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Aston Villa continued to stretch the pace at the top of the Championship with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday night.
All four goals came in the final twelve minutes of the match, starting with Marisa Ewers firing Villa ahead. Melissa Johnson doubled the lead against her former club and although Freya Thomas gave Leicester hope when she pulled a goal back, Shania Hayles sealed the win for Villa in injury time.
Sheffield Utd are keeping up the chase in second place, keeping the gap at three points by beating London Bees 3-1. Jade Pennock and Olivia Fergusson both scored to put the Blades two ahead in the opening quarter of the game and although Nikita Whinnett reduced the arrears for the Bees after the break, Katie Wilkinson ended any hopes of a fightback when she scored the third, two minutes later.
Third placed Durham Women kept themselves in the hunt when they won 3-0 against Lewes. The first half ended goalless but the deadlock was broken after the interval, when Abby Holmes fired Durham in front following a corner. Lisa Robertson added a second six minutes later and Beth Hepple completed the scoring from a free kick late on.
London City Lionesses completed a good day all round for the top four as they also won, 2-1 away to Blackburn Rovers. Saffron Jordan gave Blackburn the lead midway through the second half but the Lionesses struck barely a minute later, Freda Ayisi levelling the scores. Flo Fyfe then secured a fourth win in five matches for her team with a cool finish, ten minutes from time.
The bottom half of the table remains incredibly tight and Sunday's results mean that just three points covers the bottom six teams. Two of those teams met each other on the weekend, Charlton Athletic and Coventry Utd battling out a 1-1 draw which gives both teams a point in their quest to reach safety. Charley Clifford got the Addicks off to the best possible start when she opened the scoring from a Rachel Newborough cross with eight minutes on the clock but once again, Charlton were denied victory by a late equaliser and were forced to settle for a sixth draw in nine matches when Helen Dermody scored from close range.
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