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Copsewood Coventry are the last remaining Regional League club left in the F.A.Women's Cup following their 3-2 victory over TNS Ladies.
Nicola Foskett was the hero for the West Midlands League side as she netted a hat-trick including the winning goal, two minutes from time. Copsewood now have the opportunity to claim a Premier League scalp in the Third Round, as they have been paired with Northern Division side Crewe Alexandra.
Welwyn Garden City also notched up an impressive win, beating fellow South East Combination high fliers Lewes 5-1. Doubles from Naomi Lyon and Laveena Betts, plus an own goal, helped land Welwyn a plum tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Radcliffe Olympic's excellent Cup run was brought to an end at Middlesbrough where the home side ran out 5-0 winners. Nicky Duckling was on target twice, with one apiece from Rebecca Hanratty, Abbie Lyle and Charlotte Dinsdale for 'Boro who will now travel to Sheffield Wednesday.
Curzon Ashton added another victory to their perfect season to date, their 4-0 success at Scunthorpe Utd has earned them a tough trip to Preston North End. Jane Sexton, Gemma Adderley, Emma Gaynon and Hannah Steele were all on the scoresheet for Curzon.
The Second Round produced many tight matches, one being at Peterlee Town where visitors Rochdale triumphed by the odd goal in seven. Robin Finc netted two of the goals along with Susie Wells and Lisa Wood to book Rochdale an away tie at Rotherham Utd.
Leicester City WFC registered an impressive 4-0 victory away to Northampton Town, to set up an intriguing Third Round tie at home to Nottingham Forest. Jade Radburn netted two of the goals and she was joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Williams and Natasha Meade.
Coventry City have made it through to the Third Round for the second year in a row and they face the challenge of Lincoln City, following their narrow 2-1 win over Derby County courtesy of a brace from Keeley Lowe.
West Bromwich Albion's excellent season continued as they defeated Loughborough Students 2-1. Hayley Moore and Abbie Hinton netted the goals to settle the tie in Albion's favour and earn themselves a fascinating Midlands derby tie in the Third Round, away to Aston Villa.
Four of the fourteen ties played on Sunday went all the way to penalties, including the game at Luton Town where the home side defeated Enfield Town on spot kicks after the teams had shared a 2-2 draw. Janine Daly gave Luton a first half lead with Kelly Townshend equalising, Micky Taylor then restored Luton's advantage but Townshend struck again to send the game into the extra period where there were no further goals, with Luton winning the penalty shootout 3-2 to earn themselves a trip to Colchester Utd.
West Auckland Town emerged as winners from a penalty shootout to overcome the challenge of Blackpool Wren Rovers. Becka Adams' first half goal for West Auckland was cancelled out by a late equaliser and, after Tracey Swales had restored their lead in extra time, Blackpool levelled once again to send the match into penalties where debutant Laura Gibbon slotted home the winner and book her team a Third Round tie against Manchester City.
Chesham Utd also needed penalties in their victory over Gillingham, by 6-5 after the match had finished level at 3-3. Sian Williams scored twice and Maria Mandelman the other for Chesham whose spot kick winner was slotted home by Katie Milton. Chesham have landed a plum home tie in the Third Round, against Southern Division promotion chasers Portsmouth.
Leading scorer Danielle Richards netted a double as Queen's Park Rangers ended the Cup run of Acton Sports Club with a 3-0 victory. Katie Ahearne added the other goal for Rangers who now face a local derby tie with West Ham Utd.
Forest Green Rovers won their local derby tie 1-0 against Frome Town, thanks to a solitary goal from Rosie Bidder. Forest Green will be at home in the Third Round to Keynsham Town.
The match between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town was another to go all the way to penalties as the teams shared eight goals. Kirsty Jones scored a hat-trick and Michelle Rich the other for Swindon whilst Yeovil replied through Kim Turner (2), Jemma Tewksbury and Alana Willson before Swindon won 4-3 on spot kicks.
Swindon will now be at home to Plymouth Argyle in the only all-Combination tie in the Third Round. Plymouth saw off the challenge of Oxford City with a 3-1 victory. However it was Oxford who took a first half lead through Deanne Tomkins, before Laura Perrett's double and Claire Harling turned the match in Plymouth's favour.
Photo - Leicester City WFC's Caroline Toone is pursued by Sam Christie of Northampton Town
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