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Good evening. History beckoned for Manchester City when they faced

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Chelsea this afternoon. City were unbeaten in the last four league

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meetings with Emma Hayes side and if they made it five they would secure

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the WSL 1 title for the first and dethrone the reigning champions.

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Could they continue to give Chelsea the Blues?

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It is a three horse race for the title but a win for Chelsea at

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Manchester City and they will be league champions. Scott! The leaders

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are behind. And it is two. It is heartache for the Blues, it was in

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their own hands but defeat to Manchester City has allowed

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Liverpool to snatch the title. This fixture does bring back bad memories

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for Chelsea Ladies. Aluko! Fantastic finish. Duggan. Chelsea punished,

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Manchester City level. Toni Duggan! She cannot stop scoring against the

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Blues. Manchester City are becoming a real nemesis for Chelsea in the

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WSL. The WSL match of the season so far. Stokes! Manchester City have a

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priceless lead. Manchester City in control of this game and the title

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race. Manchester City denied Chelsea the

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title in 2014 but can the Blues spoiled the party for City this time

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round? Chelsea were aiming to end that run

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today and prolong the title race in the process. City were keen to seal

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it on the own patch. Later we will have highlight from Doncaster's

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relegation battle with Reading and with exceptional quality and insight

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from Sue Smith and Rachel Brown-Finnis. Only one place to

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begin and that is at the Academy Stadium where it was a simple

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equation for City, avoid defeat against Chelsea and they would

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secure their first league title. It promised to be an exhausting

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encounter, watched by a record of over 4000 bands along with Lucy Ward

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and Steve Bower. -- fans. COMMENTATOR: The top two in the

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women's game going head-to-head and the equation is simple. Chelsea must

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win or Manchester City Women will be the new name on the WSL title. Same

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again for Mantis to city, understandably after their 1-0 win

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at Arsenal -- for Manchester City. Jane Ross has 13 gold in her last 18

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games in all competitions. Chelsea are forced into a change, Claire

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Rafferty is ruled out and Jade Bailey, who has been a substitute in

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two of her last three games, comes in, otherwise the attacking Rowett

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is there for all to see with Davison, Ji, Aluko and Carney all

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starting. Before the games we will have a minute's silence to remember

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Sylvia Gore, a real pioneer of women's football, who recently

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passed away, a club ambassador and an MBE.

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A bit of space for Ji, trying to get away from Lucy Bronze, in towards

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Carney who went down. Carney and Aluko appealing to Sarah Garratt,

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the referee, for a penalty but the official was not interested. Ji get

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in behind Lucy Bronze and put in a testing ball and she could've got in

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front. Demi Stokes was just strong. Christiansen. Out to Duggan. Up

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against blunder and floated towards Ross -- Hannah Blundell. She could

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not get the power or direction on the header. Interesting spec

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including the Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, here to

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support the Manchester City Women. Parris. The former Everton player.

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Couldn't get round Millie Bright but Manchester City have a corner.

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Another set piece, I am sure they have worked on these and in such a

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tight game with their title rivals, sometimes you need something to set

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you apart. More direct that time from Duggan and it found the head of

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Jill Scott. She did not get the last touch. She causes problems at set

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pieces. Strong and athletic. She was appealing for a handball. That is

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terrific! She got that one! And Manchester City have the lead.

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Duggan's Cross, Scott's header, and the leaders, who only need a point,

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are in front. It is a great header, I think in the end it got a knock

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off Katie Chapman. Away by Ji. A nice ball from

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Houghton, Parris. Tried to go alone. Good ball in, just that first touch

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set her up. She was in a good position.

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Here goes Bronze and that was rash. And that is a penalty. Gilly

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Flaherty knows it. When you dive in like that, you have to get the ball

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and she didn't. Lucy Bronze got a touch to it and got taken out and

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that is the easiest division the referee will make today. What a

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moment, it is Toni Duggan, eight in eight in the WSL against Chelsea.

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She makes it 2-0! And brings that WSL title within touching best and

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is -- touching distance for Manchester City Women. Rebecca

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Spencer went the wrong way but she was pretty cool about it, a pressure

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penalty. It is a pretty big ask to score three against Man City.

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Confidence is there for all to see for Manchester City now. Parris

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almost squeezed it home. That was close. I think a lot of the stadium

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thought that was in. Carney. Trying to find England, can

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she get ahead of Steph Houghton? She can, but she can only find the arms

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of Karen Bardsley. The first time, on 72 minutes, that Chelsea have got

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between the centre halves with an opportunity to score.

