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Mossley Hill caused arguably the biggest upset so far this season in the F.A.Women's Cup when they defeated Northern Division table toppers Manchester City 3-2.
Sophie Perry scored twice and Carla Lee added the other to give the Northern Combination side a shock victory against City, who have yet to drop a point in their Premier League campaign this season.
Southampton Saints also caused a major shock with a 1-0 victory over Keynsham Town. Lisa Langrish marked her debut for the Saints, who are bottom of the South West Combination, by scoring the only goal of the game to put out the Southern Division promotion challengers.
Sporting Club Albion joined the list of clubs knocking out Premier League opponents, thanks to a 2-0 local derby victory against Aston Villa. Ashleigh Neville and Hayley Phillipowski scored the goals to send Albion through to the Third Round.
Luton Town became a fourth Combination club - curiously, one from each of the four leagues - to beat a Premier League side as they defeated Queen's Park Rangers 2-1. Beth Curtis looked to have sent Rangers on their way to victory when she put them ahead with eight minutes remaining, but Luton hit back with Rebecca Kane scoring a last minute goal to send the game into extra time. Spot kicks were looming large but, deep into injury time during the second period, Luton were awarded a penalty and Stephanie Anes kept her cool to slot home the winning goal.
Brighton & Hove Albion were pushed all the way by Hemel Hempstead Town before beating the London & South East League side on penalties, following a 3-3 draw. Sofia Bouyi, Kim Whitcombe and Katie Baker netted for Brighton with Kim Stenning, Whitcombe and Baker all scoring from the spot to find end the challenge from a battling Hemel side.
Derby County needed to stage a comeback in order to avoid joining the list of Premier League clubs going out to lower league opposition. They trailed 2-0 to Midland Combination leaders Rotherham Utd before Lauren Steadman netted twice to level the scores ahead of the break. Central defenders Lorna Abbey and Nancy Campbell both scored from set pieces in the second half to secure a 4-2 win for Derby.
Coventry City also survived a brave challenge, from Wolverhampton Wanderers before emerging as
3-2 victors after extra time. Jade Formaston opened the scoring for the Sky Blues with a great curling shot on the half hour and Cristina Torkildsen doubled their advantage from the penalty spot, five minutes into the second half. Abby Pope reduced the arrears for Wolves who then took the game into the extra period when Rebecca Large bundled home an injury time equaliser. Amber Quick hit the bar for Wolves before Nicole Evans scored a decisive third for Coventry.
Leeds City Vixens came through a potentially tricky tie away to Whitley Bay with a 2-1 victory. Camille Clarke gave them the lead on 32 minutes and Kat Bird added a second on the hour, with Steph O'Brien pulling one back for the North East League side.
Three first half goals helped Curzon Ashton see off the challenge of Middlesbrough, eventually running out 4-1 winners. Issy Hayes gave the Lancashire side the lead with Jodie Redgrave and Nicky Maylett adding further strikes before the half hour, Hayes netting her second goal midway through the second half.
Cardiff City came away from a tough tie at Yeovil Town - who reached the Fifth Round last season - with a 1-0 victory. A fifth minute goal from Lisa Bird ensured that Cardiff kept up their good form in Cup competitions this season.
Goalkeeper Verity Crook was the heroine as Cambridge Women held their nerve to win a tense penalty shootout to eliminate Stoke City following a 3-3 draw. Nat Richardson scored twice, including an injury time equaliser, and Samara Nche netting during extra time but a late Stoke goal took the game through to penalties. Cambridge missed their first two kicks but Laura Baker, Nche and Richardson all found the net to take the shootout to sudden death. Both teams missed their first kicks before Crook, who had already saved three penalties, fired home the winning kick to send her team into the Third Round for the first time.
Leicester City WFC progressed at the expense of local rivals Leicester City Ladies, beating them 5-1. The Midland Combination side did take an early lead through Kim Walton, which they held until half time, but after the break, the Premier League side equalised with a goal from Maz Gauntlett and Natalie Reay put them in front for the first time. Goals in the last fifteen minutes from Vicky Gallagher, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Natalie Johnson sealed the win for City Women and finally ended City Ladies' resistance.
Two of the leading sides at Combination level met each other and it was Enfield Town who made it through with a 2-1 extra time win at Havant & Waterlooville. Katie Wilding opened the scoring for Enfield in the first half with Lauren Cheshire levelling for the home side before the break. There was no further scoring in normal time but it was Miranda Hall who settled the tie for Enfield with a 111th minute header.
Newquay emerged as 2-1 winners from the South West derby tie, inflicting a first defeat of the season on Plymouth Argyle. Ellis Glanfield netted the winning goal for the Cornish side during the second half.
Gillingham eased into the Third Round with a 6-0 success away to local rivals Ebbsfleet Utd. Leah Jones led the scoring for the Gills with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Danni Farmer, Laura Jeffery and Natalie Crinean.
Portsmouth also made smooth progress as they won 6-1 against Crystal Palace. Shelly Cox and Justine Lorton ensured that Pompey led by two goals inside the opening fifteen minutes and, although Palace pulled a goal back, Lysette Russell and Lindsey Roe added further strikes before half time. Gemma Hillier rounded off the victory by netting twice during the second half.
A Gemma Shepherd double, Jonna Kykkonen and an own goal helped West Ham Utd to a 4-1 victory over Norwich City, who replied through Jodie Drake (see match report).
Charlton Athletic recorded the biggest score of the day, netting eight without reply away to London & South East League table toppers Denham Utd. Gemma Bryan bagged a hat-trick for the Addicks, Fliss Gibbons weighed in with a double and there was one apiece from Kim Dixson, Grace Coombs and Sam Rowland.
One of the two remaining First Round ties went ahead and it also saw a surprise result. Nikki Berko and Carly Loughran scored the goals as Blackpool Wren Rovers, of the North West League Division One North, defeated Northern Combination opponents Salford Ladies 2-1 to book themselves a home tie with Sheffield Wednesday. The other tie between Barnsley and Sheffield FC was postponed once again.
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