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New London Lionesses are the last remaining County League team in the SSE Women's FA Cup after a 2-1 extra time victory over Chesham Utd took them through to the Second Round.
Morgan Lockowitz and Chantel Padgham scored the goals for the Lionesses, with Natalie Adams replying, and the Greater London League Division One side have been well rewarded with a home draw against Crystal Palace, who enter the competition at this stage for the first time along with the other Northern and Southern Division teams.
Farsley Celtic won a pulsating tie 6-4 after extra time against West Didsbury & Chorlton and their reward is a trip to Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough. Farsley took the lead on four occasions during normal time with the visitors fighting back on each occasion, but goals from Shirley Murphy (2), Ellie Casper (2), Chelsea Schofield and Elisha Hardcastle saw Farsley through.
Enfield Town earned themselves a trip to Lewes after they narrowly won 3-2 against Wymondham Town. However this did not tell the whole story as the Eastern Region League side raced into a two-goal lead during the first half thanks to Laura Nicholls and Nadine Basson but after the break, Enfield staged a fightback with Nuala McKevitt and Lisa Kline squaring matters up before Stavroulla Panayiotou grabbed the winner with five minutes remaining.
Stevenage Ladies also came from behind to win 4-1 against Acle Utd. Lauren Bullard gave Acle a first half lead but goals from Nicole Emmings, Leah Littlechild, Donna McGuigan and Amy Makewell saw Stevenage home. They now host Ipswich Town who defeated Leyton Orient 4-2 after extra time. Zoe Cossey, Cassandra Craddock, Sophie Welton and Gemma Moore were all on target for Stevenage, with the O's replying through Kayleigh Xidhas and an own goal.
Lauren Walker bagged a four-goal haul and an own goal completed a 5-1 victory for Sporting Khalsa over Eastwood Ladies. They will be at home to TNS Ladies, who won 2-0 away to Bedworth Utd with Emily Ridge scoring both goals.
Hull City ran out 4-1 winners over Steel City Wanderers to book themselves a Second Round trip to Derby County. Hope Knight led the scoring with a hat-trick and Natalie Bell was also on target.
Nettleham continued their run in the Cup with a 3-0 victory over Loughborough Students and this has landed them a plum Second Round tie at home to Liverpool Marshalls Feds, who won 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers with an extra time winner from Carina Mendes.
Newcastle Utd produced a good result in beating Sheffield Utd 3-0. Megan McKenzie, Stephanie Lyons and an own goal ensured that Newcastle progressed and they will travel to Nottingham Forest in the next round.
Long Eaton Utd have a good record in the cup in recent seasons and they have embarked on another run, Jade Arber giving them a 1-0 win away to Cambridge Utd and they must got to Bradford City.
Midlands Division One leaders Loughborough Foxes came through a difficult tie away to Redditch Utd with a 4-2 victory and they have been rewarded with a trip to Blackburn Rovers in one of the most intriguing matches in the Second Round. Chloe Young hit a hat-trick for the Foxes and Shauna Chambers added the other goal.
Alnwick Town have lit up the early stages of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a thrilling run to the First Round at the first attempt but the Pin Point Recruitment League have bowed out at that stage after going down to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley Girls & Ladies. In front of a sizable home crowd, Linny Craig netted twice, with Sarah Greenhalgh and Leah Embley adding the others to take Burnley into the Second Round for the first time, where they will play Stoke City.
Brighouse Town booked themselves a home tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers by winning 6-1 against Chester-le-Street Town. Aimi Beresford bagged a hat-trick for Brighouse, Jodie Redgrave weighed in with a brace and Danielle Brown was also on target.
Chorley came through a difficult trip to the North East with a 4-0 victory away to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Rachel Wood, Vicky Coope, Madeline Cullin and Scarlett Smith scored the goals to help keep up Chorley's recent improving form and the Lancashire side have a plum home tie in the next round against Leicester City Women.
Katie Cook, Kerry Bartlett and Justine Lorton were the markswomen for Keynsham Town as they came from behind to win 3-1 at Southampton Saints, who had taken the lead through Alisha Buckingham, and they will now face opponents from the same region in the shape of Southampton Women, who were 3-2 victors at Larkhall Athletic. Sheree Bell-Jack netted twice and Jane Yeates the other for Southampton to settle a well contested encounter, despite Larkhall replying with goals from Kate German and Ann-Marie Hervey.
Dawn Mallett was on target four times, with Alice Hughes and Amelia Hazard adding the others, as Milton Keynes Dons ended Ashford Town (Middx)'s cup run with a 6-0 victory. The Dons will be at home in the next round to Cardiff City Ladies (see match report).
Brislington faced a tough trip to Buckland Athletic but a fine performance saw them come away with a 4-1 victory under their belts. Jodie Arkell netted a goal in each half, with further strikes from Georgia Vandries and Kim Maggs to earn Brislington a home tie with Swindon Town.
AFC Wimbledon ran out 5-0 winners over Godalming Town to set themselves up with a Second Round tie at home to Portsmouth. Abbie Measures, Becky Sargent and Kelly-Jade Whelan put Wimbledon three goals ahead at the interval, before Georgia Heasman sealed the victory with a second half brace.
Jess McKay scored twice along with Nicola Henman and Dionne Manning as Luton Town safely negotiated the short trip to AFC Dunstable with a 4-0 victory. Luton will be at home to another Eastern Region League club in the next round in the form of Harlow Town, who beat Royston Town 2-1 with second half goals from Lily Bruno and Tayla Handscombe.
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