Pompey’s pain is short-lived thanks to Quinn ROUND-UP
LUCY Quinn ensured that cup defeat was only a temporary setback for Portsmouth as they picked up their fifth league win in six at Queens Park Rangers.
Charlotte Gurr’s dramatic extratime brace sent Brighton through in the Premier League Cup at the expense of Pompey last weekend.
But Quinn’s 12th-minute effort was enough to move to Pompey four points behind top spot in the league with two games in hand.
Portsmouth boss Perry Northeast said:“After losing a couple, the girls showed great character.
“Obviously getting three points is most important, but I was also pleased with our passing patterns – we played nice football.”
Third-placed Charlton also kept up the pressure after Gemma Shepherd ghosted through Tottenham’s defence for her eighth goal in as many games.
It represented a return to form for Charlton, who were soundly beaten by Cardiff City 3-1 on the weekend thanks to Kelly Aldridge’s double.
After a hard-fought first half it was Charlton who took the lead through Nikita Whinnett, but Aldridge’s strikes sandwiched Michelle Green’s lob as Cardiff closed in on leaders Brighton.
Coventry United were the big winners on Sunday as they left Ply- mouth Argyle with a 4-0 victory, Dani Selmes getting the ball rolling with a superb half-volley before doubling the visitors’ lead when through one-on-one.
And QPR, who are yet to pick up a point this season, suffered a 3-1 defeat to Lewes after Ellie Lock’s first-half double.
Jordan Guard netted the opener and Forest Green Rovers didn’t look back from there as they secured their second win of the campaign with a 3-0 victory at West Ham, while Avilla Bergin’s hat-trick helped Tottenham Hotspur down C&K Basildon 4-1.
In the Premier League Northern Division, Danielle Sheen’s late winner handed Blackburn Rovers victory in their midweek derby against Preston North End.
Sheen’s strike arrived 15 minutes from time as Rovers secured a fifth straight clean-sheet and they are now five points behind leaders Sporting Club Albion with two games in hand.
But Albion rose to the summit last weekend, on goal difference alone, with a clinical 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.
With previous leaders Stoke not in action, Leigh Dugmore gave Albion the lead midway through the first half before Beth Gardener missed a penalty for Newcastle. And Dugmore completed her hattrick after the break.
Derby County put six past winless Guiseley Vixens and moved up to second. Lauren Steadman was the main aggressor with a hattrick, while Melissa Johnson, Hannah Ward, and Natasha Hughes all chipped in.
Preston had a better time of it last Sunday with a 4-1 away victory at Huddersfield, while Nuneaton Town’s winless start to the season continued as they lost 2-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.
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