Women's Premier League: Coventry City move top after Charlton victory

By Tony LeightonWomen's football correspondent
Reading's Rebecca Jane
Reading's Rebecca Jane has represented England at various international levels

Goals by Jade Formaston and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk took Coventry City to the top of the Women's Premier League with a 2-0 win at Charlton Athletic.

Coventry climbed above previous leaders Leeds United, who slipped to third place after a 2-2 draw with Barnet.

Sunderland also overtook Leeds, Kiera Ramshaw hitting a hat-trick as the Black Cats trounced Watford 5-0.

Nicola Watts and Rebecca Jane scored two goals each in Reading's conclusive 6-1 victory against Nottingham Forest.

Charlton Athletic 0-2 Coventry City

Coventry were promoted from the Northern Division only this season but showed yet again how well they have adapted.

Formaston hit her third goal in as many games to put the visitors in front.

And Sweetman-Kirk claimed her fourth of the season with the winner nine minutes into the second half.

Sunderland 5-0 Watford

Ramshaw has spent most of Sunderland's games on the substitutes' bench but took her chance in the starting line-up.

She drilled a 10 yard shot into the roof of the net to open the scoring in the 16th minute and volleyed home the second goal six minutes later.

Her hat-trick was completed after the interval, Ramshaw this time forcing the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble.

Leading scorer Beth Mead cut in from the right to bag her 10th goal of the season, shooting in from an acute angle.

And midfielder Kelly McDougall glanced home a header from Beth Gardener's last minute cross to complete the Black Cats' victory.

Leeds United 2-2 Barnet

A late penalty miss by Clare Sykes proved costly as Leeds failed to win a game they controlled for long periods.

Carey Huegett gave the home side an early lead that should have been increased before the break.

But chances went begging, and Leeds paid the price when Hannah Short equalised in the 66th minute and Cheryl Williams shot Barnet in front.

Jess Holbrook brought the scores level and six minutes from time Sykes had the chance to seal victory - only to hit the bar with her spot-kick.

Reading 6-1 Nottingham Forest

Watts scored a hat-trick in Reading's 3-1 win at Forest in August and tormented them once again with two goals in the opening 20 minutes of the return fixture.

Reading looked well on the way to victory when Kelly Chambers added a third goal on the half-hour, but Suzanne Davies reduced the arrears just before the break.

Jane restored the home side's three-goal advantage immediately after the interval and she then put the game well beyond the visitors in the 62nd minute.

Melissa Fletcher completed the rout, the result leapfrogging the Royals above Forest into seventh place in the table.