Chelsea FC Women have got off to a winning start in this season’s FA Women’s Super League, beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in-front of almost 25,000 fans at Stamford Bridge.

All fans were admitted free of charge by The Blues, although they will have been disappointed that many of the claimed tickets remained unused despite the match being labelled as a ‘sell-out’.

The only goal of the game came after just four minutes when Ria Percival gave away cheap possession in her own half. Chelsea’s Beth England picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and unleashed a rocket of a shot which found the top corner of the Tottenham Hotspur net.

Hannah Blundell had a chance to add to her side’s lead in the first half but struck an effort straight at visiting keeper Becky Spencer.

It was Spencer who excelled in the second period when she saved a Drew Spence shot before Chelsea debutant Guro Reiten struck the post with the rebound.

To their credit, Tottenham Hotspur defended resolutely on their top flight debut and restricted the home side to few goalscoring opportunities during the remainder of the match.

Chelsea were made to make do with a one-goal victory, although collecting the three points will have been the most important factor.