Lianne Sanderson plundered a hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed Leeds United 8-1 to stay clear at the top of the Women's Premier League.

Vic Akers' side needed a last-minute goal to beat their Yorkshire rivals in the Women's League Cup Final earlier this month but were always in command on this occasion.

Sanderson's treble to her season's goal tally to 31 while Rachel Yankey (2), Kelly Smith, Alex Scott and Karen Carney were also on target for the champions. Jess Clarke hit Leeds' consolation goal.

Arsenal are five points clear of Charlton and Everton at the top of the Premier League table.

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