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Arsenal made it seven wins on the trot but were made to work hard for their 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.
A tightly contested first half ended goalless but the Gunners began to assume control after the break and Jordan Nobbs broke through to give them the lead just before the hour mark. Barely a minute later, Birmingham produced the perfect response when Emma Follis drove home a low shot for the equaliser. Arsenal went back in front as Danielle van de Donk scored from the penalty spot and this time, Nobbs sealed the points with her second goal in injury time.
Manchester City look set to be the main challengers to the Gunners and they kept themselves three points behind in second place, thanks to a 3-0 win away to Liverpool on a history making day. City went ahead early on in the second half through an own goal from Niamh Fahey and Nikita Parris added the second from Jill Scott's through ball. After Steph Houghton had twice struck the woodwork, Parris rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot and became the FA WSL's all time leading goalscorer in the process, surpassing Eniola Aluko's previous record of 36 goals.
Chelsea are beginning to pick up some momentum and their 2-0 win against West Ham Utd leaves them just outside the top three. The derby match was a close affair with Ramona Bachmann being the difference between the two sides, the Chelsea striker giving her side the lead just after the hour mark and she curled home a delightful shot for her second goal, five minutes from time.
Reading FC Women are another side starting to find their best form and are in the top half of the table after beating Bristol City 3-0. Fara Williams broke the deadlock on the half hour with a shot from distance and the midfielder netted her second early after half time, finishing off from a Natasha Harding cross. Brooke Chaplen completed a good day for her side with the final goal, midway through the second half.
The happiest team on the day though would undoubtedly have been Yeovil Town, who ended their two-year wait for a league victory by defeating Everton 1-0. The only goal came when a long range strike from Hannah Short found the net but Yeovil needed to withstand second half pressure from the Toffees, which included a brilliant double save from Megan Walsh, before they could celebrate their long awaited win.
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