Reds slip as City main­tain pres­sure

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

UNITED were stunned by strug­gling Bris­tol City in the Bar­clays FA Women’s Su­per League sea­son at Leigh Sports Vil­lage yes­ter­day.

Ebony Sal­mon’s first-half strike was enough to se­cure the three points for the league’s strug­glers, who held firm against the host’s re­lent­less at­tacks.

The de­feat ends a four-match un­beaten home streak for United who lacked the clin­i­cal touch in the fi­nal third de­spite con­trol­ling much of the play.

United’s Amy Turner said af­ter the match: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing. It’s not as if we played well and lost.

“It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause we’ve trained well all week and we came in feel­ing pos­i­tive, but from the off we just didn’t ex­e­cute the game plan and we didn’t get the ba­sics right. Bris­tol out­worked us and got the win.”

Pauline Bre­mer’s brace helped City to a rou­tine 4-1 vic­tory over Tot­ten­ham, main­tain­ing pres­sure on Ar­se­nal at the top of the Su­per League.

Two goals within the first five min­utes set the tone for a dom­i­nant Blues per­for­mance that kept them within three points of the league lead­ers.

City man­ager Nick Cush­ing said: “I’m re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance and how clin­i­cal we were, but I think this game had the po­ten­tial to be a bit of a sticky game.”

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