Chelsea take WSL top spot after West Ham victory

Chelsea have leapfrogged into the top spot of the Women’s Super League table after their victory over West Ham.

After an important game in the title 2019/20 title race, Arsenal jump up to second after their win over Manchester City. The Cityzens fall to third after a weekend filled with action.

Manchester United 2-0 Reading

Casey Stoney’s Manchester United side made it three wins on the bounce in the league with a routine win against Reading.

Kirsty Hanson opened the scoring, getting on the end of a Leah Galton cross to give United the lead.

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Reading gave a good account of themselves, particularly in the second half with the Royals dominating possession in the second period.

It was all for nothing though, as Jess Sigsworth got a goal for the second game running. This one with less than five minutes to go before full-time.

United go into fourth in the table. They sit ahead Everton on goal difference.

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Chloe Kelly was on strike yet again this weekend as Everton won their third game of the WSL season.

Brighton will feel a tad hard-done-by – they matched Everton for shots and on-target shooting but couldn’t get a break in front of goal.

Kelly scored the first with an incredibly well-taken goal. Hannah Cain threaded the ball through for her, then she used some good feet to take the ball away from Felicity Gibbons.

She slotted home to the keepers’ left, leaving no chance for Megan Walsh.

Esme Morgan doubled the lead ten minutes later. Morgan found herself wide open from an Inessa Kaagman corner.

She made no mistake with the header and secured all three points for the Toffees.

Birmingham 2-0 Liverpool

Birmingham have wone their first game of the season with an impressive performance against Vicky Jepson’s Liverpool.

Lucy Staniforth and Kerys Harrop got the goals to see the Blues over the line and to condemn Liverpool to the bottom spot of the league.

Staniforth set up Harrop for the opener. Her swinging free-kick was met by the captain’s looping header. The ball sailed into the back of the net to give City the lead.

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Liverpool had a poor game overall. The only time they looked dangerous lasted all of two minutes, following the introduction of Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Kirsty Linnett.

Harrop returned the favour for Staniforth for the second goal. Fran Kitching made a bit of a mess of her cross, pushing the ball straight out to Staniforth, who smashed the ball into the net.

Birmingham now jump up out of the relegation position, leaving Liverpool sat in the drop zone.

Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City

Arsenal have won what was perhaps the biggest game of the season so far.

None other than Vivianne Miedema scored the only goal of the game as the Dutch wonder continues to prove that she is a player for the biggest occasions.

Kim Little played a delightful ball through for Miedema, who then smashed it past Ellie Roebuck in the Man City goal.

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Ellen White made her return to the City squad, making the bench. However, her 66th-minute introduction was not enough to get City back into the game.

City are now three games without a win and travel to Madrid to play Atletico on Wednesday.

Arsenal now go second in the WSL, with City trailing behind them in third.

West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea are top of the WSL!

The Blues have taken advantage of Arsenal beating City and claim the top spot with a professional win against West Ham.

This is the second time Chelsea have beaten West Ham this season, with the other game finishing 2-0.

Chelsea didn’t have things completely their own way as West Ham took the lead through Adriana Leon. The Canadian scored with her first touch to put the Hammers ahead.

Chelsea were back in it when Sophie Ingle found some space in the box to ‘hammer’ one home.

Ji So-yun gave Chelsea the lead less than two minutes later with an outrageous finish.

Guro Reiten forced the ball back to Ji on the edge of the area. The South Korean obliged with a fantastic shot that no keeper would have saved.

Chelsea got their third in added time through Drew Spence, securing all three points and the top spot in the table.

Bristol City 1-2 Spurs

For 60 minutes, it looked like Bristol City could be on their way to their first WSL win of the season. Kit Graham said otherwise.

Abi Harrison gave City the lead just before half-time. She was the third Robin to shoot in the move and as they say: the third time is the charm.

Harrison’s shot rocketed into the roof of the net and put Bristol into the lead.

It was all going well for City before they conceded two goals in two minutes. Kit Graham got on the scoresheet twice with just 73 seconds separating her strikes.

They were both finishes out of the top drawer and awarded Spurs maximum points.