#FAWC: Durham briefly go top before Leicester City Women regain leadership

Durham celebrate a gol at London City Lionesses
Durham take the lead away to London City Lionesses. (PA Images)

Durham spent a couple of hours at the summit of the FA Women’s Championship, before Leicester City regained top spot.

London City Lionesses 0-1 Durham
Coventry United 0-2 Charlton Athletic
Leicester City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 3-0 London Bees

Durham come through difficult test

Durham briefly went top of the table, as Emily Roberts netted the only goal of the game away at London City Lionesses.

The breakthrough came on 38 minutes, Danielle Brown’s cross netted with a cushioned header from Roberts.

It was nearly 2-0 soon afterwards but Shae Yanez tipped Beth Hepple’s volley over the crossbar.

Hayley Nolan almost levelled in the last quarter of an hour but her header was cleared off the Durham line.

Megan Borthwick was later forced into a save to protect the lead, when Juliette Kemppi met the cross from Atlanta Primus.

Foxes end day back in first place

Leicester scorer hannah Cain
Leicester City scorer Hannah Cain takes on Ffion Morgan of Crystal Palace. (PA Images)

Leicester City also had a narrow win, as they swiftly took back top spot from Durham.

Sophie Howard brought a diving save out of Chloe Morgan but Leicester did go in front in the first half, as Hannah Cain volleyed home a Lachante Paul delivery on 35 minutes.

Ashleigh Plumptre and Howard went close to late goals for Leicester but each saw headers come back off the frame of the goal.

Reds see off battling Bees

Becky Jane scored Liverpool's opener
Becky Jane gave Liverpool the lead. (PA Images)

Liverpool beat a battling London Bees side 3-0 despite a couple of scares from the sturggling visitors.

Liverpool took an eighth-minute lead as Becky Jane swept home Ashley Hodson’s cross, then Sarah Quantrill made a fine save when turning a Missy Bo Kearns drive over the top

Rachel Laws made a couple of sharp stops early in the second half, as Lauren Pickett tried to poke the ball past her and then the Reds keeper denied Amelie Hazard.

Sophie Quirk clipped the bar for the Bees but the hosts got their second goal on 74 minutes, Mel Lawley playing in Ceri Holland for a composed finish.

Amy Rodgers got the third with a curling first-time effort inside the near post.

Charlton come out on top in basement battle

Charlton's Emma Plewa goes for goal
Charlton Athletic’s Emma Plewa shoots over the bar. (PA Images)

Charlton Athletic moved up to ninth as Coventry United remain at the foot of the table following the Addicks’ 2-0 result.

Charlton’s Ellie Dorey was closest to a first-half goal but Sue Wood turned her strike over the crossbar, while for Coventry Anna Wilcox hooked a volley above the goal.

The second half was only four minutes old when Ella Rutherford played the ball through for Jess King to slot into the corner of the net.

Rutherford also set up the second midway through the half, with Lois Heuchan doubling the lead.

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