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It was another good day for County League sides in the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday as no less than three recorded victories over Premier League opponents.
AEK Boco once again caused an upset when they won 1-0 against Shanklin. In front of a large crowd at Greenbank Road, Lucy Atkinson scored the only goal of the game during the first half and the Bristol-based side safely negotiated late pressure from the visitors, well led in the centre of defence by Briony Harris. The Gloucestershire County Women's League outfit have been rewarded with another plum tie in the Fourth Round Qualifying against Chichester City, who eased through by winning 7-1 against Poole Town. Lucie Challen hit a hat-trick for Chi and there was one apiece from Laura Ingram, Amy Found, Tammy Waine and Chloe Dowdell.
Wymondham Town also recorded an excellent victory when beating Cambridge Utd 1-0. A solitary goal from Sally Hammerton gave the Norfolk League side a Premier League scalp and they will have the chance to claim another in the next round, having been drawn at home to Bedford Ladies who beat Wealdstone 4-1 with goals from Rebecca Vass (2), Kaiya Glynn and Chelsea Hunter.
Hartlepool Utd were the third team to knock out a Premier League side, winning 2-1 away to Blackpool Wren Rovers. Lucy Hammond-Garrington and Amy Cowan scored the goals for Hartlepool who must make a similar trip in the next round to Morecambe. Becky Whittingham bagged a hat-trick as Morecambe defeated Leeds Ladies 5-0 and she was joined on the scoresheet by Megan Doherty and Beth Fisher, who scored from the penalty spot.
Another fine result saw Long Eaton Utd win a thrilling tie 5-4 away to Rotherham Utd. Precious Hamilton netted twice along with Cara Newton, Alena Moulton and Michelle Kilmartin for Long Eaton who will have another chance to take on a Premier League team, this time Leicester City Women who also had a high scoring game, winning 7-4 against Stockport County. Becky Preston was on target four times and Sylwia Gorbacewicz added a brace, with Aleksandra Janicka completing the tally.
TNS Ladies were another team to beat a Premier League side, winning 4-3 against Leafield Athletic. Chloe Wilkinson, Maddie Jones, Sam Berry and Sophie Edwards scored the goals for TNS who will now be up against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jade Cross bagged a hat-trick as Wolves defeated Handsworth 9-0 and she was joined on the scoresheet by Maz Ballard (2), Jennifer Anslow, Dominique Luke, Anna Perks and Jade Sailsman.
Marlow also claimed a Premier League victim, beating Norwich City 1-0 with Abi Canvin scoring the only goal of the game. The Berkshire side must now host Luton Town who ended the hopes of Acle Utd with a 3-1 victory, thanks to a goal apiece from Erica Byron, Natasha Fensome and Shanice Jimenez.
Stacy Crooks and Steph Ord scored four goals apiece and Sarah Bennett added the other goal as Whitley Bay eased past Westella & Willerby with a 9-2 scoreline. Their next opponents will be Woolton Ladies, for whom Stephanie Banks grabbed the only goal in their 1-0 victory over Boldon Ladies.
Chester-le-Street came through an awkward tie against Accrington Girls & Ladies, winning 3-0 thanks to Anna Collin, Hayley English and Laura Hockaday, and they will face another difficult game in the next round with Brighouse Town, who defeated Winterton Rangers 6-1 with goals from Rachael White (2), Emily Senior, Claire Needham and Annabelle Cass plus an own goal.
Sophie Perry, Lauren Oatley, Carla Lee and an own goal ensured that Mossley Hill won 4-0 against Penrith AFC and they will be home again to Blackburn Community, 4-3 victors over Wigan Athletic courtesy of a goal apiece from Sammy Fleck, Sarah Walker, Gemma Seddon and Steph Haughton.
The individual performance of the day came from Bianca Owens, the prolific striker scoring no less than eight times for Middlesbrough in their 11-0 victory over Lowick Utd. Sarah Manning, Katie Kinlan and Rebecca Davison added the other goals for 'Boro who now face a tough tie at home to Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Roisin Havelin and Charlotte Apps gave the Feds a narrow 2-1 win against Chorley, who replied through Jennifer Wootten.
Tranmere Rovers emerged as winners from a penalty shootout against Hull City after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw. The game had been goalless after 90 minutes and Kate Horne netted for Tranmere in extra time, before Charlie McNamara repied to take the game to penalties where Tranmere were triumphant. Tranmere's reward is a home tie with Steel City Wanderers, who won 3-1 at Sporting Khalsa thanks to a Cheryl Mahwood hat-trick.
