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Tottenham Hotspur produced the result of the day in the latest round of FA Continental Tyres Cup group matches with a 4-0 victory over Yeovil Town.
After Sarah Wiltshire had given Spurs an early lead against her former club, Coral Haines went on to add two more after the break and completed her hat-trick on the hour mark to give her side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages a huge boost.
Tottenham are now up into second place behind leaders Chelsea, who also won 4-0 against Crystal Palace. Beth England was on target twice along with Adelina Engman and Drew Spence as Chelsea made it three straight wins.
Brighton & Hove Albon rekindled their qualification hopes as they beat London Bees 3-1. There was an early scare for the Seagulls when Paula Howells kept up her good form by giving Bees the lead but Ini Umotong quickly levelled matters and Ellie Brazil put them ahead for the first time, before Aileen Whelan sealed the win late on.
Chris Kirkland's first game in caretaker charge of Liverpool was a dramatic one, a win on penalties against Durham Women. Emily Roberts scored twice and Abi Cottam the other as Durham led 3-1 but in a thrilling match, the Reds, who had earlier scored through Sophie Bradley-Auckland, hit back with strikes from Rinsola Babajide and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to take the game into the shootout where Liverpool triumphed 5-4, captain Bradley-Auckland scoring the winner.
Everton meanwhile blew Group Two North wide open with a 3-2 win over Reading FC Women. Inessa Kaagman scored the winner to add to Claudia Walker's brace, whilst the Rpyals replied through an own goal and Brooke Chaplen.
Manchester City took a step closer towards the last eight after three second half goals gave them a 3-0 victory at Bristol City. Claire Emslie gave them the lead against her former club and Nadia Nadim added the second via a penalty, before Caroline Weir unleashed a wonderful 30-yard strike to complete the scoring.
Birmingham City are in second place after Lucy Staniforth and Shania Hayles gave them a 2-0 win away to Sheffield Utd.
Aston Villa meanwhile bounced back from an unfortunate result seven days earlier to record their first cup win, 1-0 against Leicester City thanks to a goal from Kerri Walsh.
Holders Arsenal continued their strong start to the season by scoring nine without reply past Lewes. Vivianne Miedema hit a hat-trick for the second successive week, Kim Little also bagged a treble and there was one apiece from Danielle van de Donk, Lisa Evans and Katie McCabe.
West Ham Utd climbed up into second place in the group after beating Millwall Lionesses 4-0. Esmee de Graaf was on target twice for the Hammers, whose other goals came from Brianna Visalli and Rosie Kmita.
Photo - Durham Women striker Zoe Ness takes on the Liverpool defence. (Susan Gutteridge)
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