#FAWC: Durham go top

Duham's two-goal Iris Achterof
Iris Achterof scored her first goals for Durham. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Durham scored five second-half goals in a 6-0 win at London City Lionesses which put them top of the FA Women’s Championship on goal-difference.

FA WC results – 29 Sept

London City Lionesses 0-6 Durham (Att: 171)
Blackburn Rovers P-P Charlton Athletic (waterlogged pitch)
Leicester City WFC 1-2 Crystal Palace (Att: 261)
London Bees 2-1 Lewes (Att: 214)
Sheffield United 5-1 Coventry United (Att: 490) 

Durham hit six after losing keeper

Abby Holmes made a crucial block to thwart London City Lionesses’ Juliet Kemppi, after she had rounded Hannah Reid, who was unable to continue and replaced by Megan Borthwick.

Beth Hepple converted a penalty after a foul on Lisa Robertson and in the second half Iris Achteroff netted her first two goals for the Wildcats in quick succession.

Molly Sharpe met Robertson’s cross to round the keeper for 4-0, Hepple then doubled her tally for the day.

London City lost Harley Bennett to a second caution and Robertson buried the resulting set-piece as Durham replaced Aston Villa as leaders.

Palace fightback to foil Foxes

Substitute Paige Bailey-Gayle looped a header into the far corner of the net on the hour mark but Crystal Palace would overturn Leicester City’s lead.

Annabel Johnson levelled from the edge of the area and then on 80 minutes a rocket from Leeta Rutherford gave Palace a first win of the season.

Bees briskly bounce back 

London Bees also came from behind in winning 2-1 against Lewes, who had taken the lead on 45 minutes with Danielle Lane’s curled effort from the edge of the box, only for Amelia Hazard to equalise in added time.

Zoe Ness and Jess King forced fine saves from Bees’ keeper Sarah Quantrill with Lauren Pickett taking advantage of a defensive error in-between time for what turned out to be the winner.

Fergusson fast off the mark

Sheffield Unitd were 5-1 winners over Coventry United
Sheffield United celebrate one of five goals against Coventry United. (Photo: @sufc_women)

Olivia Fergusson scored two in a minute as Sheffield United went two goals up in the first 9 minutes on the way to beating Coventry United.

Rosie Axten replied via the bar but Aimee Palmer restored the Blades’ two-goal cushion from distance and Katie Wilkinson made it 4-1 by half-time.

Maddy Cusack completed the scoring with Sheffield’s fifth but there was a lengthy delay as Coventry’s Shannon O’Brien was stretchered off following a clash of heads.

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