They were victories secured in contrasting fashion but Men's Cup holders Cannock and Birmingham University both booked their place in today's quarter-finals draw.
Cannock scraped through on penalty strokes after a 3-3 draw at Chelmsford yesterd ay while relegationthreatened Birmingham University swept aside Leek with an emphatic 4-1 margin.
Despite being short of six top players, Cannock took a two-goal lead at Chelmsford through Andy West but just on half-time the hosts hit back.
Late in the second half the home side equalised and in the space of five minutes Aldridge led for most of the match against Horsham following a sixth-minute goal by Rebecca Adams, but Horsham replied with two goals in the second half, the winner coming four minutes from the final whistle.
It was also a tight match at Ipswich for Olton who went out to a 54th-minute goal by Becky Baker. Leicester lost 4-0 at home to Bowdon Hightown.
Solihull Blossomfield lost 4-3 on penalty strokes to Sud-bury in the third round of the Women's Trophy, having drawn 4-4. Dudley lost 2-0 to Guildford in the fourth round of the Women's Vase. n Susanna Finlayson scored the only goal seven minutes from time to extend Birmingham University's lead in the Women's National League Division One on Saturday but they had been made to fight hard by relegation-threatened Woking.
Jane Sixsmith scored her seventh league goal for Sutton Coldfield with a minute remaining although it couldn't save them from a 2-1 home defeat by Poynton. The result put Sutton four points behind the University.
Three late goals in nine minutes gave Aldridge a fine 3-0 victory away to Liverpool Sefton and cemented their second place in North Division behind Sunderland. Donna Horspool scored the 50th minute opener and Jo Walker and Kerry Taylor netted within a minute of each other.
Liz George failed to convert a penalty stroke, denying Worcester a point against Maidstone in South Division. The 1-0 defeat keeps Worcester at the bottom of the table.
Leek suffered their first defeat, 5-2 to Harrogate, and opened up the promotion race in the Men's North Division. Brooklands MU moved within a point of Leek as a result of their 6-2 defeat of Lichfield.
Craig Tike produced a glimmer of hope for the Staffordshire side, who are still seeking their first point, when he put them ahead after 24 minutes. But the home side soon took command and finished the match with two goals in the final minute.
Third-place Bournville were made to fight hard for their 4-3 victory at Doncaster after Rik McCollum put them ahead in the seventh minute. Steve Harding, Chris Graham and Jed Kiddle Morris were Bournville's other scorers.
Stourport, in fourth place, let slip a 2-0 lead against Nottingham and drew 3-3. Rob Allen, Irfan Yousaf netted early and Imran Yousaf made it 3-2 before Nottingham levelled.
In South Division, Birmingham University were thumped 7-1 by Havant and Barford Tigers went down 4-2 at home to Indian Gymkhana.
* All top six clubs in the Premier Division of the Coaching Solutions League on Saturday won their matches to leave Sikh Union (Nottingham) still two points clear of Coventry and Telford.
Relegation candidates Players held the leaders to 2-1, while fellow strugglers Nottingham University only lost 4-3 to Coventry and Tel-ford could only manage a 2-1 defeat of mid-table West Bridgford.
Sutton Coldfield continue to pull away from Mansfield at the top of Midlands Division One, widening the gap to nine points by defeating Wolverhampton 6-1.
Cannock went ahead through Andy Humphrey and Chelms-ford levelled the score at 3-3 but Cannock progressed after winning 6-4 on penalties.
The University always had the edge against Leek. Michael Farrer began the assault with a third minute goal and Steve Edmonds scored the second before Leek replied through Paul Dawson but Nick Latham made it 3-1 at half-time and Oliver Needham sealed the University's progress.
All four Midland clubs in the Women's Cup fifth round were knocked out.
Sutton Coldfield drew 1-1 with Chelmsford but lost 3-1 on penalties. Both goals came in the space of two minutes midway through the second half, Sian Nutting scoring for Sutton and Patrica Braithwaite equalising for the visitors.