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Burnley Girls & Ladies are carrying the flag for the Regional League clubs in the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup after they knocked out Premier League side Stoke City on a penalty shootout.
Goalkeeper Lauren Bracewell was the hero for Burnley as she produced a fine display to help her side hold Stoke to a goalless draw after extra time and going into the shootout, she saved two spot kicks whilst Becky Hayton, Justine Wallace, Georgia Payton and Lynette Craig all found the net to give the North West League side a historic victory and take them to this stage for the first time.
Burnley will be on their travels again in the Third Round, to Cardiff City Ladies who came through a difficult tie away to Milton Keynes City with a 1-0 victory, Jasmine Turner scoring the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining.
Newcastle Utd also claimed a fine win on their travels, 2-0 away to Nottingham Forest. Megan McKenzie scored both goals as the Lady Magpies eliminated higher division opponents and they will be at home in the Third Round, to TNS Ladies who were penalty shootout winners over Sporting Khalsa. Lia Lewis and Emily Ridge both scored for TNS as the match finished level at 2-2, before they triumphed 4-1 from the penalty spot.
Plymouth Argyle continued their excellent season and made the long, long trip to Gillingham a worthwhile one as they won 3-1 after extra time. Argyle took the lead after two minutes through Zoe Cunningham, with Jade Keogh equalising for the Gills just after the half hour. Neither team could find a winner in normal time but in the extra period, Natasha Knapman put Plymouth back in front again and Ezme Wells sewed up the victory with ten minutes left to play.
The draw however has been cruel to Plymouth again as this time they have to go all the way to Lancashire to take on Fylde Ladies. The Coasters booked their place in the Third Round with a 2-0 victory over Guiseley Vixens, courtesy of goals from Sophie Charlton and Lauren Davies.
Brislington were another side to claim a scalp from a higher division when they won 3-2 against Swindon Town after extra time. Swindon took a first half lead through Sophie Roberts but Brislington hit back with Polly Wardle equalising and Jodie Arkell finishing off a good move to put them in front. Swindon replied almost immediately with Alice Smith scoring from the penalty spot and the home side also had Georgia Vandries sent off for a second bookable offence in the same incident. However, the ten players rallied and were the stronger side in extra time with Kim Maggs and Wardle both hitting the bar, before Arkell settled matters with her second goal, three minutes from time.
Brislington must make a short trip in the next round, to Keynsham Town who won a well contested match 2-1 against Southampton Women. Keynsham took the lead through Kerry Bartlett and Southampton hit back midway through the second half and Sheree Bell-Jack levelled the scores. With ten minutes remaining, Bartlett set up Justine Lorton for the winning goal and Keynsham held on for a hard earned win.
New London Lionesses were the last remaining County League team in the competition and they were not disgraced in going down 3-0 to Crystal Palace. Megan Chandler, Stef Simmons and Gemma Bryan scored the goals for Palace who now host Coventry Utd, who defeated West Ham Utd 6-1 with a goal apiece from Maz Gauntlett, Keeley Davies, Alison Hall, Anna Wilcox, Helen Dermody and Laura Cooper.
Huddersfield Town produced a fine performance in sweeping to a 7-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Sarah Danby led the scoring with a hat-trick while Emily Heckler (2), Brittany Sanderson and Lucy Sowerby were also on target. Town will be at home again in the next round, to Lewes who also won 7-0 against Enfield Town. Danielle Lane was another hat-trick scorer and the Rookettes' other markswomen were Rebecca Carter, Charlotte Owen, Katie McIntyre and Victoria Carleton.
Leicester City Women faced an awkward tie away to Chorley and came through it with a 3-0 win, Leah Cudone netting a goal in each half and Natalie Johnson adding the other. Leicester will be up against Bradford City in the next round, they defeated Long Eaton Utd 5-0 thanks to goals from Ellie White (2), Hannah Campbell, Laura Elford and Abigail Housecroft.
Saffron Jordan scored a hat-trick and Kayleigh McDonald added the other goal as Blackburn Rovers won 4-1 against Loughborough Foxes to set up a home tie with Portsmouth who were narrow 2-1 winners away to AFC Wimbledon. Ingrid Asplund gave the home side an early lead, before Pompey hit back after the break with goals from Samantha Quayle and Amelia Southgate.
Four teams got through on penalties on Sunday, one of them being Derby County who got past Hull City after the sides finished level at 1-1. Nicole Ledgister netted for Derby, with Natalie Bell replying for Hull, and it was Derby who triumphed 3-2 on spot kicks. They will need to wait and see who they will play in the next round, as it would be the winners of the postponed tie between Brighouse Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ipswich Town also negotiated a penalty shootout after they finished level at 1-1 with Stevenage Ladies, goals coming from Natasha Thomas and Amy Makewell respectively (see match report). Ipswich will have another home tie in the next round against Charlton Athletic who ran out 5-0 winners over Queen's Park Rangers thanks to a Charlotte Gurr hat-trick, Kim Dixson and an own goal.
Middlesbrough ended the hopes of Farsley Celtic with an 8-1 victory, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Emily Scarr. Holly Manders and Bianca Owens each weighed in with a brace and Millie Bell was also on target. 'Boro are now up against Liverpool Marshalls Feds, they won 3-1 at Nettleham with a goal apiece from Lynsey Longhurst, Roisin Havelin and Abby Pope after they had trailed at half time.
Chichester City emerged as 4-2 winners after extra time from their tie against C & K Basildon. Emma Alexandre, Cherelle Khassel, Jess Lewry and Jade Widdows scored the goals for Chichester who will play Luton Town who were also extra time victors, 3-2 against a valiant Harlow Town side. Jess McKay netted twice, including a spectacular winner, and Kim Farrow added the other to help Luton keep up their good run of form.
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