Chelsea FC Women will hand over their FA Women’s Super League crown to either Arsenal or Manchester City after a 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Kingsmeadow ended their faint title hopes.
Beth England headed Emma Hayes’ side ahead in the first half before former Blues centre-back Gilly Flaherty levelled matters in the second half.
It was England who went close to breaking the deadlock inside six minutes when her effort stumped the post before Drew Spence sent a shot just wide.
Visiting keeper Anna Moorhouse then tipped a Maren Mjelde free-kick over the bar before England again saw a shot rattle the post from a tight angle.
The Blues finally got their goal three minutes before the interval when a Cuthbert free-kick found England who netted with an impressive diving header.
Chelsea failed to show the same level of attacking flair in the second half and it was the visitors who struck the game’s second goal. A corner was floated into the box and former Blues defender Flaherty thundered her subsequent header into the back of the net.
The hosts pushed to regain the lead with Mjelde, England and Ramona Bachmann all going close before The Hammers keeper Moorhouse twice denied Karen Carney at the death as Matt Beard’s side held on for a point.
Chelsea are back in action in a fortnight’s time when they face Manchester City in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final.