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Arsenal raced to a 6-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in their derby match on a record breaking day for Vivianne Miedema, to open up a lead of two points in the Barclays FA WSL.
Despite missing several players through injury, the Gunners never looked back after a fast start saw Katie McCabe give them a fourth minute lead and Miedema then became the first player to score 50 WSL goals since its formation nine years ago, in just her 50th appearance. Caitlin Foord quickly added the third, before the Dutch striker crowned her day with two more goals to complete a first half hat-trick. Spurs had a chance to pull one back early in the second half but Rianna Dean's penalty was saved by Manuela Zinsberger and things got worse when Foord netted her second to increase Arsenal's lead. Tottenham were to get a consolation late on when Lucia Leon headed in from a corner.
Everton‘s winning start to the season was brought to a halt as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion in a match tinged with controversy. The Seagulls went ahead early on through an goal from the unfortunate Rikke Sevecke but Everton hit back to level the scores via an Izzy Christiansen free kick. Valerie Gauvin looked to have kept the Toffees' 100% record going when she headed them in front from a corner midway through the second half but Brighton earned themselves a share of the spoils through an opportunist finish from Aileen Whelan. The main talking point was to come afterwards though, as Seagulls midfielder Kayleigh Green was shown a second yellow card but was not sent off.
Manchester Utd meanwhile kept up their fine start to the season with a 4-2 success away to West Ham Utd, which takes them level on points with second placed Everton. Alessia Russo and Tobin Heath gave Man United a two-goal lead in the first half and although Emily Van Egmond pulled one back for the Hammers, Russo restored the advantage before the break with her second. With eight minutes left, Rachel Daly gave West Ham hope when she lobbed home to reduce the arrears but the visitors came up with a response shortly afterwards, sealing the points when Christen Press scored their fourth.
Manchester City are finding it difficult to get going properly at the moment and they shared a 1-1 draw with Reading FC Women. Amalie Eikeland put the Royals ahead early on with a glancing header from a Lauren Bruton corner and Reading defended well from that point, containing City until Sam Mewis drilled in from the edge of the area to level the scores after the break. Grace Moloney made a fine save from Georgia Stanway as Reading dug in for a point.
It has been a good week for Birmingham City, which they completed with a 4-0 victory away to Bristol City whose struggles continue. Rachel Corsie headed the Blues in front just after the quarter hour and Mollie Green soon added a second from a cross by Connie Scofield. Claudia Walker smashed in the third from long range after the break and Christie Murray put them further ahead when netting from the penalty spot against her former club.
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