#WomensFACup 3rd Rd: Fourth tier trio cause upsets

Erin Bloomfield and Ria Elsmore
Southampton Women’s two-goal Erin Bloomfield and West Brom’s Ria Elsmore. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Ipswich Town, Southampton FC and Southampton WFC all defeated higher opposition in reaching The Women’s FA Cup 4th Round.

3rd Round results – 5 January 

Billericay Town P-P Actonians
Brighouse Town 0-1 Barnsley (Att: 321)
Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest (Att: 138)
Cardiff City LFC 1-2 Southampton FC (Att: 215)
Fylde P-P Sunderland
Ipswich Town 1-0 Portsmouth
Loughborough Foxes 2-3 Huddersfield Town (Att: 57)
Southampton Women’s 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Watford 5-0 Plymouth Argyle

FA WNL Division 1 South West title rivals Southampton Women’s and Southampton FC progressed with victories over West Brom and Cardiff City Ladies respectively. Erin Bloomfield scored in either half and Jane Yeates got the third before Albion replied, while the Saints had to come from behind to win in Wales, Ella Pusey and Kirsty Whitton with their goals.

Division 1 South East leaders Ipswich Town edged Portsmouth by the only goal of the game, Paige Peake netting a 38th-minute free-kick.

Barnsley also won by a sole goal away at promotion rivals Brighouse Town, Kath Smith slotting away a 25th-mnute penalty won by Laura Bartup.

Katie O'Leary hit a hat-trick for Watford.
Katie O’Leary hit a hat-trick for Watford. (Photo: Andrew Waller)

Watford, who beat Plymouth Argyle 5-4 away last month, eliminated the Pilgrims 5-0 with a Katie O’Leary hat-trick and one apiece from Helen Ward and Danielle Scanlon.

Burnley avenged their league defeat by Nottingham Forest as they went through 2-1 in dramatic style, scoring two late goals. Sarah Agger equalised and Nic Worthington netted a free kick with 7 minutes to go.

Huddersfield Town won by the odd goal in five at Loughborough Foxes but they had to fight back from 2-0 down to do so. Lucy Sowerby began the fightback on 66 minutes, Ellie White levelled and Kate Mallin got the winner.

The 4th Round draw will take place from 5pm on Monday 6 January on talkSPORT2.

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