Women's Super League - Five talking points from the weekend's action
Arsenal won their ninth consecutive match at home to Brighton with Birmingham, Reading, West Ham and Manchester City also getting three points on the board. Chelsea were the team to sit out the latest round of fixtures. Here are five talking points from the latest round of WSL action.
Umotong and Brighton can be proud of performance despite defeat against Arsenal
Arsenal haven't been tested in the majority of their matches this season but Brighton certainly gave as good as they got when they faced the league leaders. Vivianne Miedema nearly put Arsenal ahead just seconds into the match but it was Brighton who took a surprise lead through Ini Umotong with nine minutes played.
Umotong was a menace and troubled Arsenal's defence for most of the game with Brighton giving a good account of themselves. It is a credit to the away side that even when they were 3-1 down, they were still creating chances. Beth Mead made it 4-1 in the 80th minute and ruled Brighton out of the contest but they can take positives from a match where they didn't let Arsenal relax.
Birmingham register back to back wins while Liverpool suffer defeat again
Since they were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal, Birmingham have dusted themselves off and won twice in a row. They were 3-0 winners against West Ham before beating Liverpool 2-0 and keeping yet another clean sheet. The Blues are solid at the back and have won six of their nine matches this season.
The win against Liverpool was sealed in the first half as goals from Emma Follis and Connie Scofield inflicted a fourth consecutive defeat on Liverpool. Vicky Jepson is still waiting for her first win since she was appointed as the Reds' permanent manager. The defeat saw Liverpool slip to eighth place, one point behind West Ham.
Relegation worries circle around Everton
Just like rivals Liverpool, Everton are on a run of four straight defeats. The Toffees are bottom of the league with just two points, still looking for their first win of the season, and are without a manager after Andy Spence left his role as Head Coach after they lost against Yeovil Town.
Reading were the latest side to inflict defeat on Everton as they picked up their third consecutive victory. Everton took the lead through Hannah Cain before Brooke Chaplen bagged a brace as Reading came from behind. The Toffees need to quickly find some form if they are to avoid relegation and remain in the top flight.
Hammers get back to winning ways
West Ham have been inconsistent throughout the season, something that is to be expected as they moved up two tiers to be part of the Women's Super League and are playing against the top teams in women's football.
The Hammers were beaten 3-0 by Birmingham last week but they bounced back as they won 2-0 against Bristol City which saw them move up to seventh place, just one point behind Bristol. Alisha Lehmann put the Hammers in front when her solo run ended with a deflected shot from the edge of the box. Jane Ross sealed victory a minute from time as she intercepted a back pass and tucked the ball home.
Manchester City keep the pressure on ahead of big showdown
Man City were 4-0 winners against Yeovil Town. The Women's Super League all-time top goalscorer Nikitta Parris added to her tally with the opening goal against the Lady Glovers. Caroline Weir also scored in the first-half to double Man City's lead. Goals in the last 10 minutes from Steph Houghton and Claire Emslie made it 4-0 to Nick Cushing's side.
Man City's next match is at home against leaders Arsenal where they can close the gap at the top to three points with a win. Even at this stage of the season, it is a match that could decide where the title goes so it is not to be missed.
Week 10 results:
Arsenal 4-1 Brighton
Liverpool 0-2 Birmingham
Reading 2-1 Everton
West Ham 2-0 Bristol City
Yeovil Town 0-4 Manchester City