Bristol City go three points clear in Barclays Women’s Championship

Bristol City won wt Bramall Lane
Abi Harrison puts Bristol City 3-0 up. (Photo: Julian Barker)

Bristol City went three points clear at the top of the Barclays Women’s Championship after a 3-1 win at Sheffield United.

Charlton Athletic 2-2 Blackburn Rovers
Crystal Palace 0-2 Sunderland
Durham 2-1 Lewes
Coventry United 0-5 London City Lionesses
Sheffield United 1-3 Bristol City

Bristol City made it four wins from five with victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Shania Hayles burst through the defence to slot home five minutes from half-time, then got her second moments after the interval with a tap-in from Ella Powell’s cross. Abi Harrison made it 3-0, with Mia Enderby getting a late goal back for the Blades.

London City went second on goal-difference after running out 5-0 winners at Coventry. The Lionesses stormed into a 4-0 interval lead, as Sarah Ewens hit a hat-trick and Atlanta Primus also found the net. Grace Neville completed the scoring early in the second half.

Sunderland struck two second-half goals for a first win, achieved away to Crystal Palace. Emily Scarr tapped in the first following Neve Herron’s parried shot, then in the last minute Nicki Gears played in Katy Watson who rounded the keeper to score.

Crystal Palace and Sunderland - Barlclays Womens Championship -
Sunderland players celebrate a goal from Emily Scarr during their first win of the season at Crystal Palace. (Stephen Flynn/SPP)

Durham defeated Lewes after coming from behind with a decider deep into stoppage-time, as they leapfrogged them in the table. Emily Kraft converted a 53rd-minute penalty for the visitors, Rio Hardy then won a spot-kick for the Wildcats which Beth Hepple put away. Then at the death, Mollie Lambert found Laura Robson who hit the top corner.

Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers - Barclays Womens Championship
Melissa Johnson (#6 Charlton) celebrates after scoring her team’s equaliser against Blackburn. (James Whitehead/SPP)

Charlton retrieved a two-goal half-time deficit against Blackburn to draw 2-2. Millie Chandarana and Saffron Jordan both finished well for Rovers, Freda Ayisi won a penalty which Emily Simpkins converted and Melissa Johnson forced home the equaliser.

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