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Wolverhampton Wanderers produced the result of the day in the First Round as they defeated Northern Premier Division side Fylde Women 3-2 after extra time. The match was level at 1-1 at the end of extra time, Laura Merrin scoring for the Coasters and Jamilla Palmer replying, and although Jodie Redgrave was on target for Fylde in the extra period, Andrea Barnett and Anna Morphet both scored to give the Division One Midlands leaders a notable victory.
Sunderland came through a very tricky tie away to Division One North leaders Barnsley with a 1-0 victory. Keira Ramshaw scored the only goal of the game during the first half to take the former winners into the last sixteen.
Stoke City were another team to safely negotiate a difficult hurdle, winning 2-1 away to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. The home side appeared to be on their way towards a surprise victory when Jessica Lundie gave them the lead with eighteen minutes remaining, but two goals in seven minutes from Alison Hall and Hollie Gibson turned matters around in Stoke's favour.
Enfield Town took Yeovil Town all the way to penalties before the Somerset side came out 4-2 winners from the spot. Yeovil twice took the lead through Meesha Dudley-Jones and Sarah Wiltshire, with Beth Lumsden and Rachel Kosky equalising on each occasion as the teams finished 2-2 after extra time.
Cardiff City Ladies and Milton Keynes Dons meanwhile battled out a goalless draw at Ystrad Mynach. Cardiff have a fine record in the Cup in recent seasons but it was the Dons who were to progress this time as they triumphed 3-1 in the resulting penalty shootout.
Huddersfield Town eased into the next round with a 7-2 victory over Sheffield FC. Leah Embley and Lucy Sowerby each netted twice for Town along with Katie Nutter, Sarah Danby and Ellie White, whilst Sheffield's replies came from Emma Johnson and Keeley-Shaye Goodwin.
AFC Basildon are in the last sixteen after they won 3-2 away to Southampton Women. Laura Vokes netted both goals for the home side but Holly Turner, along with a brace from substitute Sophie Spencer-Webb, saw Basildon go through.
Newcastle Utd caused an upset in the First Round when they won 2-1 against Loughborough Foxes after extra time. Jessica Foster and Steph Ord scored the goals as Newcastle put their league form behind them to progress at the expense of their higher division opponents, for whom Chloe Young was on target.
Chichester City were pushed all the way by lower division Swindon Town before they eventually emerged as 4-2 extra time winners. Sophie Phelps, Gemma Simmonds, Natasha Wild and Gemma Staple all scored a goal apiece for Chichester, whilst Swindon scored through Suze Berry and Meghan Larkin.
Precious Hamilton has been in magnificent form in front of goal since the season began and she was on target twice more as Nottingham Forest won 6-2 away to Chester-le-Street Town. Ellie Casper also bagged a brace with Isobel Dalton and Lyndsey Harkin, whilst Nichole Havery netted both goals in reply for the Cestrians.
Middlesbrough meanwhile ran out 5-1 winners over Hull City in their all-Northern Premier Division clash. Eleanor Dale led the scoring for 'Boro with a hat-trick along with Tyler Dodds and Jasmine McQuade, Helen Lynskey grabbing Hull's consolation.
Watford kept up their good run of form as they defeated Kent Football Utd 6-1. Anaisa Harney led the scoring with a hat-trick, Petra Kos weighed in with a brace and Andrea Carid was also on target, with Rebecca Mackley replying.
Bolton Wanderers, who reached the semi finals of the League Cup last season, are through to the last sixteen of the Plate this time after they also won 6-1 against Doncaster Rovers Belles. Erin Slade netted twice for Bolton with Rebecca Foster, Rosie Havelin, Jess Battle and Emma Lysons adding the others, Chloe Bethell scoring a consolation for the Belles.
Division One Midlands
The only league match to be played on Sunday was at Bedworth Utd where the home side defeated Solihull Moors 8-1, to lift themselves into a mid-table position. Xena Dhillon and Kirsty Farnsworth each bagged doubles for Bedworth while Evelina Buividaviciute, Milly Miller, Sophie Wilson and Jodi Hunter contributed the other goals. Eboni Fowkes replied for Solihull who have only won one of their opening seven matches.
Division One South West
On Wednesday night, Southampton FC opened up a lead of three points at the top of the table with a 4-0 victory away to Poole Town. Rachel Panting, Shannon Albuery and Ella Morris ensured that the Saints were three ahead at half time, with Chloe Newton adding the final goal late on.
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