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Holders make winning start
 Women's Football News 31 Jan 2012
Barnet began their defence of the Premier League Cup in winning fashion with a 3-0 success away to Tottenham Hotspur. 
Cheryl Williams scored twice and Danielle Murphy the other to give the Bees the points against their opponents who were making their debut in the competition.
Barnet sit on top of Group Four with a lead of two points over Colchester Utd and West Ham Utd, who shared a 1-1 draw in the other game. Maegan Doyle netted for Colchester and Tracey Duxbury was on target for the Hammers.
Last season's beaten Finalists Nottingham Forest also began with a victory, a hard earned 2-1 success at Leicester City. On a heavy surface, both teams battled hard in a frantic East Midlands derby. Destiney Toussaint's shot was well saved by Forest keeper Claire Wallhead early on but the Foxes nosed in front when Issy Hayes struck home a fierce shot from 20 yards. Suzanne Davies went close for the visitors before Forest drew level as Andi Bell drove home the equaliser. The second half ebbed and flowed with both defences on top but with two minutes remaining, former Leicester striker Natasha Meade broke the deadlock when she tucked her shot past Nicola Van de Weerdhoff.
Blackburn Rovers are the early leaders of Group One after Kim Turner, Nicky Twohig and Hannah Forster gave them a 3-0 win over Rochdale. Manchester City also opened up with a victory, 4-2 away to Preston North End. Krystle Johnston (2), Abbie McManus and Carly Bayley were on target for City, with the home side replying through Hannah Bailey and Gemma Watson.
Portsmouth hit the highest score of the day when netting seven without reply past Plymouth Argyle. Charley Wilson and Shelly Cox put Pompey two ahead inside the opening ten minutes, before Jemma Tewkesbury and Leeta Rutherford added further goals ahead of half time. Wilson went on to complete a hat-trick in the second half, the third coming from the penalty spot, and Lucy Quinn rounded off the scoring with eight minutes left.
Portsmouth lead the way in Group Three on goal difference from Reading FC Women, who defeated Keynsham Town 3-1. Royals goal machine Nikki Watts inflicted the damage by scoring all three goals, two from the penalty spot.
Charlton Athletic also had a good day in front of goal, running out 6-2 winners over Brighton & Hove Albion in Group Four. An early strike from Ellie Bailes was cancelled out by Kim Stenning but a second half hat-trick by Gemma Bryan took the game out of Brighton's reach. Jenny Newman and Fliss Gibbons also found the net for the Addicks, with Brighton's other strike coming from Kirsty Barton.
The other match in the group finished all square as Millwall Lionesses and Queen's Park Rangers battled out a 1-1 draw. Charlotte Gurr netted for the Lionesses, with Sophie Fogarty on target for Rangers.
In Group Seven, Cardiff City came away from Sporting Club Albion with a 2-0 victory, thanks to a brace of goals from Bethan Lloyd (see match report).

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