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Denham Utd caused the biggest shock of the F.A.Women's Cup First Round as they won 3-0 away to South East Combination high fliers Norwich City.
Danielle Maton, Charlotte Stead and Sian McCrindle netted the goals for the London & South East League team who must now play Premier League opposition as they have landed a trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Larkhall Athletic meanwhile claimed a Combination scalp for the second round in succession, knocking out Newquay on penalties following a 2-2 draw. After Kelly Cripps had netted both goals for the Larks, goalkeeper Nicki O'Connell was her side's hero as she saved three penalties during the shootout, allowing Kate German to score the winning kick. Larkhall will now be at home to Shanklin who beat Boscombe Albion 3-1.
Oxford Utd were another side to chalk up an impressive victory over Combination opponents, running out 5-2 winners over Cambridge Women thanks to a goal apiece from Lauren Allison, Lauren May, Natasha Caswell, Sahara Osbourne-Ricketts and Nell Boxall. Oxford have been handed a plum draw against South East Combination leaders Lewes who triumphed 3-0 away to C & K Basildon, Steph O'Riley giving them the lead via a 40-yard lob before further strikes came from Clare Trafford and Tammy Waine.
Stoke City came through a tie away to Copsewood (Coventry) with a 6-3 victory which leaves them with an intriguing Second Round trip to Preston North End. Nicola Hudson netted twice for Stoke along with Dawn Mallett, Lucy Ridgeway, Tash Catalano and Lou Roberts with Abiyola Riley (2) and Natalie Dean replying.
Bradford City took on Newcastle Utd in one of the ties of the round and made it through with a 3-2 win, Caroline Omboyi scoring twice and Clare Fawcett the other. Bradford must now travel to South Durham & Cestria who also won 3-2 away to Stockport County thanks to Jen Jennings, Debbie Stansmore and Tracey Swales.
Leicester City LFC survived an awkward tie away to AFC Trinity, going through with a 5-2 victory. Kayleigh Hillier and Katie Bateman each scored twice and Kayleigh Brant the other for Leicester are now at home to Loughborough Students who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-3 after extra time.
Loughborough Foxes booked themselves a Second Round trip to Derby County by virtue of a 3-0 win against Radcliffe Olympic. Roschelle Shakes gave the Foxes the lead before they added further goals through Sarah Wentworth and Row Davies.
Coventry Sphinx progressed via a 3-0 success away to Crusaders. The West Midlands League side now have a home tie against Peterborough Northern Star who got past Billericay Town with a 6-3 win after extra time. This does not tell the full story though as four Peterborough players were involved in a car crash before the game and they trailed 3-1 at one stage before fighting back. Gee Sturgess led the scoring with a hat-trick and also on the scoresheet were Sofia Aragosa, Julie Ikeda and Rachel Adkin.
MSA Ladies continue to have a good season and a 2-1 win over Westfield sees them into the Second Round where they will face Crawley Wasps, who went through via a walkover against Ipswich Town. Samrawit Bereket and Angela Okunuga were both on target for MSA.
Enfield Town ended the hopes of Bracknell Town with a 5-0 victory and they have been rewarded with a home tie against Queen's Park Rangers. Katie Wilding put Enfield a goal up at the break before a Sara Sinclair hat-trick and Beth Demery strike sealed the tie in the second half.
Chichester City stormed to a 5-2 victory over Peterborough Sports and they now have the chance to take on Premier League opponents as they will now entertain West Ham Utd. The Hammers will need to watch out for Abbey Shrubb who kept up her fine scoring record in the Cup so far by netting all five goals.
Havant & Waterlooville made the long trip to Kent and returned with a 5-1 success away to Ebbsfleet Utd. Kaylee Schumann-Edwards and Laura Streeter gave the Hawks a two-goal lead which was halved by Lisa Fulgence. Lauren Cheshire grabbed a third before the break and Havant added two second half strikes from Lavinia Nkomo. However the match suffered a 30-minute second half delay as Fleet full back Sammy Jo Stewart was taken by ambulance to hospital with a suspected broken ankle following an innocuous challenge. Havant now play at home to Plymouth Argyle who beat them to the South West Combination title last season.
Swindon Town faced an awkward tie at home to Exeter City but negotiated it successfully with a 2-1 victory. Hayley Huckin and Catherine Reid netted the goals for Swindon who must now travel to play Keynsham Town.
Forest Green Rovers were given a scare before a second half blitz of goals saw them to a 5-1 win against a spirited Weymouth side. Kirsty Richardson gave Forest Green a first half lead which was cancelled out after the break by Emma Acott, before Katie Cook struck twice and further goals came from Charlotte King and Charley Cooney to earn the Gloucestershire side a Second Round trip to Portsmouth.
The Second Round is the first stage in which the Premier League Northern and Southern Division clubs enter the competition and there are some interesting ties from the draw, none moreso that Leicester City Women hosting Sporting Club Albion. Manchester City play Leeds City Vixens and Rochdale take on Blackburn Rovers in the other all-Northern Division ties whilst in the south, Gillingham face Colchester Utd and Brighton & Hove Albion play host to Millwall Lionesses.
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