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Watford are the only National Division team to go out of the Premier League Cup at the group stage after they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Emma Follis scored the only goal of the game, early in the second half, to send Villa into the last sixteen along with Coventry City and Cardiff City, who are one of the best third placed teams.
Leeds Utd emerged as 3-1 winners from their local derby with Leeds City Vixens to ensured their safe progression. Carey Huegett's fourth minute strike was doubled ahead of the break by Jade Pennock and Hayley Sharp sealed the win midway through the second half, before Tennisha Watson-Phillips grabbed a late consolation for the Vixens.
Portsmouth staged the comeback of the day to snatch a 3-3 draw away to Yeovil Town and take second place in their group. Yeovil had looked to be on their way to the knockout phase after racing into a three-goal first half lead thanks to a hat-trick from in-form Jemma Tewkesbury. However after the break, Lindsey Roe dragged Pompey back into the game by scoring twice against her former club and Gemma Hillier netted an injury time equaliser to give Portsmouth second place in the group.
Nottingham Forest confirmed themselves as winners of Group Five with a 1-0 victory away to Northern Division leaders Manchester City. Suzanne Davies claimed the winning goal with three minutes remaining to preserve Forest's 100% record in the competition.
Leicester City join Forest in the last sixteen, thanks to a 3-0 win at local rivals Derby County. The visitors opened their account after just three minutes when skipper Cloe Jones put Natasha Meade away to slot home. County's Hannah Ward tested keeper Leanne Hall a couple of times, but the Foxes nosed further in front when Vicky Gallagher netted after 44 minutes following good work by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Natalie Reay, who fired home the third on 65 minutes from another Jones splitting pass. The home side came back with a couple of efforts from Precious Hamilton but again keeper Hall denied her.
Gillingham staged a late, late comeback for a 2-1 victory against Charlton Athletic. The Addicks led for much of the game through a first half goal from Gemma Bryan but the Gills were level three minutes from tiem when Danielle Carlton levelled the scores, then Laura Jeffrey completed the turnaround by grabbing a late winner.
Gillingham's win means they qualify as a third place side whilst Millwall Lionesses finish top of Group Four following their 3-2 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, who also go through. Lizzie Edwards opened the scoring for Millwall with Kim Stenning levelling, Leah Jones restored the lead but Brighton hit back again with a second equaliser from Katie Baker. Millwall settled matters in their favour in the dying minutes when Ann Marie Heatherson bagged the winning goal.
Preston North End's 2-1 win away to Rochdale did neither team any favours and it is Curzon Ashton who qualify along with group winners Blackburn Rovers. The first half ended goalless but Preston went two up in the second period with goals from Hannah Bailey and Sam Cadwallader. Keeleigh Savage pulled one back for Rochdale but it was not enough and neither team was able to overhaul Curzon in the table.
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