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Liverpool's lead at the top of the WSL 1 table was checked as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City on Saturday night.
The Reds went into the game in fine goalscoring form but found it difficult to break down the home defence who stood firm against their free scoring opponents. Natasha Harding went close with a header which was well saved by Caitlin Leach but with nine minutes remaining, Liverpool made the breakthrough when Katie Zelem converted Shanice van de Sanden's low cross. City then hit back with Chloe Arthur and Claire Emslie forcing good saves from Siobhan Chamberlain before Lily Agg earned them a share of the spoils with a looping header from Emslie's cross.
Chelsea continue to head the chasing teams and are four points behind, with two games in hand, after powering to a 7-0 victory away to Sunderland. After Gemma Davison had missed an early penalty, Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring just after the quarter hour before Chelsea added four more in a fourteen minute spell. Karen Carney made it two and she was joined on the scoresheet by Maren Mjelde and Ramona Bachmann, before Cuthbert netted her second on the stroke of half time. Sunderland tightened up after the break and did not concede again until the final fifteen minutes, when substitute Fran Kirby bagged a late brace to complete the scoring.
Manchester City have the same number of points from the same number of games as Chelsea, following their 5-1 win against Yeovil Town. An own goal from Ann Marie Heatherson put them ahead with ten minutes on the clock and Jill Scott added a second shortly afterwards. Yeovil brought themselves back into the game when Lucy Quinn pulled a goal back but the two-goal advantage was restored before half time through Jane Ross. Just after the hour, Ross netted her second when following up after Steph Houghton had headed against the post and Kosovare Asllani bundled home the fifth six minutes later. Yeovil were denied a late consolation goal when Sarah Wiltshire's penalty was saved by Ellie Roebuck.
Arsenal had kicked off the weekend by defeating Birmingham City 4-2 at The Hive. It was the Blues who got off to a fantastic start when Rachel Williams headed them in front in the opening minute and both teams struck the woodwork before the Gunners got themselves back on terms just before half time through Heather O'Reilly. Danielle van de Donk gave Arsenal the lead for the first time after the break but it lasted for just three minutes, Williams scoring her second. It was substitute Louise Quinn who was to be the difference between the two sides as she scored twice in the final twelve minutes to crown the win for her team.
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