Langford through to FA Cup fourth round

Langford Ladies progressed to the fourth round of the FA Women s Cup with a battling 3-2 win at Enfield Ladies on Sunday. The Reds started the stronger and a good move was finished when Jade White shot from just inside the area to open the scoring on seve

Langford Ladies progressed to the fourth round of the FA Women's Cup with a battling 3-2 win at Enfield Ladies on Sunday.

The Reds started the stronger and a good move was finished when Jade White shot from just inside the area to open the scoring on seven minutes.

Top scorer Faye Rees' persistence paid off on 16 minutes when she reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box to score Langford's second.

Enfield pulled a goal back with a header from a corner to trail 2-1 at the interval.

Poor defending by Langford led to the scores being levelled five minutes after the break. Undeterred, Langford continued to attack and were rewarded as White hit her second as the home keeper failed to deal with Nikki Day's well-struck free-kick.

Verity Crook produced a full-length save to preserve the visitors' lead, while at the other end, Laveena Betts had a shot tipped on to the bar late on as Langford held out.

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They now await the visit of Southampton at Herns Lane, Welwyn GC, on January 7.

Langford squad: Verity Crook, Nikki Day, Sheree Oliver, Sophie Bailey, Laura Bright, Debbie Styles, Emma Tune, Laveena Betts, Naomi Lyon (Shelley Forster 77), Jade White (Laura Shearwood 77), Faye Rees.

Arlesey Town Ladies recorded their sixth successive win after weeks of bad weather had halted their progress. They put seven without reply past Cottenham in the league cup second qualifying round.

Cottenham only had eight available players for the one-sided match.

Scorers included Mia Price, Katie Baldwin, Sarah Tayler and Karen Walker plus subs Michelle Whitehead and Sarah Smith.

This means Arlesey have reached the league cup proper for the first time in their history and have been drawn at home to Premier Division leaders Cambridge City.

Arlesey's second team faced Kings Sports in the league and lost 4-1. The scorer was Axelle Courlander and players' and manager's player of the match went to Racheal Tear for tirelessly man-marking Kings' best player for the entire match.

Hitchin Hearts won a penalty shoot-out at Leighton Linslade Ladies to progress in the Herts and Beds League Cup.

They won 6-5 on penalties after the sides shared four goals in normal and extra time.

It was a day the Hearts will want to put behind them as despite going through to the next round, little went right.

Three players got lost and did not arrive until late and they went behind before Laura Wilkie scored an equaliser just before half time. The Hitchin girls went behind again before Sade Dunstan levelled with barely a minute left on the clock.

Then extra time, reduced due to the fading light, did not provide a winner.

After five penalties it was 4-4 and sudden death ensued. Hearts' final penalty was taken by player of the match Georgy Mumford and the home player who followed put her effort over the bar.