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Stevenage Ladies and Liverpool Marshalls Feds each won against higher division opponents in the Determining Round of the Premier League Cup on Sunday.
A first half goal from Nicole Emmings earned Stevenage a 1-0 success away to Gillingham and the Feds were 2-0 victors at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Carla Lee giving them the lead on the stroke of half time and Chantelle Thompson wrapping up the win just after the hour mark.
Last season's runners-up, Charlton Athletic, began their quest for a third Final in four years by scoring eleven times without reply away to Swindon Town. Ellie Dorey spearheaded the win with a four-goal haul, Charlotte Gurr weighed in with a hat-trick and the others came from Charley Clifford (2), Charlotte Lee and Hope Nash. Cardiff City Ladies also have a good record in the competition in recent years and they have started well again, beating Norwich City 5-0 thanks to a Cori Williams hat-trick and Kelly Isaac double.
Saffron Jordan scored twice and Faye McCoy the other as Blackburn Rovers defeated Barnsley 3-0 whilst Guiseley Vixens needed extra time goals from Danica Roberts and Chantelle O'Hara to win 2-1 away to Solihull Moors, who replied through Carly Davies. West Bromwich Albion were also taken to extra time by Long Eaton Utd before eventually getting through with a 2-1 victory.
Bradford City's clash with Fylde Ladies looked to be a close one on paper and this turned out to be the case, Bradford progressing on penalties following a 3-3 draw. Five of the six goals came from substitutes, Laura Elford (2) and Ellie Olds netting for City with Veatriki Sarri hitting a brace and Sophie Charlton the other in reply for the Coasters. Stoke City meanwhile came through an awkward tie away to Morecambe, Hannah Keryakoplis (2) and Jamilla Palmer sealing a 3-1 success while Morecambe's consolation came from Emma Kay.
Rotherham Utd belatedly began their season with a tough trip to Derby County and it was the home side who triumphed 7-0, Andi Bell netting a double along with Nicole Ledgister, Lisa Giampalma, Karagh Tait, Georgia Hewitt and Leanne De Silva. Nottingham Forest ran out 7-1 winners over Leeds Utd, goals coming from Amy Dicken (2), Kelly Darby, Charlotte Griffin, Hazzana Parnell, Rebecca Kemp and Trina Greaves with Laura Porritt replying.
Sophie Domingo netted twice along with Olivia Mitcham, Rosie Axten and Kim Farrow for Leicester City Women in their 5-1 success at Chorley, who scored through Laura Walker, and Huddersfield Town's trip to Newcastle Utd resulted in a 3-0 victory thanks to a Kate Mallin brace and Hannah Campbell. Emily Scarr meanwhile bagged a hat-trick as Middlesbrough defeated Burton Albion 5-0, Jessica Havelock and Emma Kelly joining her on the scoresheet.
Portsmouth continued their good start to the season by winning 3-0 away to Queen's Park Rangers with a goal apiece from Molly Clark, Natasha Stephens and Jade Widdowson. Chichester City beat West Ham Utd 4-1, Jess Lewry (2), Cherelle Khassel and Chloe Tucker were on target with Chloe Burr responding.
Plate holders Lewes were given a hard tie by Southampton Saints before winning 3-1 after extra time. Leeta Rutherford and Danielle Lane scored the decisive goals to add to Amy Taylor's earlier strike, Sabrina Morriss-Manosalva on the scoresheet for the Saints.
On the whole it was a high scoring day for Southern Division sides, led by Coventry Utd's sixteen goal against Haringey Borough. Stephanie Smith and Helen Dermody each netted four and two apiece from Alison Hall, Leah Seivwright and Maz Gauntlett while Keeley Davies and Jade Brook completed the tally. Gemma Bryan led the scoring with a hat-trick in Crystal Palace's 10-1 win over Brislington, Nikita Whinnett, Rosie Paye and Ciara Sherwood each adding doubles and Ellie Bailes the other, with Jodie Arkell replying. C & K Basildon netted eight without reply against Basingstoke Town, courtesy of a five-goal haul from Angela Addison and a Jay Blackie hat-trick.
The other tie to go all the way to penalties was at TNS Ladies after the home side ahared a 3-3 draw with Crewe Alexandra. Stephanie Taylor, Charlotte Canlett and Emily Ridge all scored for TNS, while Crewe's markswomen were Emma Lambourne, Laura Garner and Georgina Stebbings, before TNS triumphed 5-4 on spot kicks. Laura Hockaday, Elisha Jones and Nichole Goundry-Havery all scored for Chester-le-Street Town in their narrow 3-2 victory over Hull City, who netted through Ellie Tanser and Joanne Symington, whilst a solitary strike from Aimi Beresford took Brighouse Town through at the expense of Mossley Hill.
Bolton Wanderers' first ever match in the competition ended in a 5-0 win away to Leicester City Ladies. Michelle Kirkman-Ryan and Saffron Newhouse were each on target twice, with an own goal completing the scoring.
Loughborough Foxes produced a strong second half performance to crown a 5-0 victory against Sporting Khalsa. Chloe Young netted a goal in each half and Laura Steele also claimed a double, with Vicky Brackenbury also getting on the scoresheet. Nat Shaw hit a hat-trick for Sheffield Utd as they scored six times without reply past Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Millie Kenyon, Kim Brown and Jennifer Pearson contributed the other goals. Three extra time strikes, from Sarah Middleton, Zoe Beresford and Cheryl Mawhood, carried Steel City Wanderers to a 5-2 win over Radcliffe Olympic. Claire Bratton and Lucy Ridley had earlier scored for the Steels, with Radcliffe replying through Ashleigh Evans and Ellie Readman.
Jessica Byrne and Catherine Murphy were on the scoresheet as Actonians Ladies came away with a 2-1 victory from Cheltenham Town, whose consolation came from Louise Fensome. Regan Coleman meanwhile was the heroine for Enfield Town as her second half hat-trick gave them a 3-2 win against Keynsham Town, for whom Cristina Vega Leandro and Katie Cook replied. Katie Stanley's goal early in the second half proved to be the difference as AFC Wimbledon edged out Milton Keynes Dons 1-0.
Leyton Orient made their bow in the competition and it turned out to be a fine 4-2 success away to Luton Town. Sophie Le Marchand, Belen Ripoli Douton, Ellie Davies and Ella Meadowcroft all scored a goal apiece for the O's, with Luton replying through Nicola Henman and Jess McKay. Ipswich Town meanwhile made their long trip to Larkhall Athletic a successful one, Cassandra Craddock bagging a hat-trick in their 8-1 victory. Sophie Welton added two and there was one each from Victoria Campbell, Jade Henry and Roxanne Small. Kate German netted a consolation for the Larks.
Southampton Women finally got to play their first match of the season and won 4-2 against Denham Utd. Laura Vokes scored twice along with Emma Pinner and Kellie Warren, with Sophie Cheadle and Alissa Down replying.
Cambridge Utd were a fourth South East team to knock out South West opponents when they won 5-0 away to St Nicholas. Teonie Peyton netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Gibson, Amy Howlett and Emma Jenkins. Indeed, only three teams from South West Division One are still in the League Cup, the third of which is Poole Town who were 1-0 winners at Maidenhead Utd thanks to an extra time goal from Rachel Anderson.
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