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Leaders Manchester Utd saw their winning start to the season brought to a halt when they were held to a goalless draw by Durham Women.
United had scored 20 times in their opening three matches but a determined performance from the Wildcats and an inspiring display by goalkeeper Hannah Reid kept them at bay and maintained their own unbeaten start to the new campaign. Reid made a string of fine saves, including keeping out a late penalty from Katie Zelem, to earn her side a point.
United remain on top of the table by a single point from Tottenham Hotspur, who have the division's last remaining 100% record after winning 2-1 away to Crystal Palace.
Kallie Balfour gave Palace the lead from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, with Rianna Dean levelling matters on the quarter hour. Both sides struck the woodwork afterwards but it was Spurs who came up with the answer during the second half, Coral-Jade Haines sliding a through ball for Angela Addison to score.
A win would have taken Lewes back to the top but they are in third after being beaten 4-1 by Charlton Athletic. The Addicks led at half time through an early goal from Charley Clifford which was doubled on the hour by Charlotte Gurr. The Rookettes gave themselves hope when Avilla Bergin pulled one back against her old club from the penalty spot, but Lily Agg quickly restored the two-goal advantage and Kit Graham wrapped up the points with five minutes remaining.
Leicester City moved into the top half of the table with a 4-2 victory against London Bees. The teams went into the match level on points but it was Leicester who made a flying start with Rosie Axten giving them a second minute lead. Freda Ayisi and Leigh Dugmore added further goals, with Ruesha Littlejohn pulling one back on the stroke of half time. Littlejohn then scored her second to raise Bees' hopes of a fightback but Nicole Nymoen ended those chances with a fourth goal, eight minutes from time.
Sheffield Utd picked up their first win of the season when they defeated Aston Villa 4-1. Sophie Jones' early strike was cancelled out by Kerri Welsh but Alethea Paul ensured that the Blades were back in front by half time. Jones extended United's lead shortly after the restart and she crowned the win with her hat-trick goal with nineteen minutes left to play.
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