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Oxford Utd caused a huge shock in the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup with a 2-1 victory away to Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks took a ninth minute lead through Jenny Newman but the U's hit back early in the second half and levelled the scores when Lauren Allison headed in from a corner. A thrilling Cup tie was settled with sixteen minutes remaining, Natasha Caswell curling home a 20-yard free kick for the winning goal.
Oxford therefore become the first Combination team to beat a National Division side in the competition for nine years, the first time since Cardiff City defeated Everton 1-0 with a Jessica Fishlock goal in 2004.
Yeovil Town pulled off the day's other surprise result, a 3-0 win away to Barnet. Stacey Pearson was the hero for Yeovil as she scored an opportunist hat-trick to send her side into the Fourth Round for the first time in three years.
Morecambe's Cup run has come to an end but they were far from disgraced in going down to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City. The Sky Blues went into a two-goal lead in the opening 22 minutes through Natasha Lynch and Helen Dermody but Megan Doherty pulled a goal back before the interval for the SeaGals. Coventry successfully negotiated the second half to leave Sheffield Utd Community as the last remaining Regional League club in the Cup.
Sunderland advanced to the Fourth Round once again by running out 6-1 winners away to Middlesbrough in their North East derby tie. Keira Ramshaw scored a hat-trick for the Wearsiders with Beth Mead, Natalie Gutteridge and a Becky Salicki penalty completing the scoring. Middlesbrough, whose goalkeeper Laura Wilson gave an outstanding display, scored a second half consolation through Jenny Dixon.
Gillingham were pushed all the way by Swindon Town before a goal two minutes from the end of extra time by Danielle Carlton earned them a 1-0 victory (see match report).
The local derby tie between Leafield Athletic and Sporting Club Albion was settled with just two minutes left on the clock. Robyn James gave Albion a 3-2 win on the day against the Midland Combination side with her second goal, Amy Rippington joining her on the scoresheet.
Plymouth Argyle spent around 16 hours on the road over the weekend, travelling to the opposite end of the country for their tie with Newcastle Utd. The South West Combination side gave a good account of themselves in the resulting 2-1 defeat, Jess Havelock and Charlotte Potts putting Newcastle two goals ahead before Rebekah Rose pulled one back for Argyle.
Leeds Utd were another team given a hard time by local opposition, eliminating West Ham Utd by the odd goal in five. Carey Huegett put Leeds ahead after ten minutes and then goals in quick succession by Danielle Sheen and Hayley Sharp ensured they were three up at the break. An own goal brought the Hammers back into the game and Hannah Gowland reduced the arrears to a single goal but Leeds saw the game out to progress to the Fourth Round.
Aston Villa meanwhile ended the hopes of South East Combination opponents Ipswich Town by beating them 2-0, given to them by goals from Olivia Fergusson and Carly Davies.
Cardiff City Ladies came through an awkward tie away to Tottenham Hotspur with a 4-0 victory. Louise Hutton put the South Wales side ahead and they went on to complete the win with further goals from Paige Stewart, Nadia Lawrence and Zoe Atkins.
Despite a nervous ending to the game, Manchester City progressed with a 3-2 win against Sheffield FC. Krystle Johnston put City ahead after two minutes and Lindsay Savage added a second moments later, and City looked to be well on their way to victory midway through the second half when Sarah Danby increased their lead. However Sheffield then staged a fightback with Carla Ward scoring from the penalty spot and Jodie Michalska pulling another goal back but City held their nerve to see the game out for victory.
Watford also notched up a 4-0 win away to lower division opposition, in this case at Derby County. The Golden Girls went in front after four minutes when Megan Wynne fired home and Jo Wilson raced on to Sarah Wiltshire's pass to add the second just before half time. Wilson netted her second goal midway through the second half and Cally Rowell rounded off the victory with the fourth from the penalty spot.
Preston North End have made it into the Fourth Round for the first time in their history as they narrowly defeated Millwall Lionesses 3-2. Melissa Ball gave Preston the lead midway through the first half with Dionne Lennon equalising a moment later, following up to score after her initial penalty had been saved by Alison Taberner. A penalty then restored Preston's advantage, converted by Jenna Carroll, but Millwall hit back once again with Shauni Griffiths making it 2-2 early in the second half. Ball then scored her second to give her side a decisive lead and Preston held out for a hard earned win.
Reading FC Women emerged as 4-2 winners from a well contested tie against Brighton & Hove Albion. Lily Agg gave Brighton an early lead which was cancelled out two minutes after the break by Charlotte Chard and Beth Lloyd put Reading in front for the first time a minute later. Alice Palmer added a third via a long range lob and although Catherine O'Hagan reduced the arrears straight away, Palmer completed her double to see Reading through.
Portsmouth saw off the challenge of Queen's Park Rangers with a 5-0 victory. Charley Wilson had a great day in front of goal for Pompey, netting four times and Kirsty McGee added the fifth via a free kick.
After three previous postponements, the last remaining Second Round tie was finally played with Nottingham Forest defeating Bradford City 6-3. Aileen Whelan put Forest ahead just after the half hour with Bridie Hannon equalising ahead of the break. Reanne Thomas restored Forest's lead two minutes after the restart and Lauren Howard added two goals in quick succession. Mel Garside-Wight pulled a goal back for Bradford with Whelan completing her double on the hour, Bradford refused to give up and Jodie Redgrave renewed their hopes but Stephanie Smith killed off any hopes of a comeback with the final goal for Forest who now travel to Sheffield Utd Community in their Third Round tie next week.
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