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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 August, 2004, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Banks rescues Arsenal
By Tony Leighton

Former England striker Angela Banks stepped out of retirement to earn 10-woman Arsenal a 2-2 draw with arch-rivals Charlton Athletic.

In her first National Division game since the end of the 2002-03 campaign, substitute Banks hit a late equaliser after England defender Leanne Champ had been sent off.

Everton are top of the table after two goals by England striker Jody Handley helped them to a 4-1 win against newly-promoted Bristol City.

Apart from Everton the only team with a 100% per cent record after two matches is Bristol Rovers, who won 2-1 against still pointless Leeds United.


Arsenal 2-2 Charlton Athletic

An incident-packed game at Boreham Wood opened with a first-minute goal by Arsenal's 16-year-old striker Lianne Sanderson.

But Sanderson's England Under-19 colleague Eni Aluko hit a 27th-minute equaliser then put the Addicks in front on the hour.

When Champ was then sent off for a second bookable offence Arsenal looked set for a rapid second defeat by Charlton, who won their Community Shield clash last week.

But Banks, on for the injured Julie Fleeting, levelled the scores in the 74th minute to give the Nationwide Premier League champions their first point of the campaign.


Everton 4-1 Bristol City

Everton maintained the goal form they showed last week at Leeds United, where they opened their campaign with a blistering 8-0 victory.

The Toffees were not quite as prolific against the National Division newcomers, but they were comfortable winners after Handley had hit their first two goals.

Kelly McDougall and substitute Amy Kane doubled the scoreline before Angie Tinson grabbed a late consolation goal for the visitors.


Bristol Rovers 2-1 Leeds United

Leeds United's nightmare start to the season continued as goals by Louise Hutton and Trudy Williams condemned them to the bottom-of-the-table spot.

Former England captain Karen Walker pulled a goal back midway through the second half but the visitors could not force an equaliser despite late pressure.


Liverpool 1-1 Fulham

A Jo Traynor own-goal cost Liverpool victory as the National Division new girls and the former champions each collected their first point of the season.

Lou Hastie gave Liverpool a 17th-minute lead but central defender Traynor, attempting a clearance, headed into her own net just before the hour.


Birmingham City 0-0 Doncaster Rovers Belles

The new-look Belles, forced into bringing in new players when seven first-teamers left in the close season, battled throughout for a hard-earned point.

Birmingham, whose eight summer signings included goalkeeper Jo Fletcher from Donny, controlled much of the game but could not break down a stubborn defence.





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