Pom­pey’s pain is short-lived thanks to Quinn ROUND-UP

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Chris Bai­ley

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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