Sam Kerr bagged a hat-trick for Chelsea as they scrapped home against West Ham in the FA Women’s Super League on Sunday.
Australian striker Kerr scored three tap-ins for the champions as they beat their London rivals, but their normally rock-solid defence, which had only conceded three goals all season, was breached twice in a 3-2 win.
Elsewhere, Kim Little had one penalty saved and scored another as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Birmingham City. Caitlin Foord and Jill Roord both scored in the second half before Little made amends from the spot three minutes from time to seal a 3-0 win.
American international Alex Morgan struck her first goal for struggling Tottenham Hotspur in their first match under new manager Rehanne Skinner. Morgan converted a late penalty as Spurs secured their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Bottom side Bristol City battled to a well-deserved 1-1 draw away to Reading, and a resurgent Manchester City thumped Everton 3-0 to rise above them to fourth place in the table.
Early-season pace-setters Manchester United, who beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Saturday, remain top of the division with 20 points after eight games, with Arsenal second on 19 and Chelsea, who have played a game less, third on 17 points.