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Durham Women bounced back from defeat in their opening FA Continental Tyres Cup group match to record a notable 1-0 victory over WSL opponents Everton on Sunday.
Zoe Ness took advantage of a defensive error in the 21st minute to fire the Championship side ahead and after Danielle Turner had hit the bar at the other end, Durham needed to withstand Everton pressure during the second half but held on for a result which rekindles their chances of reaching the knockout stages.
Reading FC Women are already looking on course to go through after recording their second straight win to top Group Two North, a 2-0 success away to Manchester Utd. In front of a competition record crowd of 4,835 at Leigh Sports Village, Brooke Chaplen gave Reading the lead after a goalless first half and Gemma Davison sewed up the win during injury time.
Crystal Palace were another side to topple a top flight team, winning 1-0 away to Yeovil Town. The home side inflicted the majority of the pressure with Ann Marie Heatherson twice going close but with eight minutes remaining, Jordan Butler scored the only goal of the game to put Palace in a good position in second place in Group One South.
Top of the group are Chelsea who raced to a 6-1 success at London Bees. Drew Spence and Ramona Bachmann both netted braces and the other goals came from Fran Kirby and Beth England, who tucked home the rebound after Sarah Quantrill had initially saved Spence's penalty. The Bees' consolation came during the first half via a spectacular 30-yard effort from Lauren Pickett.
After being on the losing end of a penalty shootout last week, it was the reverse feeling for Tottenham Hotspur as this time they triumphed from the spot following a 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion, becoming a third Championship team to win against WSL opponents. Spurs raced into a two-goal lead during the first half thanks to Rianna Dean and Megan Wynne, before the Seagulls pulled one back after the break through Victoria Williams and Ini Umotong completed the comeback for Hope Powell's side when she equalised late on. The resulting shootout saw all eleven players on each side take a kick and it was Spurs goalkeeper Emma Gibbon who turned out to be the unlikely heroine for her side by scoring the winning kick.
Manchester City are the new leaders of Group One North following their 4-0 victory over Leicester City. The first half ended goalless but eight minutes after the restart, Tessa Wullaert broke the deadlock for the former winners and Janine Beckie marked her debut by scoring the second. Wullaert completed her double with eleven minutes remaining, before Nadia Nadim netted the final goal late on.
Sheffield Utd had started the day on top but they went down to their first defeat, beaten 3-1 by Bristol City. The Blades did get off to a great start when Jade Pennock gave them an early lead with a 20-yard shot which crashed in off the crossbar, but City hit back midway through the first half with an equaliser from Lucy Graham. After the break, Loren Dykes put the Vixens ahead for the first time after Katie Rood's header had come back off the post and Jess Woolley sealed the win with her first senior goal, via a well taken angled strike.
Birmingham City meanwhile recorded their first win, a 2-0 success in their derby match against Aston Villa. Birmingham did do most of the pressing but were not able to break down a well organised Villa until the final twenty minutes, when Blues captain Kerys Harrop headed her side in front. and Charlie Wellings made the game safe with the second goal.
Group Two South is looking close with four teams all level on three points. Holders Arsenal did not have a game and Lewes hold on to the leadership on goal scored, despite going down to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham Utd. Danielle Lane headed the Rookettes into an eighth minute lead but two superb strikes within four minutes of each other from Jane Ross and Leanne Kiernan turned matters around in the Hammers' favour. Julia Simic added a third shortly afterwards and Ross rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot, early in the second half.
Charlton Athletic also bounced back from defeat seven days earlier to record their first victory, 4-2 against Millwall Lionesses. Kit Graham put the Addicks ahead early on but strikes in quick succession from Gabby Ravenscroft and Evie Clarke ensured that Millwall were in front at the break. Graham netted her second, three minutes into the second half, to level the scores once more before Ellie Bailes and Gemma Bryan added further goals to wrap up the win for their side.
Photo - Bristol City's Poppy Pattinson is up against Sheffield Utd duo Lauren Cresswell and Ellie Fletcher.
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