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Manchester City began life after Nick Cushing with their eleventh successive home victory in the league, a 1-0 victory over Bristol City which keeps them one point ahead at the top of the Barclays FA WSL.
With interim manager Alan Mahon in charge for the first time, the Cityzens went ahead with two minutes on the clock, a Caroline Weir free kick being volleyed home by Gemma Bonner. A second goal would not come though as the Vixens defended in resolute fashion to give themselves encouragement in their battle against relegation.
Chelsea remain a single point behind in second place after they defeated Birmingham City 2-0. Emma Hayes' side took the lead on the stroke of half time when Guro Reiten slotted home following a cross from Jonna Andersson and a tidy finish from the prolific Beth England just before the hour wrapped up the points for her side (see match report).
On Thursday night, Arsenal kept themselves in the running by winning 3-2 away to Liverpool. Rinsola Babajide gave the Reds a fourteenth minute lead, Arsenal hitting back with goals in a three minute spell from Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs. Rachel Furness levelled matters once again after the break but with twelve minutes remaining, Miedema netted her second to give the Gunners three valuable points.
Reading FC Women are up into fourth place following a 2-0 victory against West Ham Utd. Both sides exchanged chances in an even start to the game but it was the Royals who took the lead when Jade Moore headed home after Amalie Eikeland had flicked on a chip by Fara Williams. Reading netted their second just after the hour, Brooke Chaplen chasing down a long ball forward and holding off Grace Fisk before planting a shot into the corner of the net.
The mid-table clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton ended with honours even as the sides shared four goals. This does not tell the full story from an entertaining game though, as an end-to-end opening half hour ended with Chloe Kelly giving Everton the lead. The Toffees doubled their lead early in the second half, Inessa Kaagman firing home after being set up by Simone Magill. Angela Addison gave Spurs hope when she pulled one back with a neat header but their task was made harder when Rosella Ayane was red carded for retaliation. However from the resulting free kick, Emma Mitchell stepped up to fire in an unstoppable shot from 30 yards and salvage a point for her side.
Brighton & Hove Albion continue to edge closer towards mid-table and helped their cause with a 1-1 draw against Manchester Utd. With just 18 seconds on the clock, United were in front after a deflected cross from Lauren James went in the net via the post and Seagulls goalkeeper Megan Walsh. Brighton hit back just before half time, in-form striker Aileen Whelan rising highest to head home after Kayleigh Green had nodded on a Kirsty Barton cross.
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