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Vital victory for leaders
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2014
 
Notts County 0 Birmingham City 1 (Potter 48)
Notts County lost at home for the first time this season, as league leaders Birmingham City came away from Meadow Lane with all three points after a 1-0 victory. 
 
Jo Potter netted the only goal of the game to help Birmingham City see off Notts County and maintain their lead at the top of the FA Women's Super League 1 table. Potter scored direct from a corner on 48 minutes to seal City's third league win on the spin and effectively end Notts County's own title hopes already.
 
The hosts, looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat at Man City, started well and went close on nine minutes when the lively Jess Clarke fired a curling effort inches wide.
 
Birmingham defender Aoife Mannion almost poked into her own net on 19 minutes as she attempted to stop Clarke latching on to Sophie Walton's teasing ball over the top.
 
But the best chance of the half fell to City's Hannah Keryakoplis in first half stoppage time when she headed Karen Carney's cross tamely at Carly Telford from just four yards.
 
The league leaders came out with an increased tempo and more ambition after the break and took the lead on 48 minutes when Potter's corner proved too hot to handle for Telford.
 
County pushed for an equaliser but failed to create any further goalscoring chances as Birmingham's rock-solid defence stood firm.
 
Notts County: Carly Telford, Amy Turner, Danielle Brogan, Katie Hoyle (sub Rachel Unitt 73mins), Sophie Walton, Rachel Corsie, Jess Clarke, Katie Holtham, Dunia Susi (sub Aileen Whelan 84mins), Emily Roberts (sub Caitlin Friend 77mins), Desiree Scott. Subs not used: Jules Draycott, Sophie Haywood, Laura-Jane O'Neill.

Birmingham City: Rebecca Spencer, Chelsea Weston, Jess Carter, Jade Moore, Aoife Mannion, Kerys Harrop, Hannah Keryakoplis (sub Kirsty Linnett 45mins), Remi Allen, Melissa Lawley, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Emily Simpkins, Charlie Wellings, Hannah George, Emily Westwood, Cristina Torkildsen, Sian Rogers.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)

 
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