Man Utd stay in touch after big win over Leicester
Reds hit six and move within two points of Tottenham at top of FA Women's Championship
Jess Sigsworth scored twice Manchester United returned to FA Women’s Championship action with a ruthless display, beating Leicester City 6-1.
The goalfest ensured that Casey Stoney’s team capitalised on one of their games in hand to narrow the gap between themselves and league leaders Tottenham Hotspur to just two points.
United were dominant from the off and were ahead with just over 15 minutes played when Mollie Green nodded in from close range.
After a corner was floated into the box, Millie Turner was the first to the react, forcing a fine save from Demi Lambourne, allowing Green to nod in the rebound and give United the start they craved.
They had their second five minutes later, when Lauren James struck a wonderful effort from outside the box to put the Reds firmly in the driving seat.
The hosts continued to plug away and it was another stunning long-range effort that secured the win before the break. Spotting Lambourne off her line, Kirsty Hanson lifted a perfectly placed left-foot lob over the keeper, sparking a rapturous reaction from the home fans.
Unfortunately for Leicester, the second half did start any better when United got their fourth merely minutes after the restart. Finding space down the left-hand side, Ella Toone beat the keeper at the near post.
Leicester pulled one back on the hour mark through Libby Smith but their joy was short-lived when Sigsworth tapped in from close range following a neat cut-back from the impressive Hanson.
She nabbed her second late on when rounding the keeper to make it six for the home side.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United picked up their first league win since November as they defeated Crystal Palace 2-0.
Goals from Jade Pennock and Ebony Salmon helped the Blades end a four-game losing streak, with 18-year-old Salmon particularly impressive alongside fellow Manchester United loanee Fran Bentley.
And Kathryn Hill scored the game’s only goal as Durham turned in a confident performance against London Bees to win 1-0 and move within two points of second-placed Manchester United in the FA Women's Championship.