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Liverpool Feds carry the North West League flag into the First Round of the F.A.Women's Cup after they ran out 4-0 winners over Penrith AFC.
The Feds will face Combination opposition in the shape Salford Sports Village. Bury Girls & Ladies came through a difficult tie with a 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic, this earns them a home tie with Rochdale.
Guiseley saw off the challenge of Ossett Albion with a 4-2 win, Fay Shipman scoring twice with other goals from Vicky Winters and Rachel Dainty to earn themselves a home tie against Peterlee Town. York City meanwhile ended the run of Whitley Bay and the 2-0 victory has actually taken them straight through to the Second Round as they have received a bye. Jenna Strain and a Kelly Chesterton penalty accounted for York's goals.
However the most extraordinary game of the day was at Blyth Spartans where the scores were locked at 5-5 at the end of normal time, and the scoring did not stop there as Darlington RA emerged as 10-6 winners, which included a five-goal haul from Natalie Wrangham, after the extra period. Darlington must now make the trip to play Rotherham Utd.
Mansfield Town edged out Rolls Royce Leisure 2-1 after extra time and they have a tough trip to play Midland Combination leaders Derby County, whilst Sandiacre Town ran out 7-0 winners over Friar Lane & Epworth to earn themselves an away tie with Loughborough Students. Ali Soria led the scoring for Sandiacre with a hat-trick, Lynne Thompson weighed in with a brace and there was a goal apiece from Deb Ryan and Natalie Loughenbury.
Stoke City were 3-1 victors at Stafford Town and they will now be at home to Peterborough, who defeated West Lynn 4-1 after extra time with goals from Lisa White (2), Donna Nicholls and Claire Knibbs. Lichfield Diamonds also made it through but were taken all the way to penalties by Dudley Utd, from the division below, before winning the shootout to book a home tie with Leicester City LFC.
Bedford Ladies kept up their good Cup run by beating Corby S & L 4-0 and they are away to Northampton Town in the First Round. Lilian Fernandes netted twice, with one apiece from Natasha Fensome and Lian Potter. Also through are Dagenham & Redbridge, with a narrow 1-0 success at Brentwood Town with prolific striker Sara Sinclair scoring the only goal of the game. The Daggers have landed themselves a plum tie, at home to Luton Town.
Sabrina Samuel netted both goals as Tower Hamlets produced one of the results of the day in beating Panthers 2-1, the London & South East League side are now away to Lewes. Ebbsfleet Utd meanwhile ended the hopes of South East League opponents London Corinthians with a 5-1 victory, earning the Kent side a home game with Wellingborough Diamonds.
Chantelle Hedge (2), Lizzie Laws, Jodie Prince and Sam Stone netted the goals as Havant & Waterlooville march on with a 5-0 win away to Horley Town but the Hawks will have to wait and see who their next opponents will be. They will play the winners of the tie between Garston and Barking, one of two to fall victim to the weather - the other being Haringey Borough's home game with AFC Wimbledon with a trip to Norwich City on offer.
County League interest in the competition is over for another year after Chinnor, like London Corinthians, went out when beaten 7-3 by Maidenhead Utd who are now at home to Swindon Town. Napthalie Williams, Tina Brett and Verity Snow all netted doubles for Maidenhead whose other goal came from Natalie Barette. Bracknell Town meanwhile scored eight without reply at Swindon Spitfires to earn themselves a trip to play TNS & Shrewsbury Town. Jo Whitaker and Michelle Turner each bagged hat-tricks for the Robins, with Jen Patterson and Elly Maggs also on target.
The other tie to be taken to penalties was at Wycombe Wanderers where visitors Cheltenham Town progressed by winning 4-3 in the shootout thanks to Rhona Donaldson, Cherie Rutherford, Laura Wyatt and Charlie Griffin who were all successful from the spot. The match had finished level at 3-3 with an own goal, Donaldson and Grace Parker on target for Cheltenham who have received a bye straight through to the Second Round.
Frome Town have twice made it through to the Fourth Round in recent years and their Cup run is still going this time around. A goal early in the second half from Kelly Cripps proved to be enough to settle a tightly contested tie with Larkhall Athletic and Frome have been rewarded with a home tie against Forest Green Rovers.
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