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The FAWNL League Cup has got underway for another season with the Determining Round being played on Sunday.
The winners of each tie progress to the League Cup; whilst the beaten sides will participate in the League Plate.
Cambridge Utd ousted Southern Premier Division side C & K Basildon with a 2-0 victory. Cambridge had a good run in the League Cup last season and they have started well this time, thanks to goals from Kelley Blanchflower and Kayleigh-Anne Burt.
Last year's beaten finalists Blackburn Rovers were given a huge scare by Liverpool Feds, being taken all the way to penalties before finally booking their place in the Cup. The Feds led 2-1 at the break through a Jennifer Rogers double, with Beth Donoghue replying, and they looked to be on their way towards a shock win when Demi Devereaux increased their lead and Rovers were reduced to ten players. However, Blackburn staged a fightback with Donoghue netting her second and then Saffron Jordan equalised to take the match into a penalty shootout. Rovers goalkeeper Alex Brooks then made the all-important save which allowed Charlotte Stuart to slot home the winning penalty.
Doncaster Rovers Belles and Chorley also saw their match go all the way to penalties and it was the Lancashire side who emerged as 4-3 winners from the spot. Chorley twice took the lead during the game through Laura Walker and Rebecca Kemp but Izzy Whittle replied on each occasion, including an extra time equaliser. Rachel Darbyshire emerged as Chorley's heroine during the shootout with two saves, before Megan Searson supplied the winning kick.
Sunderland's return to the competition ended on a winning note as they triumphed 5-0 away to Morecambe. Emily Hutchinson and Louise Griffiths both netted their first goals for the club and they were joined on the scoresheet by Keira Ramshaw, Bridget Galloway and Georgia Gibson.
Sheffield FC were another club to have won the trophy the last time they competed for it but they will have to settle for a place in the Plate this time around after they were beaten 3-0 by Stoke City. After a goalless first half, Hannah Keryakoplis netted a second half brace and Cassie Hyde was also on target as Stoke maintained their impressive start to the new campaign.
Also back in the competition after several years away are Oxford Utd and they went through to the Cup with a 2-1 success away to Actonians Ladies. Ellie Noble scored a goal in each half for the U's, before the home side grabbed a late consolation through Alessandra Barreca.
Guiseley Vixens overcame a difficult match at home to Chester-le-Street Town with a 4-2 victory. Olivia Auker netted twice for Guiseley along with Ellie Olds and Sophie Walton, whilst the Cestrians responded through Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke and Nichole Havery.
Two weeks after producing a seven-goal thriller in the league, Plymouth Argyle and Milton Keynes Dons were again involved in a high scoring affair in the cup with Argyle triumphing 4-2 on this occasion. Natasha Knapman, Amber Pollock, Kayley Lane and Becky Dandridge were all on target for Plymouth, with the Dons' replies coming from Kerry Newman and Kim Farrow.
The South Coast derby tie went the way of Chichester City who won 4-2 at Portsmouth. Chloe Melton was on target twice for Chichester along with Helen Ogle and Jade Widdows, with Shannon Albuery and Sarah Eadon scoring Pompey's goals.
Bedworth Utd's first ever match in the competition was a tough assignment away to Derby County and it was the home side who progressed with a 3-1 win. Bedworth gave a good account of themselves though and led for much of the game through Shanice Walsh's strike on the half hour, before goals in the last ten minutes from Stephanie Smith (2) and Jodie Redgrave saw Derby go through.
Watford came away from a tricky trip to Poole Town with a 2-1 win under their belts. Linda Afuakwah gave Watford the lead midway through the first half, with Faye Rolfe-Hawkins bringing Poole back on level terms before half time. The game remained in the balance until an own goal settled matters in Watford's favour with three minutes remaining.
Fylde Ladies swept into the First Round of the Cup after scoring nine times without reply past Burton Albion. Nikki Berko led the scoring for the Coasters with a hat-trick and also on target were Sophie Charlton, Hannah Forster, Laura Merrin, Erin Staunton-Turner, Emily Hollinshead and Danielle Young.
Huddersfield Town made sure of keeping up their good start to the season by beating Middlesbrough 3-0. Brittany Sanderson gave Town an early lead which was doubled midway through the second half by Sarah Danby, before Sanderson rounded off the win with her second goal in the dying minutes.
In another all-Northern Premier Division clash, Hull City were narrow 2-1 winners over Bradford City. Hope Knight gave Hull a first half lead via a penalty which was cancelled out just before the break by Keegan Lambert, with substitute Rebecca Beech settling matters with the winning goal for Rachel Gay's side on the hour.
Nottingham Forest also had a successful day away to lower division opposition, recording a 3-0 victory over The New Saints. Katie Middleton had a great day for Forest as she scored a hat-trick, her first goals for the club.
Amy Wathan led the scoring with a hat-trick as Coventry Utd ran out 7-0 winners against Norwich City. Amber Hughes weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Jade Brook and Maz Gauntlett.
