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Cambridge City became one of three Regional League clubs to knock out National League opposition in the SSE Women's FA Cup First Round when they won their local derby 2-1 against Cambridge Utd, after extra time.
The first half was goalless but the deadlock was broken during the second half by Jade Bell, putting the U's in front. It looked as though United were going to make it through to the next round but as the game went into injury time, Isabella Simmons bundled home an equaliser following a scramble to take the game into extra time, where City scored within two minutes of the restart through Laura Mills and the Eastern Region League side held out for a famous win which sees them reach the Second Round for the first time, where their opponents will be Oxford Utd who enter the competition at this stage along with the other Northern and Southern Premier Division teams.
Stockport County meanwhile claimed a fine 2-1 win away to FAWNL Division One North high fliers Chorley. Melissa Ball headed Chorley in front on the hour mark but Stockport hit back late on and after Chloe Mapp had levelled a scores, a deflected free kick by Claire O'Reilly in the dying minutes sent the North West League leaders through to a Second Round meeting with Middlesbrough.
Southampton FC Ladies claimed another National League scalp when they defeated Poole Town 3-0. Georgie Freeland gave the Saints the lead on the stroke of half time and they went on to crown the win with second half goals from Shannon Sievwright and Ella Pusey. Southampton will be away again in the next round to Milton Keynes Dons.
Leeds Utd got through with a 1-0 win against Brighouse Town. Hannah Campbell scored the only goal of the game with seven minutes remaining and this sets up another Yorkshire derby tie in the next round against Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Chester-le-Street Town meanwhile negotiated a tough tie away to FC United of Manchester with a 5-0 victory, The home side went into the game in very good form but National League status won through on the day; all of the goals came during the second half with Nichole Havery netting twice for the Cestrians along with Elizabeth Thompson-Clarke, Jessica Ellison and Lucy Jackman. Chester-le-Street have landed a plum home tie in the Second Round against Stoke City.
Bolton Wanderers enjoyed a successful trip to the North East, returning from Norton & Stockton Ancients with a 1-0 victory under their belts. Safron Newhouse settled matters in Bolton's favour with the game's solitary goal during the first half.
Bolton will be at home in the next round to West Bromwich Albion, who were 2-1 winners over Leicester City Women Development. The East Midlands League side gave a good account of themselves but goals from Chloe Harper and Gabriella Reid gave Albion victory.
Nettleham and Long Eaton Utd are level on points in Division One Midlands at the moment, so it was no surprise that the teams produced a closely fought tie between them. In the end it was Long Eaton who triumphed 3-2, a Jade Arber double and an own goal setting them up with a Second Round tie at home to Hull City, whilst Abigail Murrell netted twice in reply for Nettleham.
Kidderminster Harriers' Cup run was brought to an end as they were beaten 6-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Harriers team, and coaching staff, contained several who were up against their former club but they were unable to prevent Wolves from progressing with a goal apiece from Billie Haynes, Andrea Barnett, Anna Price, Jade Cross, Jess Jennings and Nyah Edwards.
Only one of the ties went all the way to penalties, Luton Town triumphing from the spot after being held to a 1-1 draw by Kent Football Utd (see match report). Luton have been handed a tough away trip in the next round to Billericay Town, who were 3-2 extra time winners over Norwich City after having been two goals behind at one stage.
Crawley Wasps had a much smoother passage on the day, ensuring there were no upsets as they beat Queen's Park Rangers Development 6-0. Emma Plewa led the scoring for Crawley with a hat-trick and also on target were Kemina Webber, Megan Stow and Ariana Flieschman. Crawley will now take on Southern Premier Division leaders Chichester City in what is set to be one of the most intriguing ties in the Second Round.
Keynsham Town ended the hopes of AFC Bournemouth by beating them 8-1. Justine Lorton and Jade Radburn both netted first half doubles, with Ellis Hillman also getting on the scoresheet on her return from injury. After the break, Cristina Vega Leandro, Kerry Bartlett and Laura Williams completed the scoring whilst the Cherries' consolation came from Jade Hockey. Keynsham will be at home to C & K Basildon in the next round.
Buckland Athletic marched into the Second Round for the first time, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town. Sarah Stacey gave Buckland the lead with twenty minutes on the clock, with Natalie Warman sealing a trip to Watford when scoring the second goal, midway through the second half.
One tie still remains to be played, New London Lionesses' home game with AFC Wimbledon having been postponed. They will try again this week to battle out and see who will host Portsmouth in the next round.
Photo - Keynsham Town striker Kerry Bartlett takes on Charlotte Eastman of AFC Bournemouth.
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