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Arsenal set a WSL record on the weekend with a 4-0 victory away to Everton, but their day was marred by a serious injury to one of their key players.
After battering the home side for most of the first half, the Gunners came up against an inspired Kirstie Levell in the Everton goal but her resistance was broken when Danielle van de Donk fired Arsenal in front just before half time. Jordan Nobbs and Vivianne Miedema added further goals within five minutes of the restart and Miedema wrapped up the scoring with her second, midway through the second half. However the gloss was taken off the result for Arsenal as Nobbs, probably playing the best football of her career, sustained an ACL injury which looks set to rule her out of the rest of the season and possibly the World Cup as well.
With Manchester City not having a game, Arsenal therefore stretch their lead to six points with two more teams a further two behind. These two are now headed by Chelsea, who went third on goal difference after beating Yeovil Town 5-0. Millie Bright put Chelsea ahead on twenty minutes and Ji So-Yun added a second shortly afterwards, with Yeovil's task getting even harder when Nicola Cousins was red carded five minutes before half time. Erin Cuthbert and Ramona Bachmann then added further goals ahead of the break but Yeovil, to their credit, dug in during the second half and only conceded once more, Beth England scoring with ten minutes remaining.
Birmingham City meanwhile defeated West Ham Utd 3-0 but actually fell a place in the table due to the margin of Chelsea's victory. Kerys Harrop headed the Blues in front during the first half and Emma Follis added a second just before the interval. Lucy Staniforth rounded off a good day for her side by scoring the final goal.
Reading FC Women continued their return to form by running out 4-1 winners away to Brighton & Hove Albion. An unfortunate own goal from Marie Hourihan put the Royals ahead during the first half and Brooke Chaplen added a second just before the hour. Aileen Whelan pulled one back for the Seagulls shortly afterwards but five minutes later, Fara Williams restored the two-goal advantage and Gemma Davison rounded off the scoring nine minutes from time.
On Saturday afternoon, Bristol City leapfrogged Liverpool into the top six by winning their meeting 2-1. Lucy Graham gave City the lead with a bullet header and Ella Rutherford made it two when slotting home a rebound. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk reduced the arrears for the Reds just before half time and there were no more goals after the break despite both teams going close, the Vixens holding on for their first home win of the season.
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