WSL 1: Birmingham City Ladies 0-0 Bristol Academy

Mary Earps (centre)
Bristol Academy goalkeeper Mary Earps was in fine form to keep Birmingham's strikeforce at bay

Bristol Academy earned their first point of the Women's Super League season as they held Birmingham City to a goalless draw at Solihull Moors.

With new manager Willie Kirk watching from the stands, Bristol frustrated the hosts, who created far more chances but could not beat goalkeeper Mary Earps.

The England Under-23 stopper blocked Karen Carney and Freda Ayisi's efforts.

The result leaves Bristol bottom of the league, while Birmingham have now gone four home league games without scoring.

Winless runs continue
Both Birmingham City and Bristol Academy remain without a league win so far in 2015.

In a first half of few chances, the hosts came closest to opening the scoring but Birmingham's Melissa Lawley dragged her low shot narrowly wide.

After the break, Lawley went close again but her shot was saved by Earps, who then denied substitute Carney from a narrow angle after Jade Moore's through ball, before Kirsty Linnett blasted over from close range.

Substitute Sharla Passariello wasted the visitors' best effort, volleying over from outside the area, before Carney failed to fully connect with a Lawley cross late on, in what was the clearest opportunity of the match.

Birmingham City Ladies boss David Parker told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"It was a fantastic performance by the girls. We created chance after chance, and opportunities in abundance.

"We just haven't been able to find the back of the net.

"It wasn't to be tonight, for whatever reason. Bristol didn't cause us any problems, especially in the second half. I just can't fault the girls."

New Bristol Academy boss Willie Kirk told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"The whole team has shown a lot of real character and spirit.

"If they show that for the rest of the season, they'll be fine.

"There's not much confidence in the camp but that will come."

Birmingham City: Spencer, Sargeant, Carter, Mannion, Harrop, Ayisi, Allen, Potter, Moore (capt), Lawley, Windell.

Substitutes: Baggaley, Linnett, Carney, Stringer, Westwood, Torkildsen, Haines.

Bristol Academy: Earps, Dykes, Matthews, McCatty (capt), Brown, James, Ladd, Evans, Ingle, Watts, Murray.

Substitutes: Evans, Bird, Passariello, Dalton, Hurst, Lawrence.

Referee: Simon Barrow

Attendance: 465.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Ladies440081712
2Arsenal Women431082610
3Notts County Ladies522111748
4Liverpool Ladies42025506
5Sunderland Ladies5203711-46
6Man City Women411223-14
7B'ham City Ladies503213-23
8Bristol City Women5014313-101
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