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Scott striding down the right-hand side. A good full-back and a chance

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for the third. Asllani knows she should have made it three. You would

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have put money on her hitting the back of the net. It was a good

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touch, just needed to curl it with the left but not enough on it.

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Carney. And a wild effort from Jade Bailey,

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she was under pressure. Mission accomplished! History is

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made in Manchester. There is a new name on the WSL trophy and it is

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that of Manchester City Women. A journey that began only three years

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ago ends with the ultimate target. Unbeaten and champions. Chelsea were

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under pressure to get the win but we played really well, especially

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second half and it is an unbelievable feeling, everyone of us

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deserves it. It is all about the squad, about the staff that have

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worked very hard to get that in the best shape. Physically and

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technically and tactically we have been the best. Congratulations to

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Manchester City, they have deserved it, they have been conceded and Best

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consistent and conceded the fewest goals. We have scored more goals

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than a year ago but also conceded more. I think the pain of not

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finishing it in other years has been the difference this season. Young,

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hungry, passionate players who love their football and is all we want,

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as squad of players put football first and that is what everybody at

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this club does. The men's team is successful, we have seen the

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Melbourne city women's going unbeaten last year and we are now

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unbeaten and the hard work starts. We won't get carried away but

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winning one title is one thing, that is not my priority, it is to grow

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the fans and play good football and to be successful over a consistent

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period. Congratulations to Manchester City,

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pretty much summed up by the interviews, Emma Hayes saying they

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had been the best side, conceded the fewest goals. Did you expect them to

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win it in just their third season? It is quite some doing. When Nick

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Cushing and his staff set out a plan, they would have wanted to win

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something. Year by year they have progressed and been strong in

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defence, letting in a few goals. They have also scored more than ever

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before. They have been so hard to break down and that is the

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consistent think that City have done so well. What about their style?

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Nick Cushing said before that he wanted this record crowd, there were

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over 4000. He wants them to come back next season and bring a friend

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to keep growing the crowd. Do you think they will do with the way they

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play? Without a doubt, I have been so impressed with their style of

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defensively solid, only conceding three goals. Yet implement this

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style and philosophy and the players are buying into it. And every time

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they step onto the pitch they know exactly what they are going to do

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other teams think they know how to play against them but they can't.

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They are so efficient. They are good to watch and play one and two touch

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passing and it is good when they go forward, they score goals and have

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creative players. I would pay to watch them. They will charge you

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next time, never mind your freebie! But today they did not have to be at

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their best and they won it from an own goal and a penalty. It was not a

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vintage football. They just had to get the point and that is what they

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did. It was a good ball from Toni Duggan, she whips in the corner and

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it is Jill Scott she is aiming for. She is the playmaker in there who

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can write about everybody. You think what a fantastic header it is but

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when you look from this angle you can see that it is an own goal from

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Katie Chapman and unfortunate for her. She is just running back in and

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her momentum takes her through. This is Man City, what we see every week,

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Lucy Bronze making those attacking runs, whether and under lap or

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overlap. Millie Bright misses it and this is a definite penalty. You

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can't argue with that. Toni Duggan steps up and this is it

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pressure situation am a cool and calm and collected finish. It is not

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in the corner but she said the keeper the wrong way and you can see

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how much it means to the players. I love that celebration, we all

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thought she had scored it! She would have got away with it if it wasn't

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for all the cameras. Defensively, three goals conceded in 15 games,

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Chelsea have conceded 14 so far. 12 clean sheet out of those 15 for

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City, it says it all. They have only conceded one at home,

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City, all season. What they do so well is that the team defend. The

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defenders win it but it's the midfield who pick up the second

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ball. The second ball is basically what clears it. What City do very

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well offensively are piling players forward, they do exceptionally well

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defensively. They get bodies behind the ball and become very compact.

