South Korean international forward Ji So-Yun netted the only goal for Chelsea FC Women as they recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Reading Women at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
The Blues have been in good form of late after recovering from a nervy start to the season and they secured another three points as they edged past a well-drilled Reading outfit.
Fara Williams fired an effort just wide for the visitors in the very first minute before Chelsea hit the post through a dangerous strike from Magda Eriksson.
Ramona Bachmann saw a scrambled shot cleared off the line while Jonna Andersson also went close to opening the scoring for The Blues in a goalless first 45 minutes.
Chelsea really should have been 1-0 up almost immediately after the restart but Erin Cuthbert fired wide when given a clear sight of goal before Reading keeper Grace Moloney saved well from Ji.
It was Ji who was to open the scoring four minutes into the half when great play from Bachmann played her in and the South Korean found the corner of the net for her 50th Chelsea goal.
Bachmann, Beth England and Karen Carney all forced saves from Moloney as The Blues searched for a second goal before Hedvig Lindahl denied Maz Pacheco from scoring in injury time as the match ended 1-0 to the home side.
Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday evening when Yeovil Town are the visitors to Kingsmeadow in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.