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Manchester City gave departing manager Nick Cushing the perfect send off as they defeated Arsenal 2-1 to keep themselves on top of the table.
The two teams went into the game with near identical records, City taking top spot as their goal difference was one better than Arsenal's, and a goal either side of half time put them in strong position. Pauline Bremer gave them the lead two minutes before the interval and Lauren Hemp added the second, shortly after the restart. The Gunners pulled one back just before the hour through Danielle van de Donk but they could not get back on level terms and City held on for a result which greatly boosts their title hopes, whilst putting a dent into their opponents'.
Chelsea move into second place after maintaining their scoring form with an eight-goal blast against West Ham Utd. Maren Mjelde put them in front after seven minutes, a lead which Beth England quickly doubled and Sophie Ingle made it three on the stroke of half time. Erin Cuthberrt netted the fourth early in the second half and after England scored her second, Mjelde made it six on the hour. It had been a day to forget for the Hammers and it was to get worse late on as Ramona Bachmann came off the bench to score and 16-year-old Emily Murphy headed in the final goal in injury time.
Manchester Utd stay one point ahead of Reading FC Women after the teams battled out a 1-1 draw which had a controversial ending. United opened the scoring on the half hour when Lauren James latched onto a long clearance from Mary Earps to tuck home her sixth league goal of the season. Reading pushed forward after the break and were awarded a penalty after a foul on Jade Moore, but Fara Williams' kick brought out a fine save from Earps. With ten minutes remaining, the Royals were given a second penalty against Katie Zelem for handball - despite the United midfielder clearly appearing to head the ball - and this time, Williams made no mistake as she coolly drilled her shot past Earps to earn her side a share of the spoils.
A victory would have taken Everton back into the top four but they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, who have taken a huge stride towards safety. The only goal of the game came seven minutes before half time, when Aileen Whelan slotted home after Amanda Nilden had laid off a high ball into the area from Kirsty Barton.
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