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Arsenal are continuing to stretch the pace in the FA WSL and are a point ahead at the top after beating Reading FC Women 6-0.
The Gunners powered into a two-goal lead inside the opening seven minutes, thanks to Vivianne Miedema and Jordan Nobbs, which they took into the half time break. They started the second half just as strongly, with Beth Mead and Miedema putting them further ahead and after Danielle van de Donk had made it five, Miedema rounded off the scoring five minutes from time as she completed her hat-trick.
Manchester City moved up into second place as they matched Arsenal by also scoring six times without reply on their visit to Brighton & Hove Albion. Georgia Stanway put City in front midway through the first half and Caroline Weir added a second two minutes before the interval. Stanway went on to add two more in a five minute spell during the second half, to round off a hat-trick for the young striker. Nikita Parris also got on the scoresheet late on, with Claire Emslie netting the sixth in injury time.
Birmingham City are a further point in third place following their goalless draw with Chelsea, whose season is becoming bizarre as they failed to score for the fifth time in six matches. It was Chelsea who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Karen Carney's second half penalty was saved by Ann-Katrin Berger to preserve her team's fifth clean sheet of the season.
After losing both of their opening matches, many gloomy forecasts were made for Liverpool's campaign but on Sunday they made it three wins on the trot, a 1-0 success at West Ham Utd which has taken them into the top four. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk scored the only goal of the game with seven minutes on the clock to keep up the Reds' good run of form.
Bristol City are another team who are defying many people's expectations and their 2-1 victory away to Yeovil Town sees them complete the top half of the table. Lucy Graham put the Vixens in front just after the half hour mark but the lead lasted barely a minute, Amber Gaylor getting Yeovil back on level terms. Graham then restored City's lead with seventeen minutes remaining and this time they held on to secure their second league win of the season (see match report).
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