#FAWC: Manchester United Women move within two points of leaders

Jess Sigsworth scored twice as Manchester United cut Tottenham Hotspur’s lead in the FAWC. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Manchester United have FA Women’s Championship leaders Tottenham Hotspur back within their grasp after another big win, while elsewhere there were victories for Durham and Sheffield United.

Results on 10 March:

Durham 1-0 London Bees (Att: 353)
Manchester United 6-1 Leicester City WFC
Sheffield United 2-0 Crystal Palace (Att: 434)

Reds close in on Spurs

Manchester United moved to within two points of leaders Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand after sending mid-table Leicester City WFC to a 6-1 defeat.

Casey Stoney’s side had put seven past the Foxes last month and were three up by the break this time round, Mollie Green heading the opener on 15 minutes after Millie Turner’s effort was saved by Demi Lambourne.

Lauren James struck the second from outside the box and Kirsty Hanson lobbed the keeper to make it 3-0.

Ella Toone scored early in the second half and although Libby Smith replied, Sigsworth then bagged a brace, the first set up by Hanson.

Hill hits Wildcats’ winner

Kathryn Hill struck from 35 yards to give Durham the points against London Bees and move them clear of fourth-placed Charlton Athletic.

Sarah Robson came close three times in the first half for the Wildcats, Sarah Quantrill tipping one shot wide while Nicola Gibson cleared off the line and nodded the resultant corner over the bar.

At the other end, Ocean Rolandsen took aim from distance for the Bees but Hannah Reid was behind it.

After the break Nikki Gears beat Quantrill and was pulled back for offside but midway through the half Hill picked up a stray pass and found the bottom corner.

Becki Salicki headed Beth Hepple’s corner wide from close range and the hosts were almost made to pay from an intercepted back pass but Connie Forman was wide of the target.

Quickfire brace brings Blades victory

Sheffield United ended a winless spell by defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 as Jade Pennock and Ebony Salmon struck in the space of a couple of second-half minutes.

They had gone close a few times in the first 45, with Alethea Paul’s corner cleared off the line by Ria Collins and Salmon denied by both the bar and goalkeeper Lucy Gillett.

Fran Bentley marked her Blades debut with a point-black save from Ciara Watling.

Soon after Pennock fired the hosts in front on 69 minutes, she played a part in the second by cutting the ball back for Salmon to score following Rebecca Rayner’s run.

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