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Maidenhead Utd led a day of surprises in the Third Round Qualifying of the F.A.Women's Cup with a 3-0 victory over Shanklin.
The Isle of Wight side have started the season well in the Premier League South West Division One but found themselves on the receiving end as the Southern Region League outfit booked their place in the First Round proper, Lucy Smith scoring twice along Tina Brett. Maidenhead's next opponents will be C & K Basildon who won their local derby 3-1 against Barking, Zoe Rushen scoring twice including one from the penalty spot, with Amy Nash adding the other.
Carshalton Athletic meanwhile put out Enfield Town on penalties after the sides had shared a 3-3 draw. Ella Bale scored twice and Janaya Spiteri the other for Carshalton during normal time and the extra half hour could not settle matters, sending the game into a shootout where goalkeeper Chanell Yardley emerged as Carshalton's hero with two saves whilst also finding the net along with Laura Curtis and Janaya Spiteri. They will now be away to Herne Bay, 4-0 winners away to Long Lane in the all-South East Counties League clash. Harriett Chapman, Rachael Tracy, Debbie Blackmore and Victoria Holness all scored for Bay.
Two teams who had impressive wins against Premier League opponents will come face to face in the next round. Megan Mansfield scored twice, with Katherine King and Holly Ryde adding the others, as London Corinthians defeated Denham Utd 4-0 whilst Lowestoft Town continued their powerful start to the season by beating Norwich City 5-1 with goals from Chloe Hoffman (2), Natasha Thomas, Kate Pasque and Hannah Waters.
Hull City also claimed a Premier League scalp as they defeated Chester-le-Street 4-1. Charley McNamara, Katie Thompson, Sophie Etherington and Rebecca Beech all scored to set Hull up with a plum tie against Mossley Hill who edged out Steel City Wanderers by the odd goal in seven. Carla Lee was on target twice for Mossley along with Carmen Troiano and Kaisha Sohl.
Blackpool Wren Rovers kept up their good record in the Cup by claiming their place in the First Round once again with a 6-2 win over Middlesbrough. Nikki Berko and Gemma Watson each scored twice while Fiona Dransfield and Louise Allan added one apiece. Rovers have landed another home tie against Sheffield Utd Community who beat Woolton 2-0 with Kimberley Brown netting both goals.
TNS Ladies are having a great Cup run which continued with a 2-0 victory against Premier League Leafield Athletic. Abi Cottam and an own goal saw TNS through while their defence of Katy Huntbach, Nicola Walford and Hannah Yates kept up their very impressive record of just one goal conceded in nine games. That record should receive a stern test in the next round against Loughborough Foxes who ran up the biggest winning margin of the day, 13-2 over Ruddington Village. Emma Pilling and Lauren Strusczcak each bagged hat-tricks and Mel Reid weighed in with a brace, the tally being completed by Vicky Brackenbury, Kirsty Matthews, Ali Bowes, Anne-Marie Reddish and an own goal.
Eastbourne Town were the eighth Regional League side to eliminate a Premier League club and did it style, scoring five times without reply past Gosport Borough to set up a First Round meeting with Chichester City. Janine Daly hit a hat-trick for Eastbourne and she was joined on the scoresheet by Beth Richardson and Georgie Davis.
Two clubs with proud past records in the competition met each other and it was twice Finalists Leeds Ladies who won 2-0 against former semi finalists Tranmere Rovers. Hannah Campbell and captain Emma Bentley scored the goals to set Leeds up with a home tie against Guiseley AFC Vixens.
Chorley ended the Cup hopes of Tynedale with a 10-1 victory. Gabriella Difalco led the scoring with a five-goal haul, Vicky Coope weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Janet Dawson and Kerry Wareing. This sets up an all-Premier League affair against Rotherham Utd who scored eight times without reply against Sheffield Wednesday. Nat Shaw scored a hat-trick along with Amy Pollock (2), Lauren Bailey, Jessica Birtles and Jade Rabjohn (see match report).
Levi Wensley and Rosie Havelin were on the scoresheet as Liverpool Marshalls Feds came through a difficult tie with a 2-1 victory away to Whitley Bay, who have enjoyed good runs in the Cup in recent seasons. The Feds are now at home to Stockport County who defeated Accrington Girls & Ladies 4-0 with goals from Claire O'Reilly, Jeneyah Webb, Bet Langford and Lucy Lurton.
