Chelsea Ladies remain in second place in the FA Women’s Super League 1 table after battling to a goalless draw with Manchester City Women at Kingsmeadow.
The two sides are separated by just two points at the league summit and both Chelsea and Manchester City look set to take the title race down to the wire.
The visitors lost the services of first choice goalkeeper Karen Barnsley early on after the player collided with Drew Spence.
That blow did not affect Manchester City and Jill Scott tested Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl from range before Ramona Bachmann fired an effort straight at City substitute Ellie Roebuck.
Both sides cancelled each other out during a hard fought first half and there was little else to report in terms of goalscoring opportunities as the first 45 minutes ended goalless.
Chelsea came close to scoring with the first real chance of the second half but Bachmann’s ambitious lob was not quite accurate enough to beat Roebuck. City defender Steph Houghton then whipped a free-kick just wide before Blues striker Fran Kirby struck an effort on the turn which never really looked like going into the net.
Spence then forced a good save from Roebuck before the same player caused panic in the box a few minutes later, however, she was again denied by the City keeper.
A cagey final few minutes saw plenty of end-to-end action but neither side were able to find the all important winning goal as the match ended in a stalemate.