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The New Saints caused a big upset in the First Round of the F.A.Women's Cup as they defeated Midlands Division One leaders Loughborough Foxes 5-2.
Abi Cottam and Emily Ridge each scored twice, with Jade Hill adding a penalty for the West Midlands League side who will take on Derby County in the next round.
Hull City meanwhile picked up a great win of their own when winning 3-2 against Mossley Hill, who have done well in the Cup in recent years. Rebecca Beech netted twice and Sophie Ellerington the other for the North East League side who will be away in the next round to Radcliffe Olympic, 3-1 winners over Mansfield Town thanks to a goal apiece from Beth Bailey, Nat Robinson and Nikki Smyth.
Eastbourne Town were the third Regional League team to knock out Premier League opponents, beating Chelmsford City on penalties after the sides had battled out a goalless draw. The London & South East League side have been well rewarded in the next round as they will play host to Queen's Park Rangers.
Sophie Bell scored a brace and Kim Brown was also on target as Sheffield Utd Community came through a difficult tie away to Blackpool Wren Rovers with a 3-2 victory. United will be away again in the next round with another trip to Lancashire, to play Morecambe who defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients 5-2 with goals from Laura Marshall (2), Hannah Paling, Georgia Lupton and Megan Doherty.
Leeds Ladies earned themselves a plum tie away to Coventry City after beating Guiseley AFC Vixens 1-0, Bianca Ross settling matters with the game's solitary goal, ten minutes into the second half.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds meanwhile defeated Stockport County 3-0 and this sets up a fascinating Second Round tie with Blackburn Rovers. Emily Douglas scored twice with Levi Wensley adding the other for the Northern Division One leaders.
FC Reedswood recorded a fine 4-1 victory away to Leicester City Ladies. Tash Hughes netted two of the goals with Natalie Poole and Kelly Clarke joining her on the scoresheet for Reedswood who will have to wait and see who their next opponents will be, due to them being drawn away to the winners of the postponed tie between Chorley and Rotherham Utd.
There was better news for Leicester City Women who lined themselves up with a home tie against Sheffield FC after beating Loughborough Students 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Fiona Worts.
Charlotte King scored a goal in each half as Forest Green Rovers won 2-0 against Southampton Saints and the Gloucestershire side now have the chance to take on higher division opposition in the shape of Keynsham Town.
Lowestoft Town kept up their excellent run of results so far this season with a hard earned 3-2 success at London Corinthians. Paige Shorten scored a late winning goal for Lowestoft to add to earlier strikes from Jodie Drake and Natasha Thomas. The Eastern Region League side will be at home to Luton Town who edged out Cambridge Women 1-0, Jess McKay scoring the winning goal.
Crystal Palace continue to impress in the Cup and have moved a step closer towards emulating last season's superb run as they defeated Milton Keynes Dons 2-0. Nich Dyett and Abi Igbavboa were the markswomen for Palace who will be at home again in the Second Round, against Ipswich Town who triumphed 1-0 away to Bedford Ladies, the goal coming from captain Danni Bitten.
Swindon Town emerged as eventual winners from a marathon tie against Larkhall Athletic. A well fought tie finished goalless and went to a shootout where Larkhall missed a total of six kicks from the spot, including three which would have clinched the game. In the end, Swindon keeper Robyn Levett saved the vital last penalty to take her side through and they face the fifth remaining Regional League side, Carshalton Athletic who were 1-0 victors at Herne Bay. The home side were the last County League club still standing in the competition but their hopes were ended when Jessica Burke headed in the only goal of the game for Carshalton in the 47th minute.
Exeter City returned home from Cheltenham Town with a 2-1 victory under their belts. Goals from Vicky Barter and Tash Knapman saw the Devon side safely through and booked a Second Round home tie against Lewes from the division above.
The other tie between C & K Basildon and Maidenhead Utd fell victim to the weather and the sides will try again this week with a long trip to Plymouth Argyle on offer for the winners.
Photo - Swindon Town's Beth Thompson rounds Larkhall Athletic goalkeeper Nicki O'Connell but was denied by a brilliant goal saving tackle from Larks defender Carly Bryant (right)
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