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Forest Green Rovers caused one of the surprises of this season's competition when they knocked out Premier Division opponents Keynsham Town on penalties to reach the Fourth Round for the first time in their history and a trip to play Liverpool.
Keynsham had looked to be on their way to victory as a Sheila Rocha double and Hari Sabic had put them 3-1 ahead but in the final ten minutes, Jodie Hennessey bundled home her second goal of the game after Lisa Mansell's free kick had struck the bar and Phil Helliwell fired home a powerful shot to send the match into extra time. During the extra period, Rovers goalkeeper Kat Blunt pulled off a string of excellent saves to keep her side on level terms and Helliwell cleared off the line with the last kick of the match. Despite Charlotte King and Helliwell missing their first two penalties, Rovers netted their other three attempts with Keynsham also missing twice before Rocha shot wide with her last kick and Forest Green's celebrations began.
Preston North End meanwhile came through a very tricky tie against Curzon Ashton, emerging as 5-1 winners to book themselves a home tie with Newcastle Utd. Curzon had gone into the game sporting a 100% record for the season but doubles from Hannah Bailey and Sam Cadwallader, plus a Gemma Watson goal, gave Preston victory with Leanne Skarratt replying for the Northern Combination title chasers.
Brighton & Hove Albion were another Premier League side to survive an awkward tie with South East Combination high fliers Welwyn Garden City. Goals from Carly Esposito and Katie Baker settled the match in Brighton's favour and the Seagulls must now make the long journey to Blackburn Rovers.
A 2-1 victory over AFC Team Bath has earned Newquay the toughest reward of all, a Fourth Round tie against mighty Arsenal. Goals from Helen Wood and Leanne Lapham saw Newquay through, with Carla Greenham netting a consolation in reply, to ensure that the Cornish side play the Cup holders for the second time this season.
WFC Fulham made it safely through by beating Whitehawk 5-1. Ann Marie Heatherson led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was a goal apiece from Susannah Abbott and Charlotte Young - her first for the club.
After the match had been abandoned the previous Sunday, Colchester Utd won 3-1 against Luton Town to seal a Fourth Round trip to West Ham Utd.
Photo - Jodie Hennessey about to bundle home her second goal for Forest Green Rovers against Keynsham Town.
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