Women's Super League - Five talking points from the weekend's action
Manchester City dropped points as they drew 1-1 with Reading. Arsenal continued their winning run with a 4-0 victory over Bristol City. Brighton claimed their first WSL win as they beat Yeovil Town 2-1. Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Liverpool and West Ham were 2-1 winners over Everton.
Redemption for Reading
After a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, Reading needed a positive result and they got that against Man City when they held them to a 1-1 draw. Georgia Stanway broke the deadlock with a superb volley for Man City before Jade Moore headed home to equalise and give Reading a point. Reading frustrated Man City with Grace Maloney making several saves to deny Man City's Nikita Parris. While Man City will have been disappointed with the result, Reading showed once again that they can cause the big teams problems as they avoided back-to-back defeats.
Another late goal show from Arsenal
Arsenal are undoubtedly the team to beat this season. They have won all six of their fixtures so far and have a game in hand over Man City who are three points behind them. They are scoring goals and keeping clean sheets for fun as they continue to dominate week after week, regardless of the opposition. For the second consecutive game, the Gunners have scored goals after the 80th minute.
Against Reading, Vivianne Miedema completed her hat-trick in the 85th minute. This week, Miedema scored in the 88th minute while van de Donk scored a minute into stoppage time in their latest win against Bristol City. While some teams might switch off or be content once they establish a comfortable lead, Arsenal are constantly trying to score another goal meaning that the opposition have to be on their guard for the full 90 minutes.
West Ham show their fighting spirit
The Hammers had suffered back-to-back defeats but they bounced back with a win over Everton. West Ham were a goal down after five minutes when Claudia Walker scored to give the Toffees an early lead. Matt Beard's side were not disheartened by conceding first and came from behind to claim all three points. Jane Ross scored her first WSL goal for West Ham to equalise before Alisha Lehmann scored the winner. Ross also missed a penalty and the Hammers hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds. Despite missing chances to increase their lead, West Ham can be pleased with their second win of the campaign.
First win for Brighton
Brighton came out on top against bottom side Yeovil Town to record their first victory in the top flight since their promotion. Jodie Brett scored after 13 minutes to put Brighton in front and Victoria Williams doubled the lead after 32 minutes. Yeovil halved the deficit when Ellie Mason scored the rebound from her saved penalty but Brighton held firm to secure their first three points as a WSL team. After several narrow defeats, this win will do wonders for Brighton's confidence.
Chelsea finally find the back of the net again
Emma Hayes' side scored their first league goal this month as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in Vicky Jepson's first game in official charge of the Reds. Chelsea last scored in a 2-0 win over Brighton on the last day of September before being beaten 5-0 by Arsenal and then playing out a goalless draw against Birmingham. The Blues earned their second win of the season thanks to a brilliant overheard kick from defender Magda Eriksson after 27 minutes to settle the contest. Chelsea overtook Liverpool to move into fourth place.
Week 7 Results:
Manchester City 1-1 Reading
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
Brighton 2-1 Yeovil Town
Everton 1-2 West Ham
Bristol City 0-4 Arsenal