Women's Super League: Five talking points from the weekend's action
We have a title race on our hands!
No matter the league, it is always exciting when there is more than one team challenging for the title. For a while it seemed like nobody could catch Arsenal but that is no longer the case. Injuries have affected the Gunners and Chelsea and Manchester City have taken advantage of that. Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 over the weekend while Man City became the new team at the top after they were 3-1 winners against West Ham.
There are just three points separating Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea and even though Joe Montemurro's side have a game in hand, it is now tough to call who will come out on top when May comes around.
Miedema equals record despite defeat
Arsenal were lucky to still be in the game when Vivianne Miedema scored in the 80th minute. Up until that point, the Gunners hadn't even had a shot, on target or otherwise. Had Chelsea taken more of their chances, the game would have been out of sight. Miedema's goal which gave Arsenal hope equalled the 15 league goal record set by Birmingham City striker Ellen White last season.
Marc Skinner doesn't get the perfect send off from Birmingham
In the worst kept secret in women's football, Birmingham City finally announced that their manager Marc Skinner's last game in charge would be against Bristol City. They did not name his new club in their statement but it is expected to be Orlando Pride who play in America's National Women's Soccer League. Birmingham had been in good form lately and were level on points with defending champions Chelsea before this weekend's fixtures.
While Chelsea won to keep the pressure on the top two, Birmingham lost for the second time in their last five games as Skinner's last game in charge ended in defeat. Bristol City followed up their impressive draw against Man City with a 1-0 win over Birmingham to move up to sixth place, above West Ham. The Vixens now have 18 points meaning they have surpassed last season's total of 16 points.
Sweetman-Kirk finally gives Liverpool first win under Jepson
A brace from Courtney-Sweetman Kirk saw Liverpool win their first league match since November and their first under manager Vicky Jepson. The Reds were 2-1 winners over relegation strugglers Yeovil Town and moved 10 points clear of danger as a result of their win. This result had been a long time coming for Liverpool who have had a turbulent season so far and it could be a sign of better things to come.
New signings should breathe new life into West Ham
West Ham have made an excellent start to life in the top tier of women's football but injuries have really affected them in recent weeks. They made two new signings this week as they brought in Canada forward Adriana Leon, who has played under manager Matt Beard before at Boston Breakers, and South Korea captain Cho So-hyun.
Both featured in the game against Man City but were unable to stop their new side falling to a 3-1 defeat. Despite this, there will be easier games to come and the international break comes at the perfect time as the two new signings can get up to speed with the way West Ham play and hopefully help them strengthen their place in mid-table when they return to action in a fortnight's time.