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Three lower division teams caused upsets in the Determining Round of the Premier League Cup with victories over Southern Division opponents.
Norwich City helped lead the surprises with a 3-2 success away to Queen's Park Rangers. Jenny Critchley gave Rangers an early lead but Norwich hit back to lead at half time through Chelsea Garrett and Ebony Wiseman. Olivia Thompson levelled matters once again after the break but it was the Canaries who were to have the final say and Kyla Love scored the winning goal with nine minutes remaining.
Cambridge Utd were another team to eliminate top flight opposition when beating Lewes on penalties after the sides had battled out a 3-3 draw. Georgia Bridges and Rebecca Carter gave the Rookettes an early two-goal lead but Cambridge hit back to take a thrilling tie into extra time thanks to Nicole Perschky and Becky Taylor. An own goal restored Lewes' advantage but Perschky netted her second to ensure the game went to the shootout where Verity Crook saved two kicks, allowing Dawn Mallett to tuck home the winning penalty for Cambridge.
The third side to achieve the feat was Denham Utd who were 2-1 winners over Swindon Town, thanks to extra time goals from Alissa Down and Lauren Cox.
It was a tough and emotional day for Fylde Ladies who ended a tough week by winning 2-1 away to Huddersfield Town. Danielle Young and Alice Forshaw scored the goals to take Fylde through, while Kate Mallin grabbed a consolation for the home side.
Crystal Palace battled through an awkward tie away to Keynsham Town with a 2-1 success. Palace led at half time through a Gemma Bryan goal but the home side levelled after the break when Cristina Vega netted from the penalty spot. Roschelle Shakes bundled home the winning goal from a scramble to secure the win for Palace who were also denied by a string of excellent saves from Colette Bell.
Holders Tottenham Hotspur began their defence of the trophy by running out 10-0 winners over West Ham Utd. Eight different players found the net for Spurs; Nikita Whinnett and Kelley Blanchflower each scoring twice with Lucia Leon, Eartha Pond, Bianca Baptiste, Wendy Martin, Renee Hector and Jenna Schillaci contributing the others.
Two of the league's early form teams came face to face with Morecambe hosting Middlesbrough and it was 'Boro who emerged as 3-0 winners. Bianca Owens netted a goal in each half and Rebekah Higgins rounded off the scoring with the third.
Extra time was needed at Newcastle Utd where the home side edged past Leicester City Women with a 2-1 victory. Sophie Williams gave Newcastle a second half lead which was cancelled out just before the end by Rosie Axten, but Sarah Burn settled matters in the home side's favour by netting the winner during the extra period.
Nottingham Forest were also given a hard match by Chorley before eventually running out 3-1 winners after extra time. Lyndsey Harkin's goal for Forest was equalised by Ruth Harrison, before Harkin and Andi Bell notched the goals which saw Forest home.
Enfield Town made it all the way to the Final in the League Plate last season but this time around they will be in the main competition after they beat Exeter City 3-1. Alena Beganovic scored their goal as the game was 1-1 after ninety minutes but extra time goals from Eliza Diaz and Ellie Taladiana ensured a safe passage for Marc Nurse's side.
Derby County kept up their good start of the season with a 7-0 victory over Steel City Wanderers. Lisa Giampalma and Natalie Reay netted two goals apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Nicole Ledgister, Melissa Johnson and Nicole Dale.
Stoke City bounced back from two opening defeats and it was Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies who caught the backlash. Ashleigh Hayes led the scoring with a five-goal blast as Stoke netted thirteen in all, Hannah Keryakoplis added a brace and the tally was completed by Meg Bowyer, Hollie Gibson, Nicola Hudson, Abbie Ibbenden, Rachael Ball and Millie Elson.
West Bromwich Albion notched up their first win of the season, 2-1 against Bradford City. Summer Holmes and Olivia Mitcham were on target for Albion, with City grabbing a late consolation through Ellie Olds.
Sarah Kempson meanwhile bagged a hat-trick for Portsmouth in their 8-2 victory over Lowestoft Town. Eilidh Currie and Emma Sherwood each added braces and Gemma Hillier was Pompey's other markswoman.
Two of the fancied teams in South East Division One met each other and it was Milton Keynes Dons who emerged as 3-1 winners over Luton Town, thanks to a goal apiece from Hannah Barrett, Anna Loftus and Heather McDonnell.
C & K Basildon eased into the next stage after scoring eight times without reply past St Nicholas. Sara Sinclair led the scoring by netting four times and Charlotte Kellett added a brace, with Zoe Rushen and Karissa Rodney adding the other goals.
