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Championship leaders Aston Villa did not play on Sunday and second placed Sheffield Utd took the chance to halve the gap on them to three points with a 5-0 victory away to Coventry Utd.
The damage was inflicted in a seventeen minute spell either side of half time, when all five goals were scored. Katie Wilkinson opened the scoring, with Mollie Green adding a second just before half time. After the break, Jade Pennock scored twice in four minutes and leading scorer Wilkinson rounded off the win as she completed her own double.
The Blades are now two points ahead of Durham Women, who were held to a 1-1 draw by London City Lionesses. An unfortunate own goal from Ylenia Priest put Durham in front during the first half, a lead they held until fifteen minutes from time when Kallie Balfour fired home the equaliser shortly after coming on as a substitute. Both sides had chances but neither could conjure up a winner, meaning that the Lionesses recorded their first draw in thirteen matches.
Lewes put a difficult week behind them to pick up an Important point from a goalless draw with London Bees. After the departure of manager Fran Alonso to Celtic, Lewes, now under the charge of Simon Parker, produced a good display and hit the woodwork twice, whilst the Bees dug in for another point which consolidates their fifth position.
Leicester City meanwhile won 3-1 away to Crystal Palace and lift themselves out of the bottom three, into sixth place. Leicester took a first half lead through Annabel Blanchard, which they held until early in the second half when Amber Stobbs grabbed an equaliser. The scores were level for seven minutes, before Ella Rutherford put the visitors back in front again and Paige Bailey-Gayle sealed an important result for her side with the third goal on the hour.
Blackburn Rovers picked up a valuable win in the clash between the teams occupying the bottom two positions at the start of play, with a 2-1 success away to Charlton Athletic. The Addicks got off to a great start and were given an early lead by Charlie Estcourt, but their hopes of a first league win of the season were dashed during the second half as Natasha Flint brought the scores level and with three minutes left, Flint netted her second to condemn Charlton to another narrow defeat and give Blackburn a result which takes them up three places.
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