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Birmingham City 3 (Taylor 18, Weston 44, Carney 60)
Lincoln Ladies 1 (Horwood 63)
Birmingham City recaptured their winning form as they moved back into third place with a convincing victory over Lincoln at Stratford.
After defeats in both of their previous league games, the Blues started off in determined mood and carried the game towards their opponents early on. Karen Carney saw a free kick saved by Nicola Hobbs and from the resulting corner, Rachel Williams headed wide at the far post. Carney also struck the bar as the home side pressed hard for the opening goal.
The pressure eventually told and a long ball from Chelsea Weston was chased down by Jodie Taylor and the striker, who is having a superb season, touched the ball past Hobbs before tapping into the empty net to register a goal against the club she played on loan for last year.
Jade Moore almost added a second after intercepting a pass out of defence and striding into the area but her shot was blocked by the legs of Hobbs at the near post.
Lincoln's best moments going forward were coming from Jess Clarke and the England winger was inches away from levelling the scores when curling a shot from the edge of the area which just evaded the far post.
Clarke went close again with a repeat effort but Birmingham remained in the ascendancy and started to show glimpses of last season's form once again. They were to extend their lead just before half time after a corner was cleared as far as Issy Christiansen whose effort was charged down by Bonnie Horwood but Chelsea Weston drilled a low shot from 25 yards which found the corner of the net.
Potter produced the first attempt of the second half, winning the ball from Remi Allen before chipping a shot just over the bar. At the other end, Horwood went close with a dipping shot which narrowly cleared the bar.
Birmingham were able to take a firm grip on the game, right on the hour mark. Christiansen was tripped by Allen around 25 yards from goal and from the resulting free kick, Carney curled her shot over the wall and inside the post, giving Hobbs no chance.
Three minutes later and the margin was reduced to two goals once again. Clarke fired a shot across the face of the goal and Horwood was on hand at the far post to beat Marie Hourihan with a neat finish.
The goal gave Lincoln a flicker of hope and, with the tireless Allen driving them on in midfield, tried hard to get themselves back into the game. They came closest when a corner was headed away as far as Horwood who returned a shot through a crowd of players which was cleared off the line by Kerys Harrop.
That was the last opportunity for Lincoln and Birmingham came on strong in the closing stages. Williams forced a save from Hobbs following a Carney cut back and Taylor headed straight at the keeper from a Carney cross. A Carney strike was blocked by Allen and Taylor was to go even closer in injury time, Moore sliding a through ball into the striker's path but her shot came back off the far post.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston, Kerys Harrop, Jade Moore, Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Isobel Christiansen, Rachel Williams, Jodie Taylor, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Emily Simpkins, Anna Wilcox, Hannah George, Harley Simpson, Marie Ballard, Cristina Torkildsen.
Lincoln Ladies: Nicola Hobbs, Sophie Walton (sub Precious Hamilton 45mins), Rachel Daly, Sophie Barker, Sophie Bradley, Laura Alleway (sub Meaghan Sargeant 78mins), Bonnie Horwood, Lucy Staniforth (sub Megan Harris 67mins), Carla Cantrell, Remi Allen, Jess Clarke. Subs not used: Martha Harris, Emily Roberts.
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