Chelsea continued their strong form with victory against Leicester in a scintillating encounter in south-west London. Emma Hayes’s side got off to a rapid start with an early goal from Lauren James and an own goal from Courtney Nevin. Leicester’s Jutta Rantala pulled one back in a goal-filled first half, with Sam Kerr and Sam Tierney adding one for each team just before the break. James and Aggie Beever-Jones added two further goals in the second half to make sure of the three points.

The Blues returned to Kingsmeadow for the first time in almost a month, backed by a strong contingent of spectators. The Women’s Super League title holders are the only team to remain unbeaten in the division, having also beaten a resilient Paris FC in Europe on Thursday. The Chelsea manager has been outspoken in recent weeks on player loading and rang the changes once more. Sophie Ingle, Ève Périsset, Fran Kirby and Maren Mjelde came into bring fresh legs and energy across the pitch.

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