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Birmingham City and Bristol City share the points in crucial six-pointer

Birmingham City extended their run of games without a win to 10 following a 1-1 draw against Bristol City at the SportNation.bet Stadium this afternoon.

An early goal for Charlie Wellings gave the visitors the lead before Birmingham City captain Christie Murray levelled the game 10 minutes into the second half, as both sides shared the points.

Carla Ward made one change to her Birmingham City side from the team that drew 2-2 with West Ham United in their previous game, with Harriet Scott coming back into the side in place of Emily Murphy.

Bristol City also made one change off the back of their previous game against Tottenham Hotspur, a game which finished 1-1. Charlie Wellings came into the side to replace Flo Allen at right-back.

The hosts threatened early in the game and had three very good opportunities to take the lead. Sophie Baggaley did well to tip away a low curling effort from Jamie Lee-Napier while Ruby Mace headed wide from a corner. Ruesha Littlejohn forced a smart save from Baggaley with a long range volley.

Bristol City took the lead after 13 minutes when a cross from the left fell to Carla Humphrey in the box. Her shot was blocked before the ball fell to Wellings who superbly slotted beyond Hannah Hampton from six yards.

The goal for the away side picked up their confidence and pushed them on in search of their second goal. Hampton did well to deny Ebony Salmon from long range and the rebound almost fell to the feet of Abi Harrison but Georgia Brougham did brilliantly to turn it behind for a corner.

Ward’s side started the second half looking for the equaliser and they had a brilliant opportunity to level the scores 10 minutes in. Sarah Mayling hit a superb effort on the volley but Baggaley did brilliantly to tip the ball onto the bar and out for a corner. From the resulting delivery, the home side found their equaliser through Murray. Mayling picked out her unmarked captain from the corner and she fired into the top right corner to score her second league goal of the season.

The visitors had the chance to regain the lead with 10 minutes left on the clock but Molly Pike curled an effort just wide of Hampton’s right-hand post after Brougham have given away possession for the home side.

Despite the draw, Birmingham City extend their run of games without victory to 10 games and will want to put an end to that run as soon as possible. They remain ninth in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table but they have another tough game next weekend as they travel to Kingsmeadow to take on league leaders Chelsea.

The draw moves Bristol City up to 10th and means that they now sit two points clear of West Ham United who remain rooted to the bottom of the table, although they do have two games in hand on The Robins. Bristol City will look to move further away from the drop zone next weekend when they take on Arsenal at Twerton Park on Easter Sunday.

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