Ladies hit ten at Reading

Reading Royals 3-10 West Ham United

West Ham United kept up their charge for a strong finish to the league season with a resounding 10-3 win at Reading Royals.

The away success left Tony Marshall's side in seventh spot in the 12-team second tier of women's football but the club are just five points behind fourth place with eight games remaining. Marshall said: "We have already beaten last season's points total and I see no reason why we cannot push on to a top-four finish. The stats do not lie and they prove conclusively just how far we have come in a short space of time. If we can build on this then there are definitely exciting times ahead."

In a perfect response to the disappointing but expected FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal, the Hammers goals on Sunday came primarily from Katie Ling and Lindsay Morgan - who both scored hat tricks, Dani Hoy grabbed two and the remaining two goals came from Julia Setford and Tracy Duxbury. Defender Carly Roache made her 100th appearance for the club. West Ham United are back in knockout action this coming Sunday when they take on Arsenal again, this time in a rearranged London County Cup fixture at Harlow Town.