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AEK Boco led the surprises in the Second Round Qualifying of the Vitality Women's FA Cup when they won 4-3 against Larkhall Athletic.
In a pulsating tie at Greenbank Road, Larkhall surged into a two-goal lead after sixteen minutes, both scored by Adele Hooper, and after Boco hit back to level with goals from Lucy Atkinson and Jess Titcomb, Rhian Robbins put the Larks back in front before half time. Midway through the second half, Sasha Ferris equalised once again from a free kick and three minutes later, the outstanding Atkinson set up Eloise Nicholas to slot home the winning goal although Boco goalkeeper Shelbie Parker-Smith needed to make a string of good saves to help keep her side in front.
AEK Boco will be away in the Third Round Qualifying to Exeter City, who came through with a 2-1 victory against Swindon Town in a well contested tie. Tori Taylor gave Swindon a first half lead from the penalty spot but two goals in the last twelve minutes from substitute Connie Pengelly gave Exeter a narrow win.
Kay Mills and Ally Ferris were the scorers as Sunderland West End also produced a fine result in winning 2-0 away to Bradford City to claim a National League scalp. West End now travel to take on Newcastle Utd who scored eleven times without reply against Blackburn Community SC. Katie Barker and Jessica Foster each netted hat-tricks and they were joined on the scoresheet by Kacie Elson, Beth Gardener, Megan McKenzie, Anna Soulsby and Imogen Longcake.
Merseyrail Ladies were another team to knock out higher league opponents when they defeated Bolton Ladies 3-2, courtesy of a goal apiece from Sophie Perry, Sherree Thompson and Shannon Beckwith. Merseyrail now go to Brighouse Town, whoended the Cup run of Spennymoor Town but the Durham County Women's League side were not disgraced in going down 6-0. Ellie Dobson was on target twice for Brighouse along with Drew Greene, Ellie White, Danielle Whitham and Amy Woodruff.
Ilminster Town are having a good season in the South West League, which they continued with a 4-1 victory against Poole Town. Jodie Cornwall was on target twice for Ilminster along with Georgia Coward and Sian Chapman. The Somerset side's reward is a tough one at home to Southampton FC, the Saints ending the run of Helston Athletic by beating them 11-0. Rachel Panting netted four of the goals and there were doubles from Shannon Sievwright, Ella Pusey and Alisha Ware, with Georgie Freeland also on target.
FC United of Manchester travelled to the north east to face Norton & Stockton Ancients where they claimed an excellent 5-2 victory against the National League side. Jordan Bailey netted two of the goals for FC United, along with Corie Mather, Maxine Smith and Jade Parker. The North West League club will be at home to Chorley in the next round.
Redditch Utd joined the list of teams to take a National League scalp and they took the most famous one of all, eliminating Doncaster Rovers Belles on a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw. Isobel Godfrey slotted home the winning penalty for Redditch whose reward is a home tie with Boldmere St Michaels, 2-1 victors at Beaumont Park through first half goals from Laura Cooper and Jessica Keeling.
Nicola Henman scored the only goal of the game for Luton Town as they won 1-0 against Cambridge City. Enfield Town now go to Luton after winning 2-0 at Hashtag Utd. Both goals came in the last fifteen minutes, Courtney Cook giving Enfield the lead before Beau Parker sealed the result with the second in injury time.
Gemma Hillier, Molly Clark and Abby Jones were all on the scoresheet as AFC Bournemouth registered a fine 3-1 victory over Southampton Women. The Cherries' reward is a home tie with Buckland Athletic who won 6-1 away to AFC Stoneham, courtesy of a Megan Wood hat-trick as well as Sarah Stacey, Carla Staddon and Natalie Warman.
The ninth team to knock out a National League side were Royston Town who did so on a penalty shootout after sharing a 3-3 draw with Stevenage Women. Gemma Croucher netted twice and Yasmin Pratt the other for Royston, taking the game into penalties where Yasmine Walford's save allowed Samantha Edgar to slot home the winning kick. Royston are now away to Harlow Town who powered through with a 5-1 victory over St Ives Town thanks to Kaydee King, Olivia Steele, Georgia Box, Tayla Handscombe and an own goal.
Barnsley made sure the trip home from Blyth Town was a happy one after they ran out 5-0 winners. Emily Pierrepont and Courtney Csomor put Barnsley two ahead inside the opening eight minutes, with Lindsey Tugby and Kathryn Smith doubling their advantage before half time and Amy Nowell rounded off the scoring on the hour. Barnsley will be at home to the winners of the postponed tie between Stockport County and Leeds Utd in the next round.
Chester-le-Street Town meanwhile kept up their good early season form with a nine-goal victory over South Shields. Nichole Havery led the scoring with a five-goal haul along with Laura Hockaday (2), Tiegan Hutchinson and Charlotte Proud to set up a local derby with Durham Cestria, 3-2 winners away to Warrington Wolves thanks to Erin Nelson, Hannah Greenwood and Lauren Robson, who scored an injury time winner.
