#FAWC: Durham back on top

Ellie christon scored for Durham versus Lewes
Ellie Christon opened the scoring for Durham. (Sports Press Photo)

Durham replaced Sheffield United at the top of the FA Women’s Championship after defeating Lewes, while the Blades drew at Crystal Palace.

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 London City Lionesses
Durham 2-0 Lewes
Coventry United 0-2 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 0-0 Sheffield United
Bristol City 2-1 Sunderland

Durham defeated Lewes with two first-half goals, Beth Hepple flicking on a Lauren Briggs cross for Ellie Christon to fire home, Bridget Galloway forcing the ball home from Sarah Robson’s corner.

Sheffield United had to twice clear off their line during a goalless draw against Crystal Palace. Fran Kitching saved and Sophie Walton cleared, a late corner was eventually dealt with after it hit the bar.

Leanne Kiernan scored a quickfire double to give Liverpool victory at Coventry United. She finished bravely from a Rachel Furness cross and then completed her brace three minutes later.


Abi Harrison hit the bar for Bristol City, before Melissa Johnson converted from the spot and Aimee Palmer made it 2-0 against Sunderland from a wind-assisted 45-yard free kick. Charlotte Potts headed home a corner to give the Black Cats late hope.

London City stung Blackburn with a 90th-minute breakaway goal after the hosts had a penalty claim waved away. Atlanta Primus gave the visitors the lead, Saffron Jordan buried a free-kick on 79 minutes only for Amy Rodgers to restore the lead at the death.

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