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Two County League teams remain in the F.A.Women's Cup following the Second Round Qualifying ties on Sunday.
Swindon Supermarine recorded one of the results of the round when beating Keynsham Town Development 4-2. Annabel Martin was on target twice for the Wiltshire side whose other goals came from Kayleigh Smith and Michelle Rich.
The Gloucestershire County League leaders face a trip to Berkshire in the next round where they will play Slough, who were 8-3 winners over Stoke Lane Athletic. Former Barnet striker Kerry O'Connor led the scoring with a four-goal haul and the tally was completed by Kimberly McClenn, Emma Hester, Leana Rolls and an own goal.
Steph Wray and Sharina Robinson each netted twice, with Jess Lawson adding the other as Harraby Catholic Club kept their Cup run going with a 5-1 success against North Shields. The Cumbrian League side have landed a home tie against Hull City who scored eight without reply past Warrington Town. Sian Bentley and Becky Beech each bagged hat-tricks for Hull while Lauren Shuttleworth weighed in with a double.
Whitley Bay survived an early scare on their way towards a 10-2 victory against Birtley Town. Christine Murray netted two early goals to put Birtley into a 2-0 lead but Whitley fought back against their lower division opponents who were hit by injuries later in the match. Former Scotland international Kirsty Hunter led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Julie Twaddle weighed in with a hat-trick, and there was a goal apiece from Sarah Coleman, Kerry Davison and Jo Suddes. Whitley will now play away to Sheffield FC who had a high scoring day themselves, putting eleven goals past Middleton Athletic. Kerry Parkin led the scoring for Sheffield with a hat-trick, Clare Holmes and Lisa Giampalma each added doubles and the tally was completed by Steph Spence, Amy Batty, Lauren Davids and Ashton Crouch.
Keryn Hill and Emma Pilling were on the scoresheet as Wigan Athletic survived a potentially tricky tie at Whitehaven. Their 2-0 victory books them a home tie with Peterlee Town, who also won 2-0 against Tynedale. New signing Charlene Cheung gave Peterlee an eighth minute lead and they clinched the win with a second half goal from substitute Jo Hurrell.
Bolton Wanderers ended the hopes of Dearne & District with a 3-1 win and they now host Sheffield Utd Community, who got the better of their local derby with Steel City Wanderers. United opened through Cheryl's Mawhood's free kick on the half hour, but were pegged back when keeper Kirsty Johnson's full blooded fly kick hit Maria Burns and rebounded into the net around the hour mark. Fortunately for Johnson, any blushes were quickly spared as a second for Mawhood, who also hit the woodwork, and Tania Marsden added further goals to give United a 3-1 victory. A major blow for United was the loss of Liv Murray who suffered snapped ankle ligaments after all three substitutions had been made and despite a lengthy stoppage, United played out the closing quarter of an hour without undue worry.
Long Eaton Utd are having a good season and they progressed to the Third Round Qualifying by beating Oadby & Wigston 4-1 with Hayley Armstrong and Lisa Jones each netting twice. They have been rewarded with a home tie, against Peterborough Azure who were narrow 2-1 winners over Rolls Royce Leisure, couresty of a Jade Ovendale double.
Leamington Lions eased through with a 3-0 victory against Southam Utd courtesy of a Sam Morris hat-trick and they have an intriguing tie against Corby S & L, 4-0 winners over one of Leamington's fellow challengers in Division One South of the West Midlands League, Coventry City Development. Louise Allison bagged a double for Corby, with Michelle Byrne and Natasha Walker adding the others.
Emily Gilbert scored twice and Laura Davies the other as Hereford Phoenix recorded one of the results of the day when winning 3-1 at Stratford Town and they now entertain Loughborough Students who also triumphed 3-1, at Shepshed Dynamo. Kate Rose, Lauren Hardern and Hannah Phillimore netted the Students' goals.
Dudley Utd recorded a victory over higher division opposition, the West Midlands League Division One South side beating Premier Division opponents Hereford Pegasus 5-2. Jo Smith and Marie Curran put Dudley ahead inside the opening ten minutes and Kayleigh Griffiths also found the net before half time, before Smith and Griffiths sealed the win with second half goals. Dudley must now play Sandiacre Town who defeated Mansfield Town 3-0.
Charlene Roach netted twice and Jemma Yarnton added the other as Woodbridge Town won 3-0 against West Lynn and they face fellow Eastern Region League side Chelmsford City in the next round, after the Clarets won 4-1 at Brentwood Town. Michelle Davis bagged a brace for Chelmsford, along with Emma Ridings and an own goal.
Braintree Town won an entertaining affair, Aimee Drane (2), Lynsey Bowman and Helena Golding giving them a 4-3 success over Hemel Hempstead Town to book themselves a home tie with Sawbridgeworth Town, who defeated Tring Athletic 3-2 thanks to Wendy Rankin, Joanne Gregory and an own goal.
Kettering Town beat Leighton Linslade 2-1 thanks to Francesca Deane and Steph Donald and they have been rewarded with a plum tie against Eastern Region League leaders Barking, the Essex side running out 6-2 winners away to MSA Ladies. Vicky Bruce and Samantha Chase were each on target twice, with the others coming from Hayley Piggott and an own goal.
A 3-0 win over Haverhill Rovers has taken Bedford Ladies through to the Third Round Qualifying and a tie with Arlesey Town, who came away from AFC Kempston Rovers with a 3-1 victory. Christie Turner, Lauren Prior and Sarah Saunders all found the net for Bedford whilst Arlesey progressed courtesy of goals from Mandy Cain, Kirsty Cooper and Kirsty Morley.
Aldershot Town continued their Cup run by scoring five without reply against AFC Wimbledon. Laura Wellman netted twice, along with Tara Coles, Jade Ferguson and Tracy Marlow. The Shots will now play London & South East League table toppers Old Actonians who went one better on the day, beating Ashford Girls 6-0.
Haywards Heath Town narrowly got the better of Canterbury City with a 3-2 win. Ang McPhee netted two of their goals and Cath Diffey added the other to give their side a fine victory. The Sussex side will face more Kent opposition in the next round in the shape of Maidstone Town, 3-1 victors over Tower Hamlets. Aimee Churchill netted twice for Maidstone, with Jennifer Colla also on target.
There was another exciting game which saw Haringey Borough put out Panthers by the odd goal in seven. Annie Liddiard (2), Aishah Bolaji and Marieann Sheena were on the scoresheet for Haringey who are now at home to Eastbourne Town who won 2-1 at Crawley Wasps thanks to an Emma Parslow double.
Wycombe Wanderers ran out 4-1 winners away to Launton and their next opponents will be Littlehampton Town & Devils, the Sussex side defeating Maidenhead Utd 3-2 thanks to a Samantha Mee double and Wendy Grant.
Shanklin notched up an impressive 5-0 victory over fellow Southern Region League side Bracknell Town, earning the Isle of Wight outfit another home tie with Oxford Utd who won 7-1 against Stony Stratford Town (see match report).
A late goal from Grace O'Leary earned Saltash Utd a fine 1-0 win away to Frome Town and the Cornish side have been rewarded with a home game, against University of Portsmouth, winners of their tight battle with Basingstoke Town by the odd goal in five. Sarah Stubbs, Michele Niven and Laura Newsome scored the goals to settle the tie in the University's favour.
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