Beth England and Erin Cuthbert helped Chelsea put pressure on WSL leaders Arsenal with victories over London rivals West Ham.
The pair’s goals paved the way for a 2–0 loss to the Hammers, which now have one point from the Gunners and a game in hand.
And the result saw Chelsea, who next face Manchester City in the league, end their opponents’ five-match unbeaten run.
Emma Hayes’ side, without star forward Sam Kerr, had most of the shots on goal.
But he faced a defensively tenacious Hammer outfit with Anna Leet a solid shift between sticks for most of the game.
Iron Stopper 15. made an impressive showing ofth Pernil Harder’s powerful header had the minute left before Annick Nouven’s attempt was thwarted a few seconds later.
The visitors handed out yellow cards to Lucy Parker and Hawa Sissoko for heavy challenges on Cuthbert in the first half hour.
And Sophie Ingale inadvertently hit the woodwork with her cross shortly before Olly Harder’s side missed a chance to redeem Katerina Svitkova 30th Minute free kick.
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The second spell saw Hayes shuffling his deck with England and Guru Retain giving him 50 . come to getth WSL target.
Lioness Ace buried a low shot minutes into the half after a leet save following Cuthbert’s effort on the edge of the field.
West Ham stopper 69. I again denied Cuthbert, before England tried to nab a second minute later.th Minute.
But the Scottish player won with a left-footed strike minutes before the final whistle.
The result came as the Kingsmeadow giants overtook Manchester United to move to second place ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.
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