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Nottingham Forest took their good early season league form into the Reserve Section League Cup with a 5-1 victory away to Derby County in their opening group match.
Camilla Newton did give Derby the lead in the first minute but Forest recovered and hit back through Lauren Bartle, before Andi Bell netted either side of half time. Taylor Thompson went on to seal the win by adding two second half goals.
Sheffield FC are on top of Group One following their 3-0 local derby victory over Sheffield Utd Community Res. Millie Kenyon put them in front after five minutes and they sealed the points with further strikes from Issy Hayes and Ellie Gilliatt. Newcastle Utd returned from Leeds Utd with a 2-0 win under their belts in the other game, given to them by second half goals from Kelly Howe and Laureen Driver.
In Group Three, Bradford City ran out 11-1 winners over Huddersfield Town with Rosie McDonnell hitting a double hat-trick. Abigail Garland, Abby Parkin, Mel Garside-Wight, Chelsey Faulkner and Caroline Omboyi completed the scoring for City, with Huddersfield's consolation coming from Shauna Messenger. Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their good start with a 1-0 success away to Stoke City, which was given to them by a 54th minute strike from Aimee Higgins.
Gillingham have assumed the early leadership of Group Five following their 4-1 win at Charlton Athletic. Holly Learmouth and Nikita Whinnett gave the Gills a two-goal lead in the first half, with Clare Rogers reducing the arrears ahead of the interval. Gillingham went on to round off the win through further strikes by Emily Lyons and Whinnett late on. In the other group game, goals from Katie O'Leary, Christie Page and Roseanne Shafier earned Tottenham Hotspur a 3-2 victory over West Ham Utd, who replied through Sophie McLean and Rikki Page.
Cardiff City Ladies have made a flying start in Group Five, beating Brighton & Hove Albion 6-1. Beth Lloyd had a great day in front of goal for the South Wales side, helping herself to a four-goal haul, with Cori Williams and Annie Pritchard also on target, Amy Green grabbing a consolation for the Seagulls.
Three first half goals saw Leicester City Ladies on their way towards a 3-2 victory away to Coventry City in Group Six. An own goal had put the Sky Blues ahead early on but Thia Wright, Eva Rogers and Bethany Dexter all replied to give Leicester control by the break. Sami Ryder pulled one back for Coventry but Leicester held out to take the points.
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