Chelsea back on top of WSL after beating Tottenham

    Jess Carter put Chelsea ahead in the early stages at Brisbane Road

    A great goal from Lauren James helped Chelsea beat Tottenham and return to the top of the Women’s Super League.

    Jess Carter headed the Blues in front after seven minutes, however they were pegged back when Bethany England scored against her former club.

    James cut inside and fired in off the post to restore Chelsea’s advantage, before Guro Reiten secured the win.

    It condemned Spurs to a sixth straight defeat in the league, despite Nikola Karczewska’s late strike.

    Chelsea have now won all seven of their WSL matches against London rivals Spurs.

    Emma Hayes’ side return to the WSL summit and lead Manchester United by two points after they were held at home by Everton.

    Chelsea are unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions, having not lost since a 3-2 defeat by Liverpool in their opening game of this season.

    Chelsea march back to the summit

    Having dropped points for only the second time in this WSL campaign last time out at Arsenal, Chelsea started well and deservedly took an early lead at Brisbane Road.

    A well-worked move from a corner saw Erin Cuthbert cross in from the edge of the box and an unmarked Carter headed home the opener.

    It was a case of deja vu for Spurs, who have been in rotten league form and had scored just twice while conceding 15 in six previous top-flight games against Chelsea.

    Their losing run in the WSL is their worst in the competition and they had failed to score in their past three matches.

    Carter’s goal was the fifth they have conceded in the opening 15 minutes of WSL games this season – more than any other side.

    Beth England
    Bethany England refused to celebrate after scoring against her former club

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    Tottenham Women

    Formation 3-4-3

    • 1Korpela
    • 4TurnerSubstituted forKarczewskaat 78′minutes
    • 5Bartrip
    • 3Zadorsky
    • 29Neville
    • 25Summanen
    • 24Spence
    • 6Harrop
    • 14IldhusøySubstituted forJamesat 86′minutes
    • 19England
    • 20IwabuchiSubstituted forAyaneat 86′minutes


    • 9Karczewska
    • 13Ale
    • 15James
    • 18Ubogagu
    • 22Spencer
    • 23Ayane

    Chelsea Women

    Formation 4-2-3-1

    • 1Musovic
    • 21CharlesSubstituted forPérissetat 60′minutes
    • 26BuchananBooked at 28mins
    • 4Bright
    • 7Carter
    • 22CuthbertBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCankovicat 74′minutes
    • 5Ingle
    • 10James
    • 17FlemingSubstituted forKirbyat 61′minutes
    • 11ReitenSubstituted forRytting Kanerydat 80′minutes
    • 20KerrSubstituted forLeupolzat 74′minutes


    • 8Leupolz
    • 14Kirby
    • 15Périsset
    • 18Mjelde
    • 19Rytting Kaneryd
    • 27Abdullina
    • 28Cankovic
    • 30Berger

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