Arsenal and Man Utd joint top of Barclays Women’s Super League

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Jasmine Matthews (6 Liverpool) and Kim Little (10 Arsenal) battle for the ball. (James Whitehead / SPP)

Arsenal and Manchester United are joint top of the Barclays Women’s Super League, both with four straight wins.

Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal (Att: 3,348)
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United
West Ham United 3-2 Reading
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Chelsea (Att: 3,627)

Arsenal made it four straight wins with another clean sheet away to Liverpool. Despite a positive start by Liverpool, Arsenal were ahead when Lia Walti fired home after a corner, Frida Maamum then beating Rachel Laws on her near post for 2-0 after 22 minutes.

Manuela Zinsberger blocked a stab at goal by Emma Koivisto early in the second-half, Laws later saved well when Caitlin Foord was through on goal.

Nikita Parris (22 Manchester United)
Nikita Parris scored for Manchester United at Leicester City. (James Holyoak/SPP)

Manchester United’s narrow victory at Leicester City left them with an identical record to the Gunners.

Nikita Parris made the breakthrough for United, heading into top corner from Katie Zelem’s free-kick.

Leicester’s Kayleigh Green came closest to levelling in the second half but her volley was well saved by Mary Earps.

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Bethany England (9 Chelsea) and Victoria Williams (20 Brighton) in action. (Tom Phillips/SPP)

Chelsea are still level on points with the top two but from a game more, after winning away to Brighton oa rain-soaked pitch.

Brighton keeper Megan Walsh denied Niamh Charles and tipped over Beth England’s 25-yard effort in the first half.

England had a goal chalked off but got a tap-in before the hour mark, following up a Charles header that was turned onto the bar.

Moments later Ann-Katrin Berger had to make a sharp save and Eve Perisset rattled the Brighton crossbar.

Katie Robinson could not quite make the most of two good opportunities for the hosts, while Pernille Harder sealed the points with an 82nd-minute rocket that Walsh could only help in off the bar.

Viviane Asseyi
Viviane Asseyi celebrates her second goal of the game. (K Hodgson/SPP)

West Ham went fifth despite near letting a three-goal lead slip against Reading, who remain without a point.

The Hammers had a fourth-minute lead as Dagny Brynjarsdóttir headed in Melisa Filis’s cross. Viviane Asseyi then struck twice for a commanding 3-0 interval advantage.

Reading fell short with a fightback in the last 15 minutes, Charlie Wellings reducing the arrears and also Sanne Troelsgaard with a penalty given for Kate Longhurst’s foul on Rachel Rowe.

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