England and Cuthbert strike as Blues turn up title heat on Arsenal

England and Cuthbert strike as Blues turn up title heat on Arsenal


BETH ENGLAND and Erin Cuthbert helped Chelsea crank up the title pressure on Arsenal with the Blues closing the gap on the WSL leaders.

The duos goals paved the way for a 2-0 defeat of West Ham with the champs now a point off the Gunners and with a game in hand.

Beth England put Chelsea one up with her 50th goal in the Women's Super League

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Beth England put Chelsea one up with her 50th goal in the Women’s Super LeagueCredit: Getty

And the result saw Chelsea, who face Manchester City next in the league, end their opponents’ five-game unbeaten run.

Emma Hayes’ side, who were without star forward Sam Kerr, had the vast majority of shots on goal.

But they faced a defensively resolute Hammers outfit with Anna Leat putting in a solid shift between the sticks for much of the game.

The Irons stopper pulled off an impressive 15th minute save of Pernille Harders powerful header before thwarting Aniek Nouwens effort seconds later.

The visitors saw Lucy Parker and Hawa Cissoko given yellow cards for heavy challenges on Cuthbert in the first half hour.

And Sophie Ingle inadvertently hit the woodwork with her cross shortly before Olli Harder’s side missed a chance to capitalise on Katerina Svitkova 30th minute free kick.

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The second spell saw Hayes shuffle her deck with England coming on for Guro Reiten to bag her 50th WSL goal.

The Lionesses ace buried a low shot minutes into the half following a Leat save after Cuthberts attempt on the edge of the area.

England looked to nab a second minutes later before the West Ham stopper denied Cuthbert again in the 69th minute.

But the Scotland ace wrapped up the win with a belting left-footed strike minutes before the final whistle.

The result saw the Kingsmeadow giants leapfrog Manchester United to go second ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

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The Blues are currently a point behind Arsenal with a game in hand on the Gunners

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The Blues are currently a point behind Arsenal with a game in hand on the GunnersCredit: Getty



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