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Durham Women made a swift return to the top of the Championship as they won 6-0 away to London City Lionesses.
The home side went into the game in third place in the table but it was Durham who went ahead midway through the first half when Beth Hepple scored her first goal of the season from the penalty spot. Iris Achterhof then scored twice, either side of the hour mark, and Molly Sharpe further increased the Wildcats' lead. Hepple then finished off a good move for her second on the day and Lisa Robertson completed the scoring late on when she drilled home a free kick. With Aston Villa not in action, Durham therefore picked up the result they needed to replace them as leaders on goal difference.
London Bees meanwhile entered the top three with a 2-1 victory against Lewes, who went down to their first league defeat of the season. After an evenly contested first half, the Rookettes went in front just before the break through Dani Lane but the Bees' response was a rapid one, Amelia Hazard ensuring that the scores were level at half time. Lauren Pickett kept up her good run of form by putting the Bees in front for the first time, nine minutes after the restart, and they held out under late pressure for a hard earned win.
Sheffield Utd meanwhile made it three wins on the trot and are in fourth following their 5-1 win over Coventry Utd. The Blades got off to a flying start with Olivia Fergusson and Katie Wilkinson giving them a two-goal lead inside the opening ten minutes, before Rosie Axten reduced the arrears for Coventry with a long range strike. Aimee Palmer restored the two-goal advantage with a shot from distance of her own, then Wilkinson netted her second shortly before half time. Maddy Cusack rounded off a good day for her side when she scored the final goal, twenty minutes from the end.
Crystal Palace netted two late goals to notch up their first league win of the season, 2-1 away to Leicester City. The first half was goalless but with an hour played, Leicester took the lead when Paige Bailey-Gayle scored with virtually her first touch after coming on as a substitute, heading in a cross from Lucy Johnson. Palace reacted well to the setback and got back on level terms through a 20-yard strike from Annabel Johnson and nine minutes later, Leeta Rutherford scored what proved to a be a decisive second with a shot from long distance.
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