The top two wasted no time getting back to winning ways as the WSL season resumed this weekend.
After the summer break for the Women’s World Cup, both Arsenal and Birmingham started the second half of their season with comprehensive victories to solidify their status as title contenders.
Blues, who lead Arsenal by four points having played a game more, took three points against Doncaster on Saturday. Goals from Dunia Susi and a double from Rachel Williams gave City a 3-0 victory, although they had goalkeeper Marie Hourihan to thank for the one-sided nature of the scoreline.
In a far more convincing manner, the Gunners swept bottom team Liverpool aside at Borehamwood on Sunday, also scoring three unanswered goals.
Julie Fleeting, Rachel Yankey and Kim Little got the goals, although it could have been far more if Danielle Gibbons wasn’t on top form in the Liverpool goal.
Elsewhere, Everton boss Mo Marley was pleased with a ‘good day at the office’ as her side secured a 2-0 victory over Chelsea. Toni Duggan and Michelle Hinnigan scored as Everton continue their rise up the table. The Toffees now sit fourth, although their poor start to the season may well have already scuppered any ambitions they had to land the inaugural WSL title.
In the weekend’s other game, the crowd that braved torrential rain at Bristol’s Stoke Gifford stadium were rewarded with a five goal thriller, which visitors Lincoln edged by the odd goal.
Lincoln raced into a 2-0 lead through a Grace McCatty own goal and a Katie Daly finish, before McCatty redeemed herself by pulling a goal back for the home side. However, Lincoln made the points safe with another Daly strike, meaning Corinne Yorston’s last minute penalty was only a consolation.
There are three midweek fixtures to be played on Wednesday and Thurdsay, with two derbies taking centre stage. Liverpool make the short trip to Everton while Arsenal host Chelsea. In the other fixture, leaders Birmingham travel to Bristol.
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