#FAWSL: Arsenal Women remain on course for European place

Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs (right) scored twice
Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs (right) celebrates scoring their side’s second goal of the game with team-mate Katie McCabe. (PA Images)

Arsenal remain ahead of Manchester United in the battle for third spot in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Manchester United 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Birmingham City 1-1 Reading
West Ham United 0-0 Everton

Nobbs nets double for Gunners 

Arsenal were back into third spot again after a couple of hours, Jordan Nobbs getting both goals of the game with Brighton.

Nobbs got the Gunners in front on 27 minutes, before Albion keeper Megan Walsh thwarted Jill Roord.

With Arsenal not taking chances to double the lead, Emily Simpkins was close to getting Albion level and Roord had to hook the ball clear in another Seagulls’ attack.

However, with 13 minutes to go the hosts did get their second goal, Nobbs again the scorer after being set up by Beth Mead.

Toone bags brace and assist for four-goal Man Utd

Man Utd's Christen Press scored
Manchester United’s Christen Press (2nd right) celebrates scoring her side’s second goal. (PA Images)

Manchester United kept up the pressure on Arsenal for the third Champions League berth with a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Ella Toone scored one and made another as Manchester United went 2-0 up over Spurs in 20 minutes. She fired home from a cross by Kirsty Hanson, before putting the ball in the box for Christen Press to finish. There was then a second assist from Hanson, as Jess Sigsworth’s deflected strike flew high into the net.

Moments after the restart, Lucy Staniforth was brought down in the box by Alanna Kennedy and Toone tucked away the penalty. Hanson had a shot tipped over by Becky Spencer and Toone struck the bar from a corner kick but Alanna Kennedy con a stoppage-time consolation with a free-kick.

Birmingham pegged back in draw

Birmingham City's Ruby Mace celebrates scoring
Ruby Mace (No.4) celebrates after scoring for Birmingham City. (Picture by: Ashleigh Davies/SPP/Sports Press)

Birmingham City had to settle for a draw but moved two points clear of last place with a 1-1 result against Reading.

It was a great start for the Blues though, as Ruby Mace scored just seven minutes in after the Royals failed to clear a corner.

Close to half-time it was so nearly 2-0 but Claudia Walker’s shot was just kept out by Grace Moloney as it dipped under the bar.

Ruesha Littlejohn was another to almost get City’s second but was blocked out, before Rachel Rowe replied for the Royals on 64 minutes.

Christie Murray was agonisingly close to a late winner for the hosts but her strike from distance came back off the bar.

Hammers held

West Ham's Kenza Dali fouled
Foul on West Ham’s Kenza Dali. (Picture by: Sam Mallia/SPP/Sports Press)

West Ham also picked up an important point toward their survival, to sit two points off basement side Bristol City after a goalless game with Everton.

Everton’s Nicoline Sorensen was denied by West Ham keeper Courtney Brosnan early in the game.

Hammers’ Hawa Cissoko and Gilly Flaherty were both unable to get the ball over the line during a goalmouth scramble, Martha Thomas headed against the bar.

Brosnan then again prevented a Sorensen strike from breaking the deadlock, the action switching to the other end where Cecilie Redisch wasn’t far from a Hammers’ goal.

#FAWSL: Bristol City Women fightback to earn a precious point

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