#FAWC: Follis fires Aston Villa Women to eighth win in nine games

Emma Follis's free-kick gave Villa victory
Emma Follis fired Aston Villa to victory with a late free-kick. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Aston Villa remain three points clear of Sheffield United at the top of the FA Women’s Championship, while Durham are back up to third.

FA WC results – 1 December

Coventry United 2-3 Durham (Att: 266)
Crystal Palace 1-1 Charlton Athletic (Att: 260)
Leicester City WFC 2-0 Blackburn Rovers (Att: 271)
London Bees 1-2 Aston Villa (Att: 200)
London City Lionesses 1-2 Sheffield United

Villa extend unbeaten start

Leaders Aston Villa stayed unbeaten and clinched a win at London Bees with a Emma Follis free-kick.

It was from a Follis corner that Amy West put Villa one up but Lauren Pickett raced clear to slot past Sian Rogers and level the scores on half-time.

Villa won a free-kick 25 yards out late on and Follis curled it into the top corner for a spectacular winner.

Blades bank three points at Lionesses

Shffield United stayed second with a 2-1 away victory at third-placed London City Lionesses.

A Kate Wilkinson effort had the Blades in front at half-time but Vyan Sampson forced the ball home from a corner to level for the Lionesses on 56 minutes.

In the 75th minute, Olivia Fergusson went on a solo run from the halfway line and fired the Blades back ahead.

Wildcats back to winning ways and up to third

Durham got back to winning ways 3-2 at Coventry United to move back into the top three.

Katy Morris and Amber Hughes both hit the woodwork for the hosts but in-between Durham scored twice, with Iris Achterhof playing in Molly Sharpe to net and Kathryn Hill turning home Beth Hepple’s corner.

Beth Merrick pulled one back seconds after coming off the bench and United were then denied a third time by the goal frame as Nikki Miles’ header hit the bar.

Megan Bell scored on the counter-attack to restore the two-goal cushion, Hughes later setting up Becky Anderson to score and give the Wildcats a tense finish.

Palace deny Addicks 

Charlton Athletic again missed out on a first win as a fifth draw in eight games came away at local rivals Crystal Palace.

Charley Clifford broke the deadlock from the edge of the box 3 minutes short of the interval and might have quickly had another but for Lucy Gillett’s save.

Palace levelled on the hour mark from Annabel Johnson’s cross which was headed in by Cherelle Khassal.

Magda Mosengo almost won it for the Eagles late on but her effort was cleared off the line.

Leicester seal second win

Leicester City’s moved three points off the bottom with a 2-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers.

Leicester goalkeeper Demi Lambourne kept out an Alex Taylor effort and the Foxes survived the ensuing goalmouth scramble.

Shortly before half-time, Hayley James headed against the Rovers woodwork and the ball went in off the head of Taylor.

Annabel Blanchard sent Lachante Paul clear to shoot past Fran Stenson and secure the points.

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