Women's Super League - Five talking points from the weekend's action
Arsenal made it five wins in five with a 6-0 thrashing against Reading. Manchester City matched that scoreline as they beat Brighton 6-0. Chelsea failed to score for the fifth time as they were held to a goalless draw by Birmingham. Yeovil remain pointless after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bristol City. Liverpool recorded back-to-back wins with victory over West Ham. Here are five talking points from another entertaining WSL weekend.
Arsenal maintain that winning feeling
Right now, Arsenal look unstoppable. It doesn't matter who they come up against, you fancy them to get the win. Reading were 2-0 down after seven minutes and they were unable to contain Arsenal during the match as the Gunners ran riot. Striker Vivianne Miedema is in the form of her life with nine goals from the first five games, including two hat-tricks. Jordan Nobbs has also chipped in with five goals from midfield. Joe Montemurro has signed a new long-term contract with the side as their 100% winning start continues. If their excellent form continues, Arsenal will have their hands on the WSL title come May.
Chelsea's struggles in front of goal continue
Emma Hayes' side played out a goalless draw against Birmingham after Karen Carney's penalty was saved by Ann-Katrin Berger. The Blues have scored just two goals in six matches but they have had an astonishing 117 shots with 44 of those on target. Chelsea have the attacking talent and they are clearly creating the chances but the defending champions are finding it difficult to convert them. The Blues have to find last season's form if they are to have any chance of successfully defending their title.
Back-to-back wins for Liverpool
Liverpool's search for a permanent manager continues but this is not affecting results on the pitch. Chris Kirkland is in caretaker charge and has led Liverpool to back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They followed up a 2-1 win over Yeovil with a 1-0 victory against league newcomers West Ham. Sweetman-Kirk's goal in the seventh minute was enough to secure three points for the second consecutive game. After a summer of upheaval, Liverpool are finally beginning to have some consistency where it matters most.
Manchester City keep the pressure on
Arsenal won 6-0 and so did Manchester City. Nick Cushing's side have scored 13 goals in their last two games as they look to win the WSL title once again. Man City are just one point behind league leaders Arsenal, although they have played a game more. Georgia Stanway scored a hat-trick as Man City beat Brighton 6-0 with Caroline Weir, Nikita Parris and Claire Emslie getting a goal each. The Gunners are on fire at the moment but Man City are right behind them, ready to pounce if they slip up.
Yeovil have to find the positives
Last season Yeovil finished bottom of the league with two points and managed to score just two goals in their 18 league games. This campaign is following a similar pattern with Yeovil at the bottom after five defeats from their first five games. However, they have improved. Yeovil have already scored three goals and even though they have lost their opening five games, they have been unlucky in some of them. In their most recent defeat against Bristol City, they lost 2-1.
Lucy Graham scored for Bristol and Amber Gaylor equalised immediately. Then the Lady Glovers thought they had taken the lead early in the second half but Olivia Fergusson's effort was ruled out for offside. Graham scored hers and Bristol's second goal to win the game but once again Yeovil were unfortunate. Just one win this season would be a huge achievement for Yeovil who are giving their all in the top flight.
Week 6 Results:
Birmingham City 0-0 Chelsea
Arsenal 6-0 Reading
Brighton 0-6 Manchester City
West Ham 0-1 Liverpool
Yeovil 1-2 Bristol City