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Radcliffe Olympic claimed a stunning 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers to reach the Second Round of the F.A.Women's Cup.
Sarah Burnham scored two of the goals and Clare Weeks the other for the East Midlands League side to give them an outstanding result against a team which was playing Premier League football last season.
Radcliffe's reward in the Second Round draw is a trip to Northern Combination side Middlesbrough who made it through by winning 1-0 away to Salford Sports Village. Stacey Cutler settled matters for 'Boro with the only goal of the game, ten minutes from time.
Curzon Ashton's superb form continued as they defeated Hull City 9-3 to keep up their 100% record for the season so far. Leanne Skarratt bagged a hat-trick, Rhianne Mitchell and Nicky McLeod weighed in with doubles and there was one apiece from Amy Barratt and Hannah Steele. Curzon now travel to Scunthorpe Utd, who ended the Cup run of Morley Spurs with a 5-1 victory thanks to braces from Deb Hearn and Clare West, plus an own goal.
Leanne Bell and Claire Bridgett scored the goals as Peterlee Town claimed a fine 2-1 win away to Bradford City. The North East side must now take on Rochdale who were 2-1 victors at Leeds City Vixens after extra time with goals from Sue Perry and Sarah Buffel.
West Auckland Town edged out Chester City 2-1, thanks to Becca Adams and a Tracey Swailes penalty, and they now play away to Blackpool Wren Rovers, who defeated Whitley Bay 2-0 thanks to Nikki Berko's penalty and Jacey Samson.
Northampton Town have done well in the Cup in recent seasons and they will be hopeful of another run after beating Rise Park 4-0. Steph Gale was on target twice, along with Sam Christie and Lisa Porter. However the Cobblers face a stiff task in the Second Round as they have been paired with Leicester City WFC. Zira Handley scored twice, with one apiece from Remi Allen, Leah Rawle, Rachel Williams, Natasha Meade and Cath Glass as Leicester ran out 7-0 winners at Leafield Athletic.
The other Leicester team were not so fortunate though as Leicester City LFC went down to a 2-1 defeat at Coventry City whose goals came from Danni Saulter and Keeley Lowe, with Fran Gamble replying. The Sky Blues will be at home in the next round, to Derby County who came through a tricky tie away to Friar Lane & Epworth in style, with a 6-1 victory. Lauren Steadman, Hannah Dinnigan, Leanne Beet (penalty), Cara Newton, Emily Jeffery and an own goal gave Derby the victory.
West Bromwich Albion took their goalscoring form from league into Cup, running out 4-0 winners at Norwich City. Erin Hicken scored twice, with one each from Hayley Phillipowsky and Kate Harris for Albion who now play at home to Loughborough Students, winners of a well contested tie 2-0 against Rushden & Diamonds thanks to Jennifer Anslow and Alex Sheppard.
TNS Ladies won 4-0 away to fellow Midland Combination side Hereford Pegasus, with Jemma Lloyd, Sarah Parton, Sally Jones and Charlotte Canlett on the scoresheet. TNS will have a difficult tie in the Second Round as they must take on Copsewood (Coventry), the West Midland League side having beaten Combination opponents Alfreton Town 4-0 to reach this stage, thanks to Leanne McKenna, Nicola Foskett, Kayleigh Brookes and an own goal.
Whitehawk were narrow 1-0 victors over Bedford Town Bells and the Sussex side will be at home in the next round, to AFC Wimbledon who put their miserable league season behind them to knock out Barking 5-4. Beth Sims netted twice, including the late winner, along with Triona Doyle (2) and Lekesha James as the Dons came from 4-2 behind to claim victory.
Laura Day scored a hat-trick as Luton Town raced to a 5-1 win away to Long Lane, Angie Daly and Kath Tomlin adding the others, and they now take on Enfield Town in an intriguing clash between two sides going well in the league. Enfield saw off the challenge of Ebbsfleet Utd with a 3-0 victory. Holly Wilson and a Beth Demery penalty put Enfield two ahead at half time, with Kelly Townshend adding the third.
The biggest victory of the day went the way of Lewes, who were 9-1 winners away to London Colney. Claire Trafford netted four times, Kirsty Spice weighed in with a hat-trick and there was one apiece for Bex Charker and Helen Whitton. The Sussex side have been paired with Welwyn Garden City in arguably the tie of the round, between two of the early front runners in the South East Combination. Welwyn made it safely through by beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 with Naomi Lyon and Laveena Betts on target.
Queen's Park Rangers produced one of the best results of the round, a 3-1 victory over South West Combination table toppers Reading FC Women with Danielle Richards, Camilla Ray and Mel Bidewell netting their goals. In the next round, Rangers face an awkward tie against lower league opposition in the form of Acton Sports Club, who won on penalties against Denham Utd with Kim Jerray-Silver slotting home the winning spot kick after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw, Carla Williams grabbing both goals for Acton.
It wasn't a great day for the South East Combination leaders either as Ipswich Town were also knocked out, beaten 1-0 at Gillingham with Kirsty Woollard scoring the goal. In the Second Round, the Gills must make the journey to Chesham Utd who defeated Petts Wood 7-1. Seun Odeniyi netted four times and she was joined on the scoresheet by Lauren Goodier, Sian Williams and Maria Mandelman.
Frome Town have reached the Fourth Round in each of the last two seasons and they are on trail once again, coming through a tricky match by beating South West League high fliers Penzance 2-0. Lisa Frampton gave Frome a first half lead but it wasn't until the dying minutes when victory was sealed via a brilliant volleyed goal from Cassie Powell. Frome will now host Forest Green Rovers, 1-0 winners over Southampton Saints thanks to a goal from Jodie Hennessey.
County League interest in the competition is over for another year as the last remaining side, Salisbury City, went down to an 8-1 defeat at Oxford City. The Southern Region League side will fulfil the role of potential giant killers in the next round as they will travel to Plymouth Argyle, for whom Chloe Roberts scored both goals in their 2-1 win away to AFC Bournemouth.
Jemma Tewkesbury scored twice and Kayleigh Nardiello the other as Yeovil Town defeated Team Weston 3-1 to set up a home tie against Swindon Town.
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