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Bolton Wanderers were one of two clubs to eliminate higher division opponents from the FAWNL League Cup when they won 2-1 away to Derby County.
Bolton took a two-goal lead inside the opening fifteen minutes, Safron Newhouse scoring both, and although Cara Newton pulled one back with twelve minutes left, Bolton held out for a hard earned win.
Crawley Wasps meanwhile defeated Oxford Utd 3-1 after extra time. Emma Plewa and Sian Heather netted the goals during the extra period for Crawley to add to Naomi Cole's injury time equaliser, after Sophie Baker had earlier given Oxford the lead (see match report).
Last season's beaten Finalists Blackburn Rovers went through to the last sixteen but were pushed all the way when defeating Fylde Ladies 3-2. Olivia Wild gave the Coasters a first half lead but after the interval, two goals in a six minute spell from Saffron Jordan and Natasha Fenton ensured that Blackburn were in front. Fylde hit back to level the scores through Jenna Carroll with twenty minutes remaining but the game was finally settled in Blackburn's favour when Jess Holbrook netted the winning goal.
The top two teams in the Southern Premier Division met each other and the tie fully lived up to its billing, with Coventry Utd winning 3-2 against Watford. In the end, it was a brilliant 25-yard strike into the top corner by in-form midfielder Jade Brook which settled the match in Coventry's favour, having earlier found the net through Maz Gauntlett and Lois Jefferies, with Watford's replies coming from Helen Ward and Katie O'Leary.
There was late drama as Huddersfield Town progressed at the expense of Burnley FC Women. Kate Mallin netted the only goal of the game deep into injury time, taking Huddersfield through with a 1-0 victory.
Hull City were another team to be given a hard match by a team from a lower division, being taken to extra time in their 2-1 win against Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Hull led through a first half goal from Rebecca Beech but just before the final whistle, Evangeline Gallop equalised from the penalty spot. Jo Symington restored Hull's lead in the first half of extra time and this proved to be enough to take them into the Second Round.
Sunderland made a difficult trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers but returned with an impressive 4-1 win under their belts. Emily Hutchinson gave them a fifth minute lead, with Anna Young adding a second, before two second half own goals went on to sew up the victory, Charlotte Criddle grabbing a late consolation for the home side.
Nottingham Forest safely negotiated a tough tie against Chorley with a 2-0 victory. Viktoria Adam opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute and Hazzana Parnell wrapped up the win with the second goal late on.
Chichester City were another team to survive an awkward trip to a high riding side from a division below. Molly Clark and Hollie Wride netted the goals as Chi recorded a 2-0 win away to Billericay Town.
Stoke City got back to winning ways when they defeated Norton & Stockton Ancients 3-0. Nicola Hudson put them in front and Hannah Keryakoplis added a second just ahead of half time. Keryakoplis went on to round off the victory when she completed her double with a late strike.
Cardiff City Ladies added another win to their fine record in the competition in recent seasons, beating Cheltenham Town 5-3. Kelly Isaac and Cori Williams each netted twice along with Grace Horrell, whilst Cheltenham replied through an Ella Hitchcox brace and Annie Martin.
Loughborough Foxes were 3-1 winners away to Queen's Park Rangers in the other all-Southern Premier Division tie. Rangers led at half time through Jo Wilson's goal but after the break, Laura Steele brought the scores level before goals in the last five minutes from Eva Rogers and Rebecca McGrother saw the Foxes go through.
Brighouse Town have been paired with Leeds Utd in both major Cup competitions and on this occasion, it was Leeds who triumphed with a 2-1 victory. Sophie Stamp gave Leeds an advantage which was cancelled out by Jennifer Pearson, before Hannah Campbell netted the winning goal midway through the second half.
The third tie to go to extra time was at Larkhall Athletic, where visitors AFC Wimbledon were 3-2 victors. Jess Trimnell scored the winning goal with four minutes left on the clock to add to earlier strikes either side of half time from Katie Stanley and Caroline Bisson, with Katy-May O'Hara-Nash and Mel Sartain on target for the Larks.
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