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Arsenal hit eight past Doncaster

By Tony Leighton

Women's football

Champions Arsenal thumped Doncaster Belles 8-1 in the Women's Premier League's biggest win of the season.

Everton, last season's runners-up to the Gunners, won 5-0 against the current leaders Millwall Lionesses with Natasha Dowie hitting a hat-trick.

Watford slipped from second place to third after a 2-0 defeat at Bristol Academy, whose victory gave the bottom club their first points of the season.

Nottingham Forest jumped four places to second with a 1-0 win at Blackburn.

Chelsea and Leeds Carnegie, who like Arsenal and Everton started the season late due to having players on England duty at Euro 2009, also collected good wins.

Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 and Leeds won 4-2 against Birmingham City, former Chelsea striker Ellen White bagging a hat-trick.


Arsenal 8-1 Doncaster Rovers Belles

Donny were put to the sword after Liz Hansen had equalised Gemma Davison's opening goal for the Gunners.

By half-time it was 5-1 with Davison, Kim Little, Faye White and Rachel Yankey all finding the net.

After the interval Helen Lander, Little - with her 13th goal of the campaign - and Jennifer Beattie completed the rout.

Millwall Lionesses 0-5 Everton

Dowie took her season's goal tally into double figures with a hat-trick that included each of the game's first two goals.

Jody Handley made it 3-0 in first half stoppage time and the second half goals came from Dowie and Toni Duggan.

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Forest climbed to their highest ever Premier League position with a victory clinched by ex-Blackburn player Levi Penny's 49th-minute strike.

Bristol Academy 2-0 Watford

Seventeen-year-old Wales striker Sharla Passariello scored twice in the first half to get Academy off zero points at last.

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Stef Curtis, Dani Buet and Sarah Kempson were the scorers in an 18-minute second half spell that assured Chelsea of victory.

Kelly McDougall hit a late consolation goal as Sunderland surrendered fourth place to Blues while dropping to seventh in the table.

Leeds Carnegie 4-2 Birmingham City

Leeds climbed three places to fifth with a win set up by first half goals from Carla Cantrell and White.

Kerry Bartlett reduced the arrears before White completed her hat-trick with late goals either side of a Dannii Bird strike.



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