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The weather interfered with the First Round Qualifying in the Vitality Women's FA Cup on the weekend but a number of teams made it through to the stage where the Division One clubs in the FA Women's National League enter the competition.
Merseyrail Ladies ran out 4-1 winners away to Ripon City and this books them a tie with Bolton Wanderers in the next round. Emily Starkie (2), Jordan Cheetham and Sophie Parrish were the scorers as Ossett Utd returned from Redcar Town with a 4-0 victory under their belts and their reward is a tie with Liverpool Feds.
Spennymoor Town got past Wythenshawe Amateurs on penalties following a 3-3 draw and they go to Brighouse Town, whilst Blyth Town will take on Barnsley after they defeated Brighouse Sports 3-2. Steph Ord netted twice for Blyth, with Olivia Bruce adding the other.
Kate O'Gara, Emily Marsh, Jordan Bailey and Maxine Smith scored the goals as FC United of Manchester won 4-1 against Wakefield Trinity and they now have a fascinating tie in the next round against Norton & Stockton Ancients. Wallsend Boys Club were pushed all the way by York City but emerged as 2-1 winners and they will now be up against Chorley. Becka Hansen and Emma Hewett were the markswomen for Wallsend.
South Shields meanwhile won away 2-1 to Penrith AFC to set up a tie with Chester-le-Street Town, Natalie May and Lois Greenslade were their scorers. Sunderland West End have been paired with Bradford City following their 2-1 victory at Hull Utd, given to them by Melissa Simpson and Isla Maggs.
Morecambe ran out 5-2 winners over Workington Reds and will be at home in the next round, to Fleetwood Town Wrens whose progress was a lot closer, ousting AFC Darwen on penalties after finishing level at 1-1.
Dronfield Town came away from Tamworth with a 2-1 victory and have landed a home tie against Coventry Sphinx, who advanced by beating Crewe Alexandra 4-1. Stourbridge scored six times without reply past against Knowle and will travel to either Worcester City or Droitwich Spa, whose tie was postponed.
Brittany Civil scored the only goal of the game for Sutton Coldfield Town as they won 1-0 against Lincoln Utd and this lands them a plum home tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Northwich Vixens squeezed through on a penalty shootout after battling out a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Northwich will now be at home to Wem Town.
Oadby & Wigston defeated Rise Park 5-2 and have drawn another home tie, against Crusaders, 4-0 winners over Cookley Sports. Beaumont Park edged past Lincoln Moorlands Railway with a 3-2 victory and their next opponents will be Boldmere St Michaels.
Grimsby Town will go to Holwell Sports following their 9-0 blast away to Leicester City Ladies, meanwhile Redditch Utd have been rewarded for their 4-0 victory over Sherwood FC Women with a home tie against Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Netherton Utd went through to the Second Round Qualifying for the first time after they edged out Leigh Ramblers by the odd goal in nine, this earns them a trip to Long Eaton Utd. Peterborough Northern Star meanwhile eased to a ten-goal victory against Southend Utd and their reward is a trip to Ipswich Town.
Georgia Box scored the only goal of the game with twelve minutes remaining as Harlow Town won 1-0 away to Bowers & Pitsea. Harlow will be at home in the next round to St Ives Town who were also 1-0 winners against Northampton Town, courtesy of a solitary strike from Georgia Stancombe. Newmarket Town got the better of AFC Sudbury on a penalty shootout after the teams shared a 3-3 draw. Annabel Cuthbert hit a hat-trick during the game for Newmarket, who now have a home tie with Norwich City.
Dartford eased through with a 7-1 win against Winchester City Flyers, given to them by a Rachel Stevens double, Nicha Dyett, Alicia Gibbs, Emily Read, Elizabeth Adams and Sacha Brinkley (see match report). The Darts will now be up against Eastbourne Town who defeated Tilehurst Panthers 2-0 thanks to Kellie Larkin and Nicole Baitup. Dulwich Hamlet meanwhile booked themselves a plum tie with Leyton Orient after Ella Bonner gave them a 1-0 success away to Lancing.
Three early goals helped Denham Utd to a 3-0 victory away to Ascot Utd, Lauren Cox scoring twice in the opening twenty minutes and Rachel Griffiths adding the third to take the Middlesex side through to face Maidenhead Utd. Fulham beat Woodley Utd 5-0 with a goal each from Lilly Lambird, Rebecca Stormer, Lauren Peck, Gemma Taylor and Jessica Wadey, they will play either Comets or Wycombe Wanderers.
Abingdon Utd continued their good Cup run and they will play Chesham Utd after their 2-1 victory at Woking, in which Charlotte Deeley and Lauren May scored their goals. Ashley Cheatley and Alissa Down each scored twice as Ashford Town (Middlesex) won 7-1 away to Dorking Wanderers. Lucy Potter, Lavana Neufville and Vicky James added the others for Ashford who will be up against Kent Football Utd.
AEK Boco went through on penalties after their tie with Bristol Rovers ended in a 1-1 draw. Sasha Ferris gave Boco the lead, with Rovers equalising through Jamie Leigh Worlock, before Boco emerged as 4-3 winners in the resulting shootout to earn themselves a home tie with Larkhall Athletic.
Portishead Town had a great Cup run last season and moved one step closer to a repeat by scoring twelve times without reply at Torquay Utd. Taylor Gainey and Emily Lindsey both bagged hat-tricks, Shannon Holloway and Nathalie Zajaczkowski each added braces and the tally was completed by Kelana Jones and Alanna Torrington. Portishead await the winners of the postponed tie between Sherborne Town and Oldland Abbotonians.
Fifteen ties are yet to be decided and are set to be played this Sunday.
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