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Kidderminster Harriers claimed a National League scalp in the SSE Women's FA Cup when they defeated Solihull Moors 2-1.
Samantha White put Solihull ahead shortly before half time but after the break, Kirsty Roberts scored a spectacular equaliser for Harriers and Amber Lawrence netted the winning goal for the West Midlands League side who have reached the First Round at the first attempt. Kidderminster have been rewarded with a plum home tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers, an even more meaningful tie as their squad contains several ex-Wolves players and are managed by former Wolves boss James Astle.
Wolves Women meanwhile came through a tough away tie against in-form Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies with a 2-0 victory. Jade Cross opened the scoring two minutes into the second half and Chloe Shirley wrapped up the win for Wolves late on.
Southampton FC Ladies were the other Regional League club to knock out a National League side, winning 4-1 against Larkhall Athletic. Ellie Chaffe netted two of the goals along with Georgie Freeland and Rachel Woods, Kate German grabbing a consolation for the Larks.
Southampton will be away in the First Round, travelling to Dorset to take on Poole Town who were 2-1 winners away to Eastleigh. Hollie Agombar netted the winning for the Dolphins, deep into injury time, to end the resistance of their Southern Region League opponents after earlier finding the net through Sam Gubb.
Brighouse Town emerged as 3-1 winners over Burnley FC Women in one of the ties of the round. Burnley got off to a good start with Danielle Cooper giving them the lead after fifteen minutes but Brighouse were back on level terms by half time, Charlotte Proud scoring from the penalty spot. Lauren Doyle then put Brighouse ahead for the first time on the hour and Lindsey Tugby sealed the win with the third goal.
Brighouse now travel to Leeds Utd who ended the Cup run of Boro Rangers by beating them 8-0. Leeds got off to a great start with Hannah Campbell, Rebecca Hunt and Oda Sperre Tennfjord putting them three up inside the opening fifteen minutes, with Katie Thompson, Beth Davies and Campbell adding further goals ahead of half time. Sophie Stamp got on the scoresheet midway through the second half and substitute Shelbey Morris rounded off the scoring late on.
Chorley were another team to come from behind as they won 2-1 against Crewe Alexandra. All of the goals came in the first half, Rachel Lever opened the scoring for Crewe in the eleventh minute, with Katy Morris equalising midway through the half and Megan Searson netting what proved to be the winner, five minutes before half time.
Chorley will be at home again in the First Round, to Stockport County who were 6-0 winners away to Chesterfield. The home side had stolen the headlines the previous week with a magnificent victory over Burton Albion but Stockport were in no mood for a repeat, taking an early lead through Nicola Connor. Chloe Mapp was on target twice and Stockport's other goals came from Hanna Wilson, Hanifa Douglas and Emma Massey.
FC United of Manchester have reached the First Round for the first time in their history after scoring thirteen times without reply past Bridlington Rovers. Jess Battle had a great day in front of goal, netting seven times, Aimee O'Keeffe and Rebecca Foster each contributed doubles and the tally was completed by Kirsty Chambers and Corie Mather.
The North East derby tie went the way of Chester-le-Street Town, a 2-0 victory away to Newcastle Utd taking the Cestrians through to the next round where they now travel to FC United of Manchester. Laura Hockaday gave them the lead five minutes into the second half and Nichole Havery made the game safe with the second goal late on.
Nyci Thorns was on target twice and Bianca Owens added the other goal as Norton & Stockton Ancients progressed with a 3-1 win against Redcar Town, whose good run was brought to an end.
Norton's next opponents will be Bolton Wanderers, who were 4-0 winners away to West Didsbury & Chorlton. Kelly Halligan netted two of the goals for Bolton, with one apiece from Safron Newhouse and Rachel Hindle.
West Bromwich Albion came through a difficult tie at Leafield Athletic with a hard earned 2-1 victory. Natalie Murray gave Albion a lead which was cancelled out ahead of the break by Berry, before Laura Davies netted the winning goal during the second half.
Albion will be at home in the First Round to another Regional League side, Leicester City Women Development who needed to come from behind to beat Oadby & Wigston Dynamo 2-1. Oadby, from the division below, took a first half lead through Lucy Phillips-Poole but goals either side of half time from Sian Johnson turned the match around in Leicester's favour.
