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Queen's Park Rangers have landed the plum draw for the victorious teams in the Third Round as they won 5-0 at Lewes to book themselves a date away to Everton.
Beth Curtis scored four times for Rangers, with Rebecca Kane adding the other to ensure that Martino Chevannes' side will play the Premier League Cup finalists.
Leeds City Vixens will also take on top flight opposition following their 1-0 victory over Manchester City. A goal early in the second half from Stacey Daniel settled matters on the day for Leeds who now go to Nottingham Forest.
Leicester City ended the hopes of Stoke City with a 6-2 victory which sets them up with a home tie against Millwall Lionesses. The Foxes had to battle hard in the first half against a strong spirited performance by the home side but Kirsty Linnett opened the scoring for Leicester after 14 minutes and Natasha Meade ensured they led by two at the break. Five minutes after the restart, Stoke pulled one back with a fierce shot past Leanne Hall by Emma Sanders to give them a lifeline but a minute later Courtney Sweetman-Kirk got Leicester's third and further goals followed. Linnett netted her second, Hannah Smith fired home number five and Rachel Stowell scored on 68 minutes but Stoke weren't finished as Kate Asher slotted home their second. Special mention for Stoke goalkeeper Alice Langstone who performed heroics between the posts.
West Ham Utd ran out 3-0 winners away to former winners Charlton Athletic and they will next face Bristol Academy. Gemma Shepherd put the Hammers ahead just before half time and they sealed victory with second half goals from Tracey Duxbury and Carly Roache.
Two matches went all the way to penalties to decide the outcome. WFC Fulham emerged as 4-3 shootout winners over Crystal Palace after the match finished goalless, earning the Whites a home tie with Blackburn Rovers. OOH Lincoln and Newcastle Utd ended level at 2-2, Rachel Furness giving Newcastle a lead which was cancelled out minutes before the end of normal time by Stacey Aisthorpe. In extra time, Aisthorpe headed Lincoln in front for the first time but Melanie Reay levelled once again to take the match into spot kicks. Lincoln goalkeeper Kay Hawke saved two kicks and scored one herself and Aisthorpe completed a great day for herself by slotting home the winning penalty.
Lincoln will be at home to Sheffield Wednesday who were 5-2 winners over Stockport County. Louise Worrall scored twice on her Owls debut, Tanya Rich also bagged a double and Rachel Skeemer was also on target.
Derby County came through a tough tie, 4-1 away to Coventry City, to set themselves up with a trip to Birmingham City. The Rams reached the Fifth Round last season and have kept up that good Cup form this time around, thanks to goals from Hannah Ward, Emily Jeffery, Melissa Johnson and Jenni Anslow with Emily Hanson netting a consolation for the Sky Blues.
Barnet also had a difficult away draw but emerged unscathed with a 4-1 win at Gillingham. Katie O'Leary scored twice for the Bees along with Gemma Rudman before half time and Rudman netted a second penalty after the break before an own goal gave the Gills a deserved consolation. Barnet now travel away to Colchester Utd who knocked out the last remaining Regional League club, beating Littlehampton Town 4-0. Helen Bass gave the U's a first half lead and further goals from Lily Mellors (2) and Femi Walker sealed the win against their battling opponents.
Aston Villa were given a hard battle by Sporting Club Albion before emerging as 3-2 winners from their local derby. Natalie Reay, Carly Davies and Dani Petrovic were on the scoresheet for Villa who now go to Reading FC Women, 1-0 winners over Brighton & Hove Albion.
One of the games of the day was at Keynsham Town where visitors Portsmouth came away narrow 3-2 victors. Cassie Thorp fired Pompey into a first half lead via a great 20-yard strike and the winger netted her second on the hour after being found by Justine Lorton. Leanne Lapham pulled a goal back with a neat finish from Krysztina Rusek's pass and Lapham then drilled home a free kick from the edge of the area to level the scores. Moments later, at the other end, Keynsham were unable to clear a Portsmouth free kick and Lisa Langrish was on hand to head home the winning goal from ten yards. Pompey's reward is a home game against either Luton Town or Cambridge Women.
The four remaining Second Round ties were finally completed and the winners will be a part of seven matches still to be played. Havant & Waterlooville defeated Plymouth Argyle 5-2 and will face Cardiff City as a result. Jodie Prince scored twice along with Laura Oakes, Chloe Ranger and an own goal with Rhianne Parsons and Aoife Aherne replying.
Yeovil Town meanwhile ended the hopes of Forest Green Rovers by beating them 4-1. Anusia Rourke (2), Stacey Pearson and Jemma Tewkesbury netted the goals to earn Yeovil a home tie with Newquay.
Sarah Manning and Nicky Duckling were on target for Middlesbrough as they won 2-0 at Salford Ladies to book a home tie with Curzon Ashton, whilst Liverpool Feds were 3-2 victors at Rotherham Utd and must now host Rochdale. Gemma Perischine, Natalie White and Amy Seagarves netted for Feds, with Hayley Wood and Helen Lynskey finding the net for Rotherham.
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