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Yeovil Town Ladies 0-8 Chelsea Women: Bethany England hat-trick helps Blues win

Bethany England in action for Chelsea
Bethany England completed her hat-trick in first-half stoppage time

Bethany England scored a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea swept past relegated Yeovil to move up to third in the Women's Super League.

The forward converted Adelina Engman's cross and twice linked up with Erin Cuthbert to score at Huish Park.

Scotland's Cuthbert found the bottom corner and Engman finished from a tight angle as Chelsea led 5-0 at half-time.

Midfielder Cuthbert slotted another after the break, before substitute Fran Kirby added two in the closing stages.

It is Yeovil's heaviest defeat of the season, having been beaten 7-0 by Arsenal in September and the same scoreline against Chelsea in the WSL Cup.

A draw at Reading in their final league game on Saturday will be enough for Emma Hayes' Chelsea to seal third, though they are eight points behind second-placed Manchester City.

The visitors gave a start to Norway defender Maria Thorisdottir, who had been out since October after a concussion injury.

Yeovil, who remain on minus points as a result of going into administration, host Birmingham in their last match this season.

Yeovil manager Lee Burch:

"No-one comes away tonight with anything other than lessons to learn. It's a really big learning curve for my players.

"[Huish Park] is a great ground and it's good to get back. We had a pretty good crowd considering we've had to throw this together last minute.

"I won't look back on this game with fond memories, but it is nice to be here."

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes:

"It was ruthless, clinical, at times - the things we've lacked throughout the season.

"I'm really happy with Beth's [England] season overall. 20-plus goals is a great return. She's growing in stature.

"The next objective is really to push into the England squad and I think that will happen after the World Cup, especially if she produces performances like she did [against Yeovil]."

Line-ups

Yeovil Town Ladies

  • 1Walsh
  • 15BuxtonSubstituted forDonovanat 82'minutes
  • 2GoddardSubstituted forCousinsat 16'minutes
  • 12Mason
  • 3Alexander
  • 25McLauchlan
  • 16Evans
  • 8Horwood
  • 9Heatherson
  • 4SymeSubstituted forGaylorat 71'minutes
  • 7Fergusson

Substitutes

  • 5Cousins
  • 10Gaylor
  • 14Donovan
  • 17Fischer
  • 23Howard
  • 26Bloomfield
  • 27Taylor

Chelsea Women

  • 28Telford
  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 6Asante
  • 21Cooper
  • 11Riley
  • 7Carter
  • 24Spence
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forKirbyat 76'minutes
  • 3Blundell
  • 15England
  • 17Engman

Substitutes

  • 4Bright
  • 5Ingle
  • 8Carney
  • 14Kirby
  • 18Mjelde
  • 20Andersson
  • 30Berger
Referee:
Gary Parsons
Attendance:
843

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovil Town LadiesAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home3
Away28
Shots on Target
Home0
Away15
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea FC Women 8.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea FC Women 8.

Attempt missed. Jessica Carter (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ali Riley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Ellie Mason.

Attempt missed. Ellie Mason (Yeovil Town Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Megan Alexander with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Yeovil Town Ladies. Conceded by Deanna Cooper.

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea FC Women 8. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Drew Spence.

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea FC Women 7. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ali Riley with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Beth England (Chelsea FC Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adelina Engman.

Attempt saved. Hannah Blundell (Chelsea FC Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adelina Engman.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Emily Donovan replaces Charlotte Buxton because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jessica Carter (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Francesca Kirby replaces Erin Cuthbert.

Delay in match Charlotte Buxton (Yeovil Town Ladies) because of an injury.

Adelina Engman (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Charlotte Buxton (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Foul by Adelina Engman (Chelsea FC Women).

Charlotte Buxton (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Ellie Mason.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Amber Gaylor replaces Emily Syme.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) because of an injury.

Offside, Yeovil Town Ladies. Emily Syme tries a through ball, but Olivia Fergusson is caught offside.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Charlotte Buxton.

Deanna Cooper (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Attempt blocked. Beth England (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hannah Blundell with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Megan Walsh.

Attempt saved. Hannah Blundell (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Chelsea FC Women).

Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adelina Engman (Chelsea FC Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Drew Spence following a fast break.

Foul by Maria Thorisdottir (Chelsea FC Women).

Emily Syme (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hannah Blundell (Chelsea FC Women).

Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jessica Carter (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Attempt blocked. Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ann-Marie Heatherson.

goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal Women19170269135651
2Man City Women19145053163747
3Chelsea Women19116243123139
4B'ham City Women19121627171037
5Reading Women198383127427
6Bristol City Women207491734-1725
7West Ham Women1972102533-823
8Liverpool Women1961121837-1919
9Brighton Women1934121238-2613
10Everton Ladies1933131435-2112
11Yeovil Town Ladies1921161158-47-3
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