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With the Nikita Parris becoming very narrow and there's no room. Chelsea

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cannot dribble through. They can't play through them with a pass. Keira

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Walsh been outstanding, a young good potential player for England, I'm

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sure, as an anchor, just in front of the back four. She's very, very

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composed. She picks up the second ball. They worked very well together

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in that triangle. Keira Walsh just in front. It's the first tackle,

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it's Isobel Christiansen picking up the tackle, Jill Scott picking up

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the second ball as well and this is what they restricted Chelsea to

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today, a long-range effort from 35 yards which Ellie Aluko won't be too

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happy seeing it controlled with the feed but that's the reason

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ultimately why Manchester City have been dominant and have gone on to

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win the title this season. The discipline, have they recruited the

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characters they got in that squad on purpose? How do they compared to the

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type of characters say in the Chelsea squad? You look at the

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players Nick Cushing brought in the Chelsea squad? You look at the

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players Nick Cushing Broughton initially, Steph Houghton, it's part

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of the reason they are strong defensively. The players he has

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added to the Manchester City setup are students of the game. You look

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at people like Daphne Corboz, Jane Ross, every single player comes in

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and buys straight into the philosophy that Nick Cushing wants

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everyone to employ. Nobody questions what they are expected to do. Their

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work ethic and work for their team-mates on the pitch is

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unbelievable. No one player has won the league this season, no player

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has been outstanding, it's been a real team effort. What about the

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legacy? They have won it, the name is on the trophy for the first time,

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but what are we expecting going forward? Will they dominate and have

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a period of Arsenal style dominance, or will it between them, Chelsea,

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Arsenal? I think they will dominate. They have added a few players but

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they've kept a real strong core and they do things right, both on and

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off the field and everybody needs to look at their structure, every team,

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and try and do similar things to what Manchester City do. Because

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they are very, very strong team defensively and going forward. City

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have raised the bar on and off the pitch and what other teams need to

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do is follow suit, from the resources that the training ground,

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have everything on a plate for them so they can be fully professional

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footballers. If other teams don't do that, they will not get near City.

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Still no word on the Nick Cushing baby yet, five days overdue. From

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matters at the top of the table to the bottom now. Relegation

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threatened to Doncaster are still searching for their first point of

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the season and they welcome the struggling Reading side, in search

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of their first win. It was a proverbial six pointer at the key

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vote. Commentary from Nigel Adderley. -- at the Keepmoat

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Stadium. It seems absurd and one of these

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clubs will go down, but victory tonight will give either real hope

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of survival. The one Doncaster change from a 4-1 defeat at

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Sunderland says Marta Balowska-Mathews comment. Christie

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Murray plays for the first time since Scotland's Euro 2017

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qualification. Kayleigh Hines and Nia Jones returned for Reading, Emma

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Follis is their top scorer with four, the same figure Doncaster have

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managed in ten league games. It will be a tense night for Kelly Chambers

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and Emma Coates. Here is Allen. Now Jane. A good battle between her and

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Mayumi Pacheco and Reading have the first corner. They have a 6-point

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buffer coming into this game. Molly Bartrip's corner. Lenard run little

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with the header away. Strong play from Kayleigh Hines and the Belles

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are unable to clear. Arriving is Emma Follis and it's the perfect

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start for Reading. Doncaster never got to grips with the second ball. A

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terrific delivery from Remi Allen and Emma Follis did the rest. The

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Belles really under pressure, considering the lack of goals so far

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this season. A possibility. They were gifted a real opportunity there

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but it's a routine save for Mary Earps. Doncaster still have five

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games to play following this one. Here is Murray. She is so unlucky.

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The bottom club just need things to go for them.

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Emerson -- Emily Simpkins running into trouble. Reading look to break

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once again here with Lauren Bruton. A promising run which will end in

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another Reading free kick. Lauren Bruton brought down by a combination

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of Sophie Barker and has a look. Have they got something planned

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here? The answer is yes. Here's Fletcher and the clearance, it's Nia

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Jones and its 2-0 to Reading. Nia Jones justifying her recall. But I

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don't think she knew too much about it. Leandro Little's clearance, and

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that's an inadvertence finish. Doncaster simply have to score the

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next goal in the game. Mayumi Pacheco won the free kick. Cleared

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away as far as Emily Simpkins. And there's the goal. The Belles back in

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the game. Right at the start of the second half. Emily Simpkins

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threading have finished through the crowd. -- threading her finish

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through the crowd. There is hope for Emma Coates. Here is Allen, she's

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had a fine game so far. So too has Emma Follis and there's Jones, off

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the woodwork and I think the final touch was off Mayumi Pacheco.

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Reading so close to a third, which would have been an own goal.

