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Three things we learnt from the weekend’s FA Women’s Championship action

The FA Women’s Championship produced another exciting weekend of action which delivered no less than 15 goals, an average of three goals per game.

Despite being just three games in, the division is beginning to take some real shape at both ends of the table.

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have reviewed the action and here are three of the main talking points from last weekend.

Sheffield United have the most deadly attack in the division

No surprises with this one, most people predicted it from the off. Sheffield United’s attack can only be described as deadly with both of their goal machines Melissa Johnson and Katie Wilkinson bagging braces against London Bees at the weekend.

Where The Blades trump their promotion rivals is undoubtedly at the top end of the park, you have to question whether any other side in the FA Women’s Championship possesses such a high level of attacking talent. The fact that both Johnson and Wilkinson have netted the league’s best goal tallies of four so far probably suggests not. Sheffield United are likely to have a 30 or 40-goal strikeforce on their hands. Will any club be able to beat them in terms of goal return this season?

Maiden Castle is beginning to become Durham’s fortress

Lets face it, playing Durham on their own park has never been an easy proposition for any side in the FA Women’s Championship. The club announced the move across the city to their new purpose-built stadium at Maiden Castle earlier this month and The Wildcats have quickly made it their home.

After eventually claiming a first home win over Lewes a fortnight ago, London City Lionesses were the latest visitors to the North East at the weekend and The Pride were given a rough time by a physical Durham outfit.

It wasn’t a pretty game, it was a contest played out in windy and cold conditions with plenty of full-blooded challenges, but Durham collected the all-important three points courtesy of a Beth Hepple goal. No team will fancy taking on Durham at Maiden Castle this year, it is every bit as tough as the trip to New Ferens Park used to be.

Rachel Furness is a player playing below her level

Having netted five goals in last season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, one or two eyebrows may have been raised when attacker Rachel Furness remained with The Reds for their FA Women’s Championship promotion bid.┬áThe Northern Ireland international had spent a decade playing in the top flight, becoming something of a household name in the division in the process.

Furness has been worth her weight in gold for Liverpool so far this season, netting four goals in just three FA Women’s Championship matches. The player got her name on the scoresheet twice against Charlton Athletic this weekend as The Reds won 4-0 at Prenton Park.

The attacker is a Barclays FA Women’s Super League player making a sacrifice to play her football in the second tier and a real luxury player in the Liverpool side. If Furness continues her goalscoring record throughout the season, Liverpool will come very close to an immediate return to the top flight.

FA Women’s Championship results

Durham 1-0 London City Lionesses

Crystal Palace 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

Lewes 1-0 Coventry United

Liverpool 4-0 Charlton Athletic

Sheffield United 4 London Bees 0

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