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
2
Yorston
3
Grant
4
Ludlow 72
5
White (C) Goal!
6
Little 72 Goal! Goal!
7
Yankey 80 Goal!
8
Chapman
9
Davison Goal! Goal!
10
Lander Goal!
11
Fahey

Substitutes

12
Spencer
13
Beattie 72 Goal!
14
Flaherty
15
Bruton 80
16
Coombs 72

Doncaster R.B.

1
Hobbs
2
Utley
3
Staniland
4
Simpkins
5
R. Williams
6
Johnson
7
Leat
8
Hamilton
9
Exley
10
Hanson Goal!
11
V. Williams

Substitutes

12
Owen
13
Chadwick
14
Bright
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