#FAWC: Leicester City Women closing in on promotion

Leicester City players
Photo: Daniela Torres/SPP/Sports Press/PA Images

Leicester City are a step closer to FA Women’s Championship title with an eleventh league win in a row, while promotion rivals Durham draw.

Sunday 28 March


Durham 1-1 Sheffield United
Leicester City 2-0 Coventry United
Lewes 2-1 London Bees
London City Lionesses 0-0 Charlton Athletic
Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Flint fires brace for Foxes

Natasha Flint bagged both goals as Leicester City were 2-0 winners over Coventry United, to go five points clear with a game in hand.

Leicester’s Sophie Howard struck the post but on half-time Flint fired home from the edge of the box.

Ashleigh Plumptre’s strike from 20 yards came back on the visitors’ woodwork but Flint was then played through to score past Sue Wood.

Blades cut Durham’s promotion hopes

Sheffield United celebrate
Sheffield United celebrate scoring at Durham. (Photo: Will Matthews/SPP/Sports Press/PA Images)

Sheffield United drew 1-1 at Durham with a quick exchange of goals, to damage the Wildcats’ hopes of the title.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk put Sheffield ahead just before half-hour mark, from a Bex Rayner cut-back.

Only three minutes later, the home side were back on level terms, as Ali Johnson marked her debut with a goal from distance.

Durham’s Molly Sharpe might forced Fran Kitching into a good save and after the break, United’s Katie Wilkinson brought a reaction stop from Megan Borthwick.

Reds held by Rovers

Liverpool were pegged back by Blackburn Rovers as the points were shared in a 1-1 result.

The Reds had the half-time advantage, as on 35 minutes Ceri Holland found Missy Bo Kearns in the box, who side-stepped a couple of defenders and threaded a shot inside the post.

Rovers levelled round the hour mark as Liverpool failed to clear a set-piece, Georgia Walters driving the ball into the six-yard box and Elise Hughes turning it home.

Lewes beat Bees

Lewes took the points 2-1 at home to bottom-of-the-table London Bees with a Megan Mackey winner

Lucy Ashworth-Clifford’s fifth-minute corner forced an own-goal from Evie Gane but the Bees were back on level terms before the half-hour mark, with Sophie Quirk curled home the equaliser.

The visitors blocked out a series of shots before the break but six minutes after the restart, Mackey shot from the wing flew straight into the net.

Addicks edge towards safety

London City Lionesses drew 0-0 with Charlton Athletic
Hanna Short of London City Lionesses jumps for a header. (Photo: Jason Demay-Davies/SPP/Sports Press/PA Images)

Charlton Athletic held hosts London City Lionesses to a goalless draw and a further point next week would ensure they avoid last place.

Lily Agg was in on goal for the Lionesses but Eartha Cumings thwarted her, before Ella Rutherford had a couple of chances for Charlton.

Flo Fyfe’ cross landed on top of the home net, while a header from a Hanna Short free kick was grabbed by Cumings.

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