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Doncaster now carrying more of a fight. They've got the free kick for

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the foul on Murray. Doncaster now a factor in this game. It's Emily

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Simpkins. Almost another long-range goal from Emily Simpkins. This time

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there's Mary Earps and Marta Balowska-Mathews is inches away from

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the equaliser. There was panic stations inside the Reading penalty

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area. Reading do have pace on the break. Here is Emma Follis once

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again. Oh, that's brilliant. Emma Follis restores Reading's two goal

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lead. She did so well to get the ball up and down from there. It may

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be enough to beat the Belles. Here's Rachel Rowe, waiting to come

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onto the field. Rachel Rowe has it once again, can she finished? Yes,

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she can. That surely settles it. Reading have their first win in WSL

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one, but Doncaster is hopes of survival begin to ebb away. I'm over

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the moon for the goals. They have put a shift in the past couple of

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weeks, great performances against the top teams in the league and it

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was important to get three points. Our target at the start of the

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season was to stay in this league and we have put ourselves in a good

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position today to do that. For the next two games we will go out and

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enjoy position today to do that. For the

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next two games we will go out and enjoy it and make the most of it. A

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huge win for Reading there but from a Doncaster perspective, I'm -- Sue,

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you are Donnie player, not taking their chances in the final third and

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conceding cheaply at the back. You're right, it's been the same

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season. At times we've played well and probably should have got more

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out of that game, especially in the first half we performed OK. But like

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you have said defensively we are very naive at times. Going forward,

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we're not scoring. This is the corner coming in and initially it's

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a good clearance from the Andrew Little. You can see Emily Simpkins

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is squeezing the ball out. That's exactly what we need to do, but it's

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this second phase of play, where Doncaster have struggled all season.

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They try to clear the ball, maybe a bit fortuitous here but Remi Allen

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has time to look up and you can see here Mayumi Pacheco hasn't opened

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her body, she's just looking at the ball, she doesn't see there is a

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player behind her, so what she needs to do is open up her body more.

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Here's a free kick, this is the second goal. If you are on the wind

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of -- if you are on the end of the wall you have to be aware the player

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might run behind you. Then you see the three players, they are all

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looking at the ball. They don't know whether players are behind them.

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Yes, it's a very well worked free kick from Reading but from Doncaster

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perspective they have to defend better, they have to know whether

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players are. Rachel, Reading in recent shows have been showing how

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organised they have been, solid game plan, but today in this match we saw

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them very effective going forwards on the counterattack. Yes, it's nice

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to see and talk about Reading as far as they're being prolific and

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certainly more dominant going forwards and what they do do very

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well, they are very organised at the back. When they get the chances,

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they break. They break quickly. Doncaster gave them quite a lot of

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space to run with the ball and didn't really contest that but

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Reading took advantage of that. Doncaster gave the ball away on this

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occasion but similarly, thread the ball past and Reading move from

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their defensive third to their attacking third in just two passes.

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Here, a quick loose possession but this is a lovely ball here. We have

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the defender kind of not on her bike and she should be, she has her arm

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up for offside. No way is it offside. It's a lovely ball through

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to Rachel Rowe. There's no pressure on the ball. Brilliant strike and it

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gets Reading ahead. What they do again, flooding players forward,

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final third, again, no pressure on the ball, and a simple finish for

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Rachel Rowe to tap it into the corner. From a Doncaster of view

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it's looking pretty bleak now, in 11 defeats

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corner. From a Doncaster of view it's looking pretty bleak now, in 11

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defeats of 11 games. So you do go down at the end of the season, what

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is that going to mean for the club going forwards do you reckon? Any

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ideas? I think the club will have to put in two things if we stay up.

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What will happen if we go down, you would think first of all financially

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it will have a massive implications, so those players that are full-time

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may have to go to semiprofessional or part-time. Probably we're

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training every day at the moment so that will probably change to maybe

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training twice or three times a week. We are going backwards in that

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respect by going down. It will be difficult for Doncaster but I'm sure

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we will want to come back up this season after if that does happen. We

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will have a look at your running shortly but before we do, one of

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Doncaster's other relegation rivals, Notts County and Sunderland. A win

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for either at Meadow Lane would all but secured their safety as Dan

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Roebuck reports. Sunderland newer win would put them

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12 points clear of the drop. Rachel Williams failed to deal with this

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free kick, Tori Williams pounced to make it 1-0. Seven minutes into the

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second half the lady pies were level. Jo Potter's corner was met by

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Rachel Williams, who made amends by knocking home the equaliser. Notts

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County completed the turnaround midway through the second half. A

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long throw flicked on by Potter, the office of -- ever present Jess Clark

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beat Rachel Laws. Sunderland not safe just yet, 2-1 at half-time.

