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For the second week running, Arsenal went goal crazy with a 9-1 slamming of West Ham Utd and they lead the way in the fledgling Barclays FA WSL table.
As part of a pilot scheme to reintroduce spectators to sports events, 734 fans were in attendance at the game but witnessed it turning into a nightmare for the Hammers in their first match at their new home at Dagenham. Jill Roord gave Arsenal a first half lead, which was quickly cancelled out by Kenza Dali, but the sending off of Gilly Flaherty turned out to be a pivotal moment as West Ham crumbled from that point and were victims of a merciless Gunners side. Vivianne Miedema, Kim Little and Beth Mead all found the net before half time and after the break, Roord went on to complete a second successive hat-trick whilst Miedema also netted her second, with Leah Williamson and Caitlin Foord also getting their names on the scoresheet.
Everton are the other team on maximum points from the opening two matches following their 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. A closely contested first half ended goalless but six minutes after the restart, Nicoline Sorensen crossed for Izzy Christiansen to head home the only goal of the game, the England midfielder's first for the club since rejoining them.
If Arsenal's emphatic win had laid down a gauntlet for Champions Chelsea, their response was equally as powerful as they also scored nine times against Bristol City whose nightmare start to the campaign continues. However what made the scoreline all the more remarkable was that nine different players all found the net for Chelsea - surely a top flight record. Fran Kirby started off the rout before Maren Mjelde, Melanie Leupolz, Erin Cuthbert and Millie Bright all added further goals before half time. After the break, Beth England and Niamh Charles both scored in quick succession, before Pernille Harder netted her first goal for the club with a clever back heel and Sam Kerr completed her scoring.
Manchester Utd completed a good week for the club as they registered their first win of the season, 5-2 away to Birmingham City. United swept into a fifth minute through a typical close range finish from Jane Ross but Birmingham hit back well, Claudia Walker firing them level and an own goal by Abbie McManus putting them ahead. Parity was restored nine minutes later in spectacular fashion, Katie Zelem curling home a free kick from the edge of the area. United were back in front two minutes into the second half, Ella Toone sliding home from a cross by Kirsty Hanson, who then provided two further goals to wrap up the win for her side.
Manchester City, in contrast, endured a day of frustration as they were held to a goalless draw by Brighton & Hove Albion whose impressive start continues. City fielded Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood in their starting line up but with Megan Walsh in fine form in goal, the Seagulls defended strongly to keep a second successive clean sheet and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Reading FC Women meanwhile claimed their first points of the season when they defeated newly promoted Aston Villa 3-1. All of the damage by Reading was inflicted in the first half, Amalie Eikelund putting them ahead before Lauren Bruton added the second and Fara Williams made it three from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time. Villa reduced the arrears twelve minutes with a penalty of their own, slotted home by Stine Larsen.
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