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Portsmouth were given a scare by Keynsham Town before making it through the Determining Round of the Premier League Cup with a 3-2 victory at the AJN Stadium.
On a day when none of the higher division teams were beaten by lower division opponents, Pompey looked to be on their way to a comfortable win when Jess Frampton and Charley Wilson put them two goals ahead during the first half. Justine Lorton-Radburn reduced the arrears before half time and midway through the second half, Keynsham were back on level terms when Pilar Garcia clipped home the second goal. Jemma Tewkesbury hit the bar with a header at the other end before Gemma Simmonds scored what proved to be the winner with fifteen minutes remaining.
Preston North End were the winners of the League Plate last season but they will not be defending the trophy this time around, after they progressed with a 4-0 victory over Solihull Ladies. Melissa Bell gave them an eighth minute lead and Laura Walker added a second before the break, with Emma Hickson and Hannah Forster completing the scoring.
Queen's Park Rangers go through to the League Cup as they narrowly got the better of Milton Keynes Dons in a seven-goal thriller. Cherelle Albert marked her return to the club by scoring twice on her debut, Jo Wilson was also on target and Zemeka Clarke netted the decisive goal for the R's from the penalty spot.
Bradford City emerged as 2-1 winners over Newcastle Utd from one of the ties of the round. Katie Nutter gave Bradford the lead midway through the first half and Sarah Danby added a second. Newcastle pulled a goal back through Beth Gardener but the visitors held on.
C & K Basildon produced a fine result in beating Coventry Utd 1-0. A close game was settled when Karissa Rodney scored the only goal of the game during the first half.
Guiseley AFC Vixens came through against Liverpool Marshalls Feds in a tough tie which almost went the distance. Normal time could not produce a goal and penalties were looming large but with five minutes of extra time remaining, Aimi Beresford scored the only goal of the game.
Tottenham Hotspur notched up an impressive 5-1 win against Lewes in an all-Southern Division tie. Avilla Bergin was on target twice for Spurs along with Katie O'Leary, Jenna Schillaci and Riana Soobadoo, Paige Walder replying for the Rookettes.
Sporting Club Albion left it late to record a 3-1 victory which made the long journey back from Chester-le-Street a happy one. Graham Abercrombie's side led at half time through an Abi Cottam goal which was cancelled out ten minutes after the restart by Rachel Mellor, but injury time strikes from Leigh Dugmore - via the penalty spot - and Trina Greaves saw Albion home.
Derby County kept up their good start to the new campaign by beating Peterborough Northern Star 5-0. Katie Lowder netted a goal in each half and there was one apiece from Aimee Perry, Melissa Johnson and Emily Jeffery.
Nottingham Forest made light work of a potentially tricky away tie at Leafield Athletic by scoring eight times without reply. Natasha Meade and Annabel McKechnie each hit hat-tricks for Forest, whose other goals came from Andi Bell and Krysia Ellis.
Emily Heckler has started the season in unstoppable form for Huddersfield Town and the prolific striker was at it again on Sunday. Having scored seven times in their opening two league games, Heckler bagged another four as Town went through at the expense of Blackpool Wren Rovers with a 10-1 victory. Debbie Hastings weighed in with a hat-trick, Katie Lockwood added a brace and Katie Barnes rounded off the scoring.
Blackburn Rovers produced a good display in winning 6-0 away to Loughborough Foxes. Alisha Johnson and Sophie Jones were on target twice along with Jess Holbrook and Lynda Shepherd.
Nuneaton Town made it safely through with a 6-1 success against Stockport County, courtesy of a goal apiece from Clare Williamson, Nicola Foskett, Megan Morrish, Karen Clough and Jodie McGuckin plus an own goal, with Carmen Troiano replying.
Stoke City swept into the next round by running out 5-0 winners over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Kate Asher led the scoring for Stoke with a hat-trick and Abby Hunt weighed in with the other two goals.
Brighton & Hove Albion defeated Gillingham 4-0, Kirsty Barton giving the Seagulls a first half lead before they clinched the result after the break with further strikes from Kim Stenning, Katie Natkiel and Charlotte Gurr.
Cardiff City Ladies were given a hard game by Enfield Town before finally emerging as 1-0 victors. Chloe Lloyd grabbed the only goal of the game, midway through the second half.
