#ContiCup: West Ham Women make Royals pay for penalty misses

West ham's Mackenzie Arnold
Mackenzie Arnold saved a penalty for West Ham. (Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA)

West Ham United beat Reading 3-0 in The FA Women’s Continental Tyres Premier League Cup, while Durham stung Sheffield United 6-0.

Conti Cup results – Wednesday 4 November 

GROUP A – Sheffield United 0-6 Durham

GROUP B – London City Lionesses 0-4 Arsenal

GROUP C – Liverpool 0-3 Manchester City

GROUP D – West Ham United 3-0 Reading

GROUP E – Leicester City 5-2 Blackburn Rovers

GROUP F – London Bees 1-0 Lewes

Thursday 5 November fixture:

GROUP F – Crystal Palace v Bristol City (Bromley FC, 7.45pm)

Manchester City made it two wins from two with a 3-0 result away to Liverpool. Rinsola Babajide’s touch let her down as she failed to capitalise on a short back pass, then moments later at the other end, Gemma Bonner delivered for Laura Coombs to lift the ball over Reds keeper Rylee Foster and into the top of the net. Rose Lavelle met Lucy Bronze’s low cross to double the lead and Jess Park turned in from a ricochet for a late third.

West Ham took advantage of two penalty misses by Reading to run out 3-0 winners. Alisha Lehmann’s first-half strike was added to in the second period by Emily van Egmond and Rachel Daly, while Lauren Bruton’s spot-kick was saved by Mackenzie Arnold and Danielle Carter also failed to convert.

Arsenal's four-goal Miedema
Vivianne Miedema wins the ball against London City Lionesses. (PA Images)

Vivianne Miedema scored all four goals for Arsenal at London City Lionesses, including three in a 19-munute first-half spell.

Durham hit hosts Sheffield United for six, Kathryn Hill setting the Wildcats on the way to a stunning score line. Nicki Gears, Emily Roberts and Sarah Robson all netted in a nine-minute spell, Bridget Galloway and Molly Sharpe also on target in the final quarter of an hour.

A Natasha Flint double for Leicester was wiped out by Blackburn replies from Elise Hughes and Charlotte Newsham. Charlie Devlin restored the lead and Paige Bailey-Gayle netted via the crossbar before then forcing a late own-goal.

Lauren Pickett got the only goal midway through the first half, as London Bees registered a good win over Lewes to back up their opening league points from Sunday.

Charlton’s tie with Brighton was called off after a member of Albion’s staff tested positive for coronavirus.

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