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The FA Women's Championship was badly affected by delayed FA Cup ties over the weekend but for leaders Tottenham Hotspur, it was a golden opportunity to extend their advantage at the top of the table to seven points.
The task was far from an easy one, as the Bees went into the game looking for a fourth successive win and consolidate themselves in fifth place. The Bees started the game well but it was Tottenham who took the lead on fourteen minutes, leading scorer Rianna Dean slotting home from the penalty spot following a handball in the area. Eight minutes later, Spurs were two ahead after the unfortunate Annabel Johnson turned a Sarah Wiltshire cross into her own net. Two minutes into the second half, Sarah Wiltshire finished off a good move to crown a fine 3-0 win for her side and keep their title push well on course.
The other match to be played on Sunday was at Leicester City, where visitors Crystal Palace picked up a 3-2 victory which takes them out of the bottom two. Palace started the game brightly but neither side could make a breakthrough in what turned out to be a goalless first half. Just before the hour mark, Palace took the lead through a far post finish from Nikita Whinnett and Gemma Bryan added a second six minutes later. Leicester replied quickly and pulled a goal back through Hayley James and Sophie Domingo then brought them back on level terms, but Palace, and Bryan, were to the have the final say, the striker driving in a low shot from the edge of the area for her second on the day and Palace's third league win of the season.
On Wednesday night, Manchester Utd travelled to Leicester City to play one of their games in hand and ran out 7-0 winners to move themselves back up into second place, five points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
United got off to a flying start and two goals in a minute from Ella Toone put them firmly in control of matters. The score remained at two at half time, mainly thanks to Leicester goalkeeper Demi Lambourne who saved a Katie Zelem penalty just ahead of the break. Within three minutes of the restart though, Kirsty Hanson had netted the third and Alex Greenwood fired in a 30-yard free kick. Toone went on to complete her hat-trick from the penalty spot and an unlucky own goal from Natalie Johnson further extended United's lead, before Toone rounded off a great night for herself by scoring her fourth goal with three minutes remaining.
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