Rosie Lane scored the winning goal against her former club as London Bees staged a dramatic turnaround to beat Oxford United.
The U’s punished Katie Wilkinson’s early missed penalty when Emily Allen and Taome Oliver fired the hosts two goals up within 20 minutes.
But Bees top scorer Paula Howells dragged her side back into the game midway through the first half and Destiney Toussaint levelled the scores just before the hour.
Lane completed the comeback six minutes from time as Bees leapfrogged United to climb to sixth.
In a thrilling fixture both sides attacked early on and Bees’ Katie Wilkinson hit the crossbar with a spectacular 40-yard effort before her 11th-minute penalty struck the post.
The striker was made to pay when Dan Carlton lofted a cross into the box and Emily Allen looped a header over goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs.
Carlton claimed her second assist as a dangerous free-kick evaded everyone, leaving Taome Oliver to finish at the far post.
But the Bees soon halved the deficit when Paula Howells calmly beat Demi Lambourne after she was put through one-on-one.
Just before the hour mark there appeared little danger as Destiney Toussaint picked up the ball on the right wing, but her floated cross missed everyone and nestled in the far corner to level things up at 2-2.
WHAT THEY SAID
Oxford midfielder Dan Carlton said: “We had so many chances, we created so many chances, they got three lucky goals.
“Of course we should have closed the game out, but this is women’s football and anything can happen on the day.
“It’s who turns up and I do think we turned up today, but they had three lucky opportunities and they scored from them so we can’t do anything else.
“This game, we should have put it to bed early doors, and we couldn’t do that but we’ve got to start again on Tuesday in training and we’ll come back fighting.”
London Bees goalscorer Rosie Lane said: “I haven’t scored in about five or six years so it’s great, but we were practicing them on Tuesday so it’s good it’s come off.
“It’s definitely sweeter winning after going 2-0 down. I don’t think at the start of the season we would have come back from that, but we’ve had better results recently, our performances have been better, so we’ve got the character to come back now.
“Especially after we’ve had five weeks off, coming back from 2-0 down, away from home in a physical game is good.”
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