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United keep up the pace
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 8 Dec 2020
FA WSL news - United keep up the pace - 8 Dec 2020 - Women's Football NewsManchester Utd are continuing to set the pace in the Barclays FA WSL and still head the table by a single point after the weekend, following their 2-0 victory away to Aston Villa on Saturday.
United actually went four points clear on the day, taking the lead midway through the first half when Leah Galton confidently finished off a slick passing move. Both sides hit the woodwork during the second half before United made the game safe two minutes from time, Ella Toone picking up a clearance from advancing Villa goalkeeper Lisa Weiss and lobbing back into the empty net from 30 yards.
The gap was reduced back to one point on Sunday as second placed Arsenal defeated Birmingham City 3-0. The first half was goalless but most notable for Blues goalkeeper Hannah Hampton saving a penalty from Kim Little, but the deadlock was broken just before the hour when Caitlin Foord headed in a cross at the far post. Five minutes later, Jill Roord chipped in the second from the edge of the area and Little was able to make amends late on as she slotted home from a second penalty, awarded for handball.
Chelsea kept themselves firmly in touch as they beat a spirited West Ham Utd side 3-2. The Champions took the lead after fifteen minutes when Sam Kerr finished off a good move for the only goal of the first half. Three minutes after the break, the Hammers were back on level terms, Rachel Daly scoring from close range after being set up by Adriana Leon. Kerr followed up to score her second after Pernille Harder's initial shot had been saved by Mackenzie Arnold and the Australian striker completed her hat-trick from Fran Kirby's pass. A late own goal by Magdalena Eriksson gave West Ham late hope but Chelsea were able to secure the result they needed to keep themselves three points off the pace, with a game in hand.
Manchester City are starting to pick up momentum and have replaced Everton in fourth place after winning their meeting 3-0. Ellen White headed City in front from a Caroline Weir cross and barely a minute later, a Weir corner was met at the far post by Gemma Bonner who headed in the second. City made it three on the stroke of half time and Weir was the provider once again, this time her centre was nodded home by Janine Beckie.
Reading FC Women were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City, who doubled their points tally for the season with the result. Reading pressed hard for the opening goal but City were dangerous on the break, Charlie Wellings hitting the post before a swift counter attack just before half ended with Emma Bissell giving them the lead. Fara Williams levelled the scores five minutes into the second half but Reading could not add to this with City goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley in outstanding form, pulling off a string of saves to earn her side a valuable point.
It was a good first match in charge for new Tottenham Hotspur manager Rehanne Skinner as they recorded their first league win of the season, 3-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Spurs took the lead in the tenth minute when Kerys Harrop scored from a free kick but Brighton dragged themselves back into the game and brought the scores level going into the break, Inessa Kaagman scoring from the penalty spot. Angela Addison put Tottenham back in front with a fine solo goal and although Kaagman almost equalised again for the Seagulls when she hit the bar from long range, Alex Morgan sealed the points with seven minutes remaining by scoring her first goal for the club from the penalty spot.
Photo - Bristol City striker Ebony Salmon takes on Reading FC Women defender Deanna Cooper (Will Cheshire).

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