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Havant & Waterlooville picked up one of the results of the round as they defeated Plymouth Argyle 3-2 to progress to the Third Round.
Laura Oakes gave the Hawks a fourteenth minute lead and they doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when Lauren Cheshire scored at the second attempt after her initial effort had been blocked by Nicky Lipscombe. Plymouth reduced the arrears midway through the second half as Tash Knapman headed in a Natalie Volpini cross but Vinny Nkomo restored the two-goal margin moments later with a curling effort. Katie Middleton gave Argyle renewed hope as she pulled a goal back in injury time but the South West Combination team held on.
Havant's reward is a Third Round trip to Brighton & Hove Albion who won 2-1 against Millwall Lionesses thanks to Kim Whitcombe and Kim Stenning.
Enfield Town also knocked out Premier League opposition as they won a penalty shootout against Queen's Park Rangers following a 1-1 draw. Cherelle Albert gave Rangers the lead early in the first half with Holly Brandon equalising for Enfield shortly afterwards. In the resulting shootout, Enfield goalkeeper Kelly Cooper saved two penalties and captain Claire Gooch slotted home the winning kick to send her side through. Enfield, who reached the Fourth Round last season, now play host to MSA Ladies who ironically also progressed via a penalty shootout following a goalless draw with Crawley Wasps (see match report).
Oxford Utd recorded a no less impressive 2-0 victory against runaway South East Combination leaders Lewes. Ellie Roberts and Holly Pickett netted the goals for the Southern Region League side who have been rewarded with a Third Round trip to Manchester City, who eased through with a 9-1 victory over Leeds City Vixens. Amanda Goodwin led the scoring for City with a hat-trick, Krystle Johnston weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Becky Grocott, Danni Young, Sarah Buffel and Saffron Jordan.
The tie of the round saw two of the Northern Division title chasers go face to face and it was Sporting Club Albion who emerged as narrow 1-0 winners over Leicester City WFC. In a tight encounter at Holmes Park with chances few and far between, City's Vicky Gallagher fired just wide early on. Nicola Van de Weerdhof then made a fine save from Albion's Robyn James and Issy Hayes headed just over from a Leah Rawle free kick at the other end. Ashleigh Neville clipped home a shot from 20 yards in the 64th minute for Albion which turned out to be the winner. Albion will now be at home to National Division side Reading FC Women, who enter the competition at this stage, in one of the intriguing ties of the Third Round.
Derby County survived a scare when beating Loughborough Foxes 3-1 to embark on what they hope will be another good Cup run. The Rams were taken to extra time by their Midland Combination opponents before goals from Emily Jeffery and Michelle Kilmartin, to complete her double, finally saw them through. Derby now play West Ham Utd who also came through an awkward tie with a 3-0 victory away to Chichester City. Kelley Blanchflower netted a goal in each half and Becky Merritt added the third to clinch the win for the Hammers.
Gemma Watson led the scoring with a hat-trick as Preston North End ran out 7-3 winners over Midland Combination leaders Stoke City. Alison Taberner, Sam Cadwallader, Carla Cleworth and Alice Forshaw completed the tally for the Lancashire side who must wait to find out their next opponents, either Sheffield Wednesday or Durham Wildcats.
The other all-Northern Division tie saw Blackburn Rovers return from Rochdale with a 2-1 win under their belts. Nichol Forster and Charlotte Hayes scored the goals to earn Blackburn a Third Round trip to Nottingham Forest.
Gillingham dealt a blow to Southern Division table toppers Colchester Utd by beating them 3-0. Natalie Crinean netted twice and Danielle Carlton added the third for the Gills who are now away to Keynsham Town. Suzanne Grant bagged a hat-trick as Keynsham eased to a 7-1 victory over Swindon Town and she was joined on the scoresheet by Ashley Reinecke, Katarzyna Rusek, Naomi Clipston and Polly Wardle.
Portsmouth were given a hard battle by Forest Green Rovers before eventually emerging as 4-1 victors. Gemma Hillier netted a goal in each half to put Pompey and although Katie Cook pulled one back for Forest Green, strikes in the last eight minutes from Lucy Quinn and Leeta Rutherford saw Portsmouth home. Vanessa Raynbird's side will be at home to either Sheffield FC or Middlesbrough in the next round.
Larkhall Athletic won a closely fought battle between two Regional League teams, 2-1 against Shanklin. All of the goals came in the first half, Kim Masterton putting Shanklin ahead before Natasha Miller equalised for the Larks against her former club and Emily Harrington lobbed home a spectacular winner. Larkhall will now be at home to Tottenham Hotspur who netted seven without reply past Denham Utd. Emma Kayser, Sam Pittuck, Jess Cheeseman, Miranda Hall, Wendy Martin and Emma Sherwood all scored a goal apiece with an own goal making up the tally.
Bradford City emerged as 3-0 victors from an all-Northern Combination tie against South Durham & Cestria. Caroline Omboyi gave Bradford a first half lead and a second half double from Charlotte Stuart sealed the win for City who will be away to Charlton Athletic in the next round.
Katie Bateman and Gemma Ball scored the goals as Leicester City LFC edged out Loughborough Students with a 2-1 victory which has earned them a Third Round tie at home to National Division opponents Cardiff City.
Peterborough Northern Star will also have a plum tie after they won 1-0 away to Coventry Sphinx. Julie Ikeda netted the only goal of the game to book the East Midlands League side an away trip to Barnet, beaten semi finalists in each of the last two seasons.
The three remaining First Round ties were finally completed on Sunday and included a shock result with Blackpool Wren Rovers beating Mossley Hill 3-2. Nikki Berko scored twice and Carly Loughran the other for Rovers who are now at home to Rotherham Utd, with Premier League Champions Sunderland awaiting the winners.
A solitary strike from Susan Badger ensured Middlesbrough a 1-0 win against Sheffield Utd Community and they will return to South Yorkshire for the next round when they will play Sheffield FC for the right to face Portsmouth.
Durham Wildcats continued their excellent Cup run by scoring eight without reply past California Ladies. Hannah Beard netted four times for the only County League side remaining in the competition, with Gemma Nortcliffe, Jess Quador, Elise McLear and an own goal rounding off the scoring for the university side who now go to Sheffield Wednesday.
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