The two substitutes combined again five minutes later and this time there was a role reversal, as Charles was the provider with a low cross from the left foot that Harder magnificently diverted past the keeper with a cheeky flick with her heel. What a way to announce yourself to the WSL!
It should have been nine just a minute later, as Kerr showed off her famed aerial ability with a fantastic leap and header at the back post, but this time the crossbar came to Baggaley’s rescue. Finally, though, there was some personal cheer for the Australian as her persistence paid off. Harder claimed the assist with a well-timed pass to send our No.20 clear and she calmly cut inside her marker and fired home our ninth.
It was very nearly 10 – and from a 10th different player, no less – as substitute Drew Spence shot wide after being presented with a chance by the Bristol rearguard, who by this point had clearly had enough. And who could blame them? It had been a sumptuous attacking display and an early indication of exactly what this Blues side is capable of when everyone clicks.
There is now an international break, which England are using for an intensive training camp that five Blues will be a part of, before we return to action on Sunday 27 September for an FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.
Chelsea (4-4-2) Berger; Mjelde (Thorisdottir 66), Bright, Eriksson (c), Blundell; Kirby (J Fleming 81), Ji (Spence 81), Leupolz (Charles 66), Cuthbert; England (Harder 66), Kerr
Unused subs Telford, Carter, Ingle, Reiten
Scorers Kirby 15, Mjelde pen 31, Leupolz 34, Cuthbert 36, Bright 40, England 65, Charles 68, Harder 73, Kerr 86
Bristol City (4-2-3-1) Baggaley; Allen (Bryson 73), Matthews, Evans, Purfield; Palmer (Rafferty 85), Mastrantonio; Humphrey (Harrison 56), Logarzo, Daniels (Bissell 56); Wellings (Salmon 56)
Unused subs Haaland, Wilson, Layzell, Jones
Referee Stacey Pearson
Crowd Behind closed doors