WSL: Dominant first half against Reading sends West Ham to safety

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Emily Wilson

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A lightning-quick start sparked West Ham’s 5-0 away win against Reading and sees the Hammers move out of the Women’s Super League relegation zone.

Scorers: Dali 7′, Svitková 10′, Thomas 11′, 29′, 37′

Reading Women 0
West Ham Women 5
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Sitting at the bottom of the Women’s Super League table, West Ham needed to pull out their best against Reading as they looked to survive in the league.

The visitors took the lead after seven minutes when Kenza Dali’s cross floated all the way into the far corner of the net past Grace Moloney.

Later on, Kateřina Svitková doubled the lead and by the 11th-minute, Martha Thomas made it 3-0.

With the flood gates open, the visitors didn’t slow down.

Eventually, Thomas secured a first half hat-trick to make it 5-0 at the break which Reading’s Twitter account deemed a “quite unbelievable” first 45 minutes.

Coming into the second, the hosts looked to erase any hopes of a clean sheet for the visitors and set their attack forward.

Rachel Rowe had a chance go just wide and Emma Harries saw a chance of her own fall short.

In the dying minutes of the match, Fara Williams’ free-kick hit off the crossbar to sum up what was a frustrating match for Reading.

With the result, West Ham move up to tenth while Reading stay seventh.