Another weekend of FA Women’s Super League action saw goals flying in from all angles yet again, but it’s as you were at the top of the table with the top three all winning, writes Adam LeRoux.
Leaders Arsenal comfortably saw off Brighton at the Amex Stadium, with Daniëlle van de Donk and Jordan Nobbs getting among the goals in a 4-0 Gunners victory.
Ebony Salmon gave Chelsea a scare at Kingsmeadow as she fired Bristol City into an early lead, only for the Blues to reply with six goals of their own, with Beth England and Ji So-yun both netting twice.
Manchester City looked as clinical as ever going forward with a 3-1 victory over Everton, as Nick Cushing looks to bring his time with the Sky Blues to an end in style.
There was late drama at the Hive as Tottenham grabbed a dramatic late 2-1 win over West Ham, while Reading got back on track with a 1-0 win over Birmingham.
With the hotly anticipated meeting of Liverpool and Manchester United postponed because of a waterlogged pitch there were only five matches in the top tier this weekend, but that didn’t mean a lack of talent on show. Here we take a look at three of the stars who shone brightest.
You could say 2020 hasn’t gone too badly for Pauline Bremer so far.
The German striker followed up last weekend’s brace against Tottenham with another double against Everton on Saturday evening, taking her tally to nine for the season.
The 23-year-old has scored at an incredible rate of one goal every 46 minutes this season which is no surprise seeing as she’s partial to a brace, this weekend’s double already her fourth of the season.
After a poacher’s finish for the opening goal of the game, Bremer showed her class to grab her second just after the break, as she rifled in a strike from the edge of the area past Tinja-Riikka Korpela in the visitors’ net.
A fantastic third almost followed, as she showed just how much confidence she is playing with at the moment with an acrobatic volley from a cross into the area, only to see it hit the crossbar.
As we start to hit the crucial part of the season after the turn of the year, the German’s prowess in front of goal could prove pivotal in the race for the title.
There may have only been one goal in the game between Reading and Birmingham, but what a goal it was by the Norwegian winger to seal all three points for the Royals.
With six minutes left in the half the 24-year-old expertly controlled a high ball with her first touch, before lobbing the stranded Hannah Hampton with her second.
With talent like that in her locker, it’s baffling to believe she only has two goals to her name so far this season, but her performances continue to catch the eye.
Victory for Reading propels them into fourth place in the WSL after the weekend’s action, and if Eikeland continues to shine, they could be the ‘best of the rest’ when we come round to May.
It would be easy to give this one to Rianna Dean, after her goal stole all three points in Tottenham’s last-gasp 2-1 victory at home to West Ham.
But rewind just a minute or two before Dean headed in to send the home crowd into delirium in the 96th minute, and Spurs were on the ropes.
They had just conceded a 90th minute equaliser, as Kenza Dali stroked home to cancel out Emma Mitchell’s opener, and West Ham were pushing forward searching for a winner of their own.
As the ball fell to Tessel Middag eight yards out, it looked for all the world as if she was going to give the Hammers the victory, only for Morgan to get down low to deny her and keep the scores level, before Dean did the business at the other end.
Not bad for someone who probably didn’t expect to even get on the pitch at the Hive, with the stopper only coming on at half-time to replace the injured Rebecca Spencer.