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Crawley Wasps were pushed all the way by Actonians Ladies but made it through as 1-0 winners, thanks to a goal early in the second half from Rachel Palmer.
Portsmouth came through a difficult tie away to Leyton Orient in some style, with a 6-1 victory. The O's did take an early lead through Otesha Charles but Pompey hit back quickly with an equaliser from Eilidh Currie, before a quickfire double from Charmaine True put them two ahead at the break. In the second half, Becki Bath increased Portsmouth's lead before they went on to crown the win with further goals from Jade Widdows and Jade Bradley.
Southampton FC meanwhile won a well contested tie 3-1 away to Larkhall Athletic. Phoebe Williams gave Southampton the lead just before the interval, with Adele Hooper levelling matters the other side of the break. Williams put the Saints back in front on the hour and she finally killed off the Larks' resistance when she completed her hat-trick from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game.
Brighouse Town booked their place in the next round as they won 1-0 against Norton & Stockton Ancients, Annabelle Cass scoring the only goal of the game.
Derby County stormed into the last sixteen by running out 10-1 winners over The New Saints. Hannah Keryakoplis led the scoring for the Ewe Rams with a four-goal haul, Ellie Gilliatt contributed a brace and there was one each from Sophie Domingo, Amy Sims, Monique Watson and Kira Rai whilst TNS' consolation was scored by Zoe Griffiths.
Billericay Town saw off the challenge of Cambridge City with a 4-0 victory. Lindsey Morgan, Hannah Smith and Paris Smith were all on target for Billericay, along with an own goal.
Stevenage Women produced their best result of the season to date by winning 3-2 away to Division One South East high fliers Ipswich Town. Louise Godden, Tamsyn Sibanda and Erin Pope were all on the scoresheet for Stevenage, with the home side's replies coming from Zoe Cossey and Natasha Thomas.
Stockport County made sure that their trip to Sporting Khalsa was a successful one, Chloe Mapp and Imogen Porteous-Williams scoring the goals as County returned with a 2-0 victory under their belts.
Cheltenham Town are also through after scoring seven times without reply past Poole Town. Kerry Bartlett and Annie Martin each netted twice and there was one apiece from Abby Bevan, Georgia Brown and Sally Butterfield.
Northern Premier Division
With their nearest rivals involved in Cup action, Sunderland have opened up a lead of three points after winning 6-1 away to Sheffield FC. Charlotte Potts hit a second half hat-trick for the Wearsiders, Bridget Galloway contributed a double and Georgia Gibson was also on target, with Amy-Leigh Barringham-Beck replying.
Hull City meanwhile ended their unwanted run of six straight defeats with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion but it wasn't quite enough to take them off the bottom. Rachael Ackroyd netted a goal in each half to get Hull off the mark for the season, whilst Albion's consolation came from Jade Arber.
Southern Premier Division
Watford have taken over the leadership with a 4-0 victory away to Gillingham. The first half was goalless but after Helen Ward gave Watford the lead just before the hour, Andrea Carid added a further two goals and Emily Hill rounded off the scoring late on.
Plymouth Argyle meanwhile won 2-1 at Cardiff City Ladies to underline their credentials. Cardiff took the lead on the stroke of half time through Cori Williams but Katie Middleton equalised midway through the second half and Natasha Knapman grabbed a late winner for Argyle, to move them into second place.
Division One North
In the only match to be played in the division on Sunday, Barnsley took the opportunity to go four points clear at the top with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool Feds. Both goals came late on in the game, Sophie Bell giving Barnsley the lead with nineteen minutes remaining and Amy Woodruff adding the second.
Division One Midlands
It was a similar story in Division One Midlands where Wolverhampton Wanderers went five points clear by beating Solihull Moors 5-0. Courtney Jones gave Wolves a sixth minute lead, before Jamilla Palmer netted from the penalty spot and Lowri Walker made it three before half time. In the last ten minutes, Palmer scored twice more to complete her hat-trick and round off a good day for her and her side.
Division One South East
With the top teams not in league action, AFC Wimbledon took the chance to move into the top three with a 3-1 victory over Norwich City. Elizabeth O'Callaghan netted a first half brace and Hannah Billingham added the other, with Kathryn Stanley replying.
Enfield Town remain handily placed behind the leading teams following their 2-0 success away to Kent Football Utd. Both goals came in the opening eight minutes of the second half, Hannah Baptiste opening the scoring for Enfield and Tia Bailey wrapped up the win with the second.
Cerys Adams was the heroine for AFC Basildon, netting both goals as they won 2-1 against Cambridge Utd, whose consolation came from Kelley Blanchflower.
Division One South West
Southampton Women stay in second place after battling out a 2-2 draw with Chesham Utd. It could have been much worse for Southampton as they trailed by two goals at the break, Kate Bowers and Gemma Fraser having put Chesham in a strong position, but a brace of goals in the last ten minutes from Erin Bloomfield salvaged a point for her side.
Crawley Wasps were not able to take an opportunity to make a swift return to the top of the Southern Premier Division and remain in second place after being held to a 2-2 draw by Gillingham on Wednesday night. Tash Stephens and Naomi Cole twice gave Crawley the lead but the Gills hit back on each occasion for a share of the spoils with equalisers from Ellie Jeffkins and Grace Harrison. Oxford Utd meanwhile made up ground on the teams above them by scoring five times without reply past Milton Keynes Dons, Cheryl Williams netting twice for the U's along with Emily Allen, Kayleigh Hines and Ellie Searle.
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