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Report: Bristol Academy 0-4 Chelsea

Vixens struggle in first tie as league leaders Chelsea win with a double from Drew Spence.

After a disappointing match against Frankfurt in the Champions League, Bristol Academy started their league campaign today with a home fixture against Chelsea.

The away side started comfortably, having a number of early chances. Bristol’s solid defence for the first 20 minutes came undone when Chelsea scored their first, after a cross fell kindly to So-Yun who fired home from 12 yards.

The blues second, quickly followed when Spence headed past Earps after a cross from the right. Chelsea continued to press with Davison making a surging run through the middle, passing several Bristol defenders to slot it past Mary Earps making it 3-0 to the visitors before the break.

After the interval both teams started brightly with chances coming from both sides. Chelsea's best chance came when Aluko's shot beat everyone except Grace McCatty, who cleared it off the line.

Bristol Academy created more attacking play in the second half but lacked the final ball. Both teams continued to push for chances and Chelsea got their fourth after a McCatty mistake fell to Spence to grab her second of the game.

Bristol boss Dave Edmondson insisted a sub-par first-half performance cost his team, even if they did improve after the interval.

After crashing out of both cups in the space of a week and not getting the perfect start in the league Bristol look to bounce back in their next fixture against Arsenal on the 15th of April.

 

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