Women’s Sport: Box Office at Borehamwood "An FAWSL Movie," while Liverpool lift off the bottom of the table

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Yesterday saw movement at the top and bottom of the table as Chelsea closed the gap on City and Arsenal while Bristol and Liverpool went head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer.

Key moments from the weekend's action...  

Chelsea sweep aside Arsenal

In a crucial tie at the top of the WSL table, Chelsea travelled to Borehamwood to take on Arsenal with the hopes of doing the double over them this season.

A relatively bright start from Arsenal has swiftly cancelled out within 10 minutes thanks to a superb Beth England goal, looping over a helpless Zinsberger.

The goalkeeper horror didn’t stop there for Zinsberger in the Arsenal goal, as just three minutes later Kerr – as if destined to score her first goal in this fixture – heading home a brilliant ball in from Guro Reiten.

Montemurro’s side struggled to create much going forward and with Miedema missing for most of the 90, chances were coming few and far between.

Inevitably things went from bad to worse as Chelsea seemingly wrapped up the game inside 20 minutes with a strong contender for goal of the season.

A woeful attempt at a clearance left the ball to bounce up on the edge of the area where Ingle hit the sweetest of volleys, curling into the top corner leaving Arsenal with a mountain to climb.

For a while, the rest of the game felt more like damage control than a miracle comeback for Arsenal, but the double substitution that saw Evans and Mead brought on injected a much-needed change of pace.

But just 10 minutes later Reiten landed the final blow, heading home from close range after supplying a Player of the Match performance for Hayes’ side.

A consolation from Beth Mead five minutes later was the closest Arsenal got to really threatening Chelsea’s goal, with the game ending 1-4 in the Blues’ favour.

That means Chelsea close the gap on the top two to just one point, still with a game in hand on both Arsenal and Manchester City.


Liverpool lift off the bottom of the table

While all eyes were on a potential title-deciding clash at the top of the table, there’s was an equally big game at the bottom of the table as Bristol and Liverpool went head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer.

Since signing at the beginning of the transfer window, Furness was also destined to be crucial as Liverpool’s relegation battle came to fruition.

The forward was influential throughout the game and at the heart of Liverpool’s attack for the majority of the afternoon. 

The only goal of the game came 15 minutes into the first half, courtesy of Furness slotting home at the back post.

While Bristol threatened to crawl back the points through Chance and in-form Salmon, it wasn’t to be in the end.

Liverpool held on for their first win of the season, lifting them above Bristol to temporary safety in 11th.

That is, however, only on goal difference as the pair sit level on points – and Liverpool may have to thank Arsenal’s hammering of Bristol for that if it becomes a defining factor between relegation and safety.

Hammers leave it late again

West Ham left it late once again this season as they came from behind to sink Brighton at the death.

It was an important tie around the bottom half of the table as both Brighton and West Ham continue to fight in a bid to stay closer to the middle of the table rather than the bottom.

Brighton started the better of both sides, going ahead thanks to Kerkdijk’s headed effort that, after some confusion, was deemed to have cross the goal line by officials.

A lot of the second half was evenly balanced, both sides having their fair share of opportunities but neither able to take them. 

The breakthrough for West Ham eventually came in the 80th minute, Lehmann converting from close range.

Just minutes later, Lehmann completed a quick-fire double after being slotted through on goal and cleverly finishing past Walsh to give the Hammers all three points.

The late comeback leaves West Ham a point clear of Brighton in the table, ending the game week in 8th place.

Elsewhere in the WSL

Manchester United got back to winning ways in the WSL, thumping Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at home with Katie Zelem at the heart of the action. The United captain got on the scoresheet twice and provided the assist for Sigsworth’s goal as both sides navigated their way through 90 minutes of fog.

Everton leapfrogged Reading in the table, moving themselves up to 5th thanks to a 3-1 victory against the latter. Chloe Kelly opened the scoring early on before Fara Williams levelled the score from the spot after the half-hour mark. Kelly continued her impressive run of form this season, bagging a further two goals to seal her hat-trick and ensure three points for her side.

Finally, Manchester City comfortably saw off Birmingham City away from home with both Ellen White and Keira Walsh getting on the scoresheet for Cushing’s side. Those three points took City to the top of the table.

WSL action returns Sunday 2 February with another blockbuster top of the table clash between Manchester City and Arsenal.

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