Arsenal Ladies are playing catch-up in the Women's Premier League after their season was delayed by international commitments. But the champions began their climb up the table in style by thrashing Doncaster 8-1 on Sunday.

Gemma Davison opened the scoring in the 14th minute but the Belles hit back six minutes later. It was a temporary blip for Arsenal as Davison restored their advantage almost immediately.

Kim Little, Faye White and Rachel Yankey all struck to make it 5-1 at the break. In the second half Helen Lander hit the sixth, Little scored her second and Jennifer Beattie rounded things off with 16 minutes left.

Arsenal Ladies

1
Byrne
3
Yorston
4
Ludlow 72
6
White (C) Goal!
7
Grant
11
Yankey 80 Goal!
12
Davison Goal! Goal!
16
Little 72 Goal! Goal!
17
Chapman
19
Fahey
20
Lander Goal!

Substitutes

22
Spencer
5
Flaherty
14
Beattie 72 Goal!
99
Coombs 72
99
Bruton 80

Doncaster R.B.

0
Hobbs
0
Staniland
0
Utley
0
Simpkins
0
Leat
0
R. Williams
0
Hamilton
0
Exley
0
Johnson
0
V. Williams
0
Hanson Goal!

Substitutes

0
Owen
0
Chadwick
0
Bright
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12 Oct 2009