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Durham Women have opened up the title race in the FA Women's Championship after winning 3-1 against leaders Manchester Utd on Sunday.
The teams had met a few days earlier in the Continental Tyres Cup, with United 1-0 victors on that occasion, but this time it was Durham who got off to a good start with Becky Salicki putting them in front at the midpoint of the first half. United hit back from going behind in the league for the first time this season and their efforts were rewarded three minutes before half time when Ella Toone hooked in the equaliser. On the hour mark, the Wildcats regained their lead from the penalty spot, Beth Hepple slotting home after Mollie Green had been penalised for handball. They went on to seal the win three minutes from time, a counter attack being finished off by Zoe Ness for a result which takes them to within one point of Casey Stoney's side.
United stay on top on goal difference but they have been caught by Charlton Athletic, who were 2-0 winners away to Lewes. Both teams had opportunities in the first half but five minutes before the break, the Addicks went in front when Lily Agg crossed for Elizabeta Ejupi to score from close range. Ellie Balies hit the post after the break as Charlton continued to look the likelier side to find the net and they did so with just over twenty minutes remaining via a powerful strike from Agg.
Just a single point now covers the top four teams in the table and this includes Tottenham Hotspur, who got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success against Crystal Palace. Leading scorer Rianna Dean netted the only goal after being set up by Ashleigh Neville to get Spurs' challenge back on track after two straight defeats.
London Bees go into the break in great form, clinching their fourth straight win when coming from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1. Libby Smith hit the bar for Leicester early on but they took the lead when Melissa Johnson scored from Sophie Domingo's through ball. After the break, the Bees came into the game and levelled the scores, thanks to a brilliant long range strike from Emma Beckett. Katie Wilkinson completed the comeback by putting them in front with twenty minutes remaining and the Bees held on for a win which takes them above Leicester and into fifth place.
Aston Villa notched up their best result of the season so far, winning 5-1 against Sheffield Utd. Two goals in the five minute period leading up to half time from Jodie Hutton and Sophie Haywood put Villa in command and after Sophie Jones had reduced the arrears from the penalty spot early in the second half, Hutton quickly restored the two-goal advantage and she went on to complete her hat-trick with seventeen minutes remaining. Tanisha Smith rounded off the win for Villa late on when she headed in her first senior goal.
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