jones)

Coventry United marked their return to the southern division in emphatic style (Photo: Clive Jones)

Coventry United 5-0 West Ham United
Miles 2
Gauntlett
Dermody
Whalley

Conflicting first-day experiences for two of the Premier League’s newest managers as a late rally sees Coventry United to an emphatic victory in their first competitive match in their new colours.

Defender Nikki Miles grabs two headed goals and Amanda Whalley rounds things off with a neat finish on her debut.

Great start for new Coventry boss Michael Foy – not so for his opposite number, Marc Nurse, in his first competitive game in charge. India international goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan made her debut for West Ham.

Cherelle queen of the Khassal

Cherelle Khassal, of Lewes, v Plymouth Argyle, August 16 2015 (Photo: James Boyes)

Player of the match, eye-catching goals… a day to remember for Cherelle Khassal (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 4-1 Plymouth Argyle
Carter                   Brown
Newton
Khassal 2

Cherelle Khassal rounds off a top-class performance with two goals that give Lewes a big win on opening day.

Spurs see off Rangers challenge

Action from Tottenham Hotspur v QPR, August 16 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Plenty to be pleased about for Rangers, but the future’s looking rosy for Spurs (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Baptiste                                                  Wilson
Keown

Spurs win London derby, but Rangers show marked improvement on corresponding game last season.

 

I’m pleased with our overall performance, but we are all bitterly disappointed because we felt we deserved something out of the game – QPR manager Martino Chevannes (club interview)

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