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The remaining 3 fixtures of the WSL were not very high on goals, but were most certainly competitive in terms of quality of football. Arsenal and Chelsea did face some difficulty against opponents of lower caliber than them and it made for great matches.

Arsenal Women vs Bristol City Women [3-1]

This game was a clash between a team with 100%-win record and 100%-loss record with 2 games down in the league. Leah Williamson lost the ball in her own half in an uncharacteristic manner. The chance was pounced on by Abi Harrison who put the Bristol City team in an unexpected lead. Arsenal responded strongly. Foord’s cross was met with a measured finish from the edge of the box by Jordan Nobbs, and the match was tied. It remained that way until the end of the first half.

Jordan Nobbs’ cross from the right hand side was met by Foord’s outstretched leg. She poked the ball past the keeper to give Arsenal the lead for the first time in the game. Later in the second half, Jordan Nobbs’ pass from her own half put Vivianne Miedema through on goal. She calmly slotted the ball past the keeper for Arsenal’s third goal. Bristol City didn’t really have any concrete chances other than the goal they scored in the first half. The final score was 3-1 in favour of Arsenal.

Birmingham City Women vs Chelsea Women [0-1]

Fran Kirby of all players found the back of the net with a header. She outjumped the Birmingham CIty defenders despite her small stature and sent the ball flying into the net. Neither team created too many chances in the first half. The second half was much more lively than the first. Bethany England and Fran Kirby combined well in the box, but Kirby could not extend Chelsea’s lead. A headed finish by Bethany England was disallowed, because fellow forward Sam Kerr was in an offside position.

Bethany England had a wonderful chance to finish from point blank range when the Birmingham City goalkeeper spilled the ball, but some incredible defending on the goal line saw the ball to safety. Birmingham City’s best chance came from a Harriet Scott cross, which was headed a yard wide. Hannah Hampton made another brilliant save when England shot from 6 yards out. Despite Birmingham City’s best efforts, Chelsea walked away with an away win.

West Ham United Women vs Reading Women [0-1]

The first chance of the game fell to West Ham United, but the angles were against Maz Pacheco and she fired her shot wide. West Ham United players seemed to have forgotten their shooting boots at home. Kenza Dali’s pull back to Kate Longhurst was fired high into the stands as well. Reading’s Danielle Carter created half a chance for herself with some perseverance in the box, but her grounded shot was wide off target. Reading did eventually score through a tap in right infront of the keeper. Natasha Harding’s low cross was turned in by Lauren Bruton. Reading had another chance when Jess Fishlock put Brooke Chaplan through on goal. Chaplan’s attempt at rounding the keeper was too heavy and the ball ran out for a goal kick.

Some chances did fall to West Ham United in the second half. Adriana Leon’s shot was turned onto the post by Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney and she kept out the follow up effort as well. Leon had another crack at it with a solo run on the right wing, but her shot was aimed right at the goalkeeper. Rachel Daly was tackled in the box and was awarded a penalty for the same. Kenza Dali stepped up to take the penalty, but Moloney kept this shot out as well. The goalkeeper was definitely the hero of this match for Reading, as they snatched a victory away from home.

The table at the end of Week 3 looked as follows:

It is important to note that sides like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are still integrating their signings into the starting eleven. The games are definitely set to become more hard fought between these top sides.

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