#FAWC : Man United Women goalless against Durham

Manchester United have to settle for a draw at home to Durham. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Durham end Manchester United’s 100% record, Spurs fight back to win at Crystal Palace, while Charlton Athletic, Leicester City WFC and Sheffield United all net four.

Sunday 30 September

FA Women’s Championship

Manchester United 0-0 Durham (Att: 2,244)
Charlton Athletic 4-1 Lewes (Att: 184)
Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City WFC 4-2 London Bees (Att: 174)
Sheffield United 4-1 Aston Villa (Att: 804)

Reid halts Reds’ run

Durham stopped high-scoring hosts Manchester United from making it four straight wins, as a Hannah Reid penalty save contributed to a goalless draw.

Reid had to make a couple of good saves in the first half-hour, tipping one Jess Sigsworth effort round the post and then making a one-handed stop from an Alex Greenwood free-kick.

Emily Roberts volleyed over for the Wildcats and Abi Cottam shot straight at Siobhan Chamberlain.

After the interval, Reid turned over a shot from Lauren James and Chamberlain dealt with Sarah Wilson’s strong strike.

Reid was to the rescue midway through the half as Abby Holmes conceded a penalty but Katie Zelem’s spot-kick was pushed round the upright.

After a long delay for an injury to United’s Leah Galton, Holmes cleared off the line.

In the 10 minutes of added time, Beth Hepple was thwarted by Chamberlain, James denied by both Reid and then the post.

Three in a row for Spurs 

Angela Addison congratulated by Spurs team-mates on her winning goal. (Photo: @ThlfcOfficial)

Tottenham Hotspur have won their opening three games after coming from behind to take the points 2-1 away to Crystal Palace.

The Eagles went 1-0 up in only 6 minutes, Kallie Balfour converting a penalty after a foul on Hope Nash.

Spurs pulled level when Megan Wynne’s cross was palmed by Megan Lynch into the path of Rianna Dean, who slotted home from close range.

Dean hit a half volley against the crossbar from distance but the winner came in the second period, Coral-Jade Haines playing Angela Addison through on goal to lift the ball over Lynch into the back of the net.

Perfect Lewes start ends abruptly at Charlton 

Charlton Athletic were 4-1 winners at home to a Lewes side who had taken maximum points from their three previous games.

The Addicks were ahead inside 10 minutes as the Rookettes tried to clear a Gemma Bryan shot on goal, only for tthe ball to rebound into the goal when blocked by Charley Clifford.

Sarah Kempson came very close to a leveller after the break but Katie Startup pulled off a point-blank range save.

On the hour mark, Kit Graham cut inside to feed the ball to the far post where Charlotte Gurr finished.

Avilla Bergin pulled one back from the penalty spot but there was an instant reply as Amber Stobbs set up Lily Agg, to sweep home, with Graham later completing the scoring.

Four-goal Foxes beat Bees

Leicester’s Lucy Johnson looking determined. (Photo: Paul Currie for FA)

Leicester City Women went 3-0 up in 40 minutes on the way to a 4-2 result over London Bees.

Leicester made a good start, Rosie Axten rounding Sarah Quantrill to open the scoring with only 3 minutes played.

The Bees had Paula Howells stretchered off after colliding with Foxes’ keeper Demi Lambourne and the Foxes’ advantage was doubled when Freda Ayisi curled the ball home from the edge of the area.

Leigh Dugmore made it 3-0 but in first-half added time, handball was given against Lucy Johnson and Ruesha Littlejohn converted the penalty for the visitors.

Littlejohn tapped in a Destiney Toussaint cross to put the Bees back in it but Nicole Nymoen fired City 4-2 up before Anne-Laurie Davy hit the bar at the other end.

Jones treble boosts Blades 

Three-goal Sophie Jones. (Photo: sufc.co.uk)

Sheffield United got off the mark at the expense of Aston Villa, whom they defeated 4-1 at Bramall Lane with a Sophie Jones hat-trick.

Jones latched onto a loose ball to open the scoring on 4 minutes but Villa equalised when Kerri Welsh was gifted an opportunity.

Although the Blades had Lisa Ryan was stretchered off with a back injury and the also lost Rebecca Rayner, Sophie Barker won a penalty which Alethea Paul out away.

Jones curled in Sheffield’s third early in the second half and went on to complete her hat-trick 16 minutes from time.

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