#FAWC: Leicester City Women increase their lead at the top

Tash Flint of Leicester City.
Natasha Flint hit Leicester City’s winner. (Photo: Ryan Browne for The FA)

Leicester City increased their lead at the top of the FA Women’s Championship with victory over Sheffield United, while Durham were held at Lewes.

Sunday 10 January – FAWC results

Leicester City 2-1 Sheffield United
Lewes 1-1 Durham
London City Lionesses 0-0 Crystal Palace

Foxes go three points clear

Leicester City saw off Sheffield United 2-1 with a Natasha Flint decider, to extend the advantage over their closest promotion rivals.

The Foxes took a first-half lead when Sophie Barker’s corner was headed home by Ashleigh Plumptre.

Katie Wilkinson’s free-kick levelled things up for Sheffield United on 73 minutes, only for Charlie Devlin to play in Flint to score the winner.

Rood earns draw for Rooks

Lewes scorer Katie Rood
Katie Rood scored from the spot for Lewes. (PA Images)

Lewes held second-placed Durham to a 1-1 draw as Katie Rood converted a second-half penalty.

Durham led early on as Bridget Galloway put a header past goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders from a Beth Hepple corner.

Lewes levelled on 56 minutes, Rood brought down in the box by Lauren Briggs and getting to her feet to net the resulting spot-kick.

The Wildcats wanted a penalty of their own when Becky Salicki went down inside the area but nothing was given, making it five draws in a dozen games for the unbeaten visitors.

Palace draw despite red card

Crystal Palace came away from London City Lionesses with a point from a goalless game, even though they had Amber Stobbs dismissed for a second caution with half-an-hour remaining.

Liz Ejupi came closest for the hosts but her header came back off the woodwork, while Flo Fyfe’s late effort was acrobatically saved by Chloe Morgan.

The seventh-placed Lionesses remain goal-difference ahead of the Eagles.

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