Tottenham Hotspur are new FA Women’s Championship leaders after sending Millwall Lionesses to an 8-0 defeat, while Charlton Athletic went third on goal-difference with a 2-0 win over ten-player Sheffield United.
Results for Sunday 21st October
Durham 2-0 Crystal Palace (Att: 287)
Tottenham Hotspur 8-0 Millwall Lionesses (Att: 295)
Charlton Athletic 2-0 Sheffield United (Att: 214)
Leicester City WFC 1-1 Aston Villa (Att: 315)
London Bees 3-2 Lewes (Att: 182)
Spurs thrash Millwall
Rianna Dean’s hat-trick helped Tottenham Hotspur extend their perfect start and take top spot from Manchester United as Millwall Lionesses were blown away 8-0.
The first goal came after 20 minutes, Jessica Naz with the delivery and Angela Addison with a looping header over the onrushing Grace Taylor.
Dean scored a the second attempt, Sarah Wiltshire tapped home after Taylor spilled an effort from Ashleigh Neville, who got on the scoresheet herself before the break by nodding in a Megan Wynne cross.
Dean won and converted a penalty when fouled by Lia Cataldo, Bianca Baptiste then came off the bench to find the net with a half-volley.
A second spot-kick from Dean made it 7-0 and she then set up Addison for her second.
Addicks beat Blades to go third
Charlton Athletic went third in the table with a 2-0 victory over visitors Sheffield United, who had Sam Tierney sent off on 69 minutes.
The hosts got the opener approaching the interval, as Kit Graham’s cross to the far post was stabbed home at the second attempt by Amber Stobbs.
Soon after Tierney’s second caution for a late tackle on Lily Agg. Charley Clifford rifled in Charlton’s second goal.
Jodie Michalska – making her first Blades appearance after two years out – forced several good saves out of Katie Startup in the last few minutes, as United looked for a way back into the game.
Villa frustrate Foxes
Aston Villa gained their second point of the season with a 1-1 draw away at Leicester City WFC.
Jodie Hutton opened the scoring for Aston Villa on 20 minutes by forcing her way past the defence to prod home.
Kerri Welsh had a number of chances to double the advantage but Leigh Dugmore won Leicester a penalty 2 minutes short of half time, which Rosie Axten placed past Sian Rogers.
Welsh headed against the post after the restart, while City’s Freda Ayisi and substitute Nicole Nymoen missed chances to win it late on.
Unbeaten Durham defeat Palace
Two second-half goals saw Durham beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and make it two wins and three draws from their five games to date, as they moved up to fifth spot.
Palace’s Kallie Balfour curled a shot straight at Hannah Reid, while Emily Roberts and Zoe Ness went closest for the Wildcats before Shanell Salgado saved well from Rachel Lee.
The deadlock was broken just before the hour mark, Roberts with a curled effort past the goalkeeper from 12 yards out.
The points were sealed with a minute left, as unfortunate Eagles’ substitute Ciara Watling headed into her own net.
There was still time for the visitors to try to get a consolation but Jade Keogh’s free-kick was pushed over the bar by Reid.
Beckett brace bags Bees second win
London Bees banked points for only the second time in six matches, coming from behind to beat mid-table Lewes 3-2.
The Bees scored first when Ruesha Littlejohn won a free-kick just outside the area which Emma Beckett smashed into the bottom corner but Lewes had turned the game around within the next quarter of an hour.
Rosie Lane’s short back-pass allowed Samantha Quayle to equalise and then Sarah Kempson fired home from close range.
It was level by the break as Beckett buried a second set-piece and Tricia Gould turned home the decider in the 62nd minute.