Fara Williams

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Evergreen Fara Williams hits brace to earn Reading a point

England legend at the double as Royals draw with Liverpool - here's our weekend round-up

Manchester City made it impossible for Arsenal to ignore their threat as they pulled level in the FA Women’s Super League.

Meanwhile, the top four sides in the Championship are only separated by a solitary point after Durham brought Manchester United’s unbeaten record to an end.

Remember, fixtures, results and latest news can now be found on the new FA Women's Leagues and Competitions site.

Here’s a round-up of what happened at the weekend:

City put the pressure on

Manchester City turned up the heat on Arsenal and moved level with the Gunners at the top of the FA WSL by beating Birmingham City 1-0.

City protected their status as the only unbeaten team in the league but it was Georgia Stanway who grabbed the headlines as she continued her hot streak in front of goal.

The in-form forward made the most of a Hannah Hampton slip-up and showed clever feet to round the keeper and give City an early lead.

Stanway’s finish brought her up to double figures and level with team-mate Nikita Parris on 10 goals with only Arsenal’s dynamite striker Vivianne Miedema above the pair on 14.

Birmingham came closest to a response when Lucy Staniforth’s angled free-kick cannoned off the crossbar but City held on for the win.

Fara’s still got it

Reading’s Fara Williams proved she has still got plenty to offer as she twice pulled her side back into their game against Liverpool, which finished 2-2.

With five minutes remaining and her side trailing 2-1, England’s record cap holder scored a goal of the season contender as she wrapped her left boot around the ball and sent it flying into the top corner.

The 34-year-old got on the scoresheet earlier in the game as she registered her 30th league goal from a free-kick.

Only eight players have scored more FA WSL goals than Williams.

Blues stay in contention

Chelsea stayed in the hunt to retain their title as they recorded a fifth straight win by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0.

The Blues were faced by a stubborn Brighton side who managed to hold on for more than an hour until the floodgates opened.

Magdalena Eriksson’s goal signalled the end for Brighton as two goals from substitute Beth England either side of a Ji So-Yun strike ensured the Blues would finish the afternoon in third place.

If you haven’t already seen it, it might be worth checking out Erin Cuthbert’s silky skills in the first-half; ‘Messi-esque’ was the term used to describe her nutmeg.

Fine margins in the Championship

The weekend’s results mean there is only one point separating the top four teams in the FA Women’s Championship.

Durham pulled Manchester United’s unbeaten record from under their feet with a 3-1 win in front of a huge crowd at New Ferens Park to move up into third in the table on 24 points.

The Wildcats are now one point behind the Red Devils who remain top of the table but only on goal difference as Charlton’s 2-0 win over Lewes drew them level on 25 points.

Elsewhere Tottenham had Rianna Dean to thank as her first-half strike was enough to seal a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace as they finished the weekend level on points with Durham, only behind on goal difference.

Hutton stars for Villa with hat-trick

Aged just 17, Jodie Hutton showed a level of maturity and composure well beyond her years to grab her first senior hat-trick for Aston Villa, against Sheffield United.

She got her first just before half time, capitalising on a slip from Nicole Kemp which allowed her a clear sight at goal to finish powerfully.

The winger grabbed her second when she fought her way through two challenges and saw her first effort saved but didn’t panic and tapped home the rebound.

She completed her hat-trick soon after, reacting quickly again as Alice Hassall’s effort was spilled in a dangerous area.

Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 15 46 39
2 Manchester City Women FC 16 34 38
3 Chelsea FC Women 17 23 35
4 Birmingham City Women FC 15 6 28
5 Bristol City Women FC 16 -13 22
6 West Ham United Women FC 16 -8 19
7 Reading FC Women 14 -1 18
8 Liverpool FC Women 15 -15 16
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 17 -21 13
10 Everton Ladies FC 14 -17 9
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 15 -34 4
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 15 19 39
2 Manchester United Women FC 14 64 37
3 Charlton Athletic Women FC 15 22 32
4 Durham Women FC 15 22 32
5 London Bees FC 17 -17 21
6 Leicester City Women FC 17 -12 20
7 Aston Villa Ladies FC 14 -10 17
8 Sheffield United Women FC 14 -11 16
9 Lewes FC Women 16 -15 16
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 17 -20 10
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 16 -42 5