#FAWC: Aston Villa Women go top

Aston Villa's three-goal Melissa Johnson
There was a second hat-trick of the season already for Aston  Villa’s Melissa Johnson. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Six-hitting Aston Villa went top of the FA Women’s Championship ahead of non-playing Durham, while London City Lionesses rose to third. 

FA WC results for 15 Sept

Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Sheffield United (Att: 491)
Charlton Athletic 0-2 London City Lionesses (Att: 274)
Coventry United 1-2 Lewes (Att: 578)
Crystal Palace 0-6 Aston Villa
Leicester City WFC 3-3 London Bees

Villa plunder Palace 

Aston Villa went top of the table with a fourth straight win as they hit hosts Crystal Palace for six, adding to celebrations for Gemma Davies’ FAWC Manager of the Month award for August.

Melissa Johnson and Emma Follis netted at either end of the first 45, Johnson scoring twice in a five-minute spell leading up to the hour mark to complete her hat-trick.

Amy West made it 5-0 from outside the box and substitute Shania Hayles completed the scoring at 6-0.

Ness lets last-minute winner

Coventry United had a club record attendance for their game against Lewes but the Rooks took all three points with a last-minute winner.

Chelsea Weston fired Coventry in front from 25 yards and Amber Hughes was close to making it 2-0 but her effort from distance was tipped into the crossbar.

Zoe Ness combined well with Jess King to reply 3 minutes after the restart and then bundled home the decider at the death.

Lionesses go third

London City Lionesses won at Charlton Athletic with two second-half goals, and the Addicks were reduced to ten players near the end.

Charlton’s Ellie Dorey met a corner but it was headed off the line by Ellie Mason before the Lionesses struck 2 minutes later, Elisabeta Ejupi setting up Flo Fyfe to finish.

Within 8 minutes it was 2-0, Ejupi again involved and forcing the save from Katie Startup but Evie Clarke was on hand to net the loose ball.

Startup tipped a Mason free-kick over the bar and Charlie Devlin later received a second caution.

Blades beat Blackburn 

Blackburn Rovers suffered a fourth defeat from four since promotion to the Championship but this loss to Sheffield United came after having gone in front.

Saffron Jordan’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Chloe Dixon, Katie Wilkinson headed the Blades in front and Jade Pennock made sure of the points on 83 minutes.

Natasha Flint did get a second goal for the hosts but deep into added time, as Sheffield made it two wins in three.

First point for Foxes

Leicester City Women got off the mark at the fourth time of asking when sharing six goals with London Bees but then had been two goals up.

Leigh Dugmore’s early effort was added to by Lucy Johnson’s strike from the wing but a crucial few minutes either side of the interval saw the Bees level.l

Lauren Pickett pulled one back, Libby Smith had a shot turned onto the bar by Sarah Quantrill and then the lead was wiped out by Nikita Whinnett.

Leicester’s Lachante Paul hit the foot of the post, Scarlett Field made a crucial save, only for Pickett to later go round her and put the Bees ahead, only for Nat Johnson to head the Foxes level from a corner 3 minutes before the end.

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