Leeds United top Premier League after thrashing Aston Villa 5-0
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Millie Bright and Tanya Rich both scored twice as Leeds United trounced Aston Villa 5-0 to climb to the top of the Women's Premier League.
Previous leaders Coventry City had to settle for a goalless draw against a much improved bottom of the table Watford.
Sunderland moved up to third after an entertaining 6-3 victory over Reading.
Nottingham Forest collected their first points of the season with a 3-0 win against Barnet.
Leeds 5-0 Aston Villa
Hayley Sharp's 16th minute opener set Leeds on the way to their biggest win of the season.
Bright struck her first goal 10 minutes before half-time then scored a crucial second a minute after the interval.
The home side cruised through the second half and Rich put the icing on the cake with goals in the 73rd and 75th minutes.
Sunderland 6-3 Reading
Rachel Furness started the goal feast with the first two of the game, both headers, but Nicky Watts pulled one back for Reading to make it 2-1 at half-time.
A great solo effort by Beth Mead restored Sunderland's two-goal advantage, but Watts was on target again to keep the visitors in the game.
The Black Cats then put themselves in an impregnable position with Kelly McDougall's penalty followed by goals from Sophie Williams and Nicola Devine.
Rebecca Jane hit Reading's third goal but it was no more than consolation for the visitors at the end of an action-packed encounter.
Nottingham Forest 3-0 Barnet
After an even first half Forest ran away with the game in their best 45 minutes of the season so far.
Natasha Meade opened the scoring when she took advantage of a 48th minute defensive mix-up.
Suzanne Davies headed the second in the 70th minute and Meade wrapped up the points with a shot that went in off the post 15 minutes from time.
Watford 0-0 Coventry City
A top versus bottom clash was expected to go Coventry's way but Watford, notably through striker Sarah Wiltshire, went close to scoring on several occasions.
Coventry might have won the game though, if Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's goalbound second half effort had not been brilliantly saved by Watford goalkeeper Lauren Davey.