Like their male counterparts, Arsenal Ladies now sit pretty on top of the League.

Vic Akers side overcame a resilient Blackburn outfit 3-1 at Clitheroe FC on Sunday with goals from Faye White, Julie Fleeting and Kelly Smith.

The Gunners dominated possession in the opening exchanges but struggled to apply the killer finish when it counted in the final third.

Ferocious wind coupled with a less than favourable pitch meant that the game did not suit Arsenal's eye-pleasing style and an unorthodox direct approach was required.

Deadlocked at half-time, the Gunners began the second-half with promise and eventually got the breakthrough though White - the captain crashing home a loose ball in the box following a corner.

From that point on momentum remained with the visitors.

After an extended spell of pressure Fleeting notched the second following good work from Rachel Yankey. It should have killed the tie, but Rovers were handed a life-line when Katie Anderton intercepted a loose ball before coolly slotting home past Emma Byrne in the Arsenal goal.

The hosts failed to seize the initiative from that point on and Smith's late spot-kick, after she had been bundled over, sealed victory.

Arsenal will now play a re-arranged fixture against Liverpool this weekend at Borehamwood.  Kick-off 2 pm.

A full-list of the Club's recent fixture changes can be found in the Ladies fixture list.

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3 Feb 2008