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Women's Super League: Five things we learned from the weekend's action


Beth Mead contributes to two hat-tricks... of sorts

Arsenal forward Beth Mead was heavily involved as Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 4-2 win over West Ham. Mead didn't get on the scoresheet herself but she was at the heart of all of Arsenal's best moves.

Mead put in three superb crosses which were all headed in by debutant Janni Arnth, Leah Williamson and Danielle van de Donk. Three crosses, three headers. Job done for Mead. No player has more assists in the Women's Super League than Mead who has nine.

Man City take one step forward and two steps back

The 1-1 draw was a great result for Bristol City but Man City will be very disappointed. After beating Arsenal, they dropped points against the Vixens which could harm their title hopes. The Gunners are now two points clear of Man City with a game in hand.

Bristol have been quite inconsistent but they are just one point off last season's points total. Coming back against a strong Man City that is packed with quality would have taken a lot out of them but they got the result their performance deserved.

Brighton boost survival hopes with Ini Umotong inspired win against Liverpool

For the first time this season, Brighton registered an away win. They have now won two of their twelve matches. While they have played a game more than both Everton and Yeovil who are below them, this win will have given them some much needed confidence in their battle for survival.

Ini Umotong has been one of the Seagulls' brightest players during this tough campaign and she played a key part in the 2-0 win over Liverpool. Umotong assisted Laura Rafferty's effort before doubling Brighton's lead after racing through on goal.

Chelsea continue winning streak ahead of trip to Arsenal

The Blues maintained their great form with their ninth win in a row against Everton. Goals from Beth England, Drew Spence and Hannah Blundell were enough to keep Chelsea five points behind Arsenal.

The Gunners host their London rivals next weekend and with Emma Hayes' side full of confidence, it is unlikely to be the same result as the reverse fixture which Arsenal won 5-0. Both sides have a lot a stake when they meet at Borehamwood in a weeks time.

Last gasp winner keeps Birmingham in the race

Birmingham City remained level on points with Chelsea following a 2-1 win over Reading. Kerys Harrop headed home to open the scoring before Remi Allen equalised in the 88th minute. With most teams that would have been that but Birmingham have shown that they never give up.

That was the case again as Meghan Sargeant put Birmingham back in front just a minute later to dramatically secure all three points. Marc Skinner's side are always willing to fight for a result and it is testament to their determination that they are five points behind league leaders Arsenal.

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