Burton Albion swept through by scoring six times without reply against Ruddington Village, Demi Croxall hitting a hat-trick with Abbie Taylor (2) and Laura Sear also on target. They will now face Premier League opposition in the shape of Radcliffe Olympic, who beat Oughtibridge 2-1 with goals from Brogan Jones and Beth Bailey.
Nettleham maintained their Cup run by beating Lye Town 6-3 and they have landed a tough task
in the next round at home to Leicester City Women. Becky Knight, Helen Busby and Lauren Impey all found the net for City as they edged out Loughborough Students 3-2.
Megan White, Alisha Higginson, Rheo Donnelly, Jo Ryan and Kaileigh Pahnke were all on the scoresheet as Coventry Development scored five times without reply past Shrewsbury Town. They will now host Stone Dominoes in the next round, the Staffordshire side this time winning on extra time following a penalty shootout success in their previous tie. Tammi Bennet, Lauren Ward and Mollie Prime netted the goals for Stone as they beat Kettering Town 3-2.
Enfield Town ended the challenge of Haringey Borough by defeating them 4-0, Nuala McEvitt netting a brace with Vicky Lewis and Cally Browne adding the others. They must face Eastern Region League side Great Shelford who knocked out Leyton Orient on a penalty shootout, Cindy Ponder, Rachel Pearce and Alison Wright scoring from the spot after the teams had battled out a goalless draw.
Vicky Gallagher led the scoring with a hat-trick for Peterborough Northern Star in their 7-0 victory over Hampton & Richmond Borough. Cassie Steward (2), Katie Steward and Samara Iredale added the other goals whose next round opponents will be Hemel Hempstead Town, 2-1 winners at Colchester Town courtesy of Kayleigh Baker and Natalie Adams.
Hollie Clement was on target four times as Ipswich Town eased through at Sawbridgeworth Town with a 6-0 win. Jasmine Cox and Jade Henry were also on the scoresheet to set up a tie with Milton Keynes Dons, who beat Great Wakering Rovers 3-1 with goals from Leah Cudone, Lauren Goodier and Claire Hollingsworth.
Lowestoft Town made it through a tricky tie away to Queen's Park Rangers Girls with a 5-1 win, Zoe Cossey netting twice with Millie Davies, Amber Rowland and Hannah Walters adding the others. The Suffolk side will now host London Corinthians, who defeated Southampton Women on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Danielle Harrison and Emily Hart had scored for Corinthians during open play before they won 5-4 on spot kicks.
Carla Williams scored twice and Melissa Conway the other for Old Actonians in their 3-0 victory away to Crawley Wasps and this sets them up with a home tie against Southampton Saints, who advanced to this stage with a bye.
Denham Utd ended the hopes of Riverside LFC with a 4-0 win in which Alissia Down netted twice along with Lauren Cox and Jeta Bytyqi. Denham will now be up against Crystal Palace who defeated Team Solent 5-0 with goals from Nicha Dyett (2), Roschelle Shakes (2) and Steph Mann.
Michelle Munro led the scoring with a five-goal haul for Larkhall Athletic in their 11-1 victory over Swindon Spitfires. Hayley Huckin weighed in with a hat-trick and the total was completed by Kate German, Lizzie Barratt and Emily Harrington. The Larks have been paired with fellow South West Division One high fliers Swindon Town who went one better, scoring twelve without reply against Long Lane. Beth Westlake and Michelle Rich each hit hat-tricks along with doubles from Megan Attenborough, Abby Picton and Chyna Collings.
Fulham FC Foundation won 2-0 away to Basingstoke Town, Verity Snow scoring both goals to set her side up with a tie against Premier League opponents in St Nicholas, who were 6-1 winners over Surrey Eagles. Amy Jefferies spearheaded the win with a hat-trick, Sarah Stacy added two and Elisabeth Dale was also on target.
Goals from Pilar Garcia (2), Alex Newman, Hannah Davies, Katie Cook and Andreea Alexandru gave Keynsham Town a 6-2 victory against Cheltenham Town and they will be at home again in the next round, to Maidenhead Utd. The Berkshire side had trailed 2-0 at the break to Brislington, who scored through Kim Maggs and Georgia Vandries, but hit back to emerge as 3-2 winners after extra time, courtesy of a Lucy Smith brace and Chelsea Goulter.
Gillingham meanwhile scored seven without reply against AFC Wimbledon, Kallie Balfour netting twice along with Ashleigh Loosemore, April Bowers, Shannon Redhouse, Lauren Williams and an own goal. This sets up a Kent derby tie in the next round with Herne Bay who made the long trip to Bristol Ladies Union and won 3-1 thanks to Carly Farrow, Gemma Sullivan and an own goal.
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