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Bethany England: Back to winning ways

After scoring an impressive hat-trick last night against Yeovil Town, Bethany England has spoken about how important it was for Chelsea Women to achieve our first win in six matches.

The Blues thumped Yeovil 8-0 last night for what was a long-overdue victory for Emma Hayes’ side. This win bumps us back up to third place in the Women’s Super League with one match remaining and is our biggest victory of the season.

England was the player who bagged a hat-trick, with both Erin Cuthbert and Fran Kirby netting twice. Adelina Engman played a main role in assisting a handful of the goals in last night’s impressive display and managed to get her name on the scoresheet herself.

England has achieved her personal target that was set for the 2018/19 campaign with one game left to play. She has netted 21 goals this season, with 11 of them being in the WSL and is currently the Blues’ overall top goal scorer from all competitions.

‘I’m over the moon, I had a personal goal of hitting 20 goals this season and to hit 21 now makes me really proud.’

After the recent tough results in the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup and Champions League, England expresses how important it was for her side to put in a good performance and come away with three points.

‘I think it’s a bit of a whirlwind going from a semi-final of the Champions League to suddenly not having much to play for, so credit to the girls – they came out and fought for it and put away a lot of goals.

‘It’s about time we got more clinical in front of goal and we had a number of goal scorers on the sheet today so I’m really proud of the team.

‘I think we have to play for pride and for the badge because although we have not really won much this season we have to go out and keep our standards high and put a good performance in.

‘Unfortunately Yeovil were on the back end of that and they got a bit of a battering but that was the best thing for us, to get on the score sheet and put in a solid performance going into Reading. We need to keep hitting the points because we still want to get third place in the league.’

We travel to High Wycombe to take on fifth place Reading on Saturday, with an early kick-off of 12.30pm at Adams Park.

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