Arsenal's treble hopes were boosted at the weekend when they
cruised past Fulham while title rivals Charlton slipped up.
Vic Akers' side were rarely troubled in their 5-1 victory
against a Fulham side managed by former Ladies star Marieanne
Jayne Ludlow scored a brace in the first half with a well timed
header off a superb cross by Anita Asante and then her second by
converting a one-on one with the keeper. To give Arsenal a narrow
2-1 lead at the interval after Thomas, as former Arsenal youth
player, took full advantage of a mix up between Tracey and keeper
Byrne at the back.
Arsenal came out stronger in the second half and it was 18 year
old Sanderson who helped to increase the gap further after she was
released down the right flank with a 20 yard pass from McArthur.
Sanderson took it in her stride and carmly convert by sliding it
pass the on rushing Fulham keeper.
Jayne Ludlow the Welsh international then completed her
hat-trick with an almost identical goal to her first after she rose
highest to yet another sweet cross from Asante.
Rachel Yankey then wrapped up the game grabbing Arsenal's
fifth with 10 mins to go by slotting in a rebound off the post from
a fiercely struck shot from Kelly Smith. The win for the defending
champions, helps to keep them in full control at the top of the
table, with three pionts over second place Everton.
Arsenal's quest for third successive Premier League title
received a flip when Charlton were held to a 0-0 draw by Bristol
Academy, meaning they are now 5 points behind with only one game in
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