Ro­ord hat-trick helps Arse­nal to set early pace in rout of Read­ing

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Katie Why­att

Arse­nal top the early Women’s Su­per League ta­ble af­ter their 6-1 win over Read­ing, in which Dutch mid­fielder Jill Ro­ord scored a hat-trick and last sea­son’s WSL top scorer Vi­vianne Miedema struck twice.

Kim Lit­tle be­gan the rout by vol­ley­ing home Leah Wil­liamson’s chip in­side the first 15 min­utes. Miedema then opened her ac­count for the sea­son af­ter half an hour

when she tucked away Jor­dan Nobbs’s pass, be­fore driv­ing home off the bar from 20 yards for Arse­nal’s fifth. Ei­ther side of Miedema’s sec­ond, Ro­ord’s fin­ish­ing made for two scin­til­lat­ing Arse­nal team goals, and the hosts were dom­i­nant un­til Read­ing’s Danielle Carter man­aged a late con­so­la­tion against her for­mer club.

Else­where, Ever­ton cap­tain Lucy Gra­ham man­aged two goals and two as­sists as Wil­lie Kirk’s side beat Bris­tol City 4-0. She set up Si­mone Mag­ill for the opener af­ter just seven min­utes, be­fore dou­bling their lead on the counter-at­tack and then adding a third from the spot fol­low­ing a foul on Mag­ill. Fi­nally, she set up new French sign­ing Va­lerie Gau­vin in the last minute of nor­mal time.

New Birm­ing­ham City man­ager Carla Ward be­gan her reign with a 2-0 de­feat by Brighton, via two sec­ond-half goals in two min­utes from Me­gan Con­nolly and new sign­ing Inessa Kaag­man. Birm­ing­ham were un­able to field a full bench.

Tot­ten­ham and West Ham played out a 1-1 draw at the Hive. Adri­ana Leon’s run ended in a stun­ning solo goal and al­lowed the Ham­mers to re­store par­ity af­ter Grace Fisk had headed into her own goal four min­utes ear­lier.

Fa­mil­iar sight: Arse­nal’s Vi­vianne Miedema, last sea­son’s WSL top scorer, strikes again

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