West Ham United Ladies fell to a 3-0 defeat against FA Women's Premier League Southern Division leaders Gillingham on Sunday.

The Gills have taken the division by storm this season to sit at the top with seven wins from their nine fixtures and the Hammers were unable to halt their title charge at Ship Lane.

The Gills set a strong tempo from the off to push West Ham back and having had penalty appeals for handball turned down, they moved into a first-half lead through Lauren Williams, who finished with precision after being played in by Charlotte Gurr.

The Hammers responded well, but were unable to find a way through as the Gills defended strongly to reach the interval with their lead intact.

The away side doubled the advantage with a penalty upon the game's resumption, won for a foul on Danielle Carlton. Gurr stepped to coolly dispatch the spot kick.

Jay Blackie's bullet header made it 3-0 as the Gills were able to establish a three-point lead at the top of the table.

*Elsewhere, the Hammers' junior sides were also in action. The U13s enjoyed an 8-0 victory over Rayne FC to bounce back from their first defeat of this season the previous week. Hat-tricks from Kelly Wealthall and Mia Seeley, plus a Poppy Binding brace kept them at the top of the Essex County Girls League.

Meanwhile, the U11s were given their toughest test of the season by a spirited Island Girls side, but still gained a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Leigha Bradding-Butler, Lily Walsh and Sienna Sherman-Botten. They are top of the Essex County Girls League Southern Division with a perfect seven wins from seven.