The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

BRIGHTON were vic­to­ri­ous for the first time in three matches in what was a week­end of lit­tle WPL ac­tion due to post­pone­ments and cup clashes.

The Seag­ulls, who have fal­tered of late af­ter an un­beaten start to the cam­paign, ground out a 2-1 win over lead­ers CARDIFF, leav­ing them just one point off the top spot.

Kate Natkiel broke the dead­lock on 16 min­utes af­ter So­phie Perry and Char­lotte Gurr played her in fol­low­ing some neat build-up play.

She made no mis­take with her fin­ish and the visi­tors could have dou­bled their lead when Amy Tay­lor hit the cross­bar with a scin­til­lat­ing shot just af­ter.

How­ever, af­ter the break Tay­lor did ex­tend Brighton’s lead.

On the hour mark she showed su­perb in­di­vid­ual skill to beat the Cardiff de­fence and smash the ball home.

But Cardiff hit back and just five min­utes later halved the deficit.

Kelly Aldridge was on tar­get as she gave her side a life­line from a cor­ner.

The Blue­birds were buoyed by the goal but were un­able to fin­ish a host of chances and Al­bion held on for a cru­cial win.

TOT­TEN­HAM con­tin­ued their good run of form with a 2-1 win over WEST HAM.

Spurs moved up to fourth in the ta­ble and did so in dra­matic fash­ion.

Af­ter a goal­less first half, Wendy Martin made her re­turn and slot­ted home.

But in a fran­tic end to the match, the Ham­mers thought they had sal­vaged a point in in­jury time with Rom­ina Pinna grab­bing the goal.

But Martin was to break West Ham hearts as in the fifth minute of added time she headed home to se­cure Spurs’ sev­enth win of the sea­son.

Frus­trat­ingly, there was no ac­tion in the WPL North, so NOT­TING­HAM FOR­EST still lead the way fol­lowed closely be­hind by STOKE CITY and DERBY COUNTY.

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BIG MATCH: Cardiff against Brighton

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