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The top end of the WSL 1 table tightened up over the weekend after none of the top three teams at the start of play recorded a win and the sides immediately below them caught up ground.
Chelsea remain as leaders and have an advantage of three points following their 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Chelsea took the lead just after the half hour, when a miscued clearance by Sari van Veenendaal went straight to Ramona Bachmann, whose pass set up Fran Kirby to slot home. They stayed in front until first half injury time, Beth Mead breaking down the right before cutting in and planting her shot inside the far corner to complete a fine solo effort. Both teams went close after the break but a draw was a fair result on the day and keeps Chelsea unbeaten and Arsenal's hopes intact, if they can win their games in hand.
Manchester City's indifferent run in the league continued as they went down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Reading FC Women, who are hitting their best form. City did start the game well but fell behind in spectacular fashion on 34 minutes when Remi Allen hooked in her sixth league goal of the season via a bicycle kick. Nikita Parris did go close twice for the reigning Champions, having a shot cleared off the line by Natasha Harding and hitting the bar after the break, but a determined Reading side doubled their lead, Kirsty Pearce heading firmly home from Jo Potter's cross. Reading were reduced to ten players late on when Potter was red carded for bringing down Parris when through on goal but they held on for a deserved win, their first against Manchester City.
Birmingham City are the division's form team right now and their fourth win on the trot - and fourth successive clean sheet - has taken them into the top three. Visitors Sunderland started the game on the front foot but fell behind as Ellen White continued her magnificent run of form by latching onto a pass from Rachel Williams and finishing clinically. White then returned the favour four minutes later when she set up Williams to score the second and this completed a 2-0 victory for the Blues, despite both sides hitting the woodwork during the second half.
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 4-0 success away to Yeovil Town. The Reds got off to a flying start by taking the lead after just 45 seconds, Laura Coombs firing in from the edge of the area after an Alex Greenwood cross had been half cleared. Gemma Bonner marked her return from injury by scoring the second and two minutes later, Ashley Hodson made it three when she followed up to score after Beth England's initial shot had been blocked by Megan Walsh. England was not to be denied though and she rounded off the scoring from close range, midway through the second half.
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