A five-goal second-half salvo from Arsenal Ladies saw off Bristol Academy on Sunday.

The win leaves Vic Akers' side just three points shy of leaders Charlton Athletic at the top of the table.

The 5-1 scoreline was emphatic in the end but Arsenal were made to wait until the start of the second half to take the lead as the wintry conditions produced an icy playing surface.

Scotland captain Julie Fleeting notched a quick-fire brace to put the hosts firmly in charge.

Then the visitors showed great character to haul themselves back into the game with a goal just three minutes after Arsenal's second.

But Arsenal wrapped up the win with further strikes by Jayne Ludlow, Kelly Smith and Lianne Sanderson in the final 25 minutes.

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