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It was not a great day for Combination League clubs in the F.A.Women's Cup on Sunday as no less than nine of them were knocked out in the Third Round Qualifying by teams who play at a lower level.
One of the best performances came from MSA Ladies, who beat Milton Keynes Dons 4-3 after extra time. Samrawit Bereket, Carly Williams, Gosia McBride and A Okunuga were all on target for MSA and their reward is a home tie in the First Round against Westfield who defeated Oxford City 3-0 with goals from Laura Hann, Rebecca Sargent and Rebecca Galbraith (see match report).
Crawley Wasps meanwhile produced a fine display to win 2-1 away to Crystal Palace, Nicholle Smith and Matilda Hallgren grabbing their goals. The Wasps will have another crack at Combination opposition in the next round as they have been paired with Ipswich Town. Peterborough Sports meanwhile recorded a fine 1-0 success at Luton Town and they must now travel to Chichester City, who scored seven without reply against Rusthall. Abbey Shrubb hit a hat-trick for Chichester, Kirsty Willet added a brace and there was one apiece from Georgina Starkey and Megan Thompson.
The South West Combination suffered the most as four teams went out to lower league teams, including one time finalists Southampton Saints who were beaten on penalties by Denham Utd following a 1-1 draw. Alissa Down scored Denham's goal during normal time and also from the penalty spot, as well as Jo Torr and Sian McCrindle to ensure their side now go to Norwich City who were 4-3 winners over Chesham Utd with a goal apiece from Sasha Diston, Chelsea Garrett, Jodie Drake and Kate Parsons. Shanklin claimed a notable 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town to earn themselves a home tie with Boscombe Albion, 3-1 victors against Launceston thanks to a Charlie Lanahan hat-trick.
Larkhall Athletic produced one of the results of the round as they defeated South West Combination leaders Gloucester City 5-2 after extra time. Anna Walby, Kelly Cripps, Emily Harrington, Michelle Munro and Toni Hemmings all netted a goal apiece for the Larks whose reward in the First Round draw is a trip to Newquay, who beat Frome Town 3-2 thanks to Kayle Lane, Danni Barr and Chloe Richards. Keynsham Town Development also went out, beaten 4-0 by Exeter City for whom Kirsty Caunter (2), Lola Sanchez and Marika Ghiglia scored. The Grecians now travel to Swindon Town who were 5-1 winners at Bridgwater Town, courtesy of a goal apiece from Kirsty Shell, Catherine Reid, Hayley Huckin, Emma Skinner and Alison Wicks.
Billericay Town were another team to eliminate Combination opponents, running out 6-2 winners over Old Actonians, Lisa Silverton netting five times with Hayley Spallin also on target. Billericay will be at home to Peterborough Northern Star who won a tightly contested tie 4-3 against Brentwood Town after extra time. Julie Ikeda scored twice with Jade Ramm and Rachel Adkin adding the others to give Northern Star the win against the South East Combination side.
Durham Wildcats are the sole surviving County League side after they impressively defeated North East League high fliers Barnsley 3-0. Gemma Nortcliffe, Emily Clark and Laura Stockdale netted the goals for the Durham League outfit who must travel in the First Round to California Ladies who kept up their own Cup run with a 3-2 success at Ashington CFC, Ashleigh Leighton on target twice along with Sofia Cansado-Fernandez. Lowick Utd's hopes came to an end as they were beaten 4-2 by Blackpool Wren Rovers for whom Nikki Berko scored twice aloing with Carly Loughran and Rachel Warren. They face a tough challenge at home to Mossley Hill who claimed a fine victory of their own, scoring six without reply past Curzon Ashton. Sophie Perry bagged a hat-trick for the Merseysiders, Carla Lee added a double and Kim Cahill completed the tally.
One of the ties of the round saw Bradford City come away from Huddersfield Town with a 2-1 victory via a double from Caroline Omboyi. City's reward is another tough tie, this time at home to Newcastle Utd. The Magpies avoided a potential shock when they won 4-0 away to Rothwell Ladies, Stacy Crooks (2), Jess Foster and Jade Blackburn netting their goals. Middlesbrough also came through a tricky tie by winning 3-2 at Whitley Bay, courtesy of a Rachel McKnight hat-trick, which earns them a trip to Sheffield Utd Community who defeated Morecambe 3-2 thanks to Cheryl Mahwood, Tania Marsden and Jennifer Pearson.
