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Manchester City Women Take a Step Forward in a New Era

Alan Mahon has successful debut.

Manchester City v Bristol City - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Manchester City women secured an 11th consecutive home win in the Women’s Super League on Wednesday. The Blues defeated Bristol City 1-0 to maintain a point lead over Chelsea and six ahead of Arsenal in the title race . The victory also set a new league record for most consecutive home wins in the division.

The Vixens turned up at the Academy Stadium hoping to surprise the home team and pick up a second league win of the season. Tanya Oxtoby’s charges secured a 1-0 victory away at Manchester United early last month. But a quick-fire Gemma Bonner volley in the second minute of the game extinguished any such hope and put City firmly in control of the tie.

Although the team was unable to add to the score line for the remaining period of the match, the win secured the three valuable points at stake. That gave Alan Mahon his first win in charge and ensured the team maintained top spot on the league table. But that’s just a point ahead of Chelsea who also beat Birmingham City 2-0.

The 2018 champions have emerged as strong contenders for the title this term. With a game in hand over City, Emma Hayes’ women will emerge champions at season’s end if they maintain a perfect record for the remainder of the campaign. Fortunately, City can have a say in that as the two sides square up at the Academy Stadium on February 23.

In the meantime, attention shifts to the FA Women’s Cup. City will continue our defence of the trophy against Ipswich Town. The Tractor Girls will visit the Academy Stadium on Sunday 16 February for a fifth round tie. The Citizens will be looking to get another win in the bag as the new era under Mahon continues. That will mean progress in the competition as it offers an opportunity to win one of the two trophies still up for grabs this season.