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Morecambe produced the best result for the second round in succession when beating Liverpool Feds 6-3 to reach the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup for the first time in their history.
Megan Doherty - who bagged a hat-trick against Chorley in the previous round - was again on target twice and further doubles from Becky Whittingham and Jenny Keane helped to secure the North West League high fliers a tie against Coventry City.
Sheffield Utd Community are the other remaining Regional League club following their 4-2 victory over Durham Wildcats, which was earned by a goal apiece from Rachel Skeemer, Ewa Kuctha, Christina Skull and Kim Brown. The Blades must wait to see who their next opponents will be as they have been paired with the winners of the only postponed tie, between Nottingham Forest and Bradford City.
The day was devoid of major shocks but some of the Premier League clubs were given hard matches by lower league opponents. None moreso than Queen's Park Rangers who faced one of the trickiest ties of all away to South East Combination leaders Chesham Utd but a Katie O'Leary double saw Rangers to a 2-1 extra time victory and a Third Round trip to Portsmouth.
Derby County also survived an awkward game at Loughborough Foxes as goals from Cara Newton and Nikki Ledgister gave them a 2-0 win and the Rams' reward is a plum home tie with Watford. Newcastle Utd meanwhile defeated Radcliffe Olympic 2-0 thanks to Beth Gardener and captain Sarah Wilson, which earns them a home tie with Plymouth Argyle. The South West Combination side came through a well contested tie at Larkhall Athletic with a 2-0 victory, the home side not taking the chances that came their way before Argyle sealed the game with goals in the last ten minutes from Emily Mousley and Sarah Stacey.
Tottenham Hotspur were another Premier League team with an awkward tie, against Copsewood (Coventry), but also made it safely through with a 2-0 success. There were opportunities for both teams in an open game but strikes early in the second half from Davina Smith and Wendy Martin proved to be the difference for Spurs who now host Cardiff City Ladies.
Middlesbrough landed themselves the top prize in the draw, a North East derby with Sunderland following their 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town. A Jess Round brace, Dan Scarr and Sarah Manning ensured that Gemma Grainger's side progressed through. West Ham Utd meanwhile ended the Cup run of London Corinthians by beating them 3-0, Hannah Gowland scoring twice and Lily Mellors the other to book the Hammers a tough Third Round trip to Leeds Utd.
Blackburn Rovers reached the quarter finals last season but they are out of the competition this time around, beaten 2-1 by Sheffield FC whose goals came from Lisa Giampalma and Suzanne Davies after Rovers had taken a first half lead. Sheffield now travel to Manchester City for one of the most intriguing ties in the next round.
Former winners Millwall Lionesses ran out 3-1 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers but it needed two late goals to seal victory. Emma Whitter gave Millwall a first half lead before Danya Chong and Whitter sewed up the win, Anna Perks grabbing a late consolation for Wolves. Preston North End won another all-Premier League tie as Melissa Brown and Melissa Ball earned them a 2-0 success at Leicester City Women and a home tie with Millwall.
Sporting Club Albion made the long trip to Colchester Utd a worthwhile one as they returned with a 5-1 victory under their belts. Robyn James was on target twice along with Abby Pope, Ashleigh Neville and Natasha Baptiste and this sets Albion up with a fascinating tie in the next round away to Midland Combination table toppers Leafield Athletic, who scored six without reply against C & K Basildon thanks to Sade Alaka (2), Hayley Phillipowsky, Leigh Dugmore, Charlotte Hughes and an own goal.
It was a bittersweet day for Reading FC Women whose 2-1 win at Lewes was marred by a serious injury to prolific goalscorer Fran Kirby, who suffered a double break in her ankle when scoring the winning goal. New signing Cheryl Williams netted the earlier goal for the Royals who are now at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls were the highest scorers on the day, Lily Agg spearheading their 9-2 victory over Westfield with a four-goal haul. Kim Stenning and Faye Rabson each weighed in with doubles and Charlotte Gurr completed the tally.
Gillingham ended the challenge of Milton Keynes Dons by beating them 6-1, Jade Keogh and Danielle Carlton each scoring twice along with Deanna Cooper and Bryony Smith. The Gills are now away to Swindon Town who were 3-2 winners at Exeter City, thanks to a hat-trick from in-form striker Abby Picton.
Yeovil Town recorded the biggest margin of victory with their 8-0 win away to the last surviving County League club, Colne Valley. Katie Cook scored a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Laura Bray (2), Emma Brazell, Justine Lorton and an own goal to see Yeovil through to a Third Round tie at Barnet.
Ipswich Town will face Aston Villa after a solitary strike from Aimee Harrison earned them a 1-0 victory over Cambridge Women and the battle between the top two in the South West Combination went the way of Oxford Utd, who defeated Keynsham Town 6-1. Keynsham goalkeeper Amber Thornell was sent off in the opening minutes and Oxford went on to victory courtesy of a Lauren Allison hat-trick, a brace from Natasha Caswell and Catherine Beaver.
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