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Football: FA WSL weekend round up
Arsenal ladies moved one step closer to retaining their FA WSL title following a tight 2-1 win over Lincoln Ladies at the weekend. Despite their lowly league placing Lincoln played with confidence early on and the movement and persistence of Jess Clarke and her strike partner Precious Hamilton appeared to unsettle The Gunners’ back line.
However Jennifer Beattie and Rachel Yankey put the hosts in control before half-time and Remi Allen’s late penalty earned Lincoln small reward for their battling second-half display. The Gunners are now just four points from retaining their crown.
Despite seeing her side maintain their unbeaten record, Arsenal boss Laura Harvey was frustrated by her players’ approach in the second half.
“First half we played well, just lacked a little bit of composure in front of goal,” she said.
“I thought second half we were poor, we took our foot off the pedal and we played like we were five-nil up – which we weren’t.”
Arsenal’s title challengers Birmingham ladies kept their hopes alive with a 5-2 thrashing of Liverpool. A hat-trick from Rachel Williams sending the reds sinking to the bottom of the table despite at times playing the better football under new boss Matt Beard.
On a busy Sunday for the WSL Everton bounced back from a disappointing midweek draw with Doncaster to score a well deserved 2-1 win over Chelsea. A stunning 20-yard strike from Toni Duggan put Everton ahead and Gwen Harries secured the three points with a low shot five minutes from time which deceived Chelsea keeper Telford. Spaniard Adriana Martin grabbed an injury time consolation goal for the visitors but Everton held on for the victory.
In Saturday’s FA WSL match Doncaster Rovers belles battled to a 1-1 draw with high-flying Bristol Academy who missed out on the chance to move up to second in the table. Jessica Sigsworth gave Doncaster the lead midway through the second-half then shortly afterwards Laura Del Rio levelled for Bristol. Neither side was able to force a winner and shared the points.
Beth Shine, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine