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Yeovil Town knocked out a National Division side for the second round in a row and their 3-0 win against Portsmouth takes them into the Fifth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup, equalling their best ever run in the competition.
Stacey Pearson, who scored a hat-trick in the last round against Barnet, was on the scoresheet once again along with Laura Bray and Jade Radburn to earn a notable win for the Glovers, who are yet to concede a goal in their Cup run so far.
Oxford Utd claimed their second Premier League victims in successive rounds as they defeated Newcastle Utd 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium. Two early goals from Katie Stanley and Natasha Caswell gave Oxford another fine victory, despite Jess Havelock pulling a goal back for Newcastle in the second half (see match report).
The tie of the round went the way of Leeds Utd who returned from Watford with a 2-0 victory under their belts. Leeds went in front after four minutes through Tanya Rich and they went on to sew up the win on the hour mark with the second goal from Abbie Lee.
Manchester City booked their place in the Fifth Round as a late strike earned them a 1-0 win away to Coventry City. The visitors had the better of things in the first half and Coventry pushed on after the break but there were not too many clear cut chances at either end. With six minutes left, substitute Sarah Buffel sprang the Coventry offside trap and kept her cool to guide the ball home for the only goal of the game.
There was also last minute drama in South Wales where Cardiff City Ladies went through to the last sixteen via a late extra winner against Reading FC Women. It was Reading who started the game well with Beth Lloyd hitting the post and Alice Palmer forcing a save from Rhian Nokes but Cardiff grew stronger with Kelly Aldridge and Ellie Isaac both going close before Kayleigh Green's header was cleared off the line by Stacey Wiggins on the stroke of half time. Cori Williams put Cardiff in front midway through the second half but nine minutes from time, Cheryl Williams drilled home a free kick to level the scores and force extra time. There were few chances at either end during the extra period and penalties were looming large until the final minute when Nadia Lawrence slotted home from close range to give Cardiff a 2-1 victory.
Sunderland were given a hard battle by Sporting Club Albion as they went through with a 2-1 victory. Goal ace Beth Mead got the Wearsiders off to the perfect start when she put them ahead after four minutes and, moments after she had struck the bar, Sophie Williams made it two as she scored direct from the resulting corner. In the second half, Becky Thomas made a fine save from Mead's long range strike but Albion dug in to keep themselves in the game. Robyn James gave them late hope as she pulled a goal back in injury time but it turned out to be a consolation as Sunderland move into the last sixteen once again.
Aston Villa had a much smoother passage as they ran out 3-0 winners over Preston North End. All the scoring was done in the first quarter of the game, Natalie Gibson giving Villa the lead after six minutes and Chloe Jones doubling their advantage with a further six minutes on the clock. Dani Petrovic then added a third to give Villa an unassailable lead which they kept for the remainder of the game.
Nottingham Forest won their third F.A.Women's Cup tie in four weeks as they edged out Gillingham by the odd goal in five. The Gills took the lead on the half hour through a deflected cross by Kallie Balfour but three minutes later, Natasha Meade raced through on goal to level the scores. On the stroke of half time, Forest went in front for the first time when Reanne Thomas headed in from a corner. Gillingham upped the pressure after the break and were rewarded with a 66th minute equaliser through Deanna Cooper but another corner led to Forest scoring a decisive third, Katie McLoughlin settling a well contested tie by heading in the winner with twelve minutes remaining.
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