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Southampton FC caused an upset as they came from behind to beat Yeovil Town 2-1 after extra time and reach the quarter finals at the first attempt. Sarah Wiltshire gave Yeovil a twelfth minute lead but the Saints hit back with Ella Pusey equalising two minutes into the second half, before Sophia Pharoah scored the extra time winner.
Derby County held their nerve to triumph from the penalty spot after battling out a 1-1 draw with Division One North high fliers Brighouse Town. Ellie Gilliatt had given Derby the lead, with Annabelle Cass equalising for Brighouse, and it was the Ewe Rams who progressed to the last eight with a 3-0 win on spot kicks after extra time could not decide a winner.
Stoke City were another side who were pushed by lower division opponents before eventually emerging as 3-2 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meg Bowyer gave Stoke an early lead, with Jamilla Palmer levelling the scores just before half time. Goals in the last ten minutes from Faye McCoy and Abby Hunt earned the victory for Stoke, despite Palmer netting her second from the penalty spot in injury time.
One other tie went all the way to penalties on Sunday and, curiously, this also produced a 3-0 scoreline as Milton Keynes Dons went through at the expense of AFC Basildon. The teams battled out a 3-3 draw after extra time with Grace Gillard, Holly Turner and Kelly Wealthall all scoring for Basildon, whilst MK netted through a Jessica Driscoll brace and Rhianne Rush.
Two of the outstanding First Round ties have been completed, including Chorley edging out Durham Cestria by the odd goal in seven to book themselves a plum tie against Sunderland. Rebecca Kemp scored a last minute winner for the Magpies to add to earlier strikes from Megan Searson, Beth Donoghue and Sophie Rotheram, whilst Durham replied through Lauren Robson, Chloe Ryan and Dannika Purdham.
Liverpool Feds made the long trip to Long Eaton Utd and returned with a 4-2 victory under their belts. Jodie Mortimer, Amy Seagraves, Paige Cole and Carla Lee were all on target for the Feds, who are now away to Huddersfield Town, whilst Long Eaton's goals came from Millie Fulgar and Laura Sears.
The all-Southern Premier Division tie lived up to its billing as Watford staged a dramatic late fightback to beat Oxford Utd 2-1. Catherine Beaver put Oxford in front a minute before half time and for a long time, it looked as though it would see them get past their divisional leaders but two goals in a minute late on from Emily Hill and Helen Ward turned the match around in Watford's favour.
Plymouth Argyle maintained their winning run with a 3-1 success against AFC Wimbledon, which takes them into the quarter finals. All of Argyle's goals came in the opening twenty minutes, with Natasha Knapman netting twice and Zoe Cunningham adding the other, but Wimbledon gave a good account of themselves and Georgia Heasman scored a consolation midway through the second half.
Bolton Wanderers reached the semi finals of the League Cup last season and they are one stage away from emulating this feat in the Plate this time around, after they defeated Newcastle Utd 1-0. Rachel Hindle scored the only goal of the game to take Bolton through.
Northern Premier Division
Burnley FC Women have moved back into second place in the table, following their 3-0 victory over Sheffield FC on Sunday. Leanne Prescott gave Burnley the lead with six minutes on the clock and they went on to secure the points after the break, thanks to goals from Sarah Greenhalgh and Evie Priestley.
Huddersfield Town meanwhile picked up three important points when scoring six times without reply past Middlesbrough. Laura Elford, Lucy Sowerby, Kate Mallin, Leah Embley, Beth Stanfield and Emma Samways all netted a goal apiece for fifth placed Town.
The match between Fylde Women and West Bromwich Albion was forced to be abandoned after Albion striker Jade Arber sustained a back injury during the second half. Albion were leading 1-0 at the time.
Southern Premier Division
Cup duties meant that only one match was played in the division over the weekend, Portsmouth winning 2-1 away to Cardiff City Ladies. Eilidh Currie scored the winner for Pompey with fifteen minutes remaining, to add to Tamsin De Bunsen's earlier striker, whilst Cardiff - who would have gone fourth with a win - replied through Jasmine Turner.
Division One Midlands
One match was played in the division on Sunday, The New Saints going back into the top five after beating Solihull Moors 5-1. Kim Bebbington led the scoring for TNS with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Yasmin Evans and Laura Pennington, whilst Solihull's consolation came from Charlotte Leedham.
Division One South East
Kent Football Utd broke their duck on Sunday at the tenth time of asking, claiming their first points of the season when beating Cambridge City 3-1. Chloe Francis netted twice and Amy Russ the other for Kent, with Beatrice Fitzsimmons replying.
Norwich City meanwhile picked up a useful point from a 3-3 draw with Actonians Ladies. Eliza McDonald bagged a brace for the Canaries, with Chelsea Garrett also on target, whilst Actonians replied through an Alessandra Barreca double and Justine Buckmire.
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