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Late Longhurst leveller foils Spurs

Neither of the top two teams in the Barclays FA WSL played over the weekend and this gave the chasing teams an opportunity to catch up ground on them.

Manchester Utd were first in action on Saturday as they played host to Birmingham City, who were fresh from their shock victory over leaders Arsenal the week before. This time though, the Blues were to come crashing down to earth and United capitalised on a fast start by taking a twelfth minute lead through Katie Zelem, with Leah Galton adding a quickfire double. United made it four just before half time as Ella Toone crashed a shot against the bar, before it cannoned back into the net off the unfortunate Emily Ramsey. Alessia Russo headed in the final goal after the break to complete a 5-0 win and a result which takes her side level on points with second placed Chelsea.

Manchester City meanwhile kept up their improved form with a fourth victory in a row, a 3-0 success away to Aston Villa which leaves them just two points off a top two place. City also made a flying start to the game, taking a fourth minute lead through a deflected shot from Georgia Stanway. Vicky Losada finished off a good move for their second just before half time and with fifteen minutes remaining, Stanway completed the scoring with her second after being set up by Janine Beckie.

A win would have taken Tottenham Hotspur up into second place as they hosted West Ham Utd on Sunday night. A tightly contested first half ended goalless but shortly asfter the interval, Spurs took the lead when Jiali Tang was brought down in the area and Rosella Ayane slotted home the resulting penalty. Tottenham pressed hard for a second against their ten-player opponents but a resilient Hammers side, who have only been beaten twice so far this season, salvaged a point and their fifth draw of the campaign when Kate Longhurst headed in an equaliser deep into injury time.  

Leicester City had dropped to the bottom of the table seven days earlier but they bounced back on Sunday to win 1-0 against Brighton & Hove Albion and climb back up a place again. The important moment of the game came nine minutes in the the second half as Jess Sigsworth raced down the right in pursuit of a low pass and crossed for Shannon O’Brien to tuck a shot into the far corner of the net from twelve yards. Leicester’s second victory of the season therefore took them off the bottom of the table at the expense of Birmingham.