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Three teams knocked out higher division opponents to reach the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup on Sunday.
Leeds Utd were 4-3 winners after extra time in their local derby tie with Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rebecca Hunt scored twice and Hannah Campbell the other for Leeds, with the Belles hitting back through Zoe Belding, Izzy Whittle and Emily Burgin before Katie Thompson settled matters by scoring the winning goal with eight minutes of extra time remaining. Leeds now make the relatively short trip to Huddersfield Town who were 7-1 winners over Bradford City, Kate Mallin hitting a hat-trick along with Sarah Dobby, Laura Elford, Lucy Sowerby and Arianne Parnham. Zoe Roberts netted a consolation for Bradford.
Caroline Bisson and Georgia Heasman netted the goals as AFC Wimbledon recorded a notable 2-0 victory over Portsmouth (see match report). The Dons will be on their travels in the Third Round, to Hull City scored five times without reply at Long Eaton Utd, Rachael Ackroyd and Hope Knight bagged two goals apiece, with Misty Russell also on target.
Keynsham Town kept up their winning run with an 8-3 success against C & K Basildon. Kerry Bartlett netted four times along with Laura Williams, Justine Lorton, Cristina Vega Leandro and Ellis Hillman. Keynsham have received another home draw for the Third Round, to Fylde Ladies who themselves notched up a fine 3-1 win away to Sunderland. Danielle Young opened the scoring via a free kick and they added further goals through Sophie Charlton and Emily Hollinshead.
Nicole Ledgister and Stephanie Smith were on target as Derby County won 2-0 at Guiseley Vixens. This has set up one of the ties of the Third Round against Stoke City, themselves 2-0 winners away to Chester-le-Street Town, late goals from Natasha Tezgel and Faye McCoy taking them through a difficult tie.
Billericay Town got the better of Luton Town with a 3-1 victory after extra time. Jay Blackie, Karen Stefanou and Broghan Kelly scored the goals to take them through in a thrilling tie, with Aurora Ryan replying. Billericay, through to this stage for the first time, have landed a plum tie at home to Loughborough Foxes, who also won 3-1 after extra time against Gillingham. The teams produced a tight match for the second week running but two strikes in the extra period from Rebecca Knight saw the Foxes progress, Charlotte Broad having earlier scored and Alice Bussey replying.
Ashleigh Edwards was the heroine for Nottingham Forest with a hat-trick in their 3-2 success away to Sheffield FC. Forest's reward is a home tie with Milton Keynes Dons, who ended the Cup run of Southampton FC Ladies by beating them 4-0. Leah Cudone bagged a hat-trick for MK, with Leah Littlechild also on target.
Oxford Utd saw off the challenge of Cambridge Utd with a 4-0 victory, courtesy of a goal apiece from Ellie Noble, Lauren Haynes, Flo Fyfe and Evie Gane. The U's have landed another home tie with the task of taking on Blackburn Rovers, also 4-0 winners away to Wolverhampton Wanderers thanks to Beth Donoghue, Alex Taylor, Jess Holbrook and an own goal.
Three ties in the Third Round are as yet unresolved due to postponements. Middlesbrough survived a brave effort from Stockport County with a 1-0 victory, Eleanor Dale scoring the only goal twenty minutes from time. ‘Boro will be up against either Watford or Buckland Athletic.
Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion will try again this week, for the right to travel to Cardiff City Ladies, who ran out 4-0 winners over Queen's Park Rangers. Gwennan Davies, Nia Rees, Cori Williams and Grace Horrell were all on target for the South Wales side.
Coventry Utd and Plymouth Argyle produced a much closer affair than seven days previously in the league, but again it was Coventry who prevailed with a 2-1 victory. Chenise Austin and Amy Wathan scored their goals, with Helen Bleazard replying, to set up a mouthwatering tie in the next round against either Crawley Wasps or Chichester City.
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