Alas, Super Fran’s quest for a treble came to an end with the next stoppage in play, as she made way, along with Ji, with Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten coming on for the final 20 minutes. Drew Spence and Jessie Fleming also came off the bench, replacing Harder and Ingle.
By this point, with the rain continuing to hammer down, it was just a case of seeing the game out. That was achieved with the minimum of fuss, meaning we’ll take a handy lead at the top of the WSL standings into the upcoming international break.
We’re not in action again until Sunday 7 March, when we travel to West Ham United, but make sure you check chelseafc.com or the 5th Stand app on Tuesday to find out who our next Champions League opponents will be, with the draw for the last 16 taking place at lunchtime.
Chelsea (4-1-3-2) Berger; Mjelde, Bright, Eriksson (c), Andersson; Ingle (Spence 82); Kirby (Cuthbert 69), Harder (Fleming 82), Ji (Reiten 69); England, Kerr
Unused subs Telford, Blundell, Carter
Scorers Kirby 14, 40, Harder 36, Kerr 55, England 60
Bristol (4-1-4-1) Baggaley; Allen (Bryson 68), Skeels, Evans, Purfield; Matthews (c) (Palmer 53); Wellings, Pike, Humphrey (Bissell 74), Daniels (Harrison 74), Salmon
Unused subs Haaland, Rafferty, Collis, Mastrantonio, Jones
Referee Emily Heaslip