Vitality Women’s FA Cup 3rd Rd: Bristol City face Southampton again

Vitality Women's FA Cup 3rd Round Proper

The Vitality Women’s FA Cup 3rd Round features a clash between two Championship title rivals; Bristol City and Southampton.

The pair drew at Ashton Gate earlier this term and also met in last season’s competition when the Saints – then a third-tier team – eliminated Bristol City with an extra-time winner.

Two other all-second tier ties see Blackburn Rovers face Sunderland and Crystal Palace welcome Watford for an evening match.

Portsmouth have perhaps the toughest tie possible in visiting Championship leaders London City Lionesses, while MK Dons go to Charlton Athletic for a noon kick-off.

Peterborough United take on Durham, Stockport County also try to straddle a two-division gap when travelling to Coventry United.

Birmingham City host Huddersfield Town at Nuneaton Borough FC, Sheffield United entertain Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane, while another Championship side have home advantage as Lewes meet London Bees.

AFC Wimbledon play Gillingham at Plough Lane, Newcastle United – who had a crowd of over 28,500 in the second round – entertain FAWNL Northern Premier leaders Wolves.

Bournemouth Sports are the only team from beyond the fourth tier remaining, the Southern League side face a testing away day at Cardiff City Ladies who sit top of the FAWNL Division 1 South West.

3rd Round ties – Sunday 11 December

Charlton Athletic v MK Dons (VCD Athletic, 12:00)
Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town (Nuneaton Borough FC, 1pm)
Cardiff City LFC v Bournemouth Sports (Ocean Park Arena, 1pm)
Ipswich Town v Portishead Town (Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC, 1pm)
Leeds United v Stoke City (Tadcaster Albion FC, 1pm)
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Kingston Park Stadium, 1pm)
Peterborough United v Durham (Bourne Town FC, 1pm)
Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest (Bramall Lane, 1pm)
Solihull Moors v AFC Fylde (Solihull Moors FC, 1pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham (Plough Lane, 2pm)
Blackburn Rovers v Sunderland (Bamber Bridge FC, 2pm)
Burnley v Norwich City (FC United, 2pm)
Hashtag United v Actonians (Aveley FC, 2pm)
Lewes v London Bees (Lewes FC, 2pm)
Liverpool Feds v West Bromwich Albion (Jericho Lane, 2pm)
London City Lionesses v Portsmouth (Dartford FC, 2pm)
Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle (Oxford City FC, 2pm)
Bristol City v Southampton (Robins High Performance Centre, 3pm)
Coventry United v Stockport County (Butts Park Arena, 3pm)
Crystal Palace v Watford (Bromley FC, 7pm)

Winning teams receive £10,000 and losing teams £2,500 from the prize fund.

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