#FAWC: Sheffield United Women back within three points of leaders

Sheffield United goalscorer, Katie Wilkinson
Katie Wilkinson scores for Sheffield United against London Bees. (Photo: SUFC Women)

Wins for promotion chasing Sheffield United, Durham and London City Lionesses in The FA Women’s Championship but Charlton Athletic denied again.

FAWC results – 8 December

Durham 3-0 Lewes (Att: 326)
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 London City Lionesses
Charlton Athletic 1-1 Coventry United (Att: 176)
Sheffield United 3-1 London Bees (Att: 404)

Blades beat Bees

Sheffield United defeated London Bees 3-1 at their new Chesterfield FC home ground to move back within three points of leaders Aston Villa.

Jade Pennock played a one-two with Olivia Fergusson before getting the Blades ahead, the latter making it 2-0 on 26 minutes when set up by Katie Wilkinson.

Nikita Whinnett got the Bees back in the game approaching the hour mark but the hosts swiftly restored their two-goal cushion, Pennock this time the provider and Wilkinson the finisher.

Wildcats keep up the chase

Three goals in 20 second-half minutes saw third-placed Durhsam defeat Lewes 3-0.

Abby Holmes opened the scoring when volleying in a Lisa Robertson corner over an hour into the contest.

Lewes failed to clear after a Holmes run, allowing Robertson to double the lead, with Beth Hepple’s free-kick completing the scoring.

Fyfe forces late Lionesses winner

Flo Fyfe got London City Lionesses winner.
Flo Fyfe celebrates netting the winner for London City Lionesses. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

London City Lionesses took all three points at Blackburn Rovers with Flo Fyfe’s 80th-minute decider.

Saffron Jordan smashed home from close range midway through the first half but Rovers lead was wiped out within seconds as Freda Ayisi squeezed the ball in after a neat exchange with Vanessa Susanna.

Natasha Flint came off the bench and twice went close to restoring Rovers advantage, only for Fyfe to pounce on Fran Stenson’s attempted clearance and score the winning goal

Coventry deny Charlton at the death

Charlton Athletic were again denied a first win of the campaign as Coventry United equalised in the penultimate minute.

Charley Clifford scored 8 minutes in from Rachel Newborough’s cutback and was later denied by the bar from 25 yards, with Lois Heuchan putting the rebound over the top.

Katie Startup kept the Addicks in front when saving from Beth Merrick but Helen Dermody scrambled home the leveller from a Nikki Miles effort.

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