A stirring second half fightback was not enough to prolong West Ham United Ladies' FA Cup campaign as Julia Setford's team suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat by Leeds United in the third round on Saturday.

The Hammers were slow out of the blocks in Yorkshire and trailed 3-0 to the FA Women's Premier League National Division side at the break.

Leeds' double strike from Danielle Sheen and Hayley Sharp just before the interval, which allowed them to build on Carey Huegett's ninth minute opener, appeared to have killed the game off as a contest, but the visitors came roaring back in the second half and came so close to completing their comeback.

A freak own goal from Leeds keeper Jules Draycott, after her sliced clearance was caught in the wind and flew back past her into the net, gave the Hammers hope, and Leeds' nerves were jangling 10 minutes from the end when Hannah Gowland finished neatly.

But the visitors could not force an equaliser as Leeds' first half work proved enough to claim victory.

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