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Whilst Denham Utd and Andover New Street were capturing headlines with victories over Combination opposition, Hemel Hempstead Town became the third Regional League club to book their place in the Second Round by winning 3-2 away to Peterborough.
Steph Cripps, Hannah Noonan and Nat McConville scored the goals to keep the London & South East League side's excellent Cup run going and they have been rewarded with a plum home tie against Premier League opposition in the form of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Mossley Hill also produced a fine performance to knock out South Durham RA, Steph Lockhart and Holly Parkinson giving the Merseyside-based side a 2-0 victory which earns them a trip to Premier League Northern Division table toppers Manchester City in the next round.
Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile came away from Stratford Town with a 2-1 victory under their belts, Rachel Skeemer and Roby James scoring, and they await the winners of the postponed tie between Blackpool Wren Rovers and Salford Ladies.
Loughborough Students ran out 5-2 winners over Leafield Athletic and they will now be away to either Barnsley or Sheffield FC. Emma Pilling scored twice for the students, along with Kate Rose, Laura Williams and an own goal.
There is sure to be plenty of interest in Leicester for the next round as Leicester City Ladies defeated Copsewood (Coventry) 2-0 to set up a local derby tie with Leicester City Women.
Samara Nche was the heroine for Cambridge Women by scoring both goals as they won 2-1 away to Ipswich Town. The South East Combination must wait to find out who their Second Round opponents will be, as the tie between Sheffield Utd Community and Stoke City fell victim to the weather.
Tottenham Hotspur saw off a potentially tricky challenge against Chelmsford City with a 5-0 victory, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Eleni Savva. Kirsten Thomson netted the other two goals for Spurs who have been drawn at home to Colchester Utd in what should be one of the most intriguing ties of the round.
Luton Town maintained their free scoring Cup run by beating Woodbridge Town 4-1. Jessica McKay led the scoring with a hat-trick and Claire Howe completed the victory with the fourth, setting up Luton with a home tie against Queen's Park Rangers of the Premier League.
Enfield Town's home tie against Lewes looked set to be one of the closest of the round and that proved to be the case as Enfield progressed with a narrow 2-1 victory. Sara Sinclair netted a goal in each half with Lewes' consolation coming from Tammy Waine.
Enfield have been drawn away to Havant & Waterlooville who moved smoothly through with a 5-0 win away to Littlehampton Town. Charley Wilson bagged a hat-trick for the Hawks whose other goals came from Sam Stone and Lizzie Laws.
Denham Utd have been well rewarded for their surprise 2-1 win at Chesham Utd with a home tie against former Cup winners Charlton Athletic. Lauren Cox and Laura Gibson scored the goals as the London & South East League side's season continues to go from strength to strength (see match report).
Newquay made sure of going through as they defeated Weymouth 4-2. Chloe Richards scored twice for the Cornish side, with Dawna Dennett and debutante Paula Pearce also on the scoresheet.
Newquay will be at home in the Second Round, to Plymouth Argyle who were 3-1 winners away to Oxford City. Ellis Hillman, Emily Mousley and Laura Gough were all on target for the South West Combination table toppers.
The only tie on Sunday to go all the way to penalties was at Forest Green Rovers where visitors Andover New Street emerged triumphant following a pulsating 5-5 draw. Chantelle Clark scored a hat-trick with Kirsty Bell and Catherine Browning adding the others for the Hampshire side before goalkeeper Steph Cole saved three spot kicks during the shootout (see match report).
New Street will travel to another South West Combination side in the Second Round as they have been drawn away to Cullompton Rangers. The Devon side defeated Bracknell Town 4-2 with Lola Sanchez on target twice along with Emma Jenks and Angie Pope, who netted from the penalty spot.
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