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Chelsea 2 (Perry 11, Hincks 43)
Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Lipka 45)
Chelsea finally claimed a home win at the fifth time of asking after narrowly overcoming a spirited Doncaster side.
First half strikes from Sophie Perry and Ashlee Hincks were enough for Chelsea although Kasia Lipka's effort at the end of the half ensured Doncaster remained in touch.
But they couldn't find an equaliser and have now won just once in eight matches, with next week's clash against bottom side Liverpool now critical.
Dani Buet's deliveries were the talk of the first half, as the Chelsea midfielder's two excellent crosses provided the hosts with a two-goal lead courtesy of strikes from Perry and Hincks.
Doncaster, searching for only their second away win of the season, pulled one back just before the break through Kasia although replays showed she had handled in the build-up.
Matt Beard's side went into the match without a home win all season and they were jittery early on, with Precious Hamilton firing narrowly wide for the visitors.
But once Buet found her range, Chelsea were in charge. First, her excellent corner from the left caused confusion, allowing Perry to nod past Mary Earps on 11 minutes and three minutes before the break, a delightful left footed delivery was met by Hincks, who glanced home to double the advantage.
Doncaster, who remain struggling near the foot of the table, pulled one back almost instantly, as Lipka's spectacular effort sailed into the top corner. Chelsea protested there was a handball in the build up, but the goal stood and the Belles had a glimmer of hope.
Chelsea asserted themselves a little more after the break and it took Rhonda Jones' intervention on the line to deny Hayley Moorwood a decisive third.
Hincks scuffed an effort from close range with 15 minutes to go but it did not matter as Chelsea held on to claim the victory.
Chelsea: Carly Telford, Sophie Perry, Gemma Bonner, Kylie Davies (sub Shelby Hills 60mins), Naomi Cole (sub Drew Spence 68mins), Dani Buet, Ashlee Hincks, Hayley Moorwood, Laura Coombs, Helen Lander, Kate Longhurst (sub Emma Plewa 78mins).
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Mary Earps, Maria Karlsson, Rhonda Jones, Victoria Williams, Shelly Cox, Kasia Lipka, Aine O'Gorman, Abbie Prosser, Vicky Exley (sub Katie Holtham 88mins), Jess Sigsworth (sub Beth England 70mins), Precious Hamilton (sub Julia Scott 80mins).
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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