Chelsea recovered from an early setback to beat West Ham in the Women’s Super League at Kingsmeadow.
West Ham captain Dagny Brynjarsdottir was left unmarked as she headed the visitors in front after two minutes.
Defending champions Chelsea responded when Fran Kirby scooped in an equaliser before half-time.
Striker Sam Kerr, who hit the post twice, eventually scored Chelsea’s second, before Millie Bright’s header made it 3-1 to the hosts.
Chelsea dominated the second half and should have scored more as substitute Lauren James won a penalty but could not beat goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold from the spot.
Watched by brother and fellow England international Reece James, Lauren was impressive again in a short appearance from the bench.
Kerr, meanwhile, had a frustrating evening, but she caused plenty of problems for the West Ham defence.
Lucy Parker, who earned her first England call-up on Tuesday, did well to keep her at bay for large periods but Kerr’s quality was evident when she twice struck powerfully against the post.
The Australia international eventually got her first goal of the season when West Ham failed to clear the ball in the box and it dropped kindly for Kerr to poke in from close range.
Chelsea midfielder Guro Reiten had also came close, while Bright sent a header wide before netting the final goal in what ended up being a comfortable victory for the Blues.
- 15PérissetSubstituted forCharlesat 63′minutes
- 13SvitkováSubstituted forEnglandat 63′minutes
- 14KirbySubstituted forJamesat 63′minutes
- 11ReitenSubstituted forRytting Kanerydat 72′minutes
- 20KerrSubstituted forCankovicat 72′minutes
- 19Rytting Kaneryd
West Ham Women
- 15ParkerBooked at 76mins
- 23CissokoBooked at 48mins
- 4StringerSubstituted forKyvagat 69′minutes
- 2SmithSubstituted forZiuat 69′minutesBooked at 74mins
- 7EvansSubstituted forFlanneryat 87′minutes
- 26AsseyiSubstituted forWalkerat 83′minutes
- Tom Reeves
Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 3, West Ham United Women 1.
Attempt missed. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic following a corner.
Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Lucy Parker.
Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women).
Claudia Walker (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Mackenzie Arnold.
Lauren James (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lucy Parker (West Ham United Women).
Substitution, West Ham United Women. Keira Flannery replaces Lisa Evans.
Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).
Claudia Walker (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lisa Evans (West Ham United Women).
Attempt blocked. Claudia Walker (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thea Kyvag.
Substitution, West Ham United Women. Claudia Walker replaces Viviane Asseyi.
Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic.
Attempt saved. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bethany England.
Penalty saved! Lauren James (Chelsea Women) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
Lucy Parker (West Ham United Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.