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Chelsea peg back Arsenal’s lead
For the second week running, Arsenal went into their game with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top, this time due to Chelsea’s involvement in the Continental Cup Final.
The Gunners took on Birmingham City, bottom of the table, but the only team to have beaten Arsenal in the league so far this season. Any hopes of a repeat look to have been scotched as Rafaelle Souza and Vivianne Miedema put Arsenal two ahead after half an hour, and Beth Mead made it three midway through the second half. The Blues then staged a fightback with Libby Smith and Lucy Quinn reducing the deficit to one, before Caitlin Foord finally sealed a 4-
Chelsea’s cup commitments also meant that Tottenham Hotspur had a chance to replace them in second place, if they could win away to Reading FC Women. Ashleigh Neville did hit the post for them in the first half but despite chances for both sides, neither could make a breakthrough and the match finished goalless.
Tottenham therefore slip back a place over the weekend to fourth as, they day before, Manchester Utd had reclaimed third place with a 4-
The weekend had opened up with Brighton & Hove Albion winning 1-
On Thursday night, Chelsea put their Continental Cup Final disappointment behind them to win 4-