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Gunners edge ahead
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 11 Jan 2019
 
On the resumption of the league following the holiday break, Arsenal went two points clear at the top of the table following their 4-2 win away to West Ham Utd.
 
The Hammers started the game well and took the lead early on through Jane Ross but Arsenal turned the game around thanks to headers from Leah Williamson and Janni Arnth. Ross then brought West Ham back on level terms on the stroke of half time with a neat finish. After the break, Arsenal went back in front when Danielle van de Donk slid in at the far post, and van de Donk sealed the points with her fifth goal in two matches against the Hammers.
 
The Gunners were further boosted by the news that second placed Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City. The visitors went in front during the first half when Nikita Parris slotted home from an Abbie McManus cross but after the break, the Vixens levelled the scores when Lucy Graham equalised from the penalty spot after she had been fouled in the area. Man City could not have come closer to a winner when, in a dramatic late goalmouth scramble, both Parris and Claire Emslie hit the bar but the home side held on for a hard earned point.
 
Chelsea meanwhile made it six league wins on the trot when beating Everton 3-0. Beth England gave them an early lead after exchanging passes with Erin Cuthbert and they also hit the woodwork twice during the first half. Drew Spence made it two on the hour, from close range following a corner and Hannah Blundell rounded off the scoring shortly afterwards.
 
Birmingham City ensured they stayed level on points with Chelsea, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Reading FC Women. The first half was goalless but midway through the second, the Blues were in front when an Emma Follis cross was headed in by Kerys Harrop. Reading looked to have salvaged a point late on as Remi Allen scored from close range against her former club, however as the game went into injury time, Meaghan Sargent headed home a free kick from Lucy Staniforth to tip the game back in Birmingham's favour.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion notched up their second league win of the season, a 2-0 success away to Liverpool. A good first half performance by the Seagulls was rewarded just after the half hour when Laura Rafferty gave them the lead, tucking home the rebound after Ini Umotong's initial shot had come back off the bar. Umotong herself wrapped up the win early in the second half when she pounced on a loose pass and ran through to score.
 

 
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