Chelsea went level on points with Barclays FA Women’s Super League leaders Arsenal, Brighton are up to third.
Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea (Att: 715)
Everton 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
A single-goal success put the Blues right on the Gunners heels but from a game more, with Arsenal hosting West Ham on Sunday.
Jessie Fleming scored midway through the first half, the Canadian international latching onto Ji So-Yun’s through ball.
Ji was denied a goal of her own by the crossbar, Villa keeper Hannah Hampton tipped an Erin Cuthbert effort onto the woodwork and thwarted Beth England from close range.
Brighton go third
Brighton also got the only goal of the game to take the points at Everton, lifting them above Spurs on goal-difference.
Aileen Whelan headed home just after the hour mark from a cross by Danielle Carter.