Vivianne Miedema scored twice as Arsenal climbed to third in the Women’s Super League with an easy win over Bristol City at Twerton Park.

The Netherlands international striker got the first inside four minutes from Danielle van de Donk’s pass.

Van de Donk then got the second in first-half injury time.

Arsenal scored twice in the space of two minutes midway through the second half through Beth Mead and Miedema to complete a comfortable victory.

Mead’s strike on 63 minutes, followed quickly by Miedema’s second, lifted Arsenal from fourth above Manchester United, who lost at Brighton.

Miedema began the day as sole WSL top scorer on 15 – but she ended only level on 17 with Australia striker Sam Kerr, who got a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 6-0 hammering of Birmingham City.

Bristol City remain second bottom, still just a point above backmarkers Aston Villa, who they are due to meet in what could be the battle of the bottom two at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Saturday, 24 April.

But Villa also have a chance to move off the bottom of the table by then, with a rearranged game against another of the struggling sides, at West Ham on Tuesday, 20 April.

Vivianne Miedema took her goal tally to 17 in the WSL this season - now only level with Chelsea's Sam Kerr
Vivianne Miedema took her goal tally to 17 in the WSL this season – now only level with Chelsea’s Sam Kerr

Line-ups

Bristol City Women

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Baggaley
  • 2BrysonSubstituted forLayzellat 69′minutes
  • 29Skeels
  • 3Evans
  • 23Purfield
  • 14PalmerSubstituted forRaffertyat 78′minutes
  • 11Wellings
  • 8HumphreySubstituted forMastrantonioat 65′minutes
  • 7Pike
  • 10Daniels
  • 21HarrisonSubstituted forBissellat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Rafferty
  • 13Haland
  • 17Bissell
  • 18Collis
  • 19Cook
  • 25Layzell
  • 26Mastrantonio
  • 28Jones

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 18Williams
  • 16MaritzSubstituted forPattenat 61′minutes
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 13WältiSubstituted forWilliamsonat 45′minutes
  • 20Maier
  • 7van de DonkSubstituted forGutat 61′minutes
  • 10Little
  • 14RoordSubstituted forMcCabeat 69′minutes
  • 8Nobbs
  • 11Miedema
  • 19FoordSubstituted forMeadat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 4Patten
  • 6Williamson
  • 9Mead
  • 15McCabe
  • 21Gut
  • 29Goldie

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