#FAWSL: Goal-crazy Gunners go top

Vivianne Meidema played a huge part in Arsenal's big win
Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal in action. (Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA)

There was a remarkable double hat-trick and four assists from Vivianne Miedema as Arsenal stormed to the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

BARCLAYS FA WSL results –  1 December

Arsenal 11-1 Bristol City
Everton P-P Chelsea
Manchester City 1-0 Liverpool (Att: 2,293)
West Ham United 3-2 Manchester United

Gunners hit highest ever WSL score

Arsenal boosted their goal-difference as they exceeded their recent 7-0 Conti Cup scoreline against Bristol City with an 11-1 thrashing of the Vixens.

The scoreline broke the WSL record held by Liverpool for a 9-0 defeat of Doncaster Rovers Belles and put the Gunners top by two goals.

Arsenal effectively had the points in the bag inside quarter of an hour, Vivianne Miedema delivering for Lisa Evans and then Leah Williamson to each head home before getting the third herself.

Miedema made it 4-0 with a tap in from Beth Mead’s cross, her hat-trick goal went in off Frankie Brown, before her fourth came 5 minutes into the second half when played in by Danielle van de Donk.

Nobbs got the seventh when Miedema curled the ball in behind the Bristol backline, Evans then played in the Dutch star for her fifth of the afternoon and the favour was returned for 9-0 inside the hour mark.

Miedema’s sixth was Arsenal’s tenth, Emma Mitchell was next on the scoresheet while Yana Daniels got a consolation for the Vixens.

Bonner bags winner against former club

Gemma Bonner got Man Ciy's winner
Gemma Bonner of Manchester City celebrates scoring. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Manchester City edged Liverpool as the basement side lost 1-0 away to title-chasing opponents for the second week runnng.

Gemma Bonner opened the scoring on 20 minutes for Manchester City with a glancing header from Caroline Weir’s free-kick.

Only a good stop by Anke Preuss prevented Ellen White doubling the lead minutes later, the Liverpool keeper also keeping out efforts by Laura Coombs and Keira Walsh, among others.

City might have paid for passing up chances in front of goal as Niamh Fahey threatened a late leveller for the visitors.

Late Baunach brace sees Hammers beat Man United

Katharina Baunach netted two free-kicks for West Ham
Katharina Baunach netted two free-kicks for West Ham. (Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA)

West Ham came out on top 3-2 in a thrilling finish against Manchester United, despite ending with ten players.

Manchester United took only 49 seconds to score at West Ham, Kirsty Hanson heading in a Jane Ross cross but the Hammers hit back 2 minutes later through Laura Vetterlein who turned in a Kenza Dali corner.

Jackie Groenen missed a great chance to restore the visitors’ lead from Leah Galton’s cross, before Lauren James came off the bench to score in the 79th mnute, despite keeper Courtney Brosnan getting a hand to her shot.

However, West Ham again equalised within a couple of minutes as Katharina Baunach’s free-kick from wide right beat everyone and ended up in the back of the net.

More drama followed as West Ham won a free-kick on the edge of the box and following that incident and a skirmish, two yellow cards were shown and a red for West Ham’s Leanne Kiernan but Baunach then dinked the set-piece home.

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