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Arsenal will sit on top of the tree at Christmas after winning 3-1 away to Everton on Sunday.
On a day when the weather wiped out two of the scheduled six fixtures, the Gunners made a determined start and were rewarded in the fourteenth minute, when Vivianne Miedema headed them in front from a Kim Little cross. Arsenal continued to dominate but found Everton goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela in fine form and they were dealt a blow just before half time when Beth Mead was stretchered off following a challenge on her. After the break, the Gunners strengthened their grip on the game when Little was fouled in the area and picked herself up to score, and two minutes later Miedema completed a phenomenal year for herself with yet another goal, this time from close range after being set up by Leonie Maier. Everton did grab a late consolation through leading scorer Chloe Kelly but it was a ninth win in ten matches for the reigning Champions and a three point lead going into the break.
Arsenal's challenge was further boosted by the news that Chelsea had been held to a 1-1 draw by improving Liverpool. On a heavy pitch at Prenton Park, Niamh Charles kept up her good run of form by giving Liverpool the lead, forcing home the rebound from a Kirsty Linnett free kick. Chelsea hit back strongly and a couple of minutes after seeing an effort cleared off the line by Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Beth England equalised against the team she spent a season on loan with, powering in a header from a Guro Reiten cross. Sophie Ingle hit the post early in the second half for Chelsea as they were frustrated in their hopes to pick up all three points, but at the same time it was a fine result for Liverpool and the point was enough to take them off the bottom of the table.
Manchester City move back above Chelsea into second place after running out 5-0 winners over Brighton & Hove Albion. City got off to the best possible start when Steph Houghton crashed a shot home from an indirect free kick in the penalty area after just two minutes and Ellen White made it two ten minutes later, before Lauren Hemp further increased their lead ahead of half time. Brighton rallied after the break and had a goal disallowed on the hour but two well taken goals in the late stages of the game from Georgia Stanway and Pauline Bremer rounded off a good response from Nick Cushing's side to defeat seven days earlier.
Reading FC Women staged a late rally to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 and move back above their opponents and into the top half. After a goalless first half, Spurs went in front eight minutes after the restart through a superb strike from Siri Worm. The game was turned on its head in the final twelve minutes though, Jo Potter levelling the scores from close range and Remi Allen then put the Royals ahead for the first time. Spurs threw players forward to try and salvage a point but, deep into injury time, a Reading counter attack saw Amalie Eikeland break away and seal the points with the third goal.
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