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A 2-0 victory away to West Ham Utd has kept Chelsea two points ahead at the top of the Barclays FA WSL.
Sam Kerr gave Chelsea a seventh minute lead when she headed in a Beth England cross from close range and the roles were reversed two minutes into the second half, Kerr breaking down the right and crossing for England to nod in from six yards.
Second placed Manchester City meanwhile made it nine wins on the trot but were made to work hard for their 1-0 win against Everton. City found it tough to break down a well drilled Everton defence who restricted chances to a premium, however with nine minutes remaining, Lauren Hemp sped down the right and crossed for Keira Walsh, who curled a shot past Sandy MacIver for the only goal of the game.
Manchester Utd are a further four points adrift in third, following their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. United took the lead just before the half hour, Kirsty Hanson latching onto a loose pass and firing in off the underside of the bar, then Jess Sigsworth doubled their advantage with a firm downward header from a Lucy Staniforth free kick. Katie Zelem wrapped up the win seventeen minutes from time with another header, this time from a Hayley Ladd centre.
Arsenal are starting to gather momentum once again and made it two wins on the trot when beating Birmingham City 4-0. Two goals in a three minute spell just before half time from Caitlin Foord gave the Gunners a firm grip on the game and Vivianne Miedema added a third after the break via a powerful strike from the edge of the area. Miedema then turned provider for the final goal in injury time, setting up Lisa Evans to drive home a shot via a post.
Brighton & Hove Albion‘s excellent recent form saw them record a third straight victory, 2-0 over Tottenham Hotspur. Both sides went close to scoring before Inessa Kaagman gave Brighton a second half lead following a flick on from Ellie Brazil and a game which saw the woodwork struck five times was settled ten minutes later, Kaagman picking up a clearance on the edge of the area and firing into the roof of the net.
Bristol City moved off the bottom of the table on Monday night by winning a pulsating match 3-2 against Reading FC Women at Ashton Gate. Emma Harries seized on a defensive error to hand Reading an early lead but City were level after Charlie Wellings latched onto a slide rule pass from Ebony Salmon to tuck home. After the break, the Robins went ahead in spectacular fashion, Jemma Purfield curling in an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area. Reading hit back to level once again, Rachel Rowe with a good finish from Fara Williams' through ball, but City were to have the final word, a superb pass from Abi Harrison picking out Salmon who took a touch before steering her shot into the far corner of the net.
Photo - Ebony Salmon scores the winning goal for Bristol City (Will Cheshire).
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