Manchester City went top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a fourth straight win, Aston Villa made it five in a row to lead the FAWC.
Results – Saturday 12 October
BARCLAYS FA WSL
Manchester City 3-0 Birmingham City (Att: 1,834)
FA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Charlton Athletic 0-4 Aston Villa (Att: 913)
Man City replace as Arsenal as leaders
Manchester City opened the scoring on 26 minutes, Hannah Hampton having denied Janine Beckie when through on goal but the resulting corner leading to a Keira Walsh effort from outside the box which got enough of a deflection on it to beat the Birmingham keeper.
Lauren Hemp almost turned in a Jill Scott cross to the back post very soon after the interval and moments after that Beckie crossed for Tessa Wullaert to double the lead.
The hosts made it 3-0 in the last dozen minutes when substitute Lee Geum-Min was left unmarked to hit home a cross from Hemp.
Johnson treble helps Villa go top
Aston Villa’s Melissa Johnson and Natalie Haigh had efforts cleared off the line at The Valley before the visitors went ahead midway through the first half, Emma Follis’s ball into the box was back-heeled by Sophie Haywood and swept in by Johnson.
Charlie Devlin had a great opportunity to quickly equalise but debutant Daniela Kosinska saved the shot and approaching the break only the far post prevented Haywood getting Villa’s second.
It was instead Follis who was to make it 2-0, firing home a free-kick from a central position, after which Johnson lashed in a third.
Devlin was denied a consolation when the ball was adjudged to have not crossed the line, Johnson then completed her third hat-trick of the season from a Follis assist.