Netherton United and Clapton Community are the lowest-ranked sides left in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after dramatic victories, while a quartet of teams hit double figures on a fascinating day of first round proper action.
On Women’s Football Weekend, over 100 teams were in action across 56 ties to decide who would progress into the second round proper, which will take place on Sunday 28th November.
Netherton United were one of only two sixth-tier sides to progress, battling past Knowle 3-2 after extra-time, as Naomi Dauncey’s 108th-minute goal ensured they are the lowest-ranked team still standing.
The other sixth-tier victors were Clapton Community, who drew 1-1 with Bedford from the tier above before battling to a 4-3 penalty shootout triumph.
Elsewhere, there was a stunning score line at the Stafflex Arena, where Huddersfield Town beat Preston-based side Sir Tom Finney 20-0.
Kayley Hird came off the bench to score on her debut, Lucy Sowerby hit five, Paige Crossman notched four and Brooke Marsden also got a hat-trick in a match with a half-time scoreline of 7-0 before 13 further second-half goals.
Huddersfield weren’t the only team to hit double figures this weekend, as Hashtag United were 17-0 victors over seventh-tier Southend United Community SC, Portsmouth showed their class in a 13-0 win against Dorking Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers triumphed 11-0 in a London derby with Bromley.
Newcastle United progressed after an impressive 5-1 win against Harrogate Town – Katie Barker netting a superb hat-trick to send her side through, with the third coming at the end of an impressive solo run.
Nottingham Forest welcomed Lichfield City to Eastwood Community FC, beating their opponents 4-0 thanks to goals from Naomi Powell, Rosie Axten, Mai Moncaster and Becky Anderson.
AFC Wimbledon won a south London derby in dramatic fashion, dispatching Millwall Lionesses 2-0 with Katie Stanley and Emily Donovan scoring in the final ten minutes of the game.
There were also impressive victories on the road, with Wolverhampton Wanderers winning 7-1 against Sporting Khalsa, Oxford United beating Fulham 3-0 and AFC Bournemouth edging the Bournemouth derby 2-1 against Bournemouth Sports.
The Vitality Women’s FA Cup also produced some upsets as Salford City Lionesses, Northampton Town, Exeter City and Chorley all triumphed over opponents from the tier above.
Meanwhile, FA Women’s National League Premier Division Southern Division side Hounslow narrowly avoided an even greater shock as they needed a penalty shootout to see off Worthing, who compete two tiers below them, following a 1-1 draw
West Bromwich Albion were 5-0 winners away to Crewe and another third-tier team, Southampton, beat Swindon Town 1-0 in a closely-fought encounter that either side could have snatched – in-form Saints star Lucia Kendall scoring the winner with a stunning curling effort into the top right corner.
Norwich City, Farsley Celtic, AFC St Austell and Cambridge City all won 2-0, while there was a stunning period of extra-time in the game between Herts Vipers and Stevenage.
With the scores tied at 3-3 after 90 minutes, Stevenage scored three times to win 6-3 at the end of the additional 30 minutes.
Finally, there were convincing wins for Billericay Town, Lincoln United, Lincoln City, Long Eaton United and Norton & Stockton Ancients, while Liverpool Feds beat Fleetwood Town Wrens 2-0.