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Aston Villa have stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points following their 1-0 victory over Lewes on Sunday.
With second placed London City Lionesses not having a game, the opportunity was there for Villa to open up a lead and they hit the woodwork twice during the first half as they sought to open the scoring. The breakthrough came seven minutes after the restart, when an Emma Follis free kick was headed in by Nadine Hanssen for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.
Third met fourth in an important clash at the Proact Stadium and it was Sheffield Utd who were to mark the occasion of their first match at their new home with a 1-0 win against Durham Women. The teams had met a few days earlier in the Continental Cup, with United winning comfortably on this occasion, however this time it was Durham who had the better of the chances but finding Blades goalkeeper Becky Flaherty in good form. The match was settled with eleven minutes remaining, when United midfielder Aimee Palmer unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards which found the top corner. The Blades therefore move three points ahead of the Wildcats and up into second place in the table.
London Bees remain in fifth place but needed a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic, whose wait for a first league win of the season continues. Despite going down to ten players on the hour when captain Grace Coombs was red carded, the Addicks took the lead with three minutes remaining when Charley Clifford headed in from a corner. However their hopes of victory were dashed in the final minute and they were forced to settle for a fourth draw in seven matches when Amelia Hazard bundled the ball in from close range to earn the Bees a share of the spoils.
Blackburn Rovers continue to improve and a second win in three matches - a 2-0 success against Crystal Palace - has taken them out of the bottom three places and to within one point of their mid-table opponents. Both teams went close during an entertaining first half but it was Blackburn who broke through just before half time, via an angled shot from Serena Fletcher. Rovers were to make the points safe late on when Natasha Flint powered home the second goal from 25 yards.
Coventry Utd picked up their first ever win in the Championship with a 3-1 triumph away to Leicester City. The home side could have gone ahead on the quarter hour but Lachante Paul's penalty came back off the bar. They did go in front though when Libby Smith tapped home following a great run and cross on the break by Paige Bailey-Gayle. Coventry hit back strongly though and two goals in quick succession by Amber Hughes ensured that they led at the break. Helen Dermody clinched the points for Coventry when she scored the third, midway through the second half.
Photo - Durham Women's Sarah Robson with a strong challenge on Maddy Cusack of Sheffield Utd (Julian Barker).
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