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West Ham United 0-2 Chelsea: Sam Kerr and Beth England score as Blues regain top spot in WSL

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport

Sam Kerr and Beth England were on target as Chelsea regained top spot in the Women's Super League with a routine win over London rivals West Ham United.

Kerr set the Blues on their way with her 12th league goal of the season by powerfully heading in England's cross.

The roles were reversed as England headed in Kerr's cross after the break.

Kate Longhurst and Emily van Egmond went close for the Hammers, but Chelsea saw out a victory which takes them two points clear of Manchester City.

The lead could have been extended to four points had Keira Walsh not grabbed a late winner as a below-par City beat a resolute Everton side at Academy Stadium.

Chelsea's victory, which sees them become the first team in WSL history to win five successive away games without conceding a goal, was a far less traumatic one than their title rivals.

A ruthless attacking display had seen Chelsea thrash the Hammers 6-0 in the Continental Cup in February - although the reigning champions were never quite as comfortable as that in earning a third league success in a row.

But they always looked capable of stepping up a level against a side who impressed after going 2-0 down, yet have still only managed one point at home this season.

West Ham have now not won in four and have just eight points in total, only two points and one place above bottom-side Bristol City.

Chelsea could have added to their lead late on when Fran Kirby saw a header come back off the bar and fellow substitute Guro Reiten was brilliantly denied by keeper Courtney Brosnan on the follow-up.

But, although a 50th league goal in 16 matches eluded them, the Blues retained their two-point advantage over City, with both sides now having just six league games left.

Line-ups

West Ham Women

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 18Brosnan
  • 22Fisk
  • 5Flaherty
  • 26VetterleinSubstituted forCissokoat 90+2'minutes
  • 2Redisch Kvamme
  • 32Brynjarsdóttir
  • 12Longhurst
  • 10SvitkováSubstituted forPachecoat 78'minutes
  • 21Dali
  • 25van Egmond
  • 9Thomas

Substitutes

  • 3Pacheco
  • 11Mustafa
  • 16Ramsey
  • 23Cissoko
  • 27Barker

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Musovic
  • 21CharlesSubstituted forCarterat 82'minutes
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4Bright
  • 25Andersson
  • 5Ingle
  • 10JiSubstituted forSpenceat 82'minutes
  • 23HarderSubstituted forFlemingat 68'minutes
  • 11Reiten
  • 20KerrSubstituted forKirbyat 68'minutes
  • 9England

Substitutes

  • 3Blundell
  • 7Carter
  • 8Leupolz
  • 14Kirby
  • 17Fleming
  • 24Spence
  • 29Fox
  • 30Berger
  • 32Orman
Referee:
Robert Whitton

Match Stats

Home TeamWest Ham WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United Women 0, Chelsea Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United Women 0, Chelsea Women 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United Women. Hawa Cissoko replaces Laura Vetterlein because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United Women. Kenza Dali tries a through ball, but Mayumi Pacheco is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Beth England (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Laura Vetterlein (West Ham United Women).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenza Dali (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

  9. Post update

    Emily van Egmond (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United Women. Conceded by Jessica Carter.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martha Thomas (West Ham United Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jessica Carter replaces Niamh Charles.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Ji So-Yun.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women).

  15. Post update

    Laura Vetterlein (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United Women. Conceded by Niamh Charles.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United Women. Mayumi Pacheco replaces Katerina Svitková.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

  19. Post update

    Martha Thomas (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Courtney Brosnan.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women1613214984141
2Man City Women16123151114039
3Man Utd Women16112335161935
4Arsenal Women1592448143429
5Everton Women156452622422
6Reading Women154741924-519
7Brighton Women165381330-1718
8Tottenham Women143381528-1312
9B'ham City Women133281024-1411
10Aston Villa Women1431101137-2610
11West Ham Women1422101432-188
12Bristol City Women1413101055-456
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