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Division One clubs in the FA Women's National League have done really well in the Women's FA Cup this season and five teams from that level will be in the last 32, the stage when the top two tiers enter the competition.
Three of them took scalps from a higher level, including Ipswich Town who defeated Portsmouth 1-0. The Suffolk side are having an excellent season in Division One South East and claimed a notable victory with Paige Peake scoring the only goal of the game, seven minutes before half time.
Ipswich will now be away to Huddersfield Town who staged the comeback of the day as they came from two down at half time to win 3-2 away to Loughborough Foxes. The prolific Becky McGrother netted a first half brace to put Loughborough seemingly in control of matters at the break but goals in a fourteen minute spell from Lucy Sowerby, Ellie White and Kate Mallin stunned the home side in the second half and gave Town a superb victory.
Southampton FC meanwhile claimed another higher division victim as they won 2-1 at Cardiff City Ladies. Jasmine Turner opened the scoring for Cardiff in the ninth minute but the Saints hit back to level shortly afterwards through Ella Pusey and Kirsty Whitton scored what turned out to be the winner, three minutes into the second half. Kayla Rendell made a brilliant save from a Nadia Lawrence free kick as Southampton held on to keep their winning run going and earn themselves a tie in the next round against Coventry Utd.
Southampton Women join their local rivals in the Fourth Round as they produced a fine result of their own, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and they will now be up against Crystal Palace. Erin Bloomfield netted a goal in each half and Jane Yeates was also on target, whilst Albion's consolation came from Trina Greaves (see match report).
Barnsley are the fourth team from that level definitely through, following a hard fought 1-0 win away to Brighouse Town. The home side took their proud record of not losing in the last calendar year into the game but it was Barnsley who took the spoils on the day, thanks to a penalty from Kathryn Smith midway through the first half. Barnsley have landed a plum reward in the draw as they will now travel to Barclays FA WSL side Tottenham Hotspur.
Two of the top four teams in the Northern Premier Division met each other in an eagerly anticipated tie and it is Burnley FC Women who go through after a narrow 2-1 success against Nottingham Forest. After a goalless first half, Forest took the lead just after the hour mark with a goal from Bolu Fisher but Sarah Agger brought the teams level, before Nicola Worthington scored the winning goal for Burnley with six minutes remaining. The Clarets have been rewarded with a home tie in the Fourth Round against Championship side Leicester City.
Watford strode impressively into the next round by running out 5-0 winners over fellow Southern Premier Division high fliers Plymouth Argyle. The teams had met three weeks earlier in the league, with Watford edging out Argyle by the odd goal in nine on that occasion, but this time a Katie O'Leary hat-trick spearheaded a convincing win, with Helen Ward and Danielle Scanlon adding the others. Watford must wait and see who their opponents will be as they will be away to either Fylde Women or Sunderland in another tie which will guarantee a National League side in the last sixteen.
One other tie is still outstanding and is set to be played this week. Billericay Town will take on Actonians Ladies in a game which will see another Division One side go through, with a trip to Lewes on offer for the winners.
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