A brace by Manchester City’s Nikita Parris made her the league’s highest ever scorer, Birmingham City made Arsenal work hard for a seventh straight win, while Yeovil Town finally recorded a first-ever win in the top flight.
Results for Sunday 4th November
Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham City (Att: 1,431)
Liverpool 0-3 Manchester City (Att: 661)
Reading 3-0 Bristol City (Att: 482)
West Ham United 0-2 Chelsea (Att: 962)
Yeovil Town 1-0 Everton (Att: 732)
Record-breaking Parris seals City win
Nikita Parris is the new highest goalscorer in the history of the FAWSL, after netting twice in a 3-0 defeat of Liverpool at Tranmere Rovers FC.
However, it was an own-goal which gave her side the lead on 50 minutes, Caroline Weir’s effort deflecting in off Niamh Fahey.
Parris chipped home City’s second goal and then Anka Preuss pushed Steph Houghton’s free kick onto the crossbar, the City skipper later hitting the post from another set-piece.
Parris became the FAWSL top scorer of all time with a penalty, having earlier equaled Eniola Aluko’s record of 36 goals.
Nobbs brace secures seventh straight Arsenal win
Arsenal made it seven wins from seven with a 3-1 victory over a battling Birmingham City.
The Gunners took half an hour to get close to a goal against Birmingham but Ann-Katrin Berger tipped away a Jordan Nobbs effort.
Ten minutes into the second half, Beth Mead cut the ball back to Nobbs but her first time shot was caught by Berger.
Mead played in Nobbs to brake the deadlock but the lead lasted just seconds, as Emma Follis scored her first for City when clipping the ball past Pauline Peyraud-Magnin on 59 minutes.
Arsenal regained the lead in the 66th minute, Danielle van de Donk converting a penalty given for Aoife Mannion pulling down Lisa Evans.
Nobbs made sure of all three points in the penultimate minute of stoppage time, turning home a good delivery from Evans.
Bachmann brace brings first away win for Blues
Chelsea picked up their first win on the road in the WSL this season, thanks to Ramona Bachmann’s goals in the last half-hour.
Becky Spencer did much to keep Chelsea out in the first half, making an outstanding save to deny Fran Kirby one-on-one, tipping away Hannah Blundell’s powerful effort and doing likewise with Bethany England’s volley on the turn.
Gilly Flaherty and Leanne Kiernan threatened for the Hammers but Ramona Bachmann opened the scoring for the visitors on 63 minutes at the second attempt, after her initial shot came back off the post.
Bachmann then curled in her second goal with 5 minutes left on the clock.
Short ends Glovers’ long wait for first win
Defender Hannah Short’s goal saw Yeovil Town enjoy a first-ever victory in the top tier, getting off the bottom at the expense of Everton.
Short’s free kick on 19 minutes was blocked but she hit the rebound into the back of the net.
Kirstie Levell thwarted efforts by Bonnie Horwood and Annie Heatherson to extend the lead.
Megan Walsh kept out an Inessa Kaagman free kick and made a double save to deny Hannah Cain and the followup from Channy Boye-Hlorkah.
Williams double sends Reading fifth
Fara Williams scored twice as Reading were 3-0 winners over Bristol City at Wycombe Wanderers FC.
Vixens’ goalkeeper Sophie Baggeley came out to bravely deny the Royals’ Lauren Bruton who had been played through on goal by Fara Williams.
However, Williams did find the net herself on 33 minutes, with a curling effort from the edge of the area.
The hosts went two up 4 minutes after the interval, Natasha Harding’s cut-back setting up finds Williams to volley into the back of the net.
Brooke Chaplen settled the matter with the third goal on 65 minutes, turning her marker to squeeze the ball past Baggaley.