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Blues power to top of the table

Birmingham City have gone top of the Barclays Women’s Championship for the first time this season after running out 3-0 winners over Sunderland on Sunday.

Lily Agg put the in-form Blues ahead after eleven minutes and they went on to seal a seventh win in eight matches after the break, with a Brianna Westrup own goal doubling their lead and Jade Moore sealing the points when she scored the third.

The result means that Sunderland slip back to third place, one point off the pace, whilst Birmingham head the table on goal difference from previous leaders Charlton Athletic, who battled out a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Utd. Things could have been worse for the Addicks as United raced into a two-goal lead during the first half thanks to Jodie Hutton and Ashley Hodson. Angela Addison pulled one back for Charlton on the hour and the Blades held on until deep into injury time, when Kiera Skeels salvaged a valuable point for the Addicks with the equaliser.

Such is the tightness in the Championship table that only two points cover the top five teams, with fourth place Crystal Palace having actually missed out on an opportunity to take over the leadership as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Reading FC Women. Elise Hughes scored the twelfth league goal of the season to give Palace the lead on the half hour and shortly before half time, Lauren Wade struck back to ensure that the Royals drew for the fifth time in their eleven matches.

Likewise, Southampton would also have regained top spot had they recorded a victory away to Durham Women but once again inconsistency has dogged them as their long, long journey resulted in a 1-0 defeat. The Saints were moments away from drawing a match for the first time this season but in the fifth minute of injury time, Amy Andrews struck with the winning goal for the Wildcats who have moved into the top half of the table and are now only six points behind the top two.

Three of the five matches played on Sunday resulted in draws, including Watford picking up an important point when sharing six goals with London City Lionesses. This did not tell the whole story though as Watford made an astonishingly fast start to the game as a Michelle Agyemang double and a Paige Culver own goal put them three goals ahead inside the opening seven minutes. The turning point came just before half time when Lois Joel pulled one back for the Lionesses and after Grace Neville further reduced the arrears after the break, Lucy Fitzgerald rounded off a superb fightback from the Lionesses with the equalising goal in injury time.      

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