Chelsea Ladies kicked off their season in perfect style as they claimed an impressive 1-2 away win at Notts County.
Debutant Gemma Davidson, who signed from Liverpool in the transfer window, scored a brace which secured all three points for the female Blues at Meadow Lane.
In front of just over 1,000 fans, Chelsea started the brightest. Despite County goalkeeper Carly Telford pushing Davidson’s well-hit effort over the bar early on, it only took 23 minutes for the winger to cooly slot her’s and Chelsea’s first of the match after a slick pass from Drew Spence.
However, the Magpies weren’t all said and done. County’s Ellen White was only just denied an equalising goal when Chelsea defender Katie Chapman tipped her close-range effort over the bar.
And Chelsea’s lead lasted only two minutes – ex-Chelsea forward Rachel Williams, who was the WSL Top Scorer in 2011, heading Rick Passmoor’s side level.
The rain lashed down in the second half, making the match a rather scrappy affair. However, after Ji So-Yun brushed the post with a header from an Eniola Aluko cross, the tide seemed to be going in the away side’s favour. So, when Davidson was fouled in the box by Amy Turner, she picked herself up and dispatched the spot kick, securing all three points and sending Chelsea to the top of the table.
Notts County: Telford, Greenwood, Buet, Bassett, Turner, Whelan F, Walton, Crichton, Clarke (Whelan A 88), Williams (O’Sullivan 73), White
Substitutes not used: Draycott, Susi, Sigsworth.
Chelsea: Lindahl, Blundell, Bright, Fahey, Rafferty, Coombs, Davison (Groenen 90), Chapman, So-Yun (Borges 76), Aluko (Banusic 87), Spence
Substitutes not used: Hourihan, Flaherty, Brett, Meiwald
Referee: Ian Dudley
In the day’s other game, Birmingham drew 0-0 with Manchester City, despite having debutant Freda Ayisi sent off in the first half.