Charlotte King led the scoring with a hat-trick and the other markswomen were Ella Hitchcox and Kirsty Richardson as Forest Green Rovers won 5-1 against Maidenhead Utd.
Plymouth Argyle also had a smooth passage with a 7-2 victory over St Nicholas. Ellie Dorey bagged a hat-trick and Laura Perrett weighed in with a brace, while Kayleigh Brown and Ezme Wells added a goal apiece. Amy Jefferies netted both goals in reply for the visitors.
West Ham Utd came through a difficult tie, winning 3-0 against Crystal Palace. Shirvae Edwards and Stacey Little ensured that the Hammers led by two goals at half time, before Danica Revell sewed up the win with the third goal late in the second half.
Radcliffe Olympic produced a fine result in triumphing 4-1 away to Northern Division One pacesetters Chorley. Dani Saulter had a great day in front of goal for Radcliffe as she hit a hat-trick with Ashleigh Evans adding the other, Sarah Berry grabbing a consolation for the home side.
Norton & Stockton Ancients continue to improve and notched up a 3-1 victory at Loughborough Students. Caitlin Bates (2) and Kate McSorley were on the scoresheet for Norton, with Nicola Russell replying.
Middlesbrough overcame a bad start to beat Leeds Ladies 5-2. Leeds raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening fifteen minutes thanks to Bridie Hannon and Shelbey Morris but 'Boro were ahead by half time, courtesy of a fourteen minutes hat-trick from Bianca Owens. Emma Foster added a fourth midway through the second half and Nyci Thorns completed the scoring late on.
Six different players got on the scoresheet as Morecambe won 9-0 against Leicester City Ladies. Emily Hutton, Becky Whittingham and Jenny Keane each netted braces and the tally was completed by Laura Callis, Hannah Paling and Jo Norris.
Mossley Hill meanwhile eased through with a 4-2 success over Steel City Wanderers, Lauren Oatley scoring twice along with Megan Brodie and Carla Lee.
A goal ten minutes before half time from Rosemary Slade proved to be enough to give Sporting Khalsa a 1-0 victory away to Tranmere Rovers.
Leicester City Women's free scoring start to the season continued as they returned from Rotherham Utd with a 5-0 victory under their belts. Lauren Impey and Becky Knight ensured that City were two goals ahead at half time and they went on to crown the win with further strikes from Katy Ward, Chantelle Robinson and Fiona Worts.
Laura Bright, Laura Mills and Becky Taylor were all on the scoresheet as Cambridge Utd ran out 3-0 winners against Cheltenham Town.
Ipswich Town emerged as 3-2 extra time winners over Norwich City in an entertaining East Anglian derby tie. Amanda Crump, Sian Fagg and Aimee Harrison scored their goals with Natasha Snelling and Emma Allsopp replying (see match report).
Lowestoft Town gained revenge for their league defeat at the hands of Luton Town seven days earlier by winning their Cup meeting 3-2 after extra time. Aimee Durrant, Hannah Waters and Natasha Thomas were all on target for Lowestoft, Natasha Fensome and Shanice Jiminez responding for Luton.
The only tie to go all the way to penalties was at Old Actonians where the home side progressed from the shootout after sharing a 3-3 draw with Denham Utd. Jessica Byrne, Sinead Friel and Carla Williams netted the goals during open play for Actonians.
Two first half goals earned Shanklin their first victory of the season, 2-1 against Bedford Ladies. Naomi Cooper and Kim Arnold put the Isle of Wight side two ahead at the break and despite Nicola Henman pulling one back in the second half, Shanklin saw the game out to progress to the next stage.
Larkhall Athletic were another side to inflict first half damage as they ran out 6-1 winners over Exeter City. Kate German bagged a hat-trick for the Larks and Emily Harrington added a double, with Lizzie Barratt also getting on the scoresheet. Helen Kukor netted a second half consolation for Exeter.
Tammy Waine made a great impression on her debut for new club Chichester City, scoring the only goal of the game to give them a 1-0 victory away to Southampton Saints.
The draw for the First Rounds of the Premier League Cup and Premier League Plate will take place on 14th September.
Photo - Charley Wilson in possession for Portsmouth, under close attention from Keynsham Town full back Hannah Davies.
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