A Nikita Parris hat-trick helped Manchester City edge previous Reading and extend their lead at the discontinue of the Girls folk’s Perfect League.
City trailed to Brooke Chaplen’s wisely-positioned discontinue but Parris put them within the lead with three unanswered dreams.
Demi Stokes added a fourth earlier than Fara Williams’ penalty and Kirsty Pearce’s faucet-in lowered the Royals’ deficit.
Slash Cushing’s City are five functions positive at the discontinue though 2nd-positioned Arsenal comprise three video games in hand.
Reading had obtained correct two of their final nine aggressive fixtures but took a surprise early lead when Remi Allen’s header change into pounced on by Chaplen, who slotted the ball beyond City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.
Parris, getting back from England’s SheBelieves Cup-a hit campaign, nearly equalised sooner but saw her shot cleared off the line by Reading midfielder Jo Potter within the opening quarter.
The WSL leaders had been rapidly abet on level phrases, nonetheless, when Parris connected with Jill Scott’s sexy toddle earlier than tucking the ball in off the put up.
England skipper Steph Houghton had a right likelihood to form the ratings 2-1 midway via the critical-half when her free-kick, destined for the discontinue-nook, change into tipped away by Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney.
City performed their first-half comeback after 36 minutes when Parris latched on to Stoke’s cutback, and Parris added her third three minutes later after again combining with midfielder Scott.
After the destroy, the WSL’s high-scorer Parris grew to turn into provider, developing Stoke’s for City’s fourth. Nonetheless the hole change into rapidly lowered abet to two dreams when Allen change into adjudged to comprise been fouled within the penalty put of dwelling, allowing Williams to tug a unbiased abet from the put of dwelling.
Pearce made the closing five minutes worrying for City, poking the ball in following a put from Roebuck, but the visitors held on for the victory.