WSL week 7 review: A weekend of firsts
Can Arsenal be stopped? | Photo: B.East Photography

Another week and another set of matches to report on. Whilst we are still only a few games into the season, there’s a fair amount of movement in terms of standings after this weekend. Here’s a look at how the action unfolded.

Manchester City 1-1 Reading

City sat in second before the game kicked off keeping current leaders Arsenal under some pressure should they slip up. Reading stood in sixth looking to perform better than the previous match where they were thrashed 6-0 by the Gunners. It was the Sky Blues that took the lead with another Georgia Stanway rocket. The long range shot is almost becoming her trademark goal now yet it’s still quite a sight to witness.

However, Reading weren’t going to give up without a fight. These matches between the two have been close before with a draw and a Reading win coming last season. A few minutes into the second half, Jade Moore, who was subbed on at half time, cancelled out the screamer with a header and ensured honours would be even yet again between the two teams. The match was Moore’s return after an ankle injury and what a great return it was.

Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

Onto the usual Sunday action and the early kick off of the day saw current serial drawers Chelsea face Liverpool with a new manager, Vicky Jepson, in charge. The Blues were searching for not only their first win in October but their first goal in the league in a while, having been fairly prolific in the WSL Cup and Champions League.

If ever there was a goal to absolutely smash the hoodoo, it was Magdalena Eriksson’s overhead kick. Chelsea had dominated but had nothing to show of it until the defender broke the deadlock. After some commotion in the box, Eriksson took her time to execute a great goal and to finally get the Blues off the mark. Liverpool did well in this match and had some chances of their own which they couldn’t take. It was a case of holding on for Chelsea and they did well to do so. Unfortunately towards the end, there was a horrific aerial collision between Jasmine Matthews and Maria Thorisdottir but thankfully both were able to walk off and were immediately subbed off. After weathering a hail storm too in the last few minutes, Chelsea were able to get their second three points of the season and saw themselves go from seventh to fourth, overtaking Liverpool in the process.

Brighton 2-1 Yeovil Town

Brighton have been somewhat struggling themselves trying to find a footing in this league whilst also searching for a first win. The match was set to be an absolute cracker and a close call between the two. The deadlock was broken by Jodie Brett in the 13th minute. Seven minutes later the lead was doubled by Victoria Williams.

The Glovers looked to try and get back into it in the second half and they did. Ellie Mason stepped up to the spot for them but her effort was saved, however she was able to turn the rebound home. Despite the fight, Brighton grabbed their first win and some breathing space in the league. For the Glovers, the wait for a win goes on.

Everton 1-2 West Ham 

Coming into the match, West Ham had the edge in the standings as they were two points ahead of the Toffees. All the goals in the match came in the first half with Everton taking the lead early through Claudia Walker. The Hammers had to fight back to get into it but they finally got their break through Jane Ross who saw her initial effort hit the bar but she managed to head home the rebound. Alisha Lehmann put the visitors into the lead in the final minute of the first half. West Ham have now furthered the gap between the two in the table with Everton languishing near the bottom.

Bristol City 0-4 Arsenal

Bristol can sometimes make things difficult for top opponents and they would have been hoping to be Arsenal’s nightmare as well. However, Arsenal seem to be unstoppable at the moment scoring goals for fun and notching up wins left, right and centre.

A brace from Vivianne Miedema along with goals for Jordan Nobbs and Danielle Van De Donk sealed the deal and kept the 100% run going. They face Birmingham City next. Will they be able to stop the juggernaut that is the Arsenal team?