Palace Ladies continued their impressive start to the season with a fourth consecutive win in all competitions with a dominant display against Swindon Town with Gemma Bryan adding five to her already impressive tally.
The Eagles started strongly with Bryan finding the net in the sixth minute after good build-up play from Stef Simmonds and Ciara Sherwood, cooly slotting home from six yards. Swindon came close to equalising within a few minutes but for a magnificent close range save from Megan Lynch on her way to another clean sheet, her second in four games.
Leesa Haydock and Ellie Bailes continued their strong partnership with Sherwood in the middle of the pitch with continuous great balls out to Nikita Whinnett and Jade Davenport out wide, while Ria Collins, Hannah Samuels, Rosie Paye and Simmonds held firm at the back, giving Swindon very little to work with going forward.
Bryan wasted no time with her attacking power, adding a further three more strikes in the first half to complete an impressive first half hat-trick and four goals in less than 20 minutes.
Simmonds finished the half well for Palace with a 30-yard screamer, catching the Swindon keeper off her line to leave the Eagles 5-0 up at half-time.
The second half saw the Eagles unable to replicate the scoring antics of the first half as Swindon defended bravely with multiple clearances of the line and some wonderful saves from the keeper.
Town did find themselves fortunate not to be reduced to 10 players with their keeper wiping out Bryan when clear through on goal, the referee only giving a free-kick without brandishing a card. However, from the resulting set-piece Simmonds fired home her second of the game, her curling effort clipping a Swindon defender on the way in.
Despite the resolute defence, Bryan did manage to find the net to grab her fifth of the game after confusion amongst the defence, leaving the red-hot striker to fire home into an empty net from two yards.
Whinnett, Stenning and Bailes all went close to adding to the scoreline, hitting the woodwork twice and three efforts cleared off the line to keep the score to seven.
With four wins from four and 30 goals scored, it's been a remarkable start to the season for the Eagles.