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Cambridge Utd were 3-1 winners over Queen's Park Rangers to claim the scalp of a Southern Division side in the SSE Women's FA Cup First Round.
Becky Taylor gave Cambridge the lead just after the half hour, with Jessica Treharne levelling shortly before half time. The game looked to be heading towards extra time but in the dying minutes, Laura Mills and Taylor both scored to give the U's victory.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds were the other team to eliminate higher division opponents on the day in Stoke City, beating them on a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 1-1 draw. Ashleigh Hayes gave Stoke a first half lead with Carla Lee equalising after the break and, after extra time could not decide a winner, it was the Feds who triumphed 4-2 from the penalty spot.
Despite playing three levels below their opponents, Hartlepool Utd pushed Middlesbrough all the way before the Northern Division leaders eventually emerged as 1-0 winners. Millie Bell settled matters when she scored in the opening minute of the second half to finally break the brave resistance of the North East League Northern Division side.
It was not an easy passage for the Southern Division table toppers either as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Leyton Orient 1-0. Wendy Martin netted the only goal of the game for Spurs who were given a hard game by their London & South East League opponents.
Tynedale's excellent Cup run has finally come to an end, going down to a 3-0 defeat at home to Newcastle Utd. The first half ended goalless but three minutes after the restart, Jess Clark headed Newcastle in front. Nicole Dack added a second with fifteen minutes remaining and Sophie Williams crowned the win for the Magpies with a fine solo goal.
Hemel Hempstead Town have also bowed out but were also not disgraced in going down 3-1 to Milton Keynes Dons. Heather McDonnell scored twice and Hannah Barrett the other for the Dons.
Keynsham Town ended the Cup adventure of Regents Park Rangers with a 6-1 victory over the Greater London League side. Yasmin Pratt and Katie Cook bagged a hat-trick apiece as Keynsham safely negotiated an awkward hurdle into the Second Round.
The only Regional League team definitely through to the Second Round are Sheffield Utd, who defeated Leicester City Women Development 2-0 at Bramall Lane. Kim Brown gave the Blades the lead and Lucy Derbyshire was credited with the second goal to secure the result.
Selhurst Park was the venue for the South London derby tie between Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic, and the match lived up to its expectations. Palace took the lead late in the first half through Pam McRoberts but it was not to be their day, the Addicks battling back in the second half and equalising through Rosey Sullivan, before Charley Clifford settled the game in Charlton's favour with two minutes remaining.
Brighouse Town survived a second half fightback to emerge as 3-2 winners against Peterborough Northern Star. Brighouse looked to be on their way towards a comfortable victory when a Jodie Redgrave brace and Kayleigh Bamforth put them three ahead at the interval before Northern Star battled back and reduced the arrears through Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse and Georgia Coulson, although the East Midlands League side could not produce a third and Brighouse held on.
C & K Basildon ended the hopes of another Regional League team when beating Acle Utd 2-0. Paige Wakefield opened up the scoring for C & K and Zoe Rushen wrapped up the win with the second.
Two teams currently in the top four of the Northern Division met each other and it was a tightly contested game, which was only settled two minutes from time when the only goal of the game was scored by Faye McCoy to give Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 win away to Bradford City.
Another close match between two Northern Division sides also resulted in a 1-0 scoreline, this time for visitors Derby County. Natalie Reay scored what proved to be the winner just after the half hour to see them progress at the expense of Huddersfield Town.
West Bromwich Albion are beginning to find their best form now and they marched through with an impressive 4-1 victory over Fylde Ladies. Leigh Dugmore and Abi Cottam put Albion two ahead inside the opening ten minutes and in the second half, Trina Greaves added the third and Cottam rounded off the scoring with her second goal.
Nottingham Forest faced a tough tie, travelling to Northern Division One leaders Guiseley Vixens who have been in good form recently but a goal six minutes into the second half from Charlotte Broad saw Forest take their place in the Second Round.
Leicester City Women also came through a potentially difficult tie away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies with a 3-0 victory. Kim Farrow, Moriah McIntosh and Sophie Domingo scored the goals to take the Northern Division side safely through.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were 4-0 victors from their local derby tie against Solihull Ladies. Jade Cross scored a goal in each half and also on target for Wolves were Jennifer Anslow and Vicky Brackenbury.
Cardiff City Ladies proved to be too strong for a battling Larkhall Athletic side, City running out 6-0 winners. Chloe Chivers led the scoring with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Cori Williams, Gemma Evans and Chloe Lloyd.
Misty Russell was another hat-trick scorer as Hull City won 6-1 away to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Elisha Robinson, Katie Thompson and Sophie Stamp weighed in with the other goals, with the home side replying through Sam McGovern.
Radcliffe Olympic were a third team to find the net six times as they went through at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.
Lewes meanwhile ended the hopes of Brislington with a 5-0 victory at the Dripping Pan. The Rookettes led at half time through a goal from Georgia Bridges and in the second half, Danielle Lane netted twice to put Lewes in firm control and they went on to wrap up the scoring with strikes from Kim Stenning and Hayley Bridge.
Portsmouth produced a strong performance to win 4-1 away to Luton Town. Sarah Kempson netted two of the goals and there was one apiece from Natasha Stephens and Rebecca Bell, while Nicola Henman grabbed a consolation for the home side.
Coventry Utd eased through with a 3-0 success at West Ham Utd. All of Coventry's goals came during the first half, Alison Hall giving them the lead before adding further goals through Maz Gauntlett and Jade Brook.
AFC Wimbledon ensured that their long journey to Norwich City turned out to be a fruitful one as they returned with a 4-1 victory under their belts. Chelsea Garrett was on target for the home side but strikes from Georgia Heasman, Laura Low, Emma Keedy and Jess Trimnell saw the Dons through.
Gillingham were another team to enjoy a long trip as they won 7-1 away to Southampton Saints. Fliss Gibbons bagged a four-goal haul for the Gills, Charlotte Gurr added a brace and Jay Blackie was also on target, with Becki Bath replying.
Photo - Cardiff City Ladies striker Kerry Bartlett is up against Larkhall Athletic duo Amanda Blakeley and Carly Bryant.
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