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Two times finalists Leeds Utd progressed to the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup after coming from behind to beat Loughborough Students 4-1.
The Midland Combination side took the lead shortly before half time through Hayley James but Leeds hit back to level the scores a minute later via an own goal. Olivia Thackray put Leeds ahead early in the second half with a low left foot drive and Emma Bentley headed in the third on the hour. Carey Huegett rounded off the scoring late on for Leeds who now face WSL2 opposition in the shape of London Bees.
Crystal Palace are the only Regional League club to have made it through so far - FC Reedswood and Blackpool Wren Rovers are yet to play - as they triumphed 3-2 away to Bedford Ladies. Roschelle Shakes scored twice and Jenny Kikomeko the other to take Palace into the Third Round for the first time in their history, while Bedford replied through Natasha Fensome and Rebecca Vass. Palace will be at home to either Derby County or Newcastle Utd.
Larkhall Athletic claimed the result of the day when winning 2-1 at Chesham Utd. Natasha Miller and Kate German scored the goals for the South West Combination side who now travel to play the winners of the tie between FC Reedswood and Copsewood (Coventry).
Nottingham Forest eased through with a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Katrina Greaves fired Forest in front early on with Megan Howard sealing the win with a goal in each half. Forest now face a tough home tie against Southern Division Gillingham, who came through a difficult test themselves when winning 2-1 at Queen's Park Rangers thanks to strikes from Danielle Carlton and Emma Tune.
Lewes were also given a hard time by Denham Utd before eventually emerging as 1-0 winners. Nikki Payne scored the only goal of the game in extra time for the Rookettes to finally break Denham's resistance and book themselves a Third Round trip to either Portsmouth or Keynsham Town.
Cardiff City Ladies ended the Cup run of St Nicholas by beating them 3-0. Kelly Isaac, Naomi Clipston and Bethan Lloyd scored the goals for the South Wales side during the first half but the Chipping Sodbury-based side did not give up after the break and were far from disgraced. Lauren Townsend rattled the bar with a 25-yard strike and Paige Stewart's penalty was saved by Jade Gamlin and Cardiff face a trip north in next round to play the winners of the delayed tie between Bradford City and Blackpool Wren Rovers.
Blackburn Rovers also survived a potential giantkilling, winning 1-0 away to Whitley Bay who had gone into the game with an unbeaten home record. The only goal of the game came on seventeen minutes when Nichol Forster finished off a good move and it proved to be enough on the day for Rovers who now host either Middlesbrough or Tranmere Rovers.
Brighton & Hove Albion were 3-2 victors in a tightly contested tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Tammy Waine put the Seagulls in front in the sixth minute, a lead they held until the break, before Jenna Schillaci equalised early in the second half. Rosie Kmita restored Brighton's lead against her former club but Spurs hit back again to level once more through Wendy Martin. The tie was finally settled with fifteen minutes remaining when Kirsty Barton scored a decisive goal for Brighton who must travel to Devon in the next round to play the winners of the derby tie between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle.
Coventry City produced a fine result to win 4-1 at Northern Combination high fliers Huddersfield Town. Helen Dermody scored twice for the Sky Blues along with Maz Gauntlett and Natalie Brace, with Kate Mallin replying for Town from the penalty spot.
Coventry will now be at home to Stoke City who were the other team to progress as they recorded the highest win of the day, 7-0 against TNS Ladies. Recent signing Jamillah Palmer made it four goals in two games by bagging a brace as Stoke ended the hopes of their West Midlands League opponents and she was joined on the scoresheet by Jodie Foxhall, Natasha Tezgel, Chantelle Gallagher, Meg Bowyer and Louise Roberts.
Photo - St Nicholas full back Gemma Rallison gets in a tackle on Cardiff City midfielder Paige Stewart.
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