Chelsea Women 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur Women: Beth England’s early goal gives Blues derby win

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By Emma Sanders
BBC Sport in Stamford Bridge
Beth England’s excellent 25-yard attack gave Chelsea victory over Tottenham in their first Women’s Super League game.
England, who made her international debut for the group of Phil Neville against Belgium last week, fired within four minutes to the top-left corner.
Chelsea might have extended their lead when Drew Spence and Guro Reiten both hit the woodwork.
The hosts dominated the game in parts but they were analyzed by the newly-promoted side.
Spurs were a danger going forward – Gemma Davison and Rachel Furness both had chances to equalise either side of half-time.
But it was definitely likely to be a challenging day for Tottenham and they were up against it in the off when Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson poked inches wide by an unmarked position.
There was a carnival sense throughout the game, set before popcorn stands and kick-off using a DJ set from prior JLS singer Marvin Humes across Stamford Bridge.
And on the pitch, the 24,000 fans who had picked up tickets had been rewarded with a feast of World Cup gift such as England defender Millie Bright, South Korea’s Ji So-yun along with Norway’s Maren Mjelde, in the Blues line-up and attacking football.
The attendance was just over 6,000 short of this album WSL figure placed at the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
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