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Arsenal women close in on seventh straight title

By Tony Leighton

Arsenal moved eight points clear at the top of the Women's Premier League with a 4-1 midweek win against struggling Nottingham Forest.

The Gunners now need five points from their remaining four matches to clinch a seventh successive league title.

Their victory on Thursday followed Wednesday wins for Everton and Leeds Carnegie, the Toffees climbing to second place and Leeds to third.

Arsenal still have games against Everton and Leeds to come.

Arsenal 4-1 Nottingham Forest

Arsenal maintained their 100% home record with a comfortable victory over the Premier League's bottom but one side.

Prolific scorer Kim Little took her season's league and cup goal tally to 41 with the 12th minute opener.

Little's Scotland team-mates Julie Fleeting and Jennifer Beattie then put the result beyond doubt with further goals either side of half-time.

Gemma Davison completed the Arsenal scoring in the 84th minute before Beth Bailey hit a consolation goal four minutes into stoppage time.

Everton 2-0 Birmingham City

Natasha Dowie's sixth-minute goal, the England striker's 26th of the season, set Everton on the road to victory.

Central defender Fern Whelan doubled the lead a minute before half-time, the Toffees then going on to record their ninth win in 10 league outings.

Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Leeds Carnegie

Leeds bounced back from two successive defeats to keep alive their hopes of ending the season with one of the Premier League's two Champions League places.

Midfielder Steph Houghton hit her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute and winger Jess Clarke bagged the victory clincher 12 minutes into the second half.

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see also
Arsenal extend lead with win
25 Apr 10 |  Women
Arsenal edge out Leeds to go top
18 Apr 10 |  Women
Arsenal set up Everton Cup final
04 Apr 10 |  Women

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