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Sunderland defeated Burnley FC Women 2-0 in the last remaining Preliminary Round tie. In a clash between the last two remaining unbeaten sides in the Northern Premier Division, Jessica Brown and Maria Farrugia scored the goals to take the Wearsiders into the last 32, where they have drawn a tricky away trip to Barnsley.
Northern Premier Division
Although they were involved in the League Cup on Sunday, Sunderland keep hold of the leadership but their lead has been trimmed to a single point by Stoke City who beat Hull City 4-1 at the Bet365 Stadium. Faye McCoy netted a double to put Stoke two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes and Abby Hunt added a third ahead of the interval. Alison Hall rounded off the scoring for the home side in the second half, with Rachael Ackroyd scoring a consolation for Hull late on.
A victory would have taken Huddersfield Town back to the top of the table but they are in third after going down 2-1 to Nottingham Forest. Precious Hamilton scored twice to put Forest two ahead at the break, with Lucy Sowerby replying for Huddersfield during the second half.
West Bromwich Albion made it three wins on the trot and are up into the top half after scoring eight times without reply past Middlesbrough. Jade Arber maintained her excellent start to the season with a four-goal haul and Keeley Davies weighed in with a brace, with Hannah George and Nicole Nymoen also getting on the scoresheet.
Fylde Women claimed their second successive win and are in mid-table following their 1-0 success away to Derby County. Emily Hollinshead scored the only goal of the game to earn the Coasters a hard earned victory.
Loughborough Foxes put an end to a run of four straight defeats with a 3-2 win against Sheffield FC. This does not tell the full story though as Sheffield had taken a two-goal lead through Hope Knight and Lisa Giampalma and looked to be on their way towards getting off the mark for the season. However, three goals in a six minute spell from Charlotte Cooper, Rebecca McGrother and Anna Renken turned the match on its head and the Foxes were the team celebrating three valuable points at the end.
Southern Premier Division
Crawley Wasps stay three points clear at the top of the table following a hard earned 1-0 victory away to Keynsham Town. Maria Ledezma-Viso scored the only goal of the game, nine minutes into the second half.
Plymouth Argyle continue to head the chasing teams with an eight-goal blast against Hounslow Women, taking their tally to 19 in just three games. The prolific Natasha Knapman once again spearheaded the win for Argyle, scoring five times in total, Mollie Taylor and Becky Dandridge also getting on target with an own goal completing the total.
Cardiff City Ladies kept themselves nicely in touch with the leading sides with a 1-0 win against Milton Keynes Dons. Jasmine Turner scored the only goal of the game after five minutes, to earn Cardiff their fourth victory in a row.
Watford and Yeovil Town occupy the next two positions after their meeting finished in a 2-2 draw. Meesha Dudley-Jones and Sarah Wiltshire put Yeovil two ahead during the first half but after the break, two Helen Ward goals in a six minute spell earned Watford a share of the spoils.
Oxford Utd are the division's last remaining unbeaten team and they have two wins out of two following their 4-1 success at Portsmouth. Kayleigh Hines, Evie Gane, Emily Allen and Cheryl Williams all scored a goal apiece for the U's, with Pompey's consolation coming from Mia Adaway.
Chichester City registered their first point of the season when sharing a 1-1 draw with Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium. It could have been even better for Chichester as they led through a Megan Fox goal until injury time, when Maddison Chamney-Farrand salvaged a point for the Gills.
Division One North
Charlotte Proud was on target twice along with Laura Bartup and Aimi Beresford as leaders Brighouse Town ran out 4-1 winners over Bolton Wanderers, whose consolation came from Nicole Johnston.
Barnsley remain one point behind, with a game in hand, after they defeated Chorley 3-1. Darcie Kendall-Greene netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rebecca Hornsey, with Beth Donoghue replying.
Leeds Utd are a further point adrift in third place, they won 1-0 against Newcastle Utd with Holly Findlay scoring the only goal of the game.
Durham Cestria were 2-0 victors away to Chester-le-Street Town. Lily Crosthwaite put Durham ahead on the stroke of half time, with Sophie Hodgson adding the second midway through the second half.
Liverpool Feds made sure their trip to Norton & Stockton Ancients was a successful one, returning with a 5-0 win under their belts. Demi Devereaux and Paige Cole gave the Feds a two-goal lead going into half time, before adding further goals after the break through Molly Farley, Abby Pope and Jennifer Rogers.
