Chelsea Women vs Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
12:30pm Sunday 8th September
Bethany England’s stunning strike sealed victory for Chelsea over London rivals Tottenham at the Super League of the Women before just under 25,000 fans at Stamford Bridge.
England’s early long-distance shot was enough to allow the Blues to secure a win in a game they dominated in their very first match of the season.
Spurs goalkeeper Becky Spencer retained her side making two saves to deny Guro Reiten and Hannah Blundell.
The 31,213 at the Etihad Stadium didn’t break on Saturday, but dwarfed the prior year’s record of 5,265 in Brighton last year.
When the ball fell at the far post inside the opening two minutes of this game to Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson tottenham survived an early scare, but her effort went wide.
The home side did not have to wait long for the purpose nonetheless, together with the attempt from beyond the box that the opening of England.
Chelsea continued to appear the more dominant, as Spencer was called into activity several occasions at the first half and made some good saves a deflected effort from a powerful strike along with Blundell from Reiten.
Tottenham began to return in the contest and came close to scoring the equaliser just four minutes when debutant Rachel Furness hit on a low shot however Ann-Katrin Berger managed to dive and make the save.
Chelsea hit in the minute, until Reiten’s followup header struck the post, as Drew Spence struck on a strike on the crossbar.
As the Blues seemed to seal all three points, a curling free-kick which compelled Spencer to deny the midfielder was delivered into by Reiten.
In time, England nearly added a second but Spencer was able to earn the rescue and refuse the Blues.
Since they were made to cling on for a 2-1 win over West Ham reigning champions Arsenal were given a fright in the second half.
Beth Mead fired a 14th minute opener in the border of the box and if Jill Roord house her side’s second just Arsenal looked set to cruise.
However, West Ham came back with Martha Thomas reducing the deficit with a 58th second header afterward Kenza Dali moving agonisingly near an equaliser into the second half when her deflected 30-yard free-kick hit this post.
FA Women’s Super League results
As she scored the only goal of the game in the victory of Reading at Prenton Park, former Liverpool star Fara Williams returned to haunt her club.
Williams, twice a WSL winner whilst on Merseyside, maintained house a free-kick shortly before half-time however, the Royals were made to struggle for their success.
New registering Melissa Lawley missed a fine first half chance for Liverpool while Lawley and Rinsola Babajide might have grabbed at least a point for the hosts.
A personal goal in Kerys Harrop handed Everton a 1-0 win in Birmingham.
Claudia Walker came in the first half for the home side but Blues keeper Hannah Hampton pulled off an excellent save to deny Simone Magill from selection.