Women's Super League - Five talking points from the weekend's action
Yeovil Town finally tasted victory with a win over Everton. Arsenal, Manchester City, Reading and Chelsea were the other teams to secure three points in the last round of fixtures before the international break. Here are five talking points from another entertaining weekend of WSL action.
Could Arsenal go unbeaten this season?
Arsenal faced Birmingham in their toughest test of the season so far. Birmingham were very physical and made it difficult for Arsenal to play their slick passing football at times but the Gunners still won 3-1 to maintain their 100% winning record. Arsenal have played seven games so far and they have had to alter their style against certain teams but most importantly they have got the three points on every occasion. Chelsea become the first team to go unbeaten through an 18-game WSL1 season last campaign. If Arsenal keep playing as they are, they could soon be the second.
Yeovil FINALLY win a match
It's been a long time coming. Two years and 41 matches since their last victory, Yeovil Town won again at long last. Hannah Short scored Yeovil's first winning goal since 6 November 2016 to record their maiden triumph in the top flight of women's football against Everton. This win will be a massive confidence boost for Yeovil who had failed to win a WSL match in their previous 32 attempts. The three points see the Lady Glovers move up for the first time this season while Everton replaced them at the foot of the table.
Parris goes into the record books as Manchester City beat Liverpool
At the age of 24, Nikita Parris became the Women's Super League's all-time top scorer with 37 goals, surpassing former Chelsea striker Eni Aluko who had held the record before with 36 goals. It is an incredible achievement for such a young player who has many years left. Parris bagged a brace against Liverpool after Niamh Fahey's own goal had put Man City in front. Nick Cushing's side remain three points behind leaders Arsenal who have a game in hand.
Williams helps Reading to straightforward win over Bristol City
England's most capped player, Fara Williams, scored twice as Reading beat Bristol City 3-0. It was a fairly comfortable victory for Reading who kept a clean sheet in the process. Williams opened the scoring with a strike into the top corner in the first half. She then doubled Reading's lead soon after the restart when she thumped home Natasha Harding's cross. Brooke Chaplen completed the victory as Reading got their third win of the season while Bristol City suffered back-to-back defeats.
Ramona ensures Chelsea get Bach on track
For the first time this season, Chelsea recorded back-to-back wins after beating London rivals West Ham. Ramona Bachmann scored twice in the second half as the Blues kept their seventh clean sheet of the season. Chelsea have struggled to find the back of the net but seem to have rectified that in recent weeks. West Ham keeper Becky Spencer made some brilliant saves to deny Chelsea before Bachmann got the better of her. The win over West Ham saw Chelsea go level on points with Birmingham City in fifth place.
Week 8 Results:
Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham City
Liverpool 0-3 Manchester City
Reading 3-0 Bristol City
West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
Yeovil Town 1-0 Everton