Holwell Sports eased through by beating Grimsby Town 7-2, Katie Lowder and Chantelle Robinson each netting twice along with Kira Fitzpatrick, Courtney Cropper and Katie Connor. Holwell will now be at home to Lincoln City who won 10-1 against Burton Albion, courtesy of doubles from Leah Hardy, Katie Thornley and Sophie Crosby, while Jeorgia Carr, Jessica Rousseau, Lauryn Wilcock and Emily Atkinson accounted for the others.
Jordan Atkin, Jessica Munn, Shanae Thomas, Millie Fugler and Tara Kirk all scored along with two own goals as Long Eaton Utd defeated Netherton Utd 7-1. Long Eaton have been handed a tough reward in the draw, at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jade Cross and Kate Evans were on the scoresheet as Wolves won 2-0 away to Sutton Coldfield Town.
The tie between Solihull Moors and Bedworth Utd turned to be as close as anticipated and indeed went all the way to penalties where Solihull goalkeeper Francesca Vitale saved two kicks, enabling Lois Jefferies to slot home the winner. Jefferies had earlier scored for Solihull from open play along with Leah Seivwright, Kirsty Farnsworth netting twice in reply. Moors face familiar opposition again in the next round, home to Sporting Khalsa who won 4-2 against Leafield Athletic with a goal apiece from Angelique Morley, Bethan Woolley, Megan Cann and Chloe May Coldicott.
Wem Town travelled north to play Northwich Vixens and came away as 2-1 winners thanks to strikes from Kim Bebbington and Laura Pennington. Wem will face Regional League opponents again in the next round in Coventry Sphinx, for whom Bonnie Moore and Neve Platt were on target in their 2-1 victory away to Dronfield Town, which ended County League interest in the competition for this season.
Fleetwood Town Wrens made it through with a 2-1 victory away to Morecambe, courtesy of a brace of goals from Lauren Oatley. The Wrens must wait and see who their next opponents will be, either Ossett Utd or Liverpool Feds who will attempt to play their tie this week.
Stourbridge continued their Cup run by winning 5-0 at Worcester City. In front of a bumper crowd, the Glassgirls produced a strong display with Courteney Murphy scoring twice, while Carly Aldred, Ruby Meeson and Alex Nicklin added one apiece. Stourbridge have been rewarded with a home draw in one of only two all-Regional League ties, against Crusaders who were 3-2 victors at Oadby & Wigston. Ella Thompson-Moulding, Paige Leonard and Alice Lilley were the markswomen for Crusaders although they needed to withstand a late fightback from the home side when they pulled back two goals.
Kent Football Utd were taken all the way to penalties to Ashford Town (Middlesex) before eventually making it through. Charlie Goad kept up her great form in front of goal by scoring twice for Kent as the game finished 2-2, before Kent won 5-4 from spot (see match report). AFC Wimbledon overcame Ashford Ladies with a 6-0 victory and will travel to Kent in the next round. Rebecca Carter led the scoring with a hat-trick, whilst the Dons' other markswomen were Madi Parsonson, Beth Lloyd and Chloe Sampson.
Actonians Ladies meanwhile came through a tricky tie against Saltdean Utd with a 6-2 victory, in which Naoko Wada hit a hat-trick alongside Roschelle Shakes, Sharon Odofin and Minori Ono. They will be at home once again to opponents from the same league, this time Worthing FC Women who came through a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 with New London Lionesses, Beth Kincaid scoring Worthing's goal on the day.
Therese Addison, Jay Blackie, Freya Fuller and Zoe Rushen were all on the scoresheet as Billericay Town ran out 4-1 winners over Cambridge Utd whose consolation came from Emma Jenkins. The Essex side have landed an intriguing home tie with Chesham Utd, 3-1 winners away to Abingdon Utd thanks to a Gemma Fraser brace and Riva Casley.
Penalties were needed at Dartford where visitors Eastbourne Town progressed after the match had finished level at 1-1. The Darts had taken the lead through Emily Vaughan early on, before Nicole Baitup grabbed an equaliser after the break. Eastbourne will now be at home to Leyton Orient who came through a tough tie away to Dulwich Hamlet with a 1-0 victory, given to them by Katherine Long.
Norwich City made the trip to Newmarket Town where they ran out 5-1 winners with a goal each from Aimee Durrant, Rosie George, Kate Parsons, Josie Jarvis and Keunna Dill. This sets up a meeting with Ipswich Town who scored ten without reply against Peterborough Northern Star, led by a four-goal haul from Natasha Thomas. Amy-Leigh Abrehart, Zoe Barratt, Eloise King, Molly Sutherland and Georgia Allen also scored along with an own goal.
Cheltenham Town overcame the challenge of Brislington with a 3-0 victory. Billie Haynes, Alice Kempski and Charlotte Criddle scored the goals to take Cheltenham through to a tie against Portishead Town, who won 2-0 against Sherborne Town thanks to Nathalie Zajaczkowski and Shannon Holloway.
A second half goal from Jessica Wadey gave Fulham FC Women a 1-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers and they will be at home again in the next round to Maidenhead Utd, for whom Natalie Barnes scored a last minute goal as they beat Denham Utd 1-0.
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