Loughborough Foxes booked their place in the Cup by defeating Denham Utd 4-0. The Foxes led at the break with a goal from Eva Rogers and they sealed the win as Laura Dexter, Charlotte Cooper and Shauna Chambers also got on the scoresheet during the second half.
Queen's Park Rangers meanwhile gave their confidence a boost with a 3-1 victory over Gillingham. Courtnay Ward-Chambers netted two of the goals for Rangers and Sue Kumaning was also on target.
Cardiff City Ladies have a fine record in the competition in recent seasons and are through to the Cup stage once again following their 4-1 success away to Stevenage Ladies. Cori Williams, Nadia Lawrence and Kelly Isaac put Cardiff in a strong position in the opening quarter of the game and Grace Horrell crowned a win with a fourth early in the second half, whilst Stevenage netted a consolation through Nicole Emmings.
Bolton Wanderers staged the comeback of the day, coming from 3-1 behind at half time to beat Barnsley 4-3, and Norton & Stockton Ancients also edged out Long Eaton Utd by the odd goal in seven. Maddy Atkinson (2), Bianca Owens and Courtney Corrie netted the goals for Norton with Jade Arber (2) and Kim Harford replying.
Leeds Utd came from behind to win 2-1 away to Sporting Khalsa. Lauren Walker put Khalsa ahead on the half hour, a lead which lasted ten minutes before Hannah Smith brought Leeds back on level terms. Both teams went close during the second half and extra time was looming until Hannah Campbell popped up to score the winner for Leeds, deep into injury time.
Brighouse Town also returned from the Midlands victorious, after scoring seven times without reply past Solihull Moors. Charlotte Proud spearheaded the win for Brighouse as she found the net four times, and was joined on the scoresheet by Jennifer Pearson, Hannah Poulter and Abigail Housecroft.
Newcastle Utd were another team to have a good day on their travels, Ellen Turnbull netting twice along with Brooke Cochrane, Rhiannon Gray, Megan McKenzie and an own goal as they won 6-1 away to Steel City Wanderers, whose consolation came from Sarah Middleton.
Burnley FC Women's first venture into the competition resulted in an impressive 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. An own goal separated the teams at half time and in the second half, winger Leah Embley sewed up the result for the Clarets as she bagged a brace.
It wasn't quite such a happy first appearance for Nettleham though as it ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. After a goalless first half, Charlotte Fisher and Natalie Gibson scored to take BWMLFC through, whilst Abigail Murrell replied for Nettleham.
Wolverhampton Wanderers meanwhile progressed via a hard fought 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra. The only goal of the game came in the sixteenth minute when Jade Cross broke through to score.
Billericay Town notched up the highest score of the day when they crushed Maidenhead Utd 10-1. Karissa Rodney and Sam Pittuck each scored hat-tricks, Jay Blackie contributed a brace and the tally was completed by Zoe Rushen and Hayley Piggott, with Alex Dover replying.
Enfield Town have done well in the cups in recent seasons and have started off well again, with a 4-2 success away to Chesham Utd. Niamh Euman and Gemma Fraser were on target for the Clarets but goals from Sara Degooye (2), Tia Bailey and Molly Peters saw Enfield home.
Crawley Wasps maintained their own strong start to the season by scoring eight times without reply past Ipswich Town. Kemina Webber and Megan Stow each netted twice along with Sian Heather, Faye Rabson, Charlotte Carter and Naomi Cole.
Cheltenham Town are another team which has won all of its games so far this season and kept up this record with a 3-1 victory at Luton Town. Annie Martin has been in fine scoring form for the Robins during the opening weeks and she added two more to her tally. Amy Leask completed a fine result for Cheltenham with the third goal, Nicola Henman grabbing a consolation for the home side.
Southampton Saints and AFC Wimbledon produced a closely fought tie which was not settled until late on. The game looked to be heading towards extra time before Jess Trimnell booked Wimbledon's place in the Cup when she scored the only goal with three minutes remaining.
Leyton Orient returned from Swindon Town with a 5-1 win under their belts. Lisa Fulgence (2), Hayley Barton, Danielle Griffiths and Sophie Le Marchand were the O's markswomen. with Abby Picton netting Swindon's reply.
Larkhall Athletic produced one of the performances of the day when winning their local derby clash 3-2 against Keynsham Town. Lizzie Barratt netted twice for the Larks along with Katy-May O'Hara-Nash, whilst Keynsham responded through Kerry Bartlett and Laura Williams.
Buckland Athletic advanced to the Cup by winning their first ever match in the competition, beating Brislington 3-0. Sarah Stacey was on target twice for the Bucks, with Courtney Butt adding their other goal.
Photo - Plymouth Argyle's Becky Dandridge gets in a shot despite the attentions of Milton Keynes Dons defender Mollie Burgess (David Potham).
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