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FC United of Manchester were one of two Regional League clubs to knock out National League opponents in the Third Round Qualifying when they beat Chorley 2-1.
The North West League side needed to come from behind after Chorley took the lead through Sophie Flynn just before the hour mark, but FC United hit back with Jordon Bailey and Kirsty Chambers scoring in quick succession to earn a win which takes them through to the First Round Proper for the first time in their history.
This was matched by AFC Bournemouth who won 3-1 against Buckland Athletic. Molly Clark was the heroine for the Cherries as she scored a hat-trick whilst the Bucks replied with a Sarah Stacey penalty (see match report).
Both teams have been rewarded with home ties; FC United will await the winners of the postponed tie between Fleetwood Town Wrens and Liverpool Feds, whilst AFC Bournemouth host Southampton FC, who progressed past Ilminster Town with a 4-0 victory. The South West League outfit gave a good account of themselves on the day but after Phoebe Williams had given the Saints a first half lead, an Alisha Ware goal on the stroke of half time proved to be a hammer blow to the Somerset side. Ware completed her double midway through the second half, before Ella Pusey rounded off the scoring.
Chester-le-Street Town continue to have a good season and they went through with a 3-2 local derby victory against Durham Cestria. Jordan Atkinson gave Durham an early lead but three goals in a six minute spell after the break, two from Nicole Havery and Sarah Burn adding the other, were enough to give the Cestrians the win despite Rebecca Henderson pulling a goal back late on.
Chester-le-Street must now host Brighouse Town in what is sure to be one of the ties of the First Round. Brighouse ended the hopes of Merseyrail Ladies by beating them 3-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Emma Dobson, Rebecca Gompertz and Amy Woodruff.
Newcastle Utd faced an awkward tie at home to Sunderland West End, who were fresh from a surprise victory over Bradford City in the previous round. In the end, the hosts made sure there were no shocks on this occasion, running out 4-1 winners thanks to a Rhiannon Gray brace, Katie Barker and Georgia Gibson.
Next up for Newcastle will be Barnsley, who produced one of their best results of the season so far by beating Leeds Utd 4-1. Kathryn Smith and Lindsey Tugby put Barnsley two ahead inside the opening twelve minutes and after Laura Bartutp had renewed hopes for Leeds by pulling one back just before half time, second half goals from Darcie Greene and Courtney Csomor saw Barnsley to victory.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were given a tough tie by Long Eaton Utd before emerging as 1-0 winners. Wolves have been averaging over six goals per game in the league so far this season but a goal early in the second half from Jade Cross was just enough to take them through.
Wolves now have an intriguing tie against ambitious West Midlands League Division One South side Stourbridge who won 3-0 against Crusaders. Ruby Meeson put the Glassgirls in front during the first half and after having to soak up Crusaders pressure after the break, sealed the win with further goals late on from Amber Lawrence and Courteney Murphy. Stourbridge are now (playing level wise) the lowest ranked team left in the competition.
Lincoln City progressed with a 2-0 victory away to Holwell Sports. Leah Hardy sealed the win for the Lady Imps with a goal in each half, earning themselves a home tie with Solihull Moors whose good season is showing no signs of slowing.
Moors made it through by winning 3-0 against Sporting Khalsa in another all-Midlands Division clash, Lois Jefferies giving them an early lead before going on to score a hat-trick on the day.
Wem Town were pushed all the way by Coventry Sphinx before securing their First Round place with a 4-3 victory. Taylor Davis, Jess Jennings, Lia Lewis and Laura Morris all netted a goal apiece for Wem.
Wem will be at home again in the next round, to Boldmere St Michaels who also needed to safely negotiate a tricky tie away to Redditch Utd with a 2-1 win, thanks to a brace of goals from Annie Highway.
Just one of the ties on the day went all the way to penalties, at Harlow Town where the home side eliminated Royston Town on a shootout after the sides had fought out a 3-3 draw. Fran Gamble scored twice and Georgia Box the other for Harlow whilst Royston, who were 3-1 down at one stage, netted through Yasmin Pratt, Emma Slater and Paige Rolfe. Harlow were eventually to win 4-2 from the spot, Kaydee King slotting home the winning penalty.
Royston have landed a plum draw at home to Ipswich Town, who made it through by winning 3-1 away to Norwich City in the 'Old Farm' derby courtesy of a goal apiece from Eloise King, Paige Peake and Sophie Peskett.
Billericay Town narrowly got the better of Chesham Utd, beating them 2-1 in a tie which turned out as close as anticipated. Lucy Jones and Therese Addison scored the goals for Billericay, after Riva Casley had given the Clarets a first half lead.
Billericay will be at home again in the next round to another team from Division One South West, this time Maidenhead Utd after they came away from Fulham with a 2-1 victory. Natalie Barnes and Nicole Barrett - with a superb long range strike - put Maidenhead two ahead at the break and they held out for a win despite Fulham pulling one back during the second half through Gemma Taylor.
Actonians Ladies put an end to the Cup run of Worthing FC Women, the FAWNL side proving too strong on the day with a 4-0 victory. Meila D'Santos and Alessandra Barreca gave Actonians a two-goal lead at the interval and they went on to add further goals from Minori Ono and Ashleigh Ward. Actonians must wait and see who they will play in the First Round as they have been drawn away to either Eastbourne Town or Leyton Orient.
AEK Boco hit the headlines in the last round with their win against Larkhall Athletic but they bowed out on Sunday, beaten 7-0 by Exeter City. Emily Toogood led the scoring for the Devon side with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Esme Kilburn-Thompson, Mia Preston, Anthea Kaptein and Steph Beck.
Exeter will now be at home to Cheltenham Town who ended the resistance of Portishead Town with a 3-1 victory. Cheltenham did receive an early scare as Emma Lindsay gave Portishead a third minute lead but they hit back to level the scores through Charlotte Criddle. Jade Grove then put the Gloucestershire side ahead on the hour and Criddle sealed the win with her second, seven minutes from time.
Photo - Charlotte Criddle scores her second goal for Cheltenham Town against Portishead Town (Will Cheshire).
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