It comes as no surprise that Emma Hayes’ team continued to be in total control of the contest after the break. Chelsea’s top scorer last term, Bethany England, opened her 2020/21 account when she reacted quickly to a rebound to volley the ball home. On came new recruits Niamh Charles and Pernille Harder who both got in on the act. Charles contributed to the afternoon by scoring with her first touch after Harder’s deadly strike was spilled by Bristol’s No.1, enabling the young England international to coolly tap into an empty net.
Within five minutes of getting her assist, Harder notched her first goal in a Blues shirt and it was a thing of beauty. Charles returned the favour and turned provider for her team-mate as she drilled in a low cross from the left for the Denmark forward to majestically flick in with her heel. With just minutes left of play, goal number nine came when Sam Kerr ran onto Harder’s through ball and confidently steered beyond keeper Sophie Baggaley.
This relentless scoreline has topped the existing league record, a result that was already held by the Blues back in 2017, when we defeated Liverpool 7-0 in our triumphant Spring Series campaign. Goals from Gilly Flaherty, Kirby, Ji, Mjelde, Karen Carney, Cuthbert and Drew Spence secured that win – with five of those names still currently playing a crucial part in our Chelsea squad.
Below is a table showing the most goalscorers for a team in a single WSL match. The Blues’ 8-0 drubbing of our London neighbours West Ham from last season is also in the rankings, with six different players finding the net.
Mjelde and England netted a brace apiece while Sophie Ingle, Cuthbert, Ramona Bachmann and Emily Murphy also contributed in front of goal.