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Middlesbrough kept up their recent good record against Premier League clubs as they defeated Tranmere Rovers 3-1 to reach the Fourth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup.
'Boro knocked out Sheffield Wednesday at the same stage last season and they claimed another scalp as prolific striker Nicky Duckling netted twice, with former Tranmere midfielder Sarah Manning also on target.
Forest Green Rovers are through to the last 32 for the second year in a row and the Gloucestershire side have a plum trip to Leeds Carnegie after beating fellow South West Combination title chasers Plymouth Argyle 2-0, thanks to first half goals from Laura Perehinec and Angie McQuillan, who netted from the penalty spot.
Colchester Utd face the task of taking on holders Arsenal following their narrow 1-0 victory against Enfield Town. The only goal of the game came midway through the second half as the U's renowned forward line combined to make the breakthrough, Helen Bass setting up Kate Longhurst to finish.
The last remaining Regional League club bowed out of the Cup, beaten but not disgraced as York City went down 2-1 to Rotherham Utd. An Amy Pollock was deflected into her own net by the unfortunate Abbie Webster to give Rotherham a first half lead and Lynn Goodman doubled the advantage after the break. Debra Slater pulled a goal back for York but Rotherham held on to earn themselves a trip to Chelsea.
Aston Villa came from a goal behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 and they will now go to Crystal Palace. Wolves took the lead through a first half goal from Amber Quick before the Premier League hit back after the break, Erin Vaughan levelling the scores and Carly Davies putting them in front for the first time, before Emma Follis and Natalie Gibson went on to seal the victory. Palace meanwhile narrowly had the better of a seven-goal thriller, edging out Reading FC Women 4-3.
Former winners Charlton Athletic made it safely through to the Fourth Round, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town. Daniella Farmer opened the scoring for the Addicks on the half hour, with Kristy Turner equalising for Ipswich from the penalty spot. Natalie Crinean clinched her side a tie against Birmingham City when she bagged the winning goal after the break.
Sunderland came through an awkward draw away to Leeds City Vixens with an impressive 6-1 win against the Northern Combination table toppers. Kelly McDougall converted two first half penalties and Sophie Williams (2) and Lucy Staniforth also scored before the break, with Helen Alderson saving a twice-taken penalty at the other end. Ruth Cockerill pulled a goal back for Leeds via a 25-yard strike before Williams rounded off the win with her hat-trick. Sunderland now play at home to Cardiff City.
Lisa Langrish kept up her good scoring form by bagging a hat-trick for Portsmouth as they triumphed 4-0 at Truro City. Kirsty McGee added the other goal for Pompey who must travel to Barnet.
The Bees swept through by scoring five without reply against Northampton Town. Stacey Sowden was another hat-trick goalscorer, with the victory being completed by Holly Sandow and Claire Thomas.
One tie is still outstanding after the Manchester City v Newcastle Utd match was postponed and this will now be played on 4th January, for the right to face Preston North End.
Revised Fourth Round draw:
Derby County v Lewes
Leeds Carnegie v Forest Green Rovers
Arsenal v Colchester Utd
Watford v Bristol Academy
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Manchester City or Newcastle Utd v Preston North End
Blackburn Rovers v Luton Town
Everton v WFC Fulham
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Millwall Lionesses
OOH Lincoln v Curzon Ashton
Nottingham Forest v Liverpool
Charlton Athletic v Birmingham City
Barnet v Portsmouth
Sunderland v Cardiff City
Leicester City v Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Rotherham Utd
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