In the FA Women’s Championship, Aston Villa beat Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park and Durham defeated Charlton Athletic for third successive wins.
FA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – results for Sunday 8 September
Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn Rovers (Att: 1,261)
Durham 2-0 Charlton Athletic (Att: 457)
Lewes 1-1 Crystal Palace (Att: 705)
London Bees 2-1 Coventry United
London City Lionesses 3-1 Leicester City WFC (Att: 226)
Villa Park victory
Marisa Ewers set up Aston Villa’s opener and then got on the score-sheet herself to take the points despite an instant reply from Blackburn Rovers.
Mel Johnson saw an early effort saved by Fran Stenson but did converted Ewers’ pull-back from close range.
Ewers doubled their advantage after the break but Alex Taylor reduced arrears less than a minute later.
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Durham stay top
Durham made it three wins from three with two first-half goals against Charlton Athletic keeping them top on goal-difference.
Ellie Christon’s cross dropped perfectly for Molly Sharpe to rifle home from close range, while Charlton’s Charlie Devlin shot straight at goalkeeper Hannah Reid when well-placed.
The Addicks were soon made to pay for the missed opportunity, as on half-time Lisa Robertson’s effort from distance was spilled over the line by Katie Startup.
Late goals see Rooks and Eagles draw
Lewes and Crystal Palace exchanged late goals to share the points in a 1-1 tie.
Ashleigh Goddard headed Palace in front from 6 yards out after Ella Rutherford delivery wasn’t dealt with by Faye Baker in the Lewes goal.
Jess King levelled moments later at the second attempt, Lucy Gillett having saved the initial effort.
Pickett goal gives Bees the points
London Bees were able to afford the luxury of a missed penalty as they saw off Coventry United.
A Katie O’Leary set-piece had them ahead but Chelsea Weston set up Amber Hughes to equalise in the 31st minute.
Lauren Pickett restored the lead with a solo effort 5 minutes before the break and later won a spot-kick which was taken by Nikita Whinnett and saved by Sue Wood.
Lionesses chase off Foxes
London City Lionesses were 3-1 winners over Leicester City, with the Foxes getting a late consolation.
Ylenia Priest crashed a shot home after a corner fell into her path and the lead was extended when Leanne Cowan fired home from just inside the area.
Flo Fyfe’s effort came back off the bar and Evie Clarke netted the rebound to make it 3-0, Libby Smith then replied at the back post from a Lachante Paul free-kick.