Match Report

Women's report: Chelsea 7 Yeovil Town 0

Two goals apiece for Drew Spence and Bethany England helped the Blues to a thumping victory which booked our spot in the Continental Tyres League Cup quarter-finals.

We'd met Yeovil just a fortnight or so earlier in the WSL, recording a 5-0 victory, and just as in that game we raced into a four-goal lead by the half-time break – with all four of our attacking players heavily involved. The first came before many fans had even taken their seats, with Adelina Engman slotting home from close range, and then Karen Carney took over down the left with a crucial role in each of our next three goals, which were scored by Spence, England and Yeovil centre-half Nicola Cousins.

Spence increased our advantage further after the break with another straightforward finish before a quick-fire double from Erin Cuthbert and England, the former netting with an outstanding free-kick, gave the scoreline a fair reflection of the Blues' attacking dominance.

We face one further group match, which takes place next Wednesday at Tottenham, but qualification for the quarter-finals is assured and that last-eight tie will take place early in January.

The big team news was Anita Asante's return to the starting line-up after undergoing knee surgery in the spring. She lined up alongside Jess Carter, Deanna Cooper and Jonna Andersson in a back four, with Lizzie Durack between the posts. Sophie Ingle, one of four players to retain a starting place from the weekend win over Reading, formed a midfield pairing with Jade Bailey, playing behind the trio of England, Spence and Carney. Engman led the line in her first start since mid-October.

Karen Carney wore a rainbow armband

This was also our annual Stonewall Rainbow Laces fixture and before kick-off the Blues squad gathered around a Chelsea Pride banner and both team captains took to the field wearing rainbow armbands.

When the action got underway 15 minutes later than scheduled due to congestion en route to the ground which had delayed Yeovil's arrival, barely 90 seconds had elapsed when Emma Hayes's side surged ahead. The build-up was simplicity personified, as it took just one pass to free Andersson down the left and she sent a low centre into the path of Engman, who finished with ease past Beth Howard.

Engman puts the Blues in front

Every time the Blues attacked down the left we looked like scoring, and both Engman and England were denied before our advantage was deservedly doubled in the most emphatic fashion by Spence. Carney was the creator, standing up a cross to the back stick for the Blues No24 to meet with a thumping diving header.

The Blues skipper was the architect of our third, too, following another stonking run down the left. The Yeovil defence simply had no answer to her quick feet and Carney got her head up in time to pick out the run of Andersson, who touched it on for England to fire home at the far post. It really was as easy as it sounds.

What a diving header from Spence!

Before the half was out, Carney had claimed a third assist – or, if you'd prefer the contrarian version, her first goal of the evening – and yet again it came from the left-hand side. The Blues No8 hit another low cross into the danger zone and this time it was the unfortunate Cousins who got a toe on the ball, knocking it just out of reach of the frustrated Howard.

The second half began in much the same manner as the first had ended, with the Blues on the front foot, but there was little by way of goalmouth action until a double substitution by Hayes sparked an attacking burst which led to our fifth goal. Ali Riley and Magda Eriksson came on and the former narrowly missed out on bagging her first for the Blues, but moments later a run by Engman was finished off from close range by Spence. That proved to be our two-goal hero's last action of the evening as she made way for Erin Cuthbert straight after.

Eriksson congratulates Cuthbert after her wonderful free-kick

The Scot made her mark not long after that, curling home a stunning free-kick, and two minutes later England had added her second of the evening with contender for the best goal of the evening. The Blues No15 set off on a mazy solo dribble which was finished off with an outstanding low finish from outside the box which left Howard with no chance and rounded off the scoring on a prolific evening for the home side.

England's fine finish put the seal on the win

We return to action on Sunday afternoon with a Women's Super League match at Brighton. That game, which is our last league fixture of 2018, kicks off at 2.30pm and fans unable to attend can watch it via the BBC Red Button.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Durack; Carter, Asante, Cooper, Andersson (Eriksson 60); Ingle, Bailey; England, Spence (Cuthbert 66), Carney (c) (Riley 60); Engman
Unused subs Lindahl, Blundell, Bright, Ji
Scorers Engman 2, Spence 18, 63, England 25, 77, Cousins (own goal) 37, Cuthbert 75

Yeovil Town Howard, Goddard, Alexander (c), Cousins, Albuery, Mason (Short 66), Donovan, Evans (Taylor 83), Burridge, Piggot (Fischer 55), Bloomfield
Unused subs Walsh, Syme, Fergusson, Horwood

Crowd 916

Referee Lisa Benn