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Chelsea broke a FA WSL record on Wednesday night and returned to the top of the table on goal difference when they won 4-0 away to Aston Villa.
Sam Kerr fired Chelsea in front after three minutes and Beth England headed in the second just ahead of half time. Midway through the second half, Pernille Harder extended Chelsea's lead and two minutes later, Magdalena Eriksson added the fourth from a Guro Reiten free kick.
The result means that Chelsea have now gone 32 games unbeaten, the longest run since the league was formed in 2011.
Emma Hayes' side have regained the leadership from Manchester Utd, who had gone top three days earlier when they defeated Birmingham City 2-0. The first half was goalless but within a minute of the restart, United took the lead through a finish from close range by Leah Galton from a Lauren James cross. Ella Toone wrapped up the win when she scored the second with nine minutes remaining.
Manchester City are up into third place after running out 7-1 winners away to Brighton & Hove Albion. Caroline Weir netted a quickfire double inside the opening sixteen minutes, with Steph Houghton added a third just before half time. Ellen White increased City's lead on the hour and Houghton then completed her brace, before Ria Jarrett pulled one back for the Seagulls. Chloe Kelly restored the advantage four minutes later and Janine Beckie rounded off the scoring.
Aston Villa had picked up a valuable point when they shared a 2-2 draw with Reading FC Women in snowy conditions. The Royals led through a third minute header from Angharad James, which they held until early in the second half when Mana Iwabuchi levelled the scores for Villa. Rachel Rowe restored Reading's lead two minutes later but as the game went into injury time, Iwabuchi set up Diana Silva to grab an equaliser.
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