#FAWC : Tottenham Hotspur Ladies return to winning ways

Jessica Naz got her first goal for Spurs against Charlton Athletic. (Photo: @ThlfcOfficial)

Spurs had a narrow win over Charlton Athletic, while both Manchester United and Durham extended their unbeaten runs.

FA Women’s Championship results for Sunday 18 November

Millwall Lionesses 1-5 Durham (Att: 154)
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Charlton Athletic (Att: 376)
Crystal Palace 0-5 Manchester United (Att: 975)
Lewes 1-1 Aston Villa (Att: 536)
London Bees 2-0 Sheffield United

Naz nets Spurs winner

A first-half strike from Jessica Naz was enough for leaders Spurs to edge a hard-fought game at home to Charlton Athletic, as they bounced back from their first defeat to hold onto the leadership.

Charlton’s Lily Agg fired over the bar early on but Spurs were ahead midway through the half, Naz regaining possession and taking the ball around goalkeeper Katie Startup to slot home.

Josie Green then had a powerful effort from long range saved by Startup, while a header from Renee Hector was cleared off the Addicks’ line moments later.

Charlton might have levelled just before the break but Agg’s flick through to Liz Ejupi was smothered by keeper Chloe Morgan.

Bianca Baptiste forced Startup into a fine stop and Charlton called for a penalty for when Agg went down under a challenge in the box but the appeals were waved away.

Arnot and Green at the double for Man United

Mollie Green of Manchester United. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Manchester United stayed two points behind Spurs with as many games in hand, after they returned from Crystal Palace 5-0 winners.

Lizzie Arnot fired United in front when goalkeeper Shanell Salgado came and failed to get the ball but Palace went close to levelling as Chloe Burr volleyed inches over and Nikita Whinnett beat Siobhan Chamberlain to the ball, only for Alex Greenwood to recover and clear the danger.

Arnot bundled in her second from a low cross into the six yard box, the visitors then added a third with a stunning strike from Mollie Green in off the post.

Alex Greenwood made it 4-0 with a penalty and despite Salgado tipping a Jess Sigsworth shot round the post and stopping an Amy Turner piledriver, Green beat her when through one-on-one.

Wildcats win after frantic start at Millwall 

Durham were 3-1 up after just 10 minutes on route to a 5-1 victory away to Millwall Lionesses, which lifted them up to third in the table.

A Beth Hepple free kick and Nicki Gears effort had the Wildcats 2-0 up in only 3 minutes, Evie Clarke quickly pulled one back but Hepple got her second via a corner.

Sarah Wilson stabbed home the fourth after a scramble in the area and although Hepple hit the post with a penalty, Zoe Ness soon wrapped up the scoring in the 55th minute.

Bees beat Blades

London Bees went level on points with Sheffield United in seventh, after beating the Blades 2-0.

Both teams struck the bar in the first 15 minutes, Jade Pennock for the Blades 2 minutes in, then Rachel Unitt’s free-kick from 30 yards out dipped onto the top of the crossbar.

Ellie Gilliatt’s effort from distance landed on the roof of the net, while Ruesha Littlejohn’s effort early in the second half was well caught by Alex Brooks.

Littlejohn did however give the Bees’ the lead on 55 minutes, hitting home a looping Katie Wilkinson cross from close range.

The points were sealed when Nicola Gibson latched onto an Emma Beckett header to score at the far post.

Kempson rocket earns point for Rookettes 

Lewes struck 18 minutes from time to rescue a point at home to Aston Villa.

Jade Richards’ close-range header had Villa in front on 18 minutes but they missed chances to add to the advantage.

Jodie Hutton twice got through on goal but put one shot wide and the second was hit straight at the keeper.

Just before the hour mark, Katie McIntyre struck the bar with a free kick and the home side did get level with 18 minutes left, Sarah Kempson netting from 30 yards.

Sian Rogers was called upon to preserve Villa’s point with a crucial save in the dying moments.