BRIGHTON leapfrogged Tottenham to third by dealing an injury-time blow to Leicester City’s hopes of a point and a draw.
Maisie Symonds’ late strike for Albion curved in beyond a leaping Kirstie Levell consigned the Foxes to a seventh straight defeat.
The result means the Foxes are yet to register a point in the top-flight with the club set to face Durham in the Conti Cup and Everton in the league.
Seagulls boss Hope Powell told the BBC: “I have to give a lot of credit to Leicester. We knew they would be well organised and tough to break down but we kept going and got the goal in the end.
“It was a great goal to win it and it’s nice to be up in the top three but we know we can do better.
“There will be things we can work on after we review the game but we’ll enjoy the three points.”
Manchester United suffered late draw drama away to the Toffees.
A mix-up between Mary Earps and Marie Thorisdottir saw Simone Magill capitalising to level for the Toffees.
After the game, United boss Marc Skinner told Sky Sports: “Either the keeper comes clean and takes it or the defence clears it.
“It is back to those decisions and we are so close, just the little details.
Elsewhere Aston Villa nabbed the win and bragging rights from their Second City derby duel with Birmingham.
Anita Asante’s bullet first-half header saw Carla Ward’s side picking up their first top-flight win of the season to go sixth in the table.
Ward said: “The three points are massive. At half-time, we were disappointed to have only been 1-0 up. We should have been out of sight by half-time.
“We needed to move the ball quicker and we didn’t do enough with it. We knew how to hurt them but we didn’t do it well enough.
Elsewhere Reading battled from two goals down to snatch a point away at West Ham.
Goals from Abbey-Leigh Stringer and 19-year-old Emma Harries saw Kelly Chambers’ resilient Royals seal a 2-2 draw.
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