Bethany England completed her hat-trick in first-half stoppage time

Bethany England scored a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea swept past relegated Yeovil to move up to third in the Women’s Super League.

The forward converted Adelina Engman’s cross and twice linked up with Erin Cuthbert to score at Huish Park.

Scotland’s Cuthbert found the bottom corner and Engman finished from a tight angle as Chelsea led 5-0 at half-time.

Midfielder Cuthbert slotted another after the break, before substitute Fran Kirby added two in the closing stages.

It is Yeovil’s heaviest defeat of the season, having been beaten 7-0 by Arsenal in September and the same scoreline against Chelsea in the WSL Cup.

A draw at Reading in their final league game on Saturday will be enough for Emma Hayes’ Chelsea to seal third, though they are eight points behind second-placed Manchester City.

The visitors gave a start to Norway defender Maria Thorisdottir, who had been out since October after a concussion injury.

Yeovil, who remain on minus points as a result of going into administration, host Birmingham in their last match this season.

Yeovil manager Lee Burch:

“No-one comes away tonight with anything other than lessons to learn. It’s a really big learning curve for my players.

“[Huish Park] is a great ground and it’s good to get back. We had a pretty good crowd considering we’ve had to throw this together last minute.

“I won’t look back on this game with fond memories, but it is nice to be here.”

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes:

“It was ruthless, clinical, at times – the things we’ve lacked throughout the season.

“I’m really happy with Beth’s [England] season overall. 20-plus goals is a great return. She’s growing in stature.

“The next objective is really to push into the England squad and I think that will happen after the World Cup, especially if she produces performances like she did [against Yeovil].”

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