BETH ENGLAND and Erin Cuthbert have helped Chelsea increase title pressure on Arsenal with the Blues closing the gap on the WSL leaders.
The duo’s goals paved the way for a 0-2 loss to West Ham with the champions now just one point away from the Gunners and with a game in hand.
Emma Hayes’ team, who did not have star striker Sam Kerr, had the majority of shots on target.
But they faced a defensive resoluteness Hammer Outfits with Anna Leat put a solid change between the sticks for most of the game.
Irons stopper has reached an impressive 15order Pernille Harder’s powerful header saved a minute before thwarting Aniek Nouwen’s effort seconds later.
The visitors saw Lucy Parker and Hawa Cissoko get yellow cards for heavy fouls on Cuthbert in the first half hour.
And Sophie Ingle accidentally hit the woodwork with her cross just before Olli Harder side missed an opportunity to take advantage of Katerina Svitkova 30order free kick minutes.
The second spell sees Hayes shuffling her deck with the England team coming in for Guro Reiten to pocket 50order WSL to enter.
Lionesses’ Ace pulled in a low shot 2 minutes into the match after a Leat save from Cuthbert’s effort on the edge of the box.
He managed to score a minute later before the West Ham goalkeeper denied Cuthbert again in the 69th minuteorder minute.
But the Scottish ace won with an impressive left-foot strike minutes before the final whistle.
The results saw the Kingsmeadow giants edging out Manchester United for second ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.
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