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Premier League Cup holders Charlton Athletic are out of the competition this time around after they went down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Cardiff City Ladies.
Ffion Price gave the South Wales side an early lead with a cross-cum-shot and Cardiff went on to add further goals through Michelle Green and Kelly Aldridge before withstanding second half pressure from Charlton to avenge their semi final defeat to the Addicks last season.
Hull City produced one of the performances of the round in beating Northern Division Preston North End 2-1. Becky Beech and Charlie McNamara scored the goals to give Hull one of their best ever victories, with Melissa Ball replying.
Mossley Hill were another team to knock out higher division opponents, a goal midway through the second half by Lauren Oatley earning them a 1-0 victory over Guiseley AFC Vixens.
Blackburn Rovers emerged as 4-2 winners over Huddersfield Town in a tie which went to extra time. Jeneyah Webb gave Huddersfield a first half lead which was cancelled out by an own goal just before the break, before Emily Heckler put Town back in front on the hour. Another own goal levelled matters once again and things remained tight until the extra period, when Sophie Jones scored in each half to send Blackburn through.
Bradford City had been handed a tough tie against Midlands Division One leaders Leicester City Women but went through with a 4-0 victory. All of the goals came in the second half, Hannah Campbell giving Bradford the lead and further strikes came from Abbie McIver, Chantelle O'Hara and Paige Crosby.
The East London derby tie narrowly went the way of C & K Basildon who were 1-0 winners over West Ham Utd. The only goal of the game came in the 62nd minute when Maegen Doyle scored to send C & K through.
Derby County also found themselves up against divisional leaders in Middlesbrough but once again, it was the Northern Division side who prevailed by winning 3-1. Aimee Perry put Derby in front in the tenth minute and Melissa Johnson added a further two before half time, with Bianca Owens replying after the break.
Amy Taylor scored a hat-trick as Brighton & Hove Albion triumphed 7-1 away to Queen's Park Rangers. Charlotte Gurr, Kate Natkiel, Ellie Russell and Deanna Cooper added the other goals for the Seagulls, with Elly Maggs netting a first half consolation for Rangers.
Nottingham Forest repeated their league victory over Nuneaton Town seven days earlier with a 4-1 victory. The scoreline remained goalless for 72 minutes until Andi Bell kept up her excellent form with the first of her two goals. Amelia Robb and Annabel McKechnie were also on target for Forest, with Nuneaton's consolation coming from Sarah Rowles.
Tottenham Hotspur progressed with a 4-1 win against fellow Southern Division side Plymouth Argyle. Avilla Bergin, Jennifer Moore, Leah Rawle and Maya Vio all scored a goal apiece for Spurs, with Kayley Lane replying for Argyle.
Sporting Club Albion saw off the challenge of local rivals Sporting Khalsa by beating them 4-0. Billie Haynes netted twice for the Northern Division table toppers and she was joined on the scoresheet by Leigh Dugmore and Natalie Poole.
Stoke City also eased through into the last sixteen, thanks to a 6-1 victory over Morecambe. Ashleigh Hayes, Laura Garside and Abby Hunt each scored twice for the Potters.
Forest Green Rovers made sure that their long trip to Ipswich Town was a worthwhile one as they won 4-1 against the Tractor Girls. Kirsty Richardson netted a brace for the Gloucestershire side along with Amy Baker and Charlotte King, Amanda Crump replying for Ipswich.
Chichester City carry the flag for South West Division One in the last sixteen after their 4-0 success away to Cambridge Utd. An own goal gave Chi the lead with Shannon Albuery adding the second before half time, Chloe Dowdell and Jade Widdows also getting on the scoresheet during the second half.
Old Actonians are through to the Second Round at the first attempt after a Jessica Byrne double and Catherine Murphy gave them a 3-0 victory over Shanklin. (see match report)
Photo - Annabel McKechnie scores Nottingham Forest's third goal against Nuneaton Town.
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