Georgia Stanway scored two goals to help Manchester City’s women’s side maintain their momentum in the Barclays Women’s Football League with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The England international double raised its tally for the season to seven, with Gareth Taylor’s side racking up five consecutive wins in all competitions.
Stanway opened the scoring five minutes later when she received a pass from Elaine White and fired with a swerve.
The score was 2-0 thanks to a superb goal for the team in the 40th minute. Lucy Bronze found White with a through pass and the England striker turned again to provide a low cross that was rounded by Vicky Losada.
The points were sealed 16 minutes before the end of the match when the brilliant Stanway scored at the back post.
After a difficult start to the 23-year-old’s season, including his sending off against Manchester United, the forward has now scored in five consecutive games to help City sit fifth in the table.
Manchester United for women He climbed to third after they picked up where they left off before the winter break with a 5-0 win over Birmingham women.
Head coach Mark Skinner’s side were playing their first game since December 19, when they scored five points against Villa, repeating the trick with a glittering first-half display.
Captain Katie Zilm led United in front after 12 minutes and Leah Galton scored a quick brace that made the score 3-0.
There was still plenty of time before the break as Ella Ton’s attempt hit the crossbar and bounced off goalkeeper Emily Ramsey to score a poor own goal.
Alicia Russo finished off the scoring in the 71st minute when he headed in her fifth goal of the season to bring City back to Earth after last weekend’s shock win over Arsenal.
United advanced above Tottenham, who host West Ham on Sunday, while Birmingham remained 11th, one point behind the league’s singles relegation site.