Beattie says top of the table Man City have more to give

Sunday 28 Aug 2016
Man City celebrate their second goal against Reading

Manchester City may be 10 points clear at the top of FA WSL 1 after their 2-0 win over Reading, but Jennifer Beattie insists the players still believe they should be doing more.

Beattie was on the scoresheet at City’s Academy Stadium on Sunday, heading in Toni Duggan’s free-kick before captain Steph Houghton completed the win by curling in a late set-piece.

Chelsea’s impressive 4-0 win at Birmingham City later that afternoon meant they kept pace with Nick Cushing’s side and the reigning champions have two games in hand on their title rivals.


Birmingham 0-4 Chelsea
Liverpool 1-0 Doncaster
Man City 2-0 Reading
Notts County 0-2 Arsenal

And Beattie, who has previously won the FA WSL 1 crown with Arsenal, said: “The best thing is that we’re still not happy.

“We still think we can get better – we’ve scored twice from set pieces but we want to be scoring from open play too. We’ve got the quality there but it’s just about making it happen in the final third.”

Chelsea will not be giving up their FA WSL 1 title easily though and were at their rampant best as they went 4-0 up within 27 minutes.

Eniola Aluko’s low strike and Karen Carney's close-range header saw the visitors two up within six minutes, while another header from Gemma Davison and Ji So-Yun’s follow-up made it back-to-back 4-0 wins for the Blues.

Former Birmingham captain Carney said: “That was the first time we’ve really clicked as a team this season and it was a fantastic performance.

“All the forwards scored and I was pleased to get a goal, but I refused to celebrate out of respect for Birmingham.”

Arsenal remain third, 15 points adrift, after their 2-0 win over Notts County – the victory coming via Asisat Oshoala and a Megan Walsh own goal, which were scored either side of Emma Byrne’s red card.

And on Saturday, Natasha Harding scored a second-half thunderbolt to help Liverpool to a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles.


Bristol City 0-1 Everton
Durham 2-1 Oxford
London Bees 2-1 Aston Villa
Sheffield 1-1 Yeovil
Watford 1-2 Millwall

In FA WSL 2 things remain incredibly tight at the top with four teams still in the hunt for the title.

Yeovil Town still lead the way on 30 points despite dropping two away to Sheffield, as the Glovers needed a late goal from debutant Lucy Quinn to cancel out Jodie Michalska’s earlier finish.

Quinn said: “I’m confident we can still go up, the girls are so talented and it’s such a great group.

“They’re experienced and determined but we can’t get ahead of ourselves and if we just keep doing what we do then I think we’ll do it.”

Bristol City remain second but are now three points behind following their 1-0 defeat at home to Everton due to Chloe Kelly’s early penalty.

The Toffees are five points off Yeovil but have a game in hand and Gabby George said: “Every game is important for us now and we are going to try and get three points from each of them and see where we end up at the end of the season.”

Durham are fourth on 24 points after Beth Hepple and Jordan Atkinson helped them to a 2-1 victory at home to Oxford United.

Millwall won their bottom-of-the-table clash with Watford 2-1, courtesy of Ashlee Hincks and Lucy Loomes, to move four points clear of the basement side, while London Bees claimed their first three points since early July by the same scoreline at home to Aston Villa.

By FA Staff