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Alnwick Town are having a magnificent run in the SSE Women's FA Cup and now they are in the First Round Proper after claiming a Premier League scalp in Rotherham Utd.
Jade Barrett netted twice, with one apiece from Amy Hately, Georgia Thompson and Mel Darling to earn the Pinpoint Recruitment Northumberland League side a stunning 5-0 victory. Alnwick will be at home again in the next round, to the winners of the delayed tie between Burnley Girls & Ladies and Wigan Athletic.
Harlow Town, of the Eastern Region League Division One South, also caused a shock as they beat Denham Utd 1-0 with a goal from Tayla Handscombe. Harlow have been rewarded with a home tie in the First Round against Royston Town from the division above, they won 3-2 at Bedford Ladies thanks to Becky Shephard, Sammy Tinsley and Francesca Smithers.
It was a good day overall for Greater London League sides with three wins out of four, topped by Godalming Town beating Haringey Borough 5-0. Toni West netted four times and Rebecca Munro the other for Godalming who face another Premier League side in AFC Wimbledon in the next round, they ended the run of Woodley Utd by beating them 14-1.
Ellie Gerhold scored twice along with Sam Berry, Mayme Conroy and Sophia Liperis as Redditch Utd notched up a surprise 5-2 win against Solihull Moors. Redditch will have another crack at a Premier League side in the First Round, as they have been paired with Loughborough Foxes.
Bedworth Utd were another Regional League side to eliminate Premier League opposition, Chevette Steel and Jodie McGuckin giving them a 2-1 victory over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Bedworth will play another Premier League side in the next round, at home to TNS Ladies who defeated Shrewsbury Town 3-1 with goals from Kim Bebbington (2) and Emily Ridge.
Nettleham join the list, becoming a sixth team to take out a Premier League side, after they won 4-0 away to Burton Albion and they will be up against a fellow East Midlands League side in the shape of Loughborough Students, who progressed with a 3-0 victory over Brereton Town.
Sasha Rowe hit a first half hat-trick as Liverpool Marshall Feds ran out 7-0 winners over Mossley Hill. Laura Bartup added two, Carla Lee and Nicole Johnston rounding off the scoring for the Feds who now host either CMB Ladies or Bolton Wanderers.
Hull City kept up their good form with a 4-1 victory away to Crewe Alexandra, given to them by a goal each from Rebecca Beech, Hope Knight, Rachael Ackroyd and Katie Thompson. Hull will now be at home to Steel City Wanderers, who beat Morecambe 2-1 thanks to a brace from Cheryl Mawhood.
Courtney Corrie, Kate McSorley and Nyci Thorns were all on the scoresheet as Norton & Stockton Ancients triumphed 3-0 away to South Shields. Norton's reward is a home tie with Chorley who came through an awkward tie away to Altofts Ladies with a 5-1 win, Rachel Wood, Lisa Topping, Scarlett Smith, Laura Walker and Kerry Nickson netting their goals.
Hartlepool Utd produced a fine 3-1 victory away to Farsley Celtic from the division above them. All of Hartlepool's goals came in the first half, Nicky Duckling scoring twice and Lottie Portas adding the other. They now take on West Didsbury & Chorlton who also won well, 6-3 against MSB Woolton.
Newcastle Utd ended the hopes of Carlisle Utd by beating them 9-1. Steph Ord led the scoring with a hat-trick, Jessica Foster and Siobhan Jones each netted twice and the other markswomen were Nicole Dack and Steph Lyons. Newcastle will be at home again in the next round to Sheffield Utd who came through a much closer tie against Leeds Utd, beating them 3-2 on penalties after the sides had shared a 3-3 draw. Millie Kenyon, Nat Shaw and Tania Marsden had earlier scored for the Blades, with Carey Huegett (2) and Liuli Dyson replying.
Charlotte Proud was on target four times, with Lauren Doyle and Emily Starkie adding the others as Brighouse Town defeated Wakefield 6-1. This lines them up with a clash against fellow Northern Division One side Chester-le-Street Town, 2-1 winners over Barnsley thanks to a brace from Nichole Goundry-Havery.
