#FAWSL: Arsenal Women come from behind to go top

Caitlin Foord scores
Caitlin Foord puts Arsenal in front. (PA Images)

Arsenal went top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table after coming from behind to beat Bristol City.

Barclays FA WSL results – Sunday 4 October

Manchester United 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal 3-1 Bristol City
Birmingham City 0-1 Chelsea
West Ham United 0-1 Reading

Gunners comeback to retake leadership

Arsenal regained top spot from Everton on goal-difference but it hadn’t been straightforward against a Bristol City side they thrashed 11-1 last season.

Abi Harrison gave the visitors a shock lead, netting from distance after Leah Williamson lost the ball.

The Gunners got the equaliser three minutes from the break through Jordan Nobbs’ powerful strike, and five minutes after the restart Caitlin Foord put the hosts ahead when stretching to find the net from close range.

Sophie Baggaley had done much to keep City in the game but Vivianne Miedema beat her in the dying minutes to seal the win.

Russo marks first Man Utd start with goal and assist

Alessia Russo of Manchester United
Manchester United’s Alessia Russo. (Photo: Paul Currie for The FA)

Alessia Russo won a penalty just nine minutes into Manchester United match with Brighton, Ella Toone then converting.

Russo doubled the lead with a solo effort an hour later, Christen Press was denied by the post but Tobin Heath’s cross led to Jane Ross netting the third in added time.

That late effort was was to see United goal-difference ahead of Manchester City in the table.

Man City’s Kelly bags brace

Chloe kelly scores
Chloe Kelly scores Manchester City’s opener against Spurs. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Chloe Kelly scored twice as Manchester City sent Spurs to a 4-1 defeat.

Her first came from outside the box on 33 minutes, Kelly doubling the lead from the spot early in the second half.

Sam Mewis fired in City’s third from the corner of the six-yard box shortly afterwards, before Ellen White headed home for 4-0, Anna Filbey got a late consolation.

Early Kirby header enough for Chelsea

Chelsea scored inside the first ten minutes away to Birmingham City, Fran Kirby heading into the corner of the net from an Erin Cuthbert free-kick.

Guro Reiten slammed the ball against the City crossbar, while Georgia Brougham fired over the top for Birmingham.

Beth England nodded in a ball from Melanie Leupolz inside the last 20 minutes but Sam Kerr was in an offside position.

Seconds later, Ji So-yun’s shot was parried by Hannah Hampton and Harriet Scott somehow prevented England from scoring.

Chelsea’s narrow lead was threatened when Claudia Williams header from Scott’s cross slipped a foot wide.

Bruton banks three points for Royals

Lauren Bruton was on target after 26 minutes for Reading, getting on the end of a Natasha Harding delivery.

Early in the second half, the Hammers’ Adriana Leon was denied a leveller by the post and they had the opportunity to equalise from the spot but Grace Moloney saved Kenza Dali’s effort.

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