West Ham United Ladies got their first win of the season and it was a win well worth waiting for as they triumphed 5-1 away at Southampton.
From a set piece on six minutes Aoife Aherne slammed the ball into the back of the net to put the Hammers into the lead. This gave the girls the confidence that may have started to wane this season and midway through the half, after a brilliant run around the Southampton goalkeeper Sam Pittuck slotted home for West Ham's second.
Another Sam Pittuck effort shortly after was blocked by the keeper and had this effort gone in then surely it would have been game over. However the Saints gave themselves a life line as they pulled back a goal just before half-time to reduce Hammers lead to 2-1.
The expected Southampton fight back came in the second-half but the Hammers simply step up another gear and within two minutes of the re-start they almost got a third when a Vicki Lewis effort was deflected for a corner.
The Southampton goalkeeper was in for a busy afternoon and again Sam Pittuck's mazy run at goal was blocked by the keeper.
The Hammers were far from resting on their lead as they kept pressurising the Saints.
But they were caught out at the back and in the 54th minute only some very brave goal-keeping from Clare Lacey prevented the home side from levelling.
The game was really put beyond Southampton's reach when on 60 minutes another set piece from just outside the area saw Aoife Atherne's drive find the back of the Saints net.
Within two minutes came the fourth when substitute Hayley Barton's cross found Nicola Dunsdon whose drive made it four to the Hammers.
West Ham continued to take the game to Southampton and at no point did they attempt to shut up shop and sit on their deserved win. This paid dividends in injury time when a superb drive from Nicola Dunsdon made it 5-1.
WEST HAM UNITED: Clare Lacey, Carly Roache, Kerry Stimpson, Lindsay Morgan, Kate Turney, Stacey Crump, Vicki Lewis, Aoife Aherne, Vicki Bruce, Sam Pittuck, Nicola Dunsdon. SUBS: Hayley Barton, Kate Fanning, Christina Oshodi.