Spurs Women briefly go top before Man City reclaim leadership

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Women´s Super League
Martha Thomas hit a hat-trick in Spurs 4-2 win at Aston Villa. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur temporarily went top of the Barclays Women’s Super League before Manchester City ended Saturday back in pole position.

Aston Villa 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur (Att: 2,810)
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City (Att: 3,498)

Spurs came from behind to make it three wins from four, while sending Aston Villa to a fourth straight defeat.

Villa were ahead just four minutes in from a Rachel Daly penalty, after Eveliina Summanen brought down Adriana Leon in the box. Becky Spencer turned an Ebony Salmon effort round the post, as the hosts threatened to double their lead.

But Spurs levelled when Rachel Corsie conceded possession to Martha Thomas, who beat stranded keeper Daphne van Domselaar from 35 yards. Tottenham took a 2-1 lead into the break, Jess Naz crossing for Ashleigh Neville to head home with the last touch of the half.

The lead was increased after the hour mark, Villa could not clear a corner and Grace Clinton laid the ball back for Thomas to lash into the net.

Olga Ahtinen played in Thomas to complete her hat-trick from outside the box, the hosts getting a stoppage-time consolation from Lucy Parker’s header after Spencer had parried a Rachel Corsie effort.

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Chloe Kelly (Manchester City) scores the opener at Leicester. (Natalie Mincher/SPP)

Manchester City took all three points away to Leicester City, where an early goal proved sufficient to inflict the Foxes first defeat of the season.

The visitors scored after ten minutes, Chloe Kelly’s strike going through Janina Leitzig and into the Foxes’ net.

In a frantic first-half, the Leicester keeper later denied Kelly in a one-on-one, while Filippa Angeldahl also went close for a very threatening Manchester City side.

Lena Petermann and Shannon O’Brien forced saves from Khiara Keating, as Leicester created good openings of their own.

Jess Park volleyed over an open goal after Lauren Hemp’s drive was parried by Leitzig, who also saved a powerful Khadija Shaw shot and turned another Hemp effort over the bar.

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