Arsenal Ladies made it four wins from four games by thrashing Fulham 6-1 at Motspur Park on Sunday afternoon.

Kelly Smith, back from England duty, claimed a brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Yankey, Lianne Sanderson and captain Faye White. An own goal from Jess Wright completed the scoring.

Yankey broke the deadlock after just five minutes from the first real chance of the game. Scott played the ball up the right touchline for Sanderson to run on to. The young England international sent over a deep cross which fell invitingly for Yankey to fire past the keeper with a powerful left-footed volley.

They nearly doubled the advantage minutes later when a huge kick from Emma Byrne allowed Sanderson to race through on goal. She rounded the keeper only for a defender to deflect her goal-bound effort away for a corner.

Arsenal continued to dominate the game, stroking the ball around confidently and creating further chances. Rachel McArthur went close with a volley from close-range.

A deserved second came on the 24th minute courtesy of Smith. Her left-footed effort surprised everyone, creeping in the far post along the ground after the defence had blocked previous strikes from Smith and Yankey.

Five minutes later Arsenal added a third with a set-piece right out of the training manual. Yankey's inswinging corner looped over the keeper before Sanderson simply nodded home from inside the box.

The three-goal advantage didn't last long however. Fulham enjoyed a good spell of possession which was rewarded with a goal - a bullet header from Justine Lorton.

Nevertheless, Arsenal were still the dominant force and silenced the Motspur Park crowd once more before the break.

Smith once again finished with ease after Ciara Grant fed a through ball which cut the Fulham defence in half. The striker let the ball roll along before coolly stroking the ball into the far corner.

The second period began with Arsenal controlling the game. Scott raced through on goal but was just beaten to the ball by the keeper and Yankey wasted an opportunity from a free-kick which she took early.

Wright's own goal made it five for the Ladies and White rose highest to power the ball into the net after 72 minutes and complete a fine victory.

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4 Sep 2005