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Force versus fifth as Birmingham Post deliverable. The Blues had the

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chance to leapfrog the Reds at with victory at Damson Park and the home

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side struck, some great hold-up play allowed the debutant Corina Schroder

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to find space. A gold to remember for Birmingham's new defender. Just

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after the hour mark Liverpool have the chance to level. Penalty given.

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Midfielder Katie Zelem stepped up to take the spot kick. No mistake from

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the England under 20 international and Scott Rogers' side were back on

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terms at 1-1. The Blues had the last word though. Just Carter's long

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throw headed home by Kerys Harrop. 2-1 the final score, the Reds' first

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league defeat since May. clean sheet out of those 15 for

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City, it says it all. Confirmation of how things stand,

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things are looking ominous for Doncaster. A 16 game season this

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year. City will not play on the final day bearing in mind is an odd

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number of teams in the division so one team always had to it out.

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Looking at the relegation fixtures for the teams still in the mix down

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there, it is obviously not looking great for Doncaster but what is the

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mindset of the players? Are they still hopeful? You have so many

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games in hand, it skews it a bit. Mathematically it is possible we can

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stay up but I think it is the mindset, that mentality and

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confidence, when you played 11 games and lost 11, how do you keep that

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team motivated to go into the next game? As a player you have to

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believe you can still get out of it because they can but it is that

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confidence. And you can get into a rut, a winning mentality but also

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losing mentality. The girls were distraught yesterday, they had to

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beat Sunderland and didn't, they had to beat Reading and that didn't

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happen and so it is difficult. The three newly promoted teams are in

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the bottom three. It looks heavily weighted as if they will go back

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down but how do the FA or the clubs bridged the gap? There are vast

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differences. WSL 2 is mainly amateur with some semiprofessional teams but

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the majority of WSL 1 artfully professional with some

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semiprofessional teams. The teams coming up have to make the huge

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investment -- they are fully professional. We have seen the newly

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promoted teams likely to go back down. It is investment in money and

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resources and players. We will see, Doncaster could beat the drop but

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who would replace them? The top four in WSL 2 were separated by just

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three points before some intriguing matches over the weekend.

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It was second against fourth on Saturday when Brittleton the hosted

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Durham. The home side made a great start -- Bristol City. Olivia

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Ferguson profited from a mistake, putting her team 1-0 up. It was her

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third goal of the season and she was involved again as they pushed for a

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second. Some neat play with Chloe Arthur released Ferguson and her

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cross was met by Laurent Hemp. Smart goalkeeping but not enough to save

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the team from defeat. Bristol moved temporarily three points clear until

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Yeovil welcomed Everton. They needed to win to return to the top of the

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table and their breakthrough came when a poem called coursed -- a

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throwing caused problems and Kelly Aldridge capitalised. Jamie share

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would describe their last games at three cup finals as they bid for

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promotion. They almost got breathing space in the first of the three when

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this effort ricocheted wide. It did not matter as it finished 1-0 add a

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valuable three points in the promotion race.

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That looked to be a defining weekend for Yeovil Town and Bristol City who

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are in the driving seat. Two teams are promoted automatically from WSL

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2, one team drops down from WSL 1. A big weekend for Manchester City,

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winning the title for the first time and reflected maybe for the first

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time the front page of a national newspaper showing a title winning

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picture. Manchester City making the front page. Is that progress for the

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women's game? It is marvellous, magnificent to see the women's game

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showcased on the front pages of the national papers. Well deserved. A

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bit more needed in terms of coverage? There is never enough I

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think the fact that it was well deserved for Manchester City, they

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have been the most consistent team this season. I think it is

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fantastic. And you want all the sports editors to be commissioning:

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-- columns. There is a bit of wait until they get their hands on the

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trophy, we will be back with the highlight of their final game at

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home to Birmingham on Sunday the 30th of October. Thank you to Rachel

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and Sue, Manchester City have won the leak with a game to spare. Will

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they go on to dominate the women's game or will it just be want in a

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blue moon? Good night.

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