Sam Kerr marked her first start of the 2023/24 WSL season by scoring the first goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over West Ham at Kingsmeadow on Saturday evening.
The Australian forward – who was sidelined with a calf injury for much of her home World Cup in the summer – netted with a bullet header after 36 minutes, having earlier seen a strike ruled out for offside.
West Ham competed well and impressed in periods throughout the game, yet they were missing a clinical touch, with only two of their 14 attempts on goal hitting the target.
And the hosts sealed the derby win in the 90th minute, when substitute Erin Cuthbert danced her way through the box and coolly sidefooted home.
Emma Hayes’ Blues move top of the Barclays WSL after continuing their unbeaten start, while the Hammers are eighth with three points from their first three league games of the season.
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- Chelsea boss Emma Hayes made four changes to the side that started the 1-1 draw with Man City. Erin Cuthbert, Jessie Fleming, Guro Reiten and Mia Fishel replaced by Melanie Leupolz, Fran Kirby, Maren Mjelde and Sam Kerr.
- Emma Harries made her first West Ham league start since her summer move from Reading as the only change from the win at Brighton last time out. She replaced Abbey-Leigh Stringer, who started on the bench.
Chelsea return to Kingsmeadow next weekend to host Brighton on Sunday October 22; kick-off 2pm.
West Ham also play next on Sunday October 22 as they take on Liverpool at home; kick-off 3pm.