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Preston North End stormed into the Fourth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup after running out 3-0 winners over Yeovil Town.
The Lancashire side, who became the first Premier League team to knock a FA WSL side out of the Cup for three years, got off to the perfect start when Keeleigh Savage gave them a fourth minute lead from the penalty spot after Melissa Ball had been fouled. Yeovil tried to hit back with Polly Wardle forcing a great save from Danielle Brown whilst Amy Wathan and Grace Rapp were narrowly off target, but Preston held on to their lead going into the interval.
However just seven minutes after the restart, Preston were two ahead and Savage bagged her second goal, this time racing on to a defence splitting pass from Katie Anderton and slotting home. Sophie Jones was denied by Yeovil goalkeeper Alice Evans shortly afterwards but with ten minutes left on the clock, Preston sealed an impressive victory as Jones scored with a deft finish after being put through by Laura Walker.
Savage almost completed a hat-trick late on when her header was cleared off the line but it was hers and Preston's day and they will make the trip to Gillingham in the next round.
London Bees meanwhile survived a scare as they won 3-1 away to Leeds Utd and they will be away to either Bradford City or Cardiff City Ladies, whose tie was postponed.
As with Preston, Leeds made a flying start to the match and took an early lead when Abbie McIver latched onto Olivia Thackray's pass and rounded Sophie Harris to score. The Bees had a great chance to equalise four minutes before half time when Anneka Nuttall was brought down in the area by Fiona Berry but the resulting penalty was blazed over the bar by Sydney Hinchcliffe.
London Bees were much improved in the second half and were soon back on level terms with Nuttall scoring from close range. Two minutes later and they were ahead for the first time, Dawn Mallett firing home from inside the area.
A scramble led to the match clinching third goal midway through the half, after Sian Binks had initially saved from Lily Agg, the follow up effort was blocked on the line by Berry but Nuttall was well placed to force the ball home for her second goal.
Watford earned themselves a long trip to Sunderland with a 5-1 success away to West Ham Utd. Sarah Wiltshire led the scoring with a hat-trick, Jo Wilson and Magda Mosengo adding the others with Lindsey Morgan grabbing a consolation for the Hammers (see match report).
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