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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 September, 2004, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Donny scrape through
By Tony Leighton

Vicky Exley put herself in the record books with a goal after just four seconds of Doncaster Rovers Belles' Nationwide Premier League Cup tie against Aston Villa.

After such an incredible start, however, the England midfielder's goal proved the match-winner as Donny scraped through 1-0 against Northern Division opposition.

Elsewhere it was a day of high scores in the first round of the competition with all 10 top-flight clubs going through to the last 16.

Birmingham City hit seven goals, Everton struck six while both Bristol Rovers and last season's League Cup runners-up Fulham scored five.

The teams who had the easiest passage, however, were holders Charlton Athletic and last term's double winners Arsenal.

Both clubs had walkovers as the teams they were due to meet, Stockport County and Sunderland, withdrew from the competition on financial grounds.

In a worrying precedent for the future credibility of the League Cup, both of the Northern Division outfits reckoned they could not afford the travel expenses.


AFC Wimbledon 0-7 Birmingham City

Birmingham rested some of their star names but were still far too good for their Southern Division opponents.

England Under-19 striker Karen Carney hit two goals and there was one apiece for Maz Ballard, Vicky Gallagher, Jo Potter, Katy Ward and Alex Scott.


Lincoln City 0-6 Everton

The National Division leaders extended their 100% start to the season with a comprehensive victory at Northern Division Lincoln.

Chantelle Parry was on target twice, Kelly McDougall notched her fifth goal of the season and Fara Williams, Michelle Evans and Jody Handley were the other scorers.


Wolves 0-5 Bristol Rovers

Striker Trudy Williams took her goal tally to eight in five games as the Gas continued their fine early season form.

Stef Curtis, Clare Trafford and Michelle Green also put their names on the scoresheet against a Wolves team who were outclassed after making a bright start.


Enfield Town 1-5 Fulham

Fulham manager Marieanne Spacey turned out an extremely young side but the kids came up trumps for the former England striker.

Holly Anderson and Katie Wilding hit early goals then Kelly Baker, Jess Wright and Tegan Phillips wrapped up victory in the second half.


Blackburn Rovers 0-3 Leeds United

Former England captain Karen Walker was on target again as Leeds put their poor League start behind them with their first win of the season.

Veteran striker Walker grabbed her fifth goal in four outings before Lucy Ward and Alex Culvin scored after the break to kill off the Northern Division newcomers.


Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

South East Combination champions Palace could not hold a Liverpool team promoted back to the top flight this season.

Jade Thomas, Gill Hart and Cheryl Foster were the match-winners as the Reds moved smoothly into Round Two.


Chelsea 1-2 Bristol City

It took an extra time winner from Heidi Bevan for the National Division's bottom club to see off the challenge of the Southern Division leaders.

A Nicky de la Salle penalty had put Chelsea in front, but Liz Barrett equalised and Bevan's 115th minute strike gave the Robins their first win of the campaign.


Doncaster Rovers Belles 1-0 Aston Villa

Donny's first victory of the season came courtesy of Exley's incredible quick-fire goal, which was struck from inside her own half by the midfielder.

Relegated Villa recovered from their shock to hit back well, but despite mounting some dangerous attacks they were unable to force an equaliser.





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