#FAWC: Coventry United off the bottom after defeating Lionesses

Coventry United match-winner, Hayley Crackle
Hayley Crackle cracked a crucial goal for Coventry United. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Coventry United climbed off the foot of the FA Women’s Championship with a big 1-0 win over London City Lionesses.

Sunday 7 March

Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Durham
Charlton Athletic 1-1 Lewes 
Coventry United 1-0 London City Lionesses
Crystal Palace 0-1 Liverpool
London Bees 0-7 Leicester City

Crackle cracks home Coventry winner

A single goal gave Coventry United a huge boost in their battle to stay up, as Hayley Crackle struck from 30 yards midway through the first half.

Destiny Toussaint earlier had a header superbly saved by Shae Yanez, before setting up Crackle’s goal.

Kallie Balfour and Lily Agg were among those to threaten an equaliser but Sue Wood kept them out.

Foxes put seven past Bees

Leicester City's two-goal Shannon O'Brien
Shannon O’Brien was twice on target for Leicester City. (PA Images)

Leicester City increased their goal-difference lead at the top with all seven goals of the game at London Bees, who drop into the relegation zone.

It was still goalless close to the break but Millie Farrow and Lachante Paul made it 2-0 by half-time.

Paul and Shannon O’Brien both bagged a brace, Natasha Flint and an Esmee de Graaf rocket then adding to the big lead.

Durham strike twice in last quarter

Second-placed Durham took maximum points with two goals in the last 20 minutes at Blackburn Rovers.

Leah Embley had a goal for Rovers ruled out for offside, before Molly Sharpe cut the ball back for Bridget Galloway to break the deadlock.

Sarah Robson doubled the lead in the dying minutes to make sue of all three points.

Fahey heads Reds to victory

Liverpool went third with a narrow 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, thanks to a Niamh Fahey header after the hour mark.

Missy Bo Kearns delivered the corner kick from which Fahey grabbed what proved to be the only goal.

Kirsty Barton was so close to levelling with a long-range volley but Rachel Laws tipped it over the bar.

Addicks extend unbeaten run 

Charlton Athletic held mid-table Lewes to a 1-1 draw to go four games unbeaten.

Jess King gave the hosts the lead early in the second half, after Tatiana Saunders spilled Ella Rutherford’s free kick

But four minutes later, Ini Umotong equalised after when a defensive header fell short of the keeper.

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