Exe after making quick return

EXE Ladies seemed determined to regain their England League status at the first attempt.

Relegated from the National League via the end-of-season play-offs last term, the Exeter based club have made a flying start to life back in the West Clubs’ Women’s League top flight.

Exe have won their opening three matches to boast the only 100 per cent record after three rounds.

Gemma Barnett’s side started with a 5-0 home win over newly-promoted Devon rivals Teign and followed up with an impressive 6-2 victory at Cheltenham. Goals from Ellie Colton, Emily Townsend, Lorel Wallis and Anna-Mae Morton then helped Exe make it three wins from three with a 4-0 home win over Taunton Vale.

Yesterday Exe were due to play at Yate, before another Devon derby on Saturday when they host Plymouth Marjon at St Peter’s School.

The only other unbeaten side heading into round four were de- fending champions Clifton Robinsons.

The Bristol side’s winning start was halted in round three as the Blues were surprisingly held to a 1-1 home draw by Lydney.

Previously Clifton put seven past Plymouth (7-1) on the opening day at Coombe Dingle and then won 9-1 at Isca, who had beaten visitors Lyd- ney, 2-1, in Exeter on the first day of the new season.

Despite defeat to Exe, Cheltenham are third, tucked in behind Clifton and pacesetters Exe.

The Gloucestershire club won 3-1 at Bristol University in round one and got back on track with a 6-1 win at Teign in round three.

After three rounds, Teign, Taunton and Plymouth were without a point but it’s very early days with another 19 Premier One games to play.

Swindon, relegated from the top flight last term, topped Premier Two (A) heading into the weekend but their winning start came to an early end at home to Team Bath Buccaneers in round three.

After two rounds only three teams – Yeovil and Sherborne, Bourne- mouth and Newquay – can claim 100 per cent records in Premier Two (B).

With Bournemouth set to host Newquay yesterday, one or both of the top three, are set to start this week without maintaining their 100 per cent record past round three.

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