Sporting Khalsa eased through with a 6-1 victory over Lye Town, Lauren Walker netting twice along with Kyrie Ball, Gurjit Dulay, Rebecca Gill-Parsons and Katie Nardone. Next up for them will be Eastwood Ladies who beat Coventry Sphinx 5-3.
Lauren Gibson scored twice along with Carolyn Sarafian and Nuala Wayne, as Cambridge Utd defeated Norwich City 4-0. Cambridge will be at home again in the next round, to Long Eaton Utd who won 3-1 against Leicester City Ladies.
Enfield Town were pushed all the way by AFC Sudbury before eventually going through as 1-0 winners with a goal from Stavroulla Panayiotou. Enfield now host Wymondham Town who scored a remarkable seven times during extra time to beat Newmarket Town 9-2. Substitute Laura Nicholls scored four times, Laura Wiseman hit a hat-trick while Mollie O'Callaghan and Brooke Moreno added one apiece.
Seven different players found the net for Stevenage Ladies as they ran out 8-0 winners away to Hassocks. Amy Josland netted twice and she was joined on the scoresheet by Cara Breckenridge, Nicole Emmings, Katherine Long, Donna McGuigan, Becky Scola and Amy Makewell. Stevenage will be home this time to Acle Utd, who beat Peterborough Northern Star 3-1 thanks to Kristie Kindred, Amber Rowland and Megan Todd.
Ipswich Town came through a tricky tie away to Cambridge City with a 5-1 victory, Natasha Thomas netting twice with Jordan Arnoup, Lindsey Cooper and Roxanne Small adding the others. This sets up an intriguing tie with Leyton Orient, who were 7-0 winners over Billericay Town.
Ashley Cheatley hit a hat-trick, Lavana Neufville weighed in with a brace and Holly Isaacs was also on target as Ashford Town (Middx) claimed a fine 6-4 victory against London Kent Football Utd. Ashford have been rewarded with a home tie against Milton Keynes Dons, 2-0 winners over Actonians Ladies thanks to Laura Mills and Charly Wright.
Chesham Utd were 2-1 winners over Whyteleafe, goals coming from Paula Lambert and Natalie Adams. The Clarets will be up against another Greater London League side in the next round in New London Lionesses, who claimed a fine 3-1 extra time success against Parkwood Rangers thanks to Maialen Calleja Calvo, Morgan Lockowitz and Chantel Padgham.
First half goals from Charlotte South and Beth Stanton saw AFC Dunstable to a 2-0 victory over Eastbourne Town and they have landed a plum home draw with Luton Town, who got through with a 1-0 win away to Maidenhead Utd, Jess McKay scoring the only goal of the game.
Larkhall Athletic were another Premier League team to safely negotiate a tricky away tie when first half strikes from Lizzie Barratt, Kate German and Katy-May O'Hara-Nash took them to a 3-0 success at Forest Green Rovers. The Larks will be at home in the next round, to Southampton Women who ran out 7-0 winners over Winchester City Flyers thanks to Natasha Angel, Sheree Bell-Jack, Kirsty Bell, Manuela Naprta, Jane Yeates, Chelsie Hay and an own goal (see match report).
Brislington were taken all the way to penalties by Torquay Utd before eventually progessing on spot kicks, after the sides had shared a goalless draw. Brislington now have an awkward trip to Buckland Athletic, the Devon side having beaten New Milton Town 4-1 thanks to a Laura Gough hat-trick and Kirsty Caunter.
Natasha Knapman bagged another hat-trick and Zoe Cunningham weighed in with the other two as Plymouth Argyle won 5-2 away to Poole Town. Argyle have a home draw in the First Round, against Basingstoke Town who booked themselves a long trip to Devon when Lianne Hill (2), Charlotte Hull, Helen Ogle, Vanessa Watson and Lindsey Beverley gave them a 6-1 victory at FC Chippenham.
Nicole Matthews, Alisha Buckingham, Libby O'Dell and Catherine Browning all scored a goal apiece as Southampton Saints defeated Cheltenham Town 4-1. This sets the Saints up with one of the ties of the round against Keynsham Town, who overcame stubborn resistance from St Nicholas before Michelle Munro netted the only goal of the game midway through the second half.
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