FA Women’s Super League Round-Up…

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By Danielle Ward

Following the weekend’s matches, it’s very tight at the top of the table with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all level on points.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-8 Tottenham Hotspur

Any hope Brighton had of improving their place in the table this week was snuffed out by a thumping 8-0 defeat by Spurs – the Lilywhite’s biggest-ever league win.

Their dominant performance made it three wins out of five for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham’s goals came from Bartrip and Karczewska, with braces for Neville, Spence and Naz. Ashleigh Neville is now the top scorer and top assist maker for the North Londoners.

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com, manager, Rehanne Skinner, said: “I’m delighted, I’m really proud of the players for the way they applied themselves. We needed this today, it’s always been there but we just needed to make sure we got the result like this today. It will definitely be a platform to jump from.”

It was a humiliating home defeat for The Seagulls. Brighton and Hove Albion have now confirmed that Manager Hope Powell will step down with immediate effect.


In her parting statement, she said: “As a club, we’ve made a lot of progress in the past five years, but I feel now is the right time to step aside and allow a new coach to take the team forward with plenty of Super League football still to play this season.”

Next up Brighton travel to West Ham and Tottenham host Everton.

Chelsea 3-1 Aston Villa 

Chelsea secured their fifth consecutive FAWSL win with a 3-1 triumph over Aston Villa.

The Villans started the game well, putting good pressure on Chelsea but ultimately were unable to keep the Blues at bay.

Speaking to www.chelseafc.com, General Manager, Paul Green said: “We’ve got a good momentum and good energy about our performances at the moment and we’ve got to try to carry that with us next weekend.”

Chelsea’s goals came from Sam Kerr and a brace for Lauren James. Aston Villa was able to get on the score sheet with Lioness Rachel Daley finding the net in the 38th minute.

Despite the defeat, manager, Carla Ward did take some positives from her team’s performance. Speaking to www.avfc.co.uk, she said: “We want to be a team that competes against the Champions and gives them a game and tries to win the game and I think we’ve gone and done that.” 

The next test for Aston Villa is away at Liverpool while Chelsea travels to Leigh Sports Village to face Manchester United.

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United

After a shaky start, Arsenal continued their winning streak with their thirteenth straight victory against West Ham on Sunday night at a sold-out Meadow Park. 

However, a loose back pass resulted in West Ham captain Dagný Brynjarsdóttir ending the Gunners’ ten-game clean sheet run.

A worrying injury to Arsenal Captain Kim Little led to Jordan Nobbs coming on late in the first half. Nobbs made an immediate impact, scoring for the Gunners two minutes later.

Arsenal secured their win with second-half goals from Stina Blackstenius and Frida Maanum

Speaking after the match to skysports.com, Gunners manager, Jonas Eidevall said: “I’m happy with the three points and our performance. We were sloppy and made mistakes but we won the game because we fought our way back in and had really good subs”

West Ham made them work for their win and will feel unlucky to have their first goal, another by Iceland International Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, disallowed by the referee.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, manager, Paul Konchesky said: “The girls really put in a shift tonight, and that’s all that we can ask of them. They worked hard for one another, and that’s the standard that this team has set.”

“The girls have done brilliantly for seventy or so minutes, but the team dropped off a little bit, and I think that allowed Arsenal more space and time on the ball. We need to work on that as the season goes on as it’s becoming a little bit of a trend for us.”

Next up for the teams – Arsenal travel to Leicester City and West Ham host Brighton and Hove Albion.

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