Morecambe were pushed all the way by Burnley Girls & Ladies before eventually emerging as 4-3 winners after extra time in a dramatic tie. Georgia Lupton scored the extra time winner after Burnley had come back from three goals down, Jo Norris, Rebecca Whittingham and Hannah Williamson having put Morecambe in front. They now face Norton & Stockton Ancients who made the long journey back from Curzon Ashton with a 6-2 victory under their belts.
Loughborough Students were another Premier League side to safely negiotiate a tough away game against lower league opponents, beating Crewe Alexandra 5-3 courtesy of doubles from Nicola Russell and Alice Kemspki, with Siobhan Eastham also on target to book a tie with Leicester City Women who ended the hopes of Crusaders with a 7-0 victory in which Rosie Axten and Chanelle Edkins each scored twice along with Lauren Bartle, Sheryl Gayle and and own goal.
Alex Saulter bagged a brace with Chrissie Brewer, Brogan Jones and Danielle Saulter adding the other as Radcliffe Olympic defeated Ellistown 5-0 and their next opponents will be Mansfield Town who survived a scare to win 2-1 against a plucky Bilbrook side. Chelsea Beardsmore had given Bilbrook the lead on the stroke of half time before Mansfield hit back after the break with Jemma Douglas and Stacey Bridge giving them victory.
Leicester City Ladies were taken to extra time where they eventually ended the resistance of Burton Park Wanderers with a 1-0 victory, Erica Kilby scoring the only goal of the game. Their next opponents will be FC Reedswood, 4-0 winners over Burton Albion thanks to Irena Ranaivosoa, Tash Hughes, Kyrie Ball and Jaime Duggan.
Crystal Palace, who reached the Fifth Round last season, have embarked on another run this time around but were given a hard battle by AFC Wimbledon Development before emerging as 3-1 extra time winners, a hat-trick from Roschelle Shakes killing off the hopes of the Greater London League side in front of a large crowd. Next up for Palace is an intriguing home tie with Milton Keynes Dons, for whom Chloe Smith scored both goals as they won 2-1 away to Peterborough Northern Star.
Danni Bitten and Lindsey Smith were the markswomen for Ipswich Town as they defeated Eastern Region League leaders Colchester Town 2-1 and they will be away to Bedford Ladies, who received a bye to this stage.
Luton Town put an end to the Cup run of Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire League side Leighton Utd Vixens with a 6-1 victory. Rebecca Kane netted twice for Luton along with Rachel Kosky, Jess McKay, Nicky Livingstone and Michelle Byrne with Shanice Sanderson replying. Luton are now at home to Cambridge Women who also knocked out County League opponents, beating Wymondham Town 4-1. Sophie Thompson bagged a brace for Cambridge with Laura Bright and an own goal completing the scoring.
Kerri Why and Catherine Browning scored the goals for Southampton Saints as they won 2-0 against Swindon Spitfires but the win was marred as Saints defender Carla Mitchell sustained a serious knee injury. The Saints will have to wait to find out who their next opponents will be as the tie between Forest Green Rovers and Oxford City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following a leak at Slimbridge. The two teams will play their tie this week.
Larkhall Athletic eased into the First Round with a 5-0 victory over Bridgwater Town at Plain Ham. Kelly Cripps gave them a tenth minute lead from the penalty spot and Lizzie Barratt added the second with a left footed strike. Kate German and Michelle Munro added further goals after the break before Cripps rounded off the scoring with her second. Larkhall will now be at home to Swindon Town who came through a tough tie away to Torquay Utd with a 4-2 win. Beth Thompson's early strike for Swindon was cancelled out by Laura Gough but Meg Vella and Chyna Collings then put the Wiltshire side two ahead. Gough scored her second just before half time but Michelle Rich made the game safe for Swindon late on.
Cheltenham Town meanwhile edged past St Nicholas with a 2-1 victory. Rhona Donaldson and Emily Skipp netted their goals with Ava Byrne replying. Cheltenham are now at home to Exeter City who beat Parley Sports 5-3, Kirsty Caunter and Lola Sanchez each netting twice along with Tash Knapman (see match report).
Photo - Chorley's five-goal striker Gabriella Difalco (right) in action against Tynedale (Ken Chapman).
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