FA Cup glory for South East teams

Round-up of weekend FA Cup and league action

Action from QPR v Gillingham (Girls On The Ball)

Gillingham were made to fight all the way for their FA Cup win at Queens Park Rangers (Photo: Girls On The Ball)

Three South East teams are through to the third round of the FA Cup, with two more still to play – but it was touch and go.

Premier League Gillingham and Lewes were both taken to extra-time by their South East Combination opponents, and in the all-Premier clash, Brighton squeezed past Spurs in a thriller at the Withdean.

Gillingham finally saw off Queens Park Rangers 2-1, thanks to a winner from substitute Emma Tune five minutes from the end of extra-time.

Rangers had stunned the league leaders by taking the lead shortly after half-time, Stacey Sowden firing home from six yards.

And despite relentless pressure from the Kent side, during which they hit the bar and had a shot cleared off the line, Rangers held out until the 84th minute when Danielle Carlton levelled from a free-kick just outside the box.

Gillingham hit the bar again as they moved into extra-time, and Tune grabbed the winner in the 115th minute to break Rangers’ hearts.

Lewes had similar problems seeing off brave Denham United, who kept a clean sheet at the Dripping Pan until Nikki Payne – voted most valuable player – curled in the only goal of the game in the first half of extra-time.

They are joined in the third-round draw by Sussex neighbours Brighton, who beat Spurs 3-2.

Chichester City‘s tie at home to Enfield and Portsmouth‘s against Keynsham Town were both postponed.

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In the SECWL Premier Division Parkwood Rangers extended their lead with a 3-3 draw at Meridian.

Parkwood’s goals came from Becky Parkin, Krissy Howlett and an own goal.

Anchorians moved up to third on goal difference after beating Dartford 4-2.

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Seahaven moved into second place in Division One West thanks to a 2-0 home win over Rusthall.

In the only other game in the division, Bexhill United Reserves won a thrilling game against Dorking 1-0, the only goal coming from Charlotte Connors 15 minutes from time.

Division One East leaders Long Lane crushed struggling Ebbsfleet United Reserves 17-1 to move seven points clear at the top.

Bottom club Anchorians Seconds beat Faversham Elizabethians 2-1, and Castle Colts and Ashford drew 0-0.

In the Kent Division Aylesford United Reserves moved second after winning 4-0 at Teynham Gunners.

Bex Stroud scored her 21st goal of the season in only 10 games, but was outdone in this game by Helena Jefferies, who hit a hat-trick to take her personal season’s tally to 14 in 11. Aylesford are now unbeaten in nine games in the league.

Long Lane Reserves copied their first team’s lead and put nine goals past bottom club Gravesham without reply, while Swale thrashed Barming 8-1.

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Laura Harding battles for possession during Crawley Wasps’ 5-1 win over Fulham Compton

Crawley Wasps moved up to third in the London and South East Premier Division with a 5-1 victory over Fulham Compton.

Faye Rabson (2), Cassie Barry, Natalie Stephenson and Toni Smith scored Crawley’s goals.

The result and performance pleased manager Paul Harding.

He described it as “a very pleasing squad performance after such a long break”.

Hassocks drew 2-2 with Old Actonians.

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Lewes Girls crowned an excellent day for the club by winning 6-0 at Worthing Town to extend their lead over second-placed Crawley Town to nine points.

Southdown won 3-1 at Tunbridge Wells Ridgewaye.

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