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Megan Doherty scored a hat-trick and Becky Whittingham the other as Morecambe produced arguably the best result of the day in the First Round of the F.A.Women's Cup as they won 4-2 away to Northern Combination leaders Chorley.
Morecambe will have another chance to take on Northern Combination opposition in the next round, they will play host to Liverpool Feds who beat Crewe Alexandra 1-0, Rosie Kinvig scoring the only goal of the game.
Colne Valley are now the sole surviving County League side in the competition after they won 4-1 at Parkwood Rangers. Charmaine Benham (2), Louisa Richards and Debbie Watson netted their goals, with Laura Reilly replying. The Greater London League outfit have been well rewarded in the Second Round with a home tie against Premier League Yeovil Town.
Middlesbrough had been handed an awkward home tie against North East League table toppers Peterlee St Francis but came through with a 5-2 victory. Emily Scott, Ebony Housam, Amy Griffiths, Jess Round and Jas McNaught netted the goals for 'Boro who will have to wait to find out their next opponents as the tie between Leeds City Vixens or Huddersfield Town was postponed.
Radcliffe Olympic ended the Cup run of Lutterworth Athletic by beating them 6-1. Leanne Branson bagged a brace with one apiece from Sarah Daman-Willems, Taryn Hearn, Rania Ramadan and Cat Stainthorpe. The win has earned Radcliffe a long trip in the Second Round as they must travel to Newcastle Utd, who enter the competition at this stage for the first time along with the other Premier League Northern and Southern Division clubs.
Kathryn Mudge and Heather Craddock, with the second half decider, scored the goals as Sheffield Utd Community edged out Mossley Hill 2-1. In the next round they will play host to Durham Wildcats whose good record in the competition continued with an impressive 4-0 win over Blackpool. Gemma Nortcliffe hit a hat-trick for the Wildcats and she was joined on the scoresheet by Annabelle Gibney.
Bradford City progressed with a 3-1 victory over Stockport County, which earns them an intriguing Second Round tie away to Nottingham Forest. Chantelle O'Hara gave Bradford a first half lead which she doubled after the break, with Bridie Hannon adding the third from a free kick.
The Midland Combination league table was turned upside down as Loughborough Foxes defeated Leicester City Ladies 1-0 in the battle of the Foxes. Lauren Struzcszak, recenly signed from Loughborough Students, grabbed the only goal of the game. Loughborough now have the chance to take on Premier League opposition due to them being drawn at home to Derby County.
Milton Keynes Dons were narrow 2-1 winners over Luton Town and they are now away to Gillingham. Luton took a first half lead through Lauren Goodier with Hannah Barrett equalising for the Dons on the stroke of half time. Bryony Levitt settled the game in MK's favour with the winning strike, fifteen minutes from time.
London Corinthians are having an excellent Cup run which is showing no signs of slowing down and they stormed to a 5-0 victory away to AFC Sudbury. Katherine Long headed them in front in the opening minute before Grace Gibbs hit a hat-trick and Kayla Murphy added the fifth via a powerful long range strike. The London & South East League side have landed a plum draw in the Second Round at home to West Ham Utd.
The tie of the round had been between the two teams at the top of the Midland Combination and it did not disappoint as Leafield Athletic won 3-2 against Stoke City, Sade Alaka scoring twice and Leigh Dugmore the other. Leafield have been handed a tricky draw at home to Eastern Region League table toppers C & K Basildon, who were 3-1 victors at Arlesey Town. Jenny Brown-Wealls hit a brace for C & K, including one from the penalty spot, with Nicola Carty also on target.
Ipswich Town made a smooth progression at the expense of AFC Wimbledon, defeating them 5-1 thanks to a Michelle Allum double, Kat Parnell, Rosi Webb and an own goal. The Tractor Girls now play host to fellow South East Combination side Cambridge Women who beat Brentwood Town 4-0. Laura Bright headed Cambridge in front with Laura Baker adding a second ahead of the interval. Sophie Thompson increased their lead late in the second half and Hannah Goodchild rounded off the scoring.
Chesham Utd kept up their outstanding season to date with a fine 3-1 win away to Enfield Town. Gemma Fraser scored twice and Anneka Nuttell the other to set the Clarets up with a Second Round tie against Queen's Park Rangers.
Copsewood (Coventry) ensured they went through by winning 3-1 against Rise Park. Strike duo Nicola Foskett and Abiyola Riley put Copsewood two ahead inside the opening half hour and although an own goal reduced the arrears for the home side, Sam Pattinson sealed victory with a fine finish. Copsewood have an opportunity to test themselves against a Premier League side as they must travel to Tottenham Hotspur.
Emma Barnes and Hannah Searle grabbed the goals as Westfield won 2-1 against MSA Ladies. The London & South East League side have been rewarded with a home tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Oxford Utd were given a tough battle by Newquay before eventually making it through with a 2-1 victory, given to them by Lauren Allison and Sian Riley-Phillips. This sets up a fascinating tie against South West Combination title rivals Keynsham Town who had a more straightforward passage when scoring eight without reply against University of Portsmouth. Suzanne Grant, who has rejoined on loan from Celtic, bagged a hat-trick as did Fabiana Rodrigues, and the tally was completed by Ashley Reinecke and an own goal.
Exeter City ended the Cup run of Brislington with a 7-0 success when the sides met at St James' Park. Kirsty Caunter and Tash Knapman each scored twice and the others came from Lola Sanchez, Catherine Wright and Sophie Simpson. Exeter will be at home again in the next round to Swindon Town who recorded one of the best wins of the day, 4-1 away to South East Combination high fliers Chichester City thanks to an Abby Picton brace, Michelle Rich and Kim Reeves.
Larkhall Athletic made it into the Second Round for the third year in a row with a 2-0 extra time victory away to Southampton Saints, avenging their defeat at that stage two seasons ago with goals from Natasha Miller and Emily Harrington. The Larks have been drawn against Plymouth Argyle who also needed extra time in their 3-2 win at Forest Green Rovers. Plymouth took an early lead through Daisy Self which was cancelled out by Charlotte King, with Sammy Holdsworth then putting Rovers ahead midway through the second half. An Abbie Sadler own goal sent the game into extra time where it was settled with the final kick of the first period, Rebekah Rose scoring the winner for Argyle from the penalty spot.
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