Sheffield Wednesday reached the last sixteen last season and they have started another run this time around with a 4-0 success over Tranmere Rovers. Laura Windle, Jess Tait, Emily Scott and Codi Melia scored for Wednesday who have a difficult tie in the next round away to Liverpool Feds, 1-0 winners against Salford Ladies thanks to a goal from Jenny Rogers. Nikki Daniels (2), Kayleigh Rowe-Catterall, Claire Tenzer, Chloe Spencer, Cheryl Burns, Georgia France and Nikki Doig all found the net Stockport County netted eight without reply against St Francis 2000 to land themselves a tie with South Durham & Cestria who went one better, beating Wakefield 9-0. Jade White and Debbie Stansmore each netted braces for South Durham along with Becky Hanratty, Jenni Duffy, Robyn Stubbs, Lucy Johnstone and Jen Jennings.
There will be at least one team from Division One South of the West Midlands League after Crusaders, who won 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra with goals from Kirsty Spencer, Paige Leonard and Rachael Dyson, were paired with Coventry Sphinx who were 1-0 victors over Arnold Town, Chantelle Stanley scoring the only goal of the game. AFC Trinity meanwhile progressed by default and they will relish the chance to take on Leicester City Ladies, who beat Northampton Town 4-0 with goals from Gemma Ball, Thia Wright, Ez Kilby and Kayleigh Hillier.
Amber Qucik netted two extra time goals and Lauren Whiteman also found the net as Wolverhampton Wanderers got through a closely contested tie with a 3-2 win against Leafield Athletic and they now travel to Loughborough Students who ended the hopes of Bilbrook with a 14-0 victory. Adele Sale led the scoring for the students with a six-goal haul, Laura Williams weighed in with a hat-trick and the others came from Emma Pilling (2), Lauren Struszczak, Kate Rose and Aimee Perry. Another all-Midland Combination tie in the next round will see Copsewood (Coventry), who came through a tough tie at Mansfield Town with a 4-3 win thanks to Nicola Foskett, Amanda Whalley, Abiyola Riley and Becky Knights, play host to Stoke City, 5-1 winners at Lichfield Diamonds with strikes from Natasha Catalano, Becky Knight, Ele Costello, Kate Asher and Jodie Foxhall. Beth Harris (2), Lindsey Barker, Vicky Brackenbury, Laura Mills and Laura Devlin were on the scoresheet as Loughborough Foxes returned from Stratford Town with a 6-3 success under their belts, they now take on Radcliffe Olympic who beat Long Eaton Utd 3-1. Lauren Gage, Taryn Dowell-Hearn and Tania Vere all found the net for Radcliffe.
Carly Eagles, Charlie Dolby and Nicola Carty netted the goals as C & K Basildon defeated Hemel Hempstead Town 3-1 and the Eastern Region League have possibly the toughest test of the next round at home to South East Combination runaway leaders Lewes, who won 4-1 against University of Portsmouth courtesy of strikes from Tammy Waine, Holly Grogan, Stacey Arrowsmith and Andreia Veiga. Lisa Fulgence bagged a hat-trick as Ebbsfleet Utd beat Barking 3-0 and they will now play host to Havant & Waterlooville.
Cambridge Women faced an awkward trip to Hampstead and came through with a 2-1 victory. Captain Gemma Clare scored their winning goal to add to an earlier strike from Nat Richardson. Cambridge have another difficult tie at home to Oxford Utd who netted five without reply against London Corinthians. Ellie Roberts hit a hat-trick for the U's along with Lauren May and Natasha Caswell. Emma Constable scored twice and there was one each from Angela Whitney, Joanne Atkins, Tracy Corkett and Caroline Bisson for Bracknell Town as they won 6-1 at Bexhill Utd to set up another intriguing game against Enfield Town who were also 5-0 victors over Hethersett Athletic. Katie Wilding bagged a hat-trick for Enfield whose other goals came from Sara Sinclair and Claire Pavett.
Forest Green Rovers meanwhile eased through with a 6-2 success at Bristol Ladies Union, Katie Cook hitting a hat-trick along with Natalie Holbrook, Paige Stewart and Charley Cooney and they will be at home to Weymouth, 3-2 winners at Southampton Women. Phillipa Holden bagged the winning goal for the Dorset side to add to earlier strikes from Emma Acott and Sophie Ramsbottom.
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