With just one round of league fixtures remaining until the winter break, Arsenal remain top of the Women’s Super League – two points ahead of Chelsea and three ahead of Manchester City – following their 3-0 win over Reading at Adams Park.
Chelsea’s win over City had temporarily lifted them to the summit but only after they play their game in hand, against Everton, will a clearer picture of the table emerge. As it was, Vivianne Miedema, in a game kicking off two hours after Chelsea’s, scored twice before Kim Little added Arsenal’s third for their eighth league win in nine games.
In the battle for fourth, Manchester United leapfrogged opponents Everton – now fifth – after 3-1 win on home turf. This meeting of his two former clubs was the game of choice for England manager Phil Neville, who watched Everton take a second-minute lead when United goalkeeper Mary Earps generously punched a corner into her own net. Just two minutes later, Lauren James levelled from close range and later won the penalty from which Katie Zelem fired home for 2-1. James extended United’s lead with a drive from range just over 24 hours after her brother, Chelsea full-back Reece, was on the end of the same scoreline against Duncan Ferguson's Everton.
Liverpool were unable to collect their first league win of the season but did manage their first WSL goal from open play this season, earning a point against West Ham through Niamh Charles’ equaliser from Mel Lawley’s delivery. Vicky Jepson's side came from behind, West Ham's Adriana Leon having opened the scoring after four minutes, but the division's bottom club missed a chance to go all the way when Lawley missed a second-half penalty for a foul on Rhiannon Roberts. The point ends West Ham’s run of three consecutive defeats.
Birmingham City were able to collect their first away win of the season, against a still winless Bristol City, via goals in each half from Lucy Whipp and Abbi Grant. Bristol, with a goal difference of minus 24, have the worst defence in the league following their 11-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal last week but remain a point off the bottom having managed one more draw than Liverpool. Birmingham’s second league win of the season lifts them to ninth, above Brighton.
Spurs were able to beat Brighton 1-0 via a Victoria Williams' own-goal, in a game devoid of clear-cut chances.