Nettleham ended the run of Histon with a 9-0 victory. Lucy Farrow and Ella Thompson-Moulding each netted twice and they were joined on the scoresheet by Katie Thornley, Abigail Ringrose, Holly Newman and Holly Wilson as well as an own goal.
The draw has handed Nettleham another home tie, against fellow National League side Long Eaton Utd who were 6-1 winners away to Sporting Khalsa. Amy Pashley led the scoring for Long Eaton with a four-goal haul and there was one apiece from Ashleigh Evans and Kim Harford.
Acle Utd and Cambridge City are both riding high in the Eastern Region League Premier Division and it was unsurprising that their meeting turned out to be a close one. A solitary strike from Laura Mills proved to be enough to give Cambridge City a narrow 1-0 win.
This sets up a fascinating local derby tie in the First Round against Cambridge Utd, who were the winners of the only penalty shootout in the round after sharing a 2-2 draw with Stevenage Ladies. Kelley Blanchflower and Mollie Coupar had given the U's a two-goal lead, with Stevenage hitting back to level the scores thanks to Amy Makewell and Ellie Searle, before Cambridge emerged as 4-2 winners on penalties.
New London Lionesses are the sole remaining County League side in the competition after they edged through with a 2-1 extra time victory over Islington Borough in an all-Greater London League clash. Maia Calleja Calvo and Kendal Drake scored the goals for the Lionesses, with Islington's reply coming from Carrie-Anne Layton.
Next up for the Lionesses will be AFC Wimbledon, who progressed at the expense of another Greater London League club when beating Godalming Town 4-0. The visitors came into the game in fine form but the Dons were too strong on the day, Laura Quinn-Low netting a first half brace with Sophie Manzi and Caroline Bisson adding the other goals.
Crawley Wasps kept up their winning start to the season with a 3-0 success away to Chesham Utd. The game remained in the balance until the final quarter of the game, when Emma Plewa gave Crawley the lead. Plewa then netted her second late on and Megan Stow added a third for the Wasps in injury time.
Next up for Crawley is a home tie against Queen's Park Rangers Girls of the London & South East League. Rangers had a fine win themselves, 2-1 away their table toppers Whyteleafe, courtesy of a first half double from Anna Maria Dzyadyk.
Luton Town came through a difficult meeting with Oxford City with a 5-2 victory. Erica Byron hit a hat-trick for a young Luton side who maintained their recent upsurge in form, with Aurora Ryan and Nicola Henman adding the others.
Nikki Baker's side face another awkward tie at home in the First Round as they will face Kent Football Utd who got past Ashford Town (Middx) by the odd goal in seven. Elizabeth Waldie's hat-trick eventually proved to be the major factor in Kent's victory, with Rachel Stevens contributing their other goal.
Norwich City produced one of the best results of the season so far when defeating Enfield Town 4-0. All of the Canaries' goals came during the first half, Chelsea Garrett leading the scoring with a hat-trick and Laura Thacker adding the other goal.
Norwich will be at home again in the next round. to Billericay Town who came through their tie at Wymondham Town with a 4-3 victory. Zoe Rushen and Jay Blackie put Billericay two goals ahead but they were reduced to ten players as Laura Nicholls reduced the arrears from the penalty spot and Carolyn Sarafian brought the scores level on the stroke of half time. Hannah Waters then gave Wymondham the lead for the first time but Billericay rallied well and after captain Lindsey Morgan had headed in an equaliser, Rushen settled a pulsating match in Billericay's favour when she scored a late winner.
Marine Academy Plymouth had produced one of the results of the round last time when beating Southampton Women but their Cup run has come to an end after going down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Buckland Athletic. Natalie Warman gave Buckland the lead just before half time and Sarah Stacey sealed the win for the National League with the second goal, ten minutes from time.
Buckland have been handed another home draw in the FIrst Round to Cheltenham Town. A first half goal from Sarah Walters earned Cheltenham a 1-0 win against Exeter City and maintained their unbeaten record so far this season.
Free scoring Keynsham Town chalked up another convincing victory, this time netting six times without reply past Southampton Saints. Kerry Bartlett and Justine Lorton each netted doubles and they were joined on the scoresheet by Ellie Curson and Laura Williams.
Keynsham will now be up against AFC Bournemouth, who went two better when winning 8-0 away to Newhaven. Maisy Smith, Rosie Eden and Terri Harvey all scored twice for the Cherries, with one apiece from Hannah Bennett and Jade Hockey (see match report).
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