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Argyle Sports Cup
West Didsbury& Chorlton v Chester
West Didsbury & Chorlton found their way into the quarter finals of the Argyle Sports Cup for the first time as they extended their run to 10 straight victories. They did so as they saw off Curzon Ashton winning 4-0 at home thanks to goals from Shauna Edmondson, Rachael Dunlop (2) and Hannah Mitchell.
They face a Chester side who went one better than West as they ran out 5-0 winners at home to Northwich Vixens. The goals came from Amy Smith (2), Amy Broomhead (2) and Emma Gray with Broomhead earning herself player of the match. By coincidence they will meet each other in the league this Sunday.
FC United of Manchester v Cammell Laird or Penrith
FC United of Manchester faced slightly more resistance than expected tie at home to 10-player Blackburn Community. Cara Fields gave United the lead before Blackburn were reduced to 10 players by the referee. The hosts might have been expected to run out convincing winners but it required two late goals from Jess Battle to secure their 50th cup win in their history.
They will face either Cammell Laird or Penrith who meet in the second round on 24th February. Cammell Laird finally saw their game against Didsbury played as they ran out 3-0 winners to a Hannah Perry brace and Nadine Sword goal. Penrith reached the second round by beating Stockport County Blues 1-0 away.
Merseyrail v Tranmere Rovers
Merseyrail ran out 3-1 winners at home to Altrincham who appointed Wayne Goodison as their new manager in the week. Oleta La Cruz continued her scoring record with a brace whilst Alicia Hardacre added a third; Imogen Paul scored the goal for the visitors. They will welcome Tranmere Rovers in a Merseyside Derby who ran out 3-0 winners in another Merseyside derby away to Mossley Hill Athletic.
Stockport County v Sir Tom Finney or Warrington Wolverines
Goals from Hanifa Douglas and Jeneyah Webb were enough to see off Division One North side Bury. However the unbeaten side were made to work for it as they were pegged back in the first half by a goal from Bury Captain Lucy Golding. Stockport will potentially face Warrington Wolverines in the third different cup competition of the season but they will be made to wait to face Sir Tom Finney which was put back to February 24th following postponement.
Argyle Sports Plate
Fleetwood Town Wrens v Wigan Athletic
Fleetwood Town Wrens ‘earned’ their quarter final home tie following City of Liverpool’s forfeiture of the game. They will welcome a Wigan Athletic side who ran out 2-0 winners at home to Liverpool Feds Reserves.
Stockport County Blues or Wythenshawe Amateurs v Didsbury or Carlisle United
Stockport County Blues will meet Wythenshawe Amateurs on Sunday as their original fixture was postponed whilst Carlisle United learned their opponents as Didsbury were beaten 3-0 by Cammell Laird 1907. They will also meet this Sunday.
Blackpool v Morecambe Reserves or Manchester Stingers
Blackpool ran out 3-2 winners at home to Penwortham Town. The Tangerines will face the winners of Morecambe Reserves and Manchester Stingers who were postponed this weekend.
Workington Reds or Accrington v Preston North End or Leigh RMI
Both Workington Reds v Accrington and Preston North End v Leigh RMI will both meet again this Sunday after both games were postponed.
Division One North
Carlisle United moved up to second in the weekends only league game as they beat Burscough Dynamo 4-2. Goals from Cally Martin, Chelsea Norris, Chelsie Browbank and Kerri Mallinson. The result moves Carlisle five points clear of Blackburn Community and reduce the gap to Blackpool by seven points.