Chelsea march to emphatic Twerton Park victory

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Blues fans are sure to be feeling the love this Valentine’s Day. A soggy afternoon at Twerton Park saw the Women’s Super League champions grab another three points in a 5-0 defeat of league stragglers Bristol City.

Chelsea showed off their world-class attacking players with four different goal-scorers on Sunday evening.

Only one change was made from the midweek lineup, seeing Melanie Leupolz off and Bethany England back with the starters. Emma Hayes brought out a heavy attacking side against Bristol, who lost their last meeting with the Blues by a hefty nine goals.

Chelsea were high up on the press from the first whistle. They demonstrated their drive and creativity with a chance made inside the first 60 seconds. Robins goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley was able to hold them off until a corner was successfully headed in by Fran Kirby after less than fifteen minutes.

The goal was Kirby’s tenth of the season, bringing her level with fellow forward Sam Kerr. As the Blues fell into their stride, it was clear this goal would not be the last.

Superb vision from Sophie Ingle and Pernille Harder provided the second goal of the afternoon. Ingle swept the ball under the Bristol defenders’ feet and into the path of Harder for a sweet strike.

Chelsea seal the deal at Twerton Park

By half-time the Blues were three goals ahead, thanks to a brace by Kirby who poached a rebound from Baggaley.

Hayes’ side showed no sign of slowing down, despite the pitch beginning to resemble a 7,000 square metre Slip’n’Slide.

Not wanting to trail behind, Kerr brought her own tally to 11 goals with a perfectly-timed header. The cross was lofted in by England, who later contributed her own tap-in to bring the score to 5-0, practically skidding over the goal line.

The sodden, muddy players on both sides of Twerton Park were likely glad to hear the final whistle blown after quick spell of injury time. For Bristol, it was a tough loss, though not by as great of a margin as the previous encounter.

For Chelsea, it’s a clear sign that they are England’s top dogs. The defending WSL champions have recovered well from their huge upset against Brighton last weekend.

Consecutive victories and clean sheets against Arsenal and Bristol see the Blues five points clear of second place Manchester City.

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