The highest total of the day was run up by Blackburn Rovers who netted a total of nineteen times without reply past Rotherham Utd. Ella Toone was on target six times whilst Faye McCoy and Ainsley Strickland each hit hat-tricks. Emma Rankin contributed a brace and there was one apiece from Saffron Jordan, Danielle Whitham, Jess Holbrook, Natasha Fenton and Kayleigh McDonald.
Charlton Athletic swept past Shanklin with an 8-1 victory in which the prolific Gemma Shepherd found the net four times. Avilla Bergin added a double and the Addicks' other strikes came from Kit Graham and Jenny Newman.
Plate holders Coventry Utd also had a comfortable passage and will compete in the Cup this year after beating Maidenhead Utd 9-0. Maz Gauntlett spearheaded the spree with a five-goal haul and she was joined on the scoresheet by Helen Dermody, Amber Hughes, Laura Cooper and Jade Brook.
Cardiff City Ladies ensured the long trip to Ipswich Town turned out to be a successful one as they ran out 5-0 winners. Chloe Chivers netted two of the goals for last season's beaten finalists and there was one apiece from Chloe Lloyd, Hope Suominen and Cori Williams.
Wolverhampton Wanderers staged a comeback for the second week running when beating Radcliffe Olympic 3-2. Radcliffe twice took the lead through Natalie Thompson but Wolves fought back on each occasion with Andrea Whetton and Jen Anslow equalising before Hattie James grabbed the winner with seven minutes remaining.
Blackpool Wren Rovers were also 5-0 winners over Crewe Alexandra. Nikki Berko led the scoring with a hat-trick, while Rachel Warren and Abby Pullen added one apiece.
Hull City and Guiseley Vixens met for the second week in succession and it was Hull who avenged their league defeat seven days earlier by winning the return meeting 3-0. Katie Thompson scored two of the goals and Rebecca Beech was also on target.
Brighouse Town won their first ever match in the competition when they scored five times without reply away to Mossley Hill. Rachael White gave Brighouse the lead on the stroke of half time and they added further goals after the break through Abigail Barker, Danielle Brown, Tegan McGill and Emily Starkie.
Another team to win 5-0 were Liverpool Marshalls Feds as they crossed the Mersey to take on Tranmere Rovers. Chantelle Thompson bagged a brace for the Feds whose other goals came from Amy Seagraves, Carla Lee and Madeline Gresty.
Long Eaton Utd's debut in the Cup ended with an emphatic 13-0 victory over Loughborough Students. Cara Newton hit four goals and Precious Hamilton a hat-trick, while Amy Pashley (2), Demi Croxall (2), Rebecca Lowther and Emma Young weighed in with the other goals.
There were also plenty of goals on offer at Loughborough Foxes where the home side defeated Leicester City Ladies 9-3. Emma Pilling scored a hat-trick for the Foxes along with doubles from Shauna Chambers, Chloe Young and Charlotte Cooper.
Larkhall Athletic's journey to Hertfordshire ended in a 3-0 success against Stevenage Ladies. Carly Bryant put the Larks in front with sisters Krystle and Kate German also getting on target.
Chester-le-Street Town made the long trip from the North East to the Midlands to play Sporting Khalsa but returned with a 4-2 victory under their belts, given to them by a Chloe Johnson hat-trick and Anna Collin.
TNS Ladies are through to the next phase after they beat Solihull Ladies 3-0. Emily Ridge gave them the lead just before half time and they went on to seal the win with further strikes from Charlotte Budd and Madison Jones.
AFC Wimbledon narrowly got past Plymouth Argyle with a 3-2 victory. Sian Wylie and Kelly-Jade Whelan ensured the Dons led at half time before Rebecca Sargent netted the winner twenty minutes from time.
Chichester City kept up their strong start to the new season by beating Actonians Ladies 6-2. Shannon Albuery was on target twice along with Becky Barron, Lucie Challen, Emma Alexandre and Cherelle Khassal.
Amy Taylor was another hat-trick scorer, for Gillingham as they ran out 4-0 winners away to Southampton Saints. Katie Hardaker added the other goal for the Gills.
Basingstoke Town marked their first ever appearance in the competition with a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham Town. Helen Ogle, Josette Pearmine and Katie Randell netted their goals with Ella Hitchcox replying (see match report).
Photo - Crystal Palace midfielder Ciara Sherwood takes on Keynsham Town captain Rachel Cullen.
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