Stockport County put a run of five straight defeats behind them and got off the mark with a 4-1 victory at Bradford City. Ellise Newby netted twice in two minutes during the first half and Eleanor Charnley made it three before half time. Hanifa Douglas scored the final goal for County just after the hour mark, before Falone Sumaili grabbed a late consolation for Bradford.
Division One Midlands
Wolverhampton Wanderers remain top on goal difference after scoring eight without reply away to Bedworth Utd. Jade Cross led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Lowri Walker contribued a brace and there was one apiece from Courtney Jones and Alice Keitley.
Long Eaton Utd made sure of keeping pace with Wolves by recording a convincing away victory of their own, 8-2 against Burton Albion. Amy Pashley was on target four times and Nicola Emery netted twice along with Ashleigh Evans and Amy Wells. Ellie Milsom and Lauren Da Casto replied for Burton.
The New Saints saw their run of four successive victories brought to a halt as they were beaten 5-2 by Lincoln City. Tia Johnson and Abigail Murrell each scored twice for Lincoln along with Katie Thornley, Lucy Brown and Katie Doster were on target for TNS.
Katie Cropper netted a hat-trick and Kira Fitzpatrick added the other goal as Leicester Utd moved into fourth place with a 4-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles, whose replies came from Emily Burgin and Nadia Khan.
Sporting Khalsa kept up their run of improving form by beating Solihull Moors 4-0. After Natalie Morris had given Khalsa the lead just before half time, Lauren Walker, Jess Keeling and Chloe Handy sealed the win with further goals during the second half.
Three first half goals saw Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies to a 3-0 win away to Leafield Athletic. Holly Rogers opened the scoring after four minutes, with Jessica Lundie and Nadia Bacciochi also getting on the scoresheet.
Division One South East
Billericay Town are continuing to set the early pace in Division One South East, maintaining their lead of three points by winning 2-0 at Cambridge Utd. Therese Addison and Danica Dougal scored the goals to give Billericay their fifth win in six matches.
Ipswich Town meanwhile scored seven times without reply against Stevenage Women to stay on the heels of leaders Billericay. Sophie Peskett hit a second half hat-trick and Amanda Crump contributed a double, along with Abbie Lafayette and an own goal.
Leyton Orient notched up a 2-0 victory away to Actonians Ladies to keep themselves level on points with Ipswich. Both of the O's goals came in the opening quarter of the game, Sophie Le Marchand giving them an early lead and Otesha Charles adding the second.
Enfield Town follow on after they were held to a 1-1 draw by AFC Basildon. Tia Bailey was on target for Enfield, who remain unbeaten after five games, whilst Basildon netted through in-form striker Kelly Wealthall.
AFC Wimbledon remain as the division's fifth unbeaten team following their 1-1 draw with Cambridge City. Stephanie Mann scored Wimbledon's goal, with the reply for City coming from Megan Tonks.
Norwich City ended a run of four defeats in a row by winning 6-2 against Kent Football Utd, who are still searching for their first points. Aimee Durrant and Chelsea Garrett each scored twice for the Canaries, with Megan Todd and Natasha Snelling also on target, whilst Charley MacNeil bagged a brace for Kent.
Division One South West
Southampton FC have gone three points clear at the top after they defeated Cheltenham Town 4-0 in their top of the table clash. Shannon Sievwright, Ella Pusey and Kirsty Whitton put the Saints three goals ahead at half time, with Rachel Panting rounding off the scoring late on.
Southampton Women bounced back from their first defeat of the season to win 1-0 against Buckland Athletic and move back into second place. Jane Yeates settled matters with the only goal of the game, shortly before the half hour mark.
Exeter City were another team to recover from losing their previous match, with a 4-1 victory away to Brislington. Hope Suominen gave Exeter a first half lead which was cancelled out by Paige Sawyer, with Abbie Britton putting them back in front a minute later. Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham sealed the win for the Devon side by netting a second half brace.
Larkhall Athletic stretched their unbeaten run with a narrow 2-1 win against Chesham Utd. Carly Bryant scored both goals for the Larks, with the Clarets' reply coming from Dawne Campbell.
Swindon Town picked up their first points of the season when they defeated Poole Town 4-3 at the County Ground. After Katelyn Wyatt had given Poole a first minute lead, Swindon hit back to lead at the break thanks to Alice Telling and Suze Berry. Kitty Norman levelled matters again after the break but goals in quick succession from Sarah Doidge and Helena Diaz-Butcher sealed victory for Swindon, despite the Dolphins pulling one back through Danielle Maidment.
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