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Leek Town came close to causing another surprise in the First Round on Sunday, taking Lincoln City to extra time before bowing out with a 2-1 defeat.
The West Midlands League side had knocked out Leicester Utd in the previous round seven days earlier and looked to possibly be on their way towards taking another scalp when Chantelle Gallagher gave them a first half lead. Lincoln hit back to equalise through Amy Blinkhorn, midway through the second half, and a penalty save by Leek goalkeeper Beth Cottrell ensured that the match went into the extra period. Abigail Murrell put Lincoln ahead of the first time, seven minutes after the restart, and they saw the game out for a hard earned victory. Lincoln have been given another tough draw in the Second Round away to West Bromwich Albion, who enter the competition at this stage.
Crewe Alexandra also gave a great account of themselves in their 2-1 extra time loss to Division One North leaders Barnsley. Crewe also took the lead thanks to Amanda Fallon and were six minutes away from a famous win before Amy Woodruff equalised for Barnsley. Just two minutes of extra time remained when Laura Bartup broke Crewe hearts with the winning goal, to set her side up with a Second Round tie against Sheffield FC.
Luton Town's cup run came to an end when they were beaten 4-1 by a strong Wolverhampton Wanderers side. Shannie Jennings and Lowri Walker put Wolves ahead inside the opening quarter of the game, Lyndsey Glover made it three on the hour and Sophie Bramford added the fourth, before a valiant Luton side grabbed a consolation through Jess McKay. Wolves now have the chance to take on higher division opposition as they have been drawn at home to Fylde Women.
It was the end of the road for Portishead Town as they went down 4-0 to Southampton Women. Erin Bloomfield inflicted the main damage from Southampton as she hit a hat-trick and Jane Yeates added the other goal. Southampton now have a home tie against Milton Keynes Dons (see match report).
Chester-le-Street Town were 3-1 winners in the north east local derby tie with Durham Cestria. The Cestrians led at the break through a Nichole Havery double, with Jen Knowles replying, and Laura Hockaday headed in a decisive third with five minutes remaining. Chester-le-Street will be at home in the next round to Loughborough Foxes.
Chorley made sure that their long trip to The New Saints was a successful one, running out 4-0 winners. Rebecca Kemp and Beth Donoghue put them two goals ahead at the break and in the second half, Ellie Mills made it three before Donoghue completed the scoring with her second. The Mapgies have landed a home draw against Brighouse Town who came through a tough tie away to Liverpool Feds with an impressive 4-0 victory, thanks to two goals apiece from Emma Dobson and Hannah Freibach.
Ipswich Town's season continues to go from strength to strength and they powered into the Second Round with a 5-0 victory over AFC Basildon. Paige Peake, Sophie Peskett and Natasha Thomas put the Tractor Girls three ahead at half time, before Abbie Lafayette and Zoe Cossey added further goals late on. The win earns Ipswich a long but intriguing trip to Chichester City from the division above.
Actonians Ladies continue to have a good cup run and they advanced with a narrow 2-1 success against AFC Wimbledon. All of the goals came in the first half, Alessandra Barreca giving Actonians a lead which was quickly cancelled out by Hannah Billingham, before Jessica Byrne scored what turned out be the winner, five minutes before half time. Actonians have landed a plum home draw in the Second Round against Crawley Wasps.
Southampton FC were pushed all the way by Chesham Utd, an eleventh minute goal from Ella Pusey separating the sides as the Saints went through 1-0. Southampton are now away to Yeovil Town, the second time the teams have been paired together in a draw in successive weeks.
The other two ties were postponed and it is hoped that they will be played this week. Woodlands Ladies - now the last remaining Regional League team - host Billericay Town and Cheltenham Town